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8 Life Changing Lessons by a Taoist Master That Will Expand Your Mind

Have you heard of Mantak Chia? He’s a Taoist Buddhist master famous for bringing the ideas of Taoism to the west through his writings and teachings.

Chia has some mind expanding ideas derived from Taoism which cause you to rethink the relationship you have with yourself and the cosmos.

We put together some of our favorite quotes by Chia which totally transformed our understanding of how to live a healthy life.

Our favorite is the one at the bottom about how the heart is connected to the tongue. But they are all great.

Check them out. We’ve also provided links to the books the quotes come from in case you want to learn more.

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The Effortless Way

“That is the key: the less you do the better, especially with your energy and achieving things, because there really is no place to go. You are already here and everything will come to you. That is the effortless path of the Tao.”
Living in the Tao


Cosmic Dust Particles

“The Taoists have always talked about the cosmic dust particles that come from the stars. These are our life force and are on the microscopic level. We cannot really see them, but they are actually particles of light. We take them into our body. No matter what we eat. 75 percent of all our nutrition comes from the air. You can live without food for sixty days or more and without water for two weeks or more, but with air you can only go without it for three or four minutes. It makes sense that what we breathe is what we actually utilize for food.”
Living in the Tao

Healing Elexir

“The Taoists always recommend you swallow your own saliva at least 15 to 30 times a day. This allows the body to heal itself. The saliva itself has a high potassium content, which really heals the body. When you were young and hurt yourself, what was the first thing your mother did? She kissed it and made it all better. The kissing transferred the saliva from her mouth, which had a healing effect on the body. This is the same for animals: as soon as they cut themselves, the first thing they do is lick the cut and that helps the body heal itself. The saliva from the tongue as they lick the wound starts to heal the wound.”
Living in the Tao

The Energy Source

“The universe has an abundance of energy that can enhance and multiply our enjoyment of life. All that we need to do is to be connected to the source.”
The Healing Energy of Shared Consciousness

The Inner Smile in Taoism

“In Taoism we regard the negative emotions as low-grade energy. Many people operate their lives in anger, sadness, depression, fear, worry, and other kinds of negative energy. These types of energy are bound to cause chronic disease and to steal our major life force. The Inner Smile is the true smile for all parts of the body, including all the organs, glands, and muscles, as well as the nervous system. It will produce a high grade of energy that can heal and eventually be transformed into an even higher grade of energy.”
The Inner Smile

Basking in Love

“In ancient China, the Taoist masters recognized the power of smiling energy. They practiced an Inner Smile to themselves, which moved chi energy and produced a high grade of chi, and achieved health, happiness, and longevity. Smiling to oneself is like basking in love, and love can repair and rejuvenate.

“The Inner Smile directs smiling energy into our organs and glands, which are so vital to life. Ironically, although we often pay a great deal of attention to our outer appearance, very few of us are aware of our inner organs and glands: what they look like, where they’re located, or what their functions are. Worse yet, we are insensitive to the subtle warnings they send us when we mistreat them with poor diets and unhealthy lifestyles. We are like a boss who never pays any attention to his or her employees and is startled when things go wrong. If we’re acquainted with our organs and glands, appreciate what they do, and learn to hear their messages, they will reward us with relaxation and vitality.”
The Inner Smile

Avoid Excess

“Walking too long harms the tendons; sitting too long harms the flesh; standing too long harms the bones; lying down too long harms vital energy; and gazing too long harms the blood.

“Too much anger, grief, pity, or melancholy is harmful, as is too much joy or pleasure. Prolonged suffering is harmful; prolonged abstinence from sexual activity is harmful; prolonged anxiety is harmful. In short, to neglect moderation is harmful.

“Try not to use your senses too much. Don’t look at or listen to anything for too long at a time. Whenever the senses are used excessively, sickness can result.”
The Inner Smile

The Heart and the Tongue

“Traditional Chinese medicine calls the heart the ‘chief’ or ‘director’ of all the internal organs. It governs the blood and controls the blood vessels. It manifests in the complexion and controls the tongue, the taste buds, and the sweat. . . . The tongue is the sense organ connected energetically to the heart. A normal, pale red tongue and normal taste buds reflect a balanced, healthy heart. Distortion in tongue color, shape, or taste buds reflects a heart imbalance from arrogance, impatience, cruelty, hate, mania, or some other external cause. In relation to the tongue, heart imbalance can also manifest as speech problems, such as stuttering, or in incessant talking or inappropriate laughter.”
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