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What Does the Yin-Yang Symbol Really Mean?
What is the meaning of the Taoist Yin-Yang symbol?
What Is the Taoist Concept of Wu Wei?
An exploration of the Taoist concept of wu wei.
What Do Taoists Mean When They Talk About Qi...
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A Beginner's Guide to Taoism
In broad brush-strokes, paints a pictures of the landscape of Taoist practice: its rituals, ceremonies & systems of divination; its qigong & meditation practices; and its foundational text ~ the Daode Jing.
What Is the Meridian System in Taoism?
An overview of the meridian system - the network through which qi travels, to nourish and energize the human body.
Taoist Visual Symbols
An introduction to eight important Taoist visual symbols: the Yin-Yang symbol, the Taijitu, the Five-Elements chart, the Ba Gua, the Lo Pan compass, the He Tu and Luo Sho charts, the Neijing Tu, and the Guodian bamboo strips.
Yin-Yang Symbol
An introduction to the Yin-Yang symbol - Taoism's most well-know visual symbol, which is also known as the Taiji Symbol.
Ba Gua
An introduction to eight important Taoist visual symbols: the Yin-Yang symbol, the Taijitu, the Five-Elements chart, the Ba Gua, the Lo Pan compass, the He Tu and Luo Sho charts, the Neijing Tu, and the Guodian bamboo strips. Page 4.
How to Practice the 'Inner Smile'
Let your attention rest now right in the center of your brain. This is a place referred to in Taoism as the Crystal Palace.
Five Element Chart
An introduction to eight important Taoist visual symbols: the Yin-Yang symbol, the Taijitu, the Five-Elements chart, the Ba Gua, the Lo Pan compass, the He Tu and Luo Sho charts, the Neijing Tu, and the Guodian bamboo strips. Page 3.
What Are the Five Elements in Taoism?
An introduction to the Five Element System used in Chinese Medicine, Qigong and other Taoist practices.
Taijitu Shuo
An introduction to eight important Taoist visual symbols: the Yin-Yang symbol, the Taijitu, the Five-Elements chart, the Ba Gua, the Lo Pan compass, the He Tu and Luo Sho charts, the Neijing Tu, and the Guodian bamboo strips. Page 2.
How Qi Flows Through the 12 Main Meridians
During each two-hour period of the day, qi is flowing strongest in one of the twelve main acupuncture meridians.
Why Many Taoists Believe in the Healing Waters...
Soaking in a hotspring is one of the most enjoyable ways to initiate deep healing and rejuvenation of body, mind and spirit.
The Five Shen Of Chinese Medicine - Introduction
The Five Shen - Shen, Zhi, Yi, Hun and Po - are the spirits, or aspects of consciousness, associated with the five yin organs of Chinese Medicine and qigong practice.
How To Practice Standing Meditation
Standing Meditation is a simple yet very powerful tool for opening the flow of qi through the meridians.
Internal Alchemy In Taoist Practice: An Overview
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Lo Pan Compass
An introduction to eight important Taoist visual symbols: the Yin-Yang symbol, the Taijitu, the Five-Elements chart, the Ba Gua, the Lo Pan compass, the He Tu and Luo Sho charts, the Neijing Tu, and the Guodian bamboo strips. Page 5.
Nei Jing Tu
An introduction to eight important Taoist visual symbols: the Yin-Yang symbol, the Taijitu, the Five-Elements chart, the Ba Gua, the Lo Pan compass, the He Tu and Luo Sho charts, the Neijing Tu, and the Guodian bamboo strips. Page 7.
An Introduction to the Eight Extraordinary...
The Eight Extraordinary Meridians represent the body's deepest level of energetic structuring.
Taoist Breathing Techniques: Abdominal,...
Three simple Taoist breathing practices which nourish the energy of the lower dantian, and are frequent components of qigong practice.
He Tu & Luo Shu Diagrams
An introduction to eight important Taoist visual symbols: the Yin-Yang symbol, the Taijitu, the Five-Elements chart, the Ba Gua, the Lo Pan compass, the He Tu and Luo Shu diagrams, the Neijing Tu, and the Guodian bamboo strips. Page 6.
Major Festivals of Taoist Deities
These are the festivals celebrated in most Taoist temples ...
Acupuncture
What is acupuncture? What does it feel like to receive a treatment?
Introduction to Laozi - the Founder of Taoism
The founder of Taoism is the historical/legendary Laozi.
How to Practice Walking Meditation
Walking Meditation is a wonderful way of turning something that we do every day into a deeply healing, deeply nourishing and enjoyable tool for our awakening.
