Monday, October 27, 2014

The Eight Gates Theory and Practice

The Eight Gates Theory and Practice
The Principle of Polarity is the foundation of Taoist philosophical thought. Everything is dual, everything has poles, everything has its pair of opposites, and there is a yin and yang in all things. In Taoism the yin is seen as a broken line __ __ the yang is seen as a straight line _____. The yin and Yang represent the negative and positive dualism existing within all things, from the protons and electrons of the atoms to the conscience and subconscious of the human psyche.

The Taoist I Ching also known as the book of change is the most ancient and profound of the Chinese Classics, for over 4000 years it has been used as an oracle of fortune, a guide to success, and a dispensary of wisdom. The combination of yin and yang lines which form eight trigrams (the eight gates) that can be arranged into 64 hexagrams which are used to consult the I Ching. 

The 64 hexagrams of the I Ching correspond to the sixty-four combinations found within the genetic code. The I ching influenced James Watson and Francis Crick’s discovery of the genetic code. The eight gates: Heaven, Earth, Fire, Water, Thunder, Mountain, Lake and Wind also service as the foundation of the Taoist art of Taijiquan (Tai Chi).

The circular movement of the eight gates can be used for health and self-defense, while doing my Taoist master training in the mountains of  south Korea I learned an energy balancing technique that makes use of two of the eight gates the electromagnetic field of heaven and the biopsychic field of earth; the exercise is called Heaven and Earth.

I will partner with my friend and tai chi instructor Grand Master Abdul Musawwir, to teach an eight week two part workshop titled “The Eight Gates Theory and Practice”, in the spring semester at the City College Continuing and Professional Services Program. In part one I will teach the Yin and Yang theory of Polarity and how to consult and interpret the I Ching.  Grand master Musawwir will teach the  Taoist practice of moving in the Eight Gates for health and self-defense in part II

 Call 212 650-6605 or 212 646 329-6727 for additional information on the spring workshop

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