this site being
a soul sanctuary
for you, my intent is
for it to be a gateway to
the publication of my book
and card deck which I’ve been
working on for the past
…All that you do now must be done in a sacred manner
And in celebration
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
Hopi elders, Oraibi, Arizona, September 2001
why the title?
I feel a description that I read by Daniel Pinchbeck of
a conversation he had with José Arguelles best explains this:
...At one point, José was telling me how humanity would begin
to voluntarily take down the post-industrial “technosphere” as we
approached 2012, returning the planet to a pristine garden, preferring
to live in small groups, and engaging in telepathic ceremonies.
I argued that this seemed impossible ~ that we were
headed for wars and ecocide, not a return to the garden.
“My job as a visionary is to envision the best
possible outcome for humanity,” he explained.
“If I don’t do it, who will?”
This seemed shockingly sensible to me.
Most people, most of the time, allow
their conceptions of what is possible to be
determined by the mass culture that surrounds them.
My psychedelic experiences had revealed that our social constructs
were temporary artifices, and they could be reimagined and reinvented
as soon as enough of us decided to take the matter into our own hands.
I realized that this could only happen if courageous individuals
demanded what seemed impossible in the context of their time.
From "2012: Biography of a Time Traveller: The Journey of José Arguelles"
by Stephanie South
Becoming Visionary: re-creating an enchanted
earth with the transformative power of Zhouyi
is similarly dedicated to this envisioning
of the restoration and consecration
of our sacred, flowering earth.
It's nothing less than a call to
become a visionary yourself so that,
with the Zhouyi as your guide, you can evolve
your dream of the 'best possible outcome'
for yourself and the wider world, while
beginning to embody and actualize
it in your own unique way.
The Zhouyi (pronounced jhoow-ee) was
the name of the original Book of Changes,
or I Ching. In China It is also called the
Yi Jing, pronounced yee-jing.
The terms ‘Zhouyi’, ‘Yi Jing’ and ‘Yi’
are thus used interchangeably
in this book, along with the
more common Western terms,
‘I Ching’, and ‘Book of Changes’.
Becoming Visionary seeks to
re-enliven the ancient roots of this
greatly loved and revered oracle,
which finds the truth and wisdom in
trees and rivers, stones and stars,
reflected in the human heart.
I believe that the Zhouyi,
though originating in China thousands of years ago,
was always destined to be a profound gift for all of humanity.
The background of its conception and growth is deeply relevant
and meaningful, but without doubt the Zhouyi has grown beyond
simply being a product of a particular culture and era.
It can be of great value to anyone
consulting it today, regardless of whether
they’re also interested in Chinese culture.
My approach in Becoming Visionary is one in which the primordial,
shamanic source of the Zhouyi is honoured while being brought
exuberantly into the extraordinary, dynamic time we find ourselves in.
who is it for?
I’ve created this book and card deck with those of you in mind
who are beginners to the Zhouyi, but who have already
been on a spiritual journey for some time.
This isn’t to say that if you’re just beginning to open up
to the unseen side of life you’re not welcome ~ far from it.
Just that you may find some of the contents
a bit more challenging or unusual.
If you’re already at home with the I Ching,
you will likely still find material here which
gives you a fresh perspective.
chapters one and two begin within.
The first chapter opens a path into the world of the Zhouyi
through the magical image-based,‘right brain‘ understanding
through which children begin to understand the world, focussing
on the sixty-four double-sided cards accompanying the book.
Though much of this book seeks to take you beyond words,
they still form an essential cornerstone of understanding.
This chapter focusses on traditional divinatory guidance,
including suggestions for methods of questioning, choosing
interpretations and making sense of your response.
This verbal, ‘left-brain' comprehension complements the
initial visual one, helping you to form a more rounded view.
Chapters three and four turn to our reflection in the outer world.
Embodying the wisdom of the Zhouyi means
living in deep harmony with the natural world.
Chapter Three explores a wide variety of practical, everyday
ways in which to embrace the re-centring divinity of nature,
focussed on the majority of readers who live in the city.
Chapter Four travels deeper into Mother Earth in her pristine state, suggesting
how the tradition of the Vision Quest, allied to the framework of the Hero’s Journey
conceived by Joseph Campbell, can help you to undergo a paradigm-shifting Grand Gesture
to re-connect you to your soul’s wisdom, re-member your oneness with heaven and earth,
and ground your revelations into the everyday world.
This book is based on the principle of finding what is most
central and essential to you, and expanding out from this point.
Chapter Five introduces you to a holistic, cyclical and experiential
divination process mirroring this mandalic form. It can help you open up
to a richer, and fuller understanding of the Zhouyi’s guidance,
deepened with the wisdom of soul, body and nature.
This final chapter gives an overview of the vast subject
of the worldview of the Zhouyi, and is also the repository for all
the information alluded to in the earlier chapters but not covered there,
from the story behind the image on the back of the cards
to suggestions on making a journal and a shrine.
Does the overview resonate with you?
Which chapter sounds most interesting?
Share your thoughts!
© shenpen chökyi 2013-2014