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We find ourselves in a condition where desire and ideas persist…. Disabling the natural flow and development………… Much like a sky filled with cloud………. We should always strive to clean our heart of all desires and passions. Seeking to find the True Heart. Our world is much like a bubble; we look at it and it seems real. Yet it is just a reflection. The material world we perceive is much like a web that is created from passion and desire; everything in this realm which we perceive is created by passion and desire. Our ideal aim in self cultivation practice is to break free of this web. To completely realize our True Nature, and become the master of our own destiny. Within this realm we find natural laws that govern over us. These laws are the Five Elements and the Yin and Yang. Through the governing law of the Five Elements with the Yin and Yang, this force will naturally control, suppress and destroy our efforts of self cultivation to break free of this web. The Five Elemental laws also have a corresponding reflection within our being. We may use this corresponding reflection in our self practice as a means of gaining reversal to return to the source. We find that with much self effort in practice, one can truly break free of this web we find ourselves in – holding the universe in the palm of your hand -being the master of your own destiny - gaining complete transcendence and liberation - returning to complete and undifferentiated union with the source. This realm is much like the reflection on a bubble. We look at it and it seems real; but it is just nothing more than an illusory reflection. Below the illusory bubbles of our realm and the many others, lies a vast expanse of Ocean…….. This vast ocean is the True Reality, the Root Essence - the True Heart. The True Heart – Original, primal, pure, eternal, completely unsullied and free from any contamination from desires, passions and deluded thoughts. One may ask, "How to gain this state of True Heart?"
There lies an ancient method of self practice left behind by the True Humans of the Traditions of Tao termed "Tan Tao" – or "Way of Cultivating the Golden Elixir" Within this method of Tan Tao we practice to gain transformation and we find an outline of the course of development listed as such:
1. Cleansing the Heart-Mind of all Desires and Deluded Thoughts – Settle Mind2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
Will in Lower Dantian Lighting a Fire – Transformation of Jing to Qi Small Heavenly Cycle / Small Water Wheel One Year of Incubation Large Heavenly Cycle / Large Water Wheel Journey of Seven Days through the Great Pass Cultivation of the Infant of the True Self in Three Years time Tempering the Emptiness to Gain Accordance with Tao in Nine Years time Transformation into Light – Golden Light Penetrates and Merges with the Infinite Emptiness
Chuang Tzu spoke ~ Have you ever seen a wildcat, crouching down in wait for its prey to come along? Right and left, high and low it springs about, until it gets caught in a trap or dies in a snare. Again there is the yak, which is as huge as clouds across the sky; but it cannot catch mice at all. Now if you have a big tree and are at a loss with what to do, why not plant it in the domain of nonexistence,, in the great and barren wilds, where you might lay idle by its side and lie down in blissful repose beneath its shade. There it would be safe from the axe and from all other injuries. There being of no use for it, how could there be any worry or trouble……
In simple terms as outlined by the ancients, we may think of the practice as the cultivation and transformations of the "San Bao" or "Three Treasures" of Jing – Vital Essence, Qi – Vital Energy, and Shen – Vital Spirit. The entire course of development in Tan Tao is based on these transformation and quality changes. Jing is transformed into Qi. Qi is transformed into Shen. Shen is transformed into Emptiness. Emptiness is transformed into Tao. The Wayfarer Will to Learn Emptiness once spoke…… When you reflect that the Heavens can incessantly exert themselves simply by depending on the emptiness, you can easily understand that by continuously exerting itself to remain still and empty your Heart will be able to encompass all that the Heavens have ever been, are or will be since all sights and visions are nothing but your Heart. Knowing that through stillness the Earth can burden itself with so many things always striving to satisfy their "desires" you can quickly comprehend that if your body constantly remains still you can respond to all things, for you are a universe in miniature. Thus, letting your Heart follow the example of the Heavens you will become emptier and emptier. Allowing your physical form to follow the example of the Earth you will fall deeper and deeper into the depths of stillness. When this state has been maintained long enough, divinity will arise, coming forth from the Mysterious Pass, the very center of the Heavens and the Earth and the point at which the Great Unification takes up residence. By this time the Tangible Medicine will have come forth. The Formless Medicine will be present.
The "Upper Caldron" will be established in your Upper Dantian and the "Lower Furnace", in your Lower Dantian. With the Pure Mind-Will functioning like Fire you will be able to Set Sail Against the Currents of Life, which symbolically, is similar to the process of going back through the Eight Trigrams, the Four Emblematic Symbols, the Yin and Yang, and the Great Unification to transform your Form into Jing, your Jing into Qi, Qi into Congenital Mind-Will, and finally to bring your Congenital Mind-Will back into Infinite Emptiness. The first and most important step we find is in Laying the Foundation – we must cleanse and purify the Heart-Mind of all deluded thoughts, and allow the Heart-Mind to become quiet, pure, still, serene and completely undisturbed; yet embodying clarity and brightness. Ride Upon the Wind to arrive at the door. Open the Door. When we Ride Upon the Wind, the whole body shall become empty. In these first stages of Laying a Foundation we must meditate in emptiness; combining the HeartMind with the Breathing – use the power of listening to combine the power of the ears with that of the breath. Combination of the Heart-Mind and Breathing – True Dual Cultivation. In listening, one must never discriminate. Never question what it is, or where it comes from. Fasting of the Heart-Mind………. The power of the two ears form a one, listening gently and naturally with no strong ideas. Find who issues such a sound. Welcome it. Meet it. Combine with it. Meditate in silence and stillness. The outside and inside loose their meaning; all merge to become a one. First, please concentrate the inner attention into the Lower Dantian and gradually rid of the stray ideas. Fall into a deep quiet state naturally. So, please remember to naturally be free of all stray thoughts from within; this is a very important starting point. Let the back be straight, tongue touching the roof of the hard palate, teeth lightly touching, breathing in and out naturally through the nose – let the in-breath be drawn deep into the Dantian and let the out-breath flow out from the Dantian – all quite naturally without strong effort or concern. The Lower Tan Tien is located in the empty space below the navel in the middle place between the kidney and navel – a sphere of around 3.8 cm – Let the internal vision gaze upon that place. Let golden virtue begin to grow within, releasing all negative qualities and deeply relaxing the body. Slowly and quietly use the inner power of the "ears" to "listen" to the breathing sounds via the nose or lung or respiratory track – follow and find the true breath. In the beginning people may have some consciousness of whereabouts of nose, lung, respiratory track or the in and out pattern of the breath. But later let this consciousness come and go in its own way and never interfere, never pay it any mind, slowly falling into a state which is gradually free of any artificial consciousness. Hence, it is a natural
and gradual process to fall into such a natural state that is little by little free of any trace of human's consciousness. Let the listening force and the breathing power combine together slowly, naturally and quietly. Perhaps the breathing may be slow, may be quick, may become louder, and may change to a feeble nature. Never pay attention to "it's" variance and the practitioner can gradually find that the listening force combines with breathing to form one harmonious unity. Continue to meditate in this state for a time. At the beginning phase, people may still retain the ability to discern which is listening and which is breathing. But later on with resolute practice, the practitioner may fall into a deep state without any consciousness, no knowing which or what is the corporeal body and which is the outside environment, the listening ability seems to come to a stop. It truly seems like the Heart-Mind contained in the breathing is listening to the breathing contained in the Heart-Mind and the barrier which formally existed between the Heart-Mind and breathing seems to disappear and they melt completely, merging to form one harmonious unity. After some time, such a state comes to a complete standstill state, which is free of any consciousness whatsoever and the Heart-Mind and breathing forms a harmonious union, becoming one without any division of form. In the same time during this experience, people may seem to "feel" that all comes to a complete and constant standstill, nothing in motion, nothing coming, nothing going, for one does not know how long, time and space disappear, resting in complete emptiness. Continue the practice……… During this stage of laying the foundation, we practice in a crossed leg posture; traditionally this was done in full lotus posture. This stage consists of disciplining the Heart-Mind and also the Corporeal Body. We may think of it as such: Heart-Mind = Innate Nature Corporeal Body = Life Force The entire course of practice and development can be simply thought of as embodying the one aim to unify our Innate Nature with our Life Force. Gaining a combination of the two into one. Does the Heart-Mind contain the Corporeal Body or does the Corporeal Body contain the HeartMind? They are unified and form a oneness. With resolute practice, one may truly understand this meaning. What are the manifestations of this thing we term our Innate Nature? We may term them the Five Virtues. 1. Benevolence 2. Righteousness 3. Social Harmony
4. Enlightened Wisdom 5. Trust Worthiness Our Innate Nature is the background of the Heart-Mind. In the ancient books of the Taoist Cannon, we can find many terms used by the ancient True Humans to metaphorically describe the Three Families of: Disposition / Jing, Mind-Will and Shen / Innate Nature. To describe these Three Families and the metaphorical images used we may first look to the Five Elements as a starting point to decipher the ancient metaphors.
Metal White Earthly Four 4/9 Dui Trigram Water Black Heavenly One 1/6 Kan Trigram Fire Red Earthly Two 2/7 Li Trigram Earth Yellow Heavenly Five 5 / 10 Kun Trigram Wood Green Heavenly Three 3/8 Zhen Trigram
Young Daughter White Tiger White Gold Grey Old Man Venus Autumn Righteousness West All refer to Disposition
Middle Boy Black Turtle Black Lead Ren Oldness Mercury Winter Enlightened Wisdom North All refer to Jing
Middle Girl Red Phoenix Red Snow Courier in Red Mars Summer Social Harmony South All refer to Shen
Mother Yellow Ox True Earth Yellow Matchmaker / Yellow Court Saturn Turning of Seasons Trust worthiness Center All refer to True Intention & Mind-Will
Old Son Green Dragon Wood Liquid Girl in Green / Jade Rabbit Jupiter Spring Benevolence East All refer to Innate Nature
Earth – 5 – True Intention / Mind Will Wood – 3 – Innate Nature Fire – 2 – Shen Water – 1 – Jing Metal – 4 – Disposition The Three Families Will Meet Together. Four combines with One – This is the meeting between Metal and Water – Jing & Disposition. Three combines with Two – This is the meeting between Wood and Fire – Innate Nature & Shen. At last the Three Fives will meet together to form a one; without any difference - a complete unification. Innate Nature is the master of our Heart / Mind. Heart / Mind acts as the residential house for the Shen.
How does this subtlety come into being? From not knowing. Qi acts as the intermediary agent – serving much like a tunnel to connect both the Corporeality and Heart-Mind. Reach the very root of destiny. ~ Chang San Feng Combine the Heart-Mind and Corporeality. The sound and echo remain in a motionless state . During this evolving course of combining Heart-Mind and Corporeality. Sound gives rise to an echo. it will give rise to shade and shadow – something mystical will come forth. Within the cauldron lie Heaven and the Earth. the Mind Will and the Heart / Mind……….Jing is the master of the Corporeal Body. Their mutual revolution offers nothing less than complete freedom. The knowledge from not knowing is the ultimate doctrine of nature. White clouds arising high up to pay respects. We find we have many ideas concerning the awareness of the body. The thing of motion remains in a motionless state. Disposition / Jing – Corporeal Body 2. ~ Lu Dong Bin . Lose all awareness of the body and corporeality. The subtlety of nature lies in knowing. Who knows that which is close by is as spacious.something mystical will come forth. Three Roots 1. grand and large as to contain Heaven and the Earth? I am devoted to nothing but the evolution of the sun and moon that lie within the cauldron. Shen / Innate Nature – Heart / Mind During the practice of our work in self cultivation all we need to work with is the Corporeal Body. the Honey Dew rains down to moisten all. Disposition attaches itself to the Corporeal Body. bringing nurturing to my entire self. Mind Will – True Intention 3.
Crystallization of Shen. reaching the very root of all. harvesting. Our awareness is our Heart-Mind. Earth follows the example of Heaven. Mind follows the example of Earth. Gaining absolute independence. a wave of Qi begins to circulate. We must work to transform the Shen into Emptiness. a quiet Heart-Mind. Emptiness is form . We are like a fish swimming in the ocean of our Heart-Mind. Follow the superficial pattern of Earth……… The sky is so clear. This space is my Heart-Mind. Planting. . Within it. expanding without limit.. refining and storing. Lucid…. Heaven follows the example of Tao. Innate Nature is the master of our Heart-Mind. Innate Nature is the Shen that lies before our Heart-Mind. Qi transforms to Shen. there are no clouds flowing. Tao follows the example of nature.Form is emptiness…… Firing Process Jing transforms to Qi.Stillness. Looking down it is so quiet. Condensation of Shen. Subdue the ego. The mountain is my Heart-Mind.
