Daoyin Yangsheng Gong – Longevity
« Five Dragons Skill to Expel Diseases and Prolong Life»
Spit out the old, take in the new, support the upright, dispel the evil, circulate the eight vessels, remove illness, and prolong life. Daoyin Yangsheng Gong longevity practice is comprised of simple movements aligned with the breath. It is designed to improve and restore health, dredge the meridians, remove disease, prolong life, replenish original qi and increase power of immune system by strengthening the connective tissue, tendons, joints, and increasing flow of qi and blood. It is divided into 3 sections. The first section made up of 9 “yogic” movements; the second section comprises 9 movements of a special breathing technique combined with circular movements of the arms; the third section is composed of 9 standing meditation postures to cultivate internal energy. A vital and treasured practice for everyone.
Outside of Western Medicine [Alternative Longevity Healing Therapy]
The scope of longevity theories is vast and comprehensive, and details each and every aspect of life. In Daoist medicine, the theories and objectives of longevity are called ‘The Dao of Longevity’ and the methods and skills of longevity are called ‘The Art of Longevity’.
The Dao of Longevity is divided into four main categories:
Heavenly Section, Earthly Section, Human Section and Harmony Section
These four categories broadly outline the transmission of nine thousand years of Chinese culture, which encompasses the concepts of Heaven and Earth, Yin and Yang, the Five Elements, Feng Shui, religious faith, Chinese medicine, diet, folk customs, Dao Yin, and other aspects of longevity theories. Daoist guidelines are the unification of Heaven and Humans, to be in tune with nature, to grasp Yin-Yang, and invert the trigrams Qian and Kun. These concepts therefore emphasize the need not to violate the natural order, and to value the integrative harmony between humans, nature, and society.
Just like it is said in the 《The Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic》:
‘Above, know the heavenly bodies,
Below, know the earthly principles,
in the the centre, know human affairs,
thus becoming everlasting’.
Therefore one must attach importance to the maintenance of the physical form. One must also give priority to the regulation of the mind, the consciousness and the psyche. Moreover, one should safeguard the spirit and perfect the form, simultaneously protecting the form and sublimating the spirit. In addition, one must unite movement and stillness, dually cultivate virtue and conduct, be clear about the principles, acquire exquisite skill-sets, and only then can one claim to truly know, truly revere, and truly nourish and protect life.
(1) The Heavenly Section:
The Heavenly Dao, the Heavenly Time, the four seasons, the eight important lunar dates, the Yin-Yang, the eight characters, Pre-Heaven, Cause-Effect, karmic retribution, higher and multiple dimensions, transgressions, faith, thoughts, consciousness, inhibitions, the Way and Virtue, compassion and love and so on. One should contemplate all formless energetic fields and external causative factors that exert an influence on health.
(2) The Earthly Section:
I. Family Home’s Interior:
Environment, air, Yin-Yang, Five Elements, direction of the door, layout of the living room, bedroom, kitchen and toilet, the degree of dampness and dryness, light and sound, magnetism and electricity, new houses versus old houses, new furniture versus old furniture, haunted abodes, style of furniture, arts and crafts, designs and patterns, air-conditioning, antiques, ancestral shrines, spirit powers, lethal weapons, animals, plants, Feng Shui and so on. One must ponder about all energetic fields and objects that exert an influence on health within the family.
II.Family Home’s Exterior:
Five Elements, Feng Shui, sound and light, water and electricity, mountains and forests, high and low, green and white, paths and roads, neighbors, location and grounds, history of the place, ancestral shrines, temples, churches, energetic fields’ magnetism and so on. One must take into consideration all environmental factors, five elements and energetic fields that could have an effect on health outside one’s home.
(3) Human Section:
Everyday life-style, conduct and manners, seven emotions, eight desires, diet, clothes and accessories, habits, movement and stillness, work and rest, hobbies and addictions, manual labor, biology and its transformative phases – such as puberty-, poverty and luxury, lifestyle, type of work, enterprises and career, above and below, flat and housemates, hereditary legacies, relations and so on. One must take into account all material matters and internal factors, as well as energetic fields that affect health.
(4) Harmony Section:
1. Heaven, Earth, man, laws, destiny and harmony.
2. Prevention of threatening diseases, regulation of initial illness, healing of those already sick, and contemplation of the reasons after recovery.
3. Begging the doctor for help, pleading for medicine, the five element correspondences and healing oneself.
4. Suitable methods and medicine according to the person, differentiating and administering the treatment.
5. Diet, herbal medicine, pellets, pills, pastes and powders; decoctions, alcohol, oils and teas; acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping and prick-bleeding; scraping, massage, rinsing, immersing; usage of non-inhaled smoke, fumigating, fire and steaming; sound, Qi, numerals and trigrams; movement, stillness; fasting and Dao Yin; mantras, talisman, repentance and prayers; erecting an altar, rituals, recitation of scriptures and prayer paper; shifting form and changing environment.
6. Alternative treatment for terminal illnesses, great pledge and vow, becoming a new person.
‘Life and death only exist in your thoughts. Let go of attachments and prolong life…’
This is a crude outline and general idea – a drop in the ocean. In Chinese it is said:
‘One hair of nine oxen.’