This course is 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 want and need its help, then this is for you.
Looking back through my own handwritten journals from the 1990s, I see a fair sprinkling of ‘aha!’ moments – I’d never have persisted without them, of course – but also a lot of entries that tail off into ‘??!?’ – where I never really grasped what the reading was telling me.
My journal now, by contrast… still has plenty of ‘??!?’. But they’re at the beginning of the entries, not at the end. Then come specific questions, and – eventually, as I let my intuition respond – the understanding. The one important change between then and now is that I’ve learned the questions to ask and which elements of the reading will show me the answers. This sounds simple – it is – but it makes all the difference, and it’s something you can learn.
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. Essentials before you start
What you need to have in place to start building a relationship with the oracle: a good translation, a Yijing journal, and the means to cast a hexagram.
2. Discovering the question
This is the invisible obstacle: often, what seems to be an interpretation problem is really a confusing-question problem.
3.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.
4. 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 – through both ancient text and component trigrams, together.
5. 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…
6-7. 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.
8. 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.
Each module is presented in three formats, so there’ll be something for your preferred way of learning:
- video – with advanced 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.
Practise as you go along
There’s a variety of suggested experiments, quizzes, 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…). I’ve included answers and extensive worked examples for comparison.
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If – for any reason and at any time – you aren’t happy with the Foundations Course, please just tell me, and I’ll give you your money back without question or fuss.
Read this before you buy:
There are three ways to access the Foundations Course
If you order the Course on its own…
…then you’ll receive immediate, lifetime access to the full course – 7 modules with video, audio and ebook versions and supplementary reference materials, and suggested ‘assignments’ and things to try for each module.
You also gain access for 3 months to the Yi Academy forum, where you can get support and feedback on your course assignments. (Note: your access to the course materials is for life, not just for 3 months.)
Because this is basically a digital product, the EU requires that I charge VAT on the purchase to all EU residents. (That’s why the order form requires your address even though there’s nothing to post.) So the course costs £75 (about $98 or €87) plus any VAT chargeable where you live.
If you sign up for the Course with individual mentoring
…then you also get lifetime access to one-on-one support with the course. Here’s how this works:
As soon as you sign up for mentoring, we’ll arrange a time to talk, and discuss your relationship with Yi, what you’re looking for from the course and how I can help. Then each time you complete a module assignment, you can send it in to me, and we’ll talk it through. I’ll be able to help you directly with interpretation and show you how to access your own natural understanding of a reading.
There is no time limit to this: you can go through the course at whatever pace you choose, and send me your next assignment whenever you’re ready. You could complete the course in a couple of months, or spread it out over a few years – either is fine.
To sum up, mentoring includes:
- an introductory call to discuss how you want to develop your relationship with Yi
- seven further calls for in-depth feedback and support on course assignments
- a year’s access to full Change Circle membership, as a bonus
The Foundations Course with Mentoring costs £50/month (about $65 or €58) for 12 monthly installments, or you can make a single payment of £500 (and save £100).
If you join Change Circle
…then you receive:
- The complete Yijing Foundations course for as long as you remain a member
- Unlimited access to the Yi Academy forum where you can get feedback and support on the Course – or any other Yijing questions you have
- Access to more advanced Yijing course materials as I develop them
- Access to Reading Circle, Clarity’s main private forum for sharing readings (it also includes the ‘Dreams and Yi’ subforum)
- Extensive Change Circle archives of call recordings with members’ readings
- Access to WikiWing, our collaborative, experiential Yijing book
- The option of booking 30 minute one-on-one calls with me for extra help as often as you want
This is a ‘pay what you want’ offer, starting at £10/month. (And – good news for Europeans – because of the personal support included, it’s exempt from VAT.)
Or to access the Foundations Course as part of Change Circle, click here.
I think your course is AWESOME! It contains all the brass tacks needed for better interaction with Yi.
I came to the course with basic knowledge, having used Yi for years already, but came away with a much more profound understanding, and also, your book is very nice, and it’s become my go-to Yi Ching book.
The Foundations Course is very well put together. I watched the videos, but haven’t listened to the mp3s yet. I plan to refer to the .pdfs in the future. All in all, good to have the different formats, for different learning types.
So thank you!”
Kurt Ritchie, Indiana
The trigrams and their directions were the juicest part of the 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.”
The most useful thing I learned? To be faithful to the actual words, rather than just a sense of them, i.e. that every word/image is saying something important.
The structures have been very helpful too, things like the relating hexagram as where I can recognise myself or the lines as layers/story. This helps to ground my reading before my intuition can take off. I also found the trigrams and their qualities useful.
Since taking the course, I pay more attention to every word and spend much more time with the image. I pay attention to the voices of the lines. When I have time, I spend more time on the trigrams too. I think I am more confident commenting on other people’s readings. Usually I have found this hard to do.
I also feel more trust. I feel less likely to ignore the message, if I get the message in the first place that is. It may sound weird but I feel like my awareness has gone through a doorway and suddenly hears things unheard before, and I understand the language more.
The notes were great. I plan to print them all out and make a mini-book, I will return to them frequently. There’s a lot of information there and I will happily keep studying them for some time.
It’s been a fantastic course and very helpful. I think it is more suited to people who have already tried using the oracle and not felt confident rather than total beginners. The thing is that I imagine many beginners try and give up because they can’t make sense of their casts, and I think one has to be hooked in some way to put in the work and persevere, which is when we get results.”
The Yijing requires our full poetic attention, from which we make what meaning we can. The Foundations Course illuminates the fundamentals so brightly they catch fire in the reader’s mind. You’ve deepened my enthusiasm for The Classic of Change by clarifying with unerring ease the magnetic components of this ancient divination system, so that now I see better how all the parts fit together as a self-consistent whole. Seeing this deeply into the dynamic structure of theYijing, I feel more confident about participating with the book’s mythopoeic insights into the flow of events carrying my life.