adventures w. the sage, the inner journey @ yumyum >> new classes coming to floor polish in 2017

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The Inner Journey – A series of mini-workshops inspired by the I Ching with Kim Young, Hosted at Yum Yum >  last Sunday of the month.

next class:

Sunday February 26 @ 10 a.m.  (i am excited for Jaime’s new adventure in teaching and very grateful for the new learning opportunity with old and new friends. xok)


the body as an oracle

This is Dr. Burk’s video explaining his research into dreams as helpful warnings about cancer.  From a scientific standpoint it may not be apparent how that occurs, but for the I Ching, the intuition of the body is the main subject.  It is one example of what the I Ching means by the Sage, especially so if we have a regular practice of dream interpretation, insight types of meditation and a respectful relationship towards our senses.  ‘Mind over matter’ is a misnomer, because the body has much greater knowledge than the rational mind alone.  The psyche and DNA are designed to keep us healthy.  The I Ching shows us how to relate to the non-thinking part of our minds, so we can more easily become informed of what the body needs.   Listening within is the true ‘fountain of youth’ because healthy cells can only thrive in an environment of interconnectedness to our feelings and the loving nature of consciousness.

Hexagram 52, Meditation, line 4, explains how to turn inward to see the condition of one’s heart and what to do when it needs help. Hexagram 14, Cosmic Possessions, line 2 explains how to unload the dangerously negative and parasitic elements that collect in the mind (and if not removed can cause all manner of health issues.) And there are so many other examples throughout the I Ching on this important subject.

thanks Dr. Burk!!


(w. thx to dream portal studies)


“when you come to a fork in the road, take it.” yogi berra

Arriving at the ‘crossroads’ of a decision is one of the most common reasons people consult the I Ching.  That specific scenario is described in Hexagram 5 – Waiting:

Line 1. Waiting in the meadow. It furthers one to abide in what endures. No blame.

“Waiting in the meadow” refers to waiting in an in-between place (neither in the city nor in the forest) as at a crossroads, where one wishes to know the right road to take. The problem in the person’s attitude is that he suspects that taking one road will lead to disaster and the other to success. He does not realize that he can safely take either road if he is sincere, for then the Helpers will protect him from dangers, and see to it that his mistakes in judgment will lead, despite all, to a good end.   (from Anthony, Carol K.; Moog, Hanna, I Ching, The Oracle of the Cosmic Way)


Waiting. Hexagram 5 –  This hexagram describes one of the origins for a confusing circumstance.  It is where we are unable to acknowledge with our mind the abundance of helpers that are waiting to assist us at any juncture. Fears about the future and the ‘unknown’ inevitably reduce us to waiting, because they blot out any possibility for helpers.   But we are never without support because sincerity is the prerequisite to inner clarity. At any moment of difficulty,  one may turn inward for guidance to become free of fears and doubts.

By practicing this regularly, I have learned that I can safely go with my ‘best guess for now’,  and that whenever I am sincere in this approach I have had help for my path.  The way is safeguarded through many helpful experiences, and that making mistakes is something were are all born with the freedom to learn from.

Here’s another approach to this subject with a lovely meditation exercise:   April Norris’ Figure Eight Meditation.

meditation as inner housekeeping

“Indeed, when we begin this inner housecleaning, we may find the house full of trash. After all, trash that has not been cleaned out accumulates year after year, causing both emotional and physical problems. Returning our inner house to order may, in fact, require months or even longer, but all the while we do this work, we become more unburdened, with joy returning to our lives. The starting point for returning is always an obstruction, or a conflict, or a problem of some sort. They are giving us the message that it is necessary to begin to look for their cause.”

Anthony, Carol K.; Moog, Hanna. The Psyche Revealed Through The I Ching (Kindle Locations 5884-5887). ICHINGBOOKS. Kindle Edition.


the other way

“We tend to think of meditation only as a form of contemplation.  That is, after all, the definition of the word.  If, however, we dare go deeper into the darkness, we discover an inner world that is no less real than the outer one.  Different from our outer-world reality, however, is the fact that our experiences of the inner world lead to utter clarity.  We are presented with incontrovertible truths.  While our outer world experiences lead us to know we exist, we do not know why.   We suspect that we have a purpose, but we do not know what it is.  In the inner world such matters are resolved, without question.  Thus the inner world, reached through meditation, is a place of insight.” from “The Other Way, A Book of Experiences in Meditation Based on the I Ching” , by Carol K. Anthony