Review for The Secret of Taoist
Mitchell Earl Gibson MD
Over the years, I have collected a large collection of books on the subject of spirituality and healing. As a medical physician and author, I have had the opportunity to read some of the best books ever written on these subjects. Finding a truly useful and applicable book that honestly advances the art and understanding of healing is a rare gift. Most of the time, I have found that authors rely too heavily on obtuse metaphorical references to forces and deities that they barely understand. That is not say that I have not found some of these works to be useful. My point is, most do not live up to my expectations. A book on healing should have power and Magic. It should force the practitioner to grow and evolve in order to truly apply the precepts.
The Secret of Taoist Talismans is such a book. I happened to find the book by a series of “coincidences” during a collateral search for material on Celestial Calligraphy; long story. Masters who employ Taoist Talismans are true adepts. They receive years of training and apply arduous disciplines in order to control the forces which become embodied in the talismans. This training is not unlike the training that medical doctors in the West receive.
Wilson Yong has managed to capture the essence of this arduous and exacting art in a well written and clearly presented style. Be warned, in order to understand the text you will have to read every page, every word, at least twice. I read it three times. To the Western mind, the art of Fu is arcane and unfamiliar. We don’t follow the traditions of Gods and animistic forces with the fervor often found in the East. This is to our detriment in my opinion.
As I read and reread the text of The Secret of Taoist Talismans, I felt a stirring in my gut that pushed me to read more. I looked at the talismans that I would be required to draw with exacting precision and felt something within me awaken. I practiced the mudras which Yong states would bring out supernatural force within the practitioner. I did experience a number of supernatural “events” related to the mantras and mudras. I still shake my head in wonder and awe every time I think about it.
I tried using the talismans in the manner prescribed. They worked. Repeatedly. In just the manner that he suggested. This in and of itself is a rare and wonderful occurrence. True healing in its purest form.
The Art of Fu is an ancient and hidden art practiced only by a small group of very secretive adepts in the East. Wilson Yong was fortunate enough to spend years studying with a Grandmaster of the Art. His training and erudition often shines through in the writing. You can tell that you are dealing with a man who has seen the workings of the Force. The Secrets of Taoist Talismans is his attempt to share some of this sacred knowledge.
Needless to say I am hooked. I intend to acquire and read everything that I can find on the subject, most especially, the books written by Wilson Yong. For the true student of healing, Magic, and spirituality, The Secret of Taoist Talismans is a must have.
Mitchell Earl Gibson MD
See review by others:
Unique and Valuable Insights, March 15, 2004
Reviewer: Andrea S. from California.
This is an indispensable guide. It’s written from a Taoist practitioner perspective. No intimidating jargon, confusing academician theories, but a serious and committed Taoist practitioner who spent a lifetime practicing Taoism. There’s a huge variations from the average Taoism materials, which is vague restatement of their theory and omission on specific application of such theory. Require application? Here it is.
Unique…and One of a Kind ever written, April 21, 2004
Reviewer: Seth Haruvi. from Birmingham, UK
This is a unique book in that it provides copious details as to how a Taoist priest actually draws “Taoist Talismans”. Not theory but an actual application, its packed with Talisman which you can copy, the actual mantras and mudra’s used for empowerment of the talismans. That’s very unique. For anyone who wants to learn the secret of ancients and discover how Taoists apply them, this is the book for you.
I give it my full recommendation.
The best book ever read, April 14, 2005
Reviewer: Jeremy Ye. from Singapore
This book is amazing it just goes beyond any human comprehension. I m an Asian and this book has helped me learn of Taoism in a different perspective, I use to assume that Taoist Talisman to be superstitious religious mumbo jumbo. After reading this book written by Mr.Wilson Yong, I’m now inspired and learned to respect Taoist Talismans. It’s just not a piece of written paper, but embodies the entire traditions, practice of Religious Taoism. Highly recommended.
These Rituals work!, May 1, 2004
Reviewer: Charlotte. fromVirginia
I agree with everyone, this is an awesome book. There is so much to learn from it. I have tried the ritual to get rid of “Base / Mean people” as written in the book on my colleagues. I just couldn’t believe it such a simple ritual can have such huge impact. I just can’t imagine what else it could do with other Taoist talismans and magick. I’m gonna try these out and write a future review later. Meanwhile I’m waiting for the next book “The Secret to the Mysterious of Taoist Magic” to be released. I now have a better understanding how a Taoist practitioner really do to perform authentic Magic.
