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Tao General

This section contains a brief information relating to Tao, and when one thinks that according to Lao Tzu, it is impossible to describe the Tao, then this is by definition wrong!
However I have tried to include introductions to a number of subjects that are related to this topic. Including - Ying Yang, Feng-Shui and Tai Chi. I also hope to include a page on Chi at a later date.


Introduction to the Tao

This section contains both a primer, (understanding the Tao), and an introduction to the Tao.

Both of these are also available as more detailed pdf files for you to download:-

  1. Understanding the Tao pdf
  2. The Tao an Introduction pdf

Yin Yang

A brief introduction to the principles of Yin Yang, and why you should NOT assign the female or male principles to that specific gender, this is a common mistake of many who have simply heard or read that one is female and the other male.

The yin-yang symbol is probably one of the most used and misused symbols that has become popular in the western world to symbolize oneness.

Feng-Shui

Many books have sentences similar to the following: -
Once you have found a suitable location, made sure you are facing a supportive direction, you can then turn your attention to the interior!!! Are these writers serious?

In the two articles you will find a short overview of the principles of Feng Shui, and the home.

I will be incorporating some, (if not many) of the feng shui principles in the 'Lifestyles' section.

Tai Chi

The aim of Tai Chi is to foster a calm and tranquil mind, focusing on the movements and exercising control over ones self.

Tai Chi movements have their origins in the martial arts, and practicing Tai Chi does have some martial art applications.
For many practitioners the focus in practicing Tai chi is not first and foremost martial art orientated, but a meditative exercise for the body, for others the combat aspects of Tai Chi are of interest.

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Yin Yang - The Search for Oneness..

To the western thinking person oneness is still a division of two opposites.

The principle of yin and yang -
is the basic principle of the universe.
It is the principle of everything in creation.

The Yellow Emperor.

Perhaps the search for oneness has always been one of those great goals that people have searched for; but to the western thinking person oneness is still a division of two opposites, male and female. This is a clear indication of the gulf that lies between the two genders in western society, and the worth put on each of those genders individually, even by those within the opposite gender!
To the Tao there is no opposite as we in the west understand, but only complimentary. This can be clearly seen in an understanding of Yin (feminine, passive), and Yang (masculine, aggressive). Where if these two principles are not in balance there will be severe consequences and this applies both to any individual person or group of people.

The yin-yang symbol is probably one of the most used and misused symbols that has become popular in the western world to symbolize oneness. The principles of yin-yang however did not originate with Taoism, but instead originated some 4500-5000 years ago, and is accredited to the legendary ruler Fu-hsi. In Taoism the symbol has come to represent the cosmic oneness for harmony and the two craft of nature.

The yin-yang symbol shows the two crafts of the universe, the dark and the light, the negative and the positive, the masculine and the feminine, which must remain in balance, and that together control everything that exists.

The symbol is made-up of a white and a black field that contains an embryo of the opposite colour in each field. The two embryos are the main points in the symbol, in that they signify that in each basic principle there is always the seed of the opposite.

What it represents is that there is no masculine being (craft), that is completely without feminine traits, and no feminine being (craft), that is completely without masculine trails, otherwise the workings of one being (craft), would remain forever impervious to the other being (craft). This would mean that they would die from exhaustion, instead of being continually nourished from the ‘game’ of creation that takes place between the two crafts, which are responsible for the creation of all things.


The two crafts are dependant upon each other, and cannot exist without each other, and represent the two aspects that make up the whole.

In Taoism there is no creator, instead the workings of yin and yang together are what make up creation. The yin-yang symbolizes the two complementary poles of nature, but they should not be seen as oneness, but instead as qualities that exist in everything. Between the two there is a play of action and reaction, a dependence and a togetherness of two opposites.

The yin principle is the negative, dark side and symbolizes the feminine element, which is the potential, the existential and the nature. It is the original chaos of the darkness from which the world of the phenomenon was born into the light, but it cannot be thought of as the origin of the Tao, as the Tao existed before the chaos. The yin is also the eternal creative craft, the mother, and is for this reason always set before the yang, because the yang was born from the potential and is the light that came out of the darkness to become the being, the spirit, and the intellect. Yin also symbolizes goodness, clearness, friendliness and helpfulness.

Whilst the Taoism is for the rhythm and flow, the natural, the unconventional, freedom and non-dependence of worldly things, as is shown in the poet, the painter, the metaphysics, the mystic and all that enjoys laughing and a light heart. It also understands the need for order, the conventional, the practical, and understanding of worldly problems.

The complete person or the wise-one, that is so common in much of the Taoist literature, is someone who is in harmony with both Yin and Yang, ‘in rest they show the passivity of the Yin, and in action the energy of the Yang’. Their heart and mind, feelings and emotions and intelligence and instinct are in balance, they are neither negative nor positive, and have found the balance, the middle between the two poles (yin and yang).

Just as the feminine, the instinct, the intuitive and the emotional is, so is the masculine the intelligent, the rational and the logical, so should each be part of the other and in balance with each other, the Yin principle grows out of the calm, the Yang out of the action.

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