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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Abdominal Breathing, Reverse Breathing &...
Three simple Taoist breathing practices which nourish the energy of the lower dantian, and are frequent components of qigong practice.
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.
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.
The Three Treasures
The Taoist. Taoism.
How Does Qigong Work?
An exploration of the mechanisms of qigong practice.
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.
Tao: The Pathless Way
An introduction to. Taoism.
The Eight Extraordinary Meridians
The Eight Extraordinary Meridians represent the body's deepest level of energetic structuring.
Practice Standing Meditation
Standing Meditation is a simple yet very powerful tool for opening the flow of qi through the meridians.
Internal Alchemy: An Overview
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The Eight Immortals Of Taoism
An introduction to Taoism's
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.
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.
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
Acupuncture
What is acupuncture? What does it feel like to receive a treatment?
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.
Sounds, Swords, Sonnets
The thrust and parry of conceptual mind, with its foil of language -- and Manjushri's sword of Wisdom. Where, if at all, do they meet?
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.
Cultivate Wu Wei by Practicing "Aimless...
The Taoist practice of "aimless wandering" through places of great natural beauty is a wonderful way
Emptiness in Taoism & Buddhism
A look at the way in which the term
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.
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.
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.
The Search for Immortality in Taoism
An exploration of Taoist Immortality, and its relation to the Christian Gospel Story and Esoteric Stages of Initiation.
Major Festivals of Taoist Deities
These are the festivals celebrated in most Taoist temples ...
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.
Taoist Cosmology
Taoism's story of the origin of the universe.
Except You Ravish Me
A commentary on John Donne's Holy Sonnet XIV - a beautiful cry for mystical union.
Pu
: The Chinese word "Pu" is often translated as "the uncarved block," and refers to a state of pure potential
Guide Review: David Loy’s "Nonduality: A...
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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.
Benefits Of Qigong
Qigong practice has many benefits: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Acupressure Treasures: Yong Quan -- Gushing/Bub...
An introduction to Yong Quan -- Bubbling/Gushing Spring -- the first point on the Kidney meridian.
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.
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.
Kan & Li Practices: Alchemy Of Fire &...
An introduction to Kan & Li (Water & Fire) Inner Alchemy practices -- through which an Immortal Fetus is formed.
Colostrum Components
An introduction to some of colostrum's many beneficial components, including Growth Factors and Immunoglobulins.
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.
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.
The Shamanic Origins of Taoism
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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.
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.
Colostrum FAQ
What is colostrum? What are its benefits? - and other frequently asked questions about supplementing with bovine (cow) colostrum. Page 15.
Ghost In The Machine: Adventures In Ghostwriting
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Stage Two Of Qi Cultivation: Gathering Qi
In stage two of qi cultivation we learn how to gather qi as nourishment for our bodymind.
Tai Hsi - Taoist Embryonic Breathing
An introduction to Taoist Embryonic Breathing (Tai Hsi).
How To Practice The White Skeleton Visualization
An introduction to one version of the Taoist White Skeleton Visualization.
Great Taoism Books For Beginners
An introduction to nine great books for the beginning Taoist practitioner -- and wonderful also for those with more experience!
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.
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.
Laozi - The Founder Of Taoism
The founder of Taoism is the historical/legendary Laozi.
What Is Colostrum?
What is colostrum, and why would I want to supplement with it?
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.
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.
Guide Review: Elizabeth’s Colostrum Odyssey
Elizabeth's review of colostrum supplements - and recommendation for two companies: Immune Tree and Synertek.
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 ...
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.
Chakras & Dantians
What is the relationship between chakras and dantians?
Wuji (Wu Chi)
A brief definition of Wuji. Taoism.
Zhuangzi
Along with Laozi (Lao Tzu) and Liezi (Lieh Tzu), Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu) is one of philosophical Taoism's most important figures.
Practice Taoist Flower Gazing Meditation
An introduction to the beautiful practice of Taoist Flower Gazing.
Profile of Immortal Woman He (Xian Gu)
An introduction to He Xian Gu - the only woman of the Taoist Eight Immortals.
Taoism & The Tenets Of Valid Cognition
What counts as a logically-valid source of knowledge? Tibetan Buddhism -- via the work of Dignaga and Dharmakirti -- offers one answer, which can be useful to us as Taoist practitioners.
Ganoderma - Ling Zhi - Reishi
An introduction to the Chinese herb Ling Zhi - Reishi mushroom.
Dantian
The Dantian are the main locations where qi is gathered and transformed.
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: Yin Tang
An introduction to Yin Tang - gateway into the Upper Dantian, home of shen/spirit. Includes acupressure instruction.
The Three Purities
The Three Purities are the highest deities in the Taoist pantheon.
Profile of Lu Dongbin (Lu Tung Pin)
An introduction to the Taoist Immortal Lu Dongbin.
