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Totem Animals of Shamanism


Creatures, as well as all trees, shamanic rocks, tradition, cliffs, and other elements of shamanism – play a vital role in the community's well-being in Huachuma elements of shamanism. 

Each living aspect of nature, I believe, has a spirit and, as such, should be valued as a spiritual companion. Animals are far more than mere terrestrial beings that are often referred to as "domestic companions." 


They are a fundamental "connection" in the physical sense, assisting mankind in deciphering Nature's mysteries and returning to their basic position of wholeness in and with the Universe. 

Furthermore, since all facets of the natural world must be recorded in our DNA at different points of humanity's evolution, I agree that all aspects of the natural world must be registered in our DNA. 

As a result, we will watch animals in the wild, listen to their calls, and learn a lot about them, including the physical benefits of certain medicinal plants, soothing ingredients, and therapeutic workouts. Totem species are animals that have a particular meaning about them. Their job is to assist us in a variety of circumstances that, in typical cultures, could mean life or death, or that, in the contemporary world, could help us reconnect with our more instinctual self. 


Totem animals are animals that represent each region of the earth. 

The Spirit of the Kangaroo may be used by Australian Aborigines to lead them through their Dreamtime. 

On their long sea travels, Polynesians could have the spirit of the Whale as a reference. When doing Pipe Ceremonies, North American Indians may have an Eagle as their totem. If they tread gently down their spiritual journey, people with wisdom watch the influence and behaviour of all these creatures to better appreciate their harmonious position as one of Nature's children, and therefore their effect on the earth. 

The Eagle in the Pipe Ceremony, for example, will assist an individual or a group in approaching a situation from a perspective other than that of the ego. It will soar to great heights in the sky (the sky reflecting the Higher Self) and sail away from tensions and personal complexities, transcending mundane and confined circumstances that could be creating discord in the individual or group. It sees life from an entirely different angle (for example, it can see the larger picture without being distracted by small details). 

Totem creatures, as spiritual companions and protectors, will convey very valuable personal messages to us. 

They have the ability to draw attention to areas of our lives where there is a disparity. Let us use domestic animals as an example since most of us in the Western world are familiar with them. A cat, for example, may kiss a portion of our body or a dog may stay unusually close to us for an extended period of time. 

What the animals are doing, whether we realize it or not, is actually shamanic: they are assisting us in removing toxic energy from our bodies. We may be shocked to learn later that we have arthritis in the same spot where the cat licked us, or where the dog stuck next to a part of our body that is now injured. 

These animals sensed an imbalance until it became apparent. They removed the toxic energy from our bodies as spiritual partners, allowing us to easily regain equilibrium. We can help ourselves before the imbalances appear if we can understand what they, our animal totems, are saying to us.


Elements in Nature and Totem Animals Rather than merely becoming conscious of the unnatural universe in which most of us in the modern world exist.

It might be more necessary to become aware of our totem animals and all of the forces of nature that come to us, either physically or in visions, in order to keep in contact with Mother Earth and live in peace with her. 

The Ayahuascero families with whom I lived in the Amazon were inextricably linked to the forest and all of its species. The Jaguar is a totem animal for the Ayahuasceros, which means that its spirit assists the group on both a physical and metaphysical basis. The shaman sings an icaro, his "song of influence," and calls to the Spirit of the Jaguar, requesting it to be present in the mesa shamanic ritual (see the chapter "The Four Direction and the Mesa"). 

He converses with the Jaguar as if he were conversing with a mate. He recognises the animal's personality and becomes one with him as a result of this contact. In reality, the terms for shaman and jaguar are synonymous in many Amazonian languages. The shaman can walk effortlessly on the ground and in the water thanks to the power and determination of the jaguar, whose soul is not different from his own. 

This animal's piercing eyes allow him to see in the dark, climb trees, observe the energy of the land, water, and sky, and be more easily in touch with the natural world. Members of the group will participate in this rite if they see the shaman embarking on a long journey into the forest. 

They regard him as a jaguar. As the ritual progresses, they continue to ask him questions that will allow the group to see the world in a new light by gaining the animal's vision, strength, and mental abilities. The group members can discover better ways of collecting food, capturing fish, and discovering special areas where they can collect valuable items by having their totem animal, the Jaguar, as a guide and companion (such as gold, medicinal plants, seeds, remedies etc). We wouldn't dream to have such a close bond with a jaguar as the Ayahuasceros because we don't dwell in the South American rainforest or jungle. 


However, we often see or feel the spirits and/or powers of animals, trees, rocks, rivers, and other objects in our dreams. 

A child might dream of a tiger, for example. This indicates that he is dreaming of a part of himself that wants to be honored (possibly the part of himself that is scared of growing up alone, away from his parents and the security he has known). 

Sometimes, the boy in his dream is terrified of this aspect of himself, and instead of loving the tiger and the pleasure of growing up, he runs away from it. He is sticky and sweating when he wakes up, and he tells his parents about his dream feverishly, seeking consolation from them. His parents, who have been raised to assume that the tiger does not exist, and the boy, who trusts his parents implicitly, do not know that the tiger reflects his own fears about which he is attempting to come to grips, and he believes his parents when they say he has just had a "bad dream"... even though he also investigates to see if there is no tiger lurking under his bed! 

The child's psyche, which has not accepted the tiger, has now been conditioned to be separate from this aspect of his deepest Being, and this programming has become a personality trait. Under the influence of humanity, the tiger under the bed fades out, and through maturity, the sense of alienation and loneliness has been strengthened. This child is attempting to flee from the shaman, with whom he is acquainted. The shaman experiences Totality rather than isolation. 

To take things a step further, an adult who once dreamed of being pursued by a tiger will continue to confront photographs or items depicting tigers or other members of the cat family, with each encounter providing a chance to overcome his childhood fears. He could work as an archaeologist and be intrigued by the cats that guarded the pyramids (places of initiation and transformation) in ancient Egypt, or he could become a veterinarian, nature photographer, or zookeeper, or simply cultivate a hobby of collecting cats (books, stamps, porcelain, etc). If this scenario occurred in a shamanic society, the shaman may suggest a ritual to help the adult understand and acknowledge the guiding force behind his behavior. 

