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Duality

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Duality, an excerpt from our Tantric Qigong for Self Mastery Course

The entire universe is based on the balance of polar opposites, you can think of this in terms of the physics of matter: protons and electrons, matter and antimatter, perhaps even in the different expressions of matter: waves and particles.

In the macro-world we can see the dualistic cycles of nature; night and day, summer and winter, earth and sky, while in the Tantric paradigm the dualities of Shiva and Shakti, male and female can be united through the ritual performance of Yab Yum in Maithuna. Vedic Hinduism sees Brahma as the force of creation and Shiva as the destructive agent of change. Vishnu and his many incarnations and aspects brings the balance of preservation. In religious and moral dualism philosophies, there tend to be judgments and dogma about the polar opposites of good and evil, and the physical and spiritual worlds. Taoism considers the Ten Thousand Things as being generated through the principals of yin (passive- receptive) and yang (active) with the perfectly balanced unity represented by T’ai Chi: the Supreme Ultimate complement.

The Taoist Model

Taoism looks at the world as a blend of black and white opposites yielding infinite shades of grey, of balance and duality. As expressed by the I Ching, the basic 2 lines, one yin, one yang, can be combined in 8 kua (gua) or trigrams) These 8 basic combinations themselves can be combined into 64 hexagrams consisting of a total of 384 lines: 192 yin lines and 192 yang lines. The relationship and juxtaposition of these lines create the infinite and subtle dance of creation: the balance and flow of Tao.

The yin and yang (T’ai Chi) symbol represents the philosophy of balance, where opposites co-exist in harmony and balance and transmute into each other. Taoism states that within every independent polarity lies a seed of its opposite. In the yin-yang symbol there is a seed of yin in the yang half and a seed of yang in the yin half. This symbolizes how the opposites are woven together as different aspects of the Tao, the Supreme Ultimate.

Because all polarities are manifestations of the unity of Tao, they not truly independent manifestations, but rather are expressions of the same unified energy within all of nature. What we perceive as the separate principles of yin and yang are actually different views of the same underlying unity. Think of a pot of boiling soup. Bubbles float up to the surface where they express themselves as distinct and unique bubble-entities. Yet they are composed of soup, the same as the soup in the pot underlying the bubbling surface. Bubbles and soup, yin and yang: two expressions of the same thing.

This complementary blending of the yin-yang dualism can be seen as a kind of feedback loop where balance and harmony are created by the exchange and interaction of complementary energies. The balance achieved is a kind of third state, a kind of homeostasis or continually active process of balance.

So far, so good. The theory of Tao is immensely attractive and demonstrably occurs in nature. However, humans are enormously complex systems gifted with self awareness and free will. We certainly have the ability to will ourselves out of balance, out of flow, out of the Tao. © 2013 Keith E Hall & Inner-Tranquility.com  All rights reserved.

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History of Qigong part 3

Friday, April 1st, 2011

History of Qigong part 3
The Spiritual / Religious Era

During this period China in general, and qigong in particular, were strongly influenced by the migration of Buddhism from India. Some may consider aspects of Taoism to be spiritual, even religious, and this may be so in that Taoism has a deep reverence for the processes and cycles of nature. The Sage would observe these cycles and endeavor to be in harmony with them. These Taoist practices and philosophies do have much in common with pantheism and animism and so could be considered also to be a spiritual or religious paradigm, depending on the individual’s mind-set. In terms of qigong practice and intent however, the Early historical period had as its main focus the development of health and wellness.

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The Taoist hermit Zhang Dao Ling (Chang Tao Ling) was known for combining traditional Taoist principles with Buddhist precepts.  Zhang Dao Ling lived around 34 – 156 AD and claimed that Lao Tzu had empowered him to teach the way of the Tao. The system that grew out of this is now known as Dao Jiao (Tao Jiaw) and is a form of religious Taoism. Zhang Dao Ling built a spiritual following in Szechuan province emphasizing the achievement of immortality. Legend has it that Zhang physically ascended into heaven and from this event and his teaching efforts grew the branch of religious Taoism known as the Celestial Masters school.

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The Buddhist temples of the period were thought to have taught Qigong practices, perhaps focusing on the forms of stilling the mind experienced in the meditation techniques of Chan Buddhism or Zen. It was postulated that these forms of qigong could lead to Enlightenment and escape from the cycle of reincarnation. During this time, the principles of Zen Qigong were reserved for monastic training and generally kept secret from the public.

