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A Thought Tour of the Chinese Occult


Welcome back to this six-part video lecture
series that will be your primer into Buddhist-Taoist esotericism. It is my hope that you’ll see this series
as an open invitation to learn more about the occult traditions I practice and to find
from it something that might deepen yours. This fifth installment of the video lecture
series was supposed to be titled “Syncretism in Chinese Occultism,” but I’m scrapping
and going with “A Thought Tour of the Chinese Occult.” We start with the secret of the secrets, heading
straight for the most esoteric and most difficult to understand principles of the Chinese occult. Then we’ll take a peek in to folk shamanism
and meet the tang ki, or spirit mediums. We’ll also cover dreamwork as a traditional
shamanistic practice. Let’s revisit the three most important influences
on occult thought, and that is Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism and examine the visible
ways they impact the practice of the occult. We’ll talk about land spirits, traditional
Chinese witchcraft, and necromancy and soul dualism in Chinese thought. We’ll briefly cover exorcisms, then close
with astral projection in ritual magic. Chinese occultism tends to be rooted fundamentally
in a conflation of Buddhist and Taoist principles and let’s start at the root, the deepest
part of all this. In Buddhism, Siddhartha, the Buddha, wasn’t
the first Buddha to come along, by his own admission, and he won’t be the last, also
by his own admission. The Buddha was a human being, a mere mortal,
who engaged in cultivation practices that led him to become awakened, to attain nirvana. Buddha isn’t a god. Buddhas and bodhisattvas are not gods and
goddesses, at least not in the sense of having been born divine. This is confusing because from an outsider’s
point of view, it can look as if Asians worship Buddha or Kuan Yin as a god or goddess. We don’t. Well…It’s complicated. I won’t speak on behalf of the Abrahamic
faiths and try to explain to you why you bow to God and Jesus, but permit me to explain
to you why in Eastern faiths we bow. We don’t bow in submission or in idolatry. We bow to show respect, to show that we hold
who we’re bowing to in high esteem. So we bow to Buddha, we bow to our ancestors,
we bow to our elders, and we bow to our parents. In combat, we bow to our rivals. Culturally, our bow is really, really different
from how a bow is perceived in Christianized nations. Okay back to the mortal to god narrative. This theme is one you’re also going to find
crossing over into Taoist pantheons, where lots of Taoist deities and immortals have
this back story where they began life as human. Like the Buddha, through some form of cultivation
practice, they become more than human. Once they become more than human, after their
awakening, their consciousness becomes one with this universal consciousness. … Okay. How am I going to explain this. All right. You and me. First, let’s assume neither one of us is
psychic or have very, severely underdeveloped psychic abilities. Your consciousness, your individuality is
very…individual. Compartmentalized. It’s isolated. I can’t get through to you and you can’t
get through to me, except—oh! Except through the power of words. The magic of words. You can begin to have an influence over me
and I can have an influence over you when words and writing are exchanged. Otherwise, you’re really not connected to,
like, the rain, or to the intangible concept of love, or to the intangible concept of war,
or mercy, or even to the animated spirit of a mountain, or the spirit of a river, the
consciousness of the ocean. You and me, we’re totally separate. Individuals. You and I are mutually exclusive in the sense
that you cannot be both of us, you can only be you. Please tell me you’re still with me. Now, let’s say you’re a little bit psychic
and empathic. Suddenly, your individual consciousness can
mix and tune in to the universal consciousness, to other spirited life around you. You still identify you and me as totally separate
individuals, but because you’re a little bit psychic and empathic, you can maybe start
to feel, quite accurately, what it’s like to be me, what I’m thinking, how I might
behave. Because you’re somehow tuned in to my spirit. See, you’re a spirit, I’m a spirit, a
ghost is a spirit, a mountain is a spirit, fire is a spirit, a fox has a spirit, so there’s
this spirit encoded into everything and if you’re a little bit psychic and empathic,
you can kinda start to intuit the consciousness of all these spirits. That psychic, empathic connection can be cultivated. There are practices that can strengthen your
attunement to that universal consciousness. Now let’s enter the realm of psychic theory. In theory, telepathy is when I can send thoughts
straight from my mind to yours, or vice versa, I can retrieve thoughts from your mind because
in some way I’m connected to your mind. Telekinesis is when I can use my mind, my
consciousness, to move physical objects around a room because my consciousness is in some
way connected to the universal consciousness that connects these objects to the physical
world. Take it many steps further, and an awakening,
whether you’re talking about esoteric Buddhism or Taoism, is in theory this moment when your
individual consciousness becomes one with the universal consciousness. Now, awakened, you can then flow in and out
of anyone’s consciousness wavelength. You can attune yourself to the physical world
around you and also to the spirit, what we like to call the “supernatural world”
around us. You can now be me and feel who I am and you
no longer see any distinction or individuality between you and me. You feel, truly, truly feel, that you and
I are one, are in union. This is also why in Buddhist religious doctrine,
there’s that principle that you achieve awakening through practices of compassion,
empathy, and agape love. This awakening into the collective consciousness
can almost be described as an omnipotent telepathic and telekinetic power, except because you’re
so connected to the collective consciousness, you no longer have an individual ego, and
so without an individual ego, you also have zero desire to use that power for personal
gains. You’re still with me, right? None of this is too hard to follow? A bodhisattva in Buddhism, then, under this
theory, is a human being who cultivated a connection to that universal consciousness
in such a way that they can have an impact on things of this world. Like a very magnified version of the theory
of telekinesis or telepathy. Does that make sense? So like the religious theory is you achieve
a level of cultivation of your own consciousness that it becomes one with the collective, so
you can be in perfect sympathy with any individual entity of this world. You can put your mind and your powers into
my body, no matter where I am in the earthly world or where you are, and if you blink,
I blink, if you raise your hand, I raise my hand, you can embody me. And since Buddhas and bodhisattvas have achieved
such an advanced level of cultivation, again in theory, they also transcend their physical
bodies and the laws of nature that would otherwise impact a human body. Your consciousness requires a physical body,
because you’re, you know, you’re not Buddha. So how we explain this is Buddha, after being
awakened, his consciousness no longer requires a physical body. A Buddha is a personal, human consciousness
that loses individuality entirely and becomes one with the universal, collective consciousness. They’ve returned to Source, in a manner
of speaking, and so they also aren’t affected by any laws of space-time. Again, religious theory. A bodhisattva is one step short of nirvana
because the bodhisattva vows to not become total oneness with that universal consciousness,
so that part of that bodhisattva’s individual consciousness can remain behind, here in our
material world, to be of service. And in doing so, because they’ve got all
this cultivated power and thus a really strong connection through all the lines and networks
of collective consciousness, have the ability to help us out. They have amplified telepathy and telekinesis,
again, in a crude manner of speaking, and so we as humans can pray to them for help. When we pray, we’re trying to strengthen
that thread linking that particular deity and us through the threads of the universal
collective consciousness. That’s what Buddhists do. They call out to these bodhisattvas or Buddhas
for help in times of profound suffering in hopes that the awakened ones will use their
abilities to save us from suffering, you know, bat an eye themselves so we bat an eye in
a way that will empower us in the way we need to be empowered. They can also send their powers through the
