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These articles are the most popular over the last month.
What Does the Yin-Yang Symbol Really Mean?
What is the meaning of the Taoist Yin-Yang symbol?
Wu Wei: the Action of Non-Action
An exploration of the Taoist concept of wu wei.
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.
What Is Qi (Chi)?
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The Meridian System: Channels of Awareness
An overview of the meridian system - the network through which qi travels, to nourish and energize the human body.
The Five Element System
An introduction to the Five Element System used in Chinese Medicine, Qigong and other Taoist practices.
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.
Healing Waters - Hot Mineral Springs
Soaking in a hotspring is one of the most enjoyable ways to initiate deep healing and rejuvenation of body, mind and spirit.
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.
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.
The Five Shen
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.
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.
Abdominal Breathing, Reverse Breathing &...
Three simple Taoist breathing practices which nourish the energy of the lower dantian, and are frequent components of qigong practice.
The Three Treasures
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The Eight Extraordinary Meridians
The Eight Extraordinary Meridians represent the body's deepest level of energetic structuring.
Internal Alchemy: An Overview
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The Acupuncture Meridian Clock
During each two-hour period of the day, qi is flowing strongest in one of the twelve main acupuncture meridians.
The Eight Immortals Of Taoism
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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.
Butterflies, Great Sages & Valid Cognition
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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.
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.
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.
Practice Standing Meditation
Standing Meditation is a simple yet very powerful tool for opening the flow of qi through the meridians.
How Does Qigong Work?
An exploration of the mechanisms of qigong practice.
Benefits Of Qigong
Qigong practice has many benefits: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Major Festivals of Taoist Deities
These are the festivals celebrated in most Taoist temples ...
Stage Two Of Qi Cultivation: Gathering Qi
In stage two of qi cultivation we learn how to gather qi as nourishment for our bodymind.
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.
Major Taoist Holidays in 2013
A listing of major Taoist holidays in 2013, with both lunar and Gregorian/solar dates.
Dantian
The Dantian are the main locations where qi is gathered and transformed.
Emptiness in Taoism & Buddhism
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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.
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.
Five-Element Generating (Sheng) & Control (Ke)...
An introduction to the Five-Element Generating (Sheng) and Control (Ke) cycles.
Acupressure Treasures: Yong Quan -- Gushing/Bub...
An introduction to Yong Quan -- Bubbling/Gushing Spring -- the first point on the Kidney meridian.
Tao: The Pathless Way
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Laozi - The Founder Of Taoism
The founder of Taoism is the historical/legendary Laozi.
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.
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.
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.
Meditate 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.
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.
Pu
: The Chinese word "Pu" is often translated as "the uncarved block," and refers to a state of pure potential
The Shamanic Origins of Taoism
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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.
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.
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
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 ...
Colostrum FAQ
What is colostrum? What are its benefits? - and other frequently asked questions about supplementing with bovine (cow) colostrum.
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.
Glossary Of Common Taoist (Daoist) Terms
A Taoism glossary of common Taoist terms, in both pinyin and Wade-Giles transliterations, with short English definitions.
TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Five...
What is the difference between a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Five Element approach to practicing Chinese Medicine?
Taoist Cosmology
Taoism's story of the origin of the universe.
Acupressure Treasures: Yin Tang
An introduction to Yin Tang - gateway into the Upper Dantian, home of shen/spirit. Includes acupressure instruction.
Pulse Reading In Chinese Medicine
An introduction to the art and science of pulse reading in Chinese Medicine.
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.
History Of Taoism Through The Dynasties
A brief history of the major events of Taoism, traced through China's dynasties.
Tai Hsi - Taoist Embryonic Breathing
An introduction to Taoist Embryonic Breathing (Tai Hsi).
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.
Major Taoist Holidays in 2014
A listing of major Taoist holidays in 2014, with both lunar and Gregorian/solar dates.
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.
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.
How To Practice The White Skeleton Visualization
An introduction to one version of the Taoist White Skeleton Visualization.
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!
Profile of Immortal Woman He (Xian Gu)
An introduction to He Xian Gu - the only woman of the Taoist Eight Immortals.
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.
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.
Guide Review: Elizabeth’s Colostrum Odyssey
Elizabeth's review of colostrum supplements - and recommendation for two companies: Immune Tree and Synertek.
Chinese New Year 2014 ~ Year of the Horse
An illustrated tour through a Chinese New Year's celebration (also known as the Spring Festival) - from Rice Porridge Day through the Lantern Festival.
