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SECRET OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER
by Jung and Wilhelm!
SECRET OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER
by Jung and Wilhelm!
This book, perhaps 5,000 year old Chinese wisdom, holds the
unique position of being about the only source for the mystical
key of the proper circulation of the light within to wash away
sins. Some may reproach me for revealing these mysteries, but
I'm guided by 'judge not lest ye be judged'. To a sinner these
pearls of wisdom may seem like foolishness, as it is written.
In meditation I perceived an old fashion key going around a
counterclockwise circle. This seems contrary to that given here,
but the rest seems most precious.
When the student is ready,
the teacher will appear.
- - For we have in medieval alchemy the long sought
connecting link between Gnosis and the processes of the
collective unconscious, observable to us today in
- - Book: "Psychology and Alchemy", by Jung
- - The unconscious must be inseminated by consciousness
being immersed in it.
- - The conclusion of the meditation leads of necessity
to the wiping out of all differences in the final
integrated life, which is free of opposites.
- - China: There have been formed a series of secret
sects whose effort is to achieve, by the practice of
secret traditions from ancient times, a state of the
psyche lifting them above all the misery of life.
- The methods used are magical writing, prayer,
sacrifice, etc., and, in addition to these, mediumistic
seances, widely prevalent in China, by means of
which direct connection with the gods and the dead
- - They also had the "planchette, the
flying spiral pencil".
- - The Chinese yoga men achieve, almost without
exception, the central experience.
- - By the union of the spiritual principle in men to
the correlated psycogenic forces one can prepare for
the possibility of life after death, not merely as a
shadow-being doomed to dissolution but as a
- - Use this meditation to exert a psychic influence on
certain processes of the sympathetic nervous system.
(As Europeans we would speak here of the endocrine
- - This influence strengthens, rejuvenates and
normalizes the life-processes, so that even death will
be overcome in such a way that it fits in as a
harmonious ending to life.
- - The spiritual principle, now fitted for an independent
continuation of life in the spirit-body, created out
of its own energy-system.
- - Sects have thought in this way to acquire magic
powers, the ability to expel evil spirits and
diseases, and here talismans, oral and written charms
play their part.
- - Jung suggests that the Boxer Rebellion was an
induced mass psychosis.
- - The Golden Flower: "Tai I Chin Hua Tsung Chih"
- - Liro li ch ang, the old street of dealers in books
and antiquities in Peking.
- - "Chin-tan-chiao, the Religion of the Golden Elixir
of Life". - Tang of the eighth century AD.
- - The sayings of Lu Tung-pin, or Lu, the Guest of the
- - Search the esoteric, veiled, mystical teaching in
the "Tao Te Ching".
- - Seeking: The fixed pole in the flight of phenomena,
where the adept can attain eternal life. (Polaris?)
- - We must work towards an inner rebirth through the
circulation of the light, and the creatation of the
divine seed-kernel. - Also study the "Hui Ming
Ching" of Liu Hua-yang.
- - The backward-flowing movement (Metanoia).
- - Light is the life of man. The eye is the light of
- - Christ, who must be born in us and who, in another
way, is the bridegroom of the soil.
- - The need of having oil in the lamps so that they
can burn brightly, takes on a new and weighty
psychological meaning in our text.
- - The "Golden Flower" (Chin Hua), in an esoteric
connection, includes the word light.
- - The teaching always remained limited to secret
circles. (Persian origin?)
- - According to this hypothesis, Lu Yen, the founder of
the "Chin - tan - Chiao" (8 th century AD), would
have been a Christian of the Nestorian confession!
- - Man and the Cosmos obey the same law, separated by
any fixed barriers. - And from the one a way leads
- - Stars: The psyche and the cosmos are to each other
like the inner world and the outer world.
- - Therefore man participates by nature in all cosmic
events, and is inwardly as well as outwardly
- - The Tao, then, the Way consists of: A head of
beginning, going underneath, standing still, or
- - The Tao leads from a beginning directly to the goal.
- - The fundamental idea is that the Tao, though itself
motionless, is the means of all movement and gives
- - Heavenly paths are those along which the
constellations move. (Stars)
- - Lao-tse has used this word, though in the
metaphysical sense, as the final world principle, which
antedates realization and is not yet divided by the
drawing apart of the opposites on which emergence
into reality depends. (Aether, the Subtile)
- - To Confucianism, the final principle of an undivided
One is the Tai-chi (the Great Ridge-pole, the
- - The one pole being the light (yang) and the other
the dark, or the shadowy (yin).
