Taoists believe in a presence called ‘The Tao’ often referred to as the ‘Mother or source of all things’ which existed before our universe was created. Taoism is based on the principle that Tao still exists today and that all things are connect to Tao. This presence helps to guide and shape the world we live in.
Taoism is centred around achieving harmony, balance and union with nature and spirituality.
What are the benefits of Taoism?
Taoists view the body as a micro-universe filled with Tao. To achieve and maintain balance within the body you must focus on the unity of opposite forces. Opposites like yin and yang, male and female, light and dark, action and non-action or hot and cold. These forces need to be in balance for harmony to exist within your body.
When these forces are balanced the life-force, energy called Qi, flows freely energising the body, mind and spirit. This instills a sense of wellbeing and improves longevity.
The health benefits of Taoism relate to a pure and honest existence. This includes abstaining from alcohol, red meat, beans and grains, processed foods in order to promote good physical health. The use of meditation to create mental breathing space.
Taoism is a way of life so the principles of balancing opposing forces are also to be applied to the home, the surrounding environment and the planet.
What does a typical Taoism class look like?
During a class your attention will be brought to identifying the areas of your life where chaos exists and exploring ways to bring in order to restore harmony.
Rituals can be used, which involve purification, meditation, chanting, dancing and playing instruments. The aim is generating cosmic renewal, the balancing of life-force energy and a deepening of your spiritual connection to Tao.
Classes are taught in groups, each with a spiritual teacher and there are many different sub-divisions from ancient to modern Taoism.
How do I find a Taoist group that suits me?
There are plenty of books and online resources that can help you get clued up with the philosophy and principles of Taoism. These all make for good background reading but to help you make changes in your lifestyle it’s best to join a group.
However, the groups vary considerably according to the activities and rituals that are taught. Some divisions focus on rituals for social responsibility (Supreme Union), some are based on liturgical tradition (Divine Empyrean), and others on meditation (Golden Elixir).
Go along to a few local groups and see which one you feel most suits the transformation that you want to achieve.
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You need to be comfortable with your decision, so we recommend trying a few different groups until you are satisfied.
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