by Peter Fritz Walter
Peter Fritz Walter
The I Ching’s Perennial Pro-Life Code is a science production on the I Ching, written from the perspective of a systemliterate researcher and seasoned practitioner.
I have more than twenty years of practical experience with consulting the I Ching on an almost daily basis. In the present audio essay I am offering precise guidelines on the use of the old Chinese wisdom book, but not in general, as that would be subject to a huge manual, but on the question of action versus non-action. These guidelines are usable in our daily struggle for better decision-making. Besides, the audio essay analyzes the pro-life patterns in the structure of the book of changes, and as such is a contribution to holistic science.
The I Ching recommends an alternating flow sequence of threefold action that is firmly rooted in Taoist teaching. All action, when we look at flow processes in nature, is time-bound and uniquely defined by all surrounding circumstances in time and space. Thus, the same action can never be taken twice, which was equally found in Western philosophy, with Heraclites namely, who said that you can never step into the same river twice.
I demonstrate with examples that the general argument of fundamentalist religions that the wisdom book led people to procrastinate and never take action is wrong and probably due to ignorance. For this purpose I enumerate exhaustively all lines in all hexagrams where the I Ching recommends bold and unbridled action.
The audio book is not a dry study but offers anecdotes, examples and practical hints showing why positive and effective action potentially consists of three different movements: a forward movement, a backward movement, and a standstill movement, that has often been called non-action. The wisdom of the I Ching is clearly superior in this respect to Western business philosophy that only knows to run forward without end, risking large-scale collapse and exhaustion to happen prior to effective final action and completion. One example that the West is wrongly programmed here is to be seen in the high incidence of vascular constriction, heart disease and colon cancer which have been unveiled as being rampant afflictions among highly successful business executives.
To be well adjusted to life’s challenges means to flow with life, not to move in one-sided and straight action and linear direction. Life is not straight, but subtle, not linear but nonlinear; and so is the life of the sage. The perennial patterns of living that are embodied in the I Ching have been tested non only by many scholars and sages over time, but also served, in ancient China, for generals to wage and win wars, or resolving conflicts peacefully.
Base Structure of the I Ching
Patterns of Change
The I Ching and Morality
The I Ching and Emotions
The Reflection Pattern
The Karma Pattern
Phases of Action
Non-Action vs. Bold Action