I Ching

White Cloud Monastery in China
White Cloud Monastery in China
The eight natural forces of the I Ching
The eight natural forces of the I Ching
The shell of a turtle with the Trigrams
The shell of a turtle with the Trigrams

One branch of the complete daoist system is the “I Ching”, also often called "The Book of Changes" or "The Book of Wisdom". The earliest extant version of the text, written on bamboo slips dates around 223 BC. The inner structure of this ancient knowledge of energy can be a guidance in our life.

It is a philosophy of "right living," and is based on the premise that everything in the universe arises out of two forces, Yang and Yin, which are the Chinese words for creative and receptive energy, also known as the masculine and feminine forces. The basic concept underlying the I Ching is that if you follow the way of nature, you will find the right way and right time for any action or non-action in your life. And the 8 Trigrams gives us hints how to act or not act. So it is possible to work just with the symbols of the eight natural forces, such as fire, water, thunder…

Looking at the the esoteric aspect of the I Ching: The I Ching is a guide to the entire process of self development. The I Ching can be used as a meditation guide.

Gabrielle is an enthusiastic fan of the I Ching. More than 15 years she learned to see the I Ching with complete new eyes from her Teacher Juan Li. He teaches regularly I Ching retreats to share this unique approach of the ancient knowledge.

Juan Li has specialized on the emotional, mental and psychic obstacles encountered by western practitioners, giving emphasis to the need to raise the level of consciousness instead of orienting the practices to seeking short term powers. This interesting, new approach changed Gabrielle's teachings and how to live a holistic life style. Walking on this path, which is no path she likes to share her knowledge with others and go deeper into it. Juan Li (see picture below) offers workshops in Europe and South America  http://www.ichingdao.org/tao/

Taoist Dream Practise

Juan Li - Taoist teacher, also in I Ging and Dream Yoga
Juan Li - Taoist teacher, also in I Ging and Dream Yoga

We are also able to practice while sleeping. Before we go to sleep, we can give ourself a dream command. We would start with something like, to wake up refreshed, or to get an answer to solve problems.

Later we even could go to have lucid dreams. So we would be able to wake up while dreaming and we know, that we are dreaming. And then we have unlimited possibilities, what to do….

Gabrielle is just a student of this practise and is inspired to spread this knowledge, that more people will know about it.