The Book of Changes is one of the most influential books in the history of civilization. Its importance is relatively unrecognized in the West.
Personally, I think has a book of “divination”, as an oracle, it need to be considered very skeptically. Synchronicity is not so easy.
However, as a book of wisdom, as a book about the nature of the universe and the nature of change, it is profound.
Within the next week, some of better websites about the I Ching will be posted. For now, here are some quotations about it:
The Book of Changes — I Ching in Chinese — is unquestionably one of the most important books in the world’s literature. Its origin goes back to mythical antiquity, and it has occupied the attention of the most eminent scholars of China down to the present day. Nearly all that is greatest and most significant in the three thousand years of Chinese cultural history has either taken its inspiration from this book, or has exerted an influence on the interpretation of its text. Therefore it may safely be said that the seasoned wisdom of thousands of years has gone into the making of the I Ching. Small wonder then that both of the two branches of Chinese philosophy, Confucianism and Taoism, have their common roots here. The book sheds new light on many a secret hidden in the often puzzling modes of thought of that mysterious sage, Lao-tse, and of his pupils, as well as on many ideas that appear in the Confucian tradition as axioms, accepted without further examination.
Introduction to the I Ching, by Richard Wilhelm
The I Ching was at the heart of early Chinese philosophical thought, serving as a common ground for the Confucian and Taoist schools.
It centered on the ideas of the dynamic balance of opposites, the evolution of events as a process, and acceptance of the inevitability of change.
from Wikipedia: The I Ching
As important to Chinese civilization as the Bible is to Western culture, the I Ching or Book of Changes is one of the oldest treasures of world literature….The I Ching is nothing less than an explanation of the laws of change in the world and how human beings can learn to live in harmony with them….
By “enticing us to make sense of” its “vague and cryptic” language, he argues, it “induces us to abandon logical and linear thinking” and stimulates intuition and inspiration
The Laws of Change: I Ching and the Philosophy of Life