I Ching Guidance

Navigating life's opportunities


    My consultation today focused on overcoming obstacles.  Often, as you will find with other readings referencing similar lessons, the Universe (Sage) teaches us in many different ways about the battle of ego dominance vs. Higher Self guidance. Lessons designed to get your attention are sometimes humbling and even shocking when one is not receiving the message. When I  imply “shocking” I mean, “I have...

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Every spiritual practice has important teachings on the subject of forgiveness. Many of us have the experience of forgiving another for what may be commonly considered modest intransgressions, but what about big infractions like murder, rape and or sexual assault? Not so easy. What about when someone we respect and love dissapoints us by not living up to expectations we project upon them? Easier to allow our ego minds to hold on to...

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A challenge to improvement that which has been spoiled through neglect can be rejuvenated with effort. Receiving this hexagram is an indication that there is a defect in the attitude of oneself, another or one’s society that requires correction. For me this comes at at time of transition.  Moving through a job and personal transformation from one world view to a different perspective.  Life is about moving gracefully through...

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  Look (observe) at this painting for 10 minutes. Set a timer if you think the occasion warrants. Give the painting enough time to settle over your restless mind. Allow the image to elicit an emotion, any emotion will do. Allow this new or familiar emotion to linger then move on by. Let go of whatever comes and allow reverie, primordial wisdom, its natural place within. See what art can do? Same instruction for the image of the...

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Jon Seskevich updates

The Bright Hour Received a text from a friend reading a book and saw me mentioned as “Nurse Jon” and “Relaxation Jon.” What a big surprise for us both! This book is powerful, like one of Stephen Levine, or Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ Living and Dying workshops. I read it on plane flight and trains in India! Right after she finishes about our interaction and an outcome of her practice, recovery from an anxiety,...

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  What is Chi? Put simply, chi (qi) is that which gives life. In terms of the body, chi is that which differentiates a corpse from a live human being. To use a Biblical reference, it is that which God breathed into the dust to produce Adam. Chi is also the basis of acupuncture. A strong life force makes a human being totally alive, alert and present while a weak force results in sluggishness and fatigue. You can increase and...

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Hexagram 13 Fellowship with Others Reading from today after 1.2 hour meditation, early this morning. Critical that we clear our minds, via meditation or mantra before framing the question and asking same during the tossing of the I Ching Bronze coins. Best practice is to meditate 1 hour prior to consultation. This will give you time to settle the discursive thoughts and focus on the one question you are asking the Oracle to answer....

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Vajrasattva Mantra


Posted By on Oct 9, 2017

Vajrasattva Mantra Vajrasattva signifies “diamond being” or “vajra-being”. By practicing daily his Dharma, the follower can avoid all evil thoughts, eliminate vexations and have unlimited happiness and wisdom. Vajrasattva practice is also a tantric meditation done for the purification of negative karma. As a Mahayana practice, it is undertaken with a bodhicitta aim to dissolve all our bad karma in order to reach enlightenment as fast...

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Hexagram 15

Hexagram 15


Posted By on Oct 8, 2017

This reading is a strong antidote to the ego’s desire for a quick remedy to life’s most compelling challenges. Often it is a difficult to discern between the voice of the sage(higher self) and the cunning mimicry the  ego manifests on a moment by moment basis. Ego is the voice of action and solutions that solidify the Ego’s legacy control.  The most effective way to discern between ego and sage is to first clear the...

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My Left Footed Buddhist life Before I began my Buddhist practice, it was as if my left foot was stretched out behind me, rooted in the past while my right foot was outstretched in front of me, standing in the future, thereby preventing any recognition, let alone immersion in the beauty of the now. My mind was a constant flurry of activity, assaulted by thoughts of the past and plagued by concerns regarding the future. Honestly, my...

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Watch the trailer for the Cumberbatch-narrated Thich Nhat Hanh documentary, “Walk With Me,” premiering on August 18 BY LILLY GREENBLATT| AUGUST 4, 2017 Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)More Walk With Me, a cinematic journey into the world of Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, will premiere in New York on August 18...

