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- Publisher: Anthony Publishing Co., Inc.; Second edition (12 Mar. 1998)
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Carol Anthony's work allows the I Ching to more fully express its insight than any other version. The key to her interpretation is the understanding that the references are psychological constructs rather than physical events. The saying "no" to the ego and the collective mind is part of the process of attaining contact with the "sage" or "great man", our true selves.
Ms. Anthony's insight is like a thunderbolt and reaches to the true heart. I am gratfeul to her. Although I occasionally still consult Wilhelm, which she terms the "feudal" interpretation, her work has taken me to a new level of insight. I have recently had to deal with a difficult problem at work, and I feel that Ms. Anthony's interpretation helped me to achieve better balance in not giving in to the collective mind, and helping me to overcome self-destructive guilt, while at the same time showing me where my own ego might be leading to overreactions. These are truly brilliant insights. Although I am now less accomodating to others in some ways, I am fulfilling my destiny and doing what I really want as well, and learning to acknowledge the inner virtue in others that results in respect to them, even where they participate in the politically correct groupthink that characterizes the collective ego.
Although it is true that Anthony uses modern psychological terminology in interpreting the I Ching, her interpretations always seem consistent with more traditional explanations of the various hexagrams. And if New Age thinking typically seeks easy answers, Anthony makes it clear that pursuing the path of the I Ching is a lifelong task involving many setbacks and "starting overs."
For Anthony, I Ching is nothing less than a tool for supplanting the dominance of the ego - with all of its foolishness - with the wiser leadership of our true self. What is our true self? It is the self we were born to be before the pressures of family and society - and our ego's defensive responses to those pressures, deviated us from our authentic path.
And it is somewhat misleading for me to describe the I Ching as a "tool", for Anthony clearly believes that what speaks through the I Ching is the voice of the Sage, an actual Person or Cosmic Force, who responds to our inquiries as a friend and advisor. This force cannot be manipulated by the machinations of the ego, but it is not vindictive. Just as it often urges us to be, it is patient.
And, for those new to the I Ching, I would like to emphasize that the I Ching does not so much "predict the future" as offer advice and direction on how to handle various situations. It never assumes that the outcome is predetermined, but always rests to some extent on our own free choices.
So I found this book to be both readable and wise, a friend itself, and a true help to anyone studying the I Ching for counsel in a troubling world.
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