channels of the external world around us to save us. Hence, invocation and evocation. When miracles in your physical world happen
after prayer, in religious theory, that’s the telekinesis I was talking about, again,
crude phrasing, which is achieved from becoming awakened. And the Buddhas and bodhisattvas are the awakened
ones. Specific bodhisattvas or divinities may cultivate
in such a way to be more attuned to certain aspects of this world, which is why a particular
bodhisattva might in a more defined way embody compassion and mercy in the case of Kuan Yin
or more embody thunder and what thunder represents, the hand of power, as in the case of Jing
Gang Shou Pu Sa. Certain mantras or sutras are thus believed
to be encoded in such a way that they strengthen that telepathic or telekinetic connection
between your individual consciousness and that bodhisattva. Oh by the way, that was esoteric or mystical
Buddhism in a plain and simple—as plain and simple as I could manage it—nutshell. Real talk. You’re supposed to have achieved some super
advanced initiated levels of religious mumbo jumbo and jumped through lots of top secret
hoola hoops to have reached the point of getting that understanding. People study esoteric Buddhist texts for decades
before they get here. So really. Really. You’re welcome. Taoism very much gets syncretized with esoteric
Buddhism because just change some of the phrasing and vocabulary, and that’s pretty much esoteric
Taoism as well. Now why did I begin there, spending a really
long time on what feels like a completely irrelevant tangent from the title of this
video? Because all of Chinese occultism is premised
on this. Even if it’s not this overt conscious mission
toward achieving awakening, and even if a practitioner of Chinese occultism never even
thinks of any of these more esoteric aspects of theory, you don’t have to for it to be
there. It is the bedrock of Chinese occultism whether
or not you care. So like I said. I started at the root of Chinese occultism,
the deepest part of this system. I wasn’t entirely sure if I wanted to even
include that whole bit in this series, but then I realized I kind of have to. That’s the whole point of Taoist and Buddhist
esoteric study and Chinese occult theory. Occult practice is about striving to become
more attuned to that collective consciousness that in Buddhist doctrine is referred to as
an awakening that the Buddhas achieve, and semi-awakening of the bodhisattvas. The distinction, maybe, of what is objectively
“occult practice” and what is esoteric Buddhism, which is inseparable from religion,
is occult practice, and therefore Taoist esotericism, diverges at least into two different paths. In Taoist occult practice, you can achieve
awakening while self-imposing a moral code and morality cultivation so that you lose
your ego when you awaken into collective consciousness or you can choose not to, and try to maintain
your ego, your individualism, when you awaken into collective consciousness. So you awaken into the embodiment of the universe
but at the same time, remain fully conscious of who you once were, and you choose to stay
who you once were. Hence, the Taoist pursuit of immortality. Esoteric Buddhism, which is going to emphasize
morality because it is a religion, would assert that you cannot awaken without losing your
ego, and that cultivation must, must be on the straight and narrow path. That straight and narrow path must follow
the Buddhist moral code, again because it’s a religion, so that when you awaken, you lose
your ego, your individuality, to become one with that collective consciousness. You awaken into the embodiment of the universe
and you no longer have any desire to stay attached to yourself, to who you were. Hence, the Buddhist pursuit of nirvana, enlightenment. Where Taoist occultism can get a bad rep is
the notable divergence from the Buddhist religious pursuit of detaching from your ego, your sense
of individualism. There are Taoist occult practitioners who
seek advanced cultivation and connection to the universal without ever wanting to surrender
the ego. It’s choosing not to take the measures to
relinquish the ego in the process of cultivation toward the godhead. It’s almost a different form of cultivation
toward awakening—it’s seeking to awaken without losing the self. Esoteric Buddhism, on the other hand, tends
to be almost all about losing the ego and detaching from that ego. That’s kind of the hallmark of Buddhism. The reason many forms of Taoist occultism
gets syncretized with Buddhism is because Buddhism provides almost the perfect religious
model for Taoist cultivation practices if what they seek is awakening that includes
detaching from the ego, or a more harmonious form of awakening, where you seek oneness
with nature, rather than overthrow of the current nature
to replace it with yours, because that’s what happens if you keep your ego and awaken
into collective consciousness. It’s a form of seeking to replace what’s
already there with what it is you want. Apocalyptic visions in Chinese occultism are
premised on this foretelling that eventually, someone, a form of messiah, is going to seek
awakening without losing the ego and in doing so, become omnipotent and seek to exercise
that omnipotence for personal, self-centered gain. To that end, the physical world in its current
manifestation will be destroyed, to be replaced by a new world in that messianic figure’s
image. And yes, in esoteric Taoism, there’s definitely
a strong theme of a prophesied messiah to come. In Buddhism, the prophesied messiah, no, I
mean you can sort of make that equivalence, but there’s Maitreya, the next Buddha that
will return to this world to establish a new world order. Okay I don’t really have a good segue to
transition from that to what I want to cover next so I’m just going to…just…we’re
just going to move on. I want to address six essential influences
in Chinese occultism. And we’ll take each one in turn. Folk shamanism. What we refer to as Taoist philosophy. Buddhism. Confucianism. Always accounting for local or regional land
spirits in your craft. And then what often gets lumped into the category
of witchcraft. Since we begin with the belief that everything
is connected, this pantheistic view of the universe and divinity, sometimes to fix a
people problem on earth, you’ve got to interact with the celestial realms, or the underworld,
or hell realm. And that’s where folk shamanism comes in
to play. Channeling spirit entities is a prominent
feature in Chinese occultism. This is when you communicate with a spirit
entity by allowing that spirit to take possession of your physical body and also your mind. The spirit then speaks through the one who
is possessed, sends its powers through the human in order to heal the sick or give prophecies. Historically there were many purposes for
channeling spirits. It might be used to get answers about why
a kingdom is experiencing famine, drought, flooding, etc. and what can be done about
it. The emperor will have a court priestess or
priest channel the gods and divine answers for the kingdom. So it can be used as a form of oracle or prophecy. In some subcultures, during the holiday or
celebration of a particular deity, someone might channel that deity so that the deity
can be present during the celebration. A subset of spirit channeling and spirit possession
practices is the tang ki. I’m going to reference it in Taiwanese rather
than Mandarin Chinese because my familiarity with this practice is strictly in the southern
Taiwanese cultural context. The best I can do in terms of translating
that is Servant of the Divine, and then give you some context for what that would mean
to me from an Eastern paradigm. The first word servant can also be translated
to child, or descendant, but implies not having any capacity for think or act for yourself. Entirely dependent on others. So dependent is another good word. Here when we say divine, it does not bear
with it a celestial or beneficent implication. The etymological roots here are more about
divination, actually. Divination and prophecy. Speaking in tongues on behalf of the gods. So it’s not “divine” the noun. It’s almost like “divine” the verb. The tang ki in southern Taiwan and southern
China often get categorized as a form of shamanism. I don’t know if I agree, but for the lazy
purposes of consistency, I will for now. Tang ki are mediums who engage in a form of
spirit possession. I’m now treading into very controversial
ground here, and that’s because who a tang ki is, even its historical origins, will vary
in answer depending on who you ask. The tang ki will generally resort to child-like
behavior, and therefore speak nonsensically, in tongues, which are accepted as the words