Kan & Li Practices: Alchemy Of Fire & Water
An introduction to Kan & Li (Water & Fire) Inner Alchemy practices -- through which an Immortal Fetus is formed.
Cultivate Wu Wei by Practicing "Aimless...
The Taoist practice of "aimless wandering" through places of great natural beauty is a wonderful way
De (Te)
: The power or virtue that a Taoist practitioner attains, as they align themselves with the rhythms of
Gender & The Tao
An exploration of various aspects of gender in the philosophy and practice of Taoism.
Guide Review: EarthCalm's Scalar Home...
A guide review of EarthCalm's Scalar Home Protection System, which offers state-of-the-art EMF protection for your entire living-space, and all the people within it. The device plugs into any electrical outlet and -- via its scalar resonance technology -- modulates the AC electrical current in such a way as to support the body's connection with the electro-magnetic field of the Earth.
Shaolin & Wudang Styles Of Kung Fu
A introduction to and comparison between Shaolin external martial arts and Wudang internal martial arts.
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.
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.
Acupuncture
What is acupuncture? What does it feel like to receive a treatment?
Great Taoism Books For Beginners
An introduction to nine great books for the beginning Taoist practitioner -- and wonderful also for those with more experience!
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.
Fun With Mirrors: Images Of Awakened Mind
A playful-serious exploration of mirror imagery used to represent the qualities of the Mind of Tao. Page 2.
Acupuncture & The Emotional Freedom Technique...
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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.
Acupressure Treasures: Hui Yin - Ren 1
A qigong acupressure practice to activate and balance Hui Yin - the first point on the Ren meridian.
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.
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.
Buddhist Mindfulness Training & Qigong Practice
There is a deep link between the experience of impermanence in Buddhist Mindfulness training and the concept of Qi as used in East Asian medicine and martial arts. This article explores these connections.
Mid-Autumn Festival - Zhongqiu Jie
The Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhongqiu Jie) is a traditional Chinese holiday and Taoist festival that is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, around the time of the autumn equinox.
Practice Taoist Flower Gazing Meditation
An introduction to the beautiful practice of Taoist Flower Gazing.
Chakras & Dantians
What is the relationship between chakras and dantians?
Qigong Self-Massage For Breast Health &...
A simple qigong self-massage practice that's a wonderful way for women to support breath health and balance the endocrine system.
The Three Purities
The Three Purities are the highest deities in the Taoist pantheon.
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.
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.
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.
Profile of Lu Dongbin (Lu Tung Pin)
An introduction to the Taoist Immortal Lu Dongbin.
Stage Three Of Qi Cultivation: Circulating Our Qi
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Wuji (Wu Chi)
A brief definition of Wuji. Taoism.
Eight Inspirational Books To Awaken & Enrich...
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.
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.
Ethics & Morality In Taoist Practice
How feeling good, being good & natural goodness in relation to Taoist ethics and morality.
Cun
A unit of measurement used in acupuncture and qigong practice.
Acupressure Treasures: Nei Guan -- Pericardium 6
An introduction to Nei Guan, the sixth point on the Pericardium meridian, including acupressure technique and point location.
What Is Colostrum?
What is colostrum, and why would I want to supplement with it?
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. Page 2.
The Search for Immortality in Taoism
An exploration of Taoist Immortality, and its relation to the Christian Gospel Story and Esoteric Stages of Initiation.
Acupressure Treasures: Bai Hui - Hundred...
An introduction to Bai Hui - the 20th point on the Governing Vessel, on the crown of the head.
Acupuncture Luo Connecting Points
An introduction to the Luo Connecting Points used in acupuncture.
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.
Zhuangzi
Along with Laozi (Lao Tzu) and Liezi (Lieh Tzu), Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu) is one of philosophical Taoism's most important figures.
Alchemy In Taoist Practice
Introduces the two main forms - internal and external - that alchemy practice has taken in Taoism.
Acupressure Treasures: Tai Yang
How to apply acupressure at Tai Yang, to resolve headaches and eye-strain.
Practice "Healing Sounds" Qigong To Transform...
A simple Taoist qigong practice to transform fear into nourishment for our inherent wisdom and child-like wonder.
Profile of Lan Caihe
An introduction to the Taoist Immortal Lan Caihe.
