How does God speak to us? Let us say he speaks in our minds and we must worry no more about it. Except I will worry because that is me.
I am speaking in my own mind right now as I form these words and type them. Somewhere in my Wernicke’s area, some chemical magic is doing something that I perceive as language. Does the Holy Spirit enter my brain and stir that soup?
Let us say he speaks in our hearts. I feel good. I feel happy. Does the Holy Spirit know how to fire up endorphins?
Let us now say that I find the words of God hard to hear when I must rely on my mind and my heart alone. I do not know what is me and what is he. My mind is noise. I want something tangible.
So let us say that I pray that the yarrow stalks I cast will lead me to some oracle grounded in an ancient ink, not mind “ink” but real ink on real paper. If he can reach in and whisper to my neurons, would he also whisper to the stalks?
Thus I create my hexagram. Two lines are changing and lead to another. 觀(guān) leads to 訟 (sòng). I consult the oracle and my mind now finds a language not my own to which the Holy Spirit can now lay anchor.
“Speak to me in human words.” The occult words of the I Ching?