The person is encouraged to develop a more full friendship with the tiger during the ceremony. He would then be able to let go of certain situations that have kept him from realizing his childhood dream of owning a tiger over the years. He might realize that he had to choose between confidence (love) and fear in his dream. 

Returning to fear now will mean going down the path of escape, which at this point leads nowhere. In the other hand, if he acknowledges the tiger as a valuable mate, a totem animal, and wishes to trust and respect, to welcome and become one with the tiger, he will learn to trust that Life nourishes us all the time and belongs to all of us with bravery and strength. The tiger can instill trust in him in any situation that causes him panic. 

With such questions, the shaman's activity in the Amazonian forest is a phase of transition towards Unity and Totality. This, I think, has been forgotten in the West for a long time. 

The shaman's transition is driven by Nature's majestic unity, which includes its birds, trees, cliffs, and rocks, so Nature will make us realize that our inner life cannot be kept in the darkness of isolation on a continuous basis. Nature, in turn, offers all of the answers we need if we can recognize them as such.


Over everything, life is derived from a close friendship with Mother Nature and the Cosmos. 

Totem animals and other natural elements are there as divine companions to assist us in reuniting the fragmented parts of ourselves. Similarly, metaphysical work will assist others in reclaiming their lost link to the Universe. And if we do not live in the Amazonian wilderness, we need even more totem animals and natural elements to help us in our "urban jungle." Our bodies, our inner selves, need a connection to and a harmony with Life's instinctual rhythms. Nature's influence can therefore be evoked by engaging in a direct interaction with all of its facets. Seeing a bird in the sky encourages our body, mind, and spirit to take flight. Since our cells have remembered this room of liberation, we will fly in our dreams. It's important to remember that when we fly, we're reconnecting with our natural sense of independence and our place in the Universe, not just a conceptual relationship with a bird or some other part of nature. In truth, all elements of nature work together to create a harmonious cosmos; otherwise, everything will fall apart. 


Nature will remind us of its rules in a positive or negative way when a part of our self is distracted by anxiety and imbalance. For eg, we may fantasies about a blazing sun and a sky so devoid of clouds that our planet becomes a barren wasteland. The desert represents our lack of connection to the outside world, or we can freely embrace sunshine into our bodies, minds, and feelings, allowing our Spirit to shine like the Sun. In the need to dominate Nature, humanity has lost the basic fact that being one with the animals, trees, and mountains allows us to accept a significant part of ourselves.


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Shamanic Taoism - Meditating on Nature's Forces



The pakua can be used to concentrate energy during meditation.

The pakua produces a whirlwind, allowing the practitioner to gather, condense, and collect chi. This energy vortex can be used to construct not only a close bond between ourselves, but also a harmonious relationship with all of nature's powers, which are portrayed by the pakua's eight sides. 

This is accomplished by the Fusion practice, which gathers and condenses the abundant energy that consumes us into something that the body can use and absorb.


Forming four pakuas is the first step:


1. Front (or navel) pakua: One and a half inches inside the navel, below the navel.

2. Back pakua: One and a half inches in from the Door of Life, at the back of the body immediately opposite the navel between Lumbar 2 and 3.

3. The junction of a mentally drawn line running vertically downward from the left armpit and a line extending horizontally on the left side from the level of the navel and the Door of Life on the left side of the body. This intersection point is approximately one and a half inches away from the pakua.

4. Right pakua: On the right side of the body, approximately one and a half inches in, at the junction of a visualised vertical line drawn down from the right armpit and a horizontal line drawn from the level of the navel and the Door of Life.


These pakuas receive energy, which is then blended and transformed. The cauldron is then formed at the center of the body, between the four pakuas, as a self-center of being or power.



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Eight Forces of Shamanic Taoism

 


THE EIGHT FORCES ARE REPRESENTED BY EIGHT TRIGRAMS.


Each of the eight forces—Kan (water), Li (fire), Chen (thunder), Tui (lake), Kun (earth), Ken (mountain), Sun (wind), and Chien (heaven)—is represented by a trigram made up of yin and yang lines.


Kan translates to "water."

Kan is the water element's power emblem, the collecting yin power, and is associated with the kidneys, ears, and sexual organs.

Fire—Li

Li is the heart-connected power emblem of flames, the prospering power.

Thunder—Chen

Chen is the thunder and lightning force emblem. Chen is associated with the liver and lungs, as well as the wood aspect and the ability to collect strength.

Lake Tui

Tui is a lake and rain power emblem, linked to the lungs and nose, the metal element, and contracting power.

Earth (Kun)

Kun is the earth's strength emblem, representing the calming power of peace. It is connected to the stomach and throat, as well as the spleen and pancreas.

Mountain Ken

Ken is the mountain's strength sign. It is a potent and stable force that is connected to the bladder, right sexual organs, and the back of the skull.

Wind—Sun

The sun is the wind's strength sign. The gallbladder and the base of the skull are also attached to it.

Chien - A Chinese word that means "heaven."

Chien is the expanding yang force of heaven's strength emblem. The left genital organs, the large intestine, and the forehead bone are also connected to it.


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Shamanic Taoism - Life-Force Energy's Essence


The Pearl: Life-Force Energy's Essence


An energy ball is formed by the pure life-force energy obtained from the organs and fused together during the Fusion practice. 

This energy ball can appear as a crystal or a gem, but it's most often mistaken for a radiant pearl. The first step in transitioning consciousness to a different dimension is to form the pearl.

The pearl is not perceived in the same manner by everybody. Some people do not see a pearl, but they may perceive it as an increased sense of focus or concentration. Some people can experience a surge of heat.

The pearl is seen by all as the essence of life-force energy. The Microcosmic Orbit then circulates this pearl. The pearl stimulates and consumes universal and earth powers as it circulates. 

They are also used to reinforce and purify the human body, particularly the organs and organ meridians, glands, and senses. Later on, the pearl is essential in the development and nourishment of the soul body, also known as the energy body. In the higher-level Kan and Li meditations, it is further established. 



