You know that moment – when the doubt and anxiety about getting it wrong dissolve away, and the tantalising sense of missing something evaporates, and you hear the Yijing’s answer. It’s unmistakable: the oracle’s speaking to you.
The moment of recognition can be dramatic (tears, laughter, yelling at the book…), or it can be subtler (a wry smile, freer breath, gradually sensing how something’s unlocked) – but you know it when it happens.
This is why the Yijing’s so endlessly fascinating, because of these ‘aha!’ moments that draw us into conversation. Or rather – not so much the conversation, as the change it makes possible. Healthier relationships with strong communication and mutual understanding; deeper insight into our own motives and patterns; big projects navigated with greater wisdom and vastly less stress; decisions based on clear vision of the whole reality… and, yes, help with the small stuff, like why the computer’s on the fritz or where the hamster’s hiding this time.
Change Circle synergy – and how it grows the ‘aha!’s
If you want more of this lively, life-changing conversation with the Yijing, then membership in Change Circle – Clarity’s private community and Yi Academy – could be for you. There are three ways it multiplies the ‘aha!’s:
To begin with, the online Yijing Foundations Course (as sold separately here for £50) gives you the essentials of how to interpret for yourself: familiarity with the simple structures of a reading, so you don’t get lost amidst apparent contradictions; knowing how to engage with the imagery and get the conversation flowing when you’re stuck. Here are the course details.
For people who are already confident in the fundamentals, I’m also developing materials on the more advanced tools and techniques I use in interpretation – methods that let you access more of what a reading has to tell you. These further connections, perspectives, distinctions and stories can unlock whole new dimensions of significance in a reading.
– and all the Yijing learning materials I develop in future will be included inside the Change Circle.
Change Circle is not just a store of information; it’s a gathering of people – as fascinated by Yi as you are yourself, and just as drawn to go deeper and learn more.
One way Yi helps is by giving you an entirely new perspective – and that can be a lot easier to perceive through dialogue with other people and their different perspectives. Also, a feature of groups like this is that synchronicity tends to happen. What you’re learning turns out to be what I need to learn; what I’m discovering turns out to be what you need to remember; the hexagram she received yesterday is the one you have today… and so on.
Change Circle includes the Reading Circle forum for sharing readings (and dreams, in the ‘Dreams and Yi’ space) privately – and also the Yi Academy forum, a safe learning environment for practising the suggested applications from the course and trying out new interpretive tools. I’m available in all the forums to answer questions and offer reading feedback.
“Knowledge should be a refreshing and vitalizing force. It becomes so only through stimulating intercourse with congenial friends with whom one holds discussion and practices application of the truths of life. In this way learning becomes many-sided and takes on a cheerful lightness, whereas there is always something ponderous and one-sided about the learning of the self-taught.”
(Wilhelm on Hexagram 58)
Still no ‘aha’? Let’s talk.
As a Change Circle member, you can book a time to chat with me by Skype or phone (I set aside two 30-minute appointments each week for this). If you have a reading or part of a reading you’re stuck on, or a hexagram that keeps coming back until you get the feeling you must be missing something – or any Yi-related question – talk to me, and I’ll help.
As you know – you learn the Yijing through your own reading experience: there’s no other way. However… you can also learn a lot from other people’s experiences – especially when those experiences are illuminated with the benefit of hindsight and made easy to access. This is the particular gift of WikiWing, our collaborative Yijing book. It started life many years ago when I ‘seeded’ the Wiki with my own notes, and has been growing steadily since then.
Each of these three ways – courses, community and shared experience – nourishes the others and multiplies their effects. The more you grow in confidence with Yi, the more you can contribute and help out relative newcomers (it’s an ideal environment to practise reading for others); the more you share your experiences, the richer the whole community becomes.
Yijing Foundations Course Details
This is a 14-week course (a new module is delivered to you every two weeks) designed to clear away whatever obstacles stand between you and confidence in your own I Ching readings. If you…
- have trouble applying the imagery to your own situation and question
- are baffled by apparent contradictions between different parts of a reading
- worry that your biases may be distorting your interpretation
…and sometimes find yourself giving up on a reading when you wanted and needed its help, then this is for you. Click the ‘syllabus’ and ‘course format’ headings below for more information:
I designed the course syllabus by 1) asking a lot of people what problems and sticking-points they had in interpretation and 2) asking myself, ‘What do I use to solve those problems – and which of these techniques or insights could I absolutely not manage without? What’s essential to understanding a reading?’ The resulting course covers:
1. Discovering the question
This is the invisible obstacle: often, what seems to be an interpretation problem is really a confusing-question problem.
2. Connecting to images, part 1 – the trigrams
Probably the single most important element of confident reading: really experiencing the connection between the Yi’s imagery and your question. No matter how complex a reading gets, you will always be using that inner touchstone. So we have several weeks to build confidence in that – starting with something as simple and elemental as the trigrams.
3. Connecting to images, part 2: single hexagrams
Developing the skills of connecting to and applying a reading, and getting a feel for a hexagram as a whole.
4. Reading structure part 1: primary and relating hexagrams
The framework for good interpretation: knowing a reading’s basic structure and how its elements ‘talk to’ one another. (No more puzzling over apparent contradictions!) Primary and relating hexagram first, then…
5-6. Reading structure parts 2 and 3: moving lines
– understood through both line positions and steps of change, so you can handle multiple moving lines without confusion.