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                                       The intention is to create and share their curiosity of life under the umbrella of the teachings of Ram Dass and the unconditional love of Neem Karoli Baba. For this gathering, the focus is on the message of being and growing on your spiritual path from Ram Dass’ 1976 book Grist for the Mill. For those who’d like to read or reread Grist for the Mill co-authored by Stephen Levine...

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Hello, everyone! Many meditation techniques are about quieting your mind by concentrating on your breath, a candle, music, drumbeat and countless other practices. Open Heart Meditation is a guided meditation that helps in strengthening and cleansing the spiritual heart naturally. Participants often feel lighter and more refreshed in a very short amount of time. Although this can be very deep and revitalizing, this is not a serious...

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When you receive this reading reflect on the type of things you take into your body and mind.   Observe the people you draw to you and are drawn to.  When we stray from our practice of equanimity and balance by grasping for and to passion, fear and anxiety (see unsettled mind) this has very serious consequences for our commitment to honesty, integrity and balance.  Your unsettled mind weakens your ability to discern between what...

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Published on Dec 24, 2015 The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya Which Liberates Upon Seeing is located at the Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado, USA. It was built to inter the ashes of Chogyam Trungpa, who died in 1987. In many Buddhist traditions it is common to build a stupa to honour a respected teacher after their death. Construction of the stupa began in 1988. The structure took ten years to complete and used a special concrete...

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Hexagram 40  Deliverance A change in attitude delivers you from difficulty This reading, Hsieh signals the beginning of a deliverance from danger, tensions, and difficulty.  The I Ching counsels us, through this reading, on the cause of the deliverance and how one must act in order to fully benefit from this favorable time. This hexagram often comes when one is clearing an obstacle or obstruction to your soul’s divine journey...

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Saturday April 09, 2017 K. Sridhar is a virtuoso of one of the world’s most complex instruments, the Sarod. He masterfully blends two music traditions that coexist in India – that of the North (Hindustani) and of the South (Carnatic). A featured artist on Peter Gabriel’s RealWorld label, Sridhar began touring out of India in 1982 and has given hundreds of concerts worldwide. As one critic put it, “A concert by K....

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Registration required. Register here   Meditation to Quiet the Mind and Open the Heart   Saturday 4:00-6:30 PM, 6/24 @ Wholistic Health Studio Jon will present a meditation workshop for healing (improving quality of life and physical functioning) and resiliency (the ability to bounce back from stress, illness and life changes.) He brings a unique perspective to his teaching. For more than 25 years, Jon has taught hospitalized...

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I listened to this SoundCloud, shared by emcheren this morning. The universe is working with us today. Think of the divide in our country, your workplace relationships, families, your neighbors? This interview from On Being with Kristina Tippett with may go a long way towards bridging or at the very least healing the gaps, differences between us. Please listen to these great Buddhist Scholars for their shared humor, wisdom and insight...

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Hexagram 24 Return

Hexagram 24 Return


Posted By on Jan 3, 2017

You have noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round. In the old days when we were a strong and happy people, all our power came to us from the sacred hoop of the nation, and so long as the hoop was unbroken, the people flourished. Black Elk The reading of Hexagram 24 is Return, darkness has passed, friends come and go as...

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Hexagram 17

Hexagram 17


Posted By on Dec 8, 2016

Let’s start something new for 2017! The reading I received this morning was Hexagram 17. I’m interested to hear from you, readers of iChing guidance, what questions or comments do you have about Hexagram 17, Following? Please write your comments or questions in the section below this article. When we reach or exceed 5 new comments. I will comment. Please share your interpreations for this reading with others in the group....