Operation free of any artificiality………. When we possess the state of the He Drawing. Only emptiness can accommodate everything.. Entering into the purified state. Obscure and elusive…… Wu Wei state……. We must then break the emptiness into pieces.. When there is no ego. a completely unsullied state. The He Drawing Harmony of the Four Symbols…. there is no existence.. clockwise circulation – a situation where all the Pre-Heaven elements dominate – a symbolic presentation of our Original Innate Nature. we may escape death.When we reach our True Innate Nature. we have finally gained absolute independence. We shall be rid of the affliction of the known. the Before Heaven State. a complete and sublime harmonious state. when we lose it. we may think of it as waves of Qi circulating in a harmonious. When there is ego. We may then be rid of the affliction of hindrance. From a simplistic view. . there is existence. Returning to the Center and keeping to the One……. Great compassion for all shall arise. We may find no conflicts and no obstructions within this presentation. we must face the destiny of death. The He Drawing is a very ancient symbolic presentation of our True Original Nature. Emptiness still contains existence. We shall gain the wisdom to embody the equality of everything.
Heaven and Earth are capable to transform and transmute something that has sentient consciousness. Heaven and Earth fail to transmute something that has no form. with no desire and no conflict. Heaven and Earth are not capable to transform and transmute one who does not have a Heart-Mind. Heaven and Earth are not capable to transform something that has no sentient consciousness. Reverse the course to return to the pristine and pure state of the Original Innate Nature. all functions in a harmonious wave of Qi circulation – Original Innate Nature. Earth 2 Earth 4 Earth 6 Earth 8 Earth 10 Ding Fire Xin Metal Gui Water Yi Wood Ji Earth Cognitive Shen Po Turbid Jing Hun Deluded Thought Clever / Enjoyment Evil / Angry Delusion / Sorrow Joy / Goodness Desire The above aspects we term – The Five Thieves. First become close to the Mysterious Pass. Yet in this chart.Heaven and Earth can transmute anything that has form. and then take residence in the Mysterious Pass. and the Post-Heaven elements follow – there are no conflicts – A Pure Heart state.The Five Primevals. The Lo Writing . it shows all the Pre-Heaven elements in a superior and harmonious position. Heaven and Earth are capable to transform and transmute one who has a Heart-Mind. We may explain some aspects of the He Drawing symbols here: Heaven 1 Heaven 3 Heaven 5 Heaven 7 Heaven 9 Ren Water Jia Wood Wu Earth Bing Fire Geng Metal Primeval Jing Primeval Nature Primeval Qi Primeval Shen Primeval Disposition Enlightened Wisdom Benevolence Trustworthiness / True Intention Social Harmony Righteousness These above aspects we term .
As people grow desires and passions surge forth. This chart can give us directions and the method to return back to the Original Innate Nature state we observed in the He Drawing. If we take the Elemental numbers we find in the Lo Writing. we may list them as such: . we find the Yin elements in the superior position and dominant. The Lou writing state comes into being – the After Heaven state of our HeartMind. In the Lo writing. and the Yin elements will gradually dominate over the Yang Elements. a counterclockwise circulation whereby each element conquers the other.
transforming into Yang Fire (Social Harmony). as finally the Yin Wood will continue to conquer the Yang Earth. then the Yin Water is able to conquer the Yang Fire (Social Harmony). and it transforms into Yin Water (Delusion and Sorrow).has become obscured and dominated by Jia Earth or Earthly Ten – the state of Desire and Deluded Thoughts. Yang Fire will then conquer Yin Metal (Evil and Anger). Yang Water will conquer Yin Fire (Cleverness and Enjoyment). we must begin with the practice of Meditation and Discipline of the Heart-Mind.Return to the Original Innate Nature Through the power of using True Intention in the practice of Meditation The Yang Earth shall conquer the Yin Water (Delusion / Sorrow). Yang Metal will then conquer Yin Wood (Abundant Joy). As one Yang is conquered. allowing the deluded thoughts and desires to dominate once again and continue the cycle of suppression of Yang and dominance of Yin Elements.Conquering of Yang Elements by the Yin Earth (Deluded Thoughts and Desire). will continue to conquer the Yin Earth (Deluded Thoughts). using True Intention in our meditation practice to conquer Yin Earth. We must cultivate the power of Yang Earth. To begin our journey back to regain our Original Innate Nature. transforming into Yang Water (Enlightened Wisdom). Yang Wood (Benevolence). we must realize that in the state of the Lo Writing. the Wu Earth or Heavenly Five – the state of True Intention . This circulation of dominant Yin Elements continues on. it changes to its corresponding Yin Element – moving in a counterclockwise fashion – Yin Earth (Deluded Thoughts and Desire) conquers Yang Water (Enlightened Wisdom). In this representation. stilling the Heart-Mind and conquering the Deluded Thoughts and Desire. transforming the Yin Metal into Yang Metal (Righteousness). giving rise to the Yang Earth again (True Intention) – returning to the harmonious wave of Qi that we found represented in the He Drawing – returning to our Original Innate Nature……… . transforming the Yin Wood into Yang Wood (Benevolence). Reversal of the course .
Can you keep the Heart from any disturbances? When cultivating Jing. Can you keep them united. Ceaselessly tempering them into one. After you don't know how long time. As if there are endless clear mirrors arranged throughout the emptiness. Yet this is not the end at all! Still. Can you achieve the state as an infant? When cleansing the Heart of all stray ideas and desires. and pass through Heaven and Earth and the myriad of things – all becomes crystal clear as a result. In this way the Infant of your True Self will become more and more ethereal and almighty. you should never attempt to do such things. Can you keep the Heart still. For so long time have you and the Infant of your True Self been reposing in the Upper Dantian. Then a rosy cloud. but always remain as a dead man still alive in the utter stillness without the least intermission. till all things in the world seem to have been dead for hundreds of thousands of years and the MindWill should always pervade throughout the emptiness. avoiding separation forever? When focusing upon the cultivation of Qi to attain a high level Of serene comprehensiveness. some cloud-like rays will rush all the way out from the inner orifices to the outer orifices or vice versa. like fire flaming out suddenly. But this is not the end! Still you fall deeper and deeper into the utter and absolute silence as if all things have ceased to be in any sort of existence for hundreds of thousands of years or more. endless stars are twinkling and all orifices have become crystal-clear and Heaven and Earth and the myriad of things have become distinct with the Golden Rays shining all over them. remaining deadly silent in the profound stillness without the least motion whatsoever as if all the Universe has been in extinction for millions of years. and fill up all orifices with ethereal brilliance without any exception. Then after a long time. falling into deep emptiness? When the Heart stays in serene comprehensiveness. when you spread them out. you will perceive that from the very top to the very bottom. the miraculous brilliance is reflected by them all and thus wonderful visions and sights beyond the common human's understanding present themselves and become distinct. His Golden Rays speeding out in all directions from him will become more and more brilliant. that the golden light from the Infant has been becoming more and more brilliant and as vigorous and hot as a rosy sun. the rays can travel farther away than before – of course during this process. Then the most brilliant glow will be flourishing vigorously around you when you contact it with the faint Mind-Will. Can you settle the Mind-Will in the emptiness without letting it touch one thing? When the Heart is involved in alternate motion and stillness. the photosphere will be brighter than before. Sometimes.When storing up both Innate Nature and Life Force. and it shall . bring all rays into your Upper Dantian and slip deeper and deeper into the profound stillness. the rays will overflow your body. So when you contract all these rays into a photosphere around the Infant. vigorously and tempestuously engaged in a rolling motion with tremendous momentum. Shen and the form of body. Can you be free of any consciousness? ~Revealing the Tao Te Ching by Hu Xuezhi The Wayfarer Will to Learn Emptiness once spoke…… You and the Infant of the True Self should always fall deeper and deeper into the profound stillness. Qi. will rush out of the Mysterious Pass deep in the Infinite Emptiness. and more and more silent.
Fei Chang was given instruction and taught this secret method. a thousand years pass……till your form changes into Golden Light and spreads all over the Infinite Emptiness to become one and the same with the Great Tao . Immortals and Saints present themselves before your eyes. jumping into it he would sleep.. Then you perceive that the miraculous blaze is turning into a rosy sun. jumping out of it at sunset. Then endless brilliant Golden Rays.. After six times of Fei Chang coming and bearing gifts.. What a wonderful world this is he thought. He saw colorful clouds. He asked the old man sincerely to teach him this art.. The old man still gave no answer. Fei Chang was taken aback with the grandeur and beauty of what he saw.. At noontime.. Once in the market a very old man brought a big gourd everyday. . At once. "Please come back at midnight when there are no people around.Gaining Complete Union.. large pavilions. the old man agreed to teach him his art. and all is still and quiet. and gave no answer. silently illuminate innumerable worlds and a great deal of Bodhisattvas.. The old man ignored him. he would hang his gourd into the branches. golden temples. it can fill up the infinite emptiness and reaches the places far away beyond the limits of the Infinite Emptiness." the old man said.... you should slide deeper and deeper into the most profound silence as one year elapses. then exploding. He truly never wished to leave. they both jumped up and flew into the gourd. two years elapse. Yet this is not the end at all! Still. and splendid clear streams. The brilliance rushes to spread all over the Infinite Emptiness. Taoist Internal Alchemy Theory and Practice The Wayfarer Will to Learn Emptiness once spoke..thoroughly enter the interior of the minutest particle existing in the Infinite Emptiness. Finally Fei Chang and the old man went into the mountains together. three years elapse………a hundred years roll by. above rushing through the highest layers of Heaven and below shining through the bottom layer of Earth. and is rushing out of a certain orifice. A man named Fei Chang Feng observed this and thought it was an amazing and marvelous skill. When you send the blaze all out. A second time Fei Chang came bearing gifts. He would drink wine all the day long to pass the time. offering him many gifts..
and he made the final attainment. Learning the skill of a man hiding in his own gourd……. Stillness……… a quiet Heart-Mind. Why is this so? Because we depend upon the breathing and can not do without it. Earth follows the example of Heaven. lucid… …. I have a destiny. Mind follows the example of Earth. expanding without limit. Heaven follows the example of Nature. there is no cloud flowing. Something in it begins to move…….. because I depend on something else. In the Chaos the boundary between the interior and the exterior disappears……. You are not the master of your own destiny. . Within it a wave of Qi begins to circulate………. Something up and something down disappears……. looking down it is so quiet.... something outside. During the act of meditation………… Sky is so clear. Follow the superficial pattern of Earth…………. Destiny is controlled by an external source. A Great Harmonious state……. The Qi begins to move…………… Great Voidness……….
empty continuously. Empty the awareness of our existence of the Corporeal Body and Heart-Mind…… Empty your body…….. Nurture the Infant……... then I can fly………. In compliance with all………… I become everything and follow the natural law.From the differentiated realm... Empty awareness of our existence…… Only when the body is weightless can it fly……… When we empty the existence of our corporeal body we can fly……. There is a god responsible for each of your sense organs……. Free of any artificiality……. Undifferentiated……… . Gain equality of self and others. I fall into undifferentiated cessation meditation concentration……… From this undifferentiated state I can present differentiated forms – there are nine…. free of any relationships…... Empty... Something nonexistent can be made use of…. Practice to transmute egoism…. There is a god responsible for your hearing…. Present the Ancestral Origin that reemerged……. Empty your consciousness…… Outside and inside becomes one……… There is a god responsible for your sight…. If you conquer egoism you may embody Equality Wisdom.. When we become weightless we can fly very high…... Break the emptiness into pieces…….
Gaining Great Compassion…… Everything is my brother and sister……… Where is my Primeval Nature? One Arrow Pierces through Nine Layers of the Steel Drum Desire Realm ~ All consciousness is subject to the desire for food.. Formless Realm ~ Materiality is transcended. Form Realm ~ Desire is subdued. As we journey through the Formless Realm ~ First there is the awareness of limitlessness of emptiness.. Materiality. sex and sleep. All is still subject to form. Change. Physical body is transformed. . Gaining Great Wisdom ….Transform egoism into Equality Wisdom…… Gain Affirmation to Dharma…… First there was Affirmation to Self…….. Second there is attachment to all…….
