The Expression of Xing
Our Xing is our expression of nature, consciousness and awareness. Based within the ethereal realm of spirit, the Xing is the root of our being as well as the manifestation of the state of Xin or ‘Heart’. Ultimately the aim of all eastern mystical traditions is the aim for elevation of Xing. Though the paths may differ the goal is always the same.
Xing incorporates the concept of true nature, the enlightened wisdom mind held out of our reach only by our lack of awareness. Encasing this aspect of nature is the acquired mind. The combined information of the mental clutter accumulated on a second-to-second basis over the course of our lives. The mundanity of illusory life serves to distort the connection we have to existence. This is the reason for the demise of true Xing within human beings.
The Lens of Acquired Being
Some traditions saw the distortion of human Xing as the root of suffering; others as the reason we are caught in the cycle of rebirth so fundamental to many religions. To the Daoist’s, the Xing’s quality dictates the lens through which we view and experience our life. From the single origin of human awareness comes the potential for enlightened comprehension of reality or biased mental conditioning. Freedom of spirit based upon endless compassion or entanglement in pointless drama.
The lens of acquired being is based within the emotional energies which bind us to the layers of conditioned thinking. It is these bonds which must be severed through Nei Gong training in order to elevate the spirit to a state where it can reconnect with Dao.
The Layers of Release
The process of release begins with the surface layers of emotional mind and then works deeper towards the core of being. Such layers dissolve in order to generate more space within our Heart:
- The surface expression of emotional experience must be shed. This takes away the key distortions of imbalanced mind.
- The primary lens of mental distortion must be worked with and released into a space of elemental neutrality.
- Programmed biases and mental conditioning should be let go of in order to purify the sense faculties experience of life.
- Erroneous factors in the developed sense of self should be worked with in order to shed the intellectual concept of ‘I’.
- The deepest layers of releasing involve letting go of a sense of division and ultimately the borders between soul, spirit and Dao.
Through an exploration into the ever-deepening process of mental and cognitive release a person can be led towards experience of undistorted virtue. The highest expression of Xing within Daoism.
The Concept of Ming
The concept of Ming can be seen as an amalgamation of the ideas of destiny, fate, life-purpose, individual will and personal vitality. These ideas are intertwined into a single stream of divine information that flows between the poles of Heaven and Earth.
Any attempt to balance a person’s connection to Ming must take all of the above concepts into account. The level of harmonisation a person can achieve with their Ming is manifest within the expression of their personal health. To stray from Ming results in a breakdown of harmony.
Conversely, to work with the base frequencies of life and nourish the health is to align oneself with Ming. This is the purpose of bodywork within the Daoist tradition. Balance the vehicle of manifestation to locate personal connection to Ming.
The Release of Physical Disharmony
Practice within the wisdom tradition of Dao leads a person to restore vitality to the physical through practice on three levels:
- Refinement and restructuring of the body. The conductor that sits between the realms of spirit and manifestation.
- Energetic consolidation of the internal information sources of Jing and Qi. To harmonise the transformation of these treasures.
- The harmonisation of the spirits influence over the manifest form.
Ming can only communicate through our body if we are able to efficiently ‘conduct’ its teachings. Factors involved in the blocking of Ming include poor health, low vitality, organ-based imbalance and a lack of ability to ‘enter the stream’. To enter the evolutionary process of alchemical change a person must resolve these issues.
The Release of Source Imbalances
The Daoist Tantric method of seeking harmony involves the cyclical entering of still and dynamic states. A follower of the way learns how to lead the centre towards a state of equilibrium and yet at the same time engage with the chaos of organic human energies. The powers of Heaven and Earth combine within the cauldron of the lower Dan Tian energy field. In this way the teachings of Dao may enter the body and begin the releasing process of Daoism. Both challenging and liberating, this is the path of reuniting with Ming.
From imbalance, to chaos, to re-patterning to harmony of the first vehicle.