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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Wang Xiangzhai: Entering the Quiet State

By Wang Xiangzhai

If one does not use the mind to relax and harmonize all the muscles of the body, they will never be free to expand and contract smoothly, and one will never be able to harness the use of "lively strength".....

Since this is a mental as well as physical exercise, overcoming random thoughts is an important aspect. However, a person's thinking is broad, especially that of an adult, and dispersing random thoughts is not easy. Many, then, see this as a big problem, striving for the Quiet State, with the results that the more they strive, the tenser they become and the greater becomes the load on the mind. As they chase out one thought, more arise in an increasingly spiral of tension until the thoughts run loose like a wild horse. The ancients developed many aids for the beginners to help them; however, only being completely relaxed and natural, not trying to control, just letting thoughts come and go WITHOUT ATTACHMENT, can one really stabilize and liberate the consciousness. If the incursion of random thoughts is especially bad, then one should imagine oneself to be a great cauldron, absorbing and melting any thoughts like snowflakes falling into a fire........