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Classic Strategies from the Yijing and Baguazhang for Managing Crisis Situations

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In times of crisis, it is essential to have effective strategies in place to handle difficult situations. Throughout history, various cultures and disciplines have developed valuable insights that can be applied to crisis management. In this article, we will explore the classic strategies from the Yijing and Baguazhang, two ancient Chinese systems, known for their wisdom and practicality.

The Yijing (I Ching)

The Yijing, also known as the I Ching or Book of Changes, is a text that originated in ancient China and has been consulted for millennia to gain insights and advice. The Yijing consists of 64 hexagrams, each representing a unique combination of six broken or unbroken lines. These hexagrams offer profound wisdom and guidance, making them valuable during times of crisis.

One of the classic strategies derived from the Yijing is the concept of embracing change. The book emphasizes that change is a constant force in life, and crises often stem from resisting or failing to adapt to change. By understanding the hexagrams related to crisis situations, individuals can gain insights into the underlying dynamics and develop strategies to navigate them.

Beyond the Battleground: Classic Strategies from the Yijing and Baguazhang for Managing Crisis Situations
Beyond the Battleground: Classic Strategies from the Yijing and Baguazhang for Managing Crisis Situations
by Tom Bisio(Kindle Edition)

4 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 19190 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 368 pages

Another valuable concept from the Yijing is the idea of balance and harmony. The book teaches that maintaining a harmonious and balanced approach in crisis situations leads to better outcomes. By considering the hexagrams that represent balance and harmony, individuals can identify potential solutions and responses that promote stability and resolution.

Furthermore, the Yijing emphasizes the power of introspection and self-reflection. When facing a crisis, taking the time to reflect on the situation and one's own thoughts, emotions, and actions can provide clarity and direction. By consulting the relevant hexagrams that encourage self-reflection, individuals can gain valuable insights into their own strengths and weaknesses, ultimately leading to better decision-making.


Baguazhang is an ancient Chinese martial art that draws upon principles of the Yijing. It incorporates circular footwork and unique palm techniques to generate power and adaptability. Besides its physical applications, Baguazhang offers valuable strategies for managing crisis situations.

One of the fundamental principles of Baguazhang is the ability to flow and adapt. In crisis situations, being rigid or fixed in one's approach often leads to failure. By practicing the circular footwork and palm techniques of Baguazhang, individuals learn to move with agility and flexibility, allowing them to adapt to changing circumstances and find innovative solutions.

Another key concept within Baguazhang is the idea of "listening" to the situation. By remaining attentive and receptive to the signals and dynamics of a crisis, individuals can make informed decisions and responses. Baguazhang trains practitioners to remain calm and focused while maintaining awareness of their surroundings, enabling them to detect subtle changes and act accordingly.

Additionally, Baguazhang teaches the importance of timing and patience. Rushing into decisions or actions can often exacerbate a crisis. By applying the principles of Baguazhang, individuals learn to discern the most opportune moments to act and when to exercise patience. This strategic timing can significantly impact the outcome of a crisis situation.

Applying the Classic Strategies in Modern Times

Although the Yijing and Baguazhang originated thousands of years ago, their timeless wisdom remains applicable in managing crisis situations in modern times. By understanding and applying the core concepts from these ancient systems, individuals can enhance their crisis management skills and achieve more favorable outcomes.

When faced with a crisis, embracing change and remaining adaptable is crucial. By remembering that crises are temporary and that change is inevitable, individuals can better navigate through challenging times. Consulting the Yijing for guidance and insights specific to the crisis at hand can provide a fresh perspective and assist in developing effective strategies.

Similarly, drawing upon the principles of Baguazhang can help individuals make more informed decisions and responses. By fostering agility, active listening, and strategic timing, individuals can effectively manage crisis situations and find the most suitable solutions.

Overall, the classic strategies derived from the Yijing and Baguazhang offer timeless wisdom and practical guidance for managing crisis situations. By embracing change, seeking balance and harmony, engaging in self-reflection, and practicing adaptability and attentiveness, individuals can navigate crises with greater ease and achieve successful resolutions.

Beyond the Battleground: Classic Strategies from the Yijing and Baguazhang for Managing Crisis Situations
Beyond the Battleground: Classic Strategies from the Yijing and Baguazhang for Managing Crisis Situations
by Tom Bisio(Kindle Edition)

4 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 19190 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 368 pages

Life is Strategy!

Beyond the Battlefield: Classic Strategies from the Yijing and Baguazhang for Managing Crises Situations is a fascinating discourse on the application of strategy to all facets of human interaction. Of equal interest to the martial artist, business person, military theorist, or anyone negotiating the uncertainties of the changing world.

聽How do you achieve success and prevail in a chaotic world? Chinese strategists have grappled with this fundamental question for centuries. Chinese thought advocates understanding the natural order of the world in order to harmonize and flow with it. One of the key ideas that permeates both the military聽 and the I Ching (
Yi Jing: the Classic of Change) is that success is achieved by blending with and adapting to the constant change manifesting around us. By aligning oneself with the changing circumstances, opportunity and success unfold naturally.

Beyond the Battlefield examines military strategy in connection with the I-Ching聽 and the internal martial art Ba Gua Zhang (Eight聽 Diagram Palm). Ba Gua Zhang is a self-defense art and health preservation system whose physical movements and combat strategies stem from the I Ching and the ancient book of strategy: By understanding patterns of change, one can understand how to function in crises situations or in times of upheaval and change. Therefore, the trigrams and hexagrams of the I Ching can be understood, not as symbols for divination, but instead as coded representations of specific but fluid situations in which unwise actions can undermine favorable circumstances, while wise actions can salvage seemingly hopeless ones.

Drawing on ideas from classical military strategy, the Yijing (Book of Changes),聽 and Chinese martial arts theory, Tom Bisio presents a unique and exciting exploration of how insights from these sources can be deployed to manage crisis situations in all aspects of our daily lives. Suggesting approaches for cultivating a strategic mindset that can be applied to one's relationships, work, and personal self-fulfillment,
Beyond the Battleground offers methods of adapting to circumstances, conserving one's own resources, and avoiding or dissolving conflict that will aid any reader navigating the uncertainties of the changing world, including the business person, military theorist, or martial artist.

Deftly interweaving his background in East Asian philosophy and history and his career in traditional Chinese medicine with his lifelong interest in the martial arts and military science, Bisio also presents examples of successful strategies from history's great commanders such as Sunzi, Hannibal, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, and Mao Zedong.

聽Beyond the Battlefield was originally published as Strategy and Change: An Examination of Military Strategy, the I-Ching and Ba Gua Zhang. In Beyond the Battlefield,聽 Tom Bisio has added more then 50 pages of new text including a an exciting new chapter on applying principles of strategy and change to daily life.

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