Author Archives: Christina Barea

Nurture Life — Discover Who You Are

[Spirituality of Dao  道之神] Nurture Life, Discover Who You Are By Christina J Barea, DP, MMQ Listening deeply to the quiet sound of leaves unfolding at Spring I breathe in and embody the miracle manifested in each and every tree. … Continue reading

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Laozi – Legend or History?

[Spirituality of Dao]  Laozi 老子 – Legend or History? A brief biography of the author of the Dao De Jing  By Christina J Barea Many people are familiar with the Dao De Jing 道德經, a classic of Daoist studies, which … Continue reading

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From The Editor

From The Editor Yang-Sheng magazine is growing by leaps and bounds. This is our second issue published bilingual in English and Chinese on printed paper. The first issue was a resounding success and we received abundant positive feedback from you:  … Continue reading

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Summer Food For Fire Element

[East West Perspective] Summer Food For Fire Element by Christina Barea Young Summer is a period of growth, it is a time when nature expresses her bounty to the fullest. To be in harmony, with the atmosphere of summer, one … Continue reading

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From the Editor (05/12)

[From the Editor] Greetings!  Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Christina Barea-Young and it is my honor to be the new Editor-in-Chief of Yang-Sheng Magazine.  I am truly happy to be a part of this amazing community … Continue reading

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The Yin-Yang Sword: Weapon of Immortals

The Yin-Yang Sword: Weapon of Immortals by Christina Barea-Young The Chinese have long had a fascination for exquisite weaponry, including swords of the finest craftsmanship. So it’s no surprise that Daoists would develop a metaphorical equivalent for use in ritual … Continue reading

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Qigong Teachers: Masters or Chinese Knock-offs?

Qigong Teachers: Masters or Chinese Knock-offs? Finding a Qualified Instructor By Christina J. Barea The demand for qigong instruction grows and so does the opportunity for teachers to misrepresent their qualifications. The relative lack of education the general public has on … Continue reading

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Illuminating the Dao

Recitation of Scripture: Preserving the Tradition of Daojiao © Christina J Barea, DP, MMQ [Originally presented at the 6th International Conference on Daoism, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, USA, June 5th, 2010]   Returning (Union with the Primordial) In … Continue reading

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From the Editor

Welcome to the May issue of Yang Sheng! It is my pleasure to be the guest editor-in-chief this month. Our theme of “Daoism in the West” is very interesting since, comparatively speaking, Daoism is just beginning to become a notable … Continue reading

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Featured Article

Throughout the year Daoists celebrate various spiritual and natural occasions marked by the phases of the moon and other celestial events of great significance, such as the equinoxes and solstices. The ceremonies can be simply taking just a few moments to perform, while others are quite complex, requiring multiple days, even weeks. Ceremonies are performed on special days when communication between the two worlds is facilitated, interaction between spirit and man is consciously and deliberately initiated and the energy of Heaven & Earth supports the occasion. As a Daoist Priestess, this year, for the Winter Solstice, I decided to perform a Daoist practice known as a “dark retreat”- for 3 days I remained in total darkness. Continue reading

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