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81. With all this talking, what has been said ?

The subtle truth can be pointed at with words, but it
can't be contained by them.

Take time to listen to what is said without words, to
obey the law to subtle to be written, to worship
the unnameable and to embrace the unformed.
Love your life.
Trust the Tao.
Make love with the invisible subtle origin of the
universe, and you will give yourself everything you
need.

You won't have to hide away forever in spiritual
retreats.
You can be a gentle, contemplative hermit right here
in the middle of everything, utterly unaffected,
thoroughly sustained and rewarded by your integral
practices.

Encouraging others, giving freely to all, awakening
and purifying the world with each movement and
action, you'll ascend to the divine realm in broad
daylight.

The breath of the Tao speaks, and those who are in
harmony with it hear quite clearly.

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80. The world is full of half-enlightened masters.
Overly clever, too "sensitive" to live in the real world,
they surround themselves with selfish pleasures and
bestow their grandiose teachings upon the unwary.

Prematurely publicizing themselves, intent upon
reaching some spiritual climax, they constantly
sacrifice the truth and deviate from the Tao.

What they really offer the world is their own
confusion.

The true master understands that enlightenment is not
the end, but the means.
Realizing that virtue is her goal, she accepts the long
and often arduous cultivation that is necessary to
attain it.
She doesn't scheme to become a leader, but quietly
shoulders whatever responsibilities fall to her.

Unattached to her accomplishments, taking credit for
nothing at all, she guides the whole world by
guiding the individuals who come to her.
She shares her divine energy with her students,
encouraging them, creating trials to strengthen
them, scolding them to awaken them, directing the
streams of their lives toward the infinite ocean of the Tao.

If you aspire to this sort of mastery, then root yourself
in the Tao.

Relinquish your negative habits and attitudes.
Strengthen your sincerity.
Live in the real world, and extend your virtue to it
without discrimination in the daily round.

Be the truest father or mother, the truest brother or
sister, the truest friend, the truest disciple.
Humbly respect and serve your teacher, and dedicate
your entire being unwaveringly to self-cultivation.

Then you will surely achieve self-mastery and be able
to help others in doing the same.

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79. Those in future generations who study and practice the
truth of these teachings will be blessed.
They will acquire the subtle light of wisdom, the
mighty sword of clarity that cuts through all
obstruction, and the mystical pearl of
understanding that envelops the entire universe.
They will attain the insight necessary to perceive the
integral truth of the Tao.

Following this truth with unabashed sincerity, they
will become it: whole, courageous, indestructible,
unnameable.

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78. There are many partial religions, and then there is the
Integral Way.
Partial religions are desperate, clever, human
inventions; the Integral Way is a deep expression of
the pure, whole, universal mind.
Partial religions rely on the hypnotic manipulation of
undeveloped minds; the Integral Way is founded on
the free transmission of the plain, natural,
immutable truth.
It is a total reality, not an occult practice.

The Integral Way eschews conceptual fanaticism,
extravagant living, fancy food, violent music.
They spoil the serenity of one's mind and obstruct
one's spiritual development.
Renouncing what is fashionable and embracing what is
plain, honest, and virtuous, the Integral Way
returns you to the subtle essence of life.
Adopt its practices and you will become like they are:
honest, simple, true, virtuous, whole.

You see, in partial pursuits, one's transformation is
always partial as well.
But in integral self-cultivation, it is possible to achieve
a complete metamorphosis, to transcend your
emotional and biological limitations and evolve to a
higher state of being.

By staying out of the shadows and following this
simple path, you become extraordinary,
unfathomable, a being of profound cosmic subtlety.

You outlive time and space by realizing the subtle
truth of the universe.

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77. Humanity grows more and more intelligent, yet there
is clearly more trouble and less happiness daily.
How can this be so?
It is because intelligence is not the same thing as
wisdom.

When a society misuses partial intelligence and
ignores holistic wisdom, its people forget the
benefits of a plain and natural life.

Seduced by their desires, emotions, and egos, they
become slaves to bodily demands, to luxuries, to
power and unbalanced religion and psychological
excuses.
Then the reign of calamity and confusion begins.

Nonetheless, superior people can awaken during times
of turmoil to lead others out of the mire.
But how can the one liberate the many?
By first liberating his own being.
He does this not by elevating himself, but by lowering
himself.
He lowers himself to that which is simple, modest,
true; integrating it into himself, he becomes a
master of simplicity, modesty, truth.

