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Taoism & I Ching

Taoism Books System of mysticism and philosophy, and the only indigenous religion of China, based on the Tao Teh Ching, a slim work attributed to the legendary mystic, Lao Tzu. Scholars, however, date the work to the fourth century B.C. Tao means "the Way." Within Tao are two complementary principles, the yin (passive/female/earth) and the yang (active/male/heaven). Yin and yang are in constant interaction, ebb and flow, and their balance governs the harmony and well-being of all things. Taoism has had a significant influence on Zen Buddhism meditation practices.
The earliest written description of yin and yang is found in the I Ching, an ancient system of Chinese wisdom, often consulted in oracular divination. The I Ching, or Book of Changes, consists of sixty-four hexagrams of solid and broken lines. A hexagram is determined by the results of tossing three coins three times, or tossing fifty yarrow sticks. Each hexagram has a meaning, which must be interpreted by the inquirer. The inquirer is forced to look within for answers, as the oracle provides no certainties. It reflects a moment in time, and shows probable outcomes if various alternatives are undertaken. The I Ching inspired Lao Tzu, who drew upon it in the writing of the Tao Teh Ching.

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  • The Complete Book of Yiquan

    With detailed photographs and clear instruction for practice, this is the first book comprehensively to cover the history, development and training methods of this rarely taught esoteric internal martial art. The deceptively simple postures and movements of Yiquan are highly effective for achieving results for both health and combat, making it very appealing to martial artists, and Master Tang here reveals the secrets of a martial art still surrounded in mystery. He also provides a history of the origins and lineage of the Yiquan tradition, as well as detailed information on the stances and movements, weapons, and programs, grading and teaching. This complete guide to Yiquan will be essential for anyone interested in Yiquan or oriental martial and internal arts more generally. Learn More
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  • The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing

    Qigong, which literally means "working with the energy of life, " is an integrated mind-body healing method that has been practiced with remarkable results in China for thousands of years. The Chinese have long treasured qigong for its effectiveness both in healing and in preventing disease, and more recently they have used it in conjunction with modern medicine to cure cancer, immune system disorders, and other life-threatening conditions. Now in this fascinating, comprehensive volume, renowned qigong master and China scholar Kennneth S, Cohen brings the ancient healing power of qigong to Western readers. The essence of qigong can be understood by comparing the body to a battery: stress and bad health habits act to dissipate the battery's charge, its "qi, " while self-care and self-awareness help to maintain and improve qi. Qigong is a gentle yet rigorous program for working with our life energy through breathing and relaxation exercises, massage, visualization, meditation, and other natural methods. Using qigong, each one of us can learn to improve health and enhance vitality by cleansing, gathering, releasing, and circulating qi so that it reaches all the body's cells. It's rather like acupuncture without needles--it's pleasurable to do, it costs nothing, and it's wonderfully life-enhancing. This accessible, beautifully written book provides a step-by-step program detailing how we can all integrate qigong into our busy lives. Ken Cohen explores every aspect of this Chinese healing art and science. The benefits of qigong are obvious in those who practice it correctly--these exuberant individuals sleep more soundly, their skin glows with vitality, they feel increased strength andheightened sexuality, and their minds and bodies achieve the harmony of true health. These benefits have been analyzed and calibrated by contemporary medical researchers who confirm resoundingly that qigong really does work. As a result, leading medical schools around the country are now incorporating qigong into "complementary medicine" programs that combine the wisdom of alternative medical modalities with the technological expertise of modern medicine. Now with The Way of Qigong, the power and clarity of qigong is finally available to all of us. This is truly a volume that will enlighten, instruct, enliven, and delight Learn More
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  • Craniosacral Chi Kung: Integrating Body and Emotion in the Cosmic Flow

