[IChing] Sept – Dec 2018

If you are curious about the types of questions and answers the I Ching can provide, here are some of the questions I consulted the I Ching about at the end of 2018. The I Ching could take lifetimes to understand. The way I use it is to expand my awareness to contemplate ‘other possibilities’ or to look at situations from a higher-consciousness or another angle. It’s pretty much how I use anything – a book, tarot, a movie, a conversation with a friend.

Everyday you have the opportunity to expand your outlook and re-look at situations from multiple perspectives / lenses.

The IChing for me, is like taking into consideration the advice from an ancient wise man.

I Ching readings from Sept – Dec 2018

How do I get in alignment to a life that’s most fulfilling, rewarding and happy?

#33 Retreat > #12 Standstill

  • Stay focused on the going, not on the frustration.
  • Better to realign your thinking by incorporating the cause for delay than to not proceed at all.

I want to feel/be financially secure

#6 Conflict

  • “When you find peace n yourself, you find peace all around you”.
  • Resolving inner conflicts enables you to find solutions to external problems.
  • Seek solutions.
  • Use good judgement and common sense.
  • Look for the root in yourself.
  • Have you chosen to follow fear instead of your own strength and nature?
  • Identify your vulnerabilities and weaknesses and see them clearly & take responsibility.

How can I re-remember that farm situation in a more empowering, beneficial way?

#63 > #51

  • Find sturdy helpers who know how to navigate difficult terrain.
  • When you are able to dispassionately witness the subtle nuances of dark & light, it is possible to shift to an insight that resolves a sense of inner harmony & well-being.
  • Don’t dwell in the past. Simple, everyday acts have the power to consolidate and strengthen.

What is the best way to help others?

#61 Inner Truth

  • Free yourself from prejudice so that your actions can be based on what you know to be true.
  • Stop judging so much and start understanding a little more.
  • Truth is the silent voice of the heart that responds with detached clarity in an intuitive knowing that sees through all blocks.
  • The voice of your own consciousness.

How to tune into a winning vibration/frequency?

#38 > #60

  • Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
  • Clarify in your own mind what it is you are afraid of losing.
  • Find the “hidden fear”.

What career should I pursue?

#5 Wait > #3 Beginning

  • Patiently observe where you’re at, and you will discover a way out.

What do I need to be well?

#49 Welcome Change > #17 Follow

  • Try, try, try again.
  • You’re going to get through this.
  • Discomfort is inevitable during transformation.
  • Chaos is part of the process.
  • Accept it.

I feel like everything is falling apart, should I be worried?

#33 Retreat > #31 Woo

  • Liberate yourself from a costly battle.
  • Your doubts will disappear when your future path becomes clear.
  • Depression & anger will fade when you can see your path.

What is my clear path?

#26 Controlled power > #33 Retreat

  • Only when you are not defending do you hold the power of the great.

What do I need to learn/know about my ‘off’ interaction with ____?

#59 Pride & Ego-Dissolving > #61 Inner Truth

  • Nip it in the bud.
  • When misunderstandings threaten the harmony of the group, stop them before they start.
  • Deal with small problems before they become serious.
  • With sincere intention to restore balance, you can gently steer the course of events toward harmony rather than discord.

How do I connect to higher guidance?

#42 Increasing

  • Increasing your influence in the world, emulate people doing good.
  • Where you recognize your own faults, work on eradicating them.
  • Represents your ability to improve yourself & your life.
  • Increase all that is good and true.
  • Increase all that is nourishing & uplifting.
  • Sincere and open generosity.

What is best approach to having boundaries without being mean to people? (i.e. What is the best approach to my problem neighbour?)

#19 Approach

  • A humble heart and a tolerant attitude.
  • Create a safe atmosphere where people want to do their best.
  • Symbolizes the help that those in a high position can give to those beneath.
  • Pass on wisdom/guidance.
  • Treat kindly.

What do I need most right now?

#33 Retreat > #44 Coming together / emptation

  • Never lose sight of your long-term goal.
  • Stay firm and don’t give up the struggle.
  • Anchor yourself to that which you truly believe in and no matter how rough it gets, keep that flame alive.
  • The time of hardship will end.
  • You will emerge stronger and more than capable of succeeding in whatever you take on.

Despite troubles, I’ve felt pretty at peace with everything lately. I translate that to being more in balance within. What say you?

#14 Heavenly Treasure > #30 Clarity

  • You’ve found the treasure.
  • Now you must use the appropriate vehicle to convey it where it can do the most good.

Why is______ being hostile towards me?

#47 Oppression/Adversity > #6 Conflict

  • Quiet contemplation and nonjudgmental consideration of all the factors that have been in play will increase your understanding.

What is the best thing to ask of life to the I Ching?

#41 Decrease > #23 Split Apart

  • Be ready to offer help if it is needed.
  • Maintain your dignity while in service to others.
  • Know your faults and do something about them.
  • Keep the balance in your daily life.

What faults do I need to work on?

#42 Increase > #63 Completion

  • Be sincere and you’ll come to no harm.
  • Your influence is recognized at the highest levels.
  • By enriching others, you enrich yourself.
  • Sometimes harm happens to good people and in the very process of this happening it becomes beneficial.
  • Don’t offer more than you can deliver.

How to discern what is real?

#42 Increase > #35 Making Progress

  • The help you receive from above puts you in a position to achieve great things.
  • Keep to the middle path – don’t be swayed by extremes.
  • If your heart is in the right place, no fuss.

What do I need to know most right now (re: that psycho-ex-neighbour that is threatening me if I don’t get involved in his drama?)

#25 Innocence

  • Being true to yourself, you can’t go wrong.
  • Follow your better instincts.
  • Beware of being caught up in other peoples messes.
  • Act naturally, honourably, and truthfully.
  • Act without guilt relying on inner principles.

What am I learning from this?

#56 Wanderer > #52 Stillness

  • Don’t lower your guard.
  • Being careless can be expensive.
  • Hold yourself in check.

What can I do to rectify?

#23 > #40

  • Don’t get involved in other people’s business.

Both vehicles are currently out of action. Where should I focus my energies whilst seemingly stranded at home?

#22 Grace > #52 Meditate

  • It is more graceful to go on foot than to ride in the carriage under a false pretence.
  • Kick off your shoes and dance. Gratitude for being alive.
  • No need to be anything other than just who you are, or do anything but what you enjoy most.

Penny (PennyButler.com)
Penny (PennyButler.com)

Who are we? What are we doing here? What is the meaning of life? Penny is a truth-seeker, ever-questioning, ever-learning, ever-researching, ever delving further and deeper down the rabbit hole. This site is a legacy of sorts, a place to collect thoughts, notes, book summaries, whilst providing a searchable archive to easily lookup and reference.

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