The I Ching also called Zhouyi, known as Classic of Changes or Book of Changes is one of the oldest of the
Chinese classic texts. During the Warring States period (mid 4th to early 3rd century BC), the text was
re-interpreted as a system of cosmology and philosophy that subsequently became
basic and essential to Chinese culture. It is centered on the ideas of the dynamic balance of opposites, the
evolution of events as a process, and acceptance of the inevitability of change. The book sheds new light on many
secrets hidden in the often puzzling modes of thought of that mysterious sage, Lao-tse, and of his pupils, as well
as on many ideas that appear in the Confucian tradition as axioms, accepted without further examination. Lao-Tse
nourishes a person's nature, while Confucius fully develops it.

The McKenna brothers in their book The Invisible Landscape arrived from the I Ching

2012 end date by using fractals. Fractals are a geometric pattern that is repeated
at every scale and so cannot be represented by classical geometry. Starting from a table of differences between one
hexagram and the next, they developed a Mandelbrot (a set of points in the complex plane, the boundary of which
forms a fractal) fractal in which each level is 64 times greater than the one below it. They then laid this fractal
pattern on top of a time scale. The peaks and lowest points of the pattern relate to the level of connectedness and
originality in any span of time, whether it covers a day, millennia or even since the beginning of time. By
matching the levels of the pattern with key periods in history, they determined it would fit best if the end of the
time scale was December 22, 2012. This is the only point in which the level of novelty (new thing or experience)
reaches its maximum, and everything that happens is new.

The final 80 or so pages which relates to the I Ching, of their book The Invisible
Landscape describes the complicated mathematics and methodology they employed. A base period of roughly 67
years was discovered (all calculations are rough, but not inaccurate).

2012 minus 67 years = 1945, a year of great change

2012 minus 4,300 years (67x64) = 2300 BC, the beginning of historical time

2012 minus 275,000 years (4300 x 64) = the emergence of Homo sapiens

2012 minus 18 million years (275,000 x 64) = the height of the age of mammals

2012 minus 1.3 billion years = the beginning of life on our planet

About what may happen with the I Ching 2012 prediction they said:

“Achievement of the zero state can be imagined to arrive in one of two forms. One is the dissolution of the cosmos
in an actual cessation and unravelling of the natural laws, a literal apocalypse. The other possibility… the
culmination of a human process, a process of tool making, which comes to completion in the perfect artifact: the
monadic self, exteriorized, condensed, and visible in three dimensions; in alchemical terms, the dream of a union
of spirit and matter.”

On top of all this, they state that they calculated the 2012 end date in the early 1970’s, long before they had
heard of the Mayan calendar. And to their credit, the
original 1975 edition of The Invisible Landscape makes no mention of the Maya. If this is true, then it would be
prudent to consider their result as much more than a coincidence, and to take their ideas seriously.

The I Ching has been used for more than 5000 years as an aid to making decisions, predicting the future and
guide to the students on the path of learning. If nothing else, it is a long-standing and popular source of wisdom
and inspiration.