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, Qi-tien, and Xiang-tien – Heaven of Truth,
Heaven of Spirit and Heaven of Matter respectively) and the
complete Qi (spirit) of the five fundamental elements. The
eternal and perfect True Self is nurtured by the Qi of the five
fundamental elements in Xian-tien (the Void or Li-tien).
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 human body, disperses
into the functions of the soul, Hun and
essence of Hun and
of the soul. Thus, the soul, Hun and
The True Self is the quiescent state of Tao. It is void, all
benevolent and good, and possesses the Li-xing (True Character)
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
and become the center of life in a human. The Hun belongs to
yang and contains more of the goodness than evil. It has the
Qi-xing (Spiritual Character) 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
mostly evil. It has the Zhi-xing (Material Character) 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
electricity; and the
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
Li-xing, Qi-xing, and Zhi-xing.