Completely emancipated from his former false life, he
discovers his original pure nature, which is the pure
nature of the universe.

Freely and spontaneously releasing his divine energy,
he constantly transcends complicated situations and
draws everything around him back into an integral
oneness.

Because he is a living divinity, when he acts, the
universe acts.

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76. Who can save the world?

Perhaps one who devotedly follows these teachings,
who calms her mind,
who ignores all divergence, who develops a high
awareness of the subtle truths,
who merges her virtue with the universal virtue and
extends it to the world without expectation of
reward.

She will indeed be the savior of the world.

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75. Would you like to liberate yourself from the lower
realms of life?
Would you like to save the world from the degradation
and destruction it seems destined for?
Then step away from shallow mass movements and
quietly go to work on your own self-awareness.

If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken
all of yourself.
If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world,
then eliminate all that is dark and negative in
yourself.
Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your
own self-transformation.

So find a teacher who is an integral being, a beacon
who extends his light and virtue with equal ease to
those who appreciate him and those who don't.

Shape yourself in his mold, bathe in his nourishing
radiance, and reflect it out to the rest of the world.

You will come to understand an eternal truth: there is
always a peaceful home for a virtuous being.

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74. There are those who derive energy from worshiping
and meditating on divine beings and deities.
If you feel inclined to worship, then worship these:

Worship the fiery sun, repository of yang, and the
watery moon, repository of yin;

Worship the spiritual centers of men and women,
which are angelic in every sense;

Worship the Eight Great Manifestations: Heaven,
Earth, Water, Fire, Thunder, Lake, Wind, and
Mountain;

Worship the sixty-four hexagrams of the I Ching,
which illuminate the underlying harmony of the
universe;

Finally, worship the Great Tai Chi, in which all things
are contained, balanced, and reposed.

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73. The teacher cannot aid the student as long as the
student's spirit is contaminated.
The cleansing of the spiritual contamination is not the
responsibility of the teacher, but of the student.
It is accomplished by offering one's talent, resources,
and life to the world.
Also, to the teacher and to the immortal angels that
surround him, a healthy student can offer his pure
energy, and a depleted student can give at the very
least food, or wine, or service.

When one gives whatever one can without restraint,
the barriers of individuality break down.
It no longer becomes possible to tell whether it is the
student offering himself to the teacher, or the
teacher offering herself to the student.

One sees only two immaculate beings, reflecting one
another like a pair of brilliant mirrors.

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72. If you wish to gain merit and become one with the
divine, then develop your virtue and extend it to the
world.
Abandon fancy theologies and imaginary ideas and do
some ordinary daily work, such as healing.

Let go of all conflict and strife.

Practice unswerving kindness and unending patience.
Avoid following impulses and pursuing ambitions
which destroy the wholeness of your mind and
separate you from the Integral Way.

Neither become obsessed with circumstances nor
forego awareness of them.

To manage your mind, know that there is nothing,
and then relinquish all attachment to the
nothingness.

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71. The transformation toward eternal life is gradual.
The heavy, gross energy of body, mind and spirit
must first be purified and uplifted.
When the energy ascends to the subtle level, then
self-mastery can be sought.

A wise instructor teaches the powerful principles of
self-integration only to those who have already
achieved a high level of self-purification and
self-mastery.
In addition, all proper teaching follows the law of
energy response: the most effective method is always
that to which the student's natural energy most
harmoniously responds.

For one, celibacy and self-cultivation will be
appropriate; for another, properly guided dual
cultivation will derive the greatest benefit.
A discerning teacher will determine the proper balance
of practices for each individual.

In any case, know that all teachers and techniques are
only transitional: true realization comes from the
direct merger of one's being with the divine energy
of the Tao.

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70. The cords of passion and desire weave a binding net
around you.
Worldly confrontation makes you stiff and inflexible.
The trap of duality is tenacious.
Bound, rigid, and trapped, you cannot experience
liberation.

Through dual cultivation it is possible to unravel the
net, soften the rigidity, dismantle the trap.
Dissolving your yin energy into the source of universal
life, attracting the yang energy from that same
source, you leave behind individuality and your life
becomes pure nature.

Free of ego, living naturally, working virtuously, you
become filled with inexhaustible vitality and are
liberated forever from the cycle of death and
rebirth.

Understand this if nothing else: spiritual freedom
and oneness with the Tao are not randomly
bestowed gifts, but the rewards of conscious
self-transformation and self-evolution.