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Shamanic Taoist Energy Centers

 



The Taoist shaman masters reasoned that in order to bind to the outside world, they had to first master their own inner universe.


They felt a surge of energy through their bodies, which they called chi. They found that two parental meridians circulate beyond the elemental system in addition to the organ-meridians. They have direct communication with spirit and interaction with the rest of the meridian network via the central energy centers (similar to yoga chakras).

The yang companion, the Governor Vessel or Channel, connects the energy centers of the back; the yin meridian, the Conception Vessel or Functional Channel, connects the energy centers of the front. When they're all linked, the Microcosmic Orbit, the body's main energy circuit, is created.


Microcosmic Orbit Meditation (Basic)

The Microcosmic Orbit meditation strengthens the mind's ability to direct, control, conserve, recycle, and transform energy through the body.

  1.  Touch your tongue to the roof of your mouth just below your front teeth to join the Governor Channel and the Functional Channel to form the Microcosmic Orbit.
  2.  Start with your eyes and encourage your mind to follow the energy as it flows down the front of your body through your tongue, neck, stomach, and navel, then up the tailbone and spine to your head. Allow the mind to drift with the energy as it circulates through the Microcosmic Orbit.

Practice of Fusing the Five Elements

Fusion of the Five Elements is the first step of Taoist Internal Alchemy, and it emphasizes on the association and fusion of all five elements and their correspondences, as well as their transformation into a harmonious whole of high-quality energy. This mechanism transforms, purifies, condenses, and combines the essence of life-force energy present in the lungs, glands, and senses with the universal force. The new source of energy that arises as a result of this mechanism has the potential to transform the human body for the better.

  1. The Governor Channel binds the back energy centers with the Functional Channel at the roof of the mouth to form the Microcosmic Orbit .
  2. The Functional Channel binds the front energy centers with the Governor Channel to complete the Microcosmic Orbit .

The toxic feelings associated with each organ and element are taken out of the organs and converted into a neutralized force during the Fusion practice, effectively “balancing the weather” of the body's total energies. 

This de-energized energy can be combined with positive energies found in the organs to provide pure life-force energy. “Refined red sand transforms into silver,” as the Taoists suggest. 

This suggests that fusing all of the various types of emotional energy together would result in a harmonious whole. Unrefined, "unfused" energy, on the other hand, would have the appearance of sand, fragmented and unable to hold together.


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Shamanic Taoist Medicine Wheel in Everyday Life



The body is a microcosm of the cosmos, with pointed bones representing stars and mountains on Earth, and hollows representing lakes and rivers.


The organs are elements, the meridians (energy channels) are rivers, and our internal weather (health, mental wellbeing, and spiritual harmony) are influenced by the sun, cold, and damp of Earth, as well as the wind and thunder of Heaven.

The idea of each human being as the center of the world, conceived in perfection of body, mind, and spirit, representing the karma of past lives of the self, ancestors, and descendants, is simple but sometimes nonsensical. We conclude our "contract with Heaven" for this creation at the moment of conception. 

This rebirth takes place on Earth, which is the world in which we exist. Unlike religious traditions that see life on Earth as a “vale of tears,” the Tao declares that “all objects and all experiences are innately ideal... sin is not understood, nor any sense of right and wrong within human conscience.” It's a wonderful life! 

Creating complex and painful procedures is thought to be needless. Pain and complications occur solely as a result of our reactions to events, which can lead to changes in our contract, which can lead to becoming imbalances, which can manifest as mental disturbance and sickness.

We adapt to circumstances differently as we progress through the seven stages of development, from child to sage, either returning to or going away from the ideal state of our creation, with the ultimate goal of returning to that prenatal Heaven, the Source. 

The medicine wheel allows us to "step lightly in all worlds" by entering different states at will. It is the life chain, which connects the outside with the inside, the higher with the lower. 

The medicine wheel has many applications in everyday life: the five elements assist in energy generation, the convergence of the eight energies provides marvelous meditations for clearing the sacred road, the interplay with the twelve creatures aids in knowing the self in relation to others, and the hexagrams aid in problem-solving. 

We need to take a closer look at these facets of the medicine wheel that form their basis before diving further into shamanic traditions.



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Taoist Medicine Wheel

 The Medicine Wheel of the Taoists





We open the underground archives of the Chinese diaspora, where the Taoist rituals are preserved, peering into the misty past to strip away the shroud of secrecy.


Secrets such as these and more were unknown and guarded until the New Age's revival. We humans are inquisitive beings who like having things demonstrated to us. We stood around fires or huddled in caves during a natural catastrophe trying to justify it until we had the tools of calculating or empirical understanding. Consider a planet where great Earth-moving and Heaven-rending phenomena like earthquakes, lightning, hurricanes, and flooding have wreaked havoc. As families formed into clans, tribes became states, and kingdoms became empires, plausible theories and myths spread and legends emerged.


According to one Taoist creation myth, the world started as an egg from which the primordial human, Pan Go, hatched. The lighter parts of the shell floated upward to form Heaven, while the heavy parts of the shell dropped to form Earth. Pan Go stood tall, arms embracing Heaven and feet stabilizing the Earth.

According to another legend, the Tao started when fire and water merged. Wu Chi, there was nothing but emptiness before that. The two facets of the cosmos that have been common buzzwords in the West over the past four decades: yin and yang, formed from the Original Source, referred to as the One.

The yang of fire entered the yin of water as lightning hit the sea, and life began. The Three Pure Ones were born from the union of yin and yang, and they gave rise to the five elements and ten thousand things.

The medicine wheel was seen by Taoist sages as a symbol of all life, including Wu Chi, the Three Pure Ones, yin and yang concepts, the five elements, the eight powers of the cosmos, the twelve Chinese zodiac power animals, and the sixty-four trigrams of the I Ching. The Taoist medicine wheel is the basis of most Chinese art, including acupuncture and herbalism, Chinese astrology and divination, Tai Chi Chuan, "the supreme ultimate" combining meditation and martial art, and the esoteric sexual practices taught to emperors by their female advisers to form the basis of Taoist alchemy: the search for immortality.

