What is Taoism
“Taoists do not look upon meditation as 'practice,' except in the sense that a doctor 'practices' medicine. They have no design to subjugate or alter the universe by force or willpower, for their art is entirely to go along with the flow of things in an intelligent way.” - Alan W. Watts
Loosely translated from Lao Tse's essay, 'Tao Te Ching', Tao means “the way”, or “the power”. From early Chinese writings we learn that the Tao implies an understanding of life which stressed individual harmony with the forces of nature. In practical taoism we use the energy which is found in nature, which can be experienced through our bodily nature. This practice is not part of a belief system, however religious taoism does exist. When using taoist practices we get an experience of life energy, or chi, which we can feel and direct through different energy pathways in the body using movement and meditation practices.
Practical taoism was practiced in china by sages who became hermits and lived in the mountains. They preferred the 'ruler of nature' to the 'ruler of society'. The teaching of using the healing vital energy or chi was kept secret in china, practiced by a lucky few who passed it on in generations. These sages perfected the practice of using healing energy refining its many applications for their entire lives. Master Mantak Chia is the creator of the Universal Healing Tao System, which is the result of lifetime study of taoist practices and approach to life. He studies under master Yi Eng, who authorized Master Chia to teach these practices in the west. The practices I teach come from the Universal Healing Tao System.
In my community in Nijmegen Lent in the Netherlands I teach weekly classes of Healing Tao qigong and meditation. Healing Tao is a way of Inner Alchemy: you learn to transform stagnant energy from emotions and forms of stress into harmony and balance. You learn to manage, center and ground energy in your body. You also learn to stand relaxed in a solid structure and to work with 'soft power'. In this way you build up vital energy and it is easier to move within yourself. You also become more aware of the energy flow in yourself and learn to refine it.
I offer a complete program of the Healing Tao Basics with a clear structure. We work with warming up qi gong, iron shirt qi gong (structure exercises), forms of centering, inner smile and healing sounds. For people with experience and for beginners a solid start in the Healing Tao. In the video below you can get impression of the classes I offer.