Lucy Crawford

The Ancient Chinese Secret to Assessing Character
The Records of the Grand Historian (史記) relate the following story: The Lord Wen of Wei (魏文侯, reign 445-424 B.C.) wanted to appoint a prime minister. While he understood the importance of choosing a person...
Empress Fuca of Qing China's Emperor Qianlong
Lady Fuca: Qing China’s Most Virtuous Empress and a Ruler’s Rare True Love
One of the three most well-known empresses in the history of the Qing Dynasty (1644–1912) was Empress Fuca or Empress Xiaoxianchun (孝賢純皇后, 1712—1748). Although she lacked the political achievements of Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang (孝莊皇太后1633–1688) or...
Forgiveness Brings Good Fortune
Who in this world is without fault? Along with the very wicked people who intentionally kill and harm others, there are also those of us who make mistakes due to misunderstandings or confusing circumstances. Dealing...
The Feast of the Tassels–An Ancient Chinese Story of Forgiveness
King Zhuang of Chu (楚莊王) was one of the Five Hegemons of the Spring and Autumn Period (春秋五霸, 770-476 B.C.), and the most accomplished monarch of Chu. At a celebration after the suppression of a...
Chinese model qipai confucius teachings on lust
Confucius’ Teachings on Lust and Desire
Confucius’ teachings covered many subjects. One of the most serious was the issue of lust. On this topic, he sternly warned people to be aware of and resist temptation.   Confucius said, "When you are young,...
Confucius: A Superior Man Treats People With Benevolence and Respect
The principle of “Benevolence,” as advocated by Confucius, is not only a social and political ideal, but also an ethical and moral standard. The object of benevolence is to care for others. Based on the...
Traditional Marriage: Grace and Loyalty Come First
As the most pivotal event in many people’s lives, getting married is not to be taken lightly. Today’s casual attitude towards marriage, however, may be the root of many social problems. Domestic violence, cold violence,...
Traditional Chinese Culture Treasures Five Colors, Not Just Red
Ancient Chinese artifacts such as clothing, painting and jewels feature rich colors. Traditional Chinese believe that everything in the universe is made up of the five basic elements of "metal, wood, water, fire and earth."...
The Relationship Between Traditional Chinese Medicine and Martial Arts
Great practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) are often great martial artists. Those who practice both medicine and martial arts can be traced back as far as Hua Tuo (華佗), probably the most well-known doctor...
Exploring Destiny – Was Your Marriage Arranged?
Throughout our lifetimes, we have countless acquaintances; friends come and go, and we form strong relationships with a select few. What is it that determines who will be our close friends, our rivals, and our...
The Divine Governing Philosophy of Ancient Chinese Rulers
Believing that Chinese culture was divinely bestowed on the Three Kings and Five Emperors (三皇五帝Sān huáng wǔ dì), Chinese people consider themselves to be the descendants of Emperors Yan and Huang (炎黃子孫 Yánhuáng zǐsūn). Ruling...
Fashion: Apply Ancient Wisdom to Dress for Success
Everything has an electro-magnetic field, even the prints and patterns on material and clothing. The magnetic fields interact and influence each other, bringing different outcomes.  Images carry an aura, just like humans do, be it...