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The Images (Hexagrams) of the I Ching Oracle in Psychic Readings

Psychic Readings from The Psychic Internet often feature images drawn from the I Ching Oracle. To offer supplementary information about these images for our clients, and for the public, we have provided this archive of brief articles.

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The abstract images of the I Ching Oracle (usually called "hexagrams") symbolize all of the related and interacting aspects of reality. In the following excerpts from actual Psychic Readings, the images of the I Ching are discussed.

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In our Life-Readings, we always consult our I Ching Oracle to gain insight into a person’s position and purpose in life. In our Life-Reading for you today, the oracle suggests, through the images of Breakthrough and Peace that you are on the verge of a momentous attainment to a level of being that promises an entirely new experience of living in the world. It may be that the breakthrough to this new level comes to you after many lifetimes during which your soul has struggled toward this end. Or, you may view the breakthrough as something that you achieve, along with certain other people, as a step along the path of human development, generally speaking. Viewed in the latter perspective, the oracle suggests that you are making progress toward a more peaceful way of life that all people, to a greater or lesser extent, are destined ultimately to enjoy.

For in the image of Breakthrough there is a strong sense of benefit and blessing that comes to many people through the effectiveness of one particular individual. Thus, in the central verse associated with this image from very ancient times, the oracle says, “The superior person dispenses riches downward and refrains from resting on her virtue.” In other words, the image of Breakthrough conveys a sense of your role in the community, and that role is viewed as enriching other people with the lofty virtues that you have been able to cultivate in your own individual experience of life.

However, this idea should properly be understood as the ultimate achievement toward which you may strive during your lifetime, and it should not be taken for granted as already given – a present reality, or a “fait accomplis,” so to speak. As I say, whether viewed as something that you achieve through the course of many lifetimes, or simply as something that you may hope to achieve as a fulffilment of your experience during your current life, the oracle describes your situation as one in which much has already been accomplished. This is true, yet there is something still remaining to be done, something yet to be realized in your personality and way of living. How close you are to the great goal! You might even be tempted to underestimate the significance of what still remains to be achieved. To be on the verge of a great accomplishment is to be poised on a point of very fine balance. Picture in your mind a massive dam that holds back an immense and continually accumulating body of water. Depending on the specifications of its construction, only a certain amount of pressure can be sustained by the dam. When that pressure is exceeded, even if by only a tiny and seemingly insignificant amount, a breakthrough results.

This is, in fact, almost literally the situation that is described through the image of Breakthrough. In the structural features of this image, an accumulation of water reaches this delicate point of impending breakthrough just before washing over its banks of confinement in a bursting flood of rushing power that remakes the world. Of course, this means that a condition of considerable danger is usually associated with the image of Breakthrough. The danger as it applies to your own situation is simply that, having come this far on the way to the goal, you might somehow fall back, through a failure of resolve, and then never attain to the condition of harmony and peace that is described in the second of the two images that we have drawn for you today.

This danger should not be underestimated. Thus, in one of the verses that has been highlighted specifically by today’s Reading from the image of Breakthrough, the oracle says, “There is no skin on her thighs, and walking comes hard. If she were to let herself be led like a sheep, remorse would disappear. But if these words are heard, they will not be believed.” I do hope that you will not take this verse as a portent of your future reality. In this verse, someone has the benefit of wise counsel, but faith in its efficacy is sorely lacking. This does NOT have to be your story. This is the danger, a lack of faith. But faith is not so much a gift of grace as it is a choice that we make. In this sense, a secondary name for the image of Breakthrough is particularly relevant. The other name is “Resoluteness."

While faith may not come to us as a gift of grace, a lack of faith seems always to be handed out to us with the morning’s coffee and porridge. After all, with specific reference to the idea of peace, we are all of us surrounded by people who have no use for it. The mundane “wisdom” of fools constantly barrages us with the impossibility of being at peace either with others or with ourselves. In such circumstances, doubt and pessimism are practically inevitable.

The oracle speaks very directly to this fact in the second of the two verses that has been highlighted specifically by today’s Reading from the image of Breakthrough. In this second verse, the oracle says, “In dealing with weeds, firm resolution is necessary. Walking in the middle remains free of blame.” It is only natural, that you should be assailed by doubt and fears of one kind or another. Your inner ideals concerning the possibility of living without contention, in harmony and peace with other people in all of your interactions must necessarily be challenged by the prevailing belligerence of daily life. Your doubts and fears are a product of modern life, pure and simple. However, the oracle shows you the way to deal with these doubts and fears. When it speaks of the “middle way,” it is telling you to maintain a strict distinction in your mind with respect to the difference between you and others. You are closer than others to a final disposition of yourself on the plane of peace and harmony. And when you realize this, and resolve to take the last step forward into a way of life that knows nothing of anger and combativeness, you will not only attain to your personal destiny but also bring all of us one step closer to creating a world in which all people will live peacefully and harmoniously in a new Eden of untold blessings.

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