Tao of the Shaman - Shamanic Taoism - Taoist Shamanism
Step 5 runs alternate years with Step 8
You can become a far more effective human being. The ancients of all cultures seemed to know
how. Much of what they knew has filtered down the ages to us. We can use it. We can keep their
ideas alive, not so much by ritual and ceremony as by using them in modern life. They knew about
power. They knew how to win. And sometimes to accept loss with grace. They are worth your
attention. Learn them. Enter your power.
The shaman rides into the sky, the celestial realms of beyond, and down beneath the roots, and at
human level the conscious plane.
The Taoist lives on although the bone-spirits try drawing herim down, back to the earth, whence
they came. They are three and strong, but not as strong as the seven of heaven who want life and
So the underworld journeys are rare and different, for the shaman guards against the bone spirits.
"According to the Taoist Canon a group of Aryans were shipwrecked on the China shore thousands
of years ago. They did not die, nor have children, and became known as the Shining Ones. They taught
shamanic practices, including the protective circle, calling the elements, ecstatic journeying and
flight, power animals and tutelary deities or guides.
"With the rise of Buddhism shamans were persecuted, like witches in the west. They continued
their practices in secret, without the use of drums, rattles, robes or other articles of the craft
to identify themselves. The saying goes you cannot tell a sage by his clothes. They were also
known as magicians, wizards and sorcerers.
"Magic is like religion. It can be of great benefit, or cause great harm. In Taoist magic as in
the Tao, there is no judgement - we are all responsible for ourselves. As long as you do not harm
another being, you are free to do what you want." Source: Interview
(click to see) with Mantak Chia Positive Health
Magazine December 1998
Some of the old shamanic arts flourish today under the shield of Chinese Medicine, most
practitioners unaware of the magical connections.
As the Circle to Heaven, the Square is to Earth
The Bell is to Heaven, as the Gong is to Earth
Fire is to Heaven as Water to Earth
The Directions are of the Unborn
The Shaman is the Healer in the community, who intermediates with Spirit, who takes into
herimself the energies, to heal and to seal. The Taoist Shaman is Healer and Warrior, known to
heris community, unknown in the Outer World.
Through Initiation the Shaman learns the power of Spirit, using it to understand the illusion
of fear and physical limitations of discomfort and fatigue.
Overcoming obstacles the Initiate gains knowledge of herimself and learns secrets of heriscraft.
Initiation into The Tao of the Shaman:
Journey on Earth
Journeys through the Lower World
Journeys through Heaven - climbing the Tree of Ecstasy into ecstatic flight
Learning the Invisible Tools
after the Ordeal of Initiation the Shaman is reborn to take heris place in the Community and
returns to the Outer World
Required reading for the Taoist Shaman Retreat
Taoist Medicine Wheel Tao of the Shaman Part 1
North K D
Suggested additional reading for the Taoist Shaman Retreat
Opening the Dragon Gate, Making of a Taoist Wizard, tr Cleary
Magic Shamanism Taoism R Herne
Taoism Eva Wong
The Way of Wyrd Brian Bates
Cosmic Healing 1 M Chia
Chi Nei Tsang 1 M.Chia.
Worthwhile further reading following Initiation
Taoist Meditation, I Robinet
Cosmic Healing 2 M Chia
Chi Nei Tsang 2 M.Chia.
The Education of Little Tree, F. Carter
Voices of the First Day, R Lawlor
Journey to Ixtlan, C Castenada
Shambala Sacred Path of the Warrior, C Trungpa
Green Witchcraft, Aoumiel
Dancing Shadows. Aoumiel.
Awakening Osiris, N Ellis
Lightningbolt, H Storm
Practical Magic, the Northern Tradition, N Pennick
4 Books by Jean M Auel
The Alchemist, P Coelho
In Search of the Miraculous, P D Ouspensky
Awaken Healing Light, M&M Chia
Nourishing Destiny, L. Jarrett
What are you looking for?
What is a Shaman? Why do you choose this path?
In the Tao of the Shaman, the path of the Healing Warrior, you step further into the universe beyond the visible. With
esoteric knowledge bringing full awareness of your inner power, you may see but never
describe yourself as a Taoist Shaman.
Here are the requirements and pre-requisites for training in the Tao of the Shaman.
It is deep Taoist practice informed by extraordinary experience. You will select yourself with your
commitment and dedication - re-arrangement of priorities might be necessary.
Please don't come out of curiosity.
Pre-requisite Courses for the Tao of the Shaman
Foundations Step 1
Foundations Step 2 (Healing Love)
Foundations Step 3 Fusion of the Five Elements
Foundations 4 Introduction to Taoist Shamanism
Tai Chi Training Camp participate at any stage of your training
Taoist Shamanic Healing participate at any stage of your training
Pre-requisite Courses to qualify for the Tao of the Shaman should be completed in above sequence except
Tai Chi Summer Training Camp, and Taoist Shamanic Healing which can be done anywhere in the sequence.
Its never too soon to start!
Additional Pre-Requirements for the Tao of the Shaman:
Basic understanding of the "Hands of Light' or Cosmic Chi
Kung exercises as taught at the London Tao Centre
To be familiar with the content of the Required reading (above.)
To know the basics of the Tai Chi form as taught at the London Tao Centre
Registration is after completing the pre-requisites and pre-requirements. When you register
you will be given a Task to complete. On completion of the Task and a 400-word Task
report you will be told a time and place to meet
Wear warm and waterproof clothing including hat/cap/hood, wellies/gumboots/walking-boots
Carry stout stick/walking-stick, waterproof cape/groundsheet/tarp, blanket/travel-rug,
small overnight rucksack containing bottled water, toilet-paper, knife, string, candle, torch,
matches/lighter, spare socks
Bring a separate backpack with: change of clothing including more spare socks,
trainers/shoes, sleeping-bag, blanket, sheepskin/rug, thick towel, sarong/lunghi/kikoi,
anti-distraction blindfold, note-book, pen/pencil, knife, fork, spoon, plastic/metal plate/bowl,
Compose one song, one poem, one story, one opinion on what is a shaman, one reason for
wanting to follow this Way.
Leave behind: mobile phones, inhibitions
Be ready to be self-sufficient and to spend time alone, silent and without support.
After completing Step 5 you can start your Learning to Teach the Tao.