of a particular god or goddess. In the photograph you see on screen to the
right, there’s that representation of syncretized Buddhism, which YOU see in the framed painting,
and Taoism, the three statues in front of the painting. Since this is a subject I’ve personally
done a lot of academic research on, I’m going to do my best to be impartial and just
examine it from an anthropological perspective, or at least try. The tang ki have historically been associated
with the lower classes, the less educated, those with less access, and the rural regions
of China and Taiwan. It’s only in the last few decades that you’re
seeing a revivalist effort, where you have this flip flop, and urban, more educated Asians
are trying to go back to their roots and revisiting these practices. Now why were they historically associated
with the lower classes? In the syncretism of Buddhism into Chinese
occultism, you have this attitude that good karma means you are reborn into fortune and
privilege, so the richer and more powerful you are, the closer to Divinity you are, because
it’s through good karma that you got rich and powerful, right? Makes sense. Hence, The Emperor is believed to be hand-picked
by Heaven to rule the country, the Mandate of Heaven. Ehh— people and their crazy logic. So only the elite, the nobles, the educated
and literate had or should have connection to Heaven, even the authority to contact Heaven. Yeah. I know. Now we get to the good part. The tang ki. This is when the tables get turned on the
rich and powerful. The philosophy behind the tang ki is that
the rich and powerful have failed the gods. So the gods go straight to the people and
hand-pick from the people individuals who will speak on their behalf, since the rich
and powerful have failed to do so. Claims arise that these shamanic practices
of the tang ki are the most direct descendants of the shamans of Chinese antiquity, right
back to the shamanic king, Yu the Great during the Xia Dynasty, 2100 to 1600 BC. In other words, tying this back to Buddhist
religion, instead of this divine right to speak for the gods getting reincarnated down
the lineages of the elite and powerful, that divine right got reincarnated into the peasant
class, straight to the people. Is this true? And by true I don’t even mean factually,
scientifically true. I just mean is this even historically documented? I have no idea. I can only tell you what I know through oral
tradition. So the tang ki are commoners who speak for
the gods because those in power have failed to do so. These tang ki are gifted with the ability
to become gods, or more accurately, a god or powerful spirit can enter their bodies
and be channeled through these individual’s bodies and minds. What I’ve found interesting is this concept
of spirit possession and speaking in tongues that are intended to be prophetic, the word
of God, or word of the gods, looks almost exactly the same no matter which part of the
world you go to or which occult tradition you’re talking about, whether you’re talking
about the Pentecostal Christians of the rural south here in the United States or vodou practices
in Haiti. Like there’s something oddly similar about
it all. I’m definitely not saying they’re the
same. But there is a vibe that remains the same
across these cultures and diverse traditions. Don’t you think? Practices within this spirit possession tradition
also runs across a whole spectrum. On the more extreme end, a tang ki engages
in self-inflicted physical harm and the possession ritual gets…quite bloody. You saw that in some of the photographs featured
earlier. There’s a ball and chain where the ball
is studded with nails, and a tang ki will whip himself with the ball and chain until
he’s covered in blood. There’s also a scepter outfitted with nails
and that’s also used to beat oneself. And then there’s a serrated sword, used
to cut oneself to draw blood. Possessed by a god, this tang ki can deliver
the words of the god, messages from Heaven, you know, while beating himself into bloody
oblivion, give prophecies, heal the sick, and so on. Basically, perform magic and miracles. So the reason why I see a distinction between
the tang ki and shamanism is because in Chinese shamanism, there is this element of control
over your own consciousness while you navigate the spirit realm. The shaman is in control of the situation,
you know what I mean? In the practice of the tang ki, they’re
not in control. The god that has possessed the human body
is the one in total control. I speculate one of the reasons for the self-flagellation
is to prove to the onlookers that this person is now truly and actually possessed by a god,
because what normal human could withstand such pain and torment, right? So the self-flagellation is a form of “proof”
I think to demonstrate to the audience that this tang ki has truly become something beyond
human. The other feature of folk shamanism that I
want to address is dreamwork. Within the umbrella of Chinese occultism,
there’s also this shamanistic practice of going to the underworld and to other…realms…while
you sleep. Is it dreaming or a lucid dream, I don’t
really know… I’m not entirely sure. The belief is at night, after you go to sleep,
your soul travels to a different world, a spirit world, and there you can talk to the
dead, talk to the undead, and a whole cast of different species of spirit entities. There you are given the answers to the problems
folks here in the physical living world have been facing, and so you retrieve solutions. You return with messages for the living. There’s a belief that this is physiological,
to a certain degree, where it’s something you’re born with. You just tend to have your consciousness transported
to different realms while you sleep and you almost feel a sense of control and decision-making
while navigating those realms. So dreamwork is another form of Chinese shamanism. All right. That’s enough folk shamanism for an introductory
video. Here, I just wanted to return your attention
to Taoist philosophies and the texts associated with Lao Tzu and Zhuang Zi, which you’ll
find have a big influence over the moral codes set by certain Taoist magical lineages. I think there’s no denying that the doctrines
of preeminent Taoist philosophers form the skeleton of Chinese occult tradition. We already covered the history of how Taoist
thought developed, how you see the philosophies of Lao Tzu and Zhuangzi permeated throughout
the Chinese culture, and Taoist metaphysics, so if I’ve been doing all right, then at
this point, you’ve got a pretty good handle on how Taoist philosophy converges with Chinese
occultism. This you already know by now, and that’s
the mixing of Buddhist religion with Taoist ritual practices among Chinese occultists. We already covered some of the impact of Buddhist
religious doctrine on divinity and karma. Earlier in this video we started at the deepest
part of Buddhist-Taoist syncretism. Now let’s examine the surface. Religious iconography, venerated Buddhas and
bodhisattvas you would find in Shingon Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism are prevalent throughout
traditional practices of the occult. Cultivation rituals, meditation modalities,
and other esoteric practices from Vajrayana Buddhism are adopted by Chinese occultists. When you examine the structure of many Taoist
orthodox lineages, they get a lot of their structure from Buddhist infrastructure. The requirement of a formal initiation. You don’t just wake up one morning and decide
you’re a priest or priestess of XYZ Taoist tradition. You can wake up one morning and say you practice
Taoist magic, sure, but if pressed further with the question of lineage and tradition,
the only way you can say you practice this tradition or that tradition is after formal
initiation by the collective members of that tradition. Oh, and it’s totally like American college
fraternities and sororities where you have a pledge book and you have to copy down this
long ass family tree of like your shi fu or teacher was this person and his shi fu was
that person, whose shi fu was that person, blah blah and blah all the way up to the founders
of that orthodox tradition. It’s totally like a fraternity. Just saying. My opinion: Anyone who says no way it’s
nothing like a social frat, is taking themselves a little bit too seriously. Oh, and the more old school ones are very
formalized. You vow to uphold certain codes of conduct. You have to, by spiritual contract, agree
to do certain things and not to do certain things. And if you break those vows, oh boy, let’s
just say you could not pay me a hundred million dollars to switch places with you. I see this attitude as traces of Chinese Legalism
