Other Articles by Kerby Kuek
July 02, 2010,
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baby's first breath is through the nose and right down to the abdomen. Many
doctors agree that this is the correct way of breathing to ensure a healthy
is the way of Tan Tao breathing.
Tao, which dates back more than 2,000 years, is an ancient practice of
breathing technique, or meditation, to ensure a long life.
sage Lao Tzu said that when you feel you're breathing through your lung, that
means your lungs are not functioning well. Ironically, when you breathe
normally without feeling your lungs, then they are working fine.
people think that consuming the right food, vitamins, medicines and
supplements help them live longer.
one Indian yogi has claimed that he has survived for seventy
years without food and water, just yoga and meditation. This shows the
importance of breathing - especially the correct way of breathing.
beauty of it all is that air is, of course, free.
ancient text, Chan Tong Qi (Three in One) by Han scholar Wei Boyang, talks
about methods of prolonging one's lifespan such as Swapping the Ham and Lei
Guas, Exchanging the Dragon and Tiger Energy. But in my opinion, these are all
simply breathing techniques.
minutes to an hour of deep breathing a day, using the Tan Tao Small Cycle
techniques as laid out below, would ensure one stays healthy.
often neglect the simple, yet essential, practice of relaxing our muscles to
help the circulation of blood and air in our bodies.
difference will become obvious after one does it for only seven days. Remember
the simple rule: breathe deep, down to your abdomen.
are basically two breathing techniques.
relaxing technique that utilizes and maximizes the oxygen that we take in. The
important thing to look for is a bulging of the belly when you breathe in,
especially about six centimeters below the belly button.
Here, you use your lungs to take deep, powerful breaths. In line with the
yin-yang balance, this hard type of breathing balances out the soft natural
breathing. It is used to detoxify the body. This cleansing technique can be
used only during daylight.
of the week: Filial piety ensures harmony.
June 29, 2010
Kerby Kuek's Fung Shui for Life column appeared in your newspaper, every
Monday when I wake up I look forward to Friday and the column. Kerby's
knowledge is different from other masters that I know: he is able to present
such wonderful art in a "scientific" manifestation. He should be in
the paper on a daily basis so my friends and I don't have to wait till Friday!
June 25, 2010
shui is closely related to Confucianism and Taoism. So I will be looking at
the two teachings.
by Confucius (551-479 BC) in the Spring and Autumn Period, Confucianism became
an established philosophy in China.
held that everyone was entitled to education, not just the elite, and
emphasized that people from all walks of life should have the opportunity for
education "as long as the desire to learn is burning."
fundamental teachings are about building internal and external values and
interacting harmoniously with others. Values such as filial piety, honesty,
etiquette and camaraderie are held in high esteem.
also defined the protocol for important relationships such as between ruler
and subjects, husband and wife, and father and children, and the values which
should guide them - benevolence, justice, etiquette, wisdom and honesty.
differs from religion in general and Taoism particularly in the subjects
covered, focusing on individual growth and social relations.
was popularized by Lao Tzu in the late Spring and Autumn Period. At the
beginning of the Han era (221-206 BC), it was termed Tao De Jia.
that time, there were five other schools of thought: Confucianism, Mo Jia,
Ming Jia, Fa Jia and Yin Yang Jia. Taoist philosophy blends these five
teachings. The famous philosophers of the Taoist school are Lao Tzu, Chuang
Tzu and the Huang Lao sect. Its main focus is on building a stronger body and
mind to achieve health and longevity. Instead of promoting materialism, Taoism
places emphasis on developing a healthy body whereas Confucianism emphasizes
building a better soul.
ultimate destination of Taoism is not heaven but being one with nature - which
is the way of the Tao. More than any other school, Taoism focuses on nature.
Tzu said that Tao is the source of creation of the universe and therefore its
main driving force. Taoism pioneered explorations into the nature of the
universe and incarnate beings. It is Taoism's biggest contribution to
of Lao Tzu's precepts include:
should uphold "nothingness";
be weak is to avoid competing; and
stupid to harness substance.
which stresses the importance of life over material things, does not give
prominence to fame and fortune as ultimate life goals, for they are
meaningless without the spirit of Tao.
Han historian Ser Ma Tan has acknowledged that Taoism blended the unique
teachings of other schools to become the perfect school of thought for its
Quote of the week: I can't hear you because you're talking too loudly.
heaven and earth
June 18, 2010
ancient narrative history Zuo Zhuan, or Commentaries of Zuo, is attributed to
Zuo Qiuming - a contemporary of Confucius.
it, a doctor named He from the Qing era says heaven consists of six energies
(or qi): yin, yang, wind, rain, day and night. These six energies are
categorized as follows: a cloudy day is termed as yin; a cloudless day is
yang; wind and rain are the movements of clouds; the night is hi; and the day
is ming. He adds: "Any imbalance in the equation will end up [creating a]
few centuries later, Dong Zhongshu wrote in his book Chun Qiu Fan Lu, or
Luxuriant Dew of the Spring and Autumn Annals: "The path of heaven is
about giving, earth about nurturing, while that of man is about justice and
manners. The eyes are for seeing the right colors; the ears are for hearing
the right voices. The mouth is for tasting the right flavor and the body is
for walking on the right path."
knowledge and false preaching
is hard to judge the authenticity of ancient scriptures: some are plagiarized
and some created without proper basis.
pursuing ancient knowledge, many practitioners may have unwittingly learned
the wrong thing and passed it on to their followers.
how do you know which teaching is real and which false? The answer is simply
to practice what you have learned and the true teaching will emerge through
trial and error. The process may be taxing and at times frustrating, but seek
and you shall find.
can this be done? Use your eyes and find the answers in your heart. For
example, the only way to learn the topographical element of fung shui is by
observing and experiencing the surrounding nature physically - especially
through your eyes. Interpretation, however, is another matter.
olden days, knowledge of the time aspect, or gua energy, was passed on orally.
This tradition resulted in a loss of the great art and science as some
practitioners took their precious knowledge to the grave without passing it on
of the week: Love gives all and requires nothing. If everyone gave their all,
what more would you require?
June 11, 2010
Han era scholar Dong Zhongshu also wrote in depth about the five elements and
the filial concept in his tome Chun Qiu Fan Lu, or Luxuriant Dew of the Spring
and Autumn Annals.
five elements theory explains creation: water breeds wood, wood creates fire,
fire breeds earth, earth creates metal, and metal creates water - and the
cycle goes on.
in this creation concept is that unique relationship in which a son must
respect and be loyal to the father, while the father has an obligation to
nurture the son - leading to balance and filial piety.
ancient Chinese, one acts in harmony with the natural laws in performing
ritual worship in accordance with the four seasons, with the son and wife
strictly following them.
names of this ritual change according to the season. In spring it is ci, in
summer yue, in autumn chang and in winter zheng.
such rituals are neglected, the laws of life are violated.
traditional Chinese follow three forms of worship: worship of heaven or cosmic
powers; worship of ancestors; and the worship of gods and devils.
such practices, one pays respect to supernatural powers.
wrote: "The emperor receives heaven's command. Ministers should follow
the emperor's command. The son follows commands of the father, a wife should
follow the husband's command, and so on. Such relations are absolute."
according to The Book of Rites, such relations are relative - meaning if the
emperor violates his order, ministers can violate the emperor's.
is up to you to decide which writing is more applicable to today's world.
of the week: If you want the world to change, change your own world first.
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