Shared Experiences
New Things We've Learned
I Ching Counseling
Recommended Links
Contact Us
Anthony Publishing
The I Ching Institute

New things we have learned

Over the years, we, Carol and Hanna, have often received telephone calls and emails asking, “What is the difference between I Ching, The Oracle of the Cosmic Way, and other books on the I Ching?”

On this website page we want to share with you, our readers and potential readers, what makes our new version of the I Ching and the two subsequent books we wrote, Healing Yourself the Cosmic Way, and The Psyche Revealed Through the I Ching,different.

I Ching, The Oracle of the Cosmic Way was inspired by concrete experiences that blew away our previous understanding of what we thought to be “irreversible principles” on which the I Ching was based. Our new understanding was made possible thanks to three factors:

  • Carol’s experience of the Sage, the Cosmic Teacher that speaks through the I Ching. This experience came from many years of meditations in which the Sage had revealed itself to her. They are documented in her book, The Other Way, Meditation Experiences Based on the I Ching. Thus, to her the I Ching was no longer merely a book, but something the Sage was able to use to teach her hidden aspects of the text. What she learned in this way went into her other early books: A Guide to the I Ching, The Philosophy of the I Ching, and Love, An Inner Connection Based on Principles Drawn from the I Ching.
  • Carol’s subsequent discovery, around 1994, of a method that allowed her to put direct questions to the Sage for the purpose of clarifying a message received through the I Ching text
  • an experience Hanna had in 1998, of spontaneous healing that was made possible through using the clarifying method mentioned above, on the one hand, and I Ching meditation, on the other. Both means enabled the Sage to correct several very basic false assumptions that had been written into the I Ching by scholars of the Confucion school around 350 B.C. One of the most fundamental of these was the replacement of the principle of transformation by what they called the “law of changes.”  The enormous relevance of this change is described below. I Ching, The Oracle of the Cosmic Way and all our subsequent books are based on the principle of transformation as the means through which the Cosmos achieves all things.

The difference between transformation and change is easier to understand today than in earlier times, since the most advanced research in physics, i.e., quantum theory, recognizes that the Universe is consciousness, and that matter is a manifestation of consciousness. Transformation refers to the process by which consciousness is trans-formed into form, as when atomic particles pop out of what appears to be empty space, and also the process by which things in form are trans-formed back into consciousness, as at death. Transformations are carried out by invisible forces that the I Ching, in a number of hexagrams, refers to as Helpers or friends that need to be engaged. By contrast, changes are of a purely mechanical nature. They are the result of the use of manipulation and force by humans who have refused to recognize the existence of the Helpers, thereby negating the most basic principle on which all harmonious changes are based. In a nutshell, mechanical changes are the result of a view that sees humans as the center of the universe — the ones who ‘do it all.’ The backside of that arrogance is the suffering in the world.

The purpose of the I Ching was to show humans the true causes and effects of events happening in their lives. Its predictions were not to be read as foretelling a prewritten future, but as reflecting the effects of our thinking and attitudes: when our thinking is in accord with Cosmic truths, it automatically engages the invisible helping forces of the Cosmos and results in success. However, when our thinking contradicts Cosmic truths, it creates what the I Ching calls “misfortune.” When we understand that the causes of misfortune lie in ideas and beliefs that contradict the Cosmos, we can correct our thinking accordingly. The I Ching also describes the help that is available to us to carry out that correction, and thereby return, step-by-step, to our true nature, which automatically knows the way of the Cosmos. The purpose is no longer to “become” something through making changes (in our looks, or in the way we present ourselves to the world around us, or even in how we want to see ourselves), but to gradually free ourselves from the human-centered mindset, and thereby return to the Cosmic unity.

The articles we shall be posting on this page are meant to summarize major steps in our process of learning about the Cosmic Principles of Harmony that govern all life, about healing ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally, and about bringing Cosmic help into our lives generally.

