Back in 2017, I taught a new class on reading for others. If you’re fascinated by the Yijing – and you can see when your friends, family or clients could benefit from its help – and you want to be able to share that with them – then this is for you. I haven’t yet set a date for the next ‘Reading for Others’ class, but you can register here to be informed when it’s next available.
About the class
What we’ll cover
Just as the Foundations Course covers the fundamentals for confident interpretation, this one will equip you with all you need to interpret readings for other people. When someone is lost, or stuck, or turning in circles round a difficult decision, you’ll be able to help with a reading.
You already know how Yi helps – the experience of recognition, insight and deep connection that comes in conversation with the Oracle. The Reading For Others class is about making that experience possible for other people.
Think of it as inviting thirsty people to the Yijing-Well and making sure their thirst is quenched.
The Class materials – which can and will be extended and developed in response to students’ requests! – are in three parts:
The Well Rope: interpretation skills to draw out the answer present in a reading
The Bucket: communication skills to make the reading accessible
A Well-Keeper’s Manual: developing your resourcefulness as a reader
The Well Rope: interpretation for others
With your own readings, you know ways to reach their essence – or to allow it to come to you. But how can you understand and recognise someone else’s answer as Yi is speaking to them? And more importantly, how can you bring that experience of recognition within their reach, even if they’re completely new to the oracle? How can you support someone else’s relationship with Yi?
The ‘Well Rope’ part of the class covers:
- listening to the querent and helping them find their real question
- developing your own ground rules about questions
- when – and how – you might encourage someone to rephrase their question
- inspiring questions (for coaching or spiritual work)
- grasping and communicating the outline of a reading
- understanding the primary/relating hexagram framework as an answer to someone else’s question
- communicating reading structure to a querent who’s new to Yi
- conveying an ‘essence’ of a hexagram through distinctions and stories
- working with an unchanging reading
- Helping a querent navigate changing lines
- ‘contradictory’ lines
- multiple moving lines (even when you don’t have long for the reading)
The Bucket: communicating the reading
It’s not enough only to ‘draw’ the reading for your querent; you need to give it to them, as something they can own, take with them and use in practice.
- Choosing the best modality for you to deliver the reading
- pros and cons of written readings vs live conversation
- designing your own ideal reading ‘recipe’ to fit your own gifts
- How much technical Yijing stuff to include?
- communicating moving lines without technical overwhelm
- using interpretive tools without ‘showing your workings’
- Giving (really giving) people images to think in
- suggested steps for sharing an image so the querent experiences their own moment of recognition
- What if the querent rejects the answer – then how can you give it to them?
- Summarising a reading and making it ‘portable’
- When, how and why you would follow up after the reading
The Well-Keeper’s Manual: developing your resourcefulness as a reader
Understanding who you are as a diviner and what you give to others. How to keep on becoming a better reader – and how to stay whole and more or less sane in the process.
- Developing your understanding of your own unique gifts and challenges as a diviner
- (With suggested questions for Yi – and of course I’m available to discuss the answers)
- What to do when you’re stuck with interpretation
- what I turn to first
- using interpretive tools to answer specific questions about a reading
- additional, clarifying readings: what you might ask, and when, and what to share
- Developing your own resources as a reader
- how to use your own journal (and how not to use it)
- building up a library of examples, parables, quotations…
- ongoing learning, recommended resources
- Ground rules and confidence with querents
- When and how you might get Yi’s help with the relationship
- When would you decline to read?
- Maintaining your own emotional resilience and avoiding burnout
- The limits of a diviner’s responsibility
Where, when and how
Class dates and timing
The class will begin on 26th February and support will be available for three months initially (but read on…).
Since this is the first time I’ve taught this, it will be a ‘beta’ version. That means…
- it costs much less than a fully-fledged class
- the participants will be very much involved in shaping it: I’ll create new materials in response to your questions and adjust the timing and practice opportunities to fit with your needs.
- participants will need to promise active involvement and feedback!
- some time after this ‘beta’ class has finished, I’ll hone the materials into a more polished full-priced version
The class doesn’t have a fixed weekly schedule – ‘week 1, module 1, assignment 1’ kind of thing. Instead…
- All the initial materials – Rope, Bucket and Well-Keeper’s Manual – will be available to download from day 1
- our weekly online meetings will be about students’ questions, not about ‘this week’s module’
- I’ll be available to answer questions, suggest challenges and experiments and provide reading feedback via the forum and our online meetings until mid-May…
- …which means loads of time to work through all the material and practise to your heart’s content…
- …and at the end of our third month we can discuss what kind of support or further teaching participants would like me to provide next. (That might be individual mentoring, or deep-dive classes on the use of my favourite interpretive tools, or simply keeping the private forum open for mutual support… I don’t have any fixed path in mind.)
