Hi, I’m Lakshmi Narayan, creator of Change Your Character: Nine Hexagrams for Rebirth a nine-month entheogenic integration program using the I Ching as a framework for character development.
Although applicable to anyone interested in self-knowledge and entheogenic integration, the course was primarily created to support FEAT applicants who are preparing for, navigating, and integrating an ibogaine flood dose or other entheogenic treatment for addiction recovery.
What is Ibogaine?
Ibogaine is one of the most powerful entheogenic medicines known to humans. Apart from having a powerful psychedelic effect, it is also the only plant medicine we know of today that actually interrupts opioid addiction on a physiological level in a single flood-dose treatment, resetting the brain neurons to a pre-addicted state without any withdrawals.
This miraculous reset then becomes a window of opportunity for the person to change directions in life. It requires discipline, courage, and a support system, and this course is one of the pillars of that support.
What is the I Ching?
The I Ching is an ancient Chinese philosophy and divination system that is based upon mathematical principles found in the DNA and the binary system. It is a system designed to help you change as it points the way to what the superior action or response is in any given situation.
The I Ching was written for a time when the Way had already been lost, such as those we face today. Climate change, whether man-made or not is happening before our eyes, other factors of population, politics, and polarity alienate us and put us at risk at the hands of each other. We as a species are going have to change and evolve– like it or not– in order to respond to the challenges of our time.
The I Ching is called a book of Divination, in other words to ‘divine’ the answer to a life situation rather than to employ a solely logical thought process. In order to do this, one needs an accurate map of probabilities. And that is what the I Ching provides, a map of the branching of probabilities with a matrix of possible contextual changes available to YOU, the person in question consulting the oracle.
These changes are a template for Consciousness, in all its archetypes, much as the DNA is a blueprint for Life.
Both the DNA and the I Ching are built on the same number system, a system of branching, which Jack Cross, Awake co-founder, and author of the blog series The Polemics of Jack, calls the ‘Principle of Bifurcation.’ Bifurcation is basically the way in which reality branches out into different paths of probability based on our response to our current moment in thought, word and deed.
“Thus each step attained forthwith becomes a preparation for the next. Time is no longer a hindrance but the means of making actual what is potential.” I Ching, hexagram 1, The Creative.
We alter the past by telling a different story about it. Thus a story about betrayal and jealousy might become a story about forgiveness and discernment.
We alter the present by simply being present in it, and in this course we learn tools and techniques for doing just that.
And from that presence and attention in the moment, we will map the blueprint for a different future that allows you to redeem and make good your life after ibogaine.
How the Course is Structured for FEAT applicants
When a FEAT application is accepted by us you will be invited to register for the next cohort of the Change Your Character course and begin your nine-month journey which will consist of the following steps
• CROWDFUNDING (with our help)
• NAVIGATION & TREATMENT
The I Ching philosophy and nine-month program will form the backbone of the program and is intended to provide you with the sage wisdom and community to prevail through any challenges that may come up.
At the beginning of each month there will be a live zoom class about the I Ching hexagram for that month and it’s six satellite hexagrams. Every week you will receive lesson posts about the satellite hexagram for that week and at the end of the month we will have another zoom class and sharing circle about what we all learned.
How the Course is Structured for One-on-One Mentorships
The content, structure, and sequence is the same, except there is no crowdfunding. The big difference is that 1) It’s One-on-One and Self-Paced and you have 24 months. 2) Before I accept you as a student: We will have a zoom chat and do an I ching about whether this mentoring relationship is in harmony with the time. If we don’t get a positive answer I would say it’s not a fit, and if it is a positive answer then its up to you to decide whether you want to continue on. In any case admission is not automatic.
Breakthrough Lectures by Mentors & Masters
There will be guest lectures on various topics including including detox, nutrition, set and setting, language, breathing, yoga, emotional alchemy, neurochemistry, mystery, history, religion and spirituality, best practices, personal accounts, microdosing and more. The Breakthrough Lectures will be given by various mentors and masters who can be found on the Awake platform and I will be inviting them in a week or two before the class in real time.
Each hexagram is like a riddle or puzzle. You may try to understand it’s meaning intellectually, then experientially. We will meet at the end of the month via Zoom to discuss the lesson, and every week there will be some self-study assignments, meditations, or other tools that will be delivered to your email.
You can attend any Monthly Awake Online Integration Circle.
If you want to dive deeper into the subject matter we will cover during the nine months you can click on the VIEW SYLLABUS link and dive deeper into the sequence of the hexagrams and the subject matter.