Guodian Bamboo Strips
An introduction to eight important Taoist visual symbols: the Yin-Yang symbol, the Taijitu, the Five-Elements chart, the Ba Gua, the Lo Pan compass, the He Tu and Luo Sho charts, the Neijing Tu, and the Guodian bamboo strips. Page 8.
How Does Qigong Work?
An exploration of the mechanisms of qigong practice.
Butterflies, Great Sages & Valid Cognition
Robert E. Allison begins his exploration of Chuang-tzu’s Butterfly Dream anecdote by presenting two frequently used interpretive frameworks
Pu
: The Chinese word "Pu" is often translated as "the uncarved block," and refers to a state of pure potential
The Microcosmic Orbit
In the Microcosmic Orbit qigong practice, we learn to circulate our qi in a continuous circular pathway joining the Ren and the Du meridians. Here's a simple, enjoyable version of this classic qigong practice.
Alive!
in death I lose a body and He will lose my phantasies of Him I go shirtless  to this lovemaking my body becomes all
Daojia, Daojiao & Other Basic Taoist Concepts
Brief descriptions of Daojia, Daojiao, the Three Treasures, Bagua, Gotto-Heavens & Wholesome Earths, and a number of other key Taoist concepts.
Flowing With The Tao ...
Do you remember our mahasiddha friends the superfluids and superconductors? If so, you'll recall that their capacity to levitate and walk through walls has to
Acupressure Treasures: Lao Gong -- Pericardium 8
An introduction to Lao Gong - the 8th point on the Pericardium meridian - used in acupressure, acupuncture and qigong healing.
The Search for Immortality in Taoism
An exploration of Taoist Immortality, and its relation to the Christian Gospel Story and Esoteric Stages of Initiation.
The Three Treasures of Taoism
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Acupressure Treasures: Yong Quan -- Gushing/Bub...
An introduction to Yong Quan -- Bubbling/Gushing Spring -- the first point on the Kidney meridian.
How To Practice The White Skeleton Visualization
An introduction to one version of the Taoist White Skeleton Visualization.
Acupressure Treasures - Zu San Li - Stomach 36
An introduction to Zu San Li - the 36th point on the Stomach meridian - with instructions on how to locate and apply acupressure to this powerhouse point.
Cultivate Wu Wei by Practicing "Aimless...
The Taoist practice of "aimless wandering" through places of great natural beauty is a wonderful way
The Lantern Festival
An illustrated tour through a Chinese New Year's celebration (also known as the Spring Festival) - from Rice Porridge Day through the Lantern Festival. Page 11.
Acupressure Treasures: Yin Tang
An introduction to Yin Tang - gateway into the Upper Dantian, home of shen/spirit. Includes acupressure instruction.
History Of Taoism Through The Dynasties
A brief history of the major events of Taoism, traced through China's dynasties.
Meditation To Develop The Witness Consciousness
Important to the practice of Taoist (as well as Buddhist and many other) forms of meditation is the cultivation of Witness Consciousness, or the energy of Mindfulness - the capacity to observe the contents of our mind, without identifying with them. Here's a simple practice to support you in developing the Witness Consciousness.
Great Taoism Books For Beginners
An introduction to nine great books for the beginning Taoist practitioner -- and wonderful also for those with more experience!
Shaolin & Wudang Styles Of Kung Fu: A...
A introduction to and comparison between Shaolin external martial arts and Wudang internal martial arts.
Stage Two Of Qi Cultivation: Gathering Qi
In stage two of qi cultivation we learn how to gather qi as nourishment for our bodymind.
Guide Review: Elizabeth’s Colostrum Odyssey
Elizabeth's review of colostrum supplements - and recommendation for two companies: Immune Tree and Synertek.
Glossary with Pinyin and Wade-Giles Translitera...
A Taoism glossary of common Taoist terms, in both pinyin and Wade-Giles transliterations, with short English definitions.
Tai Hsi - Taoist Embryonic Breathing
An introduction to Taoist Embryonic Breathing (Tai Hsi).
Five-Element Generating (Sheng) & Control...
An introduction to the Five-Element Generating (Sheng) and Control (Ke) cycles.
Chakras & Dantians
What is the relationship between chakras and dantians?
Taoism & Sexual Energy
The role that sexual energy plays in formal Taoist practice is quite unique, and perhaps very different from how you're used to thinking about and relating to sexual energy ...
Wuji (Wu Chi)
A brief definition of Wuji. Taoism.
Emptiness In Taoism & Buddhism
A look at the way in which the term
TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Five...
What is the difference between a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Five Element approach to practicing Chinese Medicine?
