Learn the basics of the ancient Chinese system of divination and calculation for gaining wisdom and developing intuition.
The I Ching is one of the oldest books in the world and is central to the formation of Taoism. It is a book of wisdom, divination, cosmology, calculation, philosophy, internal alchemy, science, and a means for mapping out all phenomena.
All Taoist practices such as Taijiquan (Tai Chi), Chinese medicine, Feng Shui, astronomy/astrology, to name a few, are foundationally structured on the I Ching.
Many of the brightest minds of our world’s history have held a deep fascination with the I Ching. Interestingly, Gottfried Leibniz, the inventor of the binary code system we currently use for our modern-day computers and devices, published a paper crediting the Chinese for creating the first binary code system after his study of the I Ching. He also noted that every binary number from 000000 to 111111 corresponded exactly with the I Ching.
Intrinsically mathematical, the I Ching is an incredible tool for divination and calculation. Because of its depth and complexity, it’s important to understand the I Ching before attempting to use it in any meaningful way, much less applying its insights into your life. Consequently, you need a knowledgeable teacher to guide you.
Although many teachers have an academic understanding of the I Ching, few of them can teach its true Taoist fundamentals and principles. Stuart Alve Olson is uniquely qualified to clarify the inner workings of the I Ching. He has been studying and teaching I Ching and Taoist philosophy for nearly 40 years and is an award-winning author of over 35 books on Taijiquan, meditation, Taoism, and I Ching.
In this beginner course, you will:
- Learn the basic components and structure of the I Ching
- Understand the correlations of the images that make up the I Ching
- Study basic Taoist philosophy and how its concepts are integrated into the flow or movement of the I Ching
- Determine whether a question should be answered through calculation (using correlations of images) or divination (using the oracle)
- Know how to calculate the answer to a given question or properly cast and interpret a question to the I Ching
The four classes in this course will be taught live on Zoom, with the video replays posted into the class portal within a few days of each class. You will have lifetime access to the videos and course materials.
Classes take place on Sundays at 5:00 pm Central time, beginning on May 7th. Each class will run about an hour with Q&A.
May 7, 2023 05:00 PM Central Time
May 21, 2023 05:00 PM
Jun 4, 2023 05:00 PM
Jun 25, 2023 05:00 PM
Times Per Zone: 3:00 pm Pacific, 4:00 Mountain, 5:00 Central, 6:00 Eastern
And starting in June …
I Ching Study Group
(For Beginners and Advanced Students)
After the completion of the introductory course, we will be starting an ongoing monthly I Ching Study Group in which Stuart will give a short talk on an important aspect of the I Ching, and then have a group participation on examining a casting or calculation of a question posed to the I Ching. The most difficult aspect of the I Ching is learning how to interpret the answer to a question. This is what the I Ching Study Group will largely focus on and it will be a very interactive portion each monthly session.