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69. A person's approach to sexuality is a sign of his level of
evolution.
Unevolved persons practice ordinary sexual
intercourse.
Placing all emphasis upon the sexual organs, they
neglect the body's other organs and systems.
Whatever physical energy is accumulated is summarily
discharged, and the subtle energies are similarly
dissipated and disordered.
It is great backward leap.

For those who aspire to the higher realms of living,
there is angelic dual cultivation.
Because every portion of the body, mind and spirit
yearns for the integration of yin and yang, angelic
intercourse is led by the spirit rather than the sexual
organs.

Where ordinary intercourse is effortful, angelic
cultivation is calm, relaxed, quiet, and natural.
Where ordinary intercourse unites sex organs with sex
organs, angelic cultivation unites spirit with spirit,
mind with mind, and every cell of one body with
every cell of the other body.

Culminating not in dissolution but in integration, it is
an opportunity for a man and woman to mutually
transform and uplift each other into the realm of
bliss and wholeness.

The sacred ways of angelic intercourse are taught only
by one who has himself achieved total energy
integration, and taught only to students who follow
the Integral Way with profound devotion, seeking
to purify and pacify the entire world along with
their own being.

However, if your virtue is especially radiant, it can be
possible to open a pathway to the subtle realm and
receive these celestial teachings directly from the
immortals.

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68. In angelic dual cultivation, one learns to follow the
Tao.
To approach the Tao, you will need all your sincerity,
for it is elusive, first revealing itself in form and
image, then dissolving into subtle, indefinable
essence.

Through it is uncreated itself, it creates all things.
Because it has no substance, it can enter into where
there is no space.
Exercising by returning to itself, winning victories by
remaining gentle and yielding, it is softer than
anything, and therefore it overcomes everything
hard.

What does this tell you about the benefit of non-action
and silence ?

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67. To achieve the highest levels of life, one must
continually combine new levels of yin and yang.
In nature, the male energy can be found in such
sources as the sun and the mountains, and the
female in such sources as the earth, the moon, and
the lakes.
Those who study these things, which are only hinted
at here, will benefit immeasurably.

Because higher an higher unions of yin and yang are
necessary for the conception of higher life, some
students may be instructed in the art of dual
cultivation, in which yin and yang are directly
integrated in the tai chi of sexual intercourse.
If the student is not genuinely virtuous and the
instruction not that of a true master, dual
cultivation can have destructive effect.
If genuine virtue and true mastery come together,
however, the practice can bring about a profound
balancing of the student's gross and subtle energies.

The result of this is improved health, harmonized
emotions, the cessation of desires and impulses,
and, at the highest level, the transcendent
integration of the entire energy body.

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66. The first integration of yin and yang is the union of
seed and egg within the womb.
The second integration of yin and yang is the sexual
union of the mature male and female.
Both of these are concerned with flesh and blood, and
all that is conceived in this realm must one day
disintegrate and pass away.

It is only the third integration which gives birth to
something immortal.
In this integration, a highly evolved individual joins
the subtle inner energies of yin and yang under the
light of spiritual understanding.
Through the practices of the Integral Way he refines
his gross, heavy energy into something ethereal and
light.
This divine light has the capability of penetrating into
the mighty ocean of spiritual energy and complete
wisdom that is the Tao.

The new life created by the final integration is self-
aware yet without ego, capable of inhabiting a body
yet not attached to it, and guided by wisdom rather
than emotion.

Whole and virtuous, it can never die.

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65. The interplay of yin and yang within the womb of the
Mysterious Mother creates the expansion and
contraction of nature.
Although the entire universe is created out of this
reproductive dance, it is but a tiny portion of her
being.
Her heart is the Universal Heart, and her mind the
Universal Mind.

The reproductive function is also a part of human
beings.
Because yin and yang are not complete within us as
individuals, we pair up to integrate them and bring
forth new life.
Although most people spend their entire lives
following this biological impulse, it is only a tiny
portion of our beings as well.
If we remain obsessed with seeds and eggs, we are
married to the fertile reproductive valley of the
Mysterious Mother but not her immeasurable
heart and all-knowing mind.

If you wish to unite with her heart and mind, you
must integrate yin and yang within and refine their
fire upward.
Then you have the power to merge with the whole
being of the Mysterious Mother.

This is what is known as true evolution.

