When we talk about “magic” in Taoism, we are not talking about that “Harry Potter” kind of magic or the card tricks or coin tricks. This is really “magic” as in “magic”. It’s real. The western culture do not have any education or knowledge about the magic in the east and so all they can relate to is either magic tricks, movie or fiction, comics and folks magic. In America, they also have something called the medicine man who are those natives that perform magical (as they claimed) rituals for people. This is NOT the same as Taoism magic as well. Some will compare it to wicca, witchcraft or even other things like that. This is NOT anything like Taoism at all.
Taoism magic is a very scientific and systemized subject. It is not about praying to any god or deities to get your wish granted. It is not about having to sacrifice something to get some wish to come true. It is not about doing some rituals and dance to summon any god or deities to this realm and grant you the wish you want. No no no. This is not how Taoism magic works.
To understand more about Taoism magic, we must first know what is “chi” 氣.
In our “chi kung lessons page” we had clearly explained what “chi” is by this diagram:
Chi in general means “energy” and this “energy” is a living energy that everything in the world have, even a chair or a rock. In the diagram above, we can see how chi is defined for a human being. Basically the “chi” we have is what we called “real chi”真氣. This “real chi” is just a terminology and doesn’t mean there is a fake one. The real chi is combined with two types of chi: Pre-heaven chi 先天之氣 and post-heaven chi 後天之氣. Both chi combines and form the final product that we use and keeping us alive. When our chi is all drained, we get sick and slowly die out. When a person is dead, the chi also evaporates into the air and dissolve back to nature. Please see the diagram to know more about what pre and post heaven chi means. They have nothing to do with a “heaven”, it’s just how the word is translated.
The magic power we use in Taoism is a type of pre-heaven chi. In another world, a type of chi from the outside space, from another source outside of earth. It depends what we are doing in the magic and we will connect or channel in what type of “chi” from a specific source. This source of chi is extremely powerful, pure and clean. To be able to cultivate it, you must also be clean and free of evils as well. In another word that is more simple to understand – you must clear out all the negative energy in your body in order to possess this clean chi.
Usually the student who ordained into Tin Yat Lineage (Taoism) will go through a lot of trainings and cultivations which allow them to slowly detox all the negative chi and energy in their body while learning how to prevent from getting any new dirty energy as well. When they cultivates, they also gained what we call a “Taoist sensor” which is an ability to feel the chi around them and know what’s positive and what’s negative. When negative (or evil) chi get close to the Taoist, they will feel pressure, pain, or other feelings that alert them of the negative chi around. By learning how to stay as pure as possible, it allow them to get better health, better life and better luck too.
Learning magic in Taoism is a life improvement thing and it really does improve your life effectively as well. By doing the cultivations, you also learn about nature and how the invisible world works. It’s not just to listen and get lectured by me, it’s more like experiencing things yourself, learning it by touching it, feeling it and interacting with it. Taoism magic is just so real that all students will have no doubt in it at all. It’s just like asking a kid “is milk real?” All of them would say “YES”. Taoism magic is just THAT real.
If a source you found made you think Taoism magic is about praying to some god and asking for blessings, sorry, that is a wrong path. Taoism is NOT like that. Taoism is very logical and explainable. It’s not about praying for help, for blessings or even for anything.