Forth there is the awareness of limitlessness of neither thoughtlessness nor non-thoughtlessness. Third there is the awareness of limitlessness of thoughtlessness...! You must use forgetfulness……. There is no difference with anything………. Do not deploy the Mind-Will…. Yang Qi is arriving……… Pay no attention to it…….. Combine the Heart-Mind with Breathing……… A Compounding Process of Qi and Shen……… Then you shall reach the State of Equality Wisdom……….Second there is the awareness of limitlessness of consciousness. There is something called True Intention. Let the Small Waterwheel run itself naturally……. How to Harvest……? By not Harvesting……. Heart-Mind Combines with Outside……. Harmonize…… Synthesize……… Rest in the Empty Place…… Build Qi in the Dantian…… ... Do not interfere……… Gaining a response from the genital organ is the sign. Cessation concentration…… Take residence in the Mysterious Pass……….
Coming in and going out…….. but it began to melt with no sound…… From my head….. Become empty enough……. ~ Chan Tong Qi The body is a miniature Universe….... There is no limitation…… Everything is in a harmonized state…. Once before it was frozen with ice. White Cloud Flowing upward and honey dew moistens everywhere. Get rid of awareness of body…. Combination of Qi and Shen……. Heart-Mind is void…. Combine Heart-Mind and Breathing……. we let it circulate naturally in the Water Wheel……. These shall provide the proper conditions for True Yang to come….. it shall be on par with emptiness…. Like something moving in the spring wet land..When it is enough. Water and rain come up continuously... . When the corporeal body is empty. It flows to my feet…. Then it turns and rises again……. nourishing everything. ~ Lu Dong Bin I practice without intermission.
. The corresponding emptiness of the body will attract the corresponding Qi…. All Yin Elements are peeled off until there is nothing… ~ Chan San Feng . I take care of the springtime in my body. the corporeal body can be transformed…. I wait until a little bit is subdued. All the whole day I am like a drunken man. An Undifferentiated State…….These conditions become the abode for True Yang…. Cultivate Innate Nature and Life Force together……. The different layers of emptiness that exist contain different Qi……. Return to the Root and all things become synthesized. One piece of the white cloud is followed by one whiff of fragrance. Throughout my corporeal body it is nothing but springtime. An Undifferentiated State…. One time of rain is followed by one time of freshness. In stillness the Jing shall be secured…… As Yang Qi comes.. Innate Nature – Heart-Mind Life Force – Corporeal Body Does the body contain the Heart-Mind? Does the Heart-Mind contain the body? Transcend corporeality to gain Oneness of Heart-Mind and body..
ideas. No Attachment…… True Heart Mind is Emptiness and Nothingness…. To have the same operation as the four seasons. To be on a par with Heaven and Earth. Extinguish the Deluded Heart-Mind. No Affirmation……..To have the same Te as Heaven and Earth. Such a real thing that exists in the Nothingness is called the Great Unification. To have the same fortune as the celestials and phantoms. persist to continue shinning over the Heart-Mind.. What is this thing? Primeval Qi…… No response equals no awareness of self…. Synthesize with the True Heaven and Earth. Acquired disposition.. Yet. Yes. viewpoint. Shine over the Dantian like the Sun. perhaps even having the idea to Meditate is Deluded Thoughts……. Extreme Nothingness and Emptiness contains Extreme Reality…. No Discrimination……. all reach a complete cessation…… Meditate…… .. I use my corporeal body to imitate the operation of Heaven and Earth.
Where is home………? Cessation concentration……... No selfishness under my claws……… No traces……. Flying home to the Mysterious Pass……… Flying to what……... Shen is full – no desire for sleep.. I need a raft……. Jing is full – no desire for sex. Birds fly…….. When I reach the shore I will say goodbye to the raft…. No discrimination……. Listen……….? To return home…. To sail across a river. Qi is full – no desire for food.? My Original Face……….. All things take their own course……… . Fall into emptiness…….Gradually the Shen and Qi combine…… Then we reach a cessation state of concentration….. How to fly………. Everything seems to stop suddenly…. Why fly….
no cold foods and no spice.I never interfere……… When the tide arise……. and residence for their long term practice. the place should be a quiet one. . After this we must spend 7 days going through the Great Pass. As the tide withdraws……… I follow and fall into emptiness……. We are created.. deep in the heart of nature. They must gain the knowledge and skill of the proper method of practice. Empty all awareness of my existence…… Cultivate……… First one must pass through 100 days of Laying Foundation. I listen………. The Novice must be able to provide proper clothes. and mostly vegetable in nature. We are manipulated. Then we have 10 months of nurturing. The food they take should be simple. all should be natural and in harmony. At last one must spend 9 Years to Break the Emptiness into Pieces. Then there is 3 years to Grow the Infant. There are three qualities that must be understood: Post Heaven – We are born. Nothing should be done to an extreme.
Transform Void to Tao. We are born. Such methods will begin the process. yet before creation. Qi – is in the Pre Heaven State. . Transform Jing to Qi. Jing – is in the Post Heaven State. Existing in a very different way. Transform Shen to Void. Pre-Pre Heaven………..This is our acquired or conditioned state. We may think as such…. Jing is the very foundation. When we practice in the beginning. The Novice should begin the Journey of Reversal by allowing the two eyes to gaze at the Lower Dantian. Pre Heaven – Before we acquire form.. Such methods will begin to drive away the stray and deluded thoughts. there should be some method to preserve the Jing. Shen – is in the Pre-Pre Heaven State. Transform Qi to Shen. One must embody the internal aim – To Return to the Time Before One's Birth.
Never question what it is or where it comes from. Build up the Qi. ~ Forgetfulness. Quiet enough and naturally Yang Qi from the Emptiness will come into the body. When the Yang Qi comes. The roaring sound comes and roars strongly like a tide or an ocean. ~ Quiet and Peaceful. Coming and receding……… Listening is important at this stage and you must stop the gazing……… In listening you must never discriminate. the Yang Qi has come into the body. Whole body becomes warm. When you feel hot. The timing process…. You must gain the Magical Knowing.Open the Channels. ~ Cessation. . This is the Outside Yang Medicinal Substance – the External Medicine. you know intuitively something is happening.. Feeling wonderful… In the emptiness there is an ocean. there will be a small sound that will grow. ~ Concentration.
never look at what takes place. There will be vibration from the back……... How to do this? Never turn the mind. Fall into forgetfulness……. Crispness……… Then falling into a deep emptiness for how long one does not know……… This is one True Cycle of the Water Wheel……. Hot……… A cool feeling falling down the front……. The Intercourse takes place in the Emptiness. Numbness……. the Kan and Li naturally have their Intercourse. .. By Listening. First they come to Hui Yin. in seconds. A period of resting…….. much faster than the mind could ever follow…….It is a roaring sound……. Then they will knock at Ming Men. You must keep the Water Pure. Then the weapon will arise and show its vigor. In the Taoism Doctrine this is termed – Bathing. Taking place in a very quick and short period.
Begin the Stage of Nurturing……… First we must invite the Qi from Heaven and Earth – Yang Qi. Recover what……. Medicinal Substance – Shen Fire – True Intention / Sincere Intention. At this stage when the Roaring Sound comes. the Internal Light will become bright and shine into vastness. . Put the Yang Qi into the Cauldron and take care of it. As you meditate.... What is this combination? Falling into Emptiness……. This is called. there will be the sign of Three Flashes of Light……. I stop listening…… How? Fall into Forgetfulness…… The Foundation has been Laid………. This purpose is to Recover…….? Return to the State of a New Born Baby……. As the Yang Qi becomes full.Combination of both Metal and Wood. What do we Nurture? Have the Qi give arise to Shen. naturally and slowly…. Then we invite the Qi of the Emptiness that embraces Heaven and Earth. Internal Elixir.
Is the water still there. Slowly this will become more and more White. Never mind it. The White can be termed . Like the hard rice that is cooked in water……. we may use different terms……… When you perform Cultivation. Yet perhaps in different circumstances. After some time there will appear a white circle within this ball. The Shen embraces the Qi and the Qi embraces the Shen.Cauldron – Qi Empty the awareness of the Corporeal Body. As you continue to practice you will gaze into the Lower Dantian and you may behold the vision of a Black Ball. it becomes like a pill. always do the work in emptiness. Forgetfulness is Water. while the Black will slowly disappear. and continue the gazing in the empty state. In Practice there is truly only Concentration and Emptiness.Mercury – and is the Shen. It is in the Lower Dantian. The people who engage in a strong indulgence of their sense organs. but this is in no way related to the Corporeal Body. Concentration is Fire. The Black can be termed – Lead – and is the Qi. . and how about the hard rice? The two have combined to become something else……. When you gain enough Yang Qi. never touch anything. you will seldom have the chance to gain something Heavenly or Divine from Nature...
hanging in the Emptiness…… The True Primeval Nature has come on the scene……. a Magical State. the whole body will become very hot…… . rise to the tailbone and Coccyx Pass. The Kidney area becomes hot…….. Within the Inside Realm. it will feel as if a big wind is blowing……. an Enduring Brightness. From behind. Within the Coccyx Pass there are three streams or roots……. skin and whole body will feel as if shaking……. As one passes from this stage there will be signs that present themselves…… The eyes. Never view it or attach to anything………. It will seem as if there is a light that bursts from the eyes……. Something is going in and out……… This is the time when the Adept must prepare for the Journey of 7 Days Through the Great Pass. one will see a red ball that is moving up and down……. When there is only a Powerful Light...My nature is at one with all…… All is equal and there is no difference.. These three will combine to form a One. Qi and Shen.. The Red Ball will then arise up the spine. Continuing to fall into the Deep and Vast Emptiness……. The Red Ball will then fall into the Lower Dantian and naturally pass through Hui Yin. Each may be thought of as a stream or root of Jing. The nostrils will feel as if they are blocked………. The Red Ball will rise up…….
please have no fear.. Day two is more pain and suffering…… After day two. There is a vibration and it seems every cell is shouting forth…. cravings. Throughout the whole body every cell and pore seems to speak and quarrel to each other. But. The First Day is so painful…. detests…… Pay Them All No Attention………….. soft eggs that are being swallowed down.. Below it seems a golden lotus flower is bursting forth in bloom. During this course. Drum sounds are bursting forth from all directions. Do not be concerned…… Nature knows what to do…. Through out the whole body. you know it is finished……. The whole body and Heart-Mind is a big emptiness expansion. it is only a reflection from the Heart-Mind. Nine out of Ten will react with fear – and die. Many gods and demons will arise and call forth. everything you did or ever saw comes forth like a film before your eyes….. Then when something swallows down. Yet. These visions will contain elements of greediness. happiness. likes. A dragon and tiger arise and combine.. A heavy fog will arise. anger. dislikes. delusions. . Many friends and relatives will seem to present themselves in front of you……. Like a hot fire……. Materiality is transcended……. as if many lights shine forth.. like a young baby. a film will present itself in front of your eyes…… These are visions from your past life and present life……. The kidney area seems to feel like a well spring and it seems as if there are sweet.Chan San Feng once said ~ The whole body becomes free of wrinkles. Magical Powers will present themselves…… During this stage the whole body is like a corpse…. sorrow.
This is the recordings carried by the Hun…. Till you reach back to the very beginning…… You may then know where you truly come from…….. You may know who you truly are………. Cleaning away the shadows………. Then the Cognitive Shen will combine with Primeval Nature…… Then the Ball will reach Bai Hui and the mouth…….. This is the composition of the Golden Pill – containing Jing. Never pay any attention to any of these things…….. then to red/golden.After this event many Heavenly Beings and Earthly Demons will come forth…… All the things you have liked or desired will present themselves before your eyes…… If you react or reach for any of these things.... Shadows are transformed………. No concept of any form or reference of time…. It will seem as if Honey Dew will come down and nourish the body. your soul will drift away……. Then many images and events from the previous life times will present themselves…. Swallowing down……. and present totally disappear……. Then it will continue and even older and more ancient lifetimes will present themselves…. future.. A Golden Halo will form in the end going from red/purple. and finally forming a brilliant Golden Halo…… . The Lower Dantian and Middle Dantian form a one……. Qi and Shen inside. At this stage the past.