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64. In earlier times, people lived simply and serenely.
Sensitive to the fluctuations that constantly occur, they
were able to adjust comfortably to the energy of the
day.

Today, people lead hysterical, impulsive lives.
Ignoring the subtle alterations of yin and yang which
influence all things, they become confused,
exhausted and frustrated.
However, even today one can restore wholeness and
clarity to one's mind.
The way to do this is through study of the I Ching.

Like the cycle of day and night, everything is a tai chi
incorporating movements between yin and yang.
If you do not see the patterns in these movements, you
are lost.
But if you consult the I Ching with an open mind,
you will begin to see the patterns underlying all
things.
Knowing that daybreak will come, you can rest
peacefully at night.

When you accurately perceive the fluidity of things,
you also begin to perceive the constancy behind
them: the creative, transformative, boundless,
immutable Tao.

To see this is the ultimate education, and the ultimate
solace.

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63. There are three layers to the universe:
In the lower, Tai Ching, and the middle, Shan Ching,
the hindrance of a physical bodily existence is
required.
Those who fail to live consistently in accord with Tao
reside here.


In the upper, Yu Ching, there is only Tao: the bondage
of form is broken, and the only thing existing is the
exquisite energy dance of the immortal divine
beings.

Those who wish to enter Yu Ching should follow the
Integral Way.
Simplify the personality, refine the sexual energy
upward, integrate yin and yang in body, mind and
spirit, practice non-impulsiveness, make your
conscience one with pure law, and you will uncover
truth after truth and enter the exquisite upper
realm.

This path is clearly defined and quite simple to follow,
yet most lose themselves in ideological fogs of their
own making.

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62. Do you wish to attain pure Tao?
Then you must understand and integrate within
yourself the three main energies of the universe.

The first is the earth energy.
Centered in the belly, it expresses itself as sexuality.
Those who cultivate and master the physical energy
attain partial purity.

The second is the heaven energy.
Centered in the mind, it expresses itself as knowledge
and wisdom.
Those whose minds merge with the Universal Mind
also attain partial purity.

The third is the harmonized energy.
Centered in the heart, it expresses itself as spiritual
insight.
Those who develop spiritual insight also attain partial
purity.

Only when you achieve all three - mastery of the
physical energy, universal mindedness, and spiritual
insight - and express them in a virtuous integral
life, can you attain pure Tao.

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61. To understand the universe, you must study and
understand these things:
First, the Oneness, the Tao, the Great Tai Chi;
Second, the Great Two, the forces of yin and yang;
Third, the Three Main Categories, expressed either as
Heaven, Earth, and Man or as body, mind, and
spirit;
Fourth, the Four Forces, strong, weak, light, and
heavy;
Fifth, the Five Elements, symbolized by water, fire,
wood, metal, and earth;
Sixth, the Six Breaths - wind, cold, heat, moisture,
dryness, and inflammation - which transform the
climate and the integral organs;
Seventh, the processes of change and recycling;
Eighth, the Eight Great Manifestations - Heaven,
Earth, Water, Fire, Thunder, Lake, Wind and
Mountain - the combinations of which reveal the
subtle energetic truth of all situations, as taught in
the I Ching.

Understanding these things, you can employ them
internally to leave behind what is old and dead and
to embrace what is new and alive.
Once discovered, this process of internal alchemy
opens the mystical gate to spiritual immortality.

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60. The mystical techniques for achieving immortality are
revealed only to those who have dissolved all ties to
the gross worldly realm of duality, conflict, and
dogma.
As long as your shallow worldly ambitions exist, the
door will not open.

Devote yourself to living a virtuous, integrated,
selfless life.
Refine your energy from gross and heavy to subtle and
light.
Use the practices of the Integral Way to transform
your superficial worldly personality into a profound,
divine presence.

By going through each stage of development along the
Integral Way, you learn to value what is important
today in the subtle realm rather than what appears
desirable tomorrow in the worldly realm.

Then the mystical door will open, and you can join the
unruling rulers and uncreating creators of the vast
universe.

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58. Unless the mind, body, and spirit are equally
developed and fully integrated, no spiritual peak or
state of enlightenment can be sustained.
This is why extremist religious and ideologies do not
bear fruit.

When the mind and spirit are forced into unnatural
austerities or adherence to external dogmas, the
body grows sick and weak and becomes a traitor to
the whole being.

