Congratulations, Master Wu!
Seeking the Spirit of the Book of Change – 8 Days to Mastering a Shamanic Yijing Prediction System by Master Zhongxian Wu was not only a finalist in the 2009 Foreword Book of the Year Awards, but also won Bronze medal in the independent publisher awards (mind body and spirit category) at the largest publishing event in North America—BookExpo America (BEA)!
Clear and insightful…You hold in your hands one of the finest interpretations of the I Ching on the planet.
–Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D., author of Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water
Publisher’s Product Description
“The Yijing” (“I Ching”) or “Book of Change” is one of the oldest of the Chinese classic texts and has held a key place in the Daoist tradition for thousands of years. Explaining the ancient Yijing system of prediction based on the Xiang (symbolism) and Shu (numerology) knowledge of Bagua (the eight basic trigrams), which have not previously been written about outside China, this book makes the “Yijing” accessible to the Western world in a new and fuller way. In the space of just eight days, Master Zhongxian Wu leads the reader towards a deep understanding of the Eight Trigrams of the “Yijing” and how to apply this knowledge in practical ways in daily life. Master Wu explores the numerology and symbolism of “Yijing” and clearly explains how the reader can use the “Yijing” divination system for themselves. This remarkable book provides a user-friendly eight day program that will be a fascinating read for anyone with an interest in learning more about the “Yijing” or Chinese philosophy and culture as a whole, as well as those who wish to learn how to use the “Yijing” for practical purposes.
When you are sorrowful look into your heart and you shall see that you are weeping for that which has been your delight. (Kahlil Gibran)
In the Chinese 5 Element system of medicine, the Wood element is typically the symbol of spring and new life energy. The energy of the Wood element is the driving force allowing the potential inherent in the seed, symbolizing pure wisdom and knowledge buried beneath the surface, to burst from the ground and grow towards the sun, the symbol for our heart’s destiny and true path. I find trees inspiring, I appreciate their infinitely inventive strategies, how through twisting, turning, and skirting obstacles, they seem to show great foresight in order to continue their stretch toward the heavens. They feel benevolent to me, supporting the gracious maturation of generations of animals and insects. With their upright posture and deep rootedness, they strike me as having a noble quality. I admire their great strength, so strong, yet with graceful flexibility, they sway and bend in even the most turbulent storms.
One day, after spending time in an ancient forest in the wilds of Alaska, I gained another insight into the nature of the Wood element. Shaken by the chaotic cacophony of a giant tree falling in the woods, I was struck, quite palpably and painfully, by the fragility of life. It was almost incomprehensible, that something so massive, so strong, and so deeply rooted, could come crashing down to the forest floor. After hundreds of years, the tree finally released its grip on the earth, and I could not look into the enormous, gaping hole remaining without a sense of anguish. I found myself wondering how the hole could ever be filled. Marveling at the once totally hidden root system, now exposed in its far-reaching complexities, I was humbled by how shamefully easy it is to take for granted that all goes on beneath the surface. I felt a sense of grief and heartache for the thousands of organisms that were now displaced — innumerable critters made their home in is roots, on its leaves and branches, relied on its strength and endurance during blustery storms, and sang songs of love from high in its tree tops – what would become of them? After sitting some time with the fallen Grandfather tree, it became apparent that the forest was still thriving. Perhaps the tree was simply listening to a Voice calling it home, asking it to return back to the earth from whence it came? At that moment, it struck me that death is simply a sacrifice we all make, and is an opportunity to become the very source of nourishment for all that is to follow.
© 2013 Karin Taylor Wu, ND