~ Commune with all hearts. Nurture the Infant of the True Self. Naturally Heart Enlightenment takes shape. The corporeal body shall turn into a fine dust……. and then draw him back. ~ Commune with spirit. and let it go out. ~ Heavenly Divination shall arise. ~ Inner organs and bowels become clear before your inner-vision. and one may know all things. you shall know.. Nine Years of Breaking the Emptiness into Pieces……. Looking down with inner vision. have some slight idea that such a light connects with all the Universe. ~ Outside features of a person are visible from the inside. The Infant of the True Self shall rise to the Upper Dantian. Knowing all things within ones heart. When Golden Light covers the whole body. The True Self only has one incarnation body – the Corporeal Body. never moving and never stirring for one does not know how long…….The 7 day Journey through the Great Pass is finished……. ~ View many different region and realms. Anything that may happen in the future. Change the body into light……. you see some shape or form that seems to be the same as yourself. ~ Hear things far off naturally. Fall into the deep depths of emptiness. .
it wanes. Yin and Yang were created due to the observation of instability in nature. Theory and Doctrine of Yin and Yang It was mentioned earlier that the great unification split into yin and yang. and the endless cycle of birth and death……. For example. the moon and the sun.. This doctrine of the Golden Median is based on the concept of harmony between Yin and Yang. never too much.. This concept is also associated with the Book of Changes (I Ching): "When the sun has reached its meridian. It is said that they remain cautious even in times of success and prosperity and hopeful even in times of failure and poverty." Both in the sphere of nature and human affairs. Transcending all limitations imposed upon by this material realm. and the transformation of all things will . the Earth and the Heaven. Enough is enough. in the vacuum near an unstable nucleus. This is the principle of the Yin and Yang interaction in nature and human affairs. There is endless sand in the Ganges River…… Everything is myself. Proper balance and harmony can be maintained by an intermingling of the Yin and Yang. a reversal to the other extreme takes place. A stable atom exists mainly due to the presence of positive protons and negative electrons. myself is everything…. a Yin and Yang pair (electron -positron) was created to render stability to the area. Yin and Yang exist for the stability of nature. Having too much and overdoing something may be counter-productive and may run the risk of getting the opposite of what one expects." What is true with natural phenomena is also true in human nature. It is better to have less than to have too much. Everything has its own negation. According to the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. "reversal is the movement of the Tao." The I Ching also says "Reversal is the way of the Tao. Ultimate Nirvana……. when the development of anything brings it to one extreme. it declines and when the moon has become full.At this stage you may have endless incarnation bodies……….. This concept had a profound influence on the behavior of many a Chinese.
the bright. Complimenting Aspect Yin and Yang are two opposite elementary principles from which all phenomena are produced.C. Yin does not exist as purely Yin. Any philosophy that promotes the positive. but complementary aspects are preserved for the life process. This concept is associated with the Five Elements in the ancient medicine theory of the first millennium B. So. One cannot exist without the other. materialism and idealism. With out the complementing aspect there will be no inheritance of genetic replication. Reality is a pair of opposites and a group of five elements on rotation succeeding one another each taking its turn. poverty and meaninglessness. the weak.proceed smoothly. Such a contradiction is necessary for the survival of any living system. without the combination of the Yin and Yang pair. Both are parts of the unity as in a ring. And any philosophy that promotes the latter and denies the former is equally alienated. This concept is also present in the writings of philosopher Hsun Tzi. and the biological and the spiritual. Yin separated from Yang or Yang separated from Yin in isolation without any interaction with each other is Alienation. the strong. The Yang gives the beginning and the Yin completes it. lives in a state of alienation. A system that does not tolerate the Yin and Yang contradiction suffers alienation. The examples of complementing aspects of yin and yang include the paradoxes of the matter and the mind. for no point in a ring is before or after any other point. in China. Interpenetration Intrinsically. There is no moral priority of one over the other. the dark. all other mechanisms of interaction would not be possible. the survival of human society is in danger. the visible and the absolute matter and denies the negative. Alienation Yin and Yang cannot exist alone in a separate isolation. Alienation on the other hand. Alienation is removed. When the alienation is out of proportion. There is Yin in the Yang. Opposites of Yin and Yang are complementary to each other for the formation of a stable system. the invisible and the spiritual and conducts one's life in accordance with such a philosophy. Changes are then necessary to remove the elements that cause the alienation in order to restore the dialectic of harmony. nor does Yang exist as purely Yang. . is harmful to the survival of the system. There is an interplay and exchange between the male and female and all things will be produced.
The union of Yin and Yang becomes harmony. This is interpenetration. This is the source of interactions. Things are forever interfused and intermingled. Yin and Yang are different and opposite. Transformation between Yin and Yangensures the success of the survival and meaningful life in society. The concept is derived from the experiences gained by practitioners engaged in the pursuit of Union with Tao. Energy is represented by Yang and mass by Yin. Mass and energy are the opposite expressions of the same Qi. The two will penetrate each other for stability and survival. The Yin and Yang concept is applied to all opposites in the universe. It is a result of dynamic operation. The activity takes the form of cycles of Yin and Yang. This union of harmony is possible because they are opposite. Yin influences Yang not only from without but also from within. In other words there is action in inactions. Yin Yang Doctrine within Taoism The Yin and Yang concept is very simple. which unite man and nature. The successful practice of Yin and Yang in life leads to a great state of harmony. It is because they are opposite that interactions take place. Yin and Yangare the opposite expressions of the same reality. The Yin and the Yang in the interior of each half can expand or contract internally. Qi is the mass and Qi is the energy. The universe is a realm of perpetual activity. It is for a dynamic homeostasis for the survival of a system. they undergo movement and transformation in the Infinite Emptiness. Motion and development are associated with such activity. Yet it is quite difficult to understand it in a deep manner. So there are both external and internal contradictions and for that matter both external and internal interactions. yet Qi is also the transforming force between mass and energy. Mutual production and mutual overcoming as the seasons rotate in cycles of rising and falling. the stability of the society and the maturation of a civilization. For motion and stillness also are intrinsic with . Harmony Harmony is not static. The result of such transformation is the production of pluralism. The concept of Yin and Yang is thus the cornerstone of dialectics in Chinese philosophy. the will to survive. All things are related. unity in diversity. But the essence of reality is always the same. another aspect of the Yin and Yang relationship.and Yang in the Yin. There will always be private enterprise in socialism and socialism in private enterprise . Transformation Interpenetration allows the presence of Yin in the interior of Yang and Yang inside Yin. Harmony does not stand still. to substance and to motion. The two halves can transform into each other. Chinese philosophy is concerned more with relationship than with substance. In this respect. It has a progressive direction leading to the development of morality. Yin and Yang do not only complement each other. which is both physical and moral. strength in weakness. Reality is also a process of mutual transformation. The movement of Tao gives rise to Qi. they are also inside each other. victory in failure and life in sacrifice. And Yang influences Yin in the same manner. In human society there is no such thing as pure socialism or pure private enterprise. The Yin and Yang interactions that occur in our daily life lie within the logic of our common sense.society. The spontaneity of Qi gives rise to the interactions of Yin and Yang. The universe is a well-ordered state of existence but it is also in a state of constant change and readjustment. This is the basis of good health and as such is maintained by the Qi. Harmony between Yin and Yang reinforced the Doctrine of the Golden Median.
The Dialectics of the Qi The Canon of Internal Medicine assigned different domains and substances to Yin and Yang. and the Qi both resting and in motion is the transforming force. "Heaven is Yang. In Chapter 46 of Canon of Internal Medicine. all things carry Yin and Yang. the parents of all transformations. there will be a movement of reversal. but the objective is to regain the Yin and Yang balance and health. disorders and diseases will ensue. Qi in motion is the energy. while the limit of things will evolve in qualitative changes. This is how the body develops defense mechanism and the physical world develops changes in order to return to the state of harmony. " "There is Yin inside Yang. They are. harmony is accomplished. The human body does fight diseases. Yin and yang may oppose each other but also attract each other. generating new phenomena and quality ad infinitum. "Yin and Yang are the Tao of Heaven and Earth. the origin of life and death.are the most basic substances that constitute the human body and maintain its functional activities. When things have gone too far to the extreme. If Yin and Yang fight then nature will not be in harmony and there will be chaos everywhere. From the beginning to the end of life. and Yang inside Yin. Too strong is conducive to too much anger." "Yin is internal to preserve Yang. and too weak is liable to be hurt." The structural substance of life is Yin and the functional activity is Yang. but with interactions resulting from the inter-relatedness of all the Five Substances in nature or the Five Activating Forces of all the internal organs and glands of the body. there is also weakness. it is recorded that "Where there is strength. This is a philosophical blunder. The human body possesses the ability to maintain and regulate the structure and function of life unto harmony. Yang is external to utilize Yin. Cause and effect is direct." The interpenetration and contradictions of Yin and Yang creates new substances and conceptual significance. There is no limit to the evolution of the Yin and Yang opposites. the products of the Zang and Fu Organs of the body. but interrelatedness also considers the indirect interactions. Thus the Infinite Emptiness is the field. on the one hand. The interactions of Yin and Yang include the dialectic of not only the unification of opposites but also the complimenting aspect of opposites. the principles of all things. the Sun is Yang. According to Lao Tzu. The origin of things will evolve in quantitative changes. All the changes should lead to homeostatic harmony to ensure health. the Earth Yin." This is the secret of life and the law of nature. As TCM holds that the life process is. Diseases and excesses are alienation and as such must be removed to restore a balance of Yin and Yang in the living system.the blood and body fluids -.Yin." "Water is Yin. this is regarded as the true meaning of the Zang and Fu Organs. a process of the metabolism of these substances. there will be changes and if the interactions get out of control. and on the other hand. the Moon Yin. the material basis of these functional activities.Yin and Yang. in fact. Qi Theory Qi -. through the impact of the Qi. It is not just a reaction of cause and effect. The Five Element System is a demonstration of the Five Activating Forces operating not in a mechanical way but with mutual interactions and a feedback mechanism. Qi resting is the mass . fire is Yang. "Reversal is the movement of Tao. the viscera are produced and maintained . Yang. Some people think that since Yin and Yang are opposites. The entire mechanism of the reversal is simply via the operation of Yin and Yang through the Five Element system. therefore they must be hostile to each other and fight to eliminate each other. To maintain homeostatic balance is not only a biological necessity but also a philosophical issue. In other words.
Generally speaking. in addition to the congenital constitution. The ancient Chinese philosophy holds that Qi is this most basic substance constituting the world. can be felt. Conversely. In this sense. while if it separates. such as viscera. For example. because it is mobile and functions to move and warm. As everything in the world comes from the interaction of Heaven Qi and Earth Qi. but takes no certain form. Primordial Qi and Pectoral Qi. Yin Fluids of the body. That means. Man depends on nature for his production and growth and must observe the common laws of the world. The refined food Essence is generated by the food which is taken in after birth and is distributed all over the body to produce nutrients and Qi and Blood under the action of the Spleen and Stomach. sense organs. the congenital Essence is stored in the Kidney to promote development and to control the reproductive activity of the human body. such as Nutritive Qi. when the diffused Qi coagulates. Qi in the cosmos takes two patterns of existence. The latter is manifested as various kinds of things that can be seen or that have certain shapes. the fresh air inhaled by the Lung and the refined food Essence transformed by the Spleen. 2. disorders of the viscera can be generalized as those of these substances. coagulated Qi must communicate with diffused Qi and its generation as well as its ending results from movement of the diffused Qi. This was extended to mean that the most basic substance of the world. Primordial Qi inherited from parents. Blood is the red liquid circulating in the vessels and nourishing the whole body. As it is invisible or has no certain shape. Qi is an essential substance that is full of vigor and flows fast. Body Fluids and Essence. TCM also believes that Qi is the most fundamental substance in the construction of the human body and in the maintenance of its life activities. As a whole. and life. Qi Concept of Qi was originally a philosophic concept. the original meaning of Qi. dysfunction of the Lung will weaken respiration. we can see that Qi of the human body is closely related to the functional activities of the Kidney. Qi is attributed to Yang. After birth. Qi of the human body also has two patterns of existence. is the course of Qi's ascending. So it forms the basis of the human body and its life activities. as wind. and the Lung. Qi is also named Yang Qi and the Blood and Body Fluids. Only when these organs function properly can the Qi of the body flourish. so when they tried to explain the world with a common substance. dysfunction of any of these organs will influence the formation of Qi and the physiological function of Qi. cannot be detected directly and exists everywhere. Without Congenital Essence. is just such a substance which cannot be seen but the movement of which. man must breathe to absorb Heaven Qi and eat to absorb Earth Qi. The former is more vigorous. Therefore. descending. Primordial Qi is derived from the Congenital Essence of the parents and is the primary substance to produce an embryo. exiting and entering movements in given conditions.by the activities of these substances. Blood. In order to survive. development and change of all things in the world. they determined that the substance must have two properties: invisibility and motion. 1. Fresh air is inhaled by the Lung after birth and is the main source of Qi of the human body. while the Blood and Body Fluids are attributed to Yin because they are motionless and function to nourish and moisten the human body. Formation of Qi Qi of the human body comes from the combination of three kinds of Qi. leading to failure . and as it is moving. The ancients believed that the world changes and things in the world can transform from one to another. Air. and the environment. the matter disappears. the Spleen and Stomach. Therefore. the diffused Qi is manifested as the Qi that flows in the body. The coagulated Qi is manifested as various visible or structural components of the body. there can be no human body. The food Essence transformed and transported by the Spleen must be sent up to the Lung to combine with fresh air to produce the nutrients necessary for man's life activities. diffused Qi and coagulated Qi. it can create various kinds of things. and its movement and change can explain the generation. it creates substantial matter. things in the world are always changing and may transform from one to another. Defensive Qi. in essence. and Body Fluids are a general term for all the water necessary for life. From the process of formation of Qi. food and nutrients. any substantial matter can be regarded as a special process of the movement of Qi. body figure. Accordingly.
