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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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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.
Glossary Of Common Taoist (Daoist) Terms
A Taoism glossary of common Taoist terms, in both pinyin and Wade-Giles transliterations, with short English definitions.
What Are the Five Elements in Taoism?
An introduction to the Five Element System used in Chinese Medicine, Qigong and other Taoist practices.
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.
The Three Treasures
The Taoist. Taoism.
The Three Treasures of Taoism
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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.
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.
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.
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
Endless Epiphany
Endless Epiphany
Snakes: Auspicious & Imaginary
Snakes: Auspicious & Imaginary
Pu
: The Chinese word "Pu" is often translated as "the uncarved block," and refers to a state of pure potential
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.
Projection, Pure Perception, Emanation
Projection, Pure Perception, Emanation
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.
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
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.
Abdominal Breathing, Reverse Breathing &...
Three simple Taoist breathing practices which nourish the energy of the lower dantian, and are frequent components of qigong practice.
Major Festivals of Taoist Deities
These are the festivals celebrated in most Taoist temples ...
Internal Alchemy: An Overview
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The Eight Extraordinary Meridians
The Eight Extraordinary Meridians represent the body's deepest level of energetic structuring.
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.
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 Eight Immortals Of Taoism
An introduction to Taoism's
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.
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.
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
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.
Major Taoist Holidays in 2013
A listing of major Taoist holidays in 2013, with both lunar and Gregorian/solar dates.
Hyacinth Bean - Bai Bian Dou
An introduction to the Chinese herb Bai Bian Dou.
Emptiness in Taoism & Buddhism
A look at the way in which the term
Practice Standing Meditation
Standing Meditation is a simple yet very powerful tool for opening the flow of qi through the meridians.
The Three Purities
The Three Purities are the highest deities in the Taoist pantheon.
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.
Nutrition As Part Of The Broader Spectrum Of...
Dietary choices represent just one part of what it means to be nourished. Our primary nourishment is our connection to God or Nature or something larger than ourselves.
How Does Qigong Work?
An exploration of the mechanisms 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.
History Of Taoism Through The Dynasties
A brief history of the major events of Taoism, traced through China's dynasties.
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.
Practice Notes: Baking & Un-Baking A Cake
An exploration of a Theravada instruction in light of Taoist views of the human body.
Gender & The Tao
An exploration of various aspects of gender in the philosophy and practice of Taoism.
Acupressure Treasures: Yong Quan -- Gushing/Bub...
An introduction to Yong Quan -- Bubbling/Gushing Spring -- the first point on the Kidney meridian.
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.
Acupuncture
What is acupuncture? What does it feel like to receive a treatment?
Laozi - The Founder Of Taoism
The founder of Taoism is the historical/legendary Laozi.
Benefits Of Qigong
Qigong practice has many benefits: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
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.
Major Taoist Holidays in 2014
A listing of major Taoist holidays in 2014, with both lunar and Gregorian/solar dates.
Five-Element Generating (Sheng) & Control...
An introduction to the Five-Element Generating (Sheng) and Control (Ke) cycles.
"The Master Key" by Charles Haanel - part 5
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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.
Kan & Li Practices: Alchemy Of Fire &...
An introduction to Kan & Li (Water & Fire) Inner Alchemy practices -- through which an Immortal Fetus is formed.
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.
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.
The Search for Immortality in Taoism
An exploration of Taoist Immortality, and its relation to the Christian Gospel Story and Esoteric Stages of Initiation.
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.
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.
Being Natural - Naturalness & Spontaneity In...
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Guide Review: David Loy’s "Nonduality: A...
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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.
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.
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.
"The Master Key" by Charles Haanel - part 12
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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.
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.
Stage Two Of Qi Cultivation: Gathering Qi
In stage two of qi cultivation we learn how to gather qi as nourishment for our bodymind.
TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Five...
What is the difference between a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Five Element approach to practicing Chinese Medicine?
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.
Chakras & Dantians
What is the relationship between chakras and dantians?
De (Te)
: The power or virtue that a Taoist practitioner attains, as they align themselves with the rhythms of
Siddhartha & Yasodhara: Primordial Yang &...
The story of Prince Siddhartha and Princess Yasodhara as an allegory of the relationship between what Taoism calls Primordial Yang and Primordial Yin.
The Shamanic Origins of Taoism
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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.
Acupressure Treasures: Yin Tang
An introduction to Yin Tang - gateway into the Upper Dantian, home of shen/spirit. Includes acupressure instruction.
Qi (Chi)
Qi is life-force energy. Taoism.
Tai Hsi - Taoist Embryonic Breathing
An introduction to Taoist Embryonic Breathing (Tai Hsi).
Colostrum FAQ
What is colostrum? What are its benefits? - and other frequently asked questions about supplementing with bovine (cow) colostrum. Page 15.
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 ...
Taoist Cosmology
Taoism's story of the origin of the universe.
Cultivate Wu Wei by Practicing "Aimless...
The Taoist practice of "aimless wandering" through places of great natural beauty is a wonderful way
Shaolin & Wudang Styles Of Kung Fu
A introduction to and comparison between Shaolin external martial arts and Wudang internal martial arts.
