Daoism is simply the study of Life; Daoism is not a religion because it is not about worshipping a God or Gods, it is about revering life and living well.
What does it mean to live well?
It means living a life where one strives to develop their personal potential and power and thus gift this to the world. How do Daoists develop their potential? For example, With Tai chi and Qigong practice.
By observing Nature we can derive the wisdom upon which we base the activities of our lives. Qigong for example, is the study of the nature inside one’s body and how it relates to the nature outside. This knowledge is also comprised of Traditional Chinese Medical Knowledge of how the human body is structured and how it functions. Taking this into account, we do not worship but we do revere life. Life is revered by honouring the life that YOU have, the Life that you are, right at this moment by learning how to live well according to natural laws. This naturally leads to less chaos in one’s life and more harmony.
The Dao that can be told is not the eternal Dao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the beginning of heaven and Earth.
The named is the mother of the ten thousand things.
Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
Ever desiring, one sees the manifestations.
These two spring from the same source but differ in name; this appears as darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gate to all mystery.
Daoists honour the Dao, which is the source of all things (the ’10,000 things’) by honouring and nurturing their life. The source is so unfathomable that it cannot be named, as soon as you name it you have lost it, but for the sake of having to speak it is called ‘Dao’.
In the modern world it more important than ever to have the tools to maintain both one’s mental and physical health. This is why Daoism is first and foremost PRACTICAL. Daoism gives one real and effective tools which help and support one to navigate life.
The five colours blind the eye.
The five tones deafen the ear.
The five flavours dull the taste.
Racing and hunting madden the mind.
Precious things lead one astray.
Therefore the sage is guided by what he feels and not by what he sees.
He lets go of that and chooses this.
Does the above chapter sound familiar?
If anything, it sounds very much like the current state of modern life and its rapidity of movement as well as overstimulation which is the cause of the exhaustion and over-use many people experience physically and spiritually. “Precious things lead one astray” and “The sage is guided by what he feels and not by what he sees” both allude to bringing one’s focus back to the inside and not be “lead astray” by the shiny mass produced goods trying to grab our attention constantly and exhaust us in the process of desperately pursuing them. What one can find if one slows down and looks inside is the gold that Lao Zi is pointing to. We at Daode Qigong invite you to find this precious Gold!
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