“Most people hate change. But did you know it doesn’t have to be challenging for you?”
What is change? Basically, it means something (or someone) is not the same. You probably already know that. What feels challenging for most people is the transition from one state of being, to the next.
From my experience, it seems that change is easy to accept – and even celebrate – when we have planned for it, anticipate it, and feel that we are consciously co-creating it, rather than being the “recipient” of change.
One way to plan for – and anticipate – our changes, is to use the I Ching. Wikipedia describes the I Ching as a “symbol system designed to identify order in what seem like chance events. . . The philosophy centers on the ideas of the dynamic balance of opposites, the evolution of events as a process, and acceptance of the inevitability of change.”
If change really is inevitable (as it truly seems to be) then how do you achieve a balance, and survive even undesired changes, gracefully? The I Ching works through the use of specially marked “coins” which are randomly tossed while pondering a question; a “reading” is taken from the resulting patterns. The readings reveal certain trigrams and/or hexagrams, showing how the “yin” (or receptive principle) will be balanced with the “yang” (or creative principle) within the situation. The common interpretations of all the possible I Ching combinations are recorded in a book called simply, the I Ching (of Book of Changes.)
While some may consider the I Ching a form of divination, others use it as a tool for seeking clarity about the complex dimensions of situations and relationships, to help discover more possibility and more positive outcomes. If, for instance, your goals are:
- peace of mind
- better relationships
- more prosperity
then you may find information in the I Ching that can help guide you towards actions or attitudes that will help the process unfold more gracefully than you presently understand.
If any of the above goals are what you are working on, then you probably already know that your situation is going to involve change – either yours, someone close to you, or both. Therefore, in addition to using the I Ching, you may also want to learn about other ways that you can make the changes in your life more easily.
One of the ways to make personal life changes more easily might be to smudge yourself and your space, to keep the Chi, or energy clear. You might want to learn about feng shui, to organize your space and to keep the flow of energy constant in your environment. Or you might want to learn about flower essences, which can quickly and easily help you to make the internal changes you need, without spending years in therapy to do it.
If you like the idea of clearing your aura, you can now choose from a range of products such as incense, smudge sticks, or liquid smudge (a new version of the traditional formula, made in a sacred way by traditional Native Americans.)
Whether you use the I Ching, or any of the other tools available to you, to help you make your life changes more graceful, you should know that there are many more ways to achieve the changes than just one or two. It will reward you to discover them. Change doesn’t have to be painful or challenging, if you know how to help make it easy!