- - thought-earth (spirit), as womb, or tilled field
- - The characters refer to phenomena in nature.
- - Yin is shade, therefore the north side of a mountain
and the south side of a river.
- - The sunny south slope is yang.
- - In the Realm of phenomena, where yang appears as the
active principle and conditions.
- - The "Book of Changes" is now called "I Ching".
- - Dual primal forces
- - The inner nature of man comes from heaven.
- - In each of whom the central monad is enclosed as the
- - Human nature and life (hsing and ming)
- - In Chinese the heart and the mind have the same word
- - The heart (hsin), according to the Chinese idea, is
the seed of emotional consciousness, which is
awakened by the five senses through unreflecting
reactions to impressions received from the external
- - Human nature is related to the logos.
- - Ming (life) is closely related to Eros. - Life as
- - Bi-polar tensions: The body is activated by the
interplay of two psychic structures - first, hun,
which because it belongs to the yang principle, I
have translated as animus - p'o as the anima. This
was gathered from death observations.
- - Anima: At death it sinks to the earth and decays.
- - The animus, on the other hand, is the higher soul;
after death it rises in the air - where at first it
is still active for a time, and then evaporates in
ethereal space, or flows back into the common
reservoir of life.
- - In living men, the two correspond in a certain
degree to the cerebral system and the system of the
solar plexis respectively.
- - The animus dwells in the eyes, the anima in the
- - The animus is bright and active, the anima is dark
- - (Much suggests that Chinese is a primary language,
and not derived.)
- - The usual, clockwise-flowing, that is, the downward-
flowing life-process, is the one in which the two
souls enter into relations as the intellentual and
As a rule it will be the anima, the
undiscriminating will, which, goaded by passions,
forces the animus or intellect into its service.
- - At least the anima will do this to the extent that
the intellect directs itself outward, whereby the
energies of both animus and anima leak away and life
- - The result is death.
- - (Animus sign hun of demon and cloud.)
- - While for p'o the characters for demon and white
- - When the energies in the body are not allowed to go
their natural, downward course, but are dammed up,
the movement is described as backward-flowing.
- - The yoga system teaches a technique of meditation
whereby the natural flow of energy can be reversed,
and the energy made to rise to the higher centres,
where it becomes spirit.
- - After the phantom stage, the monad goes to those
heavens and hells merited - but purely inner states.
- - But is the ego has made an effort to strive upward
in spite of the process of externalization it
maintains for a time - he has a happy life.
- - Kuei is high development, attained by a soul who has
penetrated many inner states. - The one who
- - By the rising movement of the life-energies, if the
energies of the anima are mastered by the animus,
then a liberation from external things takes place.-
An inner, ascending circulation of the energies
- - The ego withdraws from its entanglement in the
world, and after death remains alivebecause
interiorization has prevented the wasting of the life-
energies in the outer world.
- - Instead of these being dissipated they have created
within the inner rotation of the monad a life-centre
which is independent of bodily existence. Such an
ego is a god, deus, shen.
- - Shen means to extend, to create; its opposite is
kuei. - Shen was expressed by wavy vertical lines.
- - Such a being survives as long as the inner rotation
- - It can, even though invisible, still influence men
and inspire them to great thoughts and noble deeds.-
The sages and saints are beings like these.
- - These beings retain a personal character, and are
therefore subject to the effects of space and time.
- - The Golden Flower alone, which grows out of inner
detachment from all entanglement with things, is
- - In Taoism: The goal is to preserve in a trans-
figured form the idea of the person, the traces left
- - A man who reaches this stage transposes his ego; he
is no longer limited to the monad, but penetrates
the magic circle of the polar duality of all
phenomena and returns to the undivided One, the TAO.
- - That is the light which, with life, returns to
itself and which is symbolized in our text by the
- - Trigram Chen - thunder, the Arousing is life which
breaks out of the depths of the Earth.
- - Trigram Sun - streaming of the reality - energies
into the form of the idea. - realization
- - Trigram Li - sun, fire, the Clinging, plays a great
role in this religion of light. It dwells in the
eyes, forms the protecting circle, and brings about
- - Trigram K'un - earth, one of two primal powers - the
- - Trigram Chien - heaven, Creative, yang
- - Trigram Li - the region of Eros - Li stands for
Logos, Li is the sun, K'an the moon.
- - Li is the sun, K'an the moon. The marriage of K'an
and Li is the secret magical process which produces
the child, the new man.
- - Trigram Ken - mountain, Keeping Still meditation -
by keeping external things quiescent, gives life to
the inner world. - The place where life and death
- - The following are quotes from the "Tai I Chin Hua
- - That which exists through itself is called the Way
(TAO). - The one primal spirit.