Wu Chi, the circle symbolizing emptiness or preparation, is at the center of the wheel. It can be interpreted in the therapeutic and martial arts as the blank sheet awaiting the artist's inspiration in words or pictures; in painting as the blank sheet awaiting the artist's inspiration in words or pictures; and in meditation as joining the void. It's like a spiritual theater's empty stage, waiting for the actors, words, or pictures to appear.

The next layer is the circle's interplay of yin and yang, with yin being yang and yang becoming yin, symbolising life's transition from the macrocosmic to the microcosmic alternation of wave and particle.


The yin/yang symbol contains the Three Treasures or Pure Ones: universal or celestial chi, higher-self or cosmic chi, and earth chi. The Three Pure Ones were traditionally depicted as three emperors who resided in the higher, middle, and lower tan tiens, or palaces or centers of the body. The power of shen, or spirit, binds the upper tan tien (which includes the third eye, crown, and whole head) to the universal chi. *1 The natural power of our spirit, known as chi, binds the middle tan tien to the heart and other organs. Chi is both the life force and the guiding philosophy running through all entities and creating their interconnectedness. Via the force known as ching, which provides continuity to the physical side of life, the lower tan tien (lower belly, located between the navel and the kidneys) binds the physical body, sexual energy, and Mother Earth.





The sages deduced the five elements that rule life in this earthly realm from the Three Pure Ones: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. In the next layer of the wheel, they are represented by a pentacle.

Eight additional powers that shape human life are at work in the Taoist cosmos' rich symbology: heaven, planet, fire, water, wind, thunder, lake, and mountain. The pakua (pa means "eight," kua means "trigram"), which appeared in the pattern of the turtle or tortoise shell used in prehistoric shamanic divination, represents them.

The lines on the turtle's back were believed to be a divine map, with each side/corner of the compass diagram pointing to 1–8 (not 0–7) coded in binary. The drum and circle walking emerged from this shape, symbolizing the passage of time, from the first steps of spring to the blossoming summer, reaping life's harvest to sustain us through the autumn of retirement and the freezing winter of death.


The pakua (or bagua) depicts the universe's eight powers as eight trigrams. The trigram Kan, which is associated with the north, is placed at the bottom of the pakua, while the trigram Li, which is associated with the south, is placed at the top. The pakua's trigrams are sometimes placed in the reverse order. Opposing elements are positioned next to each other.

The twelve zodiac signs, which are based on ancient totems, reflect twelve basic personality forms. Each is aligned with one of the five elements and is either yin or yang.

As the outer circle, the eight trigrams join to form the sixty-four hexagrams of the I Ching.



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Modern Day Shaman

 



THE SHAMAN OF TODAY


Almost an age ago Barefoot healers, pre-Taoist shamans wearing red headbands, wandered naked in ancient China and were prone to fits.

Siberian shamans are especially well-known, but shamans from other cultures are also aware of them. Taoist shamanism arose from these origins, surviving the turmoil of warring states and later persecutions, as well as Taoism's rise to become the official religion of the Imperial dynasties and eventual downfall.

Today, a shaman is a community healer who is known only to the community and is unknown to the outside world, particularly in the Taoist tradition. 

This secret dates back to the days when people were persecuted. The shaman, as a healing warrior, mediates with, or combats, Spirit by taking the energy to heal and lock into her or himself. When all medicinal practices such as plants, massage, acupuncture, or allopathy have declined, the shaman is selected by Spirit and named by humans as a "mediator of Spirit." While illness persists, the shaman consults Spirit to learn what healing the soul needs in order for the body to be restored to health. The shaman awakens the awareness that everything is a joy and a reward, that everything is love, and that gratitude and thanks must be expressed even in the face of suffering. Then the soul and the body will be brought back into balance.

Practitioners in shamanism, on the other hand, may be vulnerable to Spirit afflictions in this world. I personally know two people — one a recognized practitioner and the other a young boy identified by his teachers as possessing shamanic ability — who have a tough time adjusting to life in the "natural" world but are able to support others through their Spirit bond. 

Of course, modern-day Taoist practitioners will use the Healing Tao method to shield themselves from depletion and pollution in this situation.

All of the following was recommended by Taoism to help you develop a better understanding of yourself, your relationship with others, and your alignment with all of the powers surrounding you. Make your own course, and you are the creator of your own life.

  • Spiritual growth and prosperity
  • Understanding the powers of nature and your own true nature through meditation, kung fu, and Tai Chi.
  • Understanding the animal's soul and the natural world's way of life
  • Many of these perspectives are combined in the Taoist medicine wheel and the rituals that go with it.





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Taoist Shamanic Tradition


From Mystery to History: Taoist Shamanic Tradition


When humans finally stepped onto the ground and gazed out over the sea,


They saw the edge of a sacred circle in the distance, where Heaven above met Earth below. They found a few things as they moved around the circle:

Wherever they went, they were still in the middle, between Heaven and Earth.

It was the same for each one, but different for each one.

The sun still rose from one point in the circle and set in another, and Heaven darkened until it was illuminated by stars or an erratic moon.

During the day, the sun rotated through Heaven, but at night, Heaven revolved around one fixed and steady star.

It was the same for each of them, and it was the same for everyone, no matter where humans went on the planet.

As a result, ancient humans found that each of us is the center of our own world, while Heaven even has a center. They saw Heaven's influence, seeing how the fire warms and illuminates Earth, how water falls from Heaven to Earth, how lightning breaks Heaven and hits Earth as Heaven rumbles, and how wind flows through Heaven and Earth. Heaven is in charge of the Earth. As a result, whoever has Heaven's mandate reigns supreme on Earth.

The shaman kings started as leaders who conversed with God. According to one legend, a group of Aryans shipwrecked on the Chinese coast thousands of years ago did not die or have children, and were dubbed the Shining Ones.

The protection circle, naming the elements, ecstatic journeying and flight, power animals, and tutelary deities or guides were among the shamanic rituals they learned.