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Hexagram 11-Peace

Hexagram 11-Peace


Posted By on Dec 5, 2016

Hexagram 11-Peace In the aftermath of two of the more contentious battles breaking we have cause to rejoice and rest in Peace. Readers of my other website Durham Cool will be heartened to hear more about Durham NC news now that President Obama has not granted the easement for DPAL to dig pipe below the Missouri River (on 1851 Laramie Treaty land)and Governor McCorry has succeeded to Roy Cooper. When you receive this hexagram it is an...

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Hexagram 58 the Joyous Lake (Twee) Pleasure ORACLE:   The surface of the marsh is still; the inner marsh seethes with life, Beside it friends sit and talk, The conversation is easy but the communication between them is deep, Success if you keep to your course. Notice the featured image for this post. Indian elementary school children in line to spend a precious moment with his Holiness, Dalai Lama. Something of a visual contrast...

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  CONTEMPLATION Kuan has two meanings in Chinese, either “contemplation” or “setting an example” This explains why in some interpretations you will find reference to the first part of the work (purification) has been done. Now it is time for the sacrifice or ablution to be made. The worshipper who has purified himself has a choice to move to the next step of making an example of himself through an act of...

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This morning I started surfing YouTube in search of other orchestral arrangement of this song performed with Caetano Veloso. I found several comparable to this live to film version below from Pedro Almodovar and then a new discovery by this young singer from Spain. Please listen to this ebullient, lyrical cersion from Sylvia Perez Cruz:   I recall the first time I heard this song in Almodovar’s lyrically beautiful film...

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“Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses, and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.” ~ Joseph Addison Human life is so precious and brief. Take a moment to watch this video testimony from the “Purpose Fairy”. Think of ways to honor your humanity each day. Forgive yourself first then forgive others. We are all doing our best when we do our...

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Patanjali Yoga Sutras

The study and practice of yoga are not complete without Patanjali and the Yoga Sutras. Durham NC is indebted to Bryan Carey, teacher/owner of Patanjali’s Yoga Studio Durham for leading many of us to the study of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Patañjali Statue (traditional form indicating kundalini or incarnation of Shesha) The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali are 196 Indian sutras (aphorisms). The Yoga Sutras...

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Wisdom and Humility

Wisdom and Humility


Posted By on Oct 10, 2016

Each of us is blessed with some kind of wealth. Some of us have an abundance of spiritual, material wealth, a wealth of humor, a wealth of emotional intelligence, an abundance of grace, love, kindness, humility. Think of yourself. Consider your unique gifts that you bring to this world. The desire to form a recursive culture or caste system is a learned behavior. Sometimes we bond over shared prejudice. Innate in all of us is the...

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This is one of the most challenging to comprehend readings in the I Ching. The Army? How obtuse! Right? What does it convey to you? I have received this reading at times when I was preparing for a confrontation or meeting with a dysfunctional team or individual. Most often the advice associated with this reading is prepared for a leadership opportunity. You are called upon to lead a group, large or small, through a challenging period...

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Hexagram 16   Enthusiasm

This is a frequent reading for me. Those of us with heavy douses of internal creativity (“Fire” in the Tibetan Bon Shaman tradition) often receive this reading when confronted with a difficult choice or significant obstacle. The Oracle counsels us there are two types of Enthusiasm, one spurned by Ego (lust for fame, wealth, escape from difficulty) and one grounded in the leadership of the Higher Self. We know how powerful...

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Hexagram 55 Abundance A moment of great influence is at Hand. Prepare wisely and act accordingly. When we think about our influence in this world we know it naturally ebbs and flows, right? If this is the case when the universe is cooperating and we are receptive to the inner voice of wisdom (not ego) then it behooves one to act when the time is favorable, right? But how should one act, in the face of a more favorable period?...

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Hexagram 42 Increase

Hexagram 42 Increase


Posted By on Sep 24, 2016

42. I / Increase Hexagram 42 Above Sun, the gentle wind Below CHêN The Arousing Thunder Powerful improvements are underway This reading comes to let you know this is a time to act when the universe is behind you in all of your benevolent ventures.    Please don’t dally when the reading comes to you.   I have learned the true guidance of the sage through this reading and others.   It is incumbent on you to act forthwith! See,...