Qi's warming function contributes to the movement of Blood and Body Fluids. causes Phlegm or edema. The vigor and the ascending. to maintain normal body temperature and the normal functional activities of these organs and tissues. when Qi is deficient. Any organ is a place where the activities of Qi take place. Functions of Qi Generally speaking. As Yin substances. hypofunctioning of Zangfu Organs will ensue. descending. a result of the constant movement of Qi. Channels. so it can activate the flow of Blood and Body Fluids. as well as transform them into various secretions and excretions. distribution and discharge of the Blood and Body Fluids. generation of these substances relies on the activities of Qi of the Spleen and the Stomach. so the heat carried by Qi is in fact. the Lung and the Kidney. 5. or retention of Body Fluids in the body.of fresh air to be inhaled and the turbid Qi of the body to be exhaled. the manifestation of Qi's movements. so the physiological effect is in fact. 4. The transformation and transportation of the Spleen and Stomach play a particular role in the formation of Qi. a person's development will be poor. If his Genuine Qi is deficient. So it promotes the growth and development of the body. weak pulse. which results mostly from the deficient Qi failing to . the movement. Therefore. For instance. Pathologically. so they drew the conclusion that the warming effect of Qi must be an imperative condition for the free flow of Blood and Body Fluids within the body. etc. 2. a lower voice. on the other. entry and exit movements of Qi play a very important role in promoting the functional activities of Zangfu Organs and Channels and Collaterals. deficient Lung Qi often leads to feeble breathing. Qi also promotes the generation. After birth. in turn. Motion produces heat. After middle age. distribution and discharge of Blood and Body Fluids. skin. In other words. Genuine Qi gradually declines. For example. disorders of Qi in its warming function are mainly manifested as two kinds: one is a cold manifestation due to Deficiency of Qi. On the one hand. Qi Deficiency often leads to an impeded flow of Blood or stagnation of Blood. 2) Warming Qi. lassitude. For this reason. so a person grows old. 3. Qi is a vigorous substance. the respiration of the Lung is actually carried out by the dispersing and descending effects of Lung Qi. the Spleen sends up nutrients to the Lung to be dispersed. and the functional activities of Zangfu Organs. it sends down nutrients to the Kidney to supplement Kidney Essence. the Genuine Qi generated from Kidney Essence determines the growth and development of the human body. Besides. is rich in heat. which. Qi of the human body has five functions: 1. Blood and Body Fluids depend on Qi's activities to be generated. and muscles and tendons. for man relies on the nutrients transformed and transported by the Spleen and Stomach for his life after birth. In addition. 3. So. hypofunctioning of the Spleen and Stomach influences all three elementary substances that produce Qi. The ancients observed that water in a river would flow in warm weather and freeze in cold weather. The physiological functions of Zangfu Organs and Channels and Collaterals of the human body all depend on the pushing of Qi as well as the nourishing of Blood. which can warm Zangfu Organs. as a Yang substance. and the body temperature is maintained by the constant movement of Qi. with the resultant inadequate formation of Qi. pushing warming defending controlling steaming 1) Pushing Qi is a vigorous substance that flows fast in the human body.
descending means the downward flow of Qi from an upper area. and control the opening and closing of the pores. which is usually caused by sluggish flow of Qi in a local area. of which the function of Qi plays a particularly important role. On the one hand. That is to say. The other is the manifestation of Heat due to stagnation of Qi. The nutrients are then absorbed and transported to each part of the human body through the activities of Spleen Qi. entry and exit movements. Although the above mentioned five functions of Qi differ from each other. The movement of Qi is called Mechanism of Qi. which is mainly marked by ascent and exit. As the transforming effect of Qi in the human body is a process in which the metabolism of the substances take place. If the defensive function of Qi is deficient. The physiological function of Zangfu Organs is often reflected on their Qi's ascent. For example. Qi promotes the distribution and discharge of Blood and Body Fluids. Although the activities of the human body are multiple. Take the Spleen and Stomach for example. so it can prevent the invasion of external pathogens. while its descending effect is a manifestation of the descending and entering movements of Qi. the resistance of the body against the invasion of these factors will be weakened. incontinence of urine or profuse urine. such as transformation of Food into nutrients and wastes. Qi can keep the Blood flowing within the vessels to avoid extravasation. inability of Qi to control Body Fluids will cause spontaneous sweating or profuse sweating.. 4) Controlling Qi has the function of controlling the flow of Blood and Body Fluids to prevent extravasation or unnecessary loss of Body Fluids. on the other. entering and exiting movements. 4. Only when these two opposite aspects are harmonized can the normal flow and discharge of the Yin substances and the metabolism of Blood and water be maintained. and failure of Qi to control emission will cause nocturnal emission. it forms the essence of life. It includes the changes of Qi during its movement and the generation and metabolism of Essence. Defensive Qi functions to protect the body surface. and entry indicates the inward movement of Qi. Exiting means the outward movement of Qi. which can be generalized as four aspects: ascending. and control emission to avoid its excessive discharge. gastric juice. Generally speaking. external pathogens invade the body through either the skin or the nose and mouth. Basic Patterns of Qi's Movement Qi flows throughout the whole body because of its strength and vigor. failure of Qi to control Blood will cause various kinds of bleeding. the Kidney is located in . 3) Defending The defensive ability of the body results from the combined action of a number of physiological functions. lower body temperature and sluggish flow of Blood and Body Fluids. susceptibility to such diseases as the common cold are likely to occur. or the vigorous and nutritive nature of Qi. cold limbs. On the other hand. Yin Fluids will be profusely lost. indicating that it goes downward in physiological conditions.produce adequate Heat to warm the body. For example. When Qi is deficient. that of Body Fluids into sweat and urine. that of nutrients into Qi and Blood. The defensive effect of Qi mainly indicates that Qi can prevent the invasion of external pathogenic factors into the body. Blood and Body Fluids and their transformation. premature ejaculation. Stomach Qi functions downward to send down the wastes as well as urine and stools. The controlling effect of Qi and the pushing effect of Qi are opposite and supplement each other. that of wastes into feces. which are based on directions. and as a result. marked by aversion to cold and a desire for warmth. and the discharge of urine and feces. control the amount and time limit of such secretions as sweat. Ascending refers to the upward movement of Qi from a lower area. Take the Kidney for another example. urine. The food that enters the Stomach is separated as nutrients and wastes after digestion. descending. they are all based on the basic property of Qi. they can all be summarized as these four aspects. the dispersing effect of the Lung is a manifestation of the exit and ascent of Qi. any changes of substances can be considered the result of the transforming effect of Qi. or seminal emission. Qi controls the flow of these Yin substances to prevent their unnecessary loss. descent. and saliva to prevent their excessive loss. 5) Transforming This refers to various conversions occurring along with the movement of Qi.
In other words. tend to go downward. As Liver Qi tends to go up. which often follows profuse sweating or severe hemorrhage. 2) Pectoral Qi Pectoral Qi is also termed Great Qi. and exit and entry movements of Qi are known as the harmony of activities of Qi. Long-standing diseases. Therefore. It is manufactured by Kidney Essence and functions as the primary motive force for the growth and development of the human body. descent. it goes through the whole body by the way of the San Jiao to promote the life activities. which affects the Liver. but also determined by the acquired Essence or the Food Essence sent down to the Kidney. which occurs mainly in the Spleen. disharmony of the activities of Qi will ensue. or Qi that is different from Blood and Body Fluids. However. So the thorax is also known as "the sea of Qi". The main function of Primordial Qi is to initiate and promote the vital activities. Once this harmony is destroyed. may lead to Deficiency of Primordial Qi. but substance that has a certain distribution and function. So congenital Deficiency of Primordial Qi can be corrected to some extent by supplementing the acquired Essence. The last type is stagnation of Qi. exit and entry movements of Qi are of prime importance in human life. Escape of Qi indicates inability of Qi to be kept within the body which leads to excessive loss of Qi. This is a manifestation of ascent. As Spleen Qi functions upward to send up nutrients. On the other hand. Pectoral Qi is generated by the combination of the food Essence the Spleen transports and . the food Essence transported and transformed by the Spleen and Stomach and the fresh air inhaled by the Lung. which mainly consists of five states: adverse upward flow of Qi. A free flow of Qi as well as balancing the ascent. Qi can be used to name everything in the world. so it is hard to classify it. the functional activities of the whole body will become weakened. Qi mentioned here is something concrete. while the latter is a result of inadequate descent of Qi. or by strengthening the function of the Spleen and Stomach to promote the production of Food Essence. but Genuine Qi manufactured by Kidney Essence has to go upward so that It can be distributed all over the body. Entry. Such a case is marked by sudden occurrence of coma or syncope. descent. escape of Qi and obstruction of Qi in its outward passage. the Lung and the Stomach in most cases. Collapse of Qi results mostly from excessive descent or inadequate ascent of Qi. it may sink if it is deficient. the Kidney can assist the Lung by its receiving function. if Primordial Qi is deficient due to a congenital defect or improper feeding after birth. entry and exit movements. any induction factors may cause uprising of Liver Qi. will not be distributed over the body to perform their physiological functions if they do not make ascent. so it also has the manifestation of descent. Obstruction of Qi in going outward is usually caused by an attack of noxious gases which obstruct the pathways for Qi in the Interior of the body to go out. as well as the functional activities of Zangfu Organs. It must be pointed out that the mutability of Primordial Qi is not only determined by the congenital Essence.the Lower Jiao. the functional activities of Zangfu Organs will be strong and the constitution will be good. which often consume the Essence of the human body. the following four kinds of Qi are most the commonly mentioned. so when the pathway for descent is obstructed. when Primordial Qi is sufficient. Classification of Qi As the most basic substance that constitutes the world. exit. It accumulates in the thorax where Qi of the whole body converges. 5. ascending and descending movements of Qi must be kept in harmony. meaning impeded flow of Qi in the whole body or in a local area. Clinically. The former case is a result of excessive ascent of Qi. However. descent. their Qi will go upward instead. in a normal case. The growth and development of the human body. After being manufactured. Lung Qi and Stomach Qi. The adverse upward flow of Qi refers to excessive ascent or insufficient descent of Qi. That means. The Kidney Essence. the two opposite aspects should be balanced. 1) Primordial Qi Primordial Qi is also named Genuine Qi. The ascent. it is not a gen eral term for all the components of the body. collapse of Qi. and the functional activities of Zangfu Organs all depend on Primordial Qi.