syncretized into these occult traditions. We covered Legalism briefly in a previous
video. I actually think this is why so many orthodox
Taoist magical lineages seem to run in a way that doesn’t seem harmonized with Taoist
philosophy. Legalism is like kind of the total opposite
of Taoist philosophy. Taoist philosophy is, “la-la-la, let it
be, I love you for you, we are all equal in the eyes of the Tao, because we are all the
Supreme Tao” and Legalism is “no, you inferior, idiotic piece of shit, I am better
than you, and you are going to do it my way or I will cut you.” As a result, the culture, ideologies, and
the politics of China can be a paradox. On one hand you do see Taoism ingrained into
the consciousness of the people, where the assumption is we are all equally a part of
the Divine, we are all Divine by nature, but on the other, political thought does seem
to carry on the legacies of Legalism, where you need to micromanage people, control and
censor, because people are inherently evil, lazy, and stupid, so you need to enforce structure
and rules into their lives to prevent them from being evil, lazy, and stupid. We Asians are not only crazy rich but also
complicated. Now, what does all that have to do with Chinese
occultism? A lot, actually. Legalism syncretized into the occult means
the codes of conduct many of these orthodox Taoist lineaged traditions follow are very
Legalist, and not so much Taoist. Although that’s complicated, too, because
Taoism says everything is Taoist so even Legalism is Taoism but that mind fuck is for another
time. It also means some Taoist attitudes toward
demonology and demon summoning is heavily influenced by Legalist philosophy. The methods and ritual instructions more often
than not taught in Taoist magic presumes there is basically no inherent goodness or redeemable
quality to demons and lower vibrational entities, and therefore you can pretty much, well, abuse
them, imprison them, and so on. That’s how Legalism has an impact on Chinese
occultism, whereas if you look at Taoism cited from Laozi and Zhuangzi, I don’t know if
that attitude is the one you would logically or intuitively reach. Same with Buddhism. Take a more Buddhist approach and again I
don’t think this yeah-it’s-totally-okay-to-abuse-the-demons-and-exert-authoritarian-control-over-them is the conclusion you would reach. I’ve offered my personal opinions and perspectives
on demonology before in a previous video. If that interests you, I’ll provide the
link in the description box. I think the most notable practices Taoist
sorcery gets from Buddhism would be meditation to enhance and cultivate the practitioner’s
powers, and hand mudras. Meditation trains the mind to control jing,
qi, and shen, which you know all about because you’ve been awake and paying attention during
this whole lecture, which can teach you how to harness more potent life force that you
can channel in to magical practice Hand mudras are then believed to more productively
channel life force in craft. When it comes to whether or not to work with
hand mudras, I think it’s a matter of personal style. The bottom line is you need to be able to
move the flow of energy in a direction at will in a way that’s very controlled and
methodical. That’s kind of ritual magic 101. For a lot of practitioners, hand mudras—or
wands or daggers, whatever—are what do it for you. In as much as legalism is evident in Chinese
occultism, so is Confucianism. Because Confucianism is such a deeply ingrained
part of the collective Chinese consciousness, it’s going to have an impact on the practice
of occultism. Confucianism emphasizes harmony in relationships
and through maintaining harmony within relationships, you can bring harmony to social order. How do you bring harmony to relationships? By understanding personal responsibility. There is one key aspect of Confucianist ideals
I want to focus on in our discussion. Chinese occultism, and here I’m also including
lineages of both esoteric Buddhist and esoteric Taoist traditions, stress maybe even over-stress
the importance of the master-student relationship. And that’s very Confucianist. In lineaged esoteric traditions, the master-student
relationship is the most important relationship in your spiritual development. I wonder if any of us in the 21st century
can even wrap our minds around the Confucianist concept of master-student. On one hand, if your teacher said to you jump
off that cliff, you jump off that cliff. If your teacher subjects you to menial labor
and all but turns you in to an indentured servant, you do it. You never question or second-guess your teacher. The loyalty, faith, and trust you place in
your teacher is unconditional. If your teacher decides to beat the shit out
of you, you take that beating. But, as nutso as that sounds, the responsibility
a teacher owes a student is his life. You fail as a teacher if your student does
not surpass your own abilities. You fail as a teacher if any undue harm comes
on to your students. If it came down to it, there should be no
question or doubt that the teacher will sacrifice his life for his student. Some of the lineages I know of, which are
exclusionary, put as one of their reasons for not initiating non-Chinese and not even
disclosing their existence to non-Chinese is because they don’t believe a true understanding
of that master-student relationship can be had by, you know, non-Chinese, people who
don’t have a subconscious, innate comprehension of Confucianism. I’m not saying I agree, but I certainly
do see their point. How exactly can Taoism and the tenets of Taoist
philosophy, Buddhism and its religious doctrines, and Confucian ideals be differentiated from
each other and which might you feel to be more resonant with you? Recall in your mind the taste of vinegar. How would you describe it? Is it sour? Bitter? Or sweet? Pick one. No, seriously. Right now. Pick one. Because there’s an old Chinese saying. Confucius, the Buddha, and Lao Tzu each in
turn took a sip of vinegar. Confucius remarked that the vinegar was sour. The Buddha remarked that it was bitter. Meanwhile Lao Tzu said that the vinegar was
sweet. So? Who did you end up aligning with? Confucius, The Buddha, or Lao Tzu? Now that you think about it, how much is your
philosophy of life and maybe even your approach to your occult practices similar to the figure
you picked? One of the reasons why the practice of Chinese
occultism varies so much from region to region, province to province, and why there’s such
a localized practice of Chinese folk religion is because of this prevailing belief in local
land spirits. The mountains and trees, lakes, rivers, all
features of land form around where you live have spirits and those spirits will have a
signficant impact on your life in the way your geographical location of residence right
now has an impact on your life and lifestyle. This is also an animistic approach to feng
shui. You may or may not have heard about the regional
folk religions of China, where there’s a little bit of Taoism that threads these religions
together across the landscape of the culture, but how each religion looks is unique and
quite different, from the names of gods, meaning different names for the same thunder god,
different names for the same rain god, different names for Heaven, Hell, the Underworld regions,
and so on. Religious practice and by extension regional
occult practices are going to be very responsive to the specific land spirits local to a practitioner. That is why Taoist sorcery and Chinese occultism
in one region of China looks totally different from Taoist sorcery and Chinese occultism
in another region of China. Fundamental concepts of Taoist metaphysics,
which we covered previously, get syncretized on the local level with the regional land
spirits and are heavily impacted by the land you live on. Offerings you put on an altar, for example,
vary so much from province to province. If you live close to a large water body, fish
will be an offering. Some traditions will offer beef to their ancestors
and gods. Other traditions would consider that absolute
sacrilege. And yet all of them are Chinese. Do you pray facing east for the wind gods
or do you look west? Or north or south? Well, given the varying climates in China,
from cold temperate to tropical, and the diverse land forms, it depends entirely on where you
live. I think arguably the best advice I can give
to anyone is to attain a mindfulness for the spirits local to your area, and while that
can sound like crazy talk primitive religious superstitious belief, listen through what
I’m trying to say to the part that might actually make some sense to you. Go out and explore your region when you can. Visit local mountains, caves, major bodies
of water, and intuit how these land forms so close to where you live could impact the
