CONSCIENCE: Your Ultimate Personal Survival Guide
Use the Book of Change to
Link Thought, Feeling and Action with Conscience
Here is the picture of what the I Ching IS and is NOT
From the PREFACE:
The Ultimate Personal Survival Guide concept came from a brainstorming session with a business consultant about marketing The Common Sense Book of Change. She was unfamiliar with the original I Ching.
We went back and forth with questions and answers about its use and value. Finally, she sat back and blinked. “It sounds like the ultimate personal survival guide,” she concluded.
At the time, it seemed like she’d hit the nail right on the head. She got it!
However, before she drew me out with her questions, I’d taken my answers to her valid concerns for granted. Others were likely to have similar doubts.
So a further step was necessary. A follow-up book was required, one which would lead others to draw the same conclusion that she did. It had to dispel myths and misconceptions which prevent this gravely misunderstood and underrated treasure from getting the international acceptance it so richly deserves.
I’d become certain that the worldwide leadership deficit (and related budget deficits) are explained by an underlying knowledge deficit. For lack of what The Book of Change has to offer, people everywhere remain perplexed as to how and why so much continues to go so horribly wrong, despite the best of intentions.
It seemed urgent to clear the decks. Making this compendium of natural law — the premier leadership training and decision-making manual in China for thousands of years — widely accessible now is necessary in order to fill in this fatal knowledge gap.
Mainstreaming this vitally important information is the first, necessary step towards the positive change which many call for, but remain unable to achieve.
Fourteen years later, after completing a trilogy on change, I find myself in the same predicament. How does one shake up the sleeping public? What will it take to make people worldwide aware of how important this information is, and how gravely we’re at risk due to its absence? As a possible solution, I returned to The UPSG.
In the process of updating the Introduction, I had an “Aha” moment. In the text, I’d made the conscience connection:
“The I Ching is called The Ultimate Personal Survival Guide because it refers to ultimate timeless wisdom. This wisdom is accessible on a personal level, facilitating inner and outer change, one person at a time. This change gives us the edge on survival, influencing who will survive, how, on which levels of experience. And it’s a guide that helps put us in resonance with the ultimate inner guide — conscience.”
Taken out of context, however, the title left The USPG open to misunderstandings. It could be misconstrued as suggesting that the benefits of working with the I Ching come from the book itself. But no physical book, however inspired or useful, is correctly called an ultimate survival guide. Books are just material things.
Conscience alone is the ultimate survival guide. The value of using the Book of Change is that it leads the individual back to personal conscience. It serves to reconnect the user with the eternal center which resides at the center of the Wheel.
Including 64 Essays on the Book of Change (See alphabetical list below.)
The Three-Part Essays
Like the 64 images of the I Ching, each of the 64 Essays is a self-contained concept. Each is a miniature world complete. Each invites the reader to slow down and think carefully, taking the time to examine current beliefs and apply timeless wisdom to daily life. . . . Regardless of the order in which the Essays are read, working with the same mindful approach used to consult the Book of Change yields similar benefits.
Each Essay has a three-part structure, providing structure-within-structure.
Part One: Though the I Ching itself is deemed inaccessible and is rarely taught in public schools, the number of influential thinkers whose ideas intuitively resonate with the conscience which rests at the center of the Positive Paradigm’s aren’t limited by time or place. Quotes serve as a bridge between the more familiar and the less known. Contrasting voices reflect the yin-yang, old-new, East-West dynamic of the essential I Ching.
Part Two. “The Front” lists the range of definitions assigned to each concept. We often use the same words differently and therefore speak at cross-purposes, thinking we understand each other when in fact we don’t. Sometimes the same word is actually used to mean one thing and its opposite. To dispel such confusions, this section explores the full spectrum of the term’s meaning, with emphasis on its use in I Ching context.
Part Three. Just as the coins sometimes used to derive I Ching readings have two sides, every idea has its shadow, opposite side. A contrasting final section called “The Back” therefore balances each Essay to make the picture whole. It briefly defines each idea’s mirror opposite, as well as inversions and perversions.
ESSAY LIST – Alphabetical Order
Action, Authority, Beauty, Caring, Change, Charity, Communication, Community, Compassion, Competition, Confidence, Consequences, Cooperation, Correspondence, Courage, Creativity, Crime, Death, Discipline, Discrimination, Energy, Faith, Family, Fear, Focus, Freedom, Generosity, Good,Gratitude, Harmony, Health, Hope, Humor, Joy, Knowledge, Law, Leaders, Limitations, Loneliness, Love, Magic, Motives, Order, Organization, Origins, Peace, Perfection, Power, Practice, Privacy, Purity, Purpose, Respect, Righteousness, Roles, Sacrifice, Science, Sex, Slavery, Stillness, Stress, Unity, Values,Virtue