When the body is emphasized to the exclusion of the
mind and spirit, they become like trapped snakes:
frantic, explosive, and poisonous to one's person.
All such imbalances inevitably lead to exhaustion and
expiration of the life force.

True self-cultivation involves the holistic integration of
mind, body, and spirit.
Balancing yin and yang through the various practices
of the Integral Way, one achieves complete unity
within and without.

This manifests in the world as perfect equilibrium,
and perfect grace.

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57. The universe is a vast net of energy rays.
The primary ray is that which emanates from the
Subtle Origin, and it is entirely positive, creative,
and constructive.
Each being, however, converts the energy of this
primary ray into its own ray, and these lower rays
can be either positive or negative, constructive or
destructive.

An individual who is not yet fully evolved can be
adversely affected by negative energy rays in the net
around him.
For example, the combined influence of several
negative rays might cause an undeveloped person to
believe that his life is being controlled by an
invisible, oppressive ruler.
Such a misconception can be a significant barrier to
enlightenment.

To attain full evolution and the status of an integral
being, you must be aware of this intricate net and
its influences upon you.
By integrating the positive, harmonious energy rays
with the positive elements of your own being, and
eliminating the subtle negative influences, you can
enhance all aspects of your life.

In order to eliminate the negative influences, simply
ignore them.

To integrate the positive influences, consciously
reconnect yourself with the primary energy ray of
the Subtle Origin by adopting the practices of the
Integral Way.

Then all the rays in the net around you will merge
back into harmonious oneness.

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56. If you wish to become a person of Tao, then study that
which serves the nature of life, and offer it to the
world.
Allow your devotion to learning the Taoist ways to be
complete.
Partial practice and partial discipline won't do:
You can't know the body by studying the finger. and
you can't understand the universe by learning one
science.
If you study the whole of the Tao wholeheartedly,
then everything in your life will reflect it.

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The holistic practices of the ancient masters integrate
science, art, and personal spiritual development.
Mind, body, and spirit participate in them equally.
They include:

1.Yi Yau, the healing science which incorporates
diagnosis, acupuncture, herbal medicine,
therapeutic diet, and other methods;

2.Syang Ming, the science which predicts a
person's destiny by observing the outward
physical manifestations of his face, skeleton,
palms, and voice.

3.Feng Shui, the science of discerning the subtle
energy rays present in a geographic location to
determine whether they will properly support
the activities of a building or town constructed
there;

4.Fu Kua, the observation of the subtle alterations
of yin and yang for the purpose of making
decisions which are harmonious with the
apparent and hidden aspects of a situation. The
foundation of Fu Kua and all Taoist practice
is the study of the I Ching, or Book of Changes.

5.Nei Dan, Wai Dan, and Fang Jung, the
sciences of refining one's personal energy
through alchemy, chemistry, and the cultivation
of balanced sexual energy.

6.Tai Syi, the science of revitalization through
breathing and visualization techniques;

7.Chwun Shi, the transformation of one's spiritual
essence through keeping one's thoughts in
accord with the Divine Source;

8.Shu-Set, the attunement of one's daily life to the
cycle of universal energy rays;

9.Bi Gu, the practice of fasting on specific days in
order to gather life energy emanating from the
harmonized positions of certain stars;

10.Sau Yi, the science of embracing integral
transcendental oneness in order to accomplish
conception of the 'mystical pearl';

11.Tai Chi Ch'uan, the performance of physical
exercises to induce and direct energy flows
within the body to gain mastery of body,
breath, mind, the internal organs, and life and
death;

12.Fu Chi, the science of reforming and refining
one's energy with pure food and herbs;

13.Chuan Se, the inner visualization of the unity of
one's inner and outer being;

14.Dzai Jing, the purification of one's energy
through ascetic practices.

15.Fo Jou, the drawing of mystical pictures and
writing and recital of mystical invocations
for the purpose of evoking a response from the
subtle realm of the universe;

16.Tsan Syan, the process of dissolving the ego and
connecting with the Great Oneness through the
study of classical scriptures and daily dialogue
with an enlightened master;

17.Lyou Yen and Chi Men, the mystical sciences of
energy linkage for the purpose of influencing
external affairs.

Of these, the most important for beginners is the
study of the I Ching, which enables one to perceive
the hidden influences in every situation and thus
establish a balanced and spiritually evolved means of
responding to them.

All are instruments for attaining the Tao.
To study them is to serve universal unity, harmony,
and wisdom.

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