The I-Ching is more than a method of divination. It is a teaching which contains all human experience. Authorities on the subject say that it is based on the later teachings of Confucianism and Taoism.
Its origins are not clear. Based on the earliest written records it is supposed to have started developing nearly 5000 years ago in ancient China. According to the tradition, it was the emperor Fu Hsi, who lived 2852 – 2737 BC, who created eight hexagrams, out of which the 64 hexagrams of the I-Ching developed later.
The second most significant contributor to the unfoldment of the teaching was the founder of theChou Dynasty and a great scholar Wen Wang (1150 – 249 BC). He is considered to be the man who has introduced the 64 hexagrams, their names and content. The name I-ching is also believed to have been created under his reign.
The text to each of the lines of each hexagram is ascribed to Wang’s son Tan.
Another Chinese emperor, who had a significant influence on the current form of the I-Ching was emperor Confucius. He is quoted to have said at the age of fity: “If the heavens granted me another 50 years of life, I would spend them studying the I-Ching. And then I would hopefully be wary of problems.“
The I-Ching, or the Book of Changes, has a practical application in consulting. It is said that no one is able to understand the I-Ching in its entirety. And it is because the range and depth of its wisdom contain the essence of any human experience conceivable. It is unique in its relevance for any society for aeons.
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