a. The circle above with a man standing in the middle with arms outstretched is often seen in articles and advertisements for “holistic” medicine. Itis an ancient symbol and represents the evolutionary origins described previously. The following is the comment seen beneath this same symbol, which is from a wood cut of the 15thcentury: ‘A mirror of the world —microcosm of the macrocosm’-Man as conceived in astrology, reflects the rhythms and structure of the universe in the same way as the universe mirrors the rhythms and structure of man himself. “Everything is part of everything…”
b. This circle of harmony has its roots from 2800 B.C. out of the ancient text “I-Ching”, also known as “The Book of Changes”, which is a text of divination. All types of divination have their roots in the occult. The circle of harmony, too, represents evolutionary creation by opposing sides of the same force/power.
Let me repeat this hypothesis of origins:
The force/power composed of two opposing parts, through a process of evolution were blended to a non-dual state, ONENESS, and is said to have resulted in the act of creation; however the objects created were formed into a state of duality (good-evil, positive-negative, yang-yin). Life did cease, yet the serpent said there is no death. The dogma of re-incarnation is the answer to the dilemma that death does occur. A cycle of life-death occurs in this hypothesis, so man finds himself in an ever continuing pattern of dying and returning to life, but in various forms and conditions. He desires to move out of this cycle. To do so he must balance and move through his body this dual-state force/power into a non-dual status of ONENESS. At that point he becomes One with the universal force/power and leaves the cycle of re-incarnation by joining the spirit world of nirvana for a life of eternal bliss.
This “force/power” spoken of has a large number of synonyms. It is at times referred to as Chi, Qi, Ki, Prana, Logos, Mana, Orenda, Animal Magnetism, Innate, Vital Energy, Odic Force, Bioplasma, One, Self, Higher Self, Supreme Self, Divine Self, Consciousness, Purer Consciousness, Creative Principe, Essence, Presence, Vitalism, Life Force, Vibrational Force, Monism, Ultimate Unified Energy Field, Universal Intelligence, Universal Mind, Universal Energy, Supreme Ultimate, Higher Self, Higher Power, etc., etc., even the words I AM and God are used as synonyms for “force/power”. This is a counterfeit god, not the living Being Creator God of the Bible.
Since all material substance is said to be formed from this creative power, the I AM/God power, then everything is “god”; this is called “pantheism”. A more deceptive variant of this concept is the teaching that there is also a living Creator God who in the creation of man left a “spark” of His divinity in man and in all creation, so man has innate divinity within himself (panentheism).
Hinduism and other Oriental religions promote a life-long journey whereby through various mental and physical practices, an endeavor is made to move and balance the so-called universal force or power (spiritual energy) through the body so efficiently that it brings an individual into a non-dual point of oneness, or “union” (yoga), with “Brahman”, the Hindu name for the “Ultimate Reality”, the ultimate Deity of Hinduism. Brahman is regarded to be the supreme formless Source of power and energy that is the cause of all that exists in the universe. The claimed union or oneness with Brahman supposedly fulfills the promise given by the serpent in the Garden of Eden at the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, that there is no death, and partaking of the fruit of the Tree would initiate progression to godhood.
The reasoning in the Eastern pagan worldview is that life came from balancing a bipolar force/power (universal energy), and physical disorders and illness are explained as result of an imbalance of the life force energy. This imbalance is also considered a deviation from the path of acquiring spiritual union with Brahman. It is a spiritual imbalance which in turn produces physical changes, disorders, illness. In the Eastern mindset there is no separation between spiritual and physical, hence the correction for physical disorders and illness is to apply a spiritual remedy. That remedy must involve correction of the imbalance of universal energy. Many methods have been devised for achieving balance and movement of universal energy in one’s body in the path to attaining spiritual enlightenment/godhood. The same methods/practices are also utilized for healing.
Application of Universal Energy Theory
How this proclaimed universal energy (prana/Hindu, chi/Chinese)is acquired and infused into an individual, as well as the manner in which it is supposed to travel through ones system to raise one to higher spirituality and on to enlightenment/godhood, varies from civilization to civilization. Understanding this aspect of the Eastern mindset is important to comprehend the subject of martial arts. The Hindu teaches that universal energy moves in air and is infused primarily through breath, so there is a heavy emphasis on the breath and breathing. Air and its prana is taken in by breathing through the nose, then the prana proceeds to the lower part of the body through imaginary channels, and afterward ascends in an undulating manner up through the body along the spine, traversing seven energy centers called “chakras.” When this energy ascends through these chakra centers and is brought to the seventh chakra at the top of the head, then there is the joining with Brahman (ultimate Hindu god);enlightenment is experienced and immortality secured.
In Hinduism, the mental practices that are believed to balance and move energy is Eastern style meditation, yoga, and visualization. The physical acts considered to facilitate balance of energy flow are yoga exercises, chakra cleansing techniques, use of crystals and gems, diet, essential oils and aromatherapy.
Chinese traditional medicine is influenced by Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism concepts. Their foundation is similar to Indian Hindu beliefs, but with a variance in how universal energy (chi, qi, or ki to the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) flows through the body. Flow of universal energy (chi) is said to move through conduits called meridians. These supposed channels, 14 in number, run more or less perpendicular over the body. The goal is to bring balance of the yin (negative) with Yang (positive) forces of chi to the point of non-duality to secure one’s place in nirvana, the heavenly bliss of the spirit realms.
Also, as in Hinduism, there is a mental and physical component to Chinese chi balancing. The methods are Buddhist-style meditation, martial arts, acupuncture, acupressure, herbs, and some other practices. Meditation is the most fundamental, and all the other methods are not effective without meditation.
Hinduism’s Ayurveda (ancient traditional Indian healing system) and Chinese Traditional Medicine both have their origins based in astrology, as does all aspects of paganism wherein man is considered a microcosm of the macrocosm (cosmos). The mental and physical practices of these Eastern religions are solidly founded in astrological concepts, which are anti-Biblical. The Chinese Zodiac utilizes the movement of 108 planetary bodies through our galaxy for use in divination. These heavenly bodies are, in the occult world, symbolic of deities, false gods of paganism. The spirits of five of these planets (Jupiter/Zeus, Mars/Ares, Saturn/Cronos, Venus/Aphrodite, Mercury/Hermes) are believed to be Elemental Energies/spirits, involved in creation and its continuation. Synonyms for these Elemental Energies are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water. Synonyms of these same five planetary bodies used in the martial art “Kung-fu” (grandfather discipline of martial arts) are presented in similar order: Leopard, Tiger, Serpent, Dragon, White Crane. Also, Traditional Chinese Medicine uses the words liver, heart, spleen/pancreas, lungs, and kidneys as synonyms for these Elemental/spirits. Everything in Chinese cosmology is based on these astrological roots, as it is in Hinduism, Buddhism, and other Oriental pagan religions.
The five “Elements,” “energies,” or “spirits” concept of the planets are integrated into Traditional Chinese Medicine, and into the martial arts of Feng-shui, Kung-fu, Tai chi etc., and also into yoga of Hinduism.