7. Foundations for a reading practice
Different ways you can integrate readings as part of your life and keep growing a strong working relationship with the I Ching.
There’s also a Yijing reference guide: casting with three coins, other ways of casting, help choosing a translation and a reference pdf of some common Yijing terms, from bagua to Zhou.
- video – with user-friendly controls so you can replay sections as often as you want, accelerate playback, pause or skip ahead through the table of contents, or even run a full text search
- audio – extracted from the video to take with you and listen on the move
- pdf ebook – for swift learning, and for convenient reference
Absorbing the material in all three ways – watching, listening and reading – helps it to ‘stick’ in your mind, so the information’s there when you need it.
Also, each module comes with suggested experiments, exercises and ways to apply what you’re learning. (Which is important, because information without experience is just an unopened book – and, since it’s all digital, not even useful as a doorstop…) The Yi Academy forum provides a safe, friendly environment to practice, where I’ll give you feedback on your progress and you can compare notes with other students.
So to sum up…
Change Circle includes:
- The Yijing Foundations Course
- More advanced Yijing learning materials
- Yi Academy forum
- Reading Circle forum
- …and the opportunity to book an I Ching chat with me each month
Choose the right price for you
Change Circle, with its range of different components, is going to be worth different amounts to different people. To me, £10/month (about $13 or €12) feels like a reasonable rate for access to it all: your average astrology or tarot course with this kind of support would cost a fair bit more, but Change Circle is a community as well as courses, so I don’t want to price it out of reach. So… pay what you want. If it feels good to you to pay more than the £10/month, then thank you. And if not, then thank you, too, for joining.
Spacious 60 day guarantee
Obviously, you can cancel your Change Circle membership any time. But in addition to that, if you want to leave within the first 60 days of your membership, simply let me know and I’ll refund everything you’ve paid. No questions, no hoops to jump through and no hard feelings.
Why two months? Two reasons: it means you’re not under pressure to decide before you’ve had time to see what’s there (you’ll have received 5 of the 7 course modules, for instance); and 60 days is Paypal’s maximum refund period, within which I can make the refund at the click of a button, without fuss.
I’m a member of Change Circle because it’s more private and it’s also a way I can contribute financially to Clarity. I would recommend it to anyone who is seriously interested in exploring the I Ching beyond the basics. Someone who is willing to spend more time with Yi’s responses.
I use WikiWing for honing my understanding of a line here and there, especially for my own readings, and I’ve added to it from time to time. This gives me a great feeling of accomplishment!”
The trigrams and their directions were the juicest part of the Foundations Course for me, but I can’t think of any one thing more useful than another – all of them were! – and I now approach an I Ching reading in a deeper and more transformational way. Instead of just blindly following an I Ching book interpretation, I can contemplate a while and choose a personal way of understanding my casting.
Would I recommend it to a friend? Sure, as long as that friend had the prerequisite linguistic and philosophical sophistication to assimilate your very generous, methodical and in-depth information. Otherwise, anyone will appreciate, like I did, your warm, personal support.”
Since I find your work on the Yijing to be highly valuable and very helpful, it seems natural to me not to miss all the opportunities offered by membership, to have early access and/or discounts on products and so on. Equally important, being a member of Change Circle is a way to support your work. As a matter of fact, 90% of the times I log in is to consult the WikiWing, but I also think it’s great to have a reserved area of the forum where you can discuss personal readings without exposing them to the world.
Of course I’d recommend it, to anyone who is seriously interested in the Yi and appreciates your work on it.”
Quality instruction in Yijing divination is hard to come by, but Change Circle provides a deep and engaging interactive course. Hilary’s interpretive strategies help cut clear through the fog, with opportunities provided for peer-reviewed practice in applying and integrating them. It’s structured in a way that it can be approached as interactively as you like, or accessed as reference material, and it’s easy to choose and to vary your pace and degree of interaction.
One very helpful reference is a Wikipedia-like collaborative translation I’ve referred to frequently for Hilary’s invaluable insights into the relationship of each individual line to its ‘zhi’, or relating hexagram. I’ve never regretted joining Change Circle and I’ve made noticeable progress as a result; the deeper my engagement, the more rewarding it’s been.”
Hilary is a wonderfully creative and imaginative teacher. I really have never encountered anyone who explains things better than she does – and the I Ching is difficult to explain, which makes it all the more remarkable.
Over the years she has come up with many innovative ways of bringing the I Ching to people and fostering discussion and learning. You get a lot with a Change Circle membership.
I appreciate her taking the trouble to produce the Foundations course in three different formats – video, ebook, and audio. All are superb (do not miss the videos), and when used together help the concepts sink in. Also, you can put the audio files on a CD or flash drive and listen in the car!”
Joining Change Circle gave me the opportunity to directly interact with Hilary who always responds to members’ casts. Plus, you have the possibility of a one-to-one call with her on any subject you choose – it can be a line in particular or a cast you do not wish to publish in the forum. And what about WikiWing, where you get the chance to read about other people’s ideas of the line, all organized by hexagrams. Joining has been one of the most spot-on things I’ve done since I’ve been here on Clarity. 🙂
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