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.