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Taoism, Taoists and the Tao — where this all comes from.
Around 600 BC and a bit, somewhere in Hunan, China, a guy called Lao Tzu (crudely translated as ‘eternal child master’) is accredited with compiling, or possibly writing the collection of 81 cryptic poems of profound yet simple universal wisdom which comprise the Tao Te Ching (again crudely translated as ‘book of the way of true virtue’ or ‘book of the virtuous way’). To date, the Tao Te Ching is the best-selling book in the world, even outstripping sales of the Bible. This makes sense when you consider the size of the Chinese speaking population. Not because of this, but because he just happened to be in the right place at the right time, Lao Tzu is reckoned as being the godfather of Taoism, although no doubt there were centuries or more of august and accomplished Taoists before him.
Taoism is not a religion in any sense of the word. It is merely a simple blueprint-style, philosophy and a collection of techniques for making that philosophy work as a practical tool in everyday life.
Anyone can be a Taoist. You don’t have to be Chinese or ancient. You don’t have to wear Chinese kung fu costumes or any other form of fancy dress. You don’t have to change your diet or take on a set of rules to live by. You can be a practicing member of any faith, creed or religion and still integrate Taoist practice fully into your daily repertoire without infringing on the rules or ethics of whichever faith, creed or religion you are a member. No wars have ever or will ever be fought in the name of Taoism. You don’t have to join any clubs or toe any line. You don’t need to go anywhere particular or be around other Taoists.
The idea behind Taoism is that there is this thing called the Tao (pronounced with a very soft ‘T’ as in ‘dow’. The Tao is a name for something that can’t actually be named, or if named can’t be described or explained, at least not in terms the mind could understand. It represents that ineffable primordial, pre-atomic force that preceded existence and nonexistence and which continues to generate what we experience as reality, in all its myriad aspects, including the phenomena of you and I. Not only does it generate reality, it also informs reality with energy or ‘chi’, the active agent that causes everything to come into and remain in manifestation. When the chi leaves you, you die. When the chi leaves a planet, it stops spinning. Chi expresses itself through two complementary and opposing forces: yin and yang. Yin represents everything that is feminine, passive, dark and withdrawing -—the negative, but not necessarily in a bad sense. Yang represents everything that is masculine, active, bright and outgoing — the positive, but not necessarily in a good sense. Incidentally, though I use the words feminine and masculine, this does not correspond to women and men, for women have a balance of both yin and yang running through them and informing them, as do men.
The Invincibility Training is a 3-day program you can do on your own (or with friends) at home. Starting on a Friday evening and ending at work on a Monday lunchtime, you take yourself hour-by-hour through a set series of powerfully transformative exercises culled from Taoist martial arts mental training methods and adapted for the layperson in the modern world.
While simple to perform and not overly strenuous, these qigong exercises are challenging enough to make a serious impact at the deepest level. It will enable you to discover the invincible power of your original invincible spirit.