By Sukhvinder Sircar October 2011 To me, the I Ching is the voice of God speaking to me directly. It is a living, loving teacher who is available for consulting 24/7, says Sukhvinder Sircar UNDERSTANDING THE TRIGRAMSThe trigrams you draw show the working of your mind at the particular time.Drawing the trigram watermeans there is emotional turmoil Drawing the trigram wind denotes there is power which needs to be channelled or it will be frittered away Drawing the trigram firedenotes a passion that needs to be contained and regulated Drawing the trigram mountaindonates solace and solitude that needs to be anchoredDrawing the trigram thunderdenotes action that needs to be delinked from egoDrawing the trigram lakedenotes placidity that needs to be delinked from lethargyDrawing the trigram earthdenotes surrender that needs to be delinked from resignationDrawing the trigram heaven denotes divinity that needs to be anchored in humility How does the combination of the trigrams work, in order for the hexagram to give the amazingly accurate advice in the moment?It’s a deep science. The two trigrams are placed one on top of the other. What comes in the bottom is where you are now, and what comes in the top is your tendency or predisposition. So at any particular moment you are locked in a particular matrix. The matrix opens out into a reading of where you are and what is the correction required. The I Ching does not prescribe a perfect way of being. It has no specific recommendation. It simply brings you back to balance. A practitioner would notice that each hexagram contains the deep grounding message of the I Ching. You can touch the deep Taoist philosophy in every hexagram. It is implied rather than stated. So if one tries to draw absolute ideas from the I Ching, one would brilliantly miss the point. There are 64 combinations of the 8 elements, hence 64 hexagrams. There are in all 64 ways of being in the 3rd Dimension. Everybody in 3D is locked into these 64 ways of being. So the I Ching is a complete advice for us at all times. Possessing the I Ching book is having the Sage as a companion. This amazing book says that in comparison to the Sage (or God, Universe, Creator, Higher Power or what you will), we are babes in the woods. By seeking out the counsel of the I Ching, we gain the perspective of the Creator. The I Ching speaks the simplest of truths, and thus the wisest. It explains that no community can survive without a dependable source of pure water. Similarly, humans cannot survive without a reliable source of spiritual nourishment. Each of us needs two wells: an external source of guidance, such as the I Ching, and an internal source of guidance, which is our own good character. The I Ching has survived countless civilisations through thousands of years for a simple reason – it is an inexhaustible source of spiritual nourishment. It gives us the building blocks to a successful life. I-Ching is based on simple energetic principles, and the dynamics between Yin and Yang. When understood, these dynamics reveal everything about our experiences in time, how they change and what they mean. However, the I Ching requires a few things of us first: • That we suspend our mistrust of the Unknown and allow the Sage to lead us. If you think the I Ching is just a book, it will be just that. • That we quieten the clamour of our ego for com- prehensive answers to our questions for life. The I Ching teaches us not how to get from A to Z but how to get from A to B, B to C, and then from C to D. The Sage travels step by step, dealing only with what is immediately at hand. By doing the same we fall in step with the creative power of the Universe. • That we unstructure our attitude. When we are unstructured and open, we allow the Sage to guide us safely and joyfully through life. The Sixty Four Hexagrams Chart When approached with a sincere heart, the I Ching will reveal the fundamental issues of one’s life, and instil the values necessary to successfully negotiate those issues. The I Ching has been my guide, mentor, friend for the last 16 years. I bought the I Ching book from a bookstore in Hyderabad in July 1995, little knowing what it was. When I came back to Kolkata and opened it, I discovered it was an oracle! And from there began a journey towards a better, balanced life. Through having consulted it constantly, sometimes more than once a day, I have gradually internalised its energy. I consult it for a specific issue or a general advice. Sometimes, when it is not possible to consult the book when I need its urgent advice, I instinctively know what it would say. However, consulting the book has no substitute. How to Consult the I ChingStep 1: Ask your question Ask an open-ended question (not a yes-or-no question), and if you want to reflect on it later, record it in your notebook. The question should be something that you’re currently preoccupied with, so make sure your ‘official question’ and your ‘real question’ (the one that you’re thinking about) are one and the same. If you ask a question that’s different from what you’re really thinking about, the I Ching will often answer the question that’s at top of mind, not the one you wrote in your notebook.The timeframe should be over the next few weeks or months. Sample questions: • What will my love life look like over the next few months?