What is Taoist Magic

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Spiritual Taoism

Taoism had its basis in shamanism and developed under the influence of Laozi and under the influence of Mahayana during the Han dynasty towards higher spirituality, as described in the "Tao Te King" and in the "Secret of the Golden Blossom". Another advancement during the Tang Dynasty were the Shangqing visualization techniques.
In addition, Manichaeism had brief influences in China.


The highest toneless Tao is the leading "sense" behind all things and therefore in the area of ​​Nirguna - Brahman Shankara or the Buddhist "great void", which is similarly known in Taoism as 'Tàixū'.

"The sense encompasses everything that exists. But through its work it does not merge into the existing."

Whoever wants to hear the unfathomable will not hear it; because it is toneless. Whoever wants to grasp it cannot grasp it; because it is shapeless.

The meaning that one can make up is not the eternal meaning. The name that can be called is not the eternal name. Beyond the namable lies the beginning of the world ...

"The unfathomable that one can fathom is not the unfathomable ultimate. The concept through which one can comprehend does not testify to the incomprehensible. The world begins in the incomprehensible; (Tao Te King, Chapter 1)

"The variety of colors blinds the eyes. The abundance of tones numbs the hearing.
The richness of the spices spoils the taste.
The urge of passions confuses the heart.
The greed for the hard-to-reach destroys morals.
The sage guided from within determines the limits of his senses.
Everything sensual is only a path to meaning for him. "(Tao Te King)

Daoist literature

In the sixth century, as in 213 BC, China had. for Qin Shi Huang, the problem of periodic book burns. In the 18th century, Emperor Tschen Lung had all books collected and cataloged and 2000 titles burned. The Daoist books were largely spared.

TheCompiled in 1409 by imperial orderDaozang and goes back to the fifth century when the three categories Lingbao, Shangqing ('highest purity', visual meditations) and San Huangwen emerged. It contains the canon of originally 1400 texts from the Daoist documents collected by Taoist monks.

The inner teaching was also maintained orally in family traditions or was often also symbolically encoded.

For geographical reasons, natural Taoism as a path of white magic mixed with Mahayana Buddhism, which developed it spiritually and philosophically, from the western Han dynasty onwards. Taoist philosophy has developed beyond shamanism since Laotze at the latest.

More recently, Mao Tse Tung tried to wipe out religious groups in the Cultural Revolution. It went so far that even of the Shaolin Munich who practiced Chan and an ethical system in addition to Qigong, only six monks survived. In the past, the emperors allowed them to spread Buddhism in China because of their achievements. However, the current regime is again putting pressure on the state-controlled religious movements. Taoism is therefore flourishing in Taiwan.

Yin yang

A well-known Taoist symbol is the Yin-Yang symbol. The polar forces yin and yang correspond to the polar 'electrical and magnetic fluids' of the "white magic", which, however, are found in a different form on all levels. They are often generalized to all areas in Taoism.
The great yin and the great yang are from a Hindu point of view in the area of ​​Vishnu (Trimurti). On the mental level of the Prakriti there, the small yin and the small yang are comparable to the two poles of this level, the polarized manas and buddhi. Thus, the highest Tao is not included, where a Yin-Yang symbol was stuck on, which is particularly true of the martial arts.

Taoism at first corresponds more to a higher magical shamanistic schooling, and only techniques of circling light among others as described in "The Secret of the Golden Blossom" give an indication of the existence of higher spiritual schools, the "golden elixir" of the great Strive for emptiness.

Chi and Shen

The "Chi" of the meridians of acupuncture medicine, of which there are more than seven types, is to be equated with the prana of yoga or with the Tibetan lung.

Here Taoism is also the path from the green dragon (Prana) to the golden dragon (Ilong; Pranava on the Buddhic level; the Pingala-Nadi of yoga is also green), depending on the technique practiced.

The Tàijí arose from the Wújí, the non-being, the emptiness. The entire world of Wàn Wù appearances, the ten thousand things, emerges from the Tàijí. From the Taiji comes Chunyang, the pure Yang, and from this comes the YiQi, which splits up again.

Daoist philosophy also knows two main types of Qi: prenatal Qi (Yuan Qi, original Qi or heavenly Qi) and postnatal Qi, which is absorbed through air and food.

Chi roughly means "the power of order of purity", which is effective against the negative forces of the dragon. "Ching" means "purity" in Chinese respiratory therapy. (on this Ulli Olvedi: The Silent Qi Gong, TB, ISBN-10: 3426875438; Palos: breath and meditation)

The material body is only indirectly influenced by the chi (as in Neidan and breathing exercises) and by ritual movements. For example, mantak chia suggests that body fat hinders the flow of chi, and that tao chi is not a muscle exercise.

Another force is Shen or the spirit (essence, energy and spirit, the purest and life energy). It includes the mental activities of a person including their consciousness and survives in the developed Daoist after death.

