Exploring life from a modern Taoist perspective.
Hi dear Casey
It was a source of bottomless joy to run into your website. I enjoy your words immensely and have made my best essay to put them into practice. Books are dead and when we put them into practice in life they become alive. I’m endlessly interested in Taoism and have found it really profound. I just wanted to know if it is possible to work on Qi Gong trough books or having a master is indispensable.
@Saber: Having a real teacher is best in Qi Gong, someone who can act as eyes to correct and fine tune your process is important. You can also use videos. I don’t recommend using a book unless you already understand and know Qi Gong well.
@Robert: Your local library will have a copy of the Tao Te Ching. Most book stores will carry it also.
I am fourteen and christian.I am happy with my faith as is,though would like to learn more about Taoism.I am especially interested in the idea that karma is instantaneous,and there is no need for violence.I also am wondering where I could aquire a Tao Te Ching.
@Brain: I help many people learn Taoism. My costs can be found here : http://personaltao.com/services/support-personal-tao/
There are also many online resources and forums which are free, and many books you can explore. The truth is Taoism is around you, it is just a question of how you decide to find and connect to it. You don’t need a guide, since your heart is that guide. Some people use me as a way to speed up the learning process, but look for ways to extending your awareness and putting it all together.
One option many people miss, is to begin Qi Gong Training which can be a side door into helping you learn Taoism.
In essence look for those who don’t judge you, and let that be the start of a community to be part of locally.
Taoism is around you, hidden yes, but all around, consider it in part a challenge to help keep the process of learning it more fun.
It was such a great moment to come upon this site. It has only added fuel to the fire that has been burning within me over the last several weeks. I, like one of the replies above, too struggled with that feeling of something missing. I was raised Catholic and did feel out of step with that faith. I did travel around from one Christian denomonation to another and still felt an emptiness. One day, however, I opened up an old copy of the Tao Te Jing that I had had from my college days and the first two lines of the Book of The Way sent me into a spiritual spiral. I didn’t realise it at the time all those years ago, but the Tao (as I understood it) was becoming known to me. I abandoned all forms of Christian faith and for the longest time thought. I just kept thinking until I surmised a pantheist view of the universe. Then I was agnostic. Then I was atheist. Then one day a few weeks ago something told me to revisit the writings of Lao Tzu. So I did. Not only that I read a couple books by Deng Ming-Dao and Alan Watts. The ideas therein made me feel as if I was looking at myself in a mirror. I felt for the first time that I belonged to a community and that my universal beliefs were not out of the ordinary. Seeing your video has reinforced this I am glad to have seen it and to have visited your site. I live in St. Louis, MO where there isn’t much in the way of a Taoist Community, which makes it difficult to be among like-minded individuals. What advice do you have for someone geographically challenged such as myself?
If you want you can arrange with me some initial sessions to teach you.
Every person who develops a Taoist practice tends to follow a path that matches their nature.
Take the time to talk to many different practitioners and learn from the ones who feel right. Give some space towards the practitioners who seem to define the teachings in terms of ego.
You can download the book I wrote for free. ( click the Tao book link at the top of the page)
You mention the pineal gland, which is considered the seat of the third eye ability.
I don’t recommend directly any third eye books because I only teach the third eye verbally.
I suffered a TBI about three years ago I have found during the pineal gland awaking exercises that I have found online, I have no pain.
Your comments make so much sense to me in the fact of being able to accept others. In stead of trying to form others to fit your own perception.
I was taught to be nice nice nice until I could not listen to my inner voice telling me some thing was out of place.
I’am very much a Christian so new things generally are perceived as something to fear. Jesus was not one to fit in He walked a very unfamiliar path. Can you suggest any books that would help me in these baby steps.
A honor to meet you
If you are interested I can arrange some starter Taoist classes. I teach Taoism to students from 13 countries over the Phone and Internet.
The learning process for Taoism has several distinct steps, One of the earliest steps can considered to be practicing awareness. Taoism is very old and many variations exist. I start by teaching a simple variation that focuses on each student’s nature. This means the lessons about Taoism grow by matching the student’s heart, rather than teaching a framework that students bend themselves out of shape to reach.
Please feel open to ask questions.
I am very interested in learning more about Taoism. I’m 54 yrs. All of my life I’ve felt like something was missing. I’ve been to many churches trying to find myself; (nothing there). I never stopped my mission, though I discontinued church. I purchased a book by Dr. Wayne Dyer some years ago, “Pulling your own Strings”. I loved this book. I read it over and over again. I don’t have the book now; I guess I lost it because we moved so much (relocating). I’m a follower of Dr. Wayne Dyer, that’s how I found out about Taoism. I am very much interested in learning everything there is to learn.
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