"The disjunction between body and mind is symptomatic of the pervasive problem many people today have in understanding the common experience of 'being in the world'. ...Traditional healing practice almost always addresses this problem in one way or another. In fact, we can say that healing, in its widest and deepest sense, is precisely about the reunion of mind and body. The great wisdom traditions have considered this issue fundamental to the way we understand our place and how we function in the world. In the Hindu-Buddhist tradition, the union of mind and body is known as the Great Unification. In the Vajrayana practice of Buddhism, it is known as the rainbow body, and this stage of development comes, quite properly, at the end of a long and disciplined practice. The highest state of integration appears in shamanistic and other indigenous traditions as well, either at the end of the practice (as in the Plumed Serpent of the Mayans) or at any point throughout it (as in other Meso-American cultures). ...In Taoism it appears somewhat differently. Awareness, energy, and body consciousness are considered so fundamental as to allow no delay in addressing them, even at the early stage of study."
Philip Glass (introduction to Taoist Qigong for Health and Vitality, by Sat Chuen Hon)