The ancient Tao is a path and a lifelong journey. Many arts and metaphysical practices developed from this ancestral path.
The purpose of these arts is the self-transformation and development of the human being and the preservation of the Three Treasures: Essence, Qi and Spirit.
Each of the branches was created to serve this purpose in a different and unique way. The branches operate with the same fundamental concepts about the Universe and the Human Being, they complement each other but cannot be substituted or replaced in their purpose.
The branches of the Tao healing arts are:
The arts of the Mountain, also called the Alchemy arts, are the most powerful arts developed in the Tao paradigm and they represent internal processes of self-transformation and self-healing.
More than 70% of the healing process takes place by learning, practising and mastering the arts of the Mountain. These are:
- Nutrition therapy
- Body work: self-massage, Qi Gong (cultivation and gathering of Qi), Tai Chi (harmonising Qi)
Medicine is the branch that was created from the arts of the Mountain to complement and assist the transformation and healing processes. Nutrition therapy created herbalism, moxibustion and aromatherapy, mindfulness contributed to the development of the science of the meridians and acupoints, while the bodywork arts created Tui Na and other forms of massage, bone-setting, cupping and gua sha. They represent 30% of the healing arts.
In the old days, the primary mission of the physicians was to educate the people into mastering the arts of the Mountain so that people led healthy, fulfilling lives. Their secondary mission was Medicine, which was used only when people needed extra support to regain their health.
They were also teachers of future practitioners. As a teacher of future physicians, the physician would teach their students the arts of the Mountain first, before teaching them the medical arts, as the primary goal remained the same as for any other human being, that of preserving and cultivating the Three Treasures. A poorly physician is of no good to anyone.
To this day, a superior physician will teach people how to cultivate their own health while they are still in good health and will not wait until they get ill to treat them.
The Tao metaphysical arts were created as a link between the inner universe of the human being and the outer universe.
The art of divination created several branches, the most two important ones are: I-Ching and Qi Men Dun Jia. These arts help people find answers to their questions with the help of the deities and the universe.
The art of destiny analysis, Ba Zi, is the art that analyses people’s destiny and path from the moment of birth, and helps them discover their strong and weak points so that they can take better informed decisions in their lives.
The study of forms gave birth to face reading, palm reading, Feng Shui and the fine arts, such as painting and calligraphy. By looking for and creating harmony in the land, in the home and in ourselves, the arts of the forms teach people to operate with beauty to create balance.
All these arts are based on the same fundamental principles and concepts of Qi, Yin-Yang and the Five Elements. Practitioners of the Tao arts of healing and metaphysics will have a deep understanding of these concepts and principles related to their area of expertise.
While they find their common ground in these concepts, each branch operates differently with these concepts, and it is virtually impossible for someone to become fully versed in all the branches. That is why they work together and complement each other in their aim to guide humanity towards health, wealth and prosperity.