Inner Alchemy

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  1. yijing interpert my results about what path to take

    In the last few days, I also asked what the next step was in my life and I also got 11. But mine was 11.5.6 changing to 9. I took that to mean that now was a time for peace and for nurturing peace. One translation said that now is the time to make a peace offering to another as a gesture of good will, perhaps someone who we have not been on great terms with or someone we have had a disagreement with. I took 11 to mean that now was a time of spreading peace and joy to others; perhaps a time to enjoy the peace a little and also to laugh and joke - a time for good natured humor. Also a time to nurture what has brought this peace, so that the peace can continue at a future time. For example, we may want to work on fostering peace in a relationship. Or we may want to make sure we are taking care of our responsibilities so that we wont neglect something in the future. I sometimes play healing music for my plants or take care of the space directly around my plants so that the chi/feng shui is good and my plants have a nicer environment; perhaps this is a way of fostering peace for now and into the future. I think 11 also says that it is important for those in high places to take care of those in low and to build mutual appreciation that is not based on status or class. question 2: what should I do about my X training? Stephen Karcher's translation for 20 says to "watch the signs", "let everything come into view", "examine", and "seek out what is truly important". Perhaps this means that you may want to watch closely to see if there are any signs that come in your life related to this practice? Has someone come into your life that has experience with this practice? Are there any omens that have shown this to be a auspicious route to take? Does this practice carry an element that is essential to your growth? Is this the right practice for you or is there another similar practice that might be better? Does this practice fit me at the place I am at in my life? Is there more information I could get about this practice in order to make a better decision if it's for me? etc. I recently asked the same question about a practice. The first hexagram was a mystery I couldn't decipher it. So I threw again with the same question. Again, the answer seemed mysterious. So I threw a third time; finally I got a clear answer that seemed to fit the situation. It may not be a popular way of going about the practice, but I am prepared to throw several times if the first or second hexagram are essentially un-decipherable when related to the question. Question three: The Stephen Karcher translation says "Your judgment is very good. Do not doubt, but do consult with others. Evaluate options and make plans." Perhaps this means that you can rely on your own intuition to decide what to do next in your life. This translation also encourages on to "look at what they have vs. what they need". Perhaps you can examine what you have and also what your needs are, seeing if you can skillfully marry the two. The Karcher translation also says: "Let everything come into view and divine the deeper meanings. Look at what you do not want to see. When you have made the preparation, the spirit will arrive." To me, that means that if one does the work of examining everything about a situation, the spirit will naturally arrive providing one with the insight or spirit to plan the next wise course of action. Karcher also says in 20 "Lay out a real plan and integrate it with your current resources" Sorry I didn't really address the changing hexagrams.
  2. Hello

    Haha great picture.
  3. Favorite translations

    What are your favorite translations of the I Ching? I like the Wilhelm/Baynes version a lot and own a hard copy, but have found Stephen Karcher's Mothering Change I Ching to be helpful as well. I recently found the Eclectic Energies I Ching online, and I enjoyed it. I have also read a few of the other I Ching sites online, including Cafe Au Soul. I feel I get something a little different from each one, and I learn new things about the I Ching and various hexagrams. It seems that each different translation provides a little piece of the puzzle, as long as the translation is in line with the original intended voice.
  4. Hello

    Thank you, I will read the rules and expectations.
  5. Hello

    Hi everyone, I am new to the forum. I've spent some time over the years looking at posts on the site but never joined. I mainly practice Buddhism, but also do some Taoist stuff, study the I Ching, and do some Krishna devotion as well. I am interested in expanding my horizons a little and opening up my spiritual path to new ideas. Thanks for having me.