Opening the Energy Gates
In Taoist Yoga Practice 'Opening' is a big theme. We open Meridians, Energy Gates, and Energy Centers. The Energy Gates we may view as having an 'Inner' and 'Outer' aspect. We have the '5 Outer Gates' and the '9 Inner Gates'. The '9 Inner Gates' sometimes termed the '9 Caldrons' are the places where meridians connect in the body, and move from one area to another - for example for energy to pass from the arm into the torso, the meridians must pass through the Energy Gate located in the Shoulder Joint. The 'Inner Energy Gates' are usually located in the major joint spaces - or more specifically in the 'Empty Space' between the bones of a joint, and also found in the spinal cord. The Energy Gates often become blocked, and this can cause stagnant energy, stiffness, pain, emotional imbalance and limits the movment of Energy through the Meridian system....
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The True Human Unifies with Nature and equalizes all things.
The True Human is empty, yet is also everything.
The True Human is unconscious, yet is also everywhere.
The True Human of old slept without Dreaming, and woke without anxiety.
The True Human ate without concern, and breathed deeply.
The breath of the True Human arose from the depth of the feet,
while the Common Human breathes in a shallow manner from the throat.
The True Human of old knew neither to love life, nor to hate death.
They offered no resistance.
The True Human of old received with delight anything that came into their life, and let go of anything that had been lost or forgotten.
The True Human’s mind was free from all thought. Their way was one of stillness and silence. Shining with simplicity.
The True Human was in Harmony with all things – without any mind of knowledge.
~ Chuang Tzu
Nurturing Energy, forget words and guard it,
Conquer the mind, do non-doing.
The Human body is only Vitality, Energy & Spirit.
Vitality, Energy & Spirit ~ the 'Three Treasures'.
These Three Treasures are what makes up a human being,
and are at the very root of our health, vitality and spiritual expression.
~ Ancestor Lu DongBin
HEALTH - Harmony of Energy
The main focus in the practice of Taoist Yoga is the development and balance of ‘Qi’ Energy.
Qi Energy can be viewed as the ‘Universal Life Force’, and is the underlying essence of all life, development and creation.
When our Qi Energy is in balance, we experience health, vitality, happiness and internal harmony.
When our Qi Energy is in a state of unbalance, we can experience sickness, emotional unbalance, chronic pain and fatigue.
The first aim of the practice of Taoist Yoga is to gain a smooth flow of Qi Energy, and an internal balance of Qi Energy, which gives one the experience...
The TaoYoga Arts System - a modern day approach to Taoist Yoga and the Art of Inner Alchemy - bringing one to greater health, healing, harmony and leading one to the Discovery of Self.
During the Practice of Taoist Yoga - we use three aspects of Self -
Our Body, Mind and Breath.
The Mind is something that becomes clear, sharp and more focused the longer we continue the practice - this means that our ability in Focus or the ability to Concentrate our Intention and keeping to the Center of our Dantian improves.
If we look at the process of learning the Art of Taoist Yoga - we may see that there are forms, postures, shapes and combinations of movements that we practice.
The movements and shapes follow a unique pattern - they are circular -
Circular movement and physical shapes aid in the development and smooth flow of Healing Energy. To create these shapes and movement patterns in our practice - we must use the mind and our ability of concentration...
The Way of Taoist Practice that we teach in the TaoYoga Arts System contains three general levels we progress through in the learning, which can be simply thought of as dealing with the body, learning about the cycles of nature, and lastly how to gain a Union of Self and Nature.
* First we will learn about the inner rhythms, development and cycles of Energy in our own body - through the act of self practice in the TaoYoga Arts System.
* Second we will study and learn about the rhythms, patterns and cycles of Energy we may find within nature - this includes the cycle of the four seasons, and the movement of the sun and moon - this is all organized in the Taoist Energetic Calendar, which includes the dates, and times of practice we follow throughout the year, in order to follow these cycles.
* Lastly, we learn the method and way to join the Human and Nature into a Unified, Balanced and Harmonious whole. A Union of the...
During Tao Breath Work you shall look as if you were doing nothing on the outside, yet all things within the body are changing & transforming on the inside;
leading you to a state of Nothingness,Tranquility and Complete Emptiness.
The situation shall come naturally through the proper practice of Tao Breath Training; without your consciousness being involved.
This state is not created by the use of the Mind, nor is this state imagined through Visualization.
Listening to the Breathing can lead you to a deep state of inner tranquility and clarity with all thoughts and mental motion coming to reside upon one single point, a single unified field of Pure Living Awareness.
This Listening is not done with the Ears –
this is a Listening done with the Heart…
Taoist Longevity Breathing
Return to Childhood Breathing – Awaken the Subtle Breath -
The Tao Breath Work System we teach has 9 Unique stages one will progress through in learning and self...
Too many steps have been taken returning,
to the Root and the Source.
Better to have been blind and deaf from the beginning..!
Dwelling in One's True Abode,
unconcerned with that without --
The river flows tranquilly on and the flowers are red...
From the beginning, truth is clear. Poised in silence, I observe the forms of integration and disintegration. One who is not attached to 'form' need not be 'reformed'. The water is emerald, the mountain is indigo, and I see that which is creating and that which is destroying...
* Kaku-an was a 12th Century Zen Master from China. Kaku-an is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese Zen Master's name which is - Kuòān Shīyuǎn (廓庵師遠). He produced a famous series and commentary on the 10 Ox herding pictures - which describe the stages one progresses through on the Path to Enlightenment, Transformation of the Heart, and Awakening to One's True Nature.
I was originally like a Seed from pure emptiness…
delicate and free , traveling across the times…
Tired of being entangled by fame and fortune…
I shall rest myself for a while in dirt and dust...
~ Li Qing Temple
Emptiness is a theme of Taoist thought and also practice - it is often said that Emptiness is what gives things their value and usefulness - the value of a cup, lies in it's empty space - but perhaps in our modern world, we focus more on materiality, form, and the gaining of objects with obvious form..
Yet Emptiness is also a thing, or a state, is it not...?
When Emptiness is contrasted with form, the opposite of Form is the Formless or the Empty State.
what is Emptiness exactly...?
It is nothing....!
What is No Thing...?
In Taoist thought we often refer to the 'Mind' as the "Heart, or sometimes we refer to the Heart/Mind... The Heart is something that may accommodate both...
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