The I-Ching is odd in this collection of methods, since it is not really a healing method. This “Book of changes” is an instrument to further examine what needs to be done in your life to find the meaning of a certain symptom, to be able to transform and dissolve it. The I-Ching clarifies and gives a direction, if properly applied. This clarity makes it easier to select the appropriate healing methods for a certain patient with a certain illness.
At first sight, the I-Ching book operates in a rather cryptical manner. Its core is composed of 64 hexagrams. These are visualized as graphical markers in six stacked rows. Each row can represent a ‘weak’ or ‘strong’ line. This leads to 2 to the power of 6 = 64 separate hexagrams. The bottom three represent the earthly aspects; the top three represent the heavenly aspects. The middle two lines represent the human being, as connected with both earth and cosmos.
Of each hexagram, its meaning is described in no less than three contexts: (a) the image itself, the connotation of a specific hexagram; (b) the meaning for you in the present; (c) the message for you for your future. A dedicated hexagram for a particular client may be obtained by, for example, rolling three coins six times; but this does require a purified intention, which provides the suitable ‘energy’ to the rolling. For each coin constellation, an even number of heads results in a yin line, while an uneven number of heads results in a yang line. Three equal sides denote a ‘strong’ line; otherwise, you’d have a ‘weak’ line. Strong lines may denote changes in the near future.
Once the hexagram is in place, the annotations in the “Book of change” provide specific clues about the present and the future. However, these clues are oftentimes rather cryptic. The reader is invited to associate concepts of the “Book of change” with present situations or past or future events, which might lead to an “Ah!” experience, and the clarity that was sought for in the first place.
For most integral practitioners, their own intuition will usually provide sufficiently reliable information to choose the healing methods that suit a particular client on his or her road back to wholeness. However, should there be some aspects that for whatever reason refuse to surface, an integral practitioner might consider consulting the I-Ching for further clarity.