Awesome book, July 25, 2005
Reviewer: Denzel M. from NY
This is one hot book! Unlike some others, i have nothing against philosophical books, even the really lenghty ones. But you have to compliment those with books that give you the details. This is the only one out there, folks! This tells you how to be a real Taoist, not just how to recite Dao De Jing! If you’re interested in learning about actual Taoist practices like talismans, spells, rituals, invocations, and so on, then stop reading this and start reading The Secret of Taoist Talismans by Wilson Yong.
ONE OF A MILLION, August 19, 2005
Reviewer: Ken A. Wang from c.a
I wanted to learn Taoist Talisman for a long time, but I could not find any book on the subject at all. I found this book, and it is the real deal; it teaches you in detail of true Talisman, Taoist ritual, spells, mantra, deity summon, etc..This book is the only one of it kind in the U.S, that honestly explain and teach you to do Taoist stuff.
Some of the stuff in this book need lots of time and effort on your part to learn. Some rituals and summon are lengthy and complicated, but if you keen on learning and casting spells and invoke deities, this book is a must-have.
The best reference book, August 24, 2005
Reviewer: Stephen Everett. from Arizona
I am a 2nd-year student researching my Ph.D. in East Asian Studies, and this book has helped me tremendously in my study on Taoism. It had never been easy getting such a book in the market tried hunting for such book on Amazon, Barnes and noble nothing showed up. Till I found this website, this book explains all the rituals in detail, great layout, and, most importantly, written by an actual Taoist practitioner point of view and not from an academician. I have highly recommended for students researching East Asian Studies and Religion Anthropology.
This is the real deal, March 12, 2006
Reviewer: Alexander M, from San Diego
I heartily recommend this book. Most books on Taoism are terrible. I just wrote a review for Laszlo Legeza’s “Tao Magic: The Secret Language of Diagrams and Calligraphy,” where I gave it 2 star because the book has nothing to say about Taoist Talismans, but a collection of Talisman taken from (Tao-tsang). This book, on the other hand, has everything. It gives us the actual ritual, mantras’, mudra, Magic, actual talisman samples, anthropology, and on and on. What a great book. Buy it, read it, treasure it. Read my review at www.amazon.com
With best wishes from your pal Alex.
What an extraordinary and timely book !! March 23, 2006
Reviewer: ChimmedZangpo, from Sweden
Extraordinary, for it presents a depth of esoteric knowledge, which is both unique within itself, as well as an expression of centuries-old, hidden wisdom, and lineages.
Knowledge, which up until now, has been almost totally inaccessible without the right introductions and arduous paths of initiations, especially for the English speaker, and especially within the print.
Timely, for we live in an era in which more and more are aware of the subtle and energetic realms of existence – of both light and dark forces.
So seek both the knowledge to understand, as well as the means to independently nurture and draw the former, as well as to protect and banish the latter.
The book is written in a prominent, pragmatic manner.
The writing style, format, and usage of English make the subject easily understandable.
Using plenty of diagrams and examples to elaborate upon the text, one is given a step by step lesson on how to prepare and write different Talisman. In this circumstance, to use them, and the benefits.
It was evident that Mr. Wilson Yong, the author, has not only a depth of experimental knowledge of his subject.
But also the ability to draw forward that which is relevant to give both an initiation into the subject, as well as a broader view.
Without giving away the joy of discovery of the inner content of the book.
One finds a pathway flowing from history and lineage, to empowerments and rituals, to mantras and mudra’s, to recognizing and protection against ghosts, spirits, and sorcery.
One is readily able to follow, learning for oneself beneficial rituals and the know-how of drawing of Talisman.
As a summary: a hands-on, do-it-yourself guide to writing and practicing Taoist Talisman; informative, well presented, written with clarity, a beginner’s guide, as well as an overview map.
One can only look forward with eagerness to the further publications.
The website in itself is a mine of useful information and insights.
This 24 day 2 lunar month
Year of Fire Dog
Louises Forest , Sweden
Re: hey I order your ebook!!!love to chat online!!! May 28, 2006
Reviewer: Sun Mones, from Toronto, Canada
Just received your e-book. Amazing teachings! I have never seen such a candid and honest portrayal of sacred teachings in one book. !!!thanks again for putting this info out to the world..Sun Mones