1 Most cultivators of the Dao cannot help being influenced by worldly thoughts. There is no way around this. We should know that cultivating the Dao is easy, but cultivating perfection is hard.
2 What is cultivating perfection? It is perfecting one’s “primal energy,” which consists of the “primal jing,” “primal qi,” and “primal shen” one receives at birth.
3 After we come of age and marry, our bodies are compromised, and the three primals will gradually be consumed. By a certain age, they are completely gone. Thus “cultivating perfection” is keeping one’s primal energy.
4 And what is the way to keep it? Only by quiet sitting.
5 The essence we extract from consuming grains, meats, fruits and vegetables is what we call the worldly jing. Transmutation of “jing” into qi, according to some people, is refining our “worldly jing” into qi. Once this jing is transformed to qi, it will no longer act disruptively. When it does not act disruptively, sexual desires will no longer overwhelm us or impulse us.
6 Actually, this “jing” being refined is our “innate primal jing.” True yang (true fire) and true yin (true water) are cultivated in single-minded quietude, before any desires and worldly thoughts arise. The innate primal jing can be tempered into qi by applying the true fire and true water.
7 But tell me, if your worldly thoughts are stirring, and your worldly jing is strewn like refuse, how are you going to refine it?
8 The human body’s innate primal jing also contains the qualities of the worldly jing. Therefore, whether the primal jing is innate or acquired, as it reaches its ultimate state, it will pass through dynamic processes and become qi naturally.
9 You can graft from within yourself. There is no need to resort to yin or yang from outside of your body. Use your own true water and true fire to harmonize the body.
10 With perseverance and hard work, you can complete the second stage of practice, that is, the refining of qi into shen.
11 Only at the third stage, when shen is refined back to emptiness, and the true self emerges can you become a golden immortal of the Daluo Heaven and return to the God’s side.
11 及至第三步煉神還虛真我出現時，你才能成為大羅金仙，回到 上帝左右。
12 Once your practice deepens to where your body’s true yin can blend with its true yang, your sexual desires will subside.
13 This achievement of practice accumulates by small degrees. You cannot vault to the heights in one day or overnight.
A fellowship meeting at Tianji Traveling Palace, November 12, 1984