For weeks the corona crisis has held us tightly and has made our entire social life come to a standstill under the motto "Stay at home". Of the three defense options: dead, escape or attack against a mortal enemy, our government has decided to "kill" because of its scientific advisors, probably in the hope that the danger will pass us over time. As laypeople when it comes to viruses and pandemics, we have to rely on the hopefully sound decisions of our governments and their advisors. As a Hapkido master, I understood that fear in a self-defense situation is fundamentally not a good advisor and you can only win if you assess your situation based on a realistic assessment of the circumstances. Even benevolent financial aid from the government tends to act like artificial prostheses, which in no way represent a long-term replacement for real legs and arms, since many people will bleed to death economically and go bankrupt; In fact, we are now tied up and we can only follow the orders of our government. However, this should not prevent us from questioning the decisions of our country leaders, who are currently severely curtailing our fundamental rights! As a connoisseur of the I GING and NLP Master, I am convinced that any intervention, if it is to be effective, must be based on true and verifiable basic assumptions! A false assessment of whether the current situation is a real mortal enemy or rather a misinterpretation of statistics due to unsuitable tests is of blatant importance and must be verified out of responsibility towards people!
"The decisions we make
dictate the life we lead! "
(Danny DeVito in Mr. Bill)
So if we are more or less caught at home at the moment, we should ask ourselves what we can decide for a positive development in our current situation. Despite all the restrictions, we still have a free spirit that allows us freedom of planning and also the choice of how we can prepare for the coming time and which developments we want to initiate. For over eight years I have published monthly articles in the Taekwondo specialist magazine on the Chinese Book of Changes, the Yijing (I GING), and have given my readers as wise guides from past days to help them navigate. At a time when Fakenews is part of our daily experience, we should think back to what we can still build on - namely to find a cheap way through the maze of our life with the help of our own intuition! Do you have questions that you cannot "google" or read in Wikipedia and are looking in vain for answers? Are you looking for advice on how to make the most of your current situation and which activities you can take to give your goals a real perspective? Well, now is the best time to consult the Book of Changes, the I Ching, to turn your life around! Today I would like to show you various ways to tap into the wisdom of this millennia-old classic, so that you can recognize this as an opportunity in the crisis and make logical decisions for yourself!
Yours Uwe Wischhöfer
The yarrow method
Yarrow (Achillea) has been used in China to determine the lines of the I-Ching for around 3000 years. Yarrow meditation requires 50 or 55 stems, of which one to six stems are placed on top as a symbol for the unit or a hexagram and are no longer used. For the further process, 49 yarrow stalks (or bamboo sticks if necessary) of the same length are used. Provide an undisturbed pleasant atmosphere, perhaps with incense, candle and a cup of tea. Let your mind become a wave in the sea of unity and give your already worked question to the wind.
Now ask a clear question that is important to you, which you will repeat once for each of the 18 divisions in the following procedures:
1st division (for 1st line):
Take your dried 49 yarrow stalks (possibly bamboo) in your left hand.
--- Start procedure ----
Now split the bundle arbitrarily in the middle and place the stems of the right hand on the right side. Take a stick from the bundle and place it on the left hand between the little and ring fingers. Now count the other half of the divided bundle in the left hand to four sticks and place them separately on the left until one to four sticks remain, which you put between the ring and middle fingers of the left hand. Now grasp the bundle that was previously placed on the right and count it by four sticks each until one to four sticks remain. The rest is clamped between the middle and index fingers of the left hand ...
---- end of procedure ----
... in which you now hold either five or nine sticks. Grab these five or nine sticks and place them separately below the one stick for the unit. Now put the two bundles previously left and right together again.
2nd division (for 1st line):
You now have 40 or 44 sticks in your hands.
Execute the described procedure again! ...
... in which you now hold either four or eight sticks. Grab these four or eight sticks and place them separately at the top below the one stick for the unit and the bundle of five or nine sticks stored in division 1. Now put the two bundles previously left and right together again.
3rd division (for 1st line)
: You are now holding 32, 36 or 40 chopsticks in your hands.
Execute the described procedure again! ...
... in which you hold either four or eight sticks again. Grab these four or eight sticks and put them back on top. Now combine the two bundles previously placed on the left and right and count them again to four sticks each. As a result you get one of four line qualities with:
six bundles (24 sticks): 6 = Um (Jin)
seven bundles (28 sticks): 7 = Yang
eight bundles (32 sticks): 8 = um (Jin)
nine bundles (36 sticks): 9 = Yang
Now record the whole or broken stable or conversion line determined by your three divisions (see table).
Repeat the entire process of the three divisions a further five times until after a total of 18 divisions you build a complete hexagram with six interrupted stable or interrupted lines changing from bottom to top.
(about. 30 min.)
Fast coin method
Take three of the same coins and give the top (which you set as the top) the numerical value THREE
and the bottom is TWO !
Shake the three coins face down in your hand and throw them on a template .
The added numerical values result in the numbers 6,7,8 or 9 (see table above).
Repeat this process five more times for your first hexagram
(about. 3 min.)