Five-Element Generating (Sheng) & Control...
An introduction to the Five-Element Generating (Sheng) and Control (Ke) cycles.
History Of Taoism Through The Dynasties
A brief history of the major events of Taoism, traced through China's dynasties.
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 Four Of Qi Cultivation: Purifying Qi
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Shaolin & Wudang Styles Of Kung Fu
A introduction to and comparison between Shaolin external martial arts and Wudang internal martial arts.
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.
TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Five...
What is the difference between a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Five Element approach to practicing Chinese Medicine?
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.
Practice "Healing Sounds" Qigong To Transform...
A simple Taoist qigong practice to transform fear into nourishment for our inherent wisdom and child-like wonder.
Alchemy In Taoist Practice
Introduces the two main forms - internal and external - that alchemy practice has taken in Taoism.
Poria Root - Fu Shen
An introduction to the Chinese herb Fu Shen.
Pulse Reading In Chinese Medicine
An introduction to the art and science of pulse reading in Chinese Medicine.
Gender & The Tao
An exploration of various aspects of gender in the philosophy and practice of Taoism.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Qigong
Practices whose aim is to cultivate life-force energy (qi) are known as qigong.
De (Te)
: The power or virtue that a Taoist practitioner attains, as they align themselves with the rhythms of
Baibai: Offering Incense to the Altar
The practice of Baibai - offering incense to the altar - is central to ceremonial forms of Taoism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Qi Emission (Fa Gong) & Distance Qigong Healing
What is qigong healing? (Also known as Fa Gong, qi-emission, energy-healing & distance-healing)
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.
Neidan
The practice of Inner Alchemy. Taoism.
Acupuncture & The Emotional Freedom...
What's the relationship between acupuncture and the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) -- also known as
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.
Two Infinities
A honey-bee offers a Dharma talk.
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
Ethics & Morality In Taoist Practice
How feeling good, being good & natural goodness in relation to Taoist ethics and morality.
Licorice Root - Gan Cao
An introduction to the Chinese herb Gan Cao.
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.
Major Taoist Holidays in 2014
A listing of major Taoist holidays in 2014, with both lunar and Gregorian/solar dates.
Healthy Skin
The skin is the largest organ of our body -- and vitally important, in many ways, to our health. Here are some tips for maintaining healthy and radiantly beautiful skin.
Spiritual Maturity & The Child-Like Taoist Sage
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Nei-yeh -- Inner Cultivation
Introduction to the Nei-yeh -- a Taoist scripture translated into English by Harold Roth.
The Taoist Practice Of Bowing
What is the meaning and purpose of bowing, in the context of Taoist practice?
Peach Blossom Spring
Chinese poet Tao Qian lived in the late 4th and early 5th centuries, and was known for his love of chrysanthemums. Here he plays with peach blossoms.
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.
Acupressure Treasures: Nei Guan -- Pericardium 6
An introduction to Nei Guan, the sixth point on the Pericardium meridian, including acupressure technique and point location.
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.
Hun & Po: The Ethereal & Corporeal Soul In...
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Stage Three Of Qi Cultivation: Circulating Our Qi
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Fun With Mirrors: Images Of Awakened Mind
A playful-serious exploration of mirror imagery used to represent the qualities of the Mind of Tao.
Acupuncture Luo Connecting Points
An introduction to the Luo Connecting Points used in acupuncture.
The Quanzhen Lineage of Taoism
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Profile of Royal Uncle Cao (Cao Guo Jiu)
An introduction to Cao Gou Jiu of the Taoist Eight Immortals.
Fengshui
The art and science of Fengshui seeks to promote health and happiness by balancing the flow of energy in a natural or man-made space.
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.
Emptiness In Taoism & Buddhism
A look at the way in which the term. Page 2.
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.
"The Master Key" by Charles Haanel - part 1
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About Time
An exploration of time as belief and experience.
Acupuncture Yuan Source Points
An introduction to and listing of the Yuan Source Points used in the practice of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Stage Seven & Eight Of Qi Cultivation: Storing...
Stages seven and eight of the ten stages of qi cultivation focus on the unfolding of our deepest spiritual potentials.
The Tao That Can Be Spoken
An exploration of the role of voice in Taoist practice.
Bellflower Root - Jie Geng
An introduction to the Chinese herb Jie Geng.
Kan & Li Practice: Alchemy Of Fire &...
An introduction to Kan & Li (Water & Fire) Inner Alchemy practices -- through which an Immortal Fetus is formed. Page 2.
History Of Colostrum As A Supplement
A brief history of bovine colostrum as a supplement.
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.
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.
Sushumna Nadi
The Sushumna Nadi is the core of the Yogic body.
The Unchanging Tao: Still Point Of The Turning...
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Joint Pain & Arthritis Remedies
Remedies to relieve joint pain and arthritis -- by reducing inflammation and rebuilding the structures of the joint.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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