30. Taoism – Sacral Chakra – Lower Abdomen
The sacral chakra embodies the harmony of opposites and the Taoist belief. The Tao, or the way, sees everything as both Yin (receptive feminine energy) and Yang (expansive masculine energy). The dots within the Taoist symbol represent aspects of the other. Taoists see life as a continual balance between Yin and Yang, and any shift to one extreme or the other will be self-defeating. In the Taoist creation myth, Wu-Ji is limitless that produces Tai-Ji which creates heaven (Yang) and earth (Yin). Heaven and earth rejoin when man (Yang) and woman (Yin) mate as one.
Taoism is based on indigenous beliefs that originated with the early Wu Shamans of China before 5000 BCE. These women were healers, rainmakers and dream interpreters. Taoism moved from a matriarchy to a patriarchy around 2500 BCE, when the focus shifted to morally perfected Sage-kings. Taoists believe in the concept of Chi, or energy. Lao Tzu (590 BCE) is the legendary father of Taoism and is credited with writing the Daodejing or “Book of the Way and its Power.” The principal of Taoism is to improve the flow of Chi within all areas of life.
Message: Find harmony in your life by embracing the opposites within you. Step out of being right and wrong by allowing your life to flow, become the observer. Go outside or near water to help open your mind to new ways of seeing and being that are waiting for you to experience.
“The softest things in the world over comes the hardest things in the world.” – Lao Tzu
The Yin/Yang symbol of Taoism. The eight triagrams (three lines) of the Bagua encircle it. The combination of feminine open Yin lines and the masculine solid Yang lines represent the eight aspects of nature. The Bagua legend tells of a time when the Yang father mated with the Yin mother and they had three daughters and three sons. Each represents an aspect of nature that is constantly in flux.
The King Wen Bagua – 1150 BCE
South/Summer – 2nd Daughter Li – Clinging/Lightgiving – Fire
Southwest/Summer – Mother Kun – Receptive/Devoted – Earth
West/Fall – 3rd Daughter Tui – Joyous/Joyful – Lake/Marsh
Northwest/Fall – Father Ch’ien – Creative/Strong – Heaven/Sky
North/Winter – 2nd Son Kan – Abysmal/Dangerous – Water
Northeast/Winter – 3rd Son Ken – Still/Immovable – Mountain
East/Spring – 1st Son Chen – Arousing/Movement – Thunder
Southeast/Spring – 1st Daughter Sun – Gentle/Direct – Wind/Wood