I disregarded my initial interpretation of my reading on the topic of promoting my new book, but made sure to at least adhere to the idea of staying on the side of correctness (both by following rules on the board where I posted and by not stating that I was Phil’s reincarnation) while still taking the risk to move forward and get the attention of those who might appreciate my latest work.
I was initially met with an angry exchange of comments, but it was from someone I had exchanged rash comments with before. I kept my comments measured and reserved, and refrained from gloating when someone agreed with me. Soon, the angry exchange from this person actually backfired on them and worked strongly to my favor!
In a roundabout way, I guess the oracle did help since it advised me that I could potentially take some light abuse and still end up better for that. Still, I can’t say it did anything other than give me a little encouragement to make a bold move when a bold move was needed.
So is there anything special about the I Ching? I don’t know yet. I think I’ll keep playing with it for a while though. This result is intriguing.
Edit: The curmudgeon who gave me a hard time got under the skin of the moderators on this particular board so much that he got himself banned. Apparently they were none too thrilled about him trashing a book he hadn’t even read and then complaining to them about the content of my post. I LOL’d.