Gather Psychical Rays
The Mysterious Pass, as before mentioned, will gradually send out light in the emptiness of the heart as you run the small waterwheel and the waterwheel of 4-10 branches one time after another gathering more and more pre-heaven Qi. You may ask where the Mysterious Pass is. In fact it lies nowhere. All positions in your body will never be fortunate enough to invite it to sojourn in. But it is the place the Great Unification takes residence in, and among all acupoints and channels and collaterals of a human body the Mysterious Pass is always suspending in the boundless tracts of the heart, and perching upon the very center of the heaven and the earth. So, to explore its root and actual place is as hopeless as to draw water with a willow-plaited basket! Yet if you seek it outside your body, the result will be more despairing.
the sustained efforts you made, the pre-heaven Qi you gathered
will sometime ascend to unite with the pre-heaven mind-will. Eventually,
the Qi of great unification that constitutes the Mysterious Pass
will come into being. Then, you will behold the glittering or lightening
every now and then. By this time you can perceive that the Mysterious
Pass is near at one time and distant at another time. On beholding this
scene you should lose no time gathering its rays and drawing it into the
lower elixir field. Then suddenly you will taste something the most fragrant
and delicious in your mouth.
Once I asked my master: "Previously, you said the Mysterious Pass is the converging point. And Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism, once they have reached it, have come onto a same track and will have no differences afterwards. Would you kind enough to tell us the reason?"
Qi of great unification will introduce its presence with brilliant psychical rays when practitioner gained it after a long-term silent exercise. At beginning, the rays are weak in term of intensity. Later on they will become brighter and brighter.
faint, sometimes glittering as if in the middle elixir field, sometimes twinkling in the upper elixir field, or sometimes become intense in brightness, or turn feebler and feebler till all seems to have passed away.
Occasionally, the psychical rays change into three stars giving out faint gleams. Most of the time, they show its presence with a crescent-like shape as like a moon. All these scenes suggest the Qi of great unification is not sufficient enough, and practitioners are advised to keep gazing upon the photosphere constantly in silence.
Suddenly, practitioner may perceive that the Mysterious Pass has a tendency to soar up or dive down. At sight of the scene, practitioner should bear in mind that never should the eyes follow it, lest it should drift away forever. The proper approach practitioner should adopt is as follows:
Draw in the gaze upon it back to eyes and then revolve two eyes counterclockwise from below to the left side, then to above, then to the right side till below again. This done, you will feel delicious saliva is full in the mouth. Then you should imagine bringing down the Qi of great unification---obtained through the revolution of two eyes---to the lower elixir field along the Ren Channel, by mind-will and inward gaze. By this time, if you seem to hear rumbling sound coming from lower elixir field as soon as you have brought the saliva down into it, you ought to gaze inwardly upon the lower elixir field. Then soon enough the gleams lost previously will come forth again, pure as before.
Once my master commented upon Mysterious Pass as
We all know, the thing taking shape is bound to decay and perish sometime. Yet, the Qi of great unification was born before the very beginning of the heaven and the earth, and was prior to the creation of myriads of things.
Initially, the Mysterious Pass assumes a crimson hue. Afterwards it turns to be like a silver moon. Because of its attributes of having neither head nor tail, of belonging to neither existence nor nonexistence, of coming from nowhere and going nowhere, of being without birth and death, of having neither exterior nor interior, of being neither square nor round, etc, we thus conclude that the Mysterious Pass took its position solitarily and perpetually all before the very beginning of time, and serves as the fountainhead of transformations and changes, and the very source of endless times of germination. It is my true self existing before the sperm and ovum combined to start the process of my existence.
The scene of three faint stars suspended before the eyes practitioner behold in the profound stillness is called three stars hanging above. Upon that Saykamuni commented, 'Though being face to face from day to day it is very regretfully that almost all people are not acquainted with it!" Confucius observed, "It is not it keeps away from human beings, but human beings keep away from it always."
One of my fellow-disciples once put a question, "When I first set about disciplining my heart, I seem to behold something glittering. Is it the Mysterious Pass my master?"
My master observed, "The gleams you perceived
have nothing to do with Mysterious Pass. They are the gleams coming from
the eighth yin pre-heaven mind-will and you must drop it in time. The
eighth yin pre-heaven mind-will is the source of all consciousness, and
has the natural tendency of engaging in motion constantly. Thus, people
always desire motion and cannot withstand stillness. Once the eighth yin
pre-heaven mind-will engages in motion, they will constantly get entangled
with passions and desires. Having a little while to rest, they will invite
endless thoughts, ideas, intentions to sprout, one after another, or one
dream after another to come on the scene. The Qi of great unification
always resigns itself to stillness and emptiness, in which the heaven
and the earth came into being. pre-heaven Qi constantly nourishes
the life force of mankind, of which human beings never become aware, like
fish unconscious of the water they swim in."