Taoists say that we must learn to observe with the mind and think with the heart. In the West we get caught up in the "monkey mind" of our ego. We think we can control our individual destinies by swimming upstream against the current, but we are mistaken. When we learn to quiet the monkey mind with meditation practices, we are able to go beyond the linear thinking of the upper brain and connect to the multidimensional thinking of supreme consciousness in the heart center.
In Living in the Tao, Master Mantak Chia and William Wei present techniques to help us learn to move beyond the limits of time and space to connect with the universal truth within-without striving. Living in the Tao is effortless. Just as a small seed grows into a mighty tree with a little water and a little sunshine every day, a few minutes of Taoist practice each day can transform your life into one of peace and joy.
MANTAK CHIA, world-famous Inner Alchemy and Chi Kung master, founded the Universal Healing Tao System in 1979. He has taught and certified tens of thousands of students and instructors from all over the world. He is the director of the Tao Garden Integrative Medicine Health Spa and Resort training center in northern Thailand and the author of 35 books, including The Secret Teachings of the Tao Te Ching, Healing Light of the Tao, and The Taoist Soul Body. WILLIAM U. WEI began study-ing Taoism under Master Mantak Chia in the early 1980s and later became a senior instructor of the Universal Healing Tao. In the 1990s he helped build the Tao Garden Training Center. He has taught in more than 30 countries with Master Mantak Chia and is the project manager for Universal Tao Publications. He is also coauthor, with Master Chia, of Sexual Reflexology.
Through the ages, we have been influenced by mythical schools, religions, governments, and now corporations. They have convinced us to give them our time and energy (essence)-for the good of others, but mostly for themselves. They promised they would take care of us or save us. When we gave everything, we had no time or energy left for ourselves, and in the end we had nothing except their promises. Other systems have taught us how to cultivate and grow our energy like a seed into a tree-but after a while, they told us they needed our energy for the good of others, and they convinced us to give them our tree for their own use. Other systems went even further, showing us how to grow flowers from our tree; and after the flowers blossomed, they had us pick them only for their beauty and sell them to others.
But the Tao teaches us not only how to plant (root) and grow our seed (energy or essence) into a tree, but also how to sexually cultivate and flower the seed to bear fruit, without losing our essence (original seed). Our tree (cultivated energy) will bear fruit by the hundreds, so we have an abundance to share with others who are sincere and deserving. Now think: in each piece of fruit that we bear, how many seeds are in it to share? So, if we cultivate our original seed in the Tao, instead of giving it away as other systems advise, we can share thousands of seeds for the good of others, and never lose our original seed (essence). In this book you will discover the way of the Tao and how to implement it in your life as you put up your feet and enjoy the ride. Remember there are no original thoughts in the universe-they are either used or misused-and whatever you are seeking in life, it is seeking you. So sit still, and when it comes, join and flow with it.
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