whole vicinity of where you live. The science part makes sense, right, it obviously
affects weather, there can be erosion issues, and so on. Earth science 101. The spiritual part runs parallel to earth
science. Now pulling that thought into religious territory,
if this lake or this mountain so many miles away from your home can still have an environmental
impact over your county or province, how might you, as a practitioner, call upon that power,
or harness that power in a metaphysical way? Branches, stones, and vegetation around powerful
landforms where you live, especially if you’ve cultivated a relationship with the spirits
of those landforms as a priest or priestess, will hold the most power in your spell-crafting,
will lend a lot of power in your ritual or ceremonial work, and can even influence the
accuracy of your divination. So I think if you’re interested at all in
truly practicing Taoist magic, the best advice I can give is to get to know the nature spirits
from your regional environment and around your home. And finally, witchcraft. Hey, guys, this is just as difficult and tenuous
to define in Eastern traditions as it is for you in Western traditions, so with that said,
yes, witchcraft. Drawing upon those local land spirits and
local flora or fauna characteristic of the region, witches are a little more dialed in
to innate psychic abilities, attuned to that universal consciousness, and have a slightly
more magnified ability in, as we talked theoretically about earlier, telekinesis and telepathy,
but on a spirit level, meaning telekinetically moving around spirit energies, controlling
the ebb and flow of spirit, and telepathy, having a keener understanding or empathic
understanding of how people, animals, and even the spirits within land formations feel. This is just a fun one. Paper poppets. Paper poppets were commonly fashioned out
of rice paper. Particular blended herbal ointments, blood,
ash, or writing and sigils would be applied to the poppet to empower it. I mention this one because I saw it quite
prevalently in Japan, where there are very similar occult or esoteric practices as you
would find in China and Taiwan due to the similarities between Shinto and Taoism. There were really interesting differences
in practice. In Japan, I got the sense you didn’t have
to tear the shape of the poppet out of the rice paper by hand, you could in theory just
cut it out with a pair of scissors. I was taught it had to be torn out by hand. Another interesting difference is what you
had seen pictured earlier on screen depicted the practice of spell-crafting with paper
poppets for blessings, like improved health, romance, career success, that kind of thing. I was taught it was pretty much reserved for
malevolent craft or baneful intentions. The point here is practitioners of the same
craft but coming from different backgrounds will practice in different ways, have differing
approaches to that same craft, and both will work powerfully for the intended purpose. There really isn’t anything to be gained
by going around pointing fingers saying oh you’re doing it wrong, and I’m the one
doing it right. In witchcraft, there are just so, so many
factors at play, you cannot judge another witch’s craft, not unless you know 100%
where that witch is coming from. And yep, that’s an important lesson to learn
about Eastern occultism, or maybe even occultism in general. I don’t know. Necromancy is another feature, I think, of
witchcraft. But what constitutes “necromancy” can
run the whole gamut. Is mediumship (where one makes spirit contact
with a deceased) a form of necromancy? Or is necromancy a word reserved for those
attempting to raise the dead or the belief that the spirit or soul of one who is dead
can be summoned and become “physically” present during a ritual? In Taoist metaphysics, every individual has
two facets of the soul—the Hun and the Po. This is called the concept of soul dualism. Hun is the yang facet of your soul. The hun is that facet of the soul encoded
to reincarnate. It is the kernel of you that is inherently
divine and therefore by nature, connected to heaven. Po is the yin facet of your soul. The po is that facet of your soul that is
earth-bound. Thus, Chinese necromancy is about calling
upon or summoning the Po. What I also hear frequently associated with
Chinese occultism, even today, is exorcisms. Historically, much of Chinese occultism and
Taoist sorcery was rooted in exorcism because every ailment and form of bad luck was attributed
to a demon. Physical and mental sickness were both attributed
to demonic possession; bad behavior was attributed to demonic possession; general bad luck experienced
in any area of life could get attributed to a haunting by a demon or hungry ghost. Thus, the objective of Taoist magic was summarily
a form of exorcism. A large body of the historic literature on
Fu talismans and Chinese sigil crafting is based around exorcistic rituals. How do you exorcise this type of demon, how
do you exorcise that type of demon. Today, I don’t think you can say exorcisms
are common, but you also can’t say it’s a practice that’s been entirely eradicated. Especially when you go to poorer and more
rural regions of Asia. My personal observation and opinion is that
exorcisms often take the place of proper psychiatric care, especially where proper psychiatric
care isn’t accessible or even affordable. I will always prefer the science-based healthcare
over the supernatural. But I think because of my specific angle of
personal understanding when it comes to exorcisms, I guess maybe I’m just not as quick to dismiss
it. If you’ve ever met a truly masterful, experienced,
skilled exorcist, not a quack, but the real deal, their level of understanding when it
comes to the human psyche, I would dare say, does not lose to the professional training
of a licensed psychiatrist. Yeah. I said it. Another significant feature—and at this
point I don’t even know if this is witchcraft or just occult practices in general—oh man,
please do not ding me for my categorization system—I know it’s shit. Anyway, it’s astral projection. In a lot of the medieval grimoires I came
across during my research for my book The Tao of Craft, I came across a lot of astral
projection. I gotta be honest, before I started the research,
just in terms of personal and anecdotal experiences, I had no idea astral projection was such a
big thing. Very quickly here, the distinction I make
between pathworking and astral projection is pathworking is an abstract theoretical
model, like the eight trigrams of the Ba Gua or any of the hexagrams in the I Ching, and
you apply a form of creative visualization to manifest a pictorial representation of
that theoretical model to better understand the theoretical model. Astral projection presumes that where your
astral body is going is a “real” place. And “real” does get used quite loosely. So kingdoms in heaven are “real” places
you can astral project to. Realms of hell and the underworld are “real”
places you can astral project to. And then of course, there’s this notion
that you can send a part of your spirit body—the astral body—along with your mind and part
of your consciousness—to any other part of this world, even universe. But any individual practitioner’s skill
level at astral projection might vary. Magical or ceremonial practices often include
astral projection. One documented example of a ritual or spell—and
I’m pretty sure I wrote all about it and cited the original text it came from in my
book, but it’s been a couple of years. There are setup rituals you need to do in
your temple or work space, but then you take this talisman, a sigil, hold on to it, and
then astral project to a rival group’s temple, and there, your astral body uses the astral
aspect of the talisman you’re holding on to to do things to the astral component of
the temple, which in magical theory causes something to happen to the physical construction
of the temple. You then return back to your physical body,
back to safety, and complete the ritual, which is supposed to result in the destruction of
that rival group’s temple. Ancient Chinese witch wars. Love it! In the final installment of this series, we’re
going to talk about contemporary Taoist magic. The next video lecture is going to cover eight
practical consideration points. The first will be patron divinities. Then we’ll cover altar setup. How do you empower your altar with a kai guang
ritual. Some thoughts on ancestor veneration. Incorporation divinatory practices into your
life. Easy, practical tips on meditation that I
promise you will take your abilities, whatever they may be, to the next level. Hand mudras. And just an overview of essential ritual tools
in Taoist practice. I’ll see you soon.

