Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Two Announcements: 1) New 'I Ching' Course (Lewes), 2) Writing Marathons (Hastings/Lewes)

photo by Sean M. Madden, © 2011

Dear Friends,

Two exciting announcements, and a reminder ...

Firstly, beginning Friday, 4 February I'll be leading a 6-week exploration of the I Ching or Book of Changes, the 3,000-plus-year-old Chinese classic.  Although traditionally considered a tool of divination, a more philosophically mature engagement with this manual for living entails an inner cultivation, an active positioning of oneself within and without as a means to navigate the ever-changing, cyclical nature of life.

Meeting in the lovely Upper Hall of the Lewes Subud Centre from 8 to 10 pm each Friday evening*, we'll explore the principles of change through the prism of the I Ching, and learn to tap this rich source of wisdom, so that we can not only strengthen our intuition, but also make intelligent decisions for the future.

Far from throwing ourselves to the winds of fate or using the book as a modern-day fortune cookie, we'll explore this timeless, world-renowned classic together, and consider deeply how we might best respond to various situations.  A great deal of the benefit of working with the I Ching comes from contemplating how best to phrase a particular question which we might be struggling with in our day-to-day lives, as well as, then, interpreting the resulting commentary of the I Ching as it might relate to the question we have posed.  In the process, we will be challenged to consider the question and our present circumstances in fresh, new ways, and to make this consideration conscious or explicit, thereby enabling us to live more deliberately, with greater wisdom.

If you'd like to join us for this exciting, hands-on course, please register as soon as possible, as spaces are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  The 6-week course fee is £95.

Secondly, after a sold-out writing workshop in Hastings last October, I have decided to run a four-hour Writing Marathon in Hastings on Saturday, 12 February.  We'll meet in the Reading Room of 12 Claremont from 12 to 4 pm.  Click here to register.  Fee:  £35.

And, as a reminder, in follow-up to this past Saturday's fully subscribed Writing Marathon in Lewes, the next one will be held on Saturday, 19 February.  We'll meet in the Upper Hall of the Lewes Subud Centre from 12.30 to 4.30.  Click here to register.  Fee:  £35.

* Please note that the 6-week I Ching course will not meet on Friday, 25 February, and so will extend through Friday, 18 March.

1 comment:

  1. "Thank you for using my book [The Living I Ching] in your courses. I'm glad that it can be used in this way. I appreciate you using 'The Voice of the Oracle' as a reading because I intended it that way. It's great to see its purpose finally fulfilled. It certainly appears to me that you are living an ideal life helping others, being in nature, and pursuing your own personal path. I'll be interested in your progress and would welcome any feedback you might have in the future. Yours, Ming-Dao"

    ~ Deng Ming-Dao is the bestselling author of the contemporary classic 365 Tao, The Living I Ching, Everyday Tao, Chronicles of Tao and Scholar Warrior.