Engaging Coincidence through Oracles, such as the I Ching

January, 10 2024

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January 10, 2024 @ 1:00-2:30 pm MT | 4:00-5:30 pm ET | 8:00-9:30 pm GMT

Presenter: Mary Kay Landon, Founder, Decision Point I Ching Consultation

When people in ancient times wanted to know the future, they asked for “signs” in weather, dreams, or unusual phenomena. As times progressed, they started directly asking questions and using tools, actions, or states of consciousness to generate particular “answers,” that were interpreted based on meanings that had been established in advance. This type of activity can be described as “Oracular Practice.” These “oracles” were presumed to work either because they provided channels for the gods to speak, or because they returned patterns that coincidentally aligned with the otherwise inscrutable character of the moment when the oracle was consulted.

In this session, we will discuss the phenomenon of oracles as they relate to coincidence, the key role they formerly played in human lives, and how they can still offer wisdom to us in present times. Focusing especially on the I Ching, we will learn how it inspired Carl Jung to formulate his theory of synchronicity, and about its uncanny quality to return responses that not only objectively speak to the situation at hand but also impart personal guidance to the querent (who is the person seeking insight from the oracle). In other words, this 3,000-year-old system can meet you where you’re at! We will also explore the history, structure, and various uses of the I Ching, and, if the “time” feels right, give the I Ching the opportunity to speak directly to participants through a live reading.

About Our Presenter

Mary Kay Landon, PhD, is a Member of the Board of The Coincidence Project. She founded her I Ching consultative practice, Decision Point I Ching Consultation, in 2016 after over 30 years of studying and engaging this amazing oracle with herself and others. She received her doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) where she studied with noted Taiwanese scholar and author Dr. Yi Wu, and gained a deeper understanding of the I Ching’s foundational influence on Chinese philosophy. She devoted her dissertation, “On Receiving Unexpected Money: A Theoretical and Empirical Exploration of Anomalous Mind–Matter Interactions within Archetypal Fields,” to a study that would advance Jung’s synchronicity principle, a principle that was partially inspired by his work with the I Ching.