Otis Rodgers

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64 COMMENTS

  1. Danny Chen Posted on February 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Benebell when you comment on the "Mandate of Heaven" and the Chinese Imperial Bureaucracy, it makes perfect sense. And this is true with the Chinese nobles who were ennobled by the Chinese Emperors (Son of Heaven) to be also privy and educated into the Ceremonial magicks of the Chinese Buddhist Taoist Mystery Schools as the Chinese Emperors were believed to be in the threshold between spirit and the mortal mundane. Therefore, the Chinese Nobles (Dukes, Marquis, Counts, Earls, Viscounts, and Barons) are thoroughly trained into tapping the secrets of Heaven and Earth and were authorized by their ennoblement and grandeur thereof. I concur.

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  2. Tribal Woman Posted on February 2, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    My father always bowed to certain people also, he would never shake hands with anyone so I learned that as a child so I never shake hands either. Yes I tune into the animal, plant kingdom when I do my gardening to find out through the devas what to plant in each raised bed in my garden and what stone to put in each bed, fertilizer etc. I definitely believe in the dream world and going to different realms to talk to ancestors, I do this almost on a regular basis at night. My dreams are so vivid I keep a journal of them since I've done since the 1970's

    I say the vinegar is sweet. I drink it with water sometimes because I love the flavor.
    My husband has a relationship with the wind, the wind plays with him, there will be no wind but if he says he's going to go burn the trash the wind will pick up. When he's outside and it's too windy he will talk to the wind and ask the wind to let up and it will. I've seen him work with the wind and it's amazing.
    The natures spirits as I said I work with on a daily basis but especially during gardening season, but I also work with animal spirits talking to them, asking them to not eat up my garden and lets share instead. It's been working for many years for me.
    I'm looking forward to the next video.. Thank you for sharing. by the way i ordered your 2nd edition of Spirit Keepers last night. so excited.

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  3. Tribal Woman Posted on February 2, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    I'm enjoying your Holistic Tarot book, I decided in December when I bought it, that I would read it all the way through first, then use it as a reference, so far that's working out great and I'm learing a lot. Now I think it's time that I go over to amazon and order your other book The Tao of Craft, which I'm going to go do now.. I've always been interested in anything Chinese, anything Indian ( India) and African..my three favorite subjects. I wonder if it's because it's all in my DNA..lol lol

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  4. Mychole Price Posted on February 2, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    This is a perfect video, and triggers my spirit. So much, of course, resonates with me because of the shamanic energy in the tradition and the culture. I'm definitely trying to learn more about Daoist methods to amplify my odd shamanic connection with Hoodoo and Onmyodo, and of course it all blends perfectly. Thank you for providing a strong basis for my practice.

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  5. Sarah Harvey Posted on February 2, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    I’m only 8 minutes into your video and I’m totally loving it! I practiced meditation with a Hindu teacher for 13 years so this makes total sense to me — and from your other video I’m starting to have an inkling as to the Buddhist/Taoist influence in Asia. I’m not familiar with the bodhisattvas of Asia—rather more the ‘gods and goddesses’ of the Hindu culture. At any rate after practicing meditation for 13 years I can safely say I’m not even close to an enlightened consciousness. It ain’t easy, right?? All I can do now is try to petition to ideals (Buddha, Kwan Yin) for guidance and assistance.

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  6. asisdelton Posted on February 2, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    Thanks BeneBell Wen…

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  7. Michael Brown Posted on February 2, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    Not sure if the relationship Buddhists have with Buddhas is just one of respect. We take refuge in the Buddhas because they alone are free (and are able to guide you to freedom.) It's not like bowing to a god, sure, but it's not just respect.

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  8. Lucy Chen Posted on February 3, 2019 at 12:09 am

    I think the Chinese government, or the royal leaders of dynasties throughout the ages, mostly just employ the first part of the Confucius teaching – that the authority can do whatever to you and your job is to obey. I think even in schools and families, very few even know about the second part about the teacher’s responsibility.

    Growing up in China, I always repelled against the Confucius tradition because how stupid it is to obey you blindly? I can’t have my own opinions? I can’t ask questions? Blah blah… and the older and therefore authority figures seems to prevent you from surpassing them rather than take it as their responsibility to make sure you do.

    If not for your video, I wouldn’t even know the second part of the Confucius teaching.

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  9. Tribal Woman Posted on February 3, 2019 at 12:14 am

    I ordered your book on my Kindle this afternoon, and I'm reading it already the Tao of Craft, and it reminded me of something that have in a frame on my desk.
    Tao produced the One
    The One produced the two
    The two produced the three
    And the three produced the ten thousand things
    The ten thousand things carry the Yin and embrace the Yang and through the
    blending of the Qi they achieve harmony

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  10. Kathleen Woo Posted on February 3, 2019 at 12:52 am

    Thank you for finishing this video and posting it 🙂 I was very happy to see it at the top of my feed this morning.

    Your first section about bodhisattva, buddha, and collective consciousness is really similar to the lines of thought of how I've been thinking that existence works. I agree that this topic doesn't seem to be something that should be reserved and saved until after much education. Whenever someone asks me about my beliefs, I start right here! Because, yes… Everything else I believe in has its foundation here, how this part of existence theoretically works. All of my subsequent beliefs evolve from this foundation.

    I am utterly fascinated by similarities of beliefs that have spread throughout all the world of human culture. It does really make me wonder if there is a truth within the common denominators. I am also just blown away how sophisticated humanity has been for thousands of years, even 10,000+ years. Our capabilities aren't that different, just our base education. The advent of writing and promotion of universal mandatory education are really the the biggest differences between humanity today, and humanity 10,000 years ago.

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  11. Gillian Martin Posted on February 3, 2019 at 3:20 am

    Yes, it's here, another installment. Is it too nerdy to take notes of these videos? Because that's what I'm doing! I feel so much of what you're saying really hits home for me, perhaps it's the way that so many paths seem synched. .

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  12. Nadia Romanov Posted on February 3, 2019 at 3:35 am

    Thank you so much Benebell – truly loving this series!

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  13. Scorpion Moon Posted on February 3, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    It strikes me that the veneration of bodhisattva is similar to how Catholics feel about Saints. We have a Greek term to help distinguish between veneration and worship. Dulia, or veneration, is reserved for Saints. Hyperdulia is focused on the Virgin Mary, basically veneration x 1000. Finally, Latria, the Greek word for adoration, is shown to God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit. It seems to be a difficult concept for protestants to understand, but there's a very distinct difference.

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  14. jamieloom Posted on February 3, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Another great lecture, thank you, I did have to watch it in parts, too much for me to absorb all at once.. Interestingly, I chose bitter and I do feel most closely aligned with Buddha.

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  15. Bob Darren Posted on February 3, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    I enjoyed your videos . Taoism practices are from the Yellow Emperors era and probably older . Hinduism and Taoism are both older than Buddhism. You state that Taoism has borrowed from esoteric Buddhism scriptures or spells , or Mudras/hand formations I would not totally agree with your inference. However I look forward to your next video about the pantheon about Deities in Taoism. Tang Ki culture is a very much diverse across Taiwan , Singapore , Malaysia , Thailand and I suppose your summary was somewhat superficial (maybe time constraint)

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  16. pourlolita Posted on February 3, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    I've watched this video about three times and I'm still absorbing it! I'll probably be back a few more times to be sure. Also, this video reminded me of how great it is that you can learn about something entirely new to you, but in the process also learn more about yourself. I really appreciate the way you laid all that out!

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  17. Lesson learner Posted on February 4, 2019 at 4:55 am

    It's really interesting the role visualization has on the religious and spiritual notion, with Giordano Bruno's thirty intentions of shadow; his own version of visualizations to memorize in order to artifice celestial influences at a whim, St. Ignatius of Loyola's spiritual exercises where you visualize …well basically all the horrors of the Bible! to the first Panchen Llama's manual which involves visualization of the 4 elemental mandalas and the wheels of protection in order to preserve, after death, a direct uninhibited connection to Buddha consciousness; making the most of the vast emptiness of the death state in order reach and attain to that blessed Buddha field, something that may not happen if those visualization techniques are not applicable and the death state becomes a samsara feedback loop.