- - Light of heaven - is contained in the two eyes.
- - The secret of the magic of life consists in using
action in order to obtain non-action.
- - One must not wish to leap over everything and
penetrate directly. - Take in hand the work on human
- - The Golden Flower is the light. - A symbol - The
true energy of the transcendent great One.
- - The lead of the water-region has but one taste.
- - Heaven created water through the One. - True energy
- - If man attains this One he becomes alive; if he
loses it he dies.
- - Hold fast to the primal, and to guard the One; it is
the circulation of the light and the maintaining of
the centre. If one guards this true energy, one can
prolong the span of life, and can then apply the
method of creating an immortal body by melting and
- - Induce the upward flowing light: So that the
thoughts (the place of heavenly consciousness, the
heavenly heart) are gathered together. The heavenly
heart lies between the sun and the moon (i.e.
between the two eyes).
- - Yellow Castle: In the square inch field of the
square foot house, life can be regulated. - The
square foot house is the face. The square inch is
the Heavenly Heart, between the eyes.
- - Between the eyes: In the purple hall in the city of
jade dwells the God of Utmost Emptiness and Life -
the heavenly heart, or the centre of emptiness, or
the terrace of living, or Yellow Castle, or the dark
- - The light is the Master.
- - When the light circulates, the energies of the whole
body appear before its throne.
- - Therefore you only have to make the light circulate:
That is the deepest and most wonderful secret.
- - The light is easy to move, but difficult to fix.
If it is made to circulate long enough then it
crystallizes itself; that is the natural spirit-body. -
Formed beyond the nine heavens.
- - It is the condition of which it is said in the Book
of the Seal of the Heart: Silently thou fliest
upward in the morning.
- - To do this, you must only concentrate your thoughts.
- - The book "Leng Yen" says: By collecting the
thoughts one can fly and will be born in heaven.
- - All changes of spiritual consciousness depend upon
- - there is a secret charm which, although it works
very accurately, is yet so fluid that it needs
extreme intelligence and clarity, and the most
complete absorbtion and tranquility. - Apply the
charm - and keep fast hold of it.
- - If you can be absolutely quiet then the heavenly
heart will spontaneously manifest itself.
- - The primal spirit is precisely human nature and
- - The magic of the Elixir of Life makes use of
conscious action in order that unconscious non-action
may be attained.
- - Conscious action consists in setting the light in
circulation by reflection in order to make manifest
the release of heaven.
- - If the true seed is born, and the right method
applied in order to melt and mix it, and in that way
to create the Elixir of Life, then one goes through
- - * The embryo is formed by warming, nourishing,
bathing, and washing. A whole year of this fire-period
is needed before the embryo is born, sheds the
shells, and passes out of the ordinary world into
the holy world.
- - Not with one leap can a man suddenly get there!
- - Whoever seeks eternal life must search for the
place whence human nature and life originally
- - In comparison with heaven and earth, man is like a
- - Only the primal spirit and the true nature overcome
time and space.
- - When students understand how to grasp the primal
spirit they overcome the polar opposites of light
and darkness, and tarry no longer in the three
- - But only he who has envisioned human nature's
original face is able to do this.
- - The primal spirit dwells in the square inch between
the eyes, but the conscious spirit dwells below in
- - How could the true thought in the square inch move!
If it rashly moves, that is not good.
- - * It is best indeed if the light has already solidified
into a spirit-body and its life-energy gradually
penetrated the instincts and movements. But
that is a secret which has not been revealed for
thousands of years.
- - The primal castle can be fortified and defended.
- - * The eyes start the light circulating like two
ministers at the right and left who support the ruler
with all their might. - Then the rule in the centre
is thus in order.
- - The way to the Elixir of Life knows as supreme
magic, seed-water, spirit-fire, and thought-earth:
- - (Seed-water?) It is the true, one energy of former
- - Spirit-fire is the light (Logos).
- - Thought-earth is the heavenly heart of the middle
- - Spirit-fire is used for effecting, thought-earth for
substance, and seed-water for the foundation.
- - The anima adheres to consciousness, in order to
affect it. (Feminine - yin)
- - The animus in which the spirit shelters.
- - * The animus lives in the daytime in the eyes; at
night it houses in the liver. When living in the
eyes, it sees; when housed in the liver, it dreams.
- - Dreams are the wanderings of the spirit through all
nine heavens and all nine earths.
