Refining the Form through the Supreme Yin

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Inner Alchemy
Terms of Inner Alchemy
Mind , Spiritual Nature and Bodily Life
Essential Matter , Vital Breath and Spirit
Great Reversion Elixir
Small Reversion Elixir
Integrated Cultivation of Spiritual Nature and Bodily Life
Three Flowers Condensing onto the Head
Transporting through the Three Vehicles
Meeting of the Three Parts
Refining the Mind through the Nine Cauldrons
Intercourse of Dragon and Tiger
Refinement of Essential Matter into Vital Breath
Refinement of Vital Breath into Spirit
Refinement of Spirit Back to Emptiness

Refinement of Emptiness into Dao
Reversing Kan with Li
Centering Merits When Yin And Yang Join
The Five Vital Breaths Oriented to the Origin
Rebirth from the Original Fetus and Bones
Basic Cultivation
Self-Refinement
Harmonizing the Breath
Obtaining the Elixir Drug
Collecting Elixir Drugs
Fire Phases
To Increase Fire
To Reduce Fire
To Nourish in Warmth
Bathing
Unfixed Zi Phase
River Chariot
Mysterious Pearls
Passages and Cavities
Cosmic Orbit
Feminine Alchemy
Cutting the Red Dragon
Refining the Form through the Supreme Yin
Body of Original Chastity

"Refining the Form through the Supreme Yin"( 太陰煉形 taiyin lianxing ) is a term of Feminine Alchemy ( 女丹 nüdan ). "Yin" indicates female, and "supreme" means most lofty. "Refining the Form through the Supreme Yin" is a supremely advanced method of refining the form for females. Daoism believes that females are essentially distinguished from males in their born quality. As far as their constitution is concerned, females’ constitution is internally Yang but externally Yin, while that of males is externally Yang outside but internally Yin. In the course of cultivation, unlike males who refine the origin before refining the form, females refine first the form and then the origin. According to the Trigram Figures ( 卦象 guaxiang ) in the Book of Changes ( 周易 zhouyi ), the basic trigram corresponding to females is trigram Kan, which signifies both water and the moon. In ancient times, the moon was the general symbol of Yin things and called "the supreme Yin". Therefore, "Refining the Form through the Supreme Yin" gives directions on females’ cultivation of Inner Alchemy ( 內丹 neidan ) by using the image of the moon. For its content, please refer to the entry "Feminine Alchemy".