JI 幾 Incipience or The Infinitesimally Small
Monday, May 11, 2020
90 minutes, at 12:30 pm PDT
(3:30 pm EDT, 9:30 pm CEST/Paris).
Lecturer : Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée
Dean of Studies of the European School of Acupuncture
CEUs/PDAs : 1.5 (pending)
Cost : $30 ($50 for course and CEUs)
The contemporary Chinese philosopher Zhang Dainian says:
"Although ‘transformation’ can be distinguished from ’change’ by the degree of variation, the Great Commentary had a further term for speaking of the initial tendency to change that is even more minute than ‘transformation’. The term in question is ’incipience’ or ‘impetus’."
Ji 幾 is always the almost imperceptible beginning of movements of the mind or body that determines the direction to be taken by the course of events. In the book of Change (Yijing), penetrating incipience is a profound insight into the changes of everything, it is the first emergence of good fortune.
The sages scrutinize incipience to start any action; thus they manage properly the affairs of the world and their behavior is perfect. Incipience is the critical point at which one’s direction toward good or evil is set.
Those penetrating incipience see where all phenomena and events come from and foresee their developments; they know the intrinsic causes of change in things.
Incipience is the passage from the formless, that which is hidden and not yet manifest, to the form, that which has already started to become a specific thing, a phenomenon, an event.
The art of the great practitioner lies in the ability to grasp these passages, to perceive the imperceptible beginning of a disorder, to anticipate its potential development by understanding correctly the smallest signs. Then one is able to make a subtle diagnosis and to treat before the disease has settled in deeply.
- To enhance the awareness of the practitioner during the clinical exam and the establishment of the diagnosis.
- To highlight the importance of apprehending a disorder at its beginning and of paying attention to the smallest sign or symptom.
- To prevent the progress of the patient's disease.