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The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Three: Practice

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To a disciple’s question about the principle of ‘water ascending and fire descending,’ the Founding Master replied, “The nature of water is to flow downward and for its energy to be cool and clear; the nature of fire is to rise upward and for its energy to be hot and hazy. When people have complicated thoughts and their en-ergy rises, the reason that their heads become hot and their spirits hazy, causing the saliva to dry up, is because of the ascending fiery energy and descending watery energy. On the other hand, when people's thoughts are calm and their energy stable, the reason that their heads will be cool and their spirits bright, circulating clear saliva in their mouths, is because of the ascending watery energy and descending fiery energy.”