Sunday, August 21, 2011

Nourishing Inner Nature

This is one of the poems in the Cantong qi (The Seal of the Unity of the Three), the main text of Taoist Internal Alchemy (Neidan).

Innerly nourish yourself,
serene and quiescent in Empty Non-Being.
Going back to the fundament conceal your light,
and innerly illuminate your body.

"Shut the openings"
and raise and strengthen the Numinous Trunk;
as the three luminaries sink into the ground,
warmly nourish the Pearl.

"Watching, you do not see it" —
it is nearby and easy to seek.

For comments and notes on this poem, see this page

Reproduced form Fabrizio Pregadio, The Seal of the Unity of the Three: A Study and Translation of the Cantong qi, the Source of the Way of the Golden Elixir (© Golden Elixir Press, forthcoming).


  1. Looking forward to this being available soon :)

  2. Thank you. I am revising the second proofs, and the book should be available in a few days. -- FP.

  3. You are more than welcome :) I have much enjoyed reading your work thus far, and will be checking back to the website for when I can buy it here in the UK!
    I must say that the books I have read so far have helped my own practice immensely (e.g. Foundations of Internal Alchemy, Awakening to Reality), just reading Isabelle Robinet's 'The World Upside Down' currently...
    Thank you for providing such wonderful resources :)
    Kind regards,

  4. Thanks again for your kind words. -- F.


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