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(ETW) M&G- Looking at the I Ching (aka Yiching, Yijing) in a more basic way.

This is a discussion and workshop lead by Wisdom Seeker.

The ancient oracle has been used, and misused, in many ways for many centuries. Like many things from the East when brought to the West much of the foundations of understanding have been glossed over in the rush to use some of its features, its “oh shiny” aspects one might say.

The I Ching has three important levels, the lines, the trigrams, and the hexagrams. Failure to understanding the simpler leads to failure to understand the more complex. Most people immediately focus on the hexagrams when beginning to work with it. That often leads to disappointment.

We'll briefly discuss the ways to use the I Ching, talk briefly about lines, but devote most of our time to understanding and working with the middle level that are too often overlooked, the trigrams. By understanding trigrams a deeper understanding of the hexagrams becomes almost automatic.

If you have a favorite translation of the I Ching feel free to bring it, or them if you alternate among several. Choosing a translation can be more than half the battle with the I Ching. There is no universal perfect choice, the translation of the particular version of the I Ching you use should match you and what you are trying to do. I (Wisdom Seeker) feel very at home with Taoist/Daoist ideas and beliefs but my appreciation of Confucianism is more concept than reality. Different versions of the I Ching incorporate the ideas of those two schools of thought to different degrees.

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  • JWhisler

    It was really nice meeting with everyone. Thanks to Wisdom Seeker for sharing with us!

    November 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The presentation was interesting and it was lovely meeting everyone! I am looking forward to the next meetup!

    November 9, 2013

  • nightress

    I liked the presentation. Good to learn new things and new ways of looking at stuff. Thank you Wisdom Seeker

    November 8, 2013

  • Robert

    It was great seeing every one and meeting some new people and the information was a good starter point

    1 · November 8, 2013

  • Julie R.

    Great info! Thanx Joe!!!

    1 · November 8, 2013

  • Shandie H.

    Sorry, plans suddenly changed.

    November 8, 2013

  • William

    I am not going to be able to make it tonight. Hope someone can use my spot.

    November 8, 2013

  • Patrick P.

    Hey All, I will not be able to make the meet and greet tonight, so I free'd up my RSVP spot for someone else that would like to go.

    November 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really don't know that much about I-Ching. I would love to learn more though! Is it okay to come to the discussion or should it only be for people who have had experience with it before?

    2 · November 2, 2013

    • Pat

      Yeah I am in the same situation, just interested in learning about it.~

      November 3, 2013

    • Wisdom S.

      Basically I'm not going to be doing much that is considered "conventional"­ in the West with the I Ching. The goal is to develop a better understanding of the components (mostly Trigrams), for their own sake and in the event you wish to move on the more complex (the Hexagrams). This approach is more closely tied to numerology and Feng Shui, or at least more clearly tied to them than what you would be used to if you had been working with the I Ching in the past.

      November 6, 2013

  • Steve K.

    I just released my reservation. Sorry to miss you all but I have a conflict.

    November 6, 2013

  • nightress

    I have a new person that wants to come so I added one more to my rsvp.

    November 5, 2013

  • shannon

    I am new to Knox. I would love to come! I need to meet people like you guys. I am tired of being alone in my beliefs in such a conservative town.

    2 · October 25, 2013

    • Wisdom S.

      Shannon, you're more than welcome to come, the purpose of these Meet & Greets is to let members of the community get to know each other and perhaps find a group where they feel they fit. If you're coming just RSVP "Yes" to hold your space. If things change and you need to cancel be sure to change your RSVP to "No" so others can come if a wait list develops.

      October 27, 2013

  • Strata

    I REALLY, REALLY want to attend this meet & greet, but my husband won't let me RSVP because I'm due on the 4th. >.< We'll see what happens..

    1 · August 9, 2013

    • Wisdom S.

      Thanks for the kind words. I would love to see you there but safety first. Funny you never struck me as the type who would care about what her husband would and wouldn't allow. :-)

      August 11, 2013

    • Strata

      Unfortunately, I'm not in the physical condition to push my point right now.. :P

      August 15, 2013

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