The Secret of the Golden Flower: A Chinese Book of Life, Lü Dongbin

The man who lives his instincts can also detach from them, and in just as natural a way as he lived them.

I am not the only master in my own house.

It is not I who live, it lives me.

To live mingling with the world and yet in harmony with the light.

Action through non-action. Non-action prevents a man from becoming entangled in form and image (materiality).

If, when stimulated by external things, one moves, it is the impulse of the being. If, when not stimulated by external things, one moves, it is the movement of heaven.

Though one does not destroy things, neither does one pay attention to them; this is contemplation of the centre.

What use is a morality that destroys the human being?

Self-knowledge by means of self-incubation.

Knowledge of the external world is the greatest obstacle to introspection, but the psychological distress will overcome all obstructions.

A culture thousands of years old, one which has built organically upon primitive instincts and which, therefore, knows nothing of the arbitrary morality violating the instincts characteristic of us as recently civilized Teutonic barbarians. For this reason the Chinese are without that impulse towards violent repression of the instincts which hysterically exaggerates and poisons our spirituality. The man who lives his instincts can also detach from them, and in just as natural way as he lived them.