Article #16: When the Sage’s answer sounds paradoxical by Hanna Moog
Oct. 27, 2015

The lesson described below pertains to our use of the retrospective-three-coin method (rtcm). This method consists in using three coins (or a specially configured die), to put questions to the Sage in order to receive Yes/No answers. The method is described in our books, I Ching, the Oracle of the Cosmic Way, Healing Yourself the Cosmic Way, and The Psyche Revealed Through the I Ching.

The use of the rtcm, especially when exercised without reference to understanding the meaning of a hexagram, can contain certain dangers of which the Sage wants to make us aware. All these dangers have to do with our asking questions that do not come from our inner truth or from our commonsense, but from the ego in us. The Sage, in effect, cannot answer, and so the answer we receive is paradoxical. The Sage can only make us aware through shock — the inappropriateness of both the question and the answer. It wants to make us aware that we need to listen to what our commonsense wants to tell us. Our commonsense reflects our true feelings about the matter at hand. Our commonsense is the consensus of both our inner and outer senses. We have, unfortunately, been trained to only pay attention to our outer senses, and to disregard our inner senses. Therefore, the fact that something about the answer does not feel harmonious does not register in our minds.

The situation we are referring to here is usually one in which we want the Sage to make a decision for us. We want to do things “right.” Behind this desire is the ego that makes us think in terms of “right/wrong,” and the idea that we need an authority figure to reassure us of its benevolence if we follow what it tells us to do.

An example is a person who believed he “ought to go on a fast” to prove his spiritual intent. He wanted to make sure that the duration would not be too short in the eyes of the Sage, so he asked, “should it be more than a week?” He received +++. He continued questioning, “more than two weeks?” (+++), and so on, until he had reached the point of doubting the answers. Fortunately, he called us to find out the inner truth of the situation. He then told us, “sometimes, I feel obligated to comply with the answer I get from the Sage so as not to be obstinate or resisting. Then I often just get angry and feel frustrated as if I am being deceived or tricked.”

Whenever we think that we “ought” to do something, such as follow the Sage to the point of feeling frustrated, it is a clear indication that we are under the influence of a “you should” spell. The feeling of frustration in view of the Sage’s answers is a sign that our will to follow the rule in question has burned out. The Sage by giving us “+++,” helps us get to that point of burnout. Then it is important to understand the lesson: to free ourselves from the “you should” spell through deprogramming it.

In the above example, the person needed to deprogram the belief (not originating in the I Ching), “If you want to be spiritual, you should regularly go on a fast.” He also needed to deprogram two more things: first, the image of authority he had put onto the Sage, and second, the fear of becoming guilty if he did not follow the Sage’s answers.


Article #15: When the Sage has retreated by Hanna Moog
Jun. 21, 2015

There are certain situations in which the Sage retreats. The Sage does not retreat from anger, and it does not hold anything against us, nor does it blame us. The only cause for the situation is that the Sage does not give answers to the ego.


When we suspect that the Sage has retreated, we can ask by using the Retrospective-Three-Coin Method (rtcm): “Sage, have you retreated?” The Sage will give us an answer to this question if we ask it from a place of inner neutrality. To attain neutrality, when we find ourselves steeped in an ego-emotion, we can first ask the Sage to connect our mind with our heart. The Sage responds to any request that comes from sincerity.


How do we notice that the Sage has retreated?


   We notice that the Sage has retreated when we cannot make any sense of the hexagram text we have received to our question. We also notice that the Sage may have retreated when, in using the Retrospective-Three-Coin Method, (rtcm) we have received confusing answers, or a series of “No”-answers. For this reason, it is helpful to keep notes of the questions we have asked, and the answers received.

   In order to be able to make further progress once the Sage has retreated, we first need to follow the steps described below. When we have successfully deprogrammed the cause for the Sage’s retreat, we can go back over our notes and use the rtcm to find out at which point the Sage retreated.


