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I Ching

The I Ching is a dynamic set of principles that was developed from discoveries considered to be made in the East before recorded history began. Then, around five thousand years ago, they were methodologically formulated into systems of theory that could be applied to everyday life, and later they were transcribed into written forms, the oldest surviving manuscripts of I Ching dating back to around 475–221 BC, although we know that the first written versions were around 1000 BC.

Both I Ching and Wu Xing recognise the interconnectedness and similarities between nature and human beings, and this knowledge was later used for thousands of years in the East by emperors, politicians, army commanders, and business people – all with the purpose of creating strategies for success by using it to reveal essential human characteristics and personality traits, as well as predicting patterns and likely outcomes in human life.

Sun Tsu (The Art of War); Tao Te Ching (The Way of Tao); Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM); Chinese cuisine; literature; visual arts; music; martial arts (Wu Shu); and almost all of Chinese cultural knowledge are all essentially based on the principles of the I Ching.

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