Qigong during this time

– was kept secret within the monasteries
– was greatly influenced by Chinese and Indian Buddhism
– could be considered a path to Enlightenment
– presented a new level of challenge, combining the wellness paradigm of earlier Taoist practice with a more spiritual intent
– characterized by an increased efficiency of qigong practices (c) 2011 Keith E. Hall Inner-Tranquility.com . All rights reserved.

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History of Qigong part 2

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Early Historical Era of Qigong
I term this period the Early Historical Era of Qigong as there are well known texts associated with it, unlike the Pre-historical period, which centers on the semi-mythical figure of the Yellow Emperor (Xuanyuan Shi),. The practice of Qigong is firmly imbedded within the ancient Taoist philosophy of life, flow, and wisdom. Thus, it is helpful for both the curious and the committed Qigong practitioner to understand the its philosophical underpinnings.

I Ching

Known as the Book of Changes, the Classic of Changes, and Zhouyi, the I Ching I Ching Yi King Yi Jing, ba gua, tantric qigong, 8 treasures, eight section brocade, ba duan jin, 8 pieces of silk, 8 twists of silk, 8 brocades, qigong, self mastery, self-responsibility, qigong for self mastery, qigong for enlightenment, enlightenment, self actualization, self realization, spiritual awakening, spiritual evolution, kriyas, kriya yoga, kundalini, kundalini yoga, kundalini awakening, kundalini activation, kundalini rising, meditation, kundalini meditation, wu wei, t'ai chi, taiji, t'ai chi chuan, t'ai chi chuan yang style, long form, qigong meditation, Vipassana, Zen, inner tranquility, inner peace, Emotional-Spiritual Intelligence, bioenergetics, neo-reichian, Reich, orgone, qi, chi, ki, vitality, life force, chakras, tumo, dumo, dantien. tan tien, hara, bagua, Taoism, taoist, taoist tantra, tantra, tantra yoga, dakini, daka, goddess, tantrika, tantrik, stress, stress management, 10 minutes, 10 minute exercise, 10 minute stress, 1 minute stress management, 1 minute meditation, 60 second relaxation, 60 second stress manager, personal growth, spiritual growth, yoga, Sifu, classes, instruction, workshops, seminars, Intention, Manifestation, power of Now, Presencing, Being Present,The secret, Yoga Nidra, Higher Consciousness, The Law of Attraction, What the bleep, Buddha, Buddhism, Tantric Buddhism, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Aspen Hill, silver spring, Brookeville, sandy spring, Laytonsville, Potomac, Derwood, Montgomery County, Frederick, Germantown, Maryland, District of Columbia, Washington DC, guided meditation, visualization, Theta brainwave entrainment, guided relaxation, online programs, meditations CDs, meditation downloads, meditation mp3, ambient nature sounds, ocean surf, pheromones, self healing, qigong yoga, energy yoga, chakra yoga, chakra qigong, chakra chi kung, Chakra meditation, Howard County, Columbia, Frederick, Baltimore, Northern Virginia, Prince Georges County(Yi King, Yi Jing) is one of the oldest of the Chinese classic texts. Sometimes attributed to the mythical figure Fu Xi or Fu Hsi around the time of the Yellow Emperor, it is one of the foundations of all Taoist practices including Qigong and T’ai Chi. The I Ching was one of the first texts describing the flow of Chi (Qi). It introduced the concept of the three natural energies: Tian (Heaven), Di (Earth), and Ren (Man). Studying the relationship of these three powers was perhaps the first step in the development of what was eventually to become Qigong.

King Wen (1152 BC – 1056 BC) is often thought to be the historical figure who shaped the early practice of divination by “stacking” the eight trigrams (ba gua) into the sixty four hexagrams currently used for divination and philosophical meditation. Wen is also said to have written the analysis or judgements appended to each hexagram. The line analyses are attributed to his son, the Duke of Zhou. The commonly used sequence of the sixty four hexagrams devised by King Wen is usually referred to as the King Wen sequenceConfucius (K’ung-tzu, K’ung-fu-tzu, Kong Qiu, Zhong Ni, Kǒng Zi 551 BC – 479 BC) is traditionally said to have written the Shi Yi (Ten Wings), a group of  commentaries or appendices to the I Ching some 500 years after King Wen. The I Ching did not appear in a scholarly form in the West until James Legge’s initial translation in 1854.

