Tao ; System of
||In the beginning, there was Tao . For the Chinese, Tao was
everything and nothing, the origin of the Universe as a whole.
It was timeless and spaceless, without any form of substance.
"Everything was created out of
This philosophy, although proposed
thousand of years ago, parallels the current hypothesis regarding
the creation of the Universe dubbed by Western scientists as "Big
"Nothing will be created out of
This philosophy. also proposed thousand
of years ago, parallels current theories concerning Black Holes in
space which are able to swallov entire galaxies into
Tao is; that is to say, Tao exists in and
of itself. Tao means "the way", and yet is it`s own beginning and
A symbol which is universally recognized
as being representative of origin is the point, "the point of
origin", bearing within itself the seeds of the entire
Possessing the ability to look both
inwards and outwards, man discovered the seeds of wonder and the
existence of Tao within himself; looking outwards, he perceived the
manifestation of Tao throughout the entire Universe which surrounded
him, making him realize that his affairs where affected by cosmic
and planetary influences at all levels of being, that he was the
microcosmos, a reduced blueprint of the macrocosmos of the Universe,
and he was content that he and Tao were one.
"As is above, as it below".
The potential well being of man depended
on his inheret qualities and individual reactions both physically
and mentally to varying quantities of different meteorological and
cosmic influences which led him to the conclusion that the body
possesses it`s own specific daily, monthly, and annual
Tao was a "way" of living which gave the
man an understanding of the secrets of the Universe, allowing
them to live in harmony with Nature. It gave man the knowledge
necessary to maintain a balance on the "way" to acheiving Love,
Health, and Abundance.
The concept of Tao being "everything and
nothing" and the "beginning and end"
was to great for man to
comprehend, which made it necessary to divide the whole into smaller
concepts, bringing it closer to man`s level of awareness.
Tao (Yin/Yang) manifested itself as
two, giving rise to Yin/- and Yang/+, or Light and Dark, a perfect
harmony between two polar opposites within the One, illustrated as
the ebb/Yin and flow/Yang in the tide/Tao, which cannot be seperated
exept for purposes of the examination and education, as they merely
parts of the whole.
The parts are relative; the only absolute
is Tao, which blinds man in it`s brilliance.
CHI (Yin/- and Yang/+): System of
||The Chines philosophy of
life teaches that there is a harmony in nature between Yin/- and
Yang/+, the two polar opposites of life.
They are the subdivisions of Chi
(energy). In reality, these forces do not exist in their pure
form. There is always some Yin in Yang and some Yang in Yin,
just as there is always some light in darkness.
The ancient philosophers of the East
believed that illness in the body occurred as a result of an
imbalance of the forces Yin and Yang, or out of Tao.
designations given to Yin and Yang are assigned on a relative
basis. One exists within the other; they are not arbitrary
divisions between two principles, one of which is active and the
In reality, there is a constant interplay between
these energies, the predominance of one or the other
depending upon the circumstances. The two exist in and of
themselves, but consider individually,they are incomplete, for one
complements the other, just as the flow / Yang complements the ebb /
Yin in the tide / Tao.
Yin/- and Yang/+ exist on a relative
basis, and change when compared to anything else on a relative
basis. Using geograghy as an example, North is Yin and South is
Yang is concidered to be stimulating
compared to Yin which is considered to be sedating, as can be seen
in the example of colours, which are actually different portions of
the visible light spectrum measured in nanometers, classified
according to their particular wavelenght.
Red is the most stimulating colour, with
a vibratory grade measuring at 600-670 nanometers, and therefore the
most Yang within the spectrum of visible light. Violett, on the
other end of the spectrum, is the most sedating colour, with a
vibratory grade measuring at 430-460 nanometers.
Extreme Yang/+++/Red/ 600-670 nm
Yang Yang/++/Orange/ 590-600 nm
Extreme Yin/---/Violet/ 430-460
Heaven/Man/Earth: System of
||The two came together in a
dance of Yin/- and Yang+ (Synthesis / 0), and the two became
three, the very act creation of matter itself, of Heaven/+, Man/0,
and the Spirit/+, Body/0, and Mind/-.
Everything is energy. matter is
consentrated energy, and energy is sublimated matter. Objects
which can be seen are made from things which can not be
Take for example a tooth, the hardest
substance found in the human body. Is it realy energi?
The proof is evident when x-rays are
taken at a dentist`s office, and the electrons of the x-ray beam
travel between the molecules of the teeth, just as a rocket travels
between the stars and planets in space.
Teeth are just another example of a
micro-cosmos of the macro-cosmos.
Four States of Matter: System of
||As classified in modern
physics, matter exists in four states which occur primarily as a
result of temperature, or level of kinetic activity. Three forms of
energy which are seen on a daily basis are ice
(solid), water (liquid), and steam
The density of matter is directly
proportional to the level of kinetic activity of it`s molecules. For
instance, ice is concentrated or more dense than water or steam, as
the molecules have a low level of kinetic activity. Steam is
sublimated or less dense than water, as the molecules are at a
high level of kinteic activity. Plasma, the fouth state of
matter is the least dense of all, and has the highest level of
Each of the states of matter may be
classified as being either Yin/- or Yang/+, again, on a
relative basis. For example, Ice may be classified as being
Yin when compared to water, which would be Yang in this case, but
compared to steam, water would be the more Yin of the two
The Five Transformation: System of
According to ancient
Chinese philosophers, everything in the Universe including the human
body and the processes which took place inside it, could be
subdivided into the Five Elements, as well as into Yin/- and
Yang/+. The five elements, herafter referred to as the Five
Transformation, are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and
The functions of each
transformation is to controll or be controlled by ever-changing
The Chines philosophers
spoke of the importance of living in harmony according to Tao, the
golden way between deficiency (YIN) and exess
Deficiencies or exesses
in any of the elements are the cause of bodily dysfunction in their
associated organs, glands, and tissues, emotions, and mind.
This is based on the wisdom that to much or to little of anything is
The Eastern healers
used this law when taking a case history, and when examining their
clients by observation, palpation, smelling, and asking
The cycles which occur
in nature and man are parellelled in the flow of season of the Five
||Fruit bearing, Ripening|
||Harvest, Letting go|
Tao, Yin/- and Yang/+,
and the Five Transformations are the beginning and end of
everything, the origin of birth and death.
He who fails to live in
harmony with the laws of the Universe draws disease upon
The acupuncture student
must first understand, comprehend, and then masterly apply the
System of Five before he can understand the System of Four. He
must comprehend the System of Four before he can approach the System
of Three. The System of Three must be fully incorporated
before the System of Two can be applied, and the System of Two
must be mastered before he can comprehend the System of One,
Only then can he be considered a true
master, healer, and teacher, and when he is one with Tao, he will
heal by laying his hands on the