Have you ever wondered what people are talking about when they refer to consulting “the I Ching”? Essentially, the book is an age-old divination “manual” that traces all the way back to the Shang Dynasty (1600 BC). These days, if you flip through a modern copy of the I Ching you will find that it is divided into 64 chapters full of a fascinating blend of philosophy, poetry, imagery and advice.
As an oracle, the I Ching is frequently used by many people all throughout the world for guidance, wisdom and advice from matters ranging from self-help and interpersonal insight, to more practical topics such as making investments and planning business trips.
Basically, the I Ching can be used for every conceivable situation, issue and question in life, utilizing a form of divination known as cleromancy, or gaining universal guidance by rolling or casting random numbers. In the I Ching, three coins (or traditionally yarrow sticks) are thrown six times while a question is held firmly in the mind. The sides of each coin are assigned with either the value 2 or the value 3 and these numbers are added up to form a hexagram, which is a symbol composed of various broken and unbroken lines. Once the coins, or sticks, have been thrown 6 times, and the numbers have been added up to form a hexagram, the I Ching is consulted for the meaning of the hexagram. There are 64 possible hexagrams in total.
17 I Ching Quotes
While we’re not going to abide by the traditional way of interpreting the I Ching, we are going to have a look at 17 potentially thought provoking quotes that might help you in your present life situation. If you believe in synchronicity, then today could be your lucky day.
Remember that the I Ching can’t predict the future, but it can stimulate immense insight into a problem or question you have at the moment. So have a read through the quotes below. You never know … something might catch your eye. Also if you think this article will benefit another, please share it!
He whose truth is accessible, yet dignified, has good fortune.
If you are sincere, you have success in your heart, and whatever you do succeeds.
When one’s own day comes, one may create revolution.
Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos. Before a brilliant person begins something great, they must look foolish in the crowd.
It is only when we have the courage to face things exactly as they are, without any self-deception or illusion, that a light will develop out of events, by which the path to success may be recognized.
The superior man perseveres long in his course, adapts to the times, but remains firm in his direction and correct in his goals.
Retreat. Success. In what is small, perseverance furthers.
Change is certain. Peace is followed by disturbances; departure of evil men by their return. Such recurrences should not constitute occasions for sadness but realities for awareness, so that one may be happy in the interim.
When the way comes to an end, then change. Having changed, you pass through.
Difficulty at the beginning works supreme success. Furthering through perseverance. Nothing should be undertaken, it furthers one to appoint helpers.
The superior man falls back upon his inner worth in order to escape the difficulties. He does not permit himself to be honored with revenue.
It furthers one to undertake something. It furthers one to cross the great water.
The superior man, when he stands alone, is unconcerned, and if he has to renounce the world, he is undaunted.
In small matters, good fortune.
The superior man turns his attention to himself and molds his character.
In adversity it furthers one to be persevering.
Revolution. On your own day, you are believed. Supreme success, furthering through perseverance. Remorse disappears.
What wisdom have you taken away from these I Ching quotes? Remember that all the answers you need are already within you, but texts such as the I Ching simply serve to draw out this untapped body of knowledge and bring it to the forefront of your mind.
Feel free to share any insights, reflections or personal discoveries you’ve made with the I Ching below!