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What is I Ching?

The I Ching , or Book of Changes is also commonly known as Book of Oracles or Book of Wisdom is a very ancient book that has been in existence for about 5,000 years. It was written, composed and contributed to by four most honored and revered Chinese sages from the ancient times. There are the legendary sages, King Wen and Duke of Zhou both from the Zhou dynasty, Fu Xi and the most revered sage, Confucius. The Chinese consider it as a holy book just like the Holy Bible was to the Christians

It is a profound book sourced much from the Chinese culture by the four famous Chinese sages during the ancient time. Originally, the book was a handbook used for consultation only but after Confucius had written commentaries on it, called the ten wings it became a book for ancient wisdom.

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The ancient Chinese believed that legendary ancient sage Fu Xi was the originator of the creation of the I Ching. He was the one who created the 8 three-line trigrams called the 8 primary hexagrams forming the basis of the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching we used today. When King Zhou composed the sixty-four accomplished hexagrams by combining the two trigrams, he has initiated the basis of long stream of Chinese culture. Hence, there are 64 accomplished Hexagrams which form the basis of the present I Ching.

King Wen rearranged the 64 hexagrams while he was imprisoned by the tyrant of the Shang dynasty whom he overthrown to establish the Zhou dynasty (1122 – 221BC). His creation has initiated the long stream of the Chinese culture.

Later, King Wen, the Duke of Wen composed the Yao Texts to complement the Texts by supplementing and interpreting the Yao Texts. However, it was Confucius who gave commentaries called the 10 wings annotated with moral values; which is also consider as a Book of wisdom.

Some of the most profound thinkers in the western world were also avid readers and students of the I Ching . Three of the most notable ones were the late C.G. Jung, the world-famous Swiss psychiatrist who lived in the last century, a German, Richard Wilhelm who spent many years in China in the early 20th century to translate this revered book into German, and Gary F. Baynes who retranslated Richard Wilhelm’s work into English.

Since then, it has been used as a reference book by the western world.

The development of the 8 primary Hexagrams was based on the philosophical concept of the merging of Heaven and humanity. The I Ching explains the Tao of Change also known as the Tao of I. The book is based on the ancient sages’ collective knowledge, observations, experimentations which were systematically compiled and recorded. The philosophical concept of the Truth of Heaven and Earth also applies to the Truth of human life. The merging of the Heaven and humanity concepts formed the foundation of the traditional Chinese culture. In fact, this sacred book is also the source of all spheres of learning, philosophy and thinking in the course of the long and continuous Chinese History.

I Ching is a book based on the observation and experimentation of the ancient sages who witnessed astronomical phenomena in the sky, topographical features on the earth and studied the relationships among all human beings. It is a book based on the philosophical concept on the unity of Heaven and humanity.

The Tao of I is one of the main treasures in the I Ching. The main theme of the Tao of I propounds the universal principle that everything is in the process of continuous change, rising and falling in a progressive evolutionary advancement. So, one should adapt to the changes and adjust his efforts appropriately according to the situation and time.

It also reveals that change is certain and absolute, but the principle of change never changes according to I Ching. It also discloses that when situations proceed to its extreme it transforms to their opposites. In this context one should not feel despair or distress when encountering an unfavorable situation. Similarly, it also advises us not to neglect the unfavorable potentials if one is experiencing a favorable time or situation.

The present I Ching we use today for divination and consultation is the Zhou of I - the I of the Zhou dynasty. During that time the royal court used the three systems for divination; namely, Lian Shan I, Gui Cang I and the Zhou of I. However, only the Zhou of I remained whilst the other two were not passed down. The present Zhou of I was actually the evolution of the ancient two systems which was gradually developed into the present I Ching.

The I Ching we use today composed mainly of 64 hexagrams and each Hexagram or Kua contains; name, structure symbols, King Wen’s Decision on the Kua, and Duke of Zhou’s Yao Texts. It also contains the Commentary comprising of 10 chapters, popularly known as the 10 Wings by the most famous Chinese sage, Confucius.

The contributions of Fu Xi and King Zhou together with the other 2 sages, Duke of Zhou and Confucius formed the I Ching.

The ancient Chinese used various methods for divination when consulting the I Ching. During the Shang dynasty (1766 – 1122BC) tortoise shell was used for divination. They heated the shell until it cracks and thereon made an interpretation. In the Zhou dynasty (1122 -221BC) yarrow stalks were commonly used for divination and different length of the stalks were used by different social classes.

During the Tang dynasty (618 – 917) the 3-coin method was used by the diviners for divination. It became very popular after it was promoted by an eminent I Ching scholar Shao Yun (1011 – 1077), during the Southern Dynasty. Since then it was commonly used especially in the West, as it is practical and very accurate. You only need to toss 3 coins for six successive times; each toss represents a line and the 6 lines make up a Hexagram.

The I Ching should be used as a medium for divination to provide us holistic guidance in times of confusion and crisis. As an Oracle, it actually reveals our unconscious mind by providing us answers to our questions.

The I Ching itself does not provide you an answer; it is only used as a circuit to provide you the answer that is already stored in your subconscious mind.

Since the I Ching is an ancient handbook used for divination, the judgments, lines and interpretations must be in accordance to its original text. Due to its antiquity, it is futile and meaningless to quote the original texts since very few people can interpret it. We focused on the interpretation on the original texts in terms of personal, social, political, business or worldly situations in the present context.

Our Online Program contains interpreted answers extracted from the I Ching Oracle original texts written by eminent I Ching scholars on the 64 Hexagram. The Hexagram received represents our present situation derived from the outcome of the divination. Our interpretations for each Hexagram was written and compiled with a view to accommodate frequently asked questions in the context of today’s situations. The answers are more specific and designed to meet the diviner’s question without being too generalized.

The continuity and influence of the I Ching has a profound impact on the Chinese culture and philosophy over the long Chinese civilization making it a sacred book. As one of the most revered books in the world of literature it exerts profound influence and provides inspirations to most eminent scholars of China until the present day. Of all the Confucian classics it is the only book that escaped the great burnings of books under Emperor Shi Huang Ti of the Chin dynasty (221 – 206AD). As a sacred book it deserves reverence and respect in the same way as any other holy books.

The I Ching is often used as an oracle to provide us holistic guidance in times of confusion and crisis. As a Book of Changes it provide us the Tao of I the principles of how to live in harmony with the natural laws by responding appropriately to the changes in our situations according to our position within a situation. It is also consider a Book of Wisdom where we can obtain the ancient wisdoms propounded by the sages as guidance for our consumption.

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