Most philosophies or religions are based on a collection of sacred texts. In the previous article of this series I mentioned the first Daoist text called the Dao Te Jing which states:
“The Dao that can be told is not the eternal Dao”
This book also that teaches us about PU and the uncarved block.
Chuang Tzu is another important text in the Daoist philosophy. It develops the idea of living closest to your natural self through inventive allegories, illustrations and humorous tales. Its aim is to teach you the importance of living in your truth, and in harmonious relationship with nature. Other Chinese philosophers of this period preferred to write about one’s moral duty,
These anecdotes come from the authors desire to show us the human error of distinguishing between good and bad, large and small, life and death and even the difference between human and nature.
It teaches the reader that things should be allowed to follow their own course, and men should not value one situation over another.
The ancient Daoist experts have acknowledged the significance of focusing on 3 stages of being;
The 3 body systems match up with the 3 forces;
When we find these types of forces within the human body we call them Three Treasures (San Bao);
In our physical practice we have 3 Dantiens. They have also been called the three brains. (head, heart and gut) The name Dan Tien translates to “elixir field” which means a magical or medicinal potion. The Dantien therefore represents These three places in the body where we store energy;
The 3 Dan Tiens are associated with the 3 stages of being and the 3 forces;
Daoists use all 3 to form a connection that ascends into the spiritual realms. They use this same connection to descend back into the physical world where they can live more creatively on earth.
As humans, we need food not only to nurture our body but also to nurture our mind and our spirit. Religions seek to satisfy us with spiritual food as often we do not understand how to satisfy ourselves. Daoism suggests that almost everything in everyday life can provide nourishment for certain facets of our being if only we could understand how to gain access to that nourishment.
Taoist practices, such as Tai Chi and Qigong help us to acquire physical, psychological, and spiritual food in a natural way. These practices teach us tips on how to go back to your source, the Wu Chi (God), the Dao, and through these practices attain spiritual freedom as we learn how to live in sync with nature and the whole world.