I Ching for a New Age The Book of Answers for Changing Times Edited by Robert G. Benson

Synopsis

For over three thousand years, the Chinese have placed great value on the I Ching–also called the “Classic of Changes” and the “Book of Changes”–turning to it for guidance and insight. The I Ching is based on the deep understanding that our lives go through definable patterns, which can be determined by “consulting the Oracle”–the book of I Ching. Throughout the centuries, I Ching devotees have used the book as a means of understanding past, present, and future events, as well as exercising control over some events. The book highlights hundreds of different possibilities we might face in daily life, both on a professional and on a personal level.

For over ten years, researcher Robert Benson worked towards making the English text of the I Ching easier to understand and use. The result is a book that focuses on the text’s essential meaning and is highly accessible to the modern Western reader. In addition, Benson provides an illuminating history of the I Ching, explaining how the text was created, discussing how it works, and exploring its many mysteries. Here is an I Ching that stands alone, providing a book of answers for anyone who faces a time of personal crisis and change.

Robert G. Benson is an systems specialist. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of California—Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree in political science from San Diego State University. In addition, he earned a professional credential in information systems management from the University of California—San Diego. For over thirty years, Benson has studied the I Ching and other related divination systems, using his knowledge of history, political science, and cutting-edge information gathering and analysis. Mr. Benson currently lives in the San Diego area.

Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface

Introduction

1. Methods–How to Use the I Ching
2. History–How the I Ching Came to Be
3. Theory–Understanding the I Ching

I Ching: The Hexagrams With Interpretive Text
Traditional Hexagram Lookup
Alternative Hexagram Lookup
Hexagrams in Number Order
Hexagrams in Line Order
Hexagrams Interconnections

How To Consult The I Ching Oracle

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The Three Sisters of the Tao, Essential Conversations with Chinese Medicine, I Ching and Feng Shui ~ Terah Kathryn Collins

Enter the transformational world of the Three Sisters of the Tao – Chinese Medicine, I Ching and Feng Shui – with best-selling author Terah Kathryn Collins as she chronicles their sagacious counsel on how to sustain – or regain – the Way of the Heart.

Terah’s provocative dialogues with each Sister draw you into the intimacy of their inner circle, each conversation a journey into the essence of a heart-centred life. Chinese Medicine restores tranquility with her calming presence; illuminates your vital connection with Heaven and Earth; and opens new pathways of inspiration, sensuality, and creativity. I Ching calls forth the full expression of your true self, harmonises the union of your heart and mind, and reveals the unseen world of loving help. Feng Shui imbues your surroundings with rhythmic resonance, opening you to the living symphony of sacred space—your abode within the greater matrix of environmental harmony.

Terah Kathryn Collins
is a best-selling author and teacher; the founder of the Western School of Feng Shui in Solana Beach, California; and the originator of Essential Feng Shui®. Her first book, The Western Guide to Feng Shui, is one of the most popular books on the subject in the world and has been translated into ten languages. She has also written Home Design with Feng Shui A–Z, The Western Guide to Feng Shui—Room by Room featuring more than 100 photographs, The Western Guide to Feng Shui for Prosperity, and The Western Guide to Feng Shui for Romance: The Dance of Heart and Home. Her other works include the Personal Paradise Cards, a deck of 54 colorful flash cards and accompanying booklet, and her six-CD Feng Shui audio course.
Featured on the PBS Body and Soul TV series, Terah has spoken on Feng Shui at many special events, including the Magical Mastery and Today’s Wisdom Tours in Australia; the New Millennium Conference in Mexico; and the Women of Wisdom, I Can Do It®, and Empowering Women Conferences across the United States.

Filled with helpful guidance and direction, this enchanting book also includes 22 Essential Pearls, meditations, and introspective activities inviting you to dive deep into your true self; embrace your creative genius; and dance with the Sisters on a path paved with serenity, kindness, and pleasure.

There is a timeless quality, easy to recognise. You can feel it. The Tao, the Way, is permeated with love.

The 3 Sisters of Tao: Chinese Medicine, I Ching and Feng Shui

The I Ching: A Biography ~ Richard J. Smith

The I Ching originated in China as a divination manual more than three thousand years ago. In 136 BCE the emperor declared it a Confucian classic, and in the centuries that followed, this work had a profound influence on the philosophy, religion, art, literature, politics, science, technology, and medicine of various cultures throughout East Asia. Jesuit missionaries brought knowledge of the I Ching to Europe in the seventeenth century, and the American counterculture embraced it in the 1960s. Here Richard Smith tells the extraordinary story of how this cryptic and once obscure book became one of the most widely read and extensively analyzed texts in all of world literature.

