What is the I-Ching?
The oldest Chinese definition of the spiritual system was simply, “Book”, and then it was known as, “The Book”, and eventually came to be known as, “The Book of Changes.” Some have also translated the word “book” into “bible.” Some have recently discovered and reported the I-Ching and the Christian Bible have a great deal in common: they are both objects that teach one how to study and divine a statement or argument to the level of simple and absolute truth.
A Symbol of Divination |
The I-Ching came with a symbol to help with divination. The yin and yang symbol is a geometric key of sorts, which when diagrammed, will act as a formula or template. Either a priest who has maintained purity in their life, or a monk who is dedicated to their spirituality may use divination of any of the 64 ideograms to best match the person’s woes, and then use the ideogram translation to help the person understand the truth of their situation or problem. This is a form of spiritual healing.
Understanding the I-Ching Symbol |
The I-Ching was the first philosophical system Manuel Sensei taught. He used it to help form the foundation for the development of spirituality, logic, perception, communication, and interpersonal relationships. When used properly, it is a great tool helping to broaden perceptions of a thing, or happenstance, allowing one to better understand the truth of our existence, and the ability to make wise choices.
The first spiritual text is named Chen, or “Heaven.” The text for Chen is as follows:
“The awaken man stumbles upon the sleeping dragon.”