My personal "Interpretive" Lens!
"One thing has always been true: That book ... or ... that person who can give me an idea or a new slant on an old idea is my friend." - Louis L'Amour
"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider..." - Francis Bacon
"What is true today may be reevaluated as false not long after. Judgements are frequently based upon a set of "temporary" circumstances surrounding them. Conflicting ideologies can exist simultaneously. Antagonistic dualities are complementary aspects of a unified whole: are seen as mutually dependent mirror images of each other." - Nahum Stiskin
Warning, Caveat and Note: The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books.
Note: I will endevor to provide a bibliography and italicize any direct quotes from the materials I use for this blog. If there are mistakes, errors, and/or omissions, I take full responsibility for them as they are mine and mine alone. If you find any mistakes, errors, and/or omissions please comment and let me know along with the correct information and/or sources.
A person's heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while the blood circulating is similar to the Sun and Moon yet the manner of drinking and spitting is either soft or hard while a person's unbalance is the same as a weight and the body should be able to change direction at any time as the time to strike is when the opportunity presents itself and both the eyes must see all sides as the ears must listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction.
A person’s heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while circulatory system is similar to the cycles of the moon and sun yet the breathing methods are either hard or soft while one’s posture should allow one to advance, retreat, engage, and disengage as the body should be able to act in accordance with time and change so that one must enter a state of emptiness (mushin/zanshin) allowing the eyes must see all sides and the ears should listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction. - My rendition per translation from Andy Sloane Sensei.
Defining the Way of The I Ching Components
- Elements [the five elements, i.e. earth, water, metal, wood, and fire]
- Processes [what the individual is doing to achieve an end result]
- Experiences [those that influence the processes of the person receiving from the book]
in certain developmental practices involving special uses of the body and mind.
The mind - the inner ruler of the human being. [this is the leader of what the body does and what happens to it]
The stilling of automatic thought and behavior, intended to provide room for impartial awareness and deliberate action. [remaining in the moment; allowing for the brains random/main memory to provide answers for the actions taken by the lizard brain so it equates to the stimuli received.]
The tide of the times in the world can be witnessed by observation of forms (Patterns). [the world, the Universe, the heavens all all the myriad things from the great tai chi are formed by the patterns where the end of one connects to the beginning of another until the matrix fills the Universe.]
Openness is the form of Heaven; Unceasing self-strengthening is the openness of Heaven; Boundless spaciousness is the openness of Heaven.
Tranquility is the form of Earth; Rich virtue supporting beings is the tranquility of Earth; Boundless breathe is the tranquility of Earth.
When openness and tranquility are within oneself, this means Heaven and Earth are within oneself. [a person's heart is the same as heaven and earth; when one practices the wholehearted way of Isshinryu then they combine Heaven and Earth which gives birth to Human beings (person's) into the "one" whole bringing about equilibrium. The ken-po goku-i as a tome derived from the law of the fists which is a singular form of practice the opens the three doors of changes which is explained by the I Ching or book of changes or life changes; social and political. The first tome being the gateway to the other seven for if we are unable to unit Heaven and Earth then the person does not achieve wholeness wholeheartedly. Each successive tome of the ken-po goku-i unlocks the gate to the next which when combined together into the "one" provides insight to the Tao of the Universe and that is the Tao of Human Beings.]
The I Ching is comprised of 64 hexagrams (signs) that have a total of 384 lines.
The meaning is extracted from the I Ching:
- Individual lines in specific places.
- The order of those places are from the bottom to top.
- Individual line relations to the other lines.
- Relations between the two trigrams. [every trigram has specific "associations."]
360 lines with specific times are metaphorically associated with the 360 days of a lunar year.
Yin is subordinated to Yang; Yang governs Yin; Yin obey Yang.
The hexagrams are associated by Odd Sequence (1, 3, 5, … 63) to the Even Sequence (2, 4, 6, … 64) [1 is the inverse of 2, etc.]
The bottom trigram is the "subject" of the reading and the top trigram is the "object" of the subject. The subject being yourself or the person for whom you are doing a reading for and the object is a person, job, situation, event, etc.
The Lower trigram represent the beginning, middle, and end of the effort or process that goes on within the subject. The upper trigram represents beginning, middle, and the end of the effect of that effort or process on the environment, social or material. The top line is the present or visible future.
Lower trigram represents inside or the beginning. The upper trigram represents the outside or the end.
The PURPOSE of the written I Ching is to reveal the principles whereby human beings can understand their minds and thus learn to improve their ability to adapt to external change, so that they can be more effective and enjoy greater peace of mind. The ancient literature suggests reading one hexagram in the morning and one at night.
1 - 8 are in the beginning of the upper course.
9 - 16 are in the middle of the upper course.
17 - 30 are in the end of the upper course.
31 - 42 are in the beginning of the lower course.
43 - 50 are in the middle of the lower course.
51 - 64 are in the end of the lower course.
Line 6: Outer reason
Line 5: Outer human feelings
Line 4: Outer desire
Line 3: Inner reason
Line 2: Inner human feelings
Line 1: Inner desire
Inner: Private feelings and thoughts.
Outer: Expressed feelings and thoughts.
Line 6: Intellectual activity and spiritual stat of the partner*
Line 5: Social activity of the partner*
Line 4: Emotional life, quality, or state of the partner*
Line 3: Intellectual activity and psychological state of the subject
Line 2: Social activity of the subject
Line 1: Emotional life, quality, or state of the subject
*Partner in the relationship or the group at large.
Line 6: Insight
Line 5: Meditation
Line 4: Diligence
Line 3: Patience
Line 2: Self-discipline
Line 1: Generosity
Line 6: Retired/old age
Line 5: Social and professional success
Line 4: Professional development
Line 3: Social independence
Line 2: Practical education
Line 1: Childhood/youth