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21
October

Changes

The I Ching: meditating on change.

When I face dilemmas, I will often consult the I Ching.

Trying to get a sense of how my intent accords with the changing flow of the Universe. 

You might enjoy trying this yourself. 

 

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I Ching Online - the Online Book of Changes

There are lots of online I Ching sites. Most suck. But I like this site because the interface is easy (”Throw coins virtually”) to ge an instant reading, because the readings are updated and non-cryptic, and because each reading links to the extremely murky Wilhelm translation. 

 

Also this is the only site that understands the precedence of the changing lines in a reading (I’ll discuss that in a second.) The site also retains your readings in the browser history.

 

 

If you really want to know more about this is supposed to work, just Click to read more...

 

What to ask?

After a few tries you’ll probably find that the type of question the I Ching answers best is something like “How does this notion/idea/plan of mine accord with the will of Heaven?” You’re not going to get a helpful answer to “Should I wear the paisley tie or the purple ascot to the party?” But if you ask something like: “Is it a good idea to buy that 1967 Jaguar XKE from my brother-in-law?” the answer the oracle gives may appear very relevant indeed. 

 

Carl Jung and the I Ching.

I’m a big fan of the I Ching, because like Carl Jung, I’m kooky and smart. 

 I first read Jung’s essay on the I Ching in high school, about 200 years ago. In it, he first introduced his concept of Synchronicity. The essay was the introduction to the translation of the I Ching by Richard Wilhelm. He called it the Book of Changes. You can find the full text here

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Carl Jung


15
October

“You call this healing?”

 

Barbara 

(my wonderful one) just sent me a strange email.

 

You call this healing?

First you tell me not to look back, then
you make me cry my heart out.
What kind of therapy is this?

 

It sounds like a ghazal to me, but she says it’s the caption of a Doktor Insekt cartoon. 

I’m getting all Tim Gunn-y. 


15
October

Let me hear you lie just a little

 

Darling, I know I’m just

Another head on your pillow
If only just tonight, girl
Let me hear you lie just a little

 

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Why did I think the Doobie Brothers were a pathetic excuse for a band?

 The audacity a pop song without a single rhyme!

The complexity of the lyrics, and the total unexpected twists of the tune. Nobody sells this crap better than Michael McDonald.  “...You say comfort me to anyone who approaches...” Tell me that isn’t fun.


 
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