In addition literature:

Frank: Altchinesische Heilungswege, Jopp-Verlag 1991, ISBN 3-926955-29-5
Cavelius / Li Wu: Practice Book of Chinese Medicine, Ludwig Edition
Stephan Palos: Breath and Meditation, TB - including measurements of alpha waves and beta waves of the brain
Lu Kuan Yü (Charles Luke): Taoist Yoga ISBN-10: 0877280673; Secrets of Chinese Meditation ISBN-10: 3828948553;

Chinese Taoist alchemy practice series: Complete Wu Liu Xianzong (Chinese Edition) - WU CHONG XU - LIU HUA YANG. HUANG XIN YANG - ISBN 10: 7802546524 ISBN 13: 9787802546523

Shaolin and Taijiquan

Taijiquan is one of the internal martial arts practiced in China in which Chi plays an important role. Chinese Shaolin has become known in the West for its martial arts (Tao Lu) and demonstrations. According to legend, the Shaolin monastery, which was first influenced by Taoism, learned through Bodhidharma the combination of meditation practices of Chan and Zen and physical exercises Xǐsuǐjīng (Chinese 洗髓經) and Yìjīnjīng (Chinese 易筋經). The later Shaolin martial art and the form 'Shiba luohan shou' (Chinese 十八 羅漢 手 'The 18 hands of the Arhats') are said to have originated from this.
In contrast to his Shaolin successors, Bodhidharma is said to have taught combat only as a complementary discipline to achieve enlightenment (Japanese satori; Chinese 悟 wù; skt. Bodhi). Therefore, a Chinese form of the Buddha Vajrapani is worshiped here.

Shaolin has Qigong and Neigong as well as Chan in the background and goes far beyond the well-known 'Karate', as the demonstrations of the Shaolin monks show.

In some schools of "Kung Fu" the Chinese dragon is a kind of synthesis of the four animals. So it is a kind of Akasa principle, and thus a "guardian of the threshold", but here only with regard to the material ethers.

The very negative material aspects of the dragon are not mentioned in Taoism, but forms such as the fire dragon (in 'Xingming guizhi'), the king of the dragons Long-Wang and the tiger [Ref. : 'Dragon and Tiger'], which also stood for the male and the female.

(Luc Théler): Hunyuan Qi Gong: "The way to mastery", provides authentic knowledge and instructions for Daoist exercises, similar to the various translations of the book "Secret of the Golden Blossom". Also from Mantak Chia:

  • Tao yoga. Practical textbook for awakening the healing elemental force Chi. Munich 2002, ISBN 3-7787-7028-4.
  • Tao Yoga of Inner Alchemy: The Secret of the Immortals. Fusion of the five elements. Munich 2006, ISBN 3-453-70040-6.

The small cycle practiced there (Xiao-zhou-tian) corresponds (of course only when fully developed) to level 10 of the universal teaching (tarot card 10: spinner of the wheel). The really fully developed large cycle corresponds to level 12 of the universal teaching and also corresponds to the well-known Ouroborus.

Taoist alchemy

Some schools of Taoism practiced a kind of alchemy (Neidan) that was passed down to Europe in the Middle Ages (Kircher). The practices of "Inner Alchemy" are the core of various Taoist meditations and enable processes of inner transformation. In some schools of Taoism, the merging of Qi in the Dantian (human energetic center) means the creation of a "sacred embryo" (Shengtai) to which eternal life is given.

Taoism refers to the true inner child as the immortal fetus. "The embryo (the European Filius Philosophorum) of the Tao is under fire for ten months. After a year, the ablutions and baths become warm," said the LUNG YEN GING.

Reaching the "Golden Elixir" corresponds to levels 14 and 16 of the UNIVERSAL DOCTRINE. Just like the dragon in Taoism, the 5 elements have a slightly different meaning.

This amalgamation of the male and female principle (Yin and Yang; Fuxi and Nuwa) is also described by the European Rosarium philosophorum (Frankfurt, 1550) with 'Gabricus and Beya' as representatives of the male and female principle as described in the 'Xingming guizhi' generally indicates Chinese influences and also a knowledge guarded in the mysteries. By refining the mind, one attains emptiness and non-being (Xuewu).

The cosmos

The advanced Taoism of Shangqing focuses its attention on the Pole Star (Stella Polaris, North Star, Ursa Minor Alpha) and the stars of the great bear.
The Hindus also assign their seven original rishis a place in the Great Bear.

According to A.A. Bailey, the seven beings that manifest themselves through the seven stars of the bear (A.A.B .; G.L. II. 668) are considered prototypes or inspiring sources of the seven heavenly people (the planetrar Logoi).

  • Greatest Kan and Li: Gathering the Cosmic Light, Mantak Chia and Andrew Jan, 2014
  • The Practice of Greater Kan and Li: Techniques for Creating the Immortal Self, Mantak Chia and Andrew Jan
Master degrees

The Taoist 'Hsien' is a 'white magician'. Only the Zhenren or rather the "Julai" (as described in Hui Ming Ching) is an immortal in Chinese Taoism who has realized his divinity (level 19 of the Universal Teaching) through devoted and successful practice of Taoist exercises and teachings.

* ‘Hui Ming Ching’ (The Book of Consciousness and Life) was published in 1794. The monk Liu Huayang combined Buddhist and Daoist directions of meditation. The verses of the 8 sections with explanations and drawings describe how Buddhahood can be attained. The book caused shock and excitement when it appeared in the Daoist community.

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  • Bahaistudies: The secret of the golden flower - 2 (PDF)
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  • The 'Zhouyi cantong qi' is considered to be the oldest text on alchemy in China.
  • Science and Civilization in China: Volume 5, Chemistry and Chemical, Joseph Needham, Ho Ping-Yu, p. 210 ff


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