feeble or scattered. If Pectoral Qi is deficient. which is marked by shortness of breath. Its main functions are twofold: first. Second. The distribution of Defensive Qi has two features: the flow following Nutritive Qi and free flow. irregular. After its formation. In TCM. then to the Blood vessels and the respiratory tract. As Nutritive Qi. and the Heart will beat rhythmically and evenly. circulation of Qi and Blood and the pulsation of vessels can reflect its condition. Sweat is derived from Body Fluids and Blood. Usually. the pulse will be moderate and forceful. It is so named because it is rich in nutrients. when Pectoral Qi is sufficient. a low voice. a strong voice and moderate and rhythmic respiration indicate strong Pectoral Qi. Three. etc. cold symptoms may be exhibited. to maintain the normal body temperature and ensure the normal activities of the organs and tissues. Nutritive Qi is sent to the Channels to flow in the order of the Twelve Regular Channels. . while the chills are due to failure of Defensive Qi to produce its warming effects. so it flows out of the vessels. when a Cold pathogen attacks the superficial areas of the body. . For example. Deficiency of Pectoral Qi in most cases indicates Deficiency of Lung Qi leading to Deficiency of Heart Qi and ensuing Blood Stasis. palpitation. while the latter indicates that Qi is distributed all over the body. he or she can be diagnosed as having deficient Pectoral Qi. Channels and tissues depend on the nourishment of Nutritive Qi for their existence and functional activities. Pectoral Qi is distributed in the thorax after its formation. etc. Second. Pectoral Qi is usually considered a link connecting the functional activities of the Heart and those of the Lung. Being vigorous. Generally speaking. compared with Defensive Qi. and fresh air inhaled from Heaven. the functional states of the Spleen and the Lung directly influence the formation of Pectoral Qi. diseases due to the attack of external pathogens are likely to occur. so it acts as a defense against the invasion of external pathogens. It is also named Defensive Yang. 3) Nutritive Qi Nutritive Qi is the Qi flowing in the Blood vessels. If Defensive Qi is deficient. The main functions of Nutritive Qi are to generate Blood and to nourish the whole body. but its discharge depends on the . when a patient suffering from chronic bronchitis develops pulmonary Heart disease. The former indicates that Defensive Qi also goes along the Twelve Regular Channels. all Zangfu Organs. because it belongs to Yang compared with Nutritive Qi. voice and respiration are all closely related to the quality of Pectoral Qi. The fever is related to the stagnation of Defensive Qi. stagnation of Defensive Qi will produce Heat and give rise to Heat manifestations. Defensive Qi permeates the muscular striae and the skin to control opening-closing of the muscular striae. they are often collectively named Ying Blood (Ying means Nutritive Qi here). a feeble voice and shallow breathing or shortness of breath are signs of Deficiency of Pectoral Qi. In the clinic. a purplish face. Blood consists mainly of two parts: Nutritive Qi and Body Fluids. warming and nourishing Zangfu Organs. Nutritive Qi is formed by the combination of the nutritious part of the food Essence transported by the Spleen and fresh air inhaled by the Lung.transforms and the fresh air in haled by the Lung. 4) Defensive Qi Defensive Qi is Qi that functions to defend the human body. Moreover. Defensive Qi cannot tolerate the control of the vessels. The main functions of Defensive Qi include three aspects: First. As it exists together with the Blood in the vessels. skin and hair. Pectoral Qi can assist the Heart in activating the flow of Blood. So Nutritive Qi has the function of generating Blood. belongs to Yin it functions chiefly to nourish the physique of the body. speaking. running or intermittent pulse. fever and chills often occur. Defensive Qi comes from refined food that is vigorous and flows fast. When Defensive Qi fails to warm due to its Deficiency. controlling the opening and closing of the sweat pores. the pulse will be swift. On the other hand. As Lung Qi serves as the force for breathing and voice. So. clear speech. For example. it can assist the Lung in breathing. protecting the body surface from the invasion of external pathogens. while unclear speech. The Nutritive Qi can absorb Body Fluids from refined food and carry it to the vessels to form Blood. Therefore. muscles.
so there is fever and absence of sweating. The seventh is very slow in its movement. the fourth taste. When Defensive Qi is deficient. the second hearing. Eight Cognitive Shen. and the False Heart by Teacher Hu Xuezhi There are all together six kinds of senses having their origins respectively from Eight Cognitive Shen . When the striae of muscles are tightly closed due to an attack of external pathogens.which are called Cognitive Shen by Shakyamuni. and the seventh Cognitive Shen is often mistaken for that which produces consciousness itself. the fifth touch. The seventh is in charge of carrying on communication between the first six Cognitive Shen and the eighth Cognitive Shen.of producing all consciousness or mental sense. the third smell. Six Sense Organs.the most important and intelligent one ." It is considered the cause of all egoism and individualizing of people and things.function of Defensive Qi. thus gaining the name of "the idiot. If this coordination is destroyed. Defensive Qi will be unable to go outward. it is the cause for the formation of the ego sense. Nutritive Qi flows in the vessels while Defensive Qi flows out of the vessels. who is recognized as a common ancestor of all Chinese and an ancient founder of Taoism. and the Nine Caldrons by the Yellow Emperor. In other words. Congenital Nature. Coordination of the two maintains a normal sweat discharge and a normal body temperature. abnormal sweating or fever with chills will ensue. . the sixth . Both Nutritive and Defensive Qi are mainly derived from refined food transported by the Spleen and Stomach. The first Cognitive Shen charges itself with the task to produce the sense concerning sight. spontaneous sweating will occur.
In the endless vicissitudes of changes and transformations there exists an eternal dominator. It never falls into contact with anything." The Magical Self never experiences any birth or death while the Corporeal Self suffers endless births and deaths one after another. which remains as the source of all. Polarization of Tao YuQing Realm. The eighth serves as the origin of all consciousness in the world and possesses the "seed" of all phenomena. Sometimes. The Congenital Nature. which is never subject to any transformation or change. all things shall live in happiness and peace. which is free of birth and death – the other seven Cognitive Shen come into being. We then have Congenital Nature. It remains absolute and is constantly self-existing. is beyond the thorough perception. Shall become the one to whom all things under Heaven return. in the endless vicissitudes of changes and transformations there exists an ever-changing dominator of the evolution of Qi. we may call it Impermanence Nature. in general. The eighth Cognitive Shen always wanders around and runs without any beginning or ending. always drifting away here and there. When listened to. . The function of Constitutional Nature upon the physical body is called Life Force. Salvation which is advocated by any school of religion would be doomed to suffer the same fate as a water bubble once it encountered the False Heart. When utilized. TaiQing Realm by Teacher Hu Xuezhi Chapter 35 of the Tao Te Ching holds the following message: Whoever holds persistently to the Tao. Music and good food can stop the passersby temporarily. when tasted. being free from all cause and effect and from all birth and death. The eight kinds of Cognitive Shen dominate over human beings from birth until death. is beyond exhaustion. We call it Acquired Nature. When Impermanence Nature combines with Congenital Nature – Also called Eternal Nature. and it is the last to depart from Congenital Nature. Constitutional Nature or the False Heart. we call the True Heart "the Magical Self". or the Primeval Qi. is free of any flavor. Some people call it the "mind ocean. becomes obscure and buried in complete oblivion. It thus lays a good foundation for the other seven Cognitive Shen to loosely connect to and commune with the Congenital Nature. Thus. while the False Heart is sometimes called "the Corporeal Self. The first five Cognitive Shen are of the nature like wind. We call it Primeval Qi.The eighth Cognitive Shen always comes first to attach itself to Congenital Nature. Returning to it but receiving no direction. As a result. The sixth Cognitive Shen serves as the master of the first five Cognitive Shen." Then there is the Congenital Nature – also called Eternal Nature or Primeval Qi – which is the ultimate source of all phenomena. But Tao. the seventh expresses the nature similar to a train of waves. Also. is beyond the thorough appreciation. hardly presents its existence in one's daily life except when people are having sexual intercourse and climaxing and also when people are passing away. coming from infinite emptiness. and the eighth is of a nature similar to that of a boundless sea. Congenital Nature or the True Heart. When looked into. the Congenital Nature. The sixth has the nature of an individual wave. ShangQing Realm.
When stillness continues for some time the motion will follow up and Yang will arise again. Such a forming sequence is very much like a tree: the root stays at the beginning. Later the forming phase of Tai Shi (meaning primeval beginning) brings about the basic structure and shape for all universal things. and finally Tai Zhi. which signals the stage in which the elementary substance for all universal things becomes ready. At this forming phase the Primeval Qi begins to come into being – Congenital Nature. and the True Heart. structure. denote the same as Primeval Qi. and then TaiQing (Ultimate Clarity) Realm. formless and nameless. but without yet having any substance or physicality. Yin and Yang refer to one thing in two different states. Therefore Infinite Unification can be seen as an infinite chaos in which Primeval Qi. and void state. Then follows the Tai Zhi (meaning Great Unification) which is the unified state of basic structure. Yang will arise once the Great Unification becomes involved in motion.The polarization of Tao brings about the emblematic presentation. without light. Then comes the forming phase of Tai Shu (meaning elementary substance). branches. which means the first forming phase. soundless. Stillness will follow up when there is extreme motion. Tai Yi…a vast expanse of emptiness. then the trunk. basic shape. and thus Yin arises in consequence.a pure. and elementary substance become ready for all. which is free of any Qi. Formation Process of All Universal Things After Tai Zhi and the Five Elements In ancient Chinese Taoism theory it is held that the Unification consisted of Tai Yi. After Tai Yi comes Tai Chu (meaning primeval elementary nature). In fact. thus coming out with YuQing (Jade Clarity) Realm. Tai Shi and Tai Shu. boundless. Tai Chu. shape and substance existing before the creation of Heaven and Earth and all universal things thereafter. twigs and leaves reach out to enjoy their temporary existence. yet their bodies have not been formed into being. Down below TaiQing Realm is Tai Xu . Once Yin and Yang have come into being they react upon each other in a way of alternate motion and . then ShangQing (Supreme Clarity) Realm. Such a division of Yin and Yang is called the Two Lines. but there is no division among them—they are unified into one.
Yin. All the myriad things owe their births to existence. Actually. The nature of the Five Elements in different proportions determines the acquired nature of all things. With alternate motion and stillness continuing incessantly the four emblematic Symbols will come forth.have nothing to do with the composition of the material world as most people have theorized before. which. and looking down you behold all the myriad things constantly striving to satisfy their desires. bringing about an endless evolving process. when they have intercourse in their particular way. Wood. which owes its birth to nonexistence. Therefore all kinds of innate or inexorable laws emerge and take their places naturally. Such special natures combine with the Primeval Qi in a very magical way. The Five Elements . the Qian (Heaven) Trigram and the Kun (Earth) Trigram will take their places. looking up. in much the same way that the interior must rely upon the exterior. and in consequence.wood. thus the transformations and changes persist in everything in the universe. you behold spiraling nebulas spreading throughout the universe. The four emblematic Symbols will produce the eight Trigrams when Yang develops in one direction and Yin in the opposite direction. metal and water each have their own different and special natures. earth. earth. . the Five Elements function in all levels and in all directions. fire. One thing after another is always having direct or indirect relations. metal and water . Existence and nonexistence intermingle with each other persistently and depend upon each other for their respective states of being. will produce the Five Elements. fire. Yang and the Five Elements all work together to produce the Myriad Things of the Universe.stillness. The six trigrams beyond the Qian (Heaven) and the Kun (Earth) Trigrams are in fact six kinds of Qi. So.
respectfully addressed his father.Sakyamuni. while constantly overlooking one medicine existing in their own bodies ever since their births that is capable of curing almost all diseases (including cancer and AIDS) and uprooting all root causes in case they "administer" it in a proper way. the most prominent thinker in Chinese history. achieve no birth and at last become the master of your destiny. the founder of Taoism as well as the most inscrutable thinker in Chinese history. Nowadays. however. Lao Tzi. Also. have reached the same destination to become sole arbiter of man's destiny. once said that the heaven and the earth will converge upon you if your heart remains purged of all stray thoughts and ideas and continues to be empty and still. have projected their thoughts into far off. The first is no disease. They are congenital fertilizing fluid. but renew your youth. most people keep skipping and jumping about with joy in witnessing so many inventions arising in rapid succession and heartily become marveled at mankind's wisdom and imaginative power. . the founder of Buddhism. saying that he had long cherished four desires. and. Infinite Nirvana by Sakyamuni and Infinite Emptiness by Confucius. following their respective roads. the aging as well as diseases. congenital vitavapor and yang congenital mind-will. which was called Tao by Lao Tzi. the third retaining youth. People have always been sparing no effort in searching for or creating medicines of various kinds to deal with diseases of various sort. the second no aging. while they take a passive attitude in accepting all those descending upon them---the birth. which make up part of fate in their transient lifetimes.Way to Eternity Once before. one time after another. the death. and the last no death. left with us some words beyond ordinary men's depth that all things can be achieved by the means of cleansing the heart of all desires and emotions. Some saints like the three above mentioned. Confucius. with which you can not only get out of entanglement by diseases.
