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hilary

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The I Ching Community is a warm and open place for free, wide-ranging exploration of the I Ching. It’s a place to learn about and from this oracle, through experience, one reading at a time. We respect the desire to learn, and honour the potential for growth in not knowing.

I asked Yi what the highest potential of this community is. It replied with Hexagram 4, Not Knowing, changing at the fifth line to Hexagram 59, Dispersing.

Welcome to the Community of Not Knowing!

The rule

As befits such a place, there are not many rules.

A huge diversity of ideas is welcomed and encouraged here, and so is vigorous debate about them all. In all this, please respect other members as individuals, and don’t post personal abuse, flaming, belittling, ‘diagnoses’ of their character flaws, etc.

Another rule

If something about the way you do readings is unfamiliar to most members (eg the method, the text), please edit your signature to include a link to an explanation. (You can always write this yourself in Exploring Divination.)

A suggestion

When you post a reading here in Shared Readings, please include your own response to it, too. Then you're really sharing your reading - which is your conversation with Yi (the I Ching) - and not just the numbers.

No need to write a book (though you can if you like, of course ;) ): just jot a few things down. For instance... does anything in the answer sound familiar? Feel right - or wrong? If a friend had given you this answer, what would you say to them?

Also, you don't need to be some kind of expert for this. I think it's even an advantage, sometimes, not to be: you don't have a freight of existing ideas to carry round, so you're free to see your reading with clear eyes. Then other members can benefit from your unique perspective, and you benefit from centring yourself in your own sense of the reading - engaging with it as yours, not just some lines on a page - before you open it up to others' thoughts.

A note about deleting posts (because sometimes people ask me to delete their posts after the three day ‘editing’ period on them has expired)

You own the copyright in what you post here, and you grant Clarity a license to publish it here on the website. This means I have the final say on whether or not messages are deleted, edited or moved once they’re posted here.

Normally I (and other moderators) do not delete or edit posts, because a) everyone benefits from the archives here and b) it's not fair to other members if what they replied to vanishes or changes. In rare cases, we'll make an exception. But before you post anything on the public forums, please consider that they are public. If you don't want your post to show up in Google search results, support Clarity and join Change Circle! (Then you can use the private 'Reading Circle' forum.)

How you can help

Use the ‘Like’ button! (It's on the right-hand side under each post. Mouse over/ tap on it for more options.)

If you post a reading for comment, please come back and post feedback on how things worked out.

And if there's a problem, please use the post reporting system to get help from the moderators.

When to report a post

  • If it's spam
  • If it's in the wrong forum (moderators will move it for you)
  • If it seems to you to break the rule against personal abuse, 'diagnosis' etc.
You can report a post by clicking the little 'bell' icon just below it and to the left:
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And please remember that discussing other members’ behaviour is off-topic for the main forums, so don't post a retort.

You can also report abusive/ offensive/ spammy private messages.

How post reporting works (what to expect)

The report is emailed to me and to our moderators along with your message. Only the moderators can see that a post has been reported, and they will keep the identity of the 'reporter' confidential.

A moderator visits the thread, reads it through and considers what to do next. They might...

  • in the case of spam, delete all the spammer's posts and ban them permanently (of course)
  • decide the post's acceptable and take no action (in which case they'll contact you to explain)
  • contact the original poster and ask them to delete or edit their post
  • delete/ edit the post themselves and contact the original poster with an explanation and warning

After someone makes a second post that breaks the rule, the moderator may suspend them for a brief 'cooling off' period of from 48 hours to a week, at the moderator's discretion.

Anyone who persists in making abusive/ offensive posts will be referred on to me for longer suspension or a permanent ban.

If you disagree with a moderator's decision you can ask them about it politely, or you can email me to protest. But sending personal abuse to moderators for doing their job is not tolerated, and incurs a one-week suspension right away.

Using the Moderation forum

If you see a pattern of behaviour that's causing problems and isn't being dealt with satisfactorily, please use the 'Moderation' forum. This forum exists purely as a place to resolve current problems in the main forums. Its only purpose is to ensure that the main forums are a safe space for discussing the I Ching. Hence any post made here should contain links to and quotations from specific, recent problem posts.

If you see a post in Moderation that doesn't serve this purpose, please report it. If mods agree with you, it'll be deleted outright. (And as with rule-breaking posts in the main forums, the poster will be warned first, and suspended from the forum if they do the same again.)
 
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at least I'm assuming thats the question someone is meant to be asking
 

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Hi Hilary, or any other forum member reading this, can you please help direct me to how to find a previous post? I'm not speaking of finding a particular post of a hexagram/changing line/resulting hex; rather, I'm speaking of finding the one post I ever made to others on this site! I had a very kind response (nearly a year ago) and would like to say thank you in addition to follow up on what happened. I believe that there is a way to locate one's previous post as I saw it mentioned in a thread once....thanks!
 

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Hi Hilary, or any other forum member reading this, can you please help direct me to how to find a previous post? I'm not speaking of finding a particular post of a hexagram/changing line/resulting hex; rather, I'm speaking of finding the one post I ever made to others on this site! I had a very kind response (nearly a year ago) and would like to say thank you in addition to follow up on what happened. I believe that there is a way to locate one's previous post as I saw it mentioned in a thread once....thanks!
You click on your name, wildiris, and then click the option 'view profile' under that option you can see options to view recent threads started by you or posts made by you. Simple. You click on the links to get there.

Here it is http://www.onlineclarity.co.uk/friends/showthread.php?18478-Hi-all-from-long-time-forum-follower
 

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Hello,

I think probably the best place would be in Open Space or, if you're a member, in the Reading Circle.
 

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