Learning I-Ching : My Tip to remember the Hexagrams

Lately, I have been delving more into the I-Ching and I have been trying to think of creative ways to help me remember the Hexagrams. One way was to try and remember how each Hexagram looked like and how many of each lines were where. I found out trying to remember the placement of the Yin/Yang lines within six different spots is harder than I thought, more confusing and eye sore than anything. Another was to try and create an algorithm on a spread sheet and then use that to help bring up the meaning and writings behind each hexagram. While that worked wonders when I’m on a computer and can pull up the spread sheet, but sometimes when questions arises from others and my computer’s nowhere in sight… well, it’s kind of difficult if I was to rely on that for it.   So here’s what I eventually resolved to doing, and to admit, it feels a lot easier than I thought it would be. I decided to just look at the Hexagram as the two BaGua/Trigrams that made up each Hexagram. When at first I was trying to remember each Hexagram by remembering the formation of each line, but that got confusing really quick. Now this is easy, I only have to remember which of the 8 BaGua/Trigrams are on top of which one. That made life a lot easier for me in having to remember just concern myself with two sections of the Hexagram than trying to remember each line individually.   Now, another dilemma came up… What is the easiest way for me to learn, understand, and remember each of the BaGua? Regular sight of it was my best answer! So I went to the Google Gods ^__^ and asked for “BaGua/Trigrams for Smartphone” they gave me a few apps, but no simple image that I can easily put on my smartphone. So, I kept searching… nothing still. I was pretty sure there’s gotta be something out there already made for smartphone backgrounds! A last, with 2 days of searching, I didn’t find anything about the BaGua/Trigrams that I can put on my smartphone’s background and was about to give up when I thought…   “I CAN MAKE ONE!” it’s simple, it’s easy, and doesn’t involve a lot of time to make. Just 8 Trigrams with their basic names and titles and in a form easy enough to just make a background on my smartphone. 4 hours later, I guess I’m kind of a perfectionist, here’s what I got. I’ve tried it on my Android Phone and it fits perfectly into the background of my smartphone, after the phone does it usual cropping thing. It took me a hot minute to find something so I hope this can help you too in your path to learning the I-Ching!   Let me know if I might have done something wrong somewhere so I can improve it, oki doki ^__^   Thank You! Jay Her   PS – Feel free to comment and/or share so we can all learn together.    ...

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The “ABSOLUTE” No-No

Have you ever realized that some of our most structured, thought out, and specific plans are the ones that fall through the cracks and never get done??? WHY IS THAT???? I asked… Have you ever tried to put a bundle of stick together using a steal band??? Well, I haven’t, so let me know if you have… but if I was to imagine that, it would go something like this. I would want to figure out how big around this bundle of stick is going to be and then I would have to build that steal band to fit just tight enough around the bundle so that it’s not too tight or too loose. Perfect!! In my mind, this bundle of stick would stay like this forever and ever and EVER and then we will live Happily Ever After, THE END! Right? What do you mean, “No!?” Let’s say, with my luck, it rains and the sticks I’ve gathered happen to be very easy in absorbing water… or the sticks dry up and then start to fall apart… or one of the sticks gets pulled out by a stick eating monster… Now what!??? Now it’s either too tight of a bundle of wet sticks, a withering away bundle, or a lose  bundling just waiting to slip out it’s steal band. Now what did I do wrong there? You probably have an answer for me. Here’s my real life example. I have been working on my health. Eating better, fun exercises, good social life, etc… I was content with working out at home and to my surprise with only about 30 minutes doing random things like jump roping, free weights, pilates, push ups, sit ups, etc… I was able to go from a size 36 to a size 33. I can honestly say I was proud of myself.  Then I decided that I might need to step it up and start working out at a gym too. And so that’s exactly what I did. My rationale, was there were a lot of equipments that I couldn’t afford financially nor space-wise at home. Within 3 weeks after I started my gym membership, I stopped working out at home and started working out just at the gym. I mean, they got everything I got going at home and more! This is THE PLACE to do what I needed to do, right? Am I wrong?? I didn’t think so. LOL. So my exercise equipments started moving into the corner of the house and my exercise time moved into jogging to the gym (10 minutes), working out at the gym (30 minutes), swimming at the gym (30 – 60 minutes), then jogging back (10 minutes). Now my schedule got a little flustered and I stopped going to the gym regularly but never considered starting back up the exercises that I was doing at home. Now once I’ve gotten the gym membership, my mindset shifted from Exercising when I can to simply just exercising at the gym. And when I wasn’t able to make it to the gym, I wasn’t even able to consciously think of doing the exercises that I have been doing for months prior at home. All that was going through my mind, was… well, I guess I’m just too busy to go to the gym, so let me just find something else to do. Well, that something else could have been a little 15 minute exercise at home, but nope, it was let’s watch an episode of this show, or cook something, or go online, etc… for whatever reason the thought...

