Brief Points from The Golden Flower

The practice of the Golden flower is elusively described as turning the light around. This method through out the book is refered to as the method of introspection of the inward gaze. This exercise of observing the “essential” mind with any attachments to external objects, the mind finds a liberating freedom. The practice is from the Complete Reality School which is a branch of Taoism, which at the time of the Mongol occupation strove to preserve China’s cultural and philosophical treasures. As a result of this the school incorporated Chan buddhism and Confuciounism into its tenents and practice. The school is now divide into a Northern and Southern school where Northern centers on Chan, and the Southern more on visualizations. I feel for me that the book did well to shine some light an the elusive esoterics that some Chinese Medicine uses. The simple meditation techniques and renderings of Yin, Yang, Sun, Moon, Fire, and Water, show how the symbolism doesn’t really have to be taken to esoteric minutiae. The symbolism in itself is rich enough to show a clear meaning where the mind can easily follow and observe. Such symbols such as Dragon and Tiger, Po and Shen, Jing, Qi, and Shen take connotations that involve little mystery and provide much more meaning than they would left in the shroud of the complicities of misinterpreted esoterics. A clear ground work is laid for a practitioner and a rich meaning to build.

The Secret of the Golden Flower

This Classical Chinese Text translated by Thomas Cleary is my current extraordinary read. The simplicity of the text fits the very example of the Tao. This current translation brings to the front its simplicity and clarity. It makes its differences known from its previous translations. Most highly recommended, for any practitioner, meditation enthusiast or martial artist. It debunks a lot esoterica surrounding Taoism and turns on a clear light.


I have been going through my old notes, and trying really hard to find a center from which to pinpoint myself coming out of. I tried to get a philosophical sense from where I was, really find a core from which I could say my medicine was rooted in. I remembered going back to where I was slightly before graduation, and stirring the ideas that were in my mind. At the time, I really considered myself a five phase practitioner, and was into finding all the nuances of it.
However, at the time I also came across, the great, one and only Dr. Tan, who would change my perspective completely around. I have just looked him up again, and am so proud to have someone who can condense 3 years of acupuncture in weekend seminars. Everyone who is an acupuncturist should look him up.