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The connection between waking and sleeping

The connection between waking and sleeping

The Throat and Dreaming

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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...


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...