- - Whoever is in a dark and withdrawn mood on waking,
and chained to his bodily form, is fettered by the
- - The method used by the ancients for escaping from
the world consisted in melting out completely the
slag of darkness in order to return to the purely
- - * And the circulation of the light is the magical
means of reducing the dark, and gaining mastery over
- - If this method is followed, plenty of seed-water
will be present of itself; the spirit-fire will be
ignited, and the thought-earth will solidify and
crystallize, and thus the holy fruit matures. The
scarabaeus rolls his ball and in the ball there
- - * Why should not the dwelling place of our heavenly
heart also be able to create a body if we
concentrate the spirit upon it?
- P28 - The animus is in the heavenly heart. It is that
received from the great emptiness - the primordial
- - The anima is bound to the bodily fleshly heart. The
animus loves life - anima seeks death.
- - All sensuous desires and impulses of anger are
effects of the anima; it is the conscious spirit which
after death is nourished on blood.
- - Distil the dark anima completely so that it
transforms itself into pure light (yang).
- - True human nature (Logos united with vitality)
- - The conscious spirit is the ruler of the human
- - In the body is the animus, when out of the body it
is the spirit.
- - The primal spirit (one) crystallizes itself in the
non-polarized free one.
- - Who ever has done good in the main has spirit-energy
that is pure and clear when death comes. It passes
out by the upper openings of the mouth and nose.
Evil men by the door of the belly.
- - First subjugate the perceiving spirit by the
circulation of light. One must forget both body and
- - When the spirit lives, the breath will begin to
circulate in a wonderful way.
- - Then the spirit must be allowed to dive down into
the abdomen (solar plexus).
- - At that time, the method of the turning of the mill-
wheel must be applied in order to distil it so that
it becomes the Elixir of Life. (Philosopher's Gold-
This also explains the myths of a man strapped to a
wheel; also of the one rolling the stone up the
- - That is the method of concentrated work.
- - When the Life Elixir pearl is finished, the holy
embryo can by formed, then the work must be directed
to the warming and nourishing of the spiritual
embryo. That is the method of finishing.
- - When the energy-body of the child is fully formed,
the work must be so directed that the embryo is born
and returns to emptiness. That is the method of
ending the work.
- - From the most ancient times till to-day, this is not
empty talk, but the sequence of the great Way in the
true method of producing an eternally living and
immortal spirit and holy man.
- - Everything belonging to the dark principle is wholly
absorbed, and the body is born into pure light.
- - When the conscious spirit has been transformed into
the primal spirit, then only can one say that it has
attained an infinite capacity for transformation
and, departing from the cycle of births, has been
brought to the sixfold present, golden genius.
- - * In time, the primal spirit transforms itself in the
dwelling of life into the true energy.
- - Master Lu-tsu was quoted often.
- - (I found this to be a most profound book.)
- - The good, but blindly, is transformed at his death,
is limited to the region of the five senses and is
therefore still imprisoned on this earth.
- - Light circulation was revealed by the "True Men of
the Beginning of Form" (Kuan Yin-hsi) - a pupil of
- - * When the light is made to move in a circle, all the
energies of heaven and earth, of the light and the
dark, are crystallized. - This is called seed-like
thinking, or purification of the energy.
- - * Only after concentrated work of a hundred days will
the light be genuine, then only will it become
spirit-fire. After a hundred days there develops by
itself in the midst of the light a point of the true
light-pole (yang). Then suddenly there develops the
- - Then one must be quite still and wait. The
circulation of the light is the epoch of light.
- - * The radiance of the light (yang-kuang) is the
determining thing. In the physical world it is the
sun; in man, the eye.
- - The Way of the Golden Flower depends wholly on the
- - Man's heart stands under the fire sign. The flames
of the fire press upward.
- - * When both eyes are closed and reversing the glance,
directs it inward and looks at the room of the
ancestors, that is the backward-flowing method.
- - * The energy of the kidneys is under the water sign.
When the desires are stirred, it runs downward, is
directed outward, and creates children. If, in the
moment of release, it is not allowed to flow outward,
but is lead back by the energy of thought so
that it penetrates the crucible of the Creative, and
refreshes heart and body and nourishes them, that
also is the backward-flowing method.
- - Two psychic poles: 1. The Logos (heart,
consciousness) under the fire trigram Li.
2. Eros (kidneys, sexuality), under the water
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This book surprised Jung, who thinking his ideas were original,
found they were ancient! Consider these things from a spiritual,
symbolic point of view. Making lavish use of the imagination
and will. I've found reading the Psalms of David helpful in
understanding these things.
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