In this concise history, Smith traces the evolution of the I Ching in China and throughout the world, explaining its complex structure, its manifold uses in different cultures, and its enduring appeal. He shows how the indigenous beliefs and customs of Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Tibet “domesticated” the text, and he reflects on whether this Chinese classic can be compared to religious books such as the Bible or the Qur’an. Smith also looks at how the I Ching came to be published in dozens of languages, providing insight and inspiration to millions worldwide–including ardent admirers in the West such as Leibniz, Carl Jung, Philip K. Dick, Allen Ginsberg, Hermann Hesse, Bob Dylan, Jorge Luis Borges, and I. M. Pei. Smith offers an unparalleled biography of the most revered book in China’s entire cultural tradition, and he shows us how this enigmatic ancient classic has become a truly global phenomenon.

Richard J. Smith is the George and Nancy Rupp Professor of Humanities and professor of history at Rice University. His many books include Fathoming the Cosmos and Ordering the World: The Yijing (I-Ching, or Classic of Changes) and Its Evolution in China.

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ProcessMind: A User’s Guide to Connecting with the Mind of God by Arnold Mindell, PhD

Join Your Mind with the Untapped Energies of the Universe for Increased Powers of Perception

In Processmind Arnold Mindell, therapist and conflict resolution consultant, extends and deepens known patterns behind the universe as evidenced in physics and connects them to basic experiences found in psychology and mystical traditions. Processmind shows not only connections between modern physics, psychology, and the “gods” of spiritual traditions, but also describes practical methods to resolve problems in everyday life. In 20 inspiring and interactive chapters, this book provides tested methods that actualize our deepest, unitive consciousness for ourselves, relationships, organizations, and world.

What is “Processmind?” It is an earth-based experience of the “mind” behind our personal and large group processes. “Processmind” is perhaps our most basic, least known, and greatest power. The concept combines the physics of nonlocality with specific altered states of consciousness found in peak experiences. By calling on ideas about Aboriginal totem spirits, quantum entanglement and nonlocality, Mindell describes “Processmind” as the “structure of God experiences.”

Drawing upon his extensive in individual and large-group conflict resolution, Mindell has created a kind of user’s guide to the universe’s hidden dimensions. However, Mindell himself advises against believing any processmind theory or related belief system about the universe’s possible code. Don’t believe anything until you test and prove that a theory works in everyday life! Such questioning, he hopes, will bring the belief systems of spiritual traditions and sciences closer together. It is for this reason that Processmind includes more than 30 exercises designed to help readers experience “Processmind” for themselves.

Mindell’s Processmind can help readers with dreams, body symptoms, relationships, and organizational and large-group conflict issues by guiding them to rely upon earth-based inner experience and rational thinking. A special workbook section at the end of the book allows readers to record the details of their engagement with the exercises.


Arnold (Arny) Mindell is the author of 20 books in 23 languages, including Dreambody, The Shaman’s Body, Quantum Mind, and Quantum Mind and Healing, and ProcessMind. Arny has an M.S. from M.I.T., was a Jungian training analyst, and has a Ph.D

In the first half-hour of this two-part DVD, Dr. Mindell provides an overview of process psychology and its relationship to the ancient Chinese concept of the Tao. He describes his approach as a “meta-psychology” which incorporates dreamwork, bodywork, relationship work, movement, family systems, spirituality, and global work.

In part two, Dr. Mindell discusses the concept of the “dreambody.” He discusses process oriented psychology as a form of meditation, providing examples of its application in areas as diverse as conflict resolution and medicine. He emphasizes the importance of not relying on therapist interpretations in the practice of process psychology.

Dr. Arnold Mindell is an innovative psychological theorist and therapist. Founder of the Center for Process Oriented Psychology in Zurich, Switzerland, and Portland, Oregon, he is author of Dreambody, Working With the Dreaming Body, City Shadow, The River’s Way, The Year One, Working on Yourself Alone and Coma: Key to Awakening.

