|Longevity & Immortality|
We are made up of Heaven and Earth and since the dawn of man, great sages across the globe have endeavored to reach immortality. These wise ancestors of modern man developed practices to create alchemical changes in their being to transform their energy into its purest state, where they could merge with all creation to experience enlightenment. Today, we can understand the sages’ idea of immortality more simply as the remarkable power to transcend, as well as the power to exist, to know, and to develop our intuition at the highest level possible to merge with the Universe.
One of the greatest resources the Taoists found to cultivate their Qi was consuming elements of the Earth, one half of our source for life (the other being Heaven). Through experimentation they learned that different natural substances created a remarkable equilibrium in the energetic qualities of their bodies. Seeing illness as the by-product of an imbalance of the body’s energy, they found that the tonic herbs, once ingested, could strongly promote homeostasis, thus returning them to a state of balanced health, And so, tonic herbalism was born and the Taoists became the forefathers of Chinese medicine. Over centuries they stressed the great importance of perfecting the use of herbs, which has resulted in the most advanced and complete herbal system in the world.
The Taoists noticed that certain herbs were so powerful that they strengthened the life force enough to prevent imbalances from ever occurring in the first place. In this way, these herbs enabled people to be protected from disease and more easily progress in their work, their learning, and their spiritual advancement. The tonic herbs were also coined the “superior herbs” and became sacred to the Taoists for their power to produce unparalleled health and longevity while enhancing all aspects of their existence.
After the first half of Tang Dynasty (750 A.D.) the quest for immortality lessened as the efforts to reach such a state proved very difficult for the average person to endure and the culture shifted to material gains and expansion of territory. Fortunately, the Taoists recorded many of their discoveries and a number of ancient texts passed along this information through the centuries. The rise of communism tried to suppress much of this knowledge particularly during the ten year cultural revolution that started in1966. The communists killed and jailed many famous physicians and Taoists destroying all things traditional for fear of allowing the people to be self empowered. Thankfully, with the influence of traditions, past wisdom was deeply rooted into the Chinese culture and its revival began in 1976.
Today, many of the herbs are found in the Chinese cuisine and herb markets line the streets of major Asian cities. The secrets of the sages are not hard to access if we are willing to open our minds to concepts not prevalent in Western society. With the continued use of tonic herbs, longevity of body and spiritual immortality are only a shift in perception away!