Shamans followed the bear, wearing bearskin robes in ritual, from Yu, the mythical son of the bear—shape-shifter, sky-dancer, and traveler in the underworld—all the way down to the Western Chou Dynasty (1122–770 BCE). Their influence waned over time; by the end of the Eastern Chou (221 BCE), when warring states were united under the Ch'in, many shamanic practices had been merged into Taoist schools (fig. 1.1). Shamanism was forced underground as the Ch'in dynasty chose Confucianism over Taoism.

Under the Western Han (206 BCE–8 CE), shamanic authority was revived at court as religious and magical Taoism, especially of the Fang Shih, who developed Inner Alchemy and Feng Shui. The Eastern Han (25–220 CE) dynasty, on the other hand, saw the last of the court shamans replaced by scholars and civil servants. By the second millennium, the basic doctrine, or Tao Chia, expounded by Lao-tzu in the Tao Te Ching around 600 BCE had evolved into Tao Chiao, philosophical dogma. Taoism's "do-it-yourself" ideals were pitted against Confucianism's reassuringly rigid rules of conduct in all contexts. However, in rural villages, the "old ways" and their followers continued to hold sway, turning Taoism into a folk religion of mystery and secrecy, along with ceremonies, rituals, and initiations. Shamanic Taoism was practiced as a tribal cult by families and priests, the origins of the great schools of Taoism with their ideological and geographical variations.

Chang Tao-ling (34–156 CE), a Fang Shih, travelled to western China (now Sichuan/Yunnan), where shamanism was still commonly practiced. Chang founded the school Seven Bushels of Rice, which later became the Celestial Masters, after being influenced by Tibetan Tantric traditions. Their fortunes grew and fell over the centuries as dynasties changed and disputes between Taoist, Confucian, and Buddhist doctrines arose.

Seven states fought for dominance in China during the Warring States period, which lasted from 475 to 221 BCE.

Lady Wei, daughter of a Celestial Masters' priest and herself a priestess, created the Shang ch'ing school of Taoists in 265 CE, under the Eastern Ch'in, to restore and perpetuate the shamanic rites of ecstatic flight and journeying. Tao Hung-ching, a former Court librarian, gathered and compiled Shang ch'ing scripts, including the I Ching, wrote and studied Inner Alchemy, and founded the monastery on Mount Maoshan, which is still standing today.

K'ou Ch'ien-chih established a branch of the Celestial Masters influenced by puritanical Buddhist ideas of celibacy during the Northern Wei Dynasty (386–534 CE). He introduced laws and legislation against shamanic and sexual rituals with reforming zeal. In 420 CE, his version of the Celestial Masters' Taoism was made the state religion in the north, and shamans were persecuted as a result. As a result, the shamans' sought-after sanctuary turned into a hostile environment. They continued their rituals, however, in secret, without the use of pipes, rattles, masks, or other artefacts to distinguish them. “You can't tell a sage by his clothes,” as the saying goes. They were often referred to as sorcerers, witches, and magicians.

Taoism has deteriorated from a state religion to a fragmented religion through the years.

Many writings on sexual acts reappeared as the puritan reformation faded. In the political instability, intellectuals and officials fell in and out of favor as the structured religious element of the country crumbled. Many of them were hermits, combining their Confucian beliefs with Lao-naturalistic tzu's Taoism. During the Buddhist persecutions, a note saying “There is an altar in this house” was a symbol of a safe harbor for the wandering Taoist. The practice of displaying the site of a Taoist household or temple has continued to this day.

Owing to the political and religious climate of the day, various scriptures were written, compiled, rewritten, destroyed, concealed, stolen, or burnt. During the Song time, the Complete Clarity School attempted to return to the initial practice's simplicity. The Celestial Masters were then chosen to lead the official state religion, which included magic and sorcery, by the first Ming emperor, who had overthrown the Yuan or Mongol dynasty in the fourteenth century with the aid of the sorcerer Liu Po-hun. The sixty-third Celestial Master of the immediate lineage remains in Taiwan in the twenty-first century.



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Shamanism and Biomagnetic fields

 



The SQUID (superconducting quantum information device) 

Magnetometer (biomagnetic field mapping device) is a highly sensitive technology that can map biomagnetic fields created by physiological processes in the body. J. E. Zimmerman, a former Ford Motor Company scientist, was the driving force behind its growth. SQUID was the first practical electronic device to track interaction between matter's energy waves, and it is now regarded as one of the best magnetic flux detectors. Special rooms shielding environmental energies have been designed in combination with SQUID technologies in order to study highly subtle magnetic fields in the brain and other parts of the body.

Konstantin Korotkov, a physics professor at Russia's St. Petersburg State Technical University, came up with another invention. Korotkov, a bioelectrography specialist, created a computerized device that allows for what he calls "Gas Discharge Visualization" (GDV).

GDV, which is based on Kirlian imaging, allows for the study of human energy fields and can aid in the observation of energy transitions in a number of circumstances, including as treatments are performed.

Polycontrast Interference Photography is another new technique with a lot of potential for diagnosing physical and psychiatric illnesses (PIP). It consists of a digital camera and patented software that measures the energy released as two waveforms collide, and it was invented by British researcher Harry Oldfield. The photonic discharge that results creates an image that reveals areas of illness and fitness. 

Chakras, meridians, and physiologic states, as well as the effects of human intention and a variety of environmental factors, are all readily discernible. 

In the United States, Oldfield worked with physician Brian Dailey, and in India, he worked with Thornton Streeter, Director of The Centre for Biofield Sciences. In one study, the crown chakra of a delusional individual was found to be distinctly broken. PIP mapped the changes in a seasoned meditator's consciousness as he went from normal waking consciousness to deep meditation and back to normal waking consciousness in another profile. PIP observations, including GDV experiments, are classified as speculative because it's unclear what energies are being tracked.

The science of metabolic function at the cellular level is also known as bioenergetics. Scientists at prestigious universities are showing the importance of energetic flow and transformation of illness and recovery as a result of this research.

