Taoism belongs to a tradition of though that has much in common with confucianism but stands alone as a separate system of ethical and spirrtual practices . Where confucianism is primarily is also concerned with religious issues . These are often mediated through the observation of nature, it is mostly followed in china .
There are two main threads to taoism – taoist mystical philosophy and religious taoism. According to philosophical taoism the true sage is one who follows the path of heaven and earth without pursuring selfish goals. He or she flows with the natural order, accepting success or misfortune equally . Resilience, longevity or even forms of spiritual immortality are regarded as the consequences of living without conflict and contenction . Such notions have inspired many chinesescholars ,poets , artists and craftsman.
Religious taoism is practiced by religious sects and traditions, which seek access to the tao as the supreme reality . Followers seek immortality through meditation , liturgy, alchemy and philosophy. Energies are channeled in order to perform healing, exorcism and to regulate important festivals such as the rites of cosmic renewal . All taosit are concerned with harmonizing the fundamental energies in the universe. thetaoteching ( the classic of the way and its power ) is a pivotal text for all taoists.
intaoist theory nd traditional chinese medicine, the human body is though of as an energy system consisting of patterend flows of ch’i(vital energy) and blood. The vh’i in the body is as subject of change and variability as are the forces in the weather. Beneficial exercises, called taoyin (literally ‘guiding and streching’) were developed, with early forms being described in the chuangtzu. these include various postures and breathing exercises. The notion of ch’i is fundamental in taoist thought and practices.
Taoist does nothing but there is nothing that he does not do.