Stage One Of Qi Cultivation: Discovering Our Qi
The first step for a qigong practitioner is to discover qi - to establish a direct awareness of the presence of life-force energy within our bodymind.
An Introduction To Chinese Herbal Medicine
An introduction to Chinese Herbal Medicine which - along with acupuncture, tuina, qigong and dietary therapy - form the core of Chinese Medicine.
Gender & The Tao
An exploration of various aspects of gender in the philosophy and practice of Taoism.
Benefits Of Qigong
Qigong practice has many benefits: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
The Taoist Altar
Each object on a Taoist altar represents an aspect of Taoist practice or Taoist cosmology. This article explores the symbolic meaning of a standard Taoist altar.
Taoist Cosmology
Taoism's story of the origin of the universe.
Nourish Snow Mountain/Golden Urn: Our Energetic...
The energetic center which in Tibetan Yoga is called Snow Mountain, and in Taoist practice is referred to as the Golden Urn, is one of the most important physical/energetic “spaces” in qigong/Inner Alchemy traditions.
Introduction To The Governing Vessel - Du...
An introduction to the Governing Vessel (aka Du Mai or Du Meridian) -- the most yang of the body's meridians.
Acupressure Treasures - He Gu - Large Intestine 4
How to use self-massage qigong acupressure at He Gu - the fourth point on the Large Intestine meridian - to relieve common ailments such as headache, toothache, sore throat, eye pain, neck pain and constipation.
The Shamanic Origins of Taoism
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Being Natural - Naturalness & Spontaneity...
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The Three Purities
The Three Purities are the highest deities in the Taoist pantheon.
Heaven in the Palm of Your Hand: A Taoist...
In this beautiful qigong visualization practice, we invite the energy of Heaven - all the stars and galaxies - into the palm of our hand, circulate it through our heart-center, and direct it finally into our lower dantian. Wonderful!
Koi Fish
An illustrated tour through a Chinese New Year's celebration (also known as the Spring Festival) - from Rice Porridge Day through the Lantern Festival. Page 10.
Guide Review: EarthCalm’s Scalar Resonator
A Guide Review of EarthCalm's Scalar Resonator -- state of the art protection from man-made EMF's. The Scalar Resonator is worn as a necklace and, via it's scalar resonance technology, supports the body in re-establishing a grounding in the Earth's electro-magnetic field, which allows the immune system and meridian systems to function as self-healing mechanisms.
Zhuangzi
Along with Laozi (Lao Tzu) and Liezi (Lieh Tzu), Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu) is one of philosophical Taoism's most important figures.
Acupressure Treasures: Hui Yin - Ren 1
A qigong acupressure practice to activate and balance Hui Yin - the first point on the Ren meridian.
Dragon & Lion Dances
An illustrated tour through a Chinese New Year's celebration (also known as the Spring Festival) - from Rice Porridge Day through the Lantern Festival. Page 9.
Acupressure Treasures: Tai Yang
How to apply acupressure at Tai Yang, to resolve headaches and eye-strain.
Meditation Now ~ Explorations ...
Introduction to an excellent new beginner's guide to meditation.
Order Tonic Gold Alchemical Elixir
Tonic Gold is a potent alchemical formula, produced in India by the Hermetic alchemist Petri Murien. It's benefits are many, and I recommend it highly as powerful support for qigong, yoga and meditation practice, as well as for general good health.
What Is Colostrum?
What is colostrum, and why would I want to supplement with it?
Tomb Sweeping Day - Qing Ming Jie - Clear...
Tomb Sweeping Day, or Clear Bright Festival (Qing Ming Jie) is a traditional Chinese festival and Taoist holiday, celebrated on the 15th day after the Spring Equinox.
Acupuncture & The Emotional Freedom...
What's the relationship between acupuncture and the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) -- also known as
Acupressure Treasures: Bai Hui - Hundred...
An introduction to Bai Hui - the 20th point on the Governing Vessel, on the crown of the head.
Moola Bandha: The Master Key
An introduction to the practice of Moola Bandha, which awakens the energy of the Snow Mountain/Golden Urn area at the base of the spine.
Kan & Li Practices: Alchemy Of Fire &...
An introduction to Kan & Li (Water & Fire) Inner Alchemy practices -- through which an Immortal Fetus is formed.
Stage Three Of Qi Cultivation: Circulating Our Qi
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Jin Yuanbao & Jiaozi
An illustrated tour through a Chinese New Year's celebration (also known as the Spring Festival) - from Rice Porridge Day through the Lantern Festival. Page 7.
Double Ninth Festival - Ching Yang Jie
Double Ninth Day (Chong Yang Jie) is a traditional Chinese holiday and Taoist festival celebrated on the 9th day of the 9th lunar month – hence its name.