The hexagrams of the I Ching are visual focal devices to aid in meditation upon the philosophical concepts embodied within each of the hexagrams. The philosophy centers around the ideas of balance through the interplay and unification of opposites, and acceptance of change. It can be said that the core philosophy of the I Ching is embodied in the three concepts of Change, Ideal, and Discernment.

The Tao Te Ching and Lao Tzu
According to Chinese tradition, Lao Tzu (Lǎozǐ;  Lao Tse, Lao Tze, Lao Tu, Lao-Tsu, Laotze, Laosi, Lao Zi, Laocius, Laozi) lived sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BC and was possibly a contemporary of Confucius. Many people consider Lao Tzu to be the father of historical Taoism based on the many surviving ancient copies of his work, the Tao Te Ching (Daodejing). Tao Te Ching is sometimes translated as “The Classic of the Way and the Power (or Virtue)”. In 1993, the oldest known version of the text, written on bamboo tablets, was found in a tomb near the town of Guodian in Jingmen, Hubei, and was dated to be older than 300 BC.Lao Tze, Lao Tzu, tantric qigong, 8 treasures, eight section brocade, ba duan jin, 8 pieces of silk, 8 twists of silk, 8 brocades, qigong, self mastery, self-responsibility, qigong for self mastery, qigong for enlightenment, enlightenment, self actualization, self realization, spiritual awakening, spiritual evolution, kriyas, kriya yoga, kundalini, kundalini yoga, kundalini awakening, kundalini activation, kundalini rising, meditation, kundalini meditation, wu wei, t'ai chi, taiji, t'ai chi chuan, t'ai chi chuan yang style, long form, qigong meditation, Vipassana, Zen, inner tranquility, inner peace, Emotional-Spiritual Intelligence, bioenergetics, neo-reichian, Reich, orgone, qi, chi, ki, vitality, life force, chakras, tumo, dumo, dantien. tan tien, hara, bagua, Taoism, taoist, taoist tantra, tantra, tantra yoga, dakini, daka, goddess, tantrika, tantrik, stress, stress management, 10 minutes, 10 minute exercise, 10 minute stress, 1 minute stress management, 1 minute meditation, 60 second relaxation, 60 second stress manager, personal growth, spiritual growth, yoga, Sifu, classes, instruction, workshops, seminars, Intention, Manifestation, power of Now, Presencing, Being Present,The secret, Yoga Nidra, Higher Consciousness, The Law of Attraction, What the bleep, Buddha, Buddhism, Tantric Buddhism, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Aspen Hill, silver spring, Brookeville, sandy spring, Laytonsville, Potomac, Derwood, Montgomery County, Frederick, Germantown, Maryland, District of Columbia, Washington DC, guided meditation, visualization, Theta brainwave entrainment, guided relaxation, online programs, meditations CDs, meditation downloads, meditation mp3, ambient nature sounds, ocean surf, pheromones, self healing, qigong yoga, energy yoga, chakra yoga, chakra qigong, chakra chi kung, Chakra meditation, Howard County, Columbia, Frederick, Baltimore, Northern Virginia, Prince Georges County, tao te ching

A central precept of the Tao Te Ching is Wu Wei, literally “non-action”. The concept of wu wei can be confusing to the Western mind;  it can mean “not doing”, “not forcing”, “not acting inauthentically”, “creating nothingness”, “acting spontaneously”, and “being in the flow.” “Action through non-action” is another term for Wu Wei, essentially meaning “to be in harmony with the Tao”.

The Tao Te Ching values direct experience of wisdom and the world gained through being present. Through this knowledge, one learns humility and one’s place in creation.

Knowing others is wisdom;
Knowing the self is enlightenment.
Mastering others requires force;
Mastering the self requires strength;
He who knows he has enough is rich.
Perseverance is a sign of will power.
He who stays where he is endures.
To die but not to perish is to be eternally present.

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Characteristics of Qigong practice during the Early Historical Era were:
– Qigong for health maintenance
– Medical Qigong to cure illness
– Non-religious Qigong, i.e. there was little or no spiritual or religious overtones to its practice. (c) 2011 Keith E. Hall Inner-Tranquility.com . All rights reserved.
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