The eighth yin congenital mind-will serves as the origin of all mind in the world.There are all together nine kinds of senses. The seventh. and is the master of the first six yin congenital mind-wills and possesses the "seed" of all phenomena. In this regard.who is an Austrian neurologist and famous for his psychoanalysis---only touches phenomena rather than essence. hardly presents its existence in man's daily life except when people are having sexual intercourse and climaxing---people will get excited mostly because yang congenital mind-will is stirring---and when people are passing away. the fifth touch. The eight kinds of yin congenital mind-will will dominate over you from your cradle to your grave. is very slow in its movement. is the fountainhead of sudden understanding or inspiration. coming from infinite emptiness and holding the birth and death of all things at its mercy. All dreams come from seven yin souls. will become obscure and be buried in oblivion from time to time. never falling into contact with anything and being free from all cause and effect for its existence.always drifting away nowhere. your yang congenital mind-will. the seventh the nature like an individual wave. the eighth the nature like a boundless sea. We all know there is a halo surrounding Sakyamuni's head and Jesus's. The first yin congenital mind-will charges itself with the task to produce sense concerning sight. the theory by Freud -. of which the first eight kinds have their origins respectively from eight yin congenital mind-wills -. As a result. the fourth taste.of producing all consciousness. The first five yin congenital mind-wills are of the nature-like wind -. the third smell. In fact. It is the eighth yin congenital mind-will that takes charge of birth and death. when yang congenital mind-will has been "unearthed" and shines brilliantly as it should do the yin congenital mind-wills will turn into that halo and play a role as like that of a odyguard. .the most important and intelligent one -. The yang congenital mind-will.which are also called Cognitive Mind-Wills by Sakyamuni and Nine Caldrons by Yellow Emperor. the sixth the nature like a train of waves. and often mistakes the eighth yin congenital mindwill for that producing consciousness for itself. who is recognized as a common ancestor of all Chinese. in charge of carrying on communication between the first six yin congenital mind-wills and the eighth. yet lack in the knowledge about what it is. The ninth. in general. the second hearing. the sixth -.
Stillness and emptiness continuing for long something divine will come on the scene. while vita-vapor in your physical form. When the five elements have come into being. So the inexorable law the heaven and the earth abide by is nothing but emptiness and stillness. all things will come into being. looking up. and in consequence. once getting together. when you constantly remain still and empty the heaven and the earth will converge upon you. will produce five elements. are taking place and have taken place. And in them both sixty-four Hexagrams are perpetually engaged in their particular motion. Hence you know the myriad of things derive their existence from nothing but form and vita-vapor. also called Infinite Nirvana by Sakyamuni and Infinite Emptiness by Confucius. So. one thing and another thing are always having direct or indirect relations with others and thus the transformations and changes persist in everything in the universe. As a result. while the great expanse and the roundness the stillness of the earth. All myriad of things owe their births to existence. and function in all levels and in all directions. Existence and nonexistence intermingle with each other persistently. my master?" asked Zhi Loo. indicative of the emptiness of the heaven. to some extent.Tao. The four emblematic Symbols will produce eight Trigrams when yang develops in one direction and yin in opposite direction. and looking down you know that the myriad of things are constantly striving to satisfy all their "desires. No vita-vapor no your life force. Emptiness is capable of accommodating all things while stillness of being perceptive of the minutest detail. "Would you please tell me what the death is about. taking his place between them. once before. Humankind takes one place among the three while the heaven and the earth taking the other two. no congenital mind-will no your congenital nature and constitutional nature. it is so minute that there is no the interior to fill it. for it is capable of exhausting infinitude and dates back to the time when there is no beginning whatever and there is no time. are six kinds of vita-vapor which. Qian Trigram and Kun Trigram will take their places. which owes its birth to nonexistence. while humankind. and following their development courses to their deaths you are sure to draw a conclusion that under no circumstances there is even one thing that remains unchanged in its form. Pursuing their evolving courses to their very beginning in a reverse direction. Humankind is always communing with the nature and every individual is a universe in miniature. you can behold spiraling nebulas spreading throughout the universe. both of which derive their existence from nothing but congenital mind-will. gold and water---have nothing to do with the composition of the material world as most people claimed before. Congenital mind-will takes up residence in your heart. a disciple of Confucius. are the most ingenious in terms of the endowments Providence(if any) has granted. In the meanwhile. On account of emptiness the heaven can exert itself constantly and on account of stillness the earth can burden itself with humankind and other things. Only by this time the time and the space begin to come into being. imperceptibly and intangibly. and all kinds of innate or inexorable laws emerge and take their places naturally. The vastness and the boundlessness are. they will get involved in their own motion. With the interaction taking place constantly between five elements one form and another form. Therefore. . The six Trigrams beyond Qian and Kun trigram. and depend upon each other for their respective existence as like the interior and the exterior. With alternate motion and stillness continuing incessantly the four emblematic Symbols will come forth. in fact. is so vast that it has no limits to confine it. On account of the infinite emptiness the congenital mind-will came into being. with Tao exerting its influence with them both. It extends itself far away beyond the limits of the universe and exists long before the beginning of the time. The heaven and the earth are the most mammoth in terms of the substance and space they contain. The heaven assumes the semblance of emptiness while the earth of stillness. you are sure to find out that the vita-vapor is at the very root of the myriad of things. The vast expanse of the universe can be turned into one thing resting in your hand and the transformations and changes persisting in all things have their origin in your physical form. Once yin and yang have come into being they will react upon each other in a way of alternate motion and stillness. becoming more and more silent you will become aware of all things that will take place. and then turned into vitavapor which." The five elements---wood. will split into two parts: yin and yang. fire. Congenital mind-will is of the nature of infinite emptiness while Tao of infinite nonexistence. when they have intercourse in their particular way. earth. Becoming emptier and emptier your heart can contain all things in the world.
There is no birth there is no death. Conversely. your blood flows no more. though it is beyond the range of existence. There exists the birth there exists the death. Cleansing the heart of all desires and emotions and remaining silent in the depths of emptiness and stillness but not an insensate blank. have taken place. the golden elixir pellet---also called the Great Unification. Conversely. will gradually build up its own special constitution out of emptiness and stillness. The transformation from vita-vapor to form. Because humankind almost exhausts all means to honor and pamper births their deaths look much more insignificant. your pulse throbs no more. Conversely. There is birth there is death. That after catching sight of something then you begin to gain some knowledge should not be recommended as the most proper way of knowing. the less one knows. That after something has given signs then you begin to respond mentally or physically should not be recommended as the most proper way to respond. which will cause congenital mind-will to come to be at a constant standstill. the transformation from form to vita-vapor results in no birth. Congenital mind-will depends upon Tao for its existence. you will give up all desires and emotions. That things are accomplished after efforts were made should not be recommended as the most proper way to act. vita-vapor depends upon congenital mind-will for its existence."Without the least knowledge about the birth how could you understand the death? " Confucius replied. he persists in doing this way and slides deeper and deeper in the depth of emptiness and stillness. to accomplish all things before you going to or intend to accomplish them is the most proper way to do things. The farther one goes to bring his acquired talents into play. out of spontaneity. When a man wants to shake off the pursuit by the death angel he must at first strive to achieve no birth. to know all things well before you are intending to know is the most proper way to know. while the transformation from form to vita-vapor to the formation of the heaven. when there is no birth there is no death. your heart beats no more. is similar to the formation of the earth. When your heart has become empty enough all substantive things will never stand the least chance to impede as well as disturb your heart. are taking place far before the showing of any signs is called serene comprehensiveness. which will cause vita-vapor to come to be at a constant standstill. Still. and is formless and beyond the range of the time and space and can be seen or perceived only through silent exercise which this book will present to you---will eventually come forth. The transformation from vita-vapor to form brings about birth. With neither birth nor death the congenital mind-will lasts forever. Once you have given up all desires and emotions and slip deeper and deeper in the depths of the emptiness and stillness as like a dead man ( your mind-will never drifts away but remains motionless upon emptiness) your physical form will be brought to a constant standstill. existing in his body yet never to be found inside and outside his body. the more he loses. and life depends upon form for its existence. So. then he can let the fetus go out to become an infant of his true self. . At last he will "conceive" the fetus of his true self in his middle elixir field. to some extent. to be aware of all that will to take place. This is an inexorable law all things in the region of existence must abide by. form depends upon vita-vapor for its existence. The golden elixir pellet. when you remain still for long enough. By this time. the wise replenish vita-vapor and restore congenital mind-will resolutely and constantly. When congenital mind-will has come to be at a constant standstill the nonexistence will be brought into a constant standstill--Tao comes on the scene.
in an emblematic sense. Thus. for all sights and visions are nothing but your heart. three yang souls. With the new set of heaven and earth serving as its Qian Trigram and Kun Trigram respectively. and letting your physical form follow the example of the earth you will fall deeper and deeper in the depths of stillness. like a puppet. then you should drift deeper and deeper in the . the state before a sperm combines with an ovum is similar to the Great Unification in an emblematic sense. Knowing. there comes the Upper Caldron established in your upper elixir field. yang congenital mind-will. the fetus of your true self will be conceived. while the state that your physical form has come into being with your congenital nature and life force taking residence in it is. On account the heavy encumbrances by your physical form there come the death and birth for your life. All you senses come from yin congenital mind-wills. which comes from the Mysterious Pass---the very center of the heaven and the earth and in which the Great Unification takes residence. similar to that of four emblematic Symbols. transform fertilizing fluid into vita-vapor. that on account of stillness the earth can burden itself with so many things always striving to satisfy all their "desires. as like one idea being in bud in emptiness--. The state when fertilizing fluid.has fully developed you should let it go out of your body. on account of slavery in which your congenital nature is taken by your worldly heart there come the comings and goings of congenital nature. seven yin souls. By this time you begin to realize how poor humankind's imaginative power is. So long have you remained in this state that something divine will arise. in an emblematic sense. most people spare no effort in advocating democracy. respectively. is similar to the process of going back through eight Trigrams. You should bring the fetus of your true self back into your upper elixir field. By this time there comes the tangible medicine. With your pure mind-will functioning like fire you can set sail against the life current---which. As far as mankind is concerned. and bring your congenital mindwill back into infinite emptiness. Yet that is not the end. what it is and what it will be. the four emblematic Symbols. and in no time turn into hundreds of thousands of forms which belong either to existence or to nonexistence and of various features and shapes. which occasion your life force to be encumbered with your physical form.Nowadays. similar to that of the eight Trigrams which come forth from four emblematic Symbols. the vita-vapor. The state when your physical form and constitution and your constitutional nature and your disposition have fully developed is. With the knowledge that just depending upon the emptiness the heaven can exert itself incessantly you can realize that just because your heart is exerting itself continuously by remaining still and empty that the heaven has become what it was. and train him and nurse him from time to time till he can in no time come through nonexistence and existence( let alone go far away beyond the boundary of the universe). Hence you know your physical form and your heart are places in which your life force and congenital nature take residence. transform vita-vapor into congenital mind-will. letting your heart follow the example of the heaven you will become emptier and emptier. and the Great Unification---to transform your form into fertilizing fluid. in an emblematic sense. for you are a universe in miniature. the yin and yang." you can understand that in case your body constantly remain still you can always respond to all things. the sixth yin congenital mind-will. yet few people know they are just inwardly the victims under the dictatorship of their yin congenital mind-wills. When the fetus of you true self ---which is formless and lies outside the region of existence. Then open up the vast achromatic chaos to recreate a set of new heaven and earth. the physical form and the heart have fully developed is. Your congenital nature is taken captive by your worldly heart while your life force at the mercy of your physical form. there comes the formless medicine. there comes the Lower Furnace established in your lower elixir field. in an emblematic sense. similar to that of two elementary Forms (yin and yang) coming forth from the Great Unification.
