The I Ching is defined as the "book of changes" or "classic change". The classical Chinese book represents the map of "heaven and earth". It contains the formula to discover life's secret and how life manifests to us for two thousand years.
The central concept of the book is "change". The reality keeps changing constantly, and we don't know what should be expected next. The Buddha defined reality as "impermanent". Based on the "Book of Change", life is a constant movement between chaos and order. While life is changing in front of us, we experience different emotional, mental and physical states. If we have to order the much, life is dull and dead, creating stagnation. If there is too much chaos, life becomes too unstable and threatening.
The right balance between those elements is "the way" of living. Equilibrium is the path to reducing anxiety, stress, and unnecessary pain in our life. The principle of chaos and order is related to the concept of Yang and Yin. Yang is the male constant and invisible force of life. At the same time, Yin is an inert structure with dead immobility. In psychology, if the Yin overcomes the yang, depression occurs. If the yang occupies the main space, the obsessive-compulsive disorder will be the acted-out behaviour.
Synchronicity is the concept that increases divination from a scientific perspective. Synchronic events occur without any causality but with a potential a-casual correlation. For example, when it rains, the ground gets wet; this is a causality. But, if I am walking on the footpath and I see a white cat, then I go to see a friend that he talks about a white cat, and finally, while I go back home on the bus, two kids are talking about a white cat that received by the parent. These are a-causal events. They are correlated, but there is no causation. One is not caused by the other; we can call these synchronicity events.
C.G. Jung in his classic foreword to the translation of the Yi Jing by his friend Richard Wilhelm. He writes:
The Chinese mind, as I see it at work in the I Ching, seems to be exclusively preoccupied with the chance aspect of events. What we call coincidence seems to be the chief concern of this peculiar mind, and what we worship as causality passes almost unnoticed... The matter of interest seems to be the configuration formed by chance events in the moment of observation and not at all the hypothetical reasons that seemingly account for the coincidence. While the Western mind carefully sifts, weighs, selects, classifies, and isolates, the Chinese picture of moment 5 encompasses everything down to the minutest nonsensical detail, because all the ingredients make up the observed moment.
Thus it happens that when one throws the three coins, or counts through the forty-nine yarrow stalks, these chance details enter into the picture of the moment of observation and form a part of it - a part that is insignificant to us, yet most meaningful to the Chinese mind... In other words, whoever invented the I Ching was convinced that the hexagram worked out in a certain moment coincided with the latter in quality no less than in time. To him the hexagram was the exponent of the moment in which it was cast -even more so than the hours of the clock or the divisions of the calendar could be - inasmuch as the hexagram was understood to be an indicator of the essential situation prevailing in the moment of its origin.
This assumption involves a certain curious principle that I have termed synchronicity, a concept that formulates a point of view diametrically opposed to that of causality... Synchronicity takes the coincidence of events in space and time as meaning something more than mere chance, namely, a peculiar interdependence of objective events among themselves as well as with the subjective (psychic) state of the observer or observers.
It is essential to approach the I ching from a different perspective. We will not use our inner reasoning ability but the capacity of observation. We will watch the coins manifest reality for us. A fact that is visible to us and belongs to us. The coins launched will be the only event that could occur at that precise moment. The encounter with our destiny, the ONLY possible fate, the synchronistic event that belongs to our life and "heaven and earth" display us.
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