Willie Norup knows a lot about change. In his lifetime, he’s lived in nine countries, 34 houses and has worked in 82 countries. When he retired from a consulting practice twenty five years ago, he looked forward to exploring new ways of living.
“In the beginning, I didn’t know what it was like to be a senior,” he said speaking recently before a group of elder care professionals. “I gave up working, and then I started painting.”
But after a decade or so, he wanted to do more.
“Being an intellectual, a reader, I thought I’d try to figure out what life was all about. I thought I could use this knowledge in my later years,” he said.
So he began to read philosophy, psychology and all books in-between. What he felt drawn to was Asian philosophy, particularly the practice if I Ching, which was developed in China over 3,500 years ago.
I Ching is the practice of throwing three coins. The way the coins fall is significantly related to your current life situation. The I Ching foundation is on Synchronicity, or meaningful coincidence.
What Norup recommends is voicing a question, then throwing the three coins, six times. A pattern develops which is then interpreted by a Hexagram. He’s recently written a book, the “I Ching for Wise Living and Aging,” which is a modern interpretation of the Chinese wisdom.
“In aa few minutes, it will answer your deep-felt questions about what is happening in your life and how to handle it. The answers and insights provided will motivate you to consciously live for spiritual growth, service to others an personal fulfillment,” reads the cover on the book.
Norup believes that using I Ching “solved all my aging problems, all my concerns. I went from being an involved businessman to who man who sits home and cares for a wife with Alzheimer’s Disease.”
And, in this caring for his wife, he wrote a second I Ching book, “Self Help for Caregivers,” which helps with direction and support in the challenges of caregiving.
He admits, “Caregiving, for many caregivers, can be pure hell.” He knows his book can help, ‘the I Ching will help you change your life as a caregiver from a stressful burden to an enriching blessing with hope for the future.” Both books are available for purchase on Amazon.com but Norup is giving them away without charge, and is available to speak at support groups and club meetings. He wants these books and teaching to be his legacy after he leaves the world.
“I begin the day with I Ching It tells me what’s going on in my life, what I can accomplish and who to concentrate on at this juncture. It also tells me what I can produce at this time.”
How To Live and Age Wisely – an excerpt from “I Ching”