The Institute of Bioenergetics at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, for example, is developing “a multidisciplinary approach to studying cellular metabolism and cellular connectivity with the aim of treating or curing severe diseases.” The field of cellular signaling (how cells communicate) is now progressing from the study of physical processes—for example, a hormone docking with a cellular receptor, which sets off a chain of events—to studying energetic signaling, of which the physical cascade's first source is energetic in nature.

In the laboratory of John McMichael, immunologist, virologist, and curator of Beech Tree Labs and The Institute for Therapeutic Discovery, another field of investigation is underway. Decades of laboratory and preclinical research have shown the promise of a class of formulations that use low amounts of naturally occurring molecules—proteins and DNA, for example—to address a broad variety of diseases.

The dosages are much higher than in homoeopathy, but much smaller than in most modern pharmaceuticals.

Scientific evidence indicating the receptors are affected and which genes are up- or down-regulated (turned on or off) suggests that this platform could lead to a new understanding of how the body functions.

Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that McMichael's groundbreaking breakthrough for curing depression didn't work by the biopathways common with modern antidepressants since it showed effectiveness in confirmed animal tests. These results led to the hypothesis that the agent works by a process of energetic contact that instructs the body to rebalance itself. McMichael himself believes there may be an energetic network made up of receptors in cells or the extracellular matrix that aids in the restoration of homeodynamics (a more descriptive term for homeostasis), the body's normal balance. As a result, he now concentrates his focus on sub-molecular processes.

Nonlocal healing, in which an individual's or a group's well-focused purpose can have a huge impact on the wellbeing of anyone thousands of miles away, is often on the cutting edge of bioenergetics. Although this process is often classified as mystical or religious, the cause of nonlocal healing is generally thought to be energy-based, whether it is focused by dowsing, praying, or other methods. Physician Larry Dossey and research scientist Marilyn Mandala Schlitz of the Institute of Noetic Sciences are among those who have studied this mechanism of healing scientifically. They have found positive yet contradictory findings, as is typical when studying putative energies. The common denominator of how the different approaches to nonlocal healing concentrate energy is often considered to be intentionality, or the deliberate application of meaning. The scientific mapping of intent is still a long way off.

If healing rituals and hardwired technologies—which get to the heart of the human condition—are energy effects that necessitate looking at the whole being as well as environmental factors, both the quantum physicist's "unified field" and the mystic's "everything is one" insight point to a shared universe. This takes us closer to the aspects of the human condition that are universal, regardless of color, gender, or creed. Although there has been a lot of literature on the energetics of living environments, it hasn't been presented in the light of Western European philosophical ideas and traditions for the most part. This is beginning to change. For decades, science has been catching up to what the Toltecs have been telling about the universe and the healing methods TCM has been providing. The healing therapies of bioenergetics—often referred to as "energy medicine"—appears to be very complex, have strong historical origins, and constitute an emerging multidisciplinary field of modern science.

New models, new factors for investigation, and new tools for healing and wellness will continue to sprout whether energy is in any sense a determinant for biological behavior and reactions. These revelations, on the other hand, do not throw a completely new net of knowledge over the science community. They are predicated on prior experience. According to Oschman, “the new hypotheses should not cause us to forget our sophisticated understandings of genetics, biochemistry, or molecular biology.”

“Instead, they refine our understanding of living systems and healing at deeper structural and functional levels.”

Magnetic electrical input and other forms of energy-based signals are continuously received and emitted by the human body. The body has an array of energy-detection apparatuses, from drawing in the Sun's energy and turning it to Vitamin D, to hearing impacting brain areas, to photon-detection receptors in the retina. Chemical reactions are triggered by the presence of electricity. Furthermore, the modern discipline of electromyography, which tracks electrical currents behind muscle contraction, has over a century of study behind it, demonstrating that this form of action happens spontaneously within the body.

“We are in a time of radical transition in the healthcare system,” says Oschman, a recognized pioneer in the area of biophysics. In this phase, Energy Medicine plays a critical role. The explanation for this is that traditional Western medicine is the first medicinal practice in existence to have largely overlooked the concept of energy. Nearly all complementary and holistic therapies that the population is enthusiastically turning toward have energetic concepts.” “‘In every society and in every medical practice before ours, healing was done by transferring energy,” Oschman continues, quoting Albert Szent-Györgyi (who received a Nobel Prize in for his synthesis of vitamin C).

“Nothing occurs in nature without an energy exchange,” says physicist Milo Wolff. Communication or the development of some sort of information requires an energetic transition. There are no exceptions to this rule. This is a natural law.”


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Shamanism and Energy

 



The Toltec worldview, a type of shamanism in which the energy body plays a central role. Based on this core theme, I've discovered that these ancient teachings reveal underlying mechanisms of consciousness and cognition, including how we shape meaning, and give us the ability to intentionally cultivate ever-expanding worldviews over the course of 35 years. These teachings aren't isolated from the rest of the world. They are, beyond a doubt, a natural extension of existing fields such as philosophy and research. They have the potential to have an effect on other fields and to greatly expand the boundaries of agreed expertise.

Others have written about Toltec beliefs and rituals as well, bringing what was once obscure to the forefront of mystical literature. Toltec literature has grown in popularity worldwide since Carlos Castaneda's first novel, The Teachings of Don Juan, was written in the late 1960s. Victor Sanchez, Florinda Donner, Taisha Abelar, Miguel Ruiz, Susan Gregg, and other Toltec practitioners have since contributed to a growing body of practice.

Though Castaneda and his books became well-known, his work in presenting an emic account of Toltec teachings (from the perspective of a participant rather than an outside, "objective" observer) won him a doctorate in anthropology from UCLA. Carlos Castaneda's doctorate has not been revoked, despite claims to the contrary. When assessing Castaneda's work, the emic format must be taken into account. The substance of his books has been accused of being intuited or even invented by him.

However, if we apply an emic criterion to his work and see it as coming from within the Toltec shamanic culture rather than the more traditional watching and documenting from a distance from the event under investigation, the expression of his instruction is completely compatible with that body of teachings. His books should then be interpreted as the conclusion of a learning project in which one must put the lessons into practice. As a result, rather than intuiting his books as is customary, he used directions from his teacher, don Juan Matus, for "dreaming."

