There is one thing hidden inside that helps every person enjoy life and create new life. It is called in Hunyuan medicine the pure Dao heart. Think about it! Some people wake up in the morning, look out of the window, take a deep breath and say “wow! I am so happy.” It doesn’t matter if they are happy about the ability to breath, or if some positive things have been planned for today, they are happy!
There are other people who, regardless of what is planned for today, feel down. When this becomes a daily reality then people and doctors alike view it as pathological psychological state. This person is sick and needs help; drugs, psychology sessions and other interventions.
But where-from would a person feel themselves unhappy?
Hunyuan medicine makes a distinction between a “human heart” and a “Dao heart”. Dao heart is the life spark every person receives when they are conceived. It is the reason why every healthy baby upon birth instinctively wants to breathe. It is because they want to live and this comes from the Dao heart instinct and spark.
However, just having an instinct to live is not enough, the fetus in the womb also develops a human heart, a heart with desires “likes” and “dislikes”. This heart helps the baby, child and later adult know when they need more energy and when they have enough. When there is not enough oxygen they inhale and when oxygen is enough they exhale. When food is needed they are hungry and when they ate their stomach full they are not. These are the standard human heart actions. They instruct the person what to do and when to do it.
The human heart has a great problem. Despite its attempts to keep life going by regulating “likes” and “dislikes” the natural ability to extend life is limited and diminishes every day. The human heart then has a gradual tendency to become more active, more aggressive, more emotional, desiring more and more in order to keep life. From a human heart that is very close to the Dao heart and just want to treasure life, it becomes a selfish heart that desires more and now miscalculates what is really needed for life.
When the person’s “dislike” grows larger, Hunyuan medicine calls this an enlarged dichotomy and a wounded warrior. The human heart, originally a life protecting warrior, now miscalculates and hurts. It is not a good functioning warrior anymore.
So why a person would wake up in the morning and feel happy whereas another wakes up and feel miserable? The answer lies with a human heart that either has remained close to the Dao heart or otherwise has turned to become a selfish heart.
It is impossible for a person to see their own heart. The heart is controlling their reality. How could one assess their heart for being selfish (damaging life) or pure (promoting life)? When heart dichotomy enlarges the person, even though in a constant personal strife and self-inflicted misery, feels that they are better than everybody else. They think that they are doing things to benefit their self. They cannot look at themselves and realize that their own situation is actually not so good. This is the nature of the beast, the worse the dichotomy becomes the more it locks the person into a position where they refuse to help themselves. See, for example, drug addicts, gamblers, alcoholics and other persons with addictions. People suffering from these self-inflicted miseries normally convince themselves that they are doing exactly the correct thing for them. They think that they help themselves. The truth is far from that.
The bullet proof method to evaluate if one needs to help their selfish heart become a human heart is rather simple: ‘when one wakes up in the morning, regardless of circumstances, do they feel happy or not?’
When one is not 100% happy then searching for the Dao heart is the correct thing to do. Hunyuan Xinfa (heart method) teaches how to retrain the heart to change back from a selfish heart to a human heart; a heart that is very close to the Dao heart. The process is of self-reflection. One reflects every day on their thoughts and actions, not obsessing but simply reflecting briefly. Reflecting on every situation every day for many days, months and years changes the heart’s game plan. First, one becomes familiar with their own dichotomy, then they can anticipate it and then they can shorten inappropriate long discharges of “dislikes”. Disliking things and people becomes less and less part of one’s daily reality.
So ask yourself a simple question: when a person wakes up in the morning are they unhappy because they like everybody and everything, or because they dislike many people and many things?
A selfish heart simply by default dislikes many things. A human heart, to the contrary, intuitively likes everybody and everything. When improper or hurtful things are done by others then the human heart thinks positively how it can help them to make it better. The selfish heart, in the same situation, thinks how to hurt back, how to get back at other people, how much “they” are the ones not good.
The Xinfa self-reflection work is truly a humbling process. When a person thinks all day good thoughts, how to help and benefit the world, then their heart is a human heart. But then for one moment, when they see someone cutting the forest or doing some other evil action, just for one second they think how to harm those people, how to say bad things about them, post something on Facebook to slander them, their heart has immediately turned to a selfish heart. But then they wake up in the morning unhappy and they know that they need to try harder today. Otherwise the hateful heart will never resolve, it will always remain unhappy in the morning. When other people do evil things the human heart needs to feel and think how to help those people become better, not how to hurt them.
If one can reach this state of heart then there is simply no way to wake up in the morning unhappy.
If one wakes up happy every morning then they enjoy life and they create life every single moment. This state of heart follows a daily diligent effort, it is not a matter of luck nor is it to the mercy of hormones or other physical misfortune.
Every person can train themselves how to live, enjoy life and create more life.
Infertility can change to fertility, chronic diseases can change to a healthy state, a sad person can become happy again.
Practically speaking to practice Xinfa one does not need much, a piece of paper and a pencil. Create a table such as the following:
Deciding accurately how much is ‘proper’ and how much is ‘not proper’ will develop with time. The general definition for being proper is that a thought and an action increase life for one self and for everyone else. Thinking bad thoughts about others, slandering others (even if it is for the name of what I believe is “goodness”) is always improper.
Diligent practice will yield great rewards!
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