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The connection between waking and sleeping

The connection between waking and sleeping

The Throat and Dreaming


Taoists have a practices for dreaming and working with the subconscious mind while we are asleep. Taoists regard the time that we are asleep as a time to process emotions while the physical body rejuvenates. If, however, we spend all of our time clearing emotions during sleep, we won’t get into the restful part of sleep...

Nourish gently, lead quietly

Nourish gently, lead quietly

the wise person does not have
to be right or win an argument
the virtuous man is not interested
in finding fault

when you know everything
there is nothing left to learn
when you have more than you need
its presence weighs you down

therefore, the sage does not hoard
he gives freely and always has plenty
the Tao nourishes gently and
the master leads quietly

flow like water
reflect like a mirror
respond like an echo

the ripples in the pond
arise and fall exactly in accord
to the stimuli received

From The Alchemist’s Tao Te Ching 

Eight Branches of the Daoist Study

Eight Branches of the Daoist Study

Daoist tradition often described itself as having Eight Classic Branches emanating from the ninth, the axial trunk of the Dao. Different writers describe these eight branches differently. Here is one version:

1. Neigong, Internal alchemy. The stillness of the mind that bursts into the movement of life through finding the center point between polarities.

2. Qigong, which also includes taiji chuan, bagua chuan, and all sacred dance. Moving meditation as a body-centered path of unfolding Nature’s inner patterns.

3. Dao philosophy – I Ching sciences: cosmology, astrology, numerology, physiognomy (face reading), palmisty, divination, and the application of these principles to any...