Chapter 5: The Realm of Anthro- Celestial Union
1 Finally, I would like to talk about the realm of anthro-celestial [heaven and man] union. This is the highest thought and the highest realm of Chinese Daoists and Confucians.
2 Any educated Chinese with even just a little bit of self-cultivation places the goal of anthro-celestial union above everything else.
3 Laozi said, “Dao is great. Heaven is great. Earth is great. The emperor [human] is also great. These are the four great powers of the universe, and the emperor is one of them.”
4 The Dao, heaven, earth, and humanity are called “the four great things.” This puts humanity on par with the Dao, heaven, and earth.
5 This is due to humanity is the backbone of the universe, the center of the universe.
6 Without humanity, the universe would only be an endless night. Everything would be empty. Humanity is the reason for the existence of the universe. Without humanity, where is the universe?
7 Laozi said, “Man follows earth. Earth follows heaven. Heaven follows the Dao. Dao follows what is natural.” So we know that a man stands proudly in the cosmos and his way is one of utmost dignity.
8 Everyone has roots in the cultivation of the Dao, and everyone is united with the Dao. Everyone can cultivate the Dao and everyone can attain the Dao.
9 Cultivating the Dao is no more than cultivating the self. Outside of the self, there is no Dao. To cultivate the Dao, you must first make your heart upright, since the Dao is in the human heart.
10 All you need to do is to turn it around to seek it in yourself, and to cultivate through quiet sitting.
11 Chinese Original Quiet Sitting is the only heritage of ancient China that was passed down from ancestors about 5,000 years ago. It aims at strengthening bodies, strengthening bloodlines, nurturing life, conferring longevity, and uniting heaven with humanity.
12 For ancient Daoists, it was also the fundamental practice for tempering spirit and flesh in order to transcend the bonds of physicality to attain eternal life, through wondrous transformation of the body and spirit.
13 The ancient Daoists of China perceived that heaven being a great universe, and a human body being a small universe.
14 Heaven is 365 degrees  in circumference, while the human body has 365 bones. Heaven has four seasons and eight yearly solar terms; mankind has four limbs and eight extraordinary channels.
15 Heaven has its periodic cycles; in humans, there is the circulation of qi- and-blood, which is also a celestial cycle, and various examples of nature’s Dao.
16 The human body utilizes the law of reciprocity to attune matter with nature. Through a process of tempering the spirit and the body one will ultimately break through the constraints of the physical world. The transformation of qi causes wondrous changes in the body and spirit, which brings forth eternal life. Thus one can enter the eternal spiritual realm of anthro-celestial union.
17 This all-round practice combines spirit and flesh, proceeding from matter back to nature. The fruit of such Daoist learning, won by tens of thousands of people over five millennia of study and experience, is indeed quite scientific.
18 It fits in with the scientific principle that “matter” and “energy” are interrelated; each one can transform the other.
19 This is part of the spiritual civilization that was handed down by our ancestors. Furthermore, it shows that for the past 5,000 years, the Chinese people have believed that a spiritual world exists beyond the material world clearly.
20 Thus, I say that the highest realm of Chinese thought has always been anthro-celestial union.
21 The Chinese people say: “When a phenomenon emerges in heaven, there is a physical form that remains on Earth.” That is to say, first there is the spiritual world, and then there is the material world.
22 The realm of anthro-celestial union is the spiritual world.
23 All of these ideas confirm that Chinese Original Quiet Sitting is related to the union between heaven and mankind.
24 From this we know that cultivation of quiet sitting, at the very least, can prevent illness and extend life, bringing good health and longevity.
25 It can probe the mysteries of the universe and the ultimate in human life. It allows man to communicate with spirits and share revelations of heaven via channeling.
26 It can prolong one’s stay on Earth to save this world and discharge our affinities with other human beings.
27 Taken to its fullest, it can transcend the world and enter the sacred. It can give us everlasting life and return us to oneness with nature.
 See Dao De Jing (aka Tao Te Ching) Chapter 25
 See Dao De Jing (aka Tao Te Ching) Chapter 25
 The circumference of heaven and the number of bones are not of actual measurement. They only mean to express the concept that both heaven and men have similar framework to operate on.
 The eight solar terms throughout the year are the beginning of spring, summer, autumn, and winter, spring and autumnal equinox, and summer and winter solstices.