Life and the Tao

My wife is pregnant and soon to give birth to our baby girl. This has included many doctors visits and recently a class covering the birth process. Thankfully many things have changed in the last few decades, and giving birth is no longer seen as a medical procedure,...

Can studying Tai Chi turn you into a Jedi?

Yes. George Lucas’ STAR WARS movies were obviously influenced by basic Taoist ideas. Luke’s training by Yoda reveals what used to be the ideas behind the Force: an omnipresent force underlying the existence of all living things, connecting all living...

The Steps of Yu

I recently discovered the Steps of Yu. Yu was a man in the prehistory of China, a man tied to its shamanic roots. He could transform into a bear, predict the weather and change the course of rivers. He is also considered one of the first Taoist saint. Yu also danced...

An interesting take on the Tao Te Ching

  From “The Archdruid Report” blog: “The Tao Te Ching has been translated into English more often than any other book, and the title has received nearly an equal diversity of renderings. I’m convinced that most of this diversity comes out of our own...

• Tai Chi and the Art of war

When discussing the Taoist roots of Tai Chi, Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching is usually brought up. It’s seen as the defining document of Taoism and the source of the philosophy underlying the principles of Tai Chi. The imagery of flowing water, and softness overcoming the...