Chi-Jen Liu is a practitioner of Taoism. But what is Taoism? He explains, "Tao is the nameless essence of the universe. The way of Taoism teaches you how to cultivate harmony with nature and virtue among all beings." In the painting "Tao Galaxy," he elaborates on the universal quality of this philosophy. "We are all made of energy. Vast galaxies are expressions of the high intelligence hidden inside creation. These messages create greater unity and understanding between us... and between all different forms of life."
Taoism embodies the principles of yin (feminine energies) and yang (masculine energies). It is considered a code of balanced behavior, or a way of life, that is in harmonious union with nature. It represents the equilibrium of the cosmic design that holds everything together.
A shell-like spiral in a vast ocean of space represents how opposite energies balance each other. The yellow is warm, but the blue is cool; the spiral bursts with light, but the space swallows it; the golden whirlpool has a clear center of gravity, but the ocean of space is floating with constellations. Coins of wisdom roll out of the golden spiral and can be likened to a cornucopia of blessings to all. The coins are embossed with mantra charms for peace, prosperity, protection, and many other benefits. Chi-Jen Liu offers us his perspective of the powerful intelligence and universal compassion that leads us to happiness when we look to the heavens for guidance.