• What should I be doing in order to get my career on track?• How should I be balancing my work and family commitments with my need for fun and self-fulfillment?Step 2: Toss the coins six times The I Ching speaks the simplest of truths, and thus the wisest Toss your coins, while thinking about your question, six times. Count heads as three and tails as two. If the number is odd, draw an unbroken line, if even draw a broken line. The pattern of lines should go from bottom to top in your notebook, till you have 6 stacked lines. Your hexagram may look like this:Sixth Line _______________________________ 9 Fifth Line _____________ _______________ 8 Fourth Line _______________________________ 7 Third Line _______________________________ 9 Second Line _______________________________ 7 First Line _____________________________ 6 This gives you a hexagram (6 lines). Step 3: Make the trigrams and hexagramYou now cut the hexagram in half to yield two trigrams (3-line patterns), an upper (4th through 6th toss) and lower (1st through 3rd toss). Step 4: Read your hexagram adviceTo find out which hexagram this is, consult the chart of 64 hexagarms given earlier. In this example, it is the hexagram 50. Read that hexagram up to the point that says ‘first line’.The voice of GodTo me, the I Ching is the voice of God speaking to me directly. It is a living, loving teacher who is available for consulting 24/7. I-Ching is based on simple energetic principles, and the dynamics between Yin and Yang Just a week ago, I consulted the I Ching for guidance if a specific date would be appropriate to launch a new project. I wanted to plan accordingly. The Sage gave me a gentle rap on the knuckles, when I drew the ‘youthful folly’ hexagram (mountain over water) that advised me to quieten the demands of the ego to plan and strategise, concentrate only on the moment, and do what it asks of me. Only in such an open attitude, will the Sage be able to guide me safely and joyfully. I was quickly back to an attitude of humility and surrender!I always got into trouble when my ego asked me to disregard the advice of the Sage, thereby causing disturbance and even disruption in my spiritual progress. At such times, the advice of the Sage is stern and asks for disconnection with my inferior self. I very well remember a time, almost 15 years ago, when a friend of mine told me of a fabulous past-life regression programme he had attended. I desperately wanted to attend too, but the next one was to be held in Hawaii. I wanted to go to Hawaii, though I did not have the money even for a train ride to Delhi. Confused, I consulted the I Ching. The Sage asked me to refrain from any action, as inferior influences were in the forefront. I refused to listen, continued to make crazy plans, and tried to influence the I Ching to support. In the next consulting, its advice was a more dire warning and I attracted the ‘Darkening of the Light’ (earth over fire) hexagram. The advice was to immediately correct my attitude, as the desperate action would only extinguish my own inner light, and block the aid of the Creative. It took all my moral muscle to give up and abide by the Sage advice. Sukhvinder Sircar is a mystic,metaphysician, channeller, Transformationleader, Accredited Group ProcessFacilitator, EMF Balancing TechniquePractitioner. You can read abouther work on www.primecreator.org At work, many times my headstrong nature would want me to push and fight, argue and control. I remember the day I was all ready to go and fight with a senior management boss, armed with my arguments. I took a quick look at the I Ching to help me in my mission. Oh no! I attracted the hexagram ‘Obstruction’ (water over mountain) that said that as much as I want to blame another, in all likelihood the true obstruction was in my own thinking. The sage asked me to retreat into self-examination and self-correction. Of course I gave up the ‘I’m right’ campaign, and saved myself from a serious mistake. That very boss called me the next day and gave me a plum project, right after my heart. The advice is always practical and workable. Reaching a good position of balance and harmony with the Sage takes hard work, commitment and time, and can be lost in a moment of self-aggrandisement. The advice of the I Ching is simple
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