    In the beginning of the global religious mood which is known as Shamanism, visualizations, dream quests and psychedelics were used as a means to find truths unreachable any other way; I mean those cave paintings must have been inspired by some really great Psilocybin! My whole spiel here as I wrap up this long ass comment is just that humans everywhere always have used their minds in some fashion to influence the exterior world as a symptom which results through the attainment of the divine, or at least attempted to. It's tradition!

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  18. Lucy Chen Posted on February 4, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    Benebell! I just had an idea! Maybe you can make an oracle deck of all theTaoist, Buddhist, and Confucius 神仙 菩萨 etc.! What do you think?

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  19. Sol Maiden Posted on February 4, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    I just ordered your book! I was visiting the British museum a few weeks ago and I was really struck by the Eastern exhibits. They're very different to what we have in europe, I can't help but feel slightly envious! Loved this series.

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  20. Cecil Mitchell Posted on February 4, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. The part on my physical environment, like the lakes and rivers near my house having influence on my practice was some "good stuff". You have the wheels in my head turning. Thanks. ☺

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  21. Maxwell Axl Posted on February 4, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    I am curious what you think about the tenets of Chaos Magic?

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  22. Tomás Pavan Posted on February 4, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Tang Ki is strikingly similar to Umbanda and Candomblé. Religions with a heavy emphasis on spirit possession. It's marvelous how this concept is so antiquity in the history of humanity and still, so alive. Thank you very much for this video series!

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  23. Sophia Heilig Posted on February 4, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    I never tasted vinegar before but I think I'm closer to Taoism than Buddhism, I'm terrified of loosing my identity and what makes me me.
    Maybe I'm not selfless enough or I'm not able to fully grasp the concept yet?
    Anyway thank you for the great video!

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  24. Kallie Translation Posted on February 4, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! What a though-provoking video. I thoroughly appreciate your take on this. I was raised Catholic but was drawn to Taoism as a child (from what I thought was a Winnie the Pooh book at the library!). This whole series has been fascinating for me and is definitely calling me to dig deeper.

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  25. Chrononym Ix Posted on February 5, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Thank you Mrs. Wen,

    I really enjoy listening to you speak so colloquially about esoteric subjects.

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  26. Chrome Posted on February 6, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Woah, that's really cool, I didn't know that there was a Chinese practice that used speaking in tongues. My parents followed the rural Christian practices that did that (I mean technically I know how to do it, too, but I don't feel comfortable channeling the Christian Holy Spirit now that I don't follow that path anymore), and I agree that it's really interesting how it parallels in giving the common people a direct line to divinity, given that Christians aren't usually allowed to use any form of divination or channeling. What often happens, though, is that if a church group gets too adept at the practice, they will eventually cross a line where a bunch of the church members will be like "Wait a second! That's not in the Bible! This is heresy!" and it'll all fall apart and everyone will have to go find a new church. Some real, magical stuff can happen before it gets to that point, though, like healing miracles and exorcisms. I personally don't believe in Christian doctrine at all these days, although it can be a legitimate pathway to divinity, because that same dogmatism that often holds them back from getting too far also has a lot of other negative things about it that I don't agree with (like being against other gods and religions, or its other hyper-conservative social stances).

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  27. ZorasCreation Posted on February 6, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    I am so glad I found this channel. Beautiful, spiritual work!

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  28. Pip Koal Posted on February 8, 2019 at 12:26 am

    Happy Lunar/Chinese New year. Another very informative and great Video.

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  29. Lonnie Scott Posted on February 9, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    I love this series, and this video is an excellent addition! Chinese Witch Wars? Yes! You're doing a great service by explaining these concepts. I keep finding things that resonate with my own work, and new ideas to expand on what I do. Thank you so much for the time and effort you sacrifice to provide these gifts!

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  30. Portland Tarot Posted on February 10, 2019 at 5:31 am

    Happy New Year, Benebell! I was going to go to the Dragon Parade today but they cancelled it due to Inclement Weather, alas ⛄🏂🏔️🌨️☃️ Portland!

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  31. Witch on the Way Posted on February 10, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    This series is great, especially for people, who like me, are interested in Chinese craft. And I'm waiting impatiently for the last part ❤️

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  32. Denver Posted on February 11, 2019 at 5:53 am

    Thank you ~ Another fascinating video 💜! I know this is somewhat separate, but I wonder if you've ever listened to the audio lectures of Alan Watts? Always loved them…

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  33. Sovereign Self Posted on February 14, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    I've been a bit "checked out" in terms of my video consumption for the last 7-8 months, but I had seen previously when you posted this series and had it on my to do list. However, today this particular video popped up in my recommended list and so I settled in to watch. (I can never refuse a good "thought tour.") I have to say, something that you said in this video helped me to resolve a specific issue that I had personally with a conflict in my intellectual understanding of my own personal spiritual practice, and for that I am extremely thankful. Now I'm going to be good and go back to watch the rest of the videos in order. 🙂 Thank you, Benebell. Your generous gifting of your knowledge is very much appreciated.

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  34. Lou Valcourt Posted on February 14, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Thank you so much for all that you share. I read your blog and I just want you to know how much I appreciate all the info you give out for free.This series is fascinating and I’ve learnt so much, it makes me want to learn more. Have you considered starting a Patreon? I’d totally pay for series like this.

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  35. Roddy, The Blue Mystic Posted on February 15, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Hey! This is absolutely, bloody Fantastic!!! Currently Studying NeiGong and really wanting to delve into Taoist magic and Folk Shamanism and this video series has been Hugely Rewarding (the Tao of Craft is on my list of books to get next 🙂 )

    Also, wondering if you have any ideas about transfiguring the 10 Heavenly stems and 12 Earthly Branches and relating them to the 22 Major Arcana of the Tarot… ? Sort of trying to grapple with the GanZhi in relation to Western Alchemy and occultism. Ha! All the Blessed. Peace!

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  36. nyc lee Posted on February 18, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw8BstIfE48i1rJ9l73z-kA why does jee sifu 😂keep saying Real taoism is not a philosophy is this chinese witch craft or taoism magic he says its alll not real and disrespects the dao de jing. From an out side view i don't understand (im trying to understand taoism) is he a fruad he also says there are no deities. Or is he a legalist

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  37. Swamiji Nisarg Posted on March 9, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    The I Ching was the main influence of many of these ideas, originally, on Chinese Occultism. We think of them now as "Taoist" or "Confucian" or "Chinese Buddhist" because those are traditions that were influenced by the I Ching. Though all developed later sophistications, but from core concepts found in the Yijing.
    Also, it's very important to distinguish Legalism from Confucianism. Many of the greatest mystics of China were Confucian (or Neo-Confucians), not Taoists.

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  38. Tamu Ngina - Priestess Heart 108 Posted on March 10, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    I can not get enough of your Taoism Buddhism Esoteric series. Thank you so much for this.

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  39. Resurrected Starships Posted on March 16, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    I'm into meso-american shamanism/nagualism etc, but I had an old-style kung fu instructor who explained the binary nature of the chinese bagua to me in a conversation about these two worlds, and said that when he visited the Mayan ruins he noticed that they had some mathematics that are the same – turns out he is right! The seers of meso-america were seeing the same things as the chinese, and a lot of it is expressed through their mathematics, as they did invent calculus before Newton did. Oh…Also the dream work is all 'real' 😛 in both cultures.

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  40. Michelle Talevski Posted on March 18, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Thank you 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥!!!