The Tao of Enlightenment ~ William Horden

“Within the mind there is yet another mind.” –Nei-yeh, trans. Harold D. Roth

The concept of the Tao (the Way) has profoundly impacted world culture, most notably through the many translations of the Tao Te Ching and the Chuang Tzu. Its impact on ancient China was foundational, in the sense that it gave rise to Taoist religion, spirituality, cosmology, theory of statecraft and war, social relationships, painting, poetry, medicine and alchemy. Moreover, Taoism became interwoven with Buddhism from India, giving birth to Chan Buddhism (later known as Zen when transplanted to Japan). It is also closely associated with the I Ching (Book of Changes).

What has most fascinated me about Taoist thought, though, are its roots in mysticism and efforts to establish a protocol whereby practitioners might experience the personal awakening often referred to as enlightenment. This is a tradition that can be traced back to Taoism’s earliest written text, the Nei-yeh (Inward Training), which was produced well before the more famous Tao Te Ching and Chuang Tzu.

The Tao, as the Way, may be best conceived of as the Way of Nature. Practitioners are encouraged to increase their sensitivity to the more subtle forces both within their environment and themselves (for example, through feng shui and t’ai chi, respectively). This recognition of the similarity of forces at work externally and internally proves instrumental in providing a first-hand experience of the unity of subject and object, which forms the very basis of the mystical experience.

This particularly shows up in the Taoist appreciation of naturalness. When turned outward, this appreciation produced some of the most sublime art and poetry based on a spontaneous identification with the places and seasons of nature. When turned inward, on the other hand, naturalness was used to make practitioners aware of their own original nature that exists prior to any familial or cultural conditioning. This inward training forms the basis of Taoist mind-body-spirit exercises aimed at returning the practitioner to the natural state of enlightenment.

“If you are able to cast off sorrow, happiness, joy, anger, desire, and profit-seeking,
Your mind will just revert to equanimity.
The true condition of the mind
Is that it finds calmness beneficial and, by it, attains repose.
Do not disturb it, do not disrupt it
And harmony will naturally develop.”
–Nei-yeh, trans. Harold D. Roth

The true condition of the mind is something we already possess — all that is needed is to empty ourselves of the conditioned reflexes we’ve acquired being raised in the historical era in which we are born. This emptying process is undertaken in a meditative state in which all the various objects of thought are progressively withdrawn from attention, until we arrive at an open awareness that is not clouded by habitual thoughts, emotions and memories. This is not conceived of as something necessarily difficult: The mind and body naturally tend toward this empty state when all the external stimuli are withdrawn.

“There is a numinous [mind] naturally residing within;
One moment it goes, the next it comes,
And no one is able to conceive of it.
If you lose it you are inevitably disordered;
If you attain it you are inevitably well-ordered.
Diligently clean out its lodging place
And its vital essence will naturally arrive.
Still your attempts to reflect on it and control it.
Be reverent and diligent
And its vital essence will naturally stabilize.
Grasp it and don’t let go
Then the eyes and ears won’t overflow
And the mind will have nothing else to seek.”

This “cleaning out its lodging place” is the emptying out process, a stilling of the conditioned mind so that the original mind might be fully experienced. As the above text demonstrates, it is not just our habit thoughts that need to be stilled but even our own imaginings of what the enlightened state is.

“The Way fills the entire world.
It is everywhere that people are,
But people are unable to understand this.
When you are released by this one word:
You reach up to the heavens above;
You stretch down to the earth below;
You pervade the nine regions.
What does it mean to be released by it?
The answer resides in the calmness of your mind.
When your mind is well-ordered, your senses are well-ordered.
When your mind is calm, your senses are calmed.
What makes them well-ordered is the mind;
What makes them calm is the mind.
By means of the mind you store the mind:
Within the mind there is yet another mind.
That mind within the mind: it is an awareness that precedes words.”

Here we encounter what may be the original protocol for awakening upon which later Taoist practices were based. First, we are encouraged to make ourselves sensitive to the Way that fills the entire world. This leads us to the experience of being released from our strictly human perceptions by identifying with this one word, the Way, so that our own awareness suddenly fills up the entire world along with the Way. This release into a higher awareness is established through a profound calmness of mind that is mirrored in the body’s calm. By reverting to this natural state of tranquility and then cultivating it through repetition, we experience the deeper awareness beneath the ordinary consciousness that we have come to think of as “mind.”

