The Secret of the Golden Flower (“Tai Yi Jin Hua Zong Zhi” 《太乙金華宗旨》), a Chinese Taoist book about meditation, was translated by Richard Wilhelm. Wilhelm, a friend of Carl Jung, was German, and his translations from Chinese to German were later translated to English by Cary F. Baynes. According to Wilhelm, Lü Dongbin was the main originator of the material presented in the book. More recently (1991), the same work has been translated by Thomas Cleary, a scholar of Eastern studies.
Lu Dongbin is one of the Eight Immortals. The tradition of depicting humans who have become immortals is an ancient practice in Chinese art, and when religious Taoism gained popularity, it quickly picked up this tradition with its own immortals. While cults dedicated to various Taoist immortals date back to the Han dynasty (206BC – 220AD), the popular and well known Eight Immortals first appeared in the Jin dynasty (1115 – 1234).
The Secret of The Golden Flower is the ancient Chinese method of ascension as practiced in Quanzhen School of Taoism.
- Stage 1: Gathering the light
- Stage 2: Origin of a new being in the place of power
- Stage 3: Separation of the spirit-body for independent existence
- Stage 4: The centre in the midst of the conditions
The secret is:
As human nature we automatically would like to be the centre. However, if we turn it around and in our humble-ness realised that in this physical body, our 3D awareness can only be in one of the many little men shown in figure 4. We will also realise that the Centre is our multi-dimensional immortal SELF.