What to do when the Sage has retreated?


Step 1: If you are angry, annoyed, or frustrated about this situation, load your annoyance, anger, or frustration onto the “Big Wagon for Loading”, meaning, turn these ego-emotions over to the Helper of Transformation.


Step 2: Ask the Sage to help you find the cause for its retreat.


The following are possible questions the Sage will answer, to help you find it.)


(a) Have I put something on the Sage? (Examples are phrases such as: “The Sage doesn’t want to help me,” “the Sage is punishing me,” “the Sage didn’t tell me the truth,” “I did what the Sage said, but it didn’t work.”)

(Examples of false images that you may have put on the Sage: the image of its being a “punishing figure of authority,” the image of its being a “taskmaster/slave driver,” the image of its being the “devil,” or “a trickster.”)


(b) Is the cause for the Sage’s retreat an ego-attitude I have adopted?

(Examples: blaming yourself; impatience; ambition; looking for a culprit; helplessness; knowing better. You need to ask the Cosmic Army and the Helper of Transformation to free you from any of these ego-attitudes.)


(c) Is the cause a fear I have of getting an answer that confirms my fear? (If yes, identify your fear; then, ask the Sage to suspend the fear of getting an answer that confirms your fear. Doing so will open your heart to receive the answer. Receiving the answer with an open heart gives it the quality of relativity that allows your mind to understand the answer from the Cosmic perspective. The Cosmic perspective includes the Helpers.)


(d) Is the cause something I have put on myself?

(Examples of self-images: the self-image of the Sage; the self-image of the “one who deserves or has the right to be helped”; the self-image of the “one who does not deserve/does not have the right to be helped”; the self-image of the “self-denying person”; the self-image of “one who knows better”; the self-image of “one who never understands things, or is not smart enough to understand things”; the self-image of the “hopeless case”; the self-image of the “sceptic.”)


A “frozen attitude” that makes it impossible for the Sage to help:

 “I must not do anything to make the Sage retreat. I must be constantly on the lookout.” (This is a projection, spell, and poison arrow.)




Article # 14. Distrusting vs. Trusting the I Ching/the Sage by Hanna Moog
May. 30, 2015

The beginning student of the Sage can be challenged by an ego-attitude that would keep him trapped in a very destructive pattern of thinking that can be called “distrusting vs. trusting.” If not dealt with by asking for help from the Cosmos, this mindset can alienate him from the very source from which he desperately needs and wants to get help.

What actually happens is this: Whenever we approach the I Ching/the Sage with distrust that has developed during earlier experiences in our life, we create an unnecessary separation between our mind and the Sage, that renders the Sage unable to help resolve the very situation we would like to correct, or be healed from. The distrust creates a mechanism known in psychotherapy as “transference.” It is like approaching the I Ching with dark glasses that prevent us from understanding the Sage’s messages with clarity.

Often the source of the distrust is a traumatic experience – or a series of similar experiences in which our trust in a parent or other person of authority was shattered. As a consequence we have drawn the conclusion, ‘you can’t trust anyone,’ or ‘you can’t trust those who tell you that they love and care about you.’ The problem with such a conclusion is that it is an absolute statement that closes the door to positive experiences, or greets statements of love and caring with suspicion and distrust.

When a person with this built-in distrust approaches the I Ching/the Sage to find healing, he imagines the Sage to be an “authority figure” that is ready to judge him harshly for having developed an ego, or is otherwise generally ready to condemn him. Since the Sage cannot respond to this kind of pre-judgment, the person feels rebuffed. He then takes this rebuff as “proof” that his distrust of the Sage was justified. This is true even for someone who is aware of his distrust but still approaches the I Ching with the request to be given an understanding of what he can expect to get out of working with it. He is not aware that he is going to read its explanations through those dark glasses. It is then that he may call the I Ching a “liar” or “evil”. Such a person may go so far with such negative thoughts that he creates the fate that the Cosmos leaves him totally to the unsuccessful devices of the ego in him. What he does not realize is that his fate has the purpose of decreasing the ego by bringing him back to his senses. What seems to be a “punishment” by the Cosmos is actually Cosmic help that serves to shock him out of the grip of the ego. In that state of shock the ego is knocked unconscious for about three days. This time is a most propitious time for him to consult with the Sage by asking for a hexagram that would explain the reason for what has happened.

