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THE I CHING CARDS
Three Uses for The I Ching Cards
For meditation and concentration
Anyone who has lost themselves in the contemplation of a beautiful landscape understands the power of the temporary abandonment of self. For a brief period we are immersed in a reality that is not of our own making, and we enter into another, more meditative, state of being. Images create powerful impressions on the mind, far stronger than words or abstract thinking. The goal of the I Ching landscapes is to aid meditation through concentration on specific images inspired by the I Ching.
The I Ching Images for Meditation cards invite you to participate in a deep exploration of the landscapes of the I Ching, entering into a contemplation of lake, sky, mountain peaks or the heart of a storm. Daily use of the cards may help you to achieve a clarity of mind and calmness missing in the frenzied pace of today’s world.
For character building
To use the I Ching Images for Meditation cards as an aid in character building requires an understanding of each chapter’s meaning. The book I Ching: Image, Concept and Action, by Cristina Bertrand, contains a summary of each I Ching chapter, along with a description of the relationship between the meaning and the image expressed in the painting. With this meaning in mind, the reader can undertake a deeper contemplation of the natural elements expressed in each landscape (water, mountain, wind, fire, etc.). The goal is to put into practice the positive qualities symbolized by the image, such as gentleness, strength, modesty, flexibility, courage, caution, etc. Each card will serve to strengthen a different aspect of character. Continued study and use of the cards will result in a greater attentiveness to ethical behavior, building positive personal qualities that enrich the reader’s life as well as the lives of those around him.
About the paintings on the cards
The paintings on these cards are expressionistic landscapes. They were painted after an extensive analysis of each of the I Ching’s chapters, followed by a search for natural landscapes to find those that best represented the chapters’ symbolism and meaning. Colors are strong and powerful in expressionistic paintings to portray the internal “life” of the object trying to reach the surface. Similarly, the composition is arranged so as to produce a lasting impression in the viewer. It is hoped that the I Ching landscapes expressed in paintings will exert a profound effect on the viewer and a heightened desire to truly understand the wisdom contained in the I Ching.