How it works
The class will be a small group of no more than 12 people. There will be…
- course materials to download and keep
- a private forum for class students only (to get questions answered, discuss topics in depth with other students, share and collect resources, practise readings and run shared ‘reading experiments’)
- working with a partner to practice mini-interpretations to integrate each new idea and tool, and eventually full readings
- weekly online meetings for the group – for Q&A, integration and yet more live reading practice. (I suggest we schedule weekly meetings for the first month and then consider shifting to a more relaxed pace 🙂 )
(As you can maybe tell, I believe that this is best learned through practice! This Class can provide a safe space to give readings and get in-depth feedback.)
This class will be held under the Change Circle ‘roof’, because Change Circle’s resources – from WikiWing to Reading Circle to the Foundations Course to I Ching chats – can all be a huge help in reading for others. This means that if you’re already a Change Circle member you get a nice, fat discount; if you’re not, you’ll have access to Change Circle for the duration of the class.
The first month of the class will cost £85, or £65 for existing Change Circle members.
The next two months (March-April, April-May) will cost £15 each (£5 for existing CC members), billed monthly.
Register to be notified when the class is next available
Since this is a class about reading for other people, it’s going to be completely collaborative. So we really need to get a group of people together who are a good fit – with shared enthusiasm and commitment to the group, willingness to participate in the ‘beta’ process, and compatible views on Yi. (Not identical views – that would be inexpressibly boring – but similar enough that we can easily work together.)
So… that’s why this class had an application form instead of just an order form. If this class is calling to you, then please send in your application, and I’ll be in touch to arrange a time for us to talk.
When I receive your application, I’ll email you back, and we can fix a time to talk.
This will be a kind of ‘fitting room’ chat: I get an in-depth understanding of what you want from the class, we get a feel for one another’s approach to Yi, you ask any questions you have about what’s on offer and check it’s what you want, and we can discuss what Yi has to say on the subject.
Your question for this reading is – obviously! – your question: ask what you’re asking. Maybe something like, ‘What would this class give me?’ or, ‘What do I have to offer as a diviner?’…
I’ll do my best to schedule the meetings at a time when everyone can make them, in all the participants’ different timezones. But there will always be a recording available – and if you can’t make it to a meeting I’ll still be glad to answer your questions via the forum. (That’s the great benefit of having a forum: it enables people on opposite sides of the globe to have fluent conversations.)
The core idea of the class is to be able to give other people that same experience of connection, insight and guidance that you have from your own readings. So if you can interpret your own readings with confidence and fluency, then yes, you’re ready for the Reading for Others Class.
If you’re interested in the class but not sure whether you’re ready for it, please apply. We can talk through your take on a reading of your own and see whether the class feels like a good fit for you.
To participate fully in the video calls? Tech savvy enough to click a link to join the meeting – oh, and plug in some earphones to avoid echo. You can participate from your computer, phone or tablet – it’s easier than a Skype call.
And if you don’t have an internet connection at the time of the call, you can dial in with just your phone.
You cannot ‘get behind’ in this class.
Because all the materials are there for download from the start, and because the weekly calls are based on Q&A ie whatever questions the people on the call want to ask, there is no such thing as ‘behind’.
The same goes for partner work: if you want to practise listening for questions and your partner wants to practise summarising a full reading, you can still offer one another helpful feedback. There’s absolutely no need for you to be working on the same part of the course.
First – this is not school; I do understand you have a life, and if you need to leave before our three months are up, that’s fine. I’m designing this to ensure that you don’t miss out on any content when ‘life happens’. (That’s why all the downloads will be available on day 1.)
However, working with other students is a crucial part of the class. Your fellow-students need you to be available to provide feedback as they practise their reading skills – both through the online forum and in scheduled one-to-one calls as ‘reading partners’. Please allow at least an extra half-hour a week for this in addition to our weekly calls and whatever time you take for private reading, absorbing and integrating.
- In the Q&A meetings
- On the forum
You can just show up at a meeting with your question and ask it, or if you’d like me to prepare a more in-depth answer please do send me your question in advance. The only rule is you need to be at the meeting to get your question answered there. If you can’t make it to a meeting, just post your question on the forum.
No, nothing like that at all. My approach to the Yi is… well, exactly what you see all over this website. I’m fascinated by Yi as a way to see deeply into human nature and interactions; I love it for its down-to-earth practicality; I’m devoted to it as a way of spiritual connection. My expertise (and interest) does not cover Wen Wang Gua or 9 Star Ki or any of the technical predictive methods.
The last thing I want is to have someone stuck in a class that isn’t a good fit for them – and the only way to be sure it’s a good fit is for us to talk. So after you fill out the application form above, we’ll schedule a call where we can talk through your needs, expectations, level of experience and so on.