The I Ching Companion: An Answer to Every Question

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Weiser Books, 1999 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 79 pages
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Millions of people who cast the I Ching to find answers to their deepest questions refer to the classic Wilhelm/Baynes translation of the ancient Chinese divinatory text, The I Ching or Book of Changes, published by Princeton University Press. The I Ching Companion: An Answer for Every Question is a study guide to be used in conjunction with the Wilhelm/Baynes translation. The I Ching oracle has survived millennia exactly because of its elusive nature. It is replete with phrases and imagery that are unfamiliar to the Western mind. The text in itself tells many stories from ancient China, when the Chou overthrew the Shang dynasty, and contains every aspect of the human experience, both secular and spiritual. Richards has compiled a concordance of the primary symbols in the Wilhelm/Baynes text -- such as "to cross the great water", "furthering", the four directions, colors, "the great man", "the inferior man", and the "superior man" -- so that students of the I Ching can conduct their own study and gain their own understanding of how the changes described by the I Ching are connected in an eternal cycle of beginning, conflict, and resolution.

Richards offers detailed, yet easy-to-follow instructions for consulting the oracle. Drawing parallels between the body's chakras and the lines of a hexagram, she reveals an entirely new way in which the I Ching can be used as a tool for achieving emotional balance. The I Ching answers questions, and in so doing, peace of mind -- our life's quest -- is attained. This guide can help facilitate that quest.

 

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Contents

What Is the I Ching?
1
THE ORIGIN OF THE I CHING
2
A BOOK OF ORACLES WISDOM LAW
3
RICHARD WILHELMS TRANSLATION
4
How Do I Consult the I Ching?
7
THE COIN ORACLE
8
HOW TO CONSULT THE NUCLEAR HEXAGRAM
16
ANOTHER WAY THE I CHING MAY BE USEFUL
17
THE FIELD OF ACTION
29
SUBLIMITY
30
SUCCESS
31
FURTHERING
34
PERSEVERANCE
35
NORTH SOUTH EAST AND WEST
38
THE GREAT MAN
44
THE HOLY MAN
48

A WORD ABOUT THE YARROWSTALK ORACLE
20
Concordance
21
COLORS
22
CROSS THE GREAT WATERS
24
DURATION
26
THE INFERIOR MAN
50
THE SUPERIOR MAN
52
GLOSSARY
77
About the Author
79
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Richards began her spiritual studies in the 1960s, and accompanied her I Ching teacher, Walter Boye, from 1978-1979 on an incredible journey the length and breadth of America.

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