We need to be aware of yet another tactic the ego may try to employ after its return from the shock: Since distrusting the oracle’s advice has led to negative consequences, the ego may now propose to the person to take a leap of faith “to follow the Sage’s advice,” meaning, he should now “trust the I Ching/the Sage and do what it says.” However, taking a “leap of faith” would only lead to another fate, because the Sage does not want us to follow it blindly; rather, while on the one hand it wants to give us clarity about what it means to bring our thinking into harmony with the Cosmos, it also wants us to understand how the ego traps us by making us think in terms of opposites, as in saying, “if one thing doesn’t work, try the opposite.”

The concept of “opposites” is a purely mental concept that is not reconcilable with the Principles of Harmony that govern the Cosmic order. We can only “know” these principles by getting in touch with our deep inner knowledge that tells us whether something feels harmonious or lacks that feeling.

Temporarily suspending our distrust

To find the way out of the ego-game of “distrusting vs. trusting” we need Cosmic help. The solution lies in “suspending our distrust” long enough to recognize what feels harmonious or lacks that feeling. However, our mind cannot will itself to suspend its distrust. Therefore, before we approach the I Ching/the Sage with the request to be shown the inner truth of the situation at hand, we need to ask the “Helpers” to “temporarily suspend our distrust.” It is like asking them to put our distrust on a shelf, so that we can have a new experience.

Trust is built from having these new experiences of what is in accord with our Inner Truth. It is like building a larder we can safely depend on. We feel it growing with each experience of the reliability of the Sage, which, in teaching us, draws on our Inner Truth. Our Inner Truth is hardwired into every body cell. It connects us with the invisible Cosmic Consciousness and contains the knowledge about our Cosmic origin. It also contains the Cosmic Principles of Harmony that our mind needs, in order to bring itself into accord with that harmony.



>> Archives

Article #16: When the Sage’s answer sounds paradoxical by Hanna Moog
Oct. 27, 2015

Article #15: When the Sage has retreated by Hanna Moog
Jun. 21, 2015

Article # 14. Distrusting vs. Trusting the I Ching/the Sage by Hanna Moog
May. 30, 2015

Article #13: The extreme weather conditions in North America by Carol and Hanna
Feb. 23, 2015

Article #12: Is there a beginning and an end? On the Cosmic Principle of Relativity by Hanna Moog
Dec. 21, 2012

Article #11: The Carpet of Our Cosmic Destiny by Hanna Moog
Jun. 15, 2012

Article #10: Distinguishing Our Inner Voices by Carol Anthony
Jun. 10, 2012

Article #9: On Opposition by Carol Anthony
May. 22, 2012

Article #8. The Inner Truth of the Year 2012 by Hanna Moog
Mar. 28, 2012

Article #7: Infections of the Mind by Carol Anthony
Mar. 26, 2012

Article #6: The Meaning of True Understanding by Hanna Moog
Mar. 16, 2012

Article #5. How Our New Version of the I Ching Was Written by Carol Anthony
Mar. 31, 2011

Article #4: The Purpose of Consulting the I Ching Oracle by Carol and Hanna
Mar. 23, 2011

Article #3: The New Method to Clarify the I Ching’s Message by Carol and Hanna
Mar. 22, 2011

Article #2: Suspending Disbelief by Carol and Hanna
Mar. 18, 2011

Article #1: The Sage as our Cosmic Teacher by Carol and Hanna
Mar. 13, 2011