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  41. Michael m Posted on March 20, 2019 at 5:21 am

    Do you have any knowledge on how Chinese writing… calligraphy was created? Does it have occult roots?

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  42. Zedd AR Posted on March 20, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Thank you so much for the series. I left my religious belief almost 2 years ago and have been wanting to delve deeper into other belief systems. Your videos are helping me to do that.

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  43. krystalopale Posted on March 21, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Thank you for your fantastic and very interesting videos. I am a european leaving in Asia and while having health issues that doctors couldn' t help, I asked the help of a Taoist sifu who resolved totally my problem. I have been very interested by Taoism since that and I try to learn more. Your videos are full of resources.

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  44. gu1n34 GUINEA Posted on March 22, 2019 at 1:21 am

    You're sexy 😍

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  45. patrick clay Posted on March 24, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Thank You once again for all you do.🙏🏻🕉☸️☯️🌹❤️

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  46. Cameron Starchild Posted on March 27, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Look up the similarities between buddah and the Dogon spiritual system.

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  47. The Urban Animist Posted on April 3, 2019 at 5:19 am

    I recently purchased your book, and I love it.
    I first heard of you from the interview with Mr. White on Rune Soup.
    As a child I was in love with Chinese Culture, language, and the Beauty of the country!!
    Then as I got older, about 10/11 I became interested in Mysticism, of any kind, and so my focus changed. I remember my mom buying me a book, around 14 it was all about culture and beliefs of China, and I loved this book so much!
    I remember it having a Feng Shui chart to map your room.
    It had small chapters but I couldn’t get enough!
    There were chapters on Face reading and palmistry.

    There was also an instructional, for Prophetic Dreams, and I can’t remember exactly what all it entailed.
    I remember I had to Hang a Picture Of One Of the Eight Immortals above your head where you sleep. Then you had to sleep on one side and have one hand of one ear(don’t remember specifics) and have the other resting softly on the bed, or something like that. I’m totally Butchering this lmao.
    Anyway, before bed you were to burn Sandalwood incense to this One of the Eight Immortals and of you did everything it said you would have a prophetic dream.
    So, I followed the Directions perfectly and I fell asleep in whatever the position it is. Lol.
    I dreamt that night a very short dream..
    It was a beautiful Tiger prowling through Bamboo….
    I always assumed it was about my brother, and I don’t know why, it never connected to him.
    But now at almost thirty, I don’t know what this dream meant…

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  48. Lisa Lacy Posted on April 9, 2019 at 12:26 am

    Haha. You said a large water of body. 36:30 ish. Lol. I do that ALL the time.

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  49. purr bugaloo Posted on April 13, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    I love this series! Is the 6th installment in the works?

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  50. Dave Garcia World Posted on April 19, 2019 at 2:33 am

    I just finished all 5 videos and am endlessly fascinated by this esoteric Taoist path – the ritual, the magic, the Book of Methods, the altar, the metaphysics – all of it. theoretically I could watch and read about this all day..

    but I can’t help but keep coming back to the same question:

    Does it actually work? Does any of this “craft” and spell casting actually work? Is there documented, verifiable proof that any/all this stuff has efficacy?

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  51. Lennon Richardson Posted on April 22, 2019 at 3:38 am

    Have you published the 6th video?

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  52. Markandeya Dasa Posted on May 10, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Nice video, i learned something, but why always call it the occult and witchcraft, these words we specifically given by Christian rulers to depict something negative, superstitious and dark.

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  53. HAMMAD RIAZ SAMANA Posted on May 13, 2019 at 9:12 am

    DOJ was USA and using this. To make criminal minds and fake terrorist organizations.

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  54. HAMMAD RIAZ SAMANA Posted on May 13, 2019 at 9:20 am

    They did it for good. Now since the last 5 decades only serving Lucifer!

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  55. HAMMAD RIAZ SAMANA Posted on May 13, 2019 at 9:21 am

    If any one of them befriends you know that they mean death, enmity and theft of everything you are. They don’t even leave their own.

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  56. HAMMAD RIAZ SAMANA Posted on May 13, 2019 at 9:22 am

    A friend is a true enemy. An enemy is a fake friend to be a true enemy in the future.

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  57. Kung Fu London Posted on May 20, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Bought The Tao of Craft and can’t wait for part 6 😬😬😬😄 Thanks for making all this info available, and in one place. Awesome!

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  58. Neon Gods Posted on May 26, 2019 at 6:25 am

    Fantastic video. I’m gonna marathon everything you’ve uploaded. I’d love some information on Dharmapala. Fudo San is compelling.

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  59. superduper paratrooper Posted on May 30, 2019 at 7:05 am

    🙏🏽📿🙏🏽

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  60. Silvereye Mindfulness Posted on July 13, 2019 at 3:04 am

    Looking forward to the next instalment!

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  61. Yes man eL33t Posted on August 6, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Haha, i thought i never type this. But, i love you. Finally i found a great channel to listen and learn from. 🙏

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  62. A Lounge Moogle Posted on August 7, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Been searching all over YouTube for videos on onmyodo and this is the closest I could find. Since much of Japanese occultism was influenced by Chinese occultism, this should be a good place to start.

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  63. Paradigm Arson Posted on August 10, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    I think we are connected without words. The way we embody ourselves, perform physical actions, our stances, postures and gaits, the actions we choose to perform, all have an extraordinary bandwidth and power, and fit within a framework of the communal sublime. The architecture around you affects the social game you play. Next to a cathedral, people might be primed with fear of the Lord and this might affect how they play the pavement-usage game. In the town centre, there is a particular style of dasein (Heidegger concept) by why other persons are stood in front of; there is a know-how to relating to persons, shops, benches, parts of pavement, beauty in building, ugliness in advertisement, etc. In the library, depending on the architecture, one might relate to others as atomized individuals to be respected through the norm of quiet, or members of a sublime communal structure busily buzzing about our business in a puritan luminous yearning towards Heaven, in a kind of collective apotheosis.

    Essentially, it boils down to Dasein: the mode of being (which can be expressed in different styles of being) that humans/communities take that relates to other things as equipment, with readiness-to-hand or un-readiness-to-hand, or as substances, which we stand upon and just are, with their properties.

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  64. Paradigm Arson Posted on August 10, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    I'm not so sure experience really is individual. It's a bundle of sensations talking to each other. Selves arise and pass and are illusory. They seem to me just like centres of richness of connection, and possibly some degree of one-way domination, for sensations. The you of now is different to the you of 30 seconds ago. Many of the sensations will have passed and the centre is likely located somewhere else.

    It isn't much of a leap from this to suppose that there can be selves (sensation hubs) between two people, or even between multiple people, in the form of suggestion algorithms, sublime architecture, rock concerts and other nexi. The main challenge to this seems to be that we don't tend to think of computers as conscious. Oh, and architecture's kind of static — although that could just be part of the nexi, come to think of it. Right. Anyway, it isn't clear how experiences relate to neurological states, so maybe whatever 'stuff' there is in the parts of reality that correspond to our concepts like 'Internet algorithms' and 'Doric/Ionic (architectural) orders' has a spiritual aspect and a material aspects too, just like neurons. It seems possible that information plays some mysterious role in consciousness, too. It could be that, even if the bits of physical 'glue' (algorithms, buildings) that bind us together don't have sensations/experiences, they still yoke together our sensations/experiences into collective Self-like nexi.

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