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My Life’s Path… May not be right for You.

I wonder if I’m scared to move closer to a goal of mine because in doing so I would have to limit some of my life’s pleasures.  I’ve always been scared that I would be negatively judging others who are not along the same path as me. The question that I’ve always thought that I would be asking is, “If I can do it, why can’t You?” I’m scared that if I am able to accomplish something, that I might expect the same from all of those that I meet.  That I might begin to forget that we all are different, and that we each come with different expertise and different life barriers.  I know that right now, this is all simply a possibility and a thought or fear of mine, but for whatever reason it is scaring me enough to have been keeping me from moving forward with my goals. I asked this question to a friend of mine and what he mentioned to me helped give me perspective on the situation… He  said, “I think I can get quite jealous at others that they are able to indulge in the life’s pleasures that I now limit myself.” So is it that I want better things for people so much (that I get angry) or is it simply that I am jealous at what I can’t do and they still are able to do (that I get angry)… that it is all an internal dialogue and thought that needs to happen and has nothing to do with the world around me.  If I am truly following a path of my own, and truly understand that everyone’s path differs however little or big… then can’t I simply acknowledge their life’s path and be happy for what they are able to do in life. My anger is Mine to feel, and may have nothing to do with what others pleasure themselves with. Their journey is a journey that is as true as their own reality and it should have very little affect on mine, unless it’s taking away to giving to mine. I’ve chosen this path, why should I expect others to do the same? My path is not the right one for everyone, and every other’s path is the perfect trail in which they’ve began following and I should hope and pray that they find Love, Peace, Pleasure, Accomplishments, and Health in the path that they are moving towards. Have a Blessed Life! and Know that I DO Support Your Life’s Path, where ever great places it may take You. I hope for You: Love, Please, Pleasure, Prosperity, Health, Well-being, Ease of Journey, and Accomplishments of Your Desires that will meet the needs of all of those around You! And for those of You who might be wondering what I’m referring to… this stemmed off of me working towards losing weight. But I think it will now have a profound effect on many other aspects of my life too.  Thank You, I Love You, and I hope You Love those around You too. Be Well and Be Good At It! ^__^ Jay...

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Accepting My Whole Self

I have always tried to be tactful with the way I live my life so that others around me may not be offended.  I have never thought that in doing so, I may hurt the one person that will really matter… Myself.  Living the life that I should be living in accordance to who is around me and what they may be comfortable with is something that I may need for survival in a third world or war torn country, but where I live it is not a necessity.  I have been told over and over again that there are many individuals that will disagree with me, but unless I truly am myself, I will only find and grow up to be the compromise of my true potential. Today I CLAIM MY WHOLE SELF and all that it encompasses!  I CLAIM MY ABILITY TO GIVE TO THE WORLD all that it needs from me!  I CLAIM MY SPACE, MY MIND, MY BODY, MY LIFE, MY OWNERSHIP OF ALL THAT I AM ASKING TO COME INTO MY LIFE.  And I ask for Many Great Things to begin to enter into my life.  I Embrace the fortune that wants to enter my Life. I want you to embrace the fortune that is about to enter your life too, for if you don’t it will pass both of us on.  Some people are going to question what it is that you are doing.  Just as you’ve never given in to them in the past, don’t give in to them now.  I want to You to STAND YOUR GROUND and put forth all your energy and effort into this fortune.  Yes, you’re going to lose some assets at first, you’re going to wonder where they are going, you’re going to have people think you are full of shit, but know that you are on the right path.  And now that regardless of what it is you are doing, what will come to fruition because of it will be Greater and Better than anything that you can imagine! Move Yourself and the World will Move With YOU! Now...

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