He greatly expanded conversation and action into new areas of human capacity by doing so. Castaneda's books are a good part of having understood and enacted the method in this light, a true reflection of emic anthropology.

Shamanism for the Age of Science, on the other hand, is not a "Toltec" book in the sense that it does not provide rituals based exclusively on that experience. It instead focuses on facets of the energy body that are important to all, not just those of esoteric interests. It distils the nature of what Toltec shamans learned about the fundamental framework of the human energy body—particularly when it applies to person and collective learning—and examines it and its impact on consciousness via a modern lens. References to don Juan's teachings, the central character of Castaneda's novels, are intended to maintain the lineage's continuity. When Castaneda codified a formerly oral culture, a new mold was cast, undermining the evolution sequence; only time can tell what consequences this had. Since the Toltec strain of shamanism is based on discovering the energy body rather than instilling a fixed theory, it always takes unexpected turns. “There is no official version of Toltec knowledge,” don Juan said, “and the passing of time necessitates new ways of reading and elucidating it.”

Shamanism has always been articulated in words that are important to the people it represents, as one of the oldest traditions in philosophy, regeneration, education, and other means of speech related to the people it serves. Since we live in a scientific age, the depiction of shamanism offers an incentive for shamanism and science to engage in more than a passing conversation.


Gerald Piel, the father of Scientific American and author of The Age of Science, eloquently portrays a world where committed men and women have mapped facets of life that were once confined to the realms of mystics and alchemists. Our understanding of subjects like light, space, time, genes, and geology, to name a few, has been transformed dramatically thanks to the efforts of dedicated scientists.

However, the realms of science and shamanism remain diametrically opposed, with those in each camp scratching their heads as they observe the other. Philosophical propositions that occur only as mental objects are challenging, if not impossible, to research scientifically. The foundation of what might be called speculation is not observational, not based on experiment and observation, the bedrock of science.




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Shamanism Complements Science

  



A New Partnership

When precise conditions for measurement, such as the energy body and its processes, are given, shamanism emerges.


These objects are on the cusp of science, since they can be researched with the same meticulousness that has gone into other fields of research. Chemistry, for example, is a fundamental component of science, while intent—focused energy— is a foundational component in shamanism.

Scientists are starting to look at intent in ways like remote healing and how an experimenter may affect an experiment, and shamans can come to see chemical behavior and reactions as refined embodiments of intent. In contrast, shamans' observations of the authoritative energetic systems in human anatomy and cosmology provide scientists with an ability to explore previously unexplored scientific territory.

Things seem to be moving in this direction. We are at a stage in our history where the realms of science and ancient ways of consciousness study are mixing, as His Holiness the Dalai Lama's book The Universe in a Single Atom demonstrates. In this regard, there is a clear compatibility between science and shamanism, as both are tools for understanding more about how we work and the environment we live in.

Shamanism complements science by offering a contemporary, cross-cultural background, and science augments shamanism by unveiling new paths of exploration.

Whether or not this partnership takes place would have no bearing on either party's success. If it does not, it would be a waste of time and neither party learned from the other. Science also has an endless number of possibilities to discover, and shamanism will continue to exist whether or not it is approved by scientific authority. In this vein, I combine shamanism and science because I've discovered that the two together offer a solid stepping-stone to enhanced knowledge of human nature and abilities.



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Shamanism As a State of Consciousness

 



Bioenergetics, a quickly expanding research field that nicely blends with developments in understanding cognition, or how we come to know and understand, is mentioned as part of this strategy. To further explain how the energy body governs consciousness, this is laced with physics and neuroscience considerations. 


One of the greatest puzzles of all time is how to define consciousness.

We don't need to describe consciousness to use it to become more conscious, however. We do need the resources offered by background and procedures that are specifically designed to promote the creation and use of consciousness.

Psychology was known as a theory of mental existence in the eighteenth century, and it took the first steps toward being a discipline in the nineteenth century, according to Blackmore. Bringing some of the many aspects of psychology to bear on the riddle of consciousness gives one another avenue to at least experiment with it and perhaps draw more value from applying it to the spirit body, particularly provided that shamanism has been dubbed "America's oldest psychology." This also refers to the different forms of shamanism that can be seen all over the world, since it is indeed one of the most prevalent influences. As a result, both shamanism and science have cross-cultural significance and are important in today's world.


As time passed, Toltec perception investigators continued their work and delivered a sophisticated constellation of knowledge about the energy body, including concrete, consistent sources that detail the energy body as an empirical, observable aspect of our anatomy. These viewpoints also have a unified view, allowing for an accounting of the wisdom acquired in the different philosophical traditions that research the universe as energy.

The energy body, by its very essence, encompasses all aspects of human activity. As a result of Toltec considerations, we should reexamine classic literature from other religions, such as the perennial philosophies of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity. Shamanic origins run the gamut from animism and pantheism to monotheism in these sects of mysticism. Shamanic research also looks at time-honored metaphysical questions like ethics, free will, and the ontological state of being.




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Shamanism and The Physical Body's Energy

  


This study of the human experience is unique because of the breadth of this perspective and the possibilities it highlights.


It's worth looking at. In some ways, this is strange, because Toltec lore claims that what became the highly refined worldview of today began to coalesce 5,000 to 7,000 years ago in the center of what is now a third-world nation, Mexico. Around the same time, the teachings of the Toltecs do not exist in a vacuum. Many disciplines, traditions, and people have added to our understanding of the energy body, from medical medicine to homoeopathy to ancient Taoism.

I've discovered that failing to recognize our personal energy body is akin to trying to walk down the street without using our muscles. There is so much more than being human that is yet to be discovered. The development of understanding of our greater capacity leads to a radical shift in how we see the environment and, as a result, shifts in behavior. This improved interaction with our environment allows for more learning, and new ways to learn. Learning is dependent on how much you use the skills you have at your hands, as well as using those resources to begin with. You may have a lot of insight but no experience in that situation. Similarly, you can have a lot of training that goes to waste because you lack the ability to submit and incorporate it.

