on using the iching (yejing)


This is a “quick and dirty” post. Its a bunch of notes I’ve made for myself on using the tool. I consider the source (what people call God) a Truth that you can learn, a Force that you cannot escape, and a Being that you can relate to. Thus I refer to it as truth-force-being, or TFB. I believe the yejing is a means of praying to TFB. I am probably not true to orthodox Taoist doctrine in this regard.

Anyway- here are the rules I follow, or things I try and remember when using the tool. (Yejing)

FIVE THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU ASK:

1) Praying with the yejing will make the situation better or worse.
2) You’re creating reality when you use the yejing. (See #1 above)
3) What are you truly, selfishly asking? Do you really know? What do you truly, selfishly want?
4) TFB’s response may include things you don’t see or know; either about your actual question or the situation
5) TFB’s response may be about the “future.” It may take time to fully experience the response and other events may occur in that time that may affect the meaning of the response.
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GENERAL BACKGROUND:

•Every condition is a lesson that needs to be championed. There is a time and a place for every one.

•Before you ask, know what you WANT selfishly. This will yield far better results. Remember, EGO impulses are different than SELFISH ones. Think about what your selfish intention is and then ask.

•Be careful asking yes/no questions. There is no “yes” nor is there a “no” hexagram or condition you can draw. Thus, if you’re looking for confirmation that a direction or intention is right (R) or ok, you will often be frustrated. However, you can get confirmation by looking at the overall response. For instance, the condition may be (+) but the pivotal specific may be (-). This is like getting a “Yes, but” response. The direction may also tell you “Yes” or “No.” So pay attention to the condition, pivotal specific, and direction to determine if you’re on the R track. And remember TFB does not deal in absolutes much, so you’ll rarely be wholly R or WR.
•Every pivotal specific must be viewed through the lenses of social and mere forces, of inter and intra personal spheres.

•Using the yejing is extremely difficult and severely challenging. The standard is extraordinarily high. The chance of you being 100% R and receiving a wonderful response are very slim. In the vast majority of cases, you won’t know what question you’re really asking, and won’t know what’s really going on. You’ll also be WR/(-) in some way. This makes it severely difficult to get comfort and encouragement from TFB via the yejing. TFB won’t comfort you via the yejing unless you really need it. Unless you’re sad or hurt. If you’re angry, you will probably not get comfort.

•Praying with the Yejing is like instant karma. In life, karma is the mechanism that pushes us to evolve. It essentially encourages or even forces us to grow and carry out the spiritual purpose of our lives, which is realizing the divine within. Praying with the yejing, is a microcosm of that in an instantaneous way. You immediately reap what you sow and feel the feedback from TFB regarding the energy you manifest and direct towards TFB during the process. That energy is immediately reflected back at self. It’s an amazing and incredibly powerful process that can seriously help or hurt you. This karmic process is why Taoists claim TFB is not a being and is “impartial.” It’s also why you need to beware seeking comfort from TFB when you’re angry or upset. TFB reflects the angry/upset energy back at you. It can be UNBELIEVABLY exasperating to the point of being maddening!!!

•Do not look for the desirable answer all the time. In most instances there will be advice on subtle or significant adjustments you need to make to your approach (HOW). Only the enlightened approach things perfectly (#63) all the time.

•Whenever you pray using the yejing, there’s an intention/energy you’re manifesting and projecting into the EW and IW, and TFB comments on that. This intention/energy can turn on a dime and change from moment to moment so if you’re conversing with TFB about something, via multiple inquiries, you may get radically different answers. You may not be aware of what this intention/energy actually is and/or it may not be fully manifested; this makes using the yejing quite tricky. This intention/energy is primarily a function of self and heart than ego and mind.

•TFB does not give you answers or tell you your destination; TFB only helps you progress on your path; helps you with HOW of your current situation.

•It’s very likely you won’t understand the answer right away. The “=” is what TFB’s response means. The “==” is what TFB’s response means to YOU regarding THIS SPECIFIC SITUATION. The ==may not come right away. It may take time for you to understand and something else may even have to happen beforehand.

