Keep a single, interconnected journal of your whole life. The Resonance Journal has five types of entry – Yijing reading, dream, general journal entry, synchronicity and looseleaf notes – that can all be interlinked, tagged and searched together.
The three parts of the home screen:
Special Yijing features
The Resonance Journal is created by and for Yijing users – basically, Justin (the programmer) has incorporated every Yijing feature I (Hilary) could dream up.
Yijing readings are stored as a special type of entry. The journal keeps a record of primary hexagram and changing lines, works out the relating hexagram and other connected hexagrams for you, and displays translation and commentary for your answer alongside the entry.
Never lose another reading
The main reason for using software to store your readings instead of paper (or as an index to a paper journal, if you like) is so you can find them again. So we’ve put quite a bit of thought into the search features…
Basically, this means that if you can remember something about an entry, you can find it.
Use the quick filter to find entries directly –
Often this is all you need: just type in a word you remember from an entry, click ‘filter’, and there’s the one you’re looking for.
You can also scroll through the list of entries by date… or browse them in calendar view… or use the entry tree to navigate ‘parent’ and ‘child’ entries. You’re definitely never going to lose a reading again.
Find anything with advanced search
To find more elusive entries (‘Didn’t I ask about this situation last year?’ or ‘didn’t I have a dream about a situation very like this?’) use the advanced search.
You can choose where to search (in entry tags, titles or text), and when (by date), and what types of entry (Yijing readings, general journal entries, synchronicities, dreams…). Then you can also search your Yijing readings by hexagram number, lines changing, hexagram role (primary, relating, nuclear…) and component trigram.
Find readings with cast history
The easiest way to answer the question, ‘Haven’t I had this moving line before?’ (Or ‘this hexagram’ or ‘this pattern of change’…)
When you cast a reading, the ‘cast history’ tab is automatically set to search for identical readings. You can check more boxes for a more far-reaching search – for instance, when have you received this primary hexagram as primary or relating? Or have you received the opposite or contrasting hexagram?
You’ll discover unfolding stories and deeper patterns you might otherwise have missed.
And about not losing readings…
You also don’t want to lose your entries to computer glitches or absent-minded moments like forgetting to click ‘save’. So the Resonance Journal…
- saves entries automatically
- moves deleted entries to a ‘Recycle Bin’ from which they can be restored
- has a simple ‘backup’ and ‘restore’ function
The Resonance Journal’s both for Yijing readings and also for dreams, synchronicities, notes, reflections and simply for journal entries. There are two reasons for this:
- a Yijing journal benefits enormously from custom-designed software, especially for searching and finding patterns, and
- Yijing readings don’t belong in a separate box, cut off from our other thoughts and experiences.
Having one place to keep all these things means you can explore the connections between them – how they resonate together. And this is why we called it the Resonance Journal.
The most powerful way to explore connections is through tagging, though searches and linking contribute too…
Often a big part of Yi’s message is in the connections between readings: the same relating hexagram, for instance, or a relating hexagram ‘surfacing’ as primary. The cast history search will show you these connections in a couple of clicks.
Advanced search will also help you find patterns among entries, answering questions like, ‘Have I had more dreams about Mum these past few months?’ or ‘How many dreams about Maggie include the trigram kan?’
Make a note of the connections you find by linking related entries together.
Tags are a beautifully simple way to make resonance visible. Applying a single tag (like ‘goose’ or ‘dog’ or ‘brother’ or ‘flying’) to entries of many different kinds links together dreams, readings and synchronicities – creating connections you can easily trace and explore. (See the five-minute video below for an example.)
- tag entries quickly and easily from the entry pane (with auto-complete to ensure you don’t end up with lots of similar tags like ‘sock’ and ‘socks’)
- manage tags with the tag list
- use the tag information window to see which entries a tag appears in, and which other tags it appears with, so you can follow the thread of connection.
- see the bigger picture with the tag cloud, where tags with more entries are shown larger. (Also you can filter the cloud by date, and view hexagram tags separately from the tags you create yourself.)
Here’s a video I made a while ago about tagging:
Tagging and Resonance
…with the ‘random entry’ feature.
This is a tremendously simple idea: you click ‘ctrl+m’ (or select this from the menu) and the Resonance Journal displays an entry at random. It could be a dream, a reading, a general journal entry, a synchronicity.
And… perhaps it will be just what you need to see now.
(Of course there are lots of ways you can use the Resonance Journal for structured reviewing and exploring patterns. But sometimes it’s interesting not to be looking for anything in particular…)
Easy and natural to use
I’ve filled a page with the Resonance Journal’s features, but I don’t want to give you the impression it’s complicated to use. On the contrary – it’s very plain and simple: you can just install it and start typing your first entry. Then, as you add more readings, dreams and reflections, you can choose which features fit with your way of thinking.
(Personally, I think tagging’s just about the best invention since yarrow stalks, but I know some people who don’t use it at all.)
So – download the software, put it through its paces, and see how much more your readings (and dreams and reflections and ‘random’ encounters…) can tell you.