It is at this point that the really remarkable insight emerges to point us toward the awakened state: The original mind is an awareness that exists before language. Now we see that the early Taoists concentrated on experiencing the all-at-once kind of spatial awareness that exists prior to the linear thinking-in-words, timebound, consciousness of daily life. Nearly a thousand years after the Nei-yeh was written, the Sixth Patriarch of Chan, Huineng, would be spontaneously enlightened upon hearing a similar teaching from the later Diamond Sutra: “Enliven your mind without producing a single thought.” More than 500 years later, the great Zen teacher, Dogen, would further this teaching: “Think not-thinking.”

Taoism is, for all its esoteric roots, a practical philosophy of life, one in which enlightenment is not seen as an end unto itself but, rather, a naturally occurring state of profound harmony with all things that manifests as the purest form of participation in life.

“Those who can transform even a single thing, call them ‘numinous’;
Those who can alter ever a single situation, call them ‘wise.’
But to transform without expending vital energy; to alter without expending wisdom:
Only exemplary persons who hold fast to the One are able to do this.
Hold fast to the One; do not lose it,
And you will be able to master the myriad things.
Exemplary persons act upon things,
And are not acted upon by them,
Because they grasp the guiding principle of the One.”

Having awakened to the enlightened state, the sage is one who returns to daily life while maintaining contact with that transcendent awareness. By holding fast to the one Way that fills the entire world, sages are spontaneously and un-self-consciously participating in life as instruments of the Way: like the Tao, they act upon things and are not acted upon by things. They are able to change things for the better without clinging to concepts like “being spiritual” or “being wise.” They have grasped the Way of the One and returned to the natural state of uncontrived and unpremeditated benevolence.

As I hinted at in the beginning of this post, Taoism is a wide-ranging tradition with different forms of expression that have multiplied over the millennia. The material presented here is intended to point back to the original teachings of the Tao, in particular its practices of awakening individuals to their full potential. There is no better entry into those original teachings that Harold D. Roth’s highly esteemed translation and exposition of the Nei-yeh in his book, Original Tao: Inward Training and the Foundations of Taoist Mysticism.

I had the very great pleasure of interviewing Dr. Roth on my radio show a while back (that file can be downloaded here).

Brief as this overview of the Way of Enlightenment is, it is my hope that it echoes the essential teachings in a way that both those familiar and unfamiliar with the Tao find useful.

William Douglas Horden has researched indigenous divinatory systems of ancient China and Mexico for more than 40 years. He is steeped in the shamanic world view from living in the Copper Canyon of Mexico with the Tarahumara Indians and in numerous other indigenous communities over the past few decades. William was initially trained in the I Ching by Master Khigh Alix Dhiegh and has since developed a fresh new approach to the ancient art. He currently lives in Roseburg, Oregon and Coatepec,
Mexico.

Reviews & Comments

“Once in a while a book appears that is exactly what the spirit of the times cries out for. The Toltec I Ching, a reworking of an ancient oracle by a contemporary sage, is one of those books. The use of oracles common in many civilizations of antiquity including the Greeks, Norse, and Egyptians. The most well-known is the Chinese I Ching, or ‘Book of Changes’, a collection of linear signs originating in the Shang Dynasty (1600–1046 BC). Oracles have long had an important role in Tibet and the Dalai Lama still consults one. The Yucatec Mayas consulted the writings of an oracle priest who correctly predicted the disastrous coming of the Spaniards.

“Horden’s Toltec I Ching combines the ancient wisdom of the Chinese and Toltecs with the intellect and sensibility of a modern-day spirit person. For example, at the beginning of the 20th century Carl Jung said we each have a masculine and feminine side and repressing either creates psychological, cultural, and spiritual imbalance. Is there anything new about this message? No, spirit persons from every culture have always intuited this truth and devised wonderful teachings to convey it, but advancing civilization keeps forgetting and digging itself into ever-deeper holes. So just when we are waking up to the frightening darkness and depth of our current hole — featuring, among other things, terrorism, economic crises, worldwide violations of human rights, and environmental disasters on a global scale — along comes the Toltec I Ching.

“This brilliant and beautiful oracle is written in a series of 64 brief chapters that reads almost like a novel. The main character is the authentic Spirit Warrior. The setting is the dual inner and outer worlds of the would-be warrior’s awakening soul. The plot describes the warrior’s journey through a series of psycho-spiritual tests which develop his/her masculine and feminine sides, strengthen intention, motivate action, guide direction, and create growing awareness. And the theme is the exact same one found in my books: how to free oneself from ignorance and transcend duality to become a conscious, responsible, enlightened being capable of making healing choices of benefit to the world.