Chinese New Year's Eve
An illustrated tour through a Chinese New Year's celebration (also known as the Spring Festival) - from Rice Porridge Day through the Lantern Festival. Page 6.
Colostrum FAQ
What is colostrum? What are its benefits? - and other frequently asked questions about supplementing with bovine (cow) colostrum. Page 7.
Xin Nian Kuai Le!
An illustrated tour through a Chinese New Year's celebration (also known as the Spring Festival) - from Rice Porridge Day through the Lantern Festival. Page 12.
Pulse Reading In Chinese Medicine
An introduction to the art and science of pulse reading in Chinese Medicine.
The Budwig Protocol – External Alchemy At...
The Budwig Protocol - with its strong track record for alleviating a host of chronic, degenerative diseases - is a great example of external alchemy.
Qi (Chi): Various Forms Used In Qigong &...
An overview of the various kinds of Qi (Chi) used in the practice of Chinese Medicine and Qigong.
Dantian
The Dantian are the main locations where qi is gathered and transformed.
Taoist Flower Gazing Meditation
An introduction to the beautiful practice of Taoist Flower Gazing.
Major Taoist Holidays in 2015
The first of the major Chinese/Taoist holidays for the Gregorian 2015 calendar is the Laba Festival -- the official beginning of extended Spring Festival celebrations. The Laba Festival falls on January 27th -- which is actually the 8th day of the 12th lunar month of the previous (lunar) year. The Chinese New Year itself (the first of the major holidays) is not until February 19th.
Elemental
Exploring the practical uses of the elemental energies in qigong and meditation.
The Wind Rises
What might Zhuangzi – the rascally Taoist sage – have to say about the recent shootings in Paris (at Charlie Hebdo and the aftermath)? If we caught him in one of his more straightforwardly didactic moods, he perhaps would respond ...
Fun With Mirrors: Images Of Awakened Mind
A playful-serious exploration of mirror imagery used to represent the qualities of the Mind of Tao.
Five Simple Lifestyle Recommendations...
The choices that we make moment to moment are the essence of Taoist practice. Here are some daily and yearly patterns that I've found to be supportive of my practice, and which have been recommended by the great Masters of the past, also!
Stage Six Of Qi Cultivation: Conserving Our Qi
Like money in a savings account, it's important to learn how to conserve our qi, in order to accumulate a surplus of this life-force energy.
Index Of Taoism Articles
A guided introduction to this Taoism website.
Altars & Rice Porridge
An illustrated tour through a Chinese New Year's celebration (also known as the Spring Festival) - from Rice Porridge Day through the Lantern Festival. Page 4.
Stage Seven & Eight Of Qi Cultivation:...
Stages seven and eight of the ten stages of qi cultivation focus on the unfolding of our deepest spiritual potentials.
Guide Review - David Loy's "Nonduality: A Study...
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Hong Bao
An illustrated tour through a Chinese New Year's celebration (also known as the Spring Festival) - from Rice Porridge Day through the Lantern Festival. Page 8.
Profile of Immortal Woman He (Xian Gu)
An introduction to He Xian Gu - the only woman of the Taoist Eight Immortals.
Qigong Self-Massage For Breast Health &...
A simple qigong self-massage practice that's a wonderful way for women to support breast health and balance the endocrine system.
Spiritual Maturity & The Child-Like Taoist Sage
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Major Taoist Holidays in 2013
A listing of major Taoist holidays in 2013, with both lunar and Gregorian/solar dates.
The Taoist Practice Of Bowing
What is the meaning and purpose of bowing, in the context of Taoist practice?
Dragon Boat Festival - Duanwu Jie
The Dragon Boat Festival, or Duanwu Jie, is a traditional Chinese festival and Taoist holiday that falls on fifth day of the fifth lunar month – and hence is also known as Double Fifth Day.
Chinese New Year 2015 ~ Year of the Sheep
An illustrated tour through a Chinese New Year's celebration (also known as the Spring Festival) - from Rice Porridge Day through the Lantern Festival.
Acupressure Treasures: Nei Guan -- Pericardium 6
An introduction to Nei Guan, the sixth point on the Pericardium meridian, including acupressure technique and point location.
Supplicating The Kitchen God
An illustrated tour through a Chinese New Year's celebration (also known as the Spring Festival) - from Rice Porridge Day through the Lantern Festival. Page 5.