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Those who persevere make continuous progress The image most commonly associated with this reading is that of a tree growing on the top of a mountain.   If this tree grows too rapidly, wihout properly rooting itself, it becomes susceptible to being torn up and destroyed by the winds.  If however, it establishes a proper foundation and is content to grow gradually, it will enjoy a long life and a lofty view. What does this have to with...

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The Gentle (The Penetrating, Wind) Consistent correctness turns every situation to your advantage. The image of this hexagram is that of a gentle wind dispersing storm clouds.  A wind that changes direction often, even a very powerful one, will disperse nothing-it only stirs up the sky.  The wind that causes real change is the one that blows consistently in the same direction.  There is an important lesson for us in this example. Very...

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Still your emotions through meditation Receiving this hexagram is a sure sign you need to quiet your “emotions” and impulses as they are preventing you from seeing clearly.    This is the EGO talking and clamoring for a quick and “easy” solution** ..   To answer the Ego with hasty actions will invite misfortune.   This hexagram is a very specific instruction to meditate. Sit quietly in a room by yourself.  Non...

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My reading and interpretation this week is on Hexagram 58 The Joyous Lake: The ancient Taoist emulated the behavior of the Lake to practice achieving tranquility in disturbance. Regardless of the changes, we can make our heart like a lake to discover how the path opens before us. “Make your heart like a lake with a calm, still surface and great depths of kindness.”   True Joy is experienced by those who are strong within and...

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11. Tài (Pervading) Peace Through relating correctly we have achieved peace.   Maintaining peace requires inner discipline. Interpretation: Share good fortune with others. Peace after difficult times. Be flexible but true to yourself. A time of peace, prosperity and good fortune. Compared with all other hexagrams, this one is completely balanced. Through relating correctly we have attained peace. Maintaining peace, however, requires...

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      True joy is  experienced by those who are strong within and gentle without. DISPERSION (Dissolution). This reading appears when there is harshness or rigidness in yourself or someone near. In our search for happiness and success, we are prone to think we must take aggressive actions to achieve them. The lesson of the IChing is just the opposite.  Only those with innocence, acceptance and detachment inherit joy in...

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If you are alert to the Creative, you will meet with good fortune now The Creative is at work; change is in motion in a dynamic, creative way. This hexagram signals a time when the fundamental creative power of the universe is available to you.  An unrestricted outpouring of benevolent energy from the heavens makes possible profound progress for those who are conscientiously following proper principles. 1 Ch’ien represents the...

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Hexagram 57 is a good reading to explore for all in this fast paced world .  This was a reading with all fixed lines . What does all fixed lines denote? No changing lines or all fixed is the oracle’s way of getting the point across in emphatic fashion.   Ears up, eyes fixed straight ahead, take this in! Wake up! All fixed means the present reading “Now” and the near future are the same hexagram. Gradual progress is...

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Those who are steadfastly balanced, humble, and in harmony with the Sage inherit everything under the sun. Fire above the sky shines far — symbolizing the vastness of the territory of wealth. To develop virtue and repress evil is in accordance with the will of heaven, which has given to all men a nature fitted for goodness. This reading connotes “Wealth”  derived from a steadfastly balanced, humble and harmonious...

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Hexagram 18   The two trigrams are Mountain over Wind.    Decay is not an overnight event, it stagnates and infects areas vulnerable to attack. This problem is not new and requires us to give it our full attention in order to first detect the problem, then to begin rooting it out.   We must also remain vigilant so that it doesn’t root up and take hold again.  Bad habits are not easy to give up since often they are unconscious...

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This is the Reading I received this weekend. Where I have strayed from proper conduct is where I will place my focus. This is a very clear course correction for the heart that listens. The sage will aid us when we heed this sagely advice. Hexagram 13 Fellowship with others. Pay serious attention on your own conduct in relationships. Read carefully the 3rd paragraph. Review your conduct in relationships with others. This is where the...

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