BOOKS are a dominant medium of expression for knowledge, education, and entertainment in our time. They are consciousness representations created by energy bodies, with the book style representing the type of energy being portrayed. Much like energy bodies, you can say a book is a book by looking at its structure, and you can tell the contents have been formed in such a way as to express some kind of wisdom. Books, like energy bodies, express realities and distortions based on the craftsmanship that goes into their development. Books, like energy bodies, embody and create worlds large and small and for good or bad by concentrating thinking, emotion, and action.

And, just like energy bodies, no single book, or even a series of books, can provide everything that is learned about any given topic. However, books, like energy bodies, have the ability to bind you to infinity.

This book is the result of combining Toltec theory with a number of science and academic disciplines, exposing the structure and functions of the energy body while also providing a basis for a better understanding of perception and personal development. What is learned is not negated by these modern views on creativity, intellect, and memory. They increase understanding in the same way as new ideas, habits, and innovations are stimulated by disruptive technology. The overriding principle of this project is that what happens within the energy body is the primary determinant of all we see, experience, think, or interpret. While the power, resilience, and importance of the ancient Toltec tradition inform this debate, the additional references to current fields of inquiry reinforce and lead the basic concept into modern meaning.

The scope of this project necessitates a scientific rendering that accurately reflects the mechanics of the energy body and related science. This approach has a reason since it is necessary to present the rationale of how the energy body functions and how to help it reach its full potential. It won't stop you from waking your energy body if you don't understand the complex specifics. The first step is to get a grasp of the situation, and to do so, you just need to be aware of your choices.

The options are essentially the same as those that arise from studying the myriad structures that make up the human body. You'll notice that the dynamics of the nervous system and the energy body, for example, mirror each other.

Historical and contemporary studies collide, exposing more than previously believed while expanding the possibilities. The fact that energy body processes can be linked to a variety of fields backs up the idea that experience is determined by factors within the energy body. In the other hand, these fields of research stem from the energy body, which focuses and generates awareness. Each essay serves as a stepping stone toward a greater understanding of our natural heritage, as well as how to cultivate proficiency in the care and maintenance of your energy body.

The intricacies of projecting, the interplay of learning and creativity, the foundation of fundamentalism, the importance of altered states of consciousness, and how to groom present-centeredness are just a few of the topics discussed herein using this technique. 




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Shamanism, Logic and Lessons in Truth

 



This one, among others, is an important part of the overall project. When it comes to interacting with energy bodies, all forces, both internal and external, are crucial. Each segment can be seen as a part of learning and using your energy body in this way. When you grow consciousness, you can refer to a bit or a chunk of your experience at any given time. There is no set order in which things must happen; there is no set order in which things must happen first or last. The intertwining string of infinity, on the other hand, connects each of the shamanism's segments.

We've developed a sound, a leading signal that will lead us down a clear path to our destination. It is, though, a blueprint that reflects and determines what is to come. We examine an area where science and metaphysics collide, where a change in our perception of reality is taking place, and which provides insight to further the validity of the energy body's presence and effect.

The book "Anatomy of the Energy Body" goes on to describe the parts of our expanded selves as well as their visual capacity. It also gives an explanation of how thoughts construct the bits and pieces of everyday life's reality, as well as how emotions tie this tapestry together. These reference points, when applied to a person, a collective, or a community, may either direct us to freedom or mercilessly constrain us. “The Formation of Truth” provides insights into how models of reality are dynamically formed, encapsulating our understanding of the universe and thereby providing us a world to view, to help you understand and command this mechanism. This demonstrates how truth emerges from infinity in this way. “Expanding the Boundaries” describes energy body mechanisms in such a manner that it can be used to explore states of consciousness outside of group consensus, thus expanding the zone of agreed reality.

It's possible that your convictions will be tested along the way. Suspension of belief is central to the scientific process, Eastern mysticism, in which the universe is seen as an illusion, and Western Toltec thought, in which the reality (any world) is seen as one of several real possibilities. The soul of objectivity is this perceptual transition.

You can think of and even create new orders of truth by learning to control your convictions. This renews and invigorates your life in and of itself, which is why “Stockroom of a Thousand Mirrors” delves further into truth construction.

In “Closing in on Fundamentalism,” we look at some of the stifling impact of our views of truth on learning.

Fundamentalist actions can affect everyone, and this can not be forgotten. Whether or not you believe in the nature of free will, you will discover that the creation of truth is indeed an involved phase in nature. “Building a Creative Life” then offers viewpoints to help you boost your energy and actively shape your reality, as well as get a better understanding of the levels of development you can expect and their inherent obstacles to increased consciousness.

“Living the Unfolding Moment” examines the ultimate outcome of energy body growth. It's about life's immediacy, where personal consciousness collides with infinity.

We are largely unaware of this relation, despite the fact that it exists. Living in the present moment is a condition of being, a state of satisfaction, awareness, and grace, and it represents quintessential human intellect—ontological intelligence. The distinction between academic and ontological understanding can be seen in the ability to speak about and intellectually understand a talent vs the ability to do, observe, and practice that skill. All of the classic mysticisms, in my opinion, approach being and, as a result, reflect on the natural human condition. What differs between them is how they go about getting this to light.

By now, you should have a good sense of the sound of this novel. “Energy Management Skills,” on the other hand, gives you more opportunities to explore your energy body. You may or may not share aspects of the subsequent interactions with others, and they may or may not be entirely contextual. In any case, this prepares you to make sense of them in a broader context, enhancing your attention, allowing you to explore your creativity, and speeding up your learning. We aim to examine the core components of learning—memory, intellect, objectivity, and self-guidance—and concludes with a learning posture that will hold you alert no matter what time, location, or situation you find yourself in. After all, it's all about learning when it comes to awakening your spirit body.

The Goal and the Way

When all is said and done, the aim of this essayis to give you the context and tools you need to improve your awareness skills so that you can revitalize your life on a regular basis, contributing immeasurably to what that entails for both individuals and communities. This is accomplished by imagination and learning, with meaning serving as a navigational guide. Seeking the energized moment of an energized truth is the key to truly understanding this quest; it means fully awakening, to be. This is the position where you can reach infinity.



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