Ethics & Morality In Taoist Practice
How feeling good, being good & natural goodness in relation to Taoist ethics and morality.
How To Practice The White Skeleton Visualization
An introduction to one version of the Taoist White Skeleton Visualization.
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.
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.
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.
Alchemy In Taoist Practice
Introduces the two main forms - internal and external - that alchemy practice has taken in Taoism.
Wuji (Wu Chi)
A brief definition of Wuji. Taoism.
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.
Great Taoism Books For Beginners
An introduction to nine great books for the beginning Taoist practitioner -- and wonderful also for those with more experience!
Acupressure Treasures: Hui Yin - Ren 1
A qigong acupressure practice to activate and balance Hui Yin - the first point on the Ren meridian.
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.
Joint Pain & Arthritis Remedies
Remedies to relieve joint pain and arthritis -- by reducing inflammation and rebuilding the structures of the joint.
Lord/Lady Of The Mandala
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Practice Taoist Flower Gazing Meditation
An introduction to the beautiful practice of Taoist Flower Gazing.
Nei-yeh -- Inner Cultivation
Introduction to the Nei-yeh -- a Taoist scripture translated into English by Harold Roth.
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.
Hun & Po: The Ethereal & Corporeal Soul In...
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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.
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.
Pulse Reading In Chinese Medicine
An introduction to the art and science of pulse reading in Chinese Medicine.
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.
Profile of Lu Dongbin (Lu Tung Pin)
An introduction to the Taoist Immortal Lu Dongbin.
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: Nei Guan -- Pericardium 6
An introduction to Nei Guan, the sixth point on the Pericardium meridian, including acupressure technique and point location.
Fun With Mirrors: Images Of Awakened Mind
A playful-serious exploration of mirror imagery used to represent the qualities of the Mind of Tao.
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.
Zhuangzi
Along with Laozi (Lao Tzu) and Liezi (Lieh Tzu), Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu) is one of philosophical Taoism's most important figures.
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.
Profile of Immortal Woman He (Xian Gu)
An introduction to He Xian Gu - the only woman of the Taoist Eight Immortals.
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!
Dantian
The Dantian are the main locations where qi is gathered and transformed.
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.
Practice the "Moon On Lake" Taoist Visualization
In this beautiful meditation practice, we use our mind's natural tendency to visualize - to create internal
Acupuncture & The Emotional Freedom...
What's the relationship between acupuncture and the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) -- also known as
Colostrum Components
An introduction to some of colostrum's many beneficial components, including Growth Factors and Immunoglobulins.
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.
An Introduction To The Nei Jing Tu
An introduction to the Nei Jing Tu - the Qing Period Illustration of Inner Circulation - which is one of the most important visual symbols in Taoist Inner Alchemy.
Acupressure Treasures: Bai Hui - Hundred...
An introduction to Bai Hui - the 20th point on the Governing Vessel, on the crown of the head.
Stage Three Of Qi Cultivation: Circulating Our Qi
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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.
Guide Review: Elizabeth’s Colostrum Odyssey
Elizabeth's review of colostrum supplements - and recommendation for two companies: Immune Tree and Synertek.
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.
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.
The Quanzhen Lineage of Taoism
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Acupressure Treasures: Tai Yang
How to apply acupressure at Tai Yang, to resolve headaches and eye-strain.
Daode Jing - Lionel Giles Translation (part 1)
Here, Lionel Giles gives us a very lucid translation of Laozi's Daode Jing - Enjoy! Page 4.
Taoist Precepts
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Practice Notes: Would I Know Infinity If I Saw...
Infinite intelligence, infinite power, infinite benevolence: what does this look like?
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.
Qigong
Practices whose aim is to cultivate life-force energy (qi) are known as qigong.
Acupuncture Yuan Source Points
An introduction to and listing of the Yuan Source Points used in the practice of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Sushumna Nadi - Chong Mai
An introduction to the Sushumna Nadi or Chong Mai, in relation to Taoist yoga.
Taoism & Tantra
An exploration of Taoist notions of flow and continuity, through the lens of Buddhist and Hindu tantra.
Even More Information Of An Informative Nature
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Neidan
The practice of Inner Alchemy. Taoism.
Use The "Polarity Processing" & "Squares"...
These Polarity Processing techniques are great to use when we notice ourselves being "triggered" - caught
Baibai: Offering Incense to the Altar
The practice of Baibai - offering incense to the altar - is central to ceremonial forms of Taoism.
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.
Stage Nine & Ten Of Qi Cultivation: Dissolving...
In stage nine and ten, we reach the culmination of our qi-cultivation journey. We are open full to the flow of Universal qi, and can now be of service to our fellow humans.
Poria Root - Fu Shen
An introduction to the Chinese herb Fu Shen.
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.
What Is Colostrum?
What is colostrum, and why would I want to supplement with it?
Acupuncture Luo Connecting Points
An introduction to the Luo Connecting Points used in acupuncture.
Profile of Royal Uncle Cao (Cao Guo Jiu)
An introduction to Cao Gou Jiu of the Taoist Eight Immortals.
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