The I Ching is a three thousand year old book of Asian wisdom that has been revered by billions of people. The authors of the I Ching believed that there are 64 fundamental archetypes and that any situation can be described by one of these 64 archetypes.
In this workshop, you will learn how to query, read, and interpret the 64 I Ching archetypes. You will learn some of the history of the I Ching, the biblical basis for the I Ching, and how the I Ching fits into contemporary Christian theology.
Most importantly, you will learn how to use the Christian I Ching as a discernment tool for calling upon God's Wisdom to receive guidance for dealing with life's greatest challenges.
In this lecture I give an overview of the course. I also describe how to acquire the Query Stones, create a Query Mat, and print out a Workbook for keeping permanent records of I Ching readings. I also briefly describe the 3,000 year history of the I Ching.
When it comes to discernment tools like the I Ching, is the Bible for them or against them? The Bible strongly advocates the use of discernment tools. In this lecture, I will discuss the use of lots, dreams, and random events as tools for understanding God's will as portrayed in both the Hebrew and Christian Bibles.
The I Ching consists of 64 fundamental archetypes that, taken as a whole, describe everything that can ever be. In this lecture, I will take you on a tour of a typical archetype.
Moving lines describe the energy flows operating in your situation. They are important because they determine the resulting hexagram and, indirectly, the resulting archetype. In this lecture, I will teach you how to use moving lines to understand where you are heading.
The response to an I Ching query is in the form of a hexagram (a pictographic representation of an archetype.) You will need to map from a hexagram to an actual archetype. In this lecture, I will show you how to do this.
The first step in asking God's Wisdom through the I Ching is figuring out how to ask the question. There are a number of important guidelines you need to follow in formulating your question. In this lecture, I will show you how to create a well formulated question.
The Wisdom you receive from the I Ching will be in the form of four numbers: 6, 7, 8, and 9. Each of these numbers translates to one of the lines in your hexagram. In this lecture, I'll show you how to interpret the numbers you receive when you offer your question to God's Wisdom through the I Ching.
You have your question ready to ask God's Wisdom through the I Ching. But there is a little preparation you must first attend to. You need to be prepared. And your Query Stones need to be prepared. I'll show you how to do this in this lecture.
This is the most Holy moment you will experience in your use of the I Ching. It is the time that you directly receive the answer to your question through your 49 Query Stones. I'll take you through the protocol, stone by stone. You will watch this lecture six times, once for each of the lines of your hexagram. Note that there are several long pauses in this video. These are intentional to give you time to complete the last described step. If I get ahead of you, just pause the video until you have caught up.
Are you ready to hear what God's Wisdom is telling you? It's time to go to the Christian I Ching herself and see what you are being been told. I'll show you exactly which sections to read and give you some guidance on interpretation. As an example, I'll interpret the response I received to a question I was recently struggling with: Should I do a video workshop for the Christian I Ching? As you can probably guess, the I Ching was quite adamant that I do this course, which is the reason we are all here. What is the answer she is giving you to your question?
Roger Sessions has been studying the I Ching for more than 50 years. He is also a Benedictine Oblate and a Spiritual Director commissioned by the Episcopal Church (Texas Diocese.) He is the author of the book Wisdom's Way, The Christian I Ching and the founding director of the Christian I Ching Society.