To Increase Fire

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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
Harmonizing the Breath
Obtaining the Elixir Drug
Collecting Elixir Drugs
Fire Phases
To Increase Fire
To Reduce Fire
To Nourish in Warmth
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

"To Increase Fire"( 進火 Jinhuo ) is a term of the science of the Golden Elixir ( 金丹 Jindan ). Just as its name implies, "to increase fire" is to put burning substances into a stove and burn them in the course of Refining Elixirs ( 煉丹 Liandan ). Comparing this course to that of Outer Alchemy ( 外丹 Waidan ), Inner Alchemy takes the spirit’s control of the breath to be "increasing fire". That is to say, at the Zi hour of a day when the Yang breath just comes into being, the practitioner guides his inner breath with his own original spirit back to the Elixir Filed ( 丹田 Dantian ). As such control of the breath and refinement of the Essential Matter ( 精 Jing ) take place at the moment when the one-Yang is just formed, to increase fire is actually to "increase the Yang fire". According to the Secret Formulae of the Reversion Elixir and Divine Instructions on Nourishing the Infant ( 還丹秘訣養赤子神方 Huandan Mijue Yang Chizi Shenfang ), to increase fire, one should enter a chamber to start Cultivation and Refinement ( 修煉 Xiulian ) when the one-Yang comes before the Winter Solstice, and during the period of fifteen days replenish and nourish the Essential Matter and the Vital Breath lost and damaged to make them abundant. In this process he examines and illuminates himself with mind and spirit, stabilizes his breathing with the Vital Breath, and turns every breath back to its origin. These are just the steps of increasing fire.