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Re: [DallasYiJing] Thoughts on Beginning Anew

From: Craig Anthony L.
Sent on: Friday, January 27, 2012 9:30 AM
Thank you, Shawn. I like the way that you have expanded on the ideas that we 
discussed at our last meeting.

I appreciate the effort and extra time that it takes to delve deeper (for 
example, thinking about how we can improve our study and our sharing).

What other suggestions from the group?


Craig


-----Original Message----- 
From: Shawn
Sent: Friday, January 27,[masked]:02
To: [address removed]
Subject: [DallasYiJing] Thoughts on Beginning Anew

All,

  Just wanted to toss out a few ideas on approaches we might take as we 
prepare for our second long journey through the I Ching tomorrow.  But first 
I'd do well to remind everyone of Craig's suggestion that we resist the 
"completion-ist" or universalist urge to read every single line, from each 
of our multitudinous versions of the Book of Change and instead come 
prepared to share more about what strongly resonated with us on a personal 
level. And this can be both in a strongly positive, "this rings of truth" 
fashion or in an "this doesn't seem to be true at all for me!" manner. 
(Apologies to Craig, if I've in any way misunderstood / misstated the 
essence of your suggestion!)

Altering the way we approach the I Ching can provide us these general 
benefits:

    1. We can become stronger, closer spiritual friends; more knowledgeable 
of and attuned to each other through personal sharing in a "safe" space to 
share what is "true" for each of us.

    2. We can relocate the I Ching away from our bookshelves and see how 
it's pragmatic wisdom can fit it in and inform more of a centralized spot 
in our daily life. Sort of like a "spiritual Google?"

The first benefit in particular seems a valid point and maybe worth a few 
moments consideration: When you come to the I Ching Meetup, is your priority 
to "get through the lines?" or is it to strengthen the connections between 
each of us "through" the unifying activity of studying the classic of 
change? I'm not saying which is "better." I'm only indicating, that for me, 
I like the idea of sharing more personally, strengthening our connections by 
finding our similarities and (perhaps more important) differences as we 
study this book.

My specific suggestions / ideas:

    1. We place less emphasis on schedules or completing 1 or "X" number of 
hexagrams per meeting. If a particular week we don't finish an entire 
predeclared topic we can:
        a. Simply pick back up the next month.
        b. Finish the topic through emails, Meetup posts throughout the 
coming week.
        c. Schedule ad hoc meetings occasionally to allow overflows - 
perhaps not ideal but there are some hexagrams I would have been happy to 
meet multiple times for.

    2. That we study hexagrams in pairs or quads. I like the idea of 
focussing less on completion and more on what we each found helpful or even 
vexing and this might make it possible for us to read more than one hexagram 
per Meetup. There are a lot of ways to divide up the pie but I'm quite 
interested in reading and studying the 16 nuclear hexagrams. Each nuclear 
hexagram has a mini-family of four member hexagrams. I'm interested in 
studying these four hexagrams at a time. What is it that each of the four 
share in common? (Assuming that they do!) It might not be possible to 
complete four hexagrams in one Meetup per month but we could become more 
fluid in our scheduling. (When someone asks what hexagram(s) we will be 
studying in November of 2014, it's okay to roll your eyes and claim 
ignorance!)

I will send out a more detailed suggestion on approaching the "nukes" later 
today. I'm happy to hear other alternatives too. Let's make this (our 
association - that is already one of the longer lived groups I've managed to 
stick with, with any semblance of regularity - our approach) be as much for 
our betterment and our enjoyment as possible!

Peace, Love, Light!
Happy Friday!


All Good Things,
Shawn Ingram
[address removed]


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