•TFB is heavily focused on HOW you’re relating to the situation; the energy you’re manifesting is of primary significance. You can ask the exact same question, and get two completely different answers depending on the energy you’re manifesting. It’s all about HOW.

•TFB is always trying to make a point; always trying to help you; do you understand what it is?

•TFB’s responses are about whatever TFB deems most important; they may have nothing to do with the question you asked.

•TFB makes extremely fine distinctions!!! Be extremely careful how you interpret TFB’s responses!!!

•TFB typically responds to the big picture, not the specifics or just the specifics of what you’re asking.

•There is always an ==. A conversational response to your question, in plain language. This means TFB does answer the content of your questions directly.

•Each condition is either (+), (-), or neutral. Pivotal specifics tend to be either (+) or (-), but there are some neutral ones. Regardless of the energetic nature of a condition, i.e. whether it’s (+), (-), or neutral, it may have (+), (-) and neutral pivotal specifics.

•There are NO answers outside yourSELF. TFB does not tell you what to do. TFB uses yejing to help YOU (Ego) to follow self and through that, you will thrive in the EW and advance towards enlightenment. If TFB told you what to do, life would be completely pointless. TFB wants you to figure out what to do on your own.

•TFB will not tell you what to do; he will ONLY help you approach things (+); this is HOW you’re relating; TFB does NOT deal in absolutes or shoulds; you cannot ask TFB what you “should” do. You also cannot ask TFB to do anything for you.

•YOU have to decide what to do, and YOU have to go THROUGH it. This means YOU MUST interpret TFB’s response and decide what FEELS right as to what the response means. YOU have to spin it/frame it. It all comes down to your ability to 1) know what you’re asking, and 2) read the interpretations, let the responses affect you, pick one that makes sense, and decide what it means to you. You must pick the response that FEELS RIGHT.

•Praying to TFB via the yejing will make the situation either more (+) or more (-); the situation will always get more (+) or more (-) 

•TFB doesn’t care much about WHAT, TFB cares about HOW you relate and WHY you’re doing something; your motive. It’s all about the spirit or energy you’re manifesting when you ask. It’s also about your TRUE intentions relative to the situation. It’s a response to what’s happening energetically (IW), not what’s happening in the EW (situation reality).

•TFB brings to the surface, whatever is deep in your heart-mind, via the yejing, and puts it on display. It’s not about your ego and ego-intention, it’s about what SELF truly intends or wants/needs. Often, problems are due to yourego TRYING to force through something and ignoring SELF.

•The yejing will bring any (-) in consciousness, to the surface. If you have “bad self esteem” or a negative WOB, this will impact your results. Due to (-) in consciousness, you may act out dramas with TFB, via yejing, that typically resulted from your relationships with your parents; so sometimes, you may misinterpret the message from TFB, to your detriment and hurt yourself because you carry this (-) in consciousness.  

•TFB’s response does not include MAGNITUDE or TIMING, unless you include a time period in the question.

•TFB does NOT answer questions with new information. You can’t ask TFB the answer to a question like you might with Google. You can only ask about things that are selfishly important to you.

•When sailing, ego’s role is to keep the sails full of wind, which is in essence, following Self, which is essentially following TFB. When using the yejing to help this process, it’s not about a rational decision to go to a particular destination, it’s about keeping the sails full. As long as the sails are full, then whatever course you’re on is the R one; it’s the one Self wants and therefore the one TFB directs you towards. TFB does not tell you where to go, TFB tells you to follow self and keep your sails full. TFB fills your sails when you practice the Golden Four. Thus, when sailing, you may see several possible destinations, and you may prefer one in particular, but ego’s role is to not be concerned with the destination, but in keeping the sails full and the boat sea worthy. So at one moment, it may appear to ego that yourbeing is headed to one destination and at another point, it may appear you’re headed to another destination. As long as the boat is sea worthy and the sails are full, ego is following Self and channeling (+). The destination you may be asking about isn’t what’s really in question, it’s the intent and spirit that TFB’s response is based on.

Thus, you as an ego, can not be attached to an outcome or a destination, and ask about this as TFB’s response will confuse you. You can only ask about impulses you have towards behaviors, or impulses FOR realities like people or situations; even asking about impulses AGAINST realities can be confusing. Whatever you ask, it must be about something self truly wants.