    Exploring the connections between Western craniosacral therapy and Chi Kung, Taoist master Mantak Chia and craniosacral instructor Joyce Thom detail movement exercises, breathwork practices, self-massage techniques, and focused meditations from Taoist and other wisdom traditions to release and harmonize the flow of energy in the body and optimize our potential for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. The authors link the craniosacral rhythm - the gentle flow of cerebrospinal fluid from the head (cranium) to the tailbone (sacrum) - and the flow of chi throughout the body, circulated by the pumps of the three tan tiens. They explain how these subtle energetic flows indicate the harmony or disharmony of the whole person and are greatly affected by physical traumas, chronic tensions, and unresolved emotions. Providing step-by-step illustrated exercise instructions, the authors explain how to identify and unwind energetic blockages and emotional and physiological knots. They explore emotional intelligence exercises for tuning in to our hearts so we can listen to our bodies' messages and learn to relieve related emotional burdens. They also reveal how to activate the cranial, respiratory/cardiac, and sacral pumps of the three tan tiens to optimize the body's energetic flow and explain how, when our energy is flowing freely, we can enter the Cosmic Flow--a state of calm well-being and extraordinary creativity where we find ourselves truly at one with the universe. Learn More
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  • Life Pulse Massage: Taoist Techniques for Enhanced Circulation and Detoxification

    Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Chapter 5 Clearing and Activating the Master Pulses Life Pulse Massage Procedure Parts 1 and 2 Pulse is life. From the beginning of existence, our Original Pulse is affected by the primordial pulse of the cosmos. At the moment of conception the pulses of the ovule, sperm, and cosmos converge in a field of electromagnetic energy charged with unique genetic information. This Original Pulse beats within the first cells, forming the embryonic body from the central pulse of the abdominal tissues. Energy and blood are distributed from within the abdominal pulse even before the heart and other organs are formed. The pulse is the movement of our vital essence: each pulsation acts as a pump, combining the liquid matter of blood with chi energy to carry the oxygen, information, and nourishment necessary to clean, feed, and protect the entire body. With every pulse, blood moves through progressive levels of refinement: graduating from a state of matter to liquid to vapor, or chi. Blood as a liquid is the interface between the solid state of the physical body and the gaseous invisible form of chi. Chi animates the consciousness of blood, expressed in the movement of the pulse through the space and time of the body’s inner rhythm. Blood is animated with its own intelligence. Observing and working with its vital flow permits the body’s pharmacy to play its role. By noticing where blood flow slows down you can diagnose where sickness begins. A healthy pulse provides optimum blood flow and is a fundamental element to good health. Life Pulse Massage is a holistic healing therapy that focuses on releasing, activating, and harmonizing blood flow to clean, nourish, and regenerate the tissues and the organs of the body, improving vital chi flow. It clears, activates, and balances more than fifty pulse sites in the body. Ancient Taoist culture has provided us with natural and simple methods for correcting the body’s imbalances. This chapter is concerned with clearing and activating the pulses of the body so that they can function in a synchronized system. We begin by working on the abdomen to reposition tissues and arteries, centering energy, balancing body timing, and using the blood flow to flush out debris and toxins. We work from the navel center out toward the peripheral pulses of the arms and legs to balance and synchronize all the pulses of the body. The Life Pulse Method in Four steps The Life Pulse method starts by preparing the body with Dragon Pulsing, using vibration to relax tension and activate blood flow. Then it clears out blockages and toxins with the Centering and Flushing technique, after which blood flow is brought to the vital centers of the body with the Holding, Directing, and Pumping technique. It finishes by synchronizing the central pulses of the entire body with the Balancing technique. Each step works as follows: Part 1--Dragon Pulsing: Prepares the body and stimulates overall circulation from the Original Navel Pulse to the extremities. Part 2--Centering and Flushing: Uses pressure and release to reposition tissues and arteries and to flush out debris and toxins from the aorta and major pulses of the abdomen, organs, and extremities. Part 3--Holding, Directing, and Pumping: Maintains pressure on the pulse point to direct the flow of blood between the pulses, while pumping the area concerned to optimize blood flow in specific areas. Part 4--Balancing and Harmonizing: Synchronizes the master pulse beats with the peripheral pulses, balancing them throughout the global body. Part 2. Activating the Master Pulses The Master Pulse Points control the major arteries flowing from the torso to each member of the body. At the origin of embryonic development, the navel is the center of a connective web unfolding from the abdomen to the rest of the body. Any congestion or obstruction in the area will affect the blood flow and function from the vital organs to the entire body. Many people will find that improving blood and energy flow around the navel can help reduce health or pain issues, especially digestive, weight, or back problems. Clearing the Aortic and Navel Pulses The first step is to work with the center of the abdomen clearing the pulses of the aorta and the navel. Instruct the student to practice deep abdominal breathing to help release the muscles and bring more chi into the vessels. 1. Soften and relax the navel area using the thumbs, fingers, or palms with a pushing, pulling, scooping technique on the skin, fascia, muscle, and tendon layers. 2. Observe whether the navel is being pulled or pushed out of shape. Gently stretch and rotate the navel until it becomes round and centered. 3. Release any knots in this area, working out from the navel center. Sometimes knots and tangles have a head and tail. The head is near the navel and the tail is pointed away from it. 4. Work especially on the vena cava and veins, which carry waste material that can block circulation and affect the pulse. 5. Continue along the aorta and celiac trunk, spiraling clockwise and counterclockwise until you feel that the muscles and fascia have relaxed and loosened. Centering the Aortic Pulse The correct position of the aorta is slightly to the left of the center line. 1. To center an aortic pulse, gently apply pressure from each side and push it toward the center. Hold it in place for 1 to 3 minutes. Move slowly and gently. If an aorta doesn’t want to move to the centerline, do not force it! 2. Trace up and down the centerline feeling for tension and congestion, which can indicate tangles or knots pulling the aorta and pulse off center. Loosen these and repeat the centering and holding 3 to 6 times. Using this holding technique will help the fascia return to a moist state and move easily. It will also lubricate the organs and tissues and reestablish the free flow of chi and blood. Learn More
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  • Being Taoist: Wisdom for Living a Balanced Life