you are the sole arbiter of your destiny. for you can receive nothing but calamities. you are God. as nothing will wait for you but disasters. you are the creator. Without Te you are advised not to be a practitioner engaged in pursuit of Tao. The book aims at showing readers as many theories and concrete methods as possible. while the very foundation upon which the earth is created is nothing but flexibility and hardness. to some extent. so as to help you understand or practice the age-old Chinese-yoga or Qigong -. the most prominent contemporary writer in Chinese history.depths of stillness and emptiness till you bring your body and the infant of your true self into "golden light" and let your brilliant light fill up the infinite emptiness so as to possess the same body with Tao. once said that Taoism is at the very root of Chinese culture. Lao Tzi. The very foundation upon which the heaven is built up is nothing but yin and yang. the very foundation upon which a true man can be achieved is nothing but beneficence and generosity. What the things receive from Tao is called Te. is equivalent to virtues. and from this naturally you will know its significance. Lu Xun. As for humankind. Then and only then you have become Sakyamuni.though the two names are not. Te. Nor should you have any motives or other that are popular in the region of covetousness to become a practitioner in pursuit of Tao. . Confucius and other saints.
a sphere of around 3. it can help one to gain much more than expected. Let golden virtue begin to grow within. Yet. When engaged in the practice of these postures. although the imagination / visualization methods will change slightly. and keep their heart peaceful and open. Let golden virtue begin to grow within. Relax all parts of the body. let tongue rise up to touch the hard palate. Let the internal vision gaze upon that place. . slowly purge all stray ideas within the heart. with teeth lightly touching. releasing all negative qualities and deeply relaxing the body. if the practitioner maintains the proper mind-will during practice. one should settle the mind-will in the Lower Elixir Field (the Lower Dantian or Tan Tien). which is located in the empty space below the navel in the middle place between the kidney and navel. releasing all negative qualities and deeply relaxing the body. Breathe naturally in and out through the nose -.8 centimeters. It is also a most useful method for common people who aim to promote their physical well-being. preserve their vital stamina. and settle the mind-will in the lower Dantian area. To constantly settle mind-will in the Lower Elixir Field is the key practice for the novice. This practice can be combined with any school of Qigong.allowing the breath to penetrate deep within the Dantian. slightly close two eyes. Preparation Sit cross legged. It is generally used for doing preparatory work for the Taoist Silent Sitting Practice. position spine upright.Eight Steps of the Silk Brocade Practice Sitting Posture Version This school of practice has a very long history in China and once played an important role for Chinese health development and mental well being. hands one on top of the other with thumbs touching.
turn the shoulder. 36 or more times. . keeping spine upright and moving with a slow gentle rhythm. located on the area of the ball of the foot) with the thumbs in a clockwise and counterclockwise fashion 36 or more times -. stretching back and forth out over the feet. K-1. STEP 2 Catch hold of the feet with two hands and slowly massage the acu-point YongChuan (the Bubbling Spring Point. STEP 4 With arms akimbo (palms resting on the hips.you may move the feet in closer to the body to aid in ease while massaging. Then bow the upper body forward and backward slowly. upper arm and forearms clockwise and then counterclockwise. With the central point of the shoulder (on the spine) as the fixed point. clench two hands into a loose fist. then turn left to watch/gaze left. STEP 3 Position two forearms as the figure shows. Repeat 16 or more times. like turning a hoisting tackle or a bicycle peddle. 24 or more times. neck and upper body to the right to watch/gaze right. elbows out to the two sides).STEP 1 Catch hold of the feet with two hands (see figure at left). slowly turn the head.
left palm left side. sitting quietly. placing them on the crown of the head. then let two lines of teeth strike against each other 36 times -. right palm right side. Cross the fingers of the two hands. A little while later. then push two hand upward slowly and use force (imagine pushing heavy things upward). then straighten all fingers and let them knock the back side of the head vigorously 48 times or more. Then resume the former position with hands clasped together resting in the lap. Repeat the process 18 times or more. Then slowly lower the two hands and let the two palms cover the head from above. Rest a while and rub again. Place palm of hands over the ears. relaxing all parts of the body. pressing slightly into the ears. Feel the vibration spreading around and through the entire body.STEP 5 Put two hands behind and let two palms cover the kidney area. STEP 7 Let the hands rest in the lap. STEP 8 Relax every part of the body. . use all finger tips to rub the kidney area up and down till you feel very hot within the kidney area. then turn palms upward.or keep legs in crossed leg position. 36 times or more. STEP 6 Stretch two legs forward -.or more.
Maintain a mental state of utter stillness and inner quietude. comb the fingers through the scalp.preparing for the silent sitting exercise. When practice is near to finishing. After the practice is finished. they will also at times need the two paintings for direction. Relax all parts of the body. with teeth lightly touching. lower back and abdomen with strong force using the palms. It was not passed down to ordinary people. Continue in this manner of practice for 45 minutes to 2. legs.much like statues of Buddha -. rub the back of the neck with the palms. Maintain this state of pure heart and relaxation throughout the practice. enter the silent state and sit cross legged in a motionless posture. thumbs touching -. study and inspiration in their practice.or Tao Pursuing Methods Chart This diagram is very ancient. and slap down the arms. and at that time was reprinted and distributed again in Taoist circles. It is said that for many hundreds of years it was not copied and held in secret within Taoist circles. gently massage the face with the palms. Maintain a state of utter stillness and motionless state with the physical body remaining unmoving. hands one on top of the other. secret and profound a theory. let the tongue rise up to touch the hard palate. Diagram of Inner Universe of the Human Body This diagram is very important in the Tao practice and the study of Internal Alchemy.Preparation for Silent Sitting Practice After finishing Step 8. Let golden virtue begin to grow within. breathing naturally and gently in and out through the nose -.slowly purge completely all stray ideas within the heart. releasing all negative qualities and deeply relaxing the body. . It is a pair to the Xiu Zhen Painting -. It was rediscovered at a remote Taoist Monastery deep in the mountains of China. allow all things to come to rest within the Lower Dantian. It is a diagram that is studied in great depth by many Taoist Adepts. slightly close the two eyes. and settle the mind-will in the lower Dantian area. position the spine upright. Taoist Masters inform their disciples that when they gain basic understanding of the proper method of Internal Alchemy.5 hours. as it was thought to be too mysterious.
lakes. trees. and we would like to offer this image to interested students of Qigong and Internal Alchemy. The Xiu Zhen Tu Chart.The Inner Universe of the Human's Body shows practitioners in a very abstract way. The Xiu Zhen Tu or The Tao Pursuing Methods Chart is a companion chart to the Chart of the Inner Universe This chart shows many secret methods of practicing Taoist Internal Alchemy and also gives some visual directions in an abstract way. It is not easy nowadays to get this diagram. . The Inner Universe is seen by the Taoist Adept as one of mountains. sun. and its relationship to the waxing and waning of the moon. and we would like to offer this image to interested students of Qigong and Internal Alchemy. with the sincere hope that it will inspire them to gain higher levels of experience in their personal practice and self cultivation. pools.a complete microcosm of this vast macrocosm we call our Universe. methods of transferal of Jing into Qi and Qi into Shen." Many traditional masters of Taoist Internal Alchemy advise their students to hang the two companion charts in their meditation room or practice space to give one inspiration and guidance. rivers. There are also many aspects of this diagram that contain meaning relating to the actual practice method of Internal Alchemy. all of the necessary points in the human's "inner" body. streams. moon and stars -. It is not easy nowadays to get this diagram. and many other methods and guidelines for the practice of Gaining Union with Tao through the practice of Internal Alchemy or "Dan Dao. and the roles these areas play in the practice of Taoist Internal Alchemy. methods of Incubation and Nurturing the Infant of the True Self in the Middle Tan Tien. Tao Pursuing Methods. Showing such methods as the course of the Small Heavenly Cycle. methods of training the True Self through projection into other realms. with the sincere hope that it will inspire them to gain higher levels of experience in their personal practice and self cultivation.
Heart-Mind Fasting Meditation If there is no other. but we do not know why. This is the knowledge that leads to Tao. which is an excellent way to meditate and gain entrance into inner quietude. enter water without getting wet. (from Chuang Tzu. There must be some primal force. Inner Chapters) People tend to have many ideas and anxiety of various sorts. Thus. and his breath was deep. people may choose to sit cross legged on a cushion. But what is a true human? The true human of old did not mind being poor. seemingly without any end. there is no one to perceive. I believe in acts. then there can be true knowledge. even when they are in sleep. he could commit an error and did not regret it. For the breath of the true human rose up from his heels while the breath of common men rise from their throats. but I cannot see it. We find there are many methods teaching how to fall into inner quietude and people can find them in the books handed down by the ancient true humans of China. He could succeed without being proud. I can feel it. teeth lightly touching. tongue touching the roof of the hard palate. First. constantly moving here and there. people can find one meditation method which is called Heart-Mind Fasting. breathing in and out naturally through the nose. and pass through fire unscathed. there must be a true human. His food was plain. Thus. there is no I. He took no pride in his achievements. but we cannot discover any proof. If there is no I. Yet to truly gain internal quietude and inner peace is a treasure sought after by many far and wide. but it has no form. During this practice. He made no plans. or sit high up on some soft blanket or sit in chair with legs touching the ground and the back straight. This is close to the truth. he could climb mountains without fear. to be quiet internally within for a time may be quite difficult for most common people. The true human of old slept without dreaming and woke without anxiety. Prerequisites for success of this practice: . So truly. In the book of Chang Tzu.
becoming one without any division of form.8 cm. alcohol. people may seem to "feel" that all comes to a complete and constant standstill. no spice or strong flavor. 2. You will gradually find that the listening force combines with breathing to form one harmonious unity. Continue the practice………….1. Let the internal vision gaze upon that place. time and space disappear. In the beginning people may have some consciousness of the whereabouts of the nose. Perhaps the breathing may be slow. slowly falling into a state which is gradually free of any artificial consciousness. not knowing which or what is the corporeal body and which is the outside environment. Persist in the practice every day. it is a gradual process to fall into a such a natural state that is little by little free of any trace of human consciousness. Let golden virtue begin to grow within. Continue the practice daily without any intermission. . Continue to meditate in this state. drugs. naturally and quietly. 30 to 60 minutes each time. such a state comes to a complete standstill state. or the like. for one does not know how long. Do not have strong emotional changes or reactions. the listening ability seems to come to a stop. 4. Hence.follow and find the true breath. Fall into a deep quiet state naturally. teeth lightly touching. may be quick. the practitioner may fall into a deep state without any consciousness. no ice drinks. During this experience. nothing going. breathing in and out naturally through the nose. this is a very important starting point. resting in complete emptiness. at the beginning phase. please concentrate your inner attention into the Lower Dantian and gradually rid yourself of stray ideas. Let the listening force and the breathing power combine together slowly. But later on with practice. Do not contact or have interest in sexual materials like books. Let the in-breath be drawn deep into the Dantian and let the out-breath flow out from the Dantian -. people may still retain the ability to discern which is listening and which is breathing. nothing in motion. Let the back be straight. nothing coming. Never pay attention to "its" variance. releasing all negative qualities and deeply relaxing the body. respiratory track or the in-and-out pattern of the breath. natural and quiet life. never pay it any mind. chemical additives.a sphere of around 3. merging to form one harmonious unity.all quite naturally without strong effort or concern. 3. may become louder. Eat mostly vegetable food of moderate flavor. Lead a peaceful. slowly and quietly use the inner power of the "ears" to "listen" to the breathing sounds via the nose or lung or respiratory track -. The Lower Dantian (Tan Tien) is located in the empty space below the navel in the middle place between the kidney and navel -. Fourth. and may change to a feeble nature. First. Third. It truly seems like the heart-mind contained in the breathing is listening to the breathing contained in the heart-mind and the barrier which formally existed between the heart-mind and breathing seems to disappear and they meld completely. Do not take much Western medicine. Second. But later let this consciousness come and go in its own way and never interfere. one to three times every day. Practice natural celibacy or have healthy sex every 10 or 15 days. Please remember to be free of all stray thoughts from within. lung. TV show. tongue touching the roof of the hard palate. 5. or unnatural things. which is free of any consciousness whatsoever and the heart-mind and breathing forms a harmonious union.
Three Tan Tien (Dantian) Lower Elixir Field / Middle Tan Tien / Upper Tan Tien .