•TFB gives you 1) description of what’s happening, 2) advice on how to approach it, and 3) a hidden possibility. TFB may also give you, 4) a description of the direction you’re headed. The mechanics of the response are: 1) current situation or condition, 2) hidden possibility, 3) possibly a pivotal specific, and 4) possibly a direction you’re headed. Only the current situation has manifested. The pivotal specific determines whether the current situation continues, or whether you reap the direction. (The hidden possibility seems to manifest depending on how you handle the current situation.) [I do not use the hidden possibility.]

Sometimes TFB just holds up a mirror. Sometimes TFB blesses you via the yejing, it’s not always merely a mirror.

•TFB does not have academic discussions via yejing; every response is related to a specific situation; make sure you know what that situation is. Ironically, if you ask about a specific situation, the response may include other situations as well, since the energy or spirit you’re manifesting impacts all the situations in your life; you can only relate in one “HOW” at a time.

•In the process, TFB evaluates whatever is in your heart-mind according to a specific context (universal laws, achieving a union with TFB) , so you are encouraged or discouraged. TFB “has an agenda,” which is for you to realize your highest, or realize the divine within. This involves outgrowing ego (but not destroying ego), which can be very unpleasant. Ultimately, TFB wants you to be enlightened and then achieve immortality. When you’re enlightened, you won’t need the yejing.

•TFB doesn’t want anything for you that self doesn’t want. The meta lesson is to learn to live self-centrically and then, eventually to achieve enlightenment and outgrow ego all together.

•Using the yejing is like knitting. You grab a thread from TFB and pull it up through self and consciousness and attach it to ego. Then the thread manifests a situation reality in the EW. You’re creating reality via the yejing.

• When using the yejing, you’re not looking for a rational understanding, you’re looking for a feeling. Let TFB’s response wash over you and touch your heart. The rational understanding is the last thing to happen. 

•When using the yejing, if you have any fear or desire, that will affect the outcome; fears will be forced upon you and desires will be thwarted (Selfish wants/needs will be supported)

•Sometimes it will seem TFB is beating you up but really this turns out to be a warning that helps you avoid a future pitfall; as this is a living process, you may avoid the pitfall TFB was beating you up about doing 

•Responses from TFB will come in 4 flavors: 1) you understand immediately, 2) you understand after a period of working with or sitting with the response, 3) you understand after something new happens, 4) you don’t understand. BE CAREFUL not to argue when you don’t like a response!!!

•You can only ask about what you selfishly/truly want. You cannot ask “don’t do” what you truly/selfishly want.

•You limit what TFB can say to you via the yejing. The limits of your understanding and perception/attitude limits what TFB can say and how you can interpret TFB’s responses. The more developed you are, the more apt you will be at understanding/appreciating TFB’s input. When you’re enlightened, you won’t need the yejing anymore.
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CHALLENGES TO USING THE YEJING:

•#1 Challenge: Being aware of what the question is that you’re actually asking. Therefore, the first step is to sit and contemplate what it is you’re actually asking. You have to be 100% honest with TFB and more importantly, with yourbeing, about HOW you TRULY feel. Do not ask until you feel confident that you know. This requires stillness and sincerity. This has to do with what energy you’re manifesting too, not just the nuts and bolts or situational content. TFB often reflects back at you your own indecision regarding something, or your own internal conflict over it. If you don’t know what to do, ask that, don’t just pick an alternative; that’s not sincere.

•#2 Challenge: Allowing time for TFB’s response to resonate with your consciousness. This means if you don’t immediately understand, and you think about it a little while, you can ask once more, but then you must stop and give the answer time to energetically resonate with you. After you understand, you can inquire more if you need to.

•#3 Challenge: Interpreting TFB’s response. The first part of the interpretation will be understanding what TFB is saying. The second part will be understanding/appreciating what he’s telling YOU. The first part is the generic response; the =. The second part has to do with YOU specifically; the ==. 

About J.A.P.

intending to live a life free of regret, learn the Truth/truth and align with it. focused on spiritual development and having fun. maybe something i have to say here will help you on your path of growth and living in peace and joy.
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