12. How to distinguish the Li-xing (True Character), Qi-xing (Spiritual Character), and Zhi-xing (Material Character) of a human being?

A human is born by comprising the essence of the three Heavens (Li-tien, 9, 11Qi-tien, 9, 12 and Xiang-tien 9, 13) and the complete Qi of the five fundamental elements. The eternal and perfect True Self is nurtured by the Qi of the five fundamental elements in Xian-tien. 10

When combined with a fertilized egg, the True Self becomes the soul and develops inside the mother’s womb to give life. Therefore, the soul possesses the complete benevolence, justice, propriety, wisdom, and faith of Tao. The soul is not born nor does it vanish.

The True Self in the human body
disperses into the functions of the soul,
Hun and Po. 16

The soul is the essence of Hun and Po.
The Hun and Po are the manifestations of the soul.
Thus, the soul, Hun, and Po are in reality one.

The True Self is the quiescent state of Tao. It is void, all benevolent and good, and possesses the Li-xing 14 of Li-tien. The change of Tao is the spiritual energy or the soul.

When a human is born,

his life is dependent upon the breathing of air. The inhaling and exhaling symbolize the yang and yin. When a human is constrained by yin and yang, the soul disperses into the Hun and Po. The Hun and Po flow throughout the body and become the center of life in a human.

The Hun belongs to yang and contains more goodness than evil. It has the Qi-xing 14 of Qi-tien. As the Hun is influenced by the sensory organs of the human body and external stimuli, it is tempted by materials.

It then turns into the instinct of the human sensory organs, the Po. The Po belongs to yin and contains mostly evil. It has the Zhi-xing 14 of Xiang-tien.

The manifestations of changes in Qi-tien and Xiang-tien are Qi-xing and Zhi-xing. The manifestation of Li-tien is the Li-xing. Man and Heaven are united, thus everyone has the Li-xing, Qi-xing, and Zhi-xing.

From the scientific point of view,

the universe basically is the work of light, electricity, and magnetism. To a human being, the soul is light; the Hun, electricity; and the Po, magnetism.

The three are one and each is mutually influenced by the other two. Hence, the life of a human being is the work of the soul, Hun, and Po, which are the manifestation of one’s Li-xing, Qi-xing, and Zhi-xing.

Summary of Li_Qi_Xiang in human
Summary of Li-tien, Qi-tien and Xiang-tien in human

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