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Throughout history, man has appreciated the importance of the vegetable kingdom in his life. It has provided him with food, clothing and numerous other products. In addition it has played an important part in the international economy. Thousands of years ago, medicinal herbs were being transported across China and India, and onwards to the Middle East and the Mediterranean countries. The Chinese fostered a very lucrative export business, in both herbs and other merchandise, through the many traders who dared to risk their lives on the long trek over desert plains, high mountains, dense jungle and along very poor tracks. The Chinese, then, have long been associated with herbal medicine and its spread throughout the world.
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Taoist yoga has long been known as the "Open Door" (K'ai Men), although at various times in its long history it has also been referred to as Ho Ping ("Unity") and Ho Hsieh ("Harmony"). K'ai Men is the most appropriate name, however, as it expresses the idea that Taoist yoga is the doorway to all the channels of the mind, the spirit and the body. All these, while retaining their separate identity, are as one, so reflecting the balance of [[Yin and Yang]] and the Dual Monism of all in the universe. <br>
Through the infinite wisdom and teachings of the 'Sons of Reflected Light', the Chinese were given a really wonderful start and a unique foundation to their knowledge by being taught how to explore the great depths of herbal therapy, making possible the development of its vast potential in preventative and curative medicine. It was Shen Nung, however, later more popularly known as Huang Ti (The Yellow Emperor), the second emperor of China, who is said to have been the first to tabulate the useful and harmful properties of hundreds of herbs.
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As outlined in the previous chapter, the foundations of [[Taoism]], and, thus, of K'ai Men itself, were laid down in the Primitive Period of Chinese history. During that period, the first golden rules for all Taoists to follow were laid down, and one of the most fundamental of these was "Never harass, never hinder, never harm and never hurt anyone, either by thought or by deed. " Living and thinking this is hard, but the good sense and morality of it are undeniable. <br>
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Do fish in the water complain that it is cold or dirty? Of course not. Do they complain because the sea becomes rough, or envy or try to exploit each other? No. They live in harmony constantly, never envying or hating anything. Life for them is simply living. There are no comparisons in nature, and even love is meaningless outside the world of mankind. <br>
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Welcome to the Seahorse Arts Mediawiki project
An Online Resource Base of articles about the Taoist Arts written by Chee Soo

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Seahorse Arts Mediawiki

The Seahorse Arts Mediawiki is an Online Resource Base for students training in the Lee style Taoist Arts. It consists of a collection of articles written by Chee Soo taken from over sixty years as a student and teacher dedicated to researching the philosophy of Taoism and it's practical application. The main categories include Taoist philosophy, Chinese Medicine in theory and practise, T'ai Chi Ch'uan, K'ai Men or Taoist chi gung, Tao Yin or breathing exercises, Feng Shou kung fu, and the many and various techniques of cultivation of the natural internal energy of the body the Chinese know as Ch'i. There is also an extensive body of knowledge surrounding the subject of Chinese Medicine including diagnosis and the application of the Taoist Health Arts such as Anmo Taoist massage, Tien Chen acupressure, Ts'ao Yao herbal remedies, Ch'ang Ming or Taoist macrobiotics and dietary therapy, thermogenesis, and Taoist alchemy with detailed information both from a historical perspective and as it is applied today.

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Chee Soo practising T'ai Chi Chien T'ai Chi Chien

Chee Soo demonstrating the T'ai Chi Chien form

Taoist Arts of the Lee Style


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I Fou Shou - The enlightened hand

I Fu Shou is a section of T'ai Chi that fascinates every practitioner of the art, and brings to light powers that everyone possesses but very few people realize they have. That is why in some parts of China, I Fu Shou is sometimes called the 'Enlightened Hand'.

I Fu Shou is an exercise in which two people participate. Each person tries to upset the balance of the other whilst maintaining their own stability. Contact is through the arms and hands throughout the exercise. No matter what stance is adopted, there may always be a weakness in the balance of the body whether one moves left or right, backward or forward, upward or downward, and it is by taking advantage of these six directional weaknesses that the participants in I Fu Shou try to 'uproot' each other — to cause the other to lose their footing. The most difficult way to do this is to lift the other off the ground, but even this may be achieved provided that one has practised diligently and developed a faultless technique.


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The Path of K'ai Men

Taoist yoga has long been known as the "Open Door" (K'ai Men), although at various times in its long history it has also been referred to as Ho Ping ("Unity") and Ho Hsieh ("Harmony"). K'ai Men is the most appropriate name, however, as it expresses the idea that Taoist yoga is the doorway to all the channels of the mind, the spirit and the body. All these, while retaining their separate identity, are as one, so reflecting the balance of Yin and Yang and the Dual Monism of all in the universe.
As outlined in the previous chapter, the foundations of Taoism, and, thus, of K'ai Men itself, were laid down in the Primitive Period of Chinese history. During that period, the first golden rules for all Taoists to follow were laid down, and one of the most fundamental of these was "Never harass, never hinder, never harm and never hurt anyone, either by thought or by deed. " Living and thinking this is hard, but the good sense and morality of it are undeniable.
Do fish in the water complain that it is cold or dirty? Of course not. Do they complain because the sea becomes rough, or envy or try to exploit each other? No. They live in harmony constantly, never envying or hating anything. Life for them is simply living. There are no comparisons in nature, and even love is meaningless outside the world of mankind.

(more...)

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