Acupuncture Yuan Source Points
An introduction to and listing of the Yuan Source Points used in the practice of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Lab-Grown Diamonds & The Immortal Body
An introduction to lab-grown diamonds – also known as cultivated, cultured or synthetic diamonds – in relation to Taoist Inner Alchemy, vibrational healing, and the cultivation of the Diamond Body. Cultivated diamonds diamonds posses all the optical, chemical and physical properties of natural diamonds. In other words, they are basically identical to – just as “real” as - those created within the mantle of the earth, and much more ecologically and socially friendly.
Practice "Healing Sounds" Qigong To Transform...
A simple Taoist qigong practice to transform the stuck emotional state of anxiety into nourishment for the Heart's virtue of joy.
Stage Five Of Qi Cultivation – Directing Qi
When our body is healthy, it has the capacity to heal itself. When dis-ease is more extreme, we can consciously direct qi to reestablish health and harmony
Profile of Lu Dongbin (Lu Tung Pin)
An introduction to the Taoist Immortal Lu Dongbin.
Alchemy In Taoist Practice
Introduces the two main forms - internal and external - that alchemy practice has taken in Taoism.
Eight Inspirational Books
Short reviews of eight (Taoist and related) books that have had a profound effect on my life, including the work of Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, Shunryu Suzuki and Paramahamsa Yogananda.
Acupressure Treasures - Feng Chi - Gallbladder 20
An introduction to Feng Chi - Gallbladder 20 - for acupressure useful in resolving common ailments of the head and neck.
Taoist Poetry
Poetry has played an important role in Taoist practice - as a cultural expression of the Taoist aesthetic of simplicity and harmony, as well as a form of practice in and of itself.
Profile of Royal Uncle Cao (Cao Guo Jiu)
An introduction to Cao Gou Jiu of the Taoist Eight Immortals.
To Practice Or Not To Practice: Dilemmas On The...
Two strategies for rooting out egoic patterning.
Baibai: Offering Incense to the Altar
The practice of Baibai - offering incense to the altar - is central to ceremonial forms of Taoism.
Qigong
Practices whose aim is to cultivate life-force energy (qi) are known as qigong.
Introduction To Taoism
In broad brush-strokes, paints a pictures of the landscape of Taoist practice: its rituals, ceremonies & systems of divination; its qigong & meditation practices; and its foundational text ~ the Daode Jing.
Taoism & Tantra
An exploration of Taoist notions of flow and continuity, through the lens of Buddhist and Hindu tantra.
Profile of Iron Crutch Li (Taiguai Li)
An introduction to Taiguai Li - or Iron Crutch Li - one of the Taoist Eight Immortals.
Hun & Po: The Ethereal & Corporeal Soul In...
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Taoist Precepts
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Stage Four Of Qi Cultivation: Purifying Qi
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Tao Te Ching - Verse 42
An exploration of verse 42 of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching (aka Daode Jing) - inspired by the English translation and commentary by Hu Xuezhi.
History Of Colostrum As A Supplement
A brief history of bovine colostrum as a supplement.
Introduction To The Conception Vessel -- Ren...
An introduction to the Conception Vessel (aka Ren Mai or Ren Meridian) -- the most yin of the body's meridians.
The Yin-Yang Symbol
A look at the many faces of Taoist practice, including ceremonial Taoism, the internal and external martial arts, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, Taoist divination techniques such as Fengshui and I-Ching, Taoist arts such as haiku, Taoist symbols such as the Yin-Yang symbol and the Nei Jing Tu, and Taoist Inner Alchemy (Neidan) practice. Page 3.
Ghost Festival - Zhongyuan Jie
The Ghost Festival (Zhongyuan Jie) is a traditional Chinese holiday and Taoist festival celebrated on the 15th night of the seventh lunar month.
Pancha Klesha - The Five Hindrances
An introduction to the pancha klesha - the five hindrances as articulated in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Includes a discussion of Samkhya vs. Taoist understandings of the human body.
Acupuncture Luo Connecting Points
An introduction to the Luo Connecting Points used in acupuncture.
White Cloud Monastery
A look at the many faces of Taoist practice, including ceremonial Taoism, the internal and external martial arts, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, Taoist divination techniques such as Fengshui and I-Ching, Taoist arts such as haiku, Taoist symbols such as the Yin-Yang symbol and the Nei Jing Tu, and Taoist Inner Alchemy (Neidan) practice. Page 4.
Qi Emission (Fa Gong) & Distance Qigong Healing
What is qigong healing? (Also known as Fa Gong, qi-emission, energy-healing & distance-healing)
Profile of Philosopher Han Xiang (Han Xiang Zi)
An introduction to Han Xiang Zi - one of the Taoist Eight Immortals.
Colostrum Components
An introduction to some of colostrum's many beneficial components, including Growth Factors and Immunoglobulins.
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