The Daodejing, the Healing Traditions of Ancient China, and the Restoration of Humanity
The Daodejing may be the most important book ever written. It contains in seminal form all of the important concepts for natural healing and is the foundational text for all of Daoism, acupuncture, and the internal arts of ancient China including Taijiquan and Daoist meditation. This book presents Dennis Willmont’s original translation complete with Pinyin, Chinese characters, and Chapter commentaries. The extensive introduction makes this important text accessible to healers, scholars, practitioners, and the interested public and reveals all of the secrets hidden within the text so that its power is made clear to all those who wish to practice it.
This book includes a translation, chapter commentary and introduction for the complete text. It explains how and why the Daodejing is THE most important book on natural healing ever written as well as the most significant of ancient Chinese texts. It is the oldest book of Chinese Daoism and has profoundly influenced all of the Chinese arts including painting, calligraphy, poetry, architecture, cooking, love making, politics, warfare, and especially the healing arts of acupuncture, meditation, Qigong and Taijiquan. The Daodejing comes from a time before philosophy and religion were separated. Its basic message states that in order to fulfill human Destiny we must remain grounded in Spirit and Source while manifesting ourselves in the world. In order to do so we must make ourselves small and humble like the infant, and receptive like the female. Thus, we can attain Primal Simplicity through Non-Action and Natural Spontaneity. In attaining Primal Simplicity we can consistently return to the wholeness of our True Nature. This direction is the Path of Dao and represents the paradise realms on earth and in the higher regions. In contrast, we can separate ourselves from this unity and lose our direction in life through selfishness, desire, contention, cleverness, knowledge and the excessive use of force. This direction is the Path of Demons and represents the Hell worlds of Confusion and Disorder.
We enter upon the Path of Dao whenever we attempt to gain personal advantage in relation to the Good of All. We enter upon the Path of Demons whenever we attempt to attain personal gain at the expense of the Good of All. In order to be empowered as truly human, we must embark on the Path of Dao. As the earliest Chinese medical books tell us, to do so is to remain free from illness, while to avoid or deny this path is the way to inevitably invite mental, physical and social illness into our lives. The Path of Dao laid out in the Daodejing is the way by which human beings can become truly human and distinguish themselves from the walking dead. This priceless accomplishment is something one can attain only through merit. It is not something that can be bought and sold. Because of the negative materialistic direction of present day humanity the message of the Daodejing is more important now than ever before.