“William Douglas Horden’s writing style is clear and masterfully organized logos artfully combined with imaginative, symbolic mythos. And the format? Simply gorgeous! Martha Ramirez-Oropeza has painted 64 extraordinary full-color illustrations in a style as simple as it is profound; the print is plenty large for aging eyes; each page has a sense-satisfying heft; and the cover is as sturdy as a non-hardback book could possibly be.

“In short, the team of writer, painter, and Larson Publications has created a work of art worthy to sit on the shelf with the world’s spiritual classics. The only books I’ve underlined more are my King James Bible and the complete works of Carl Jung. If you have not yet added The Toltec I Ching to your spiritual library you’re missing a key to the mystery, and mastery, of your soul.”

~ Dr. Jean Raffa, PhD
http://jeanraffa.wordpress.com/about/

Phew! 2012 Doomsday Date May Be Wrong Mayan Calendar’s Doomsday Date May Be Off by 50 to 100 years, Research Shows

Doomsday believers, you might be able to breathe a sigh of relief.

The much-hyped “prediction” that, according to the ancient Mayan calendar, the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012, may be based on a miscalculation. According to recent research, the mythological date of the “end of days” may be off by 50 to 100 years. To convert the ancient Mayan calendar to the Gregorian (or modern) calendar, scholars use a numerical value (called the GMT). But Gerardo Aldana, a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, says the data supporting the widely-adopted conversion factor may be invalid.

In a chapter in the book “Calendars and Years II: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World,” Aldana casts doubt on the accuracy of the Mayan calendar correlation, saying that the 2012 prophecy as well as other historical dates may be off.

“One of the principal complications is that there are really so few scholars who know the astronomy, the epigraphy and the archeology,” Aldana said in a UCSB press release. “Because there are so few people who are working on that, you get people who don’t see the full scope of the problem. And because they don’t see the full scope, they buy things they otherwise wouldn’t. It’s a fun problem.”

Researcher Questions Accuracy of Mayan Calendar’s 2012 Prophecy and Other Dates The GMT constant, named for early Mayan scholars Joseph Goodman, Juan Martinez-Hernandez and J. Eric S. Thompson, is partly based on astronomical events. Those early Mayanists relied heavily on dates found in colonial documents written in Mayan languages and recorded in the Latin alphabet, the release said.

A later scholar, American linguist and anthropologist Floyd Lounsbury, further supported the GMT constant. But, through his research reconstructing Mayan astronomical practices and reviewing data in the archeological record, the release said Aldana found weaknesses in Lounsbury’s work that cause the argument behind the GMT constant to fall “like a stack of cards.”

“This may not seem to be much, but what it does is destabilize the entire argument,” he said. “A few scholars have stood up and said, ‘No, the GMT is wrong,'” Aldana said. “But in my opinion, what they’ve done is try to provide alternatives without looking at why the GMT is wrong in the first place.”

Despite research undercutting the 2012 apocalypse hype, films, websites and books will likely continue to drive “end of days” mania to a fever pitch. A crop of iPhone applications count down to (or capitalize on) the 2012 apocalypse, several websites

ABC News’ Susan Donaldson James contributed to this article.

In 2012, Our Planet Will Become A WAR ZONE Will You Survive, Or Are You And Your Family Already Doomed?

By the time you finish reading this, you’ll know:
Which nightmarish predictions are complete jokes, and which ones are 100% correct And exactly why world leaders and mass media have been covering these facts up for years.

The truth about whats ACTUALLY going to happen in 2012, and why billions of people need to prepare for the impending disasters, or prepare to die.
How you can guarantee your survival, and the survival of your loved ones. Because survival IS possible, and you can protect your most valuable treasure when the calamity begins the people you love.

Andrew Harvey, Ph.D. on OurPassion.tv (Pt. 1, 2 & 3)

Alixandra interviews Andrew Harvey, Ph.D., youngest recipient of a fellowship at Oxford University. He speaks brilliantly about spirituality, protection, development, expansion, circles of power and more. Prolific and brilliant author of 30 books and the leader of Sacred Activism, he expands on his new book, The Hope.


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