Acupuncture Xi Cleft Points
Xi Cleft points are where the qi and blood of a meridian pool.
Baibai: Offering Incense to the Altar
The practice of Baibai - offering incense to the altar - is central to ceremonial forms of Taoism.
Poria Root - Fu Shen
An introduction to the Chinese herb Fu Shen.
Hold 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!
Acupuncture Yuan Source Points
An introduction to and listing of the Yuan Source Points used in the practice of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Sacred Mountains of Taoism
A visual introduction to some of China's most spectacularly beautiful mountain peaks and passes, with an emphasis on those sacred to Taoist practitioners.
The Taoist Practice Of Bowing
What is the meaning and purpose of bowing, in the context of Taoist practice?
Qi Emission (Fa Gong) & Distance Qigong Healing
What is qigong healing? (Also known as Fa Gong, qi-emission, energy-healing & distance-healing)
Profile of Royal Uncle Cao (Cao Guo Jiu)
An introduction to Cao Gou Jiu of the Taoist Eight Immortals.
Taoist Precepts
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Profile of Elder Zhang Guo (Zhang Guo Lao)
An introduction to Immortal Zhang Guo Lao - also known as Elder Zhang Guo - the most eccentric of the Taoist Eight Immortals.
Taoist Visualization Practice & The Three...
Taoist practice frequently involves visualizations. But how is visualization different from fantasy or wishful thinking? In this essay, we'll use the Buddhist Three Natures/Aspects Of Existence to explore this question.
Practice the "Moon On Lake" Taoist Visualization
In this beautiful meditation practice, we use our mind's natural tendency to visualize - to create internal
Gift! - Practitioner’s Rate On Immune...
How To Receive A Practitioner’s Rate On Immune Tree Colostrum.
Inner Alchemy & Transubstantiation
A comparison of the Christian doctrine of Transubstantiation with a Taoist alchemical view of some of the same processes.
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.
Qigong
Practices whose aim is to cultivate life-force energy (qi) are known as qigong.
Neidan
The practice of Inner Alchemy. Taoism.
Being Natural - Naturalness & Spontaneity In...
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The Quanzhen Lineage of Taoism
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Shaolin Kung Fu
An introduction to Shaolin Kung Fu and external martial arts.
EarthCalm Wireless EMF Protection: Omega WiFi &...
A guide review of EarthCalm's Wireless EMF Protection products -- the Omega WiFi & Quantum Cell -- which offer high-tech protection from the high-frequency (microwave) EMF's emitted from your cell phone, laptop and WiFi router. With the devices installed, cell phones and laptops create a healing field of energy, which supports the body in remaining grounded in the Earth's resonant field, allowing the immune system and meridian systems to function properly, as self-healing mechanisms.
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.
Exile, Captivity, Return: Laozi In Babylon
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Profile of Philosopher Han Xiang (Han Xiang Zi)
An introduction to Han Xiang Zi - one of the Taoist Eight Immortals.
Sushumna Nadi
The Sushumna Nadi is the core of the Yogic body.
Shangqing Taoism
Shangqing Taoism is the most mystical of Taoism's lineages, and includes practices such as spirit-travel and communication with the deities residing in the organs of the body, as well as in the stars and galaxies.
Taoism, Qigong & Visualization
Qigong and visualization practice: how does visualization work, in the context of various Taoist practices?
Hun & Po: The Ethereal & Corporeal Soul In...
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Body Of Tao ~ Body Of Visions
How to use Taoist visualization practice to re-member our Body of Tao, with its infinite spaciousness and infinite creativity.
EarthCalm EMF Protection Products - Electrical...
EarthCalm EMF Protection Product Descriptions with links to purchase, and a listing of reported health benefits from these products, including relief from: migraines and stress headaches, hyperactivity & ADHD in children, arthritic and joint pain, irregular heart beat, panic attacks, insomnia, lack of concentration, high blood pressure, asthma attacks, frequent colds, brain-fog, fatigue and stress. Page 2.
Use The "Polarity Processing" & "Squares"...
These Polarity Processing techniques are great to use when we notice ourselves being "triggered" - caught
Notoginseng Root - San Qi
An introduction to the Chinese herb San Qi.
The Many Faces Of Taoism
A look at the many faces of Taoist practice, including ceremonial Taoism, the internal and external martial arts, 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.
Turning The Light Around
"Turning the light around" is a phrase used frequently in relation to the practice of Taoist Inner Alchemy

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