    Being Taoist is one of the most readable books on Taoist philosophy available. It shines a light on exactly what it takes to live a Taoist life. Taoist living rests on four pillars--the public, the domestic, the private, and the spirit lives. Not only do Taoists strive to live these four aspects fully and in a balanced way, they also believe there is an outlook and an art to each of them. Eva Wong uses the teachings of Taoist masters (one for each pillar) to explain the essential concepts. She then gives voice to these texts--simplifying them, removing barriers to understanding, and making them completely accessible and relevant to the modern reader. Learn More
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  • Cultivating Ch'i: A Samurai Physician's Teachings on the Way of Health

    Samurai are best known for taking life—but here is a samurai doctor’s prescription for how to preserve life, and to make yours a long and healthy one. Unlike other samurai of his time, the samurai Kaibara Ekiken (1630–1714) was concerned less with swordsmanship than with how to maintain and nurture the healthy mind and body upon which martial techniques and philosophy depended. Learn More
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  • Sealing of the Five Senses: Advanced Practices for Becoming a Taoist Immortal

    An illustrated guide to the final practice on the path to the Immortal Tao. Learn More
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  • Daoist meditation: The Purification of the Heart Method of Meditation and Discourse on Sitting and Forgetting (Zuo Wang Lun) by Si Ma Cheng Zhen

    A translation of Discourse on Sitting and Forgetting, an 8th century classic text on meditation by Si Ma Cheng Zhen. It explains how to practice the Purification of the Heart method of meditation and photographs clearly illustrate the correct postures. Learn More
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  • The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity

    Daniel Reid explains the Ancient Chinese Way of Yin and Yang taking the reader on a transcendental journey to sexual enlightenment. Learn More
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