Unfixed Zi Phase

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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

The "Unfixed "Zi" Phase"( 活子時 huozishi ) is a term of Inner Alchemy ( 內丹 neidan ). "Zi" was not only a time in ancient China, but also a symbol of the beginning of things. The ancients matched the twelve Terrestrial Branches ( 地支 dizhi ) with the twelve Trigrams of Waxing and Waning ( 消息卦 xiaoxi gua ) in the Book of Changes ( 周易 zhouyi ) and supplemented them with the twenty-four solar terms to describe the changes throughout the year. In the calendric system of the Zhou dynasty, the Winter Solstice in the eleventh lunar month and the Zi hour matched and were signified by the Fu (return) trigram, which stands for the initial rising of the one-Yang on one hand, and the orientation of due north on the other hand. According to the principle of Oneness of Heaven and Man ( 天人合一 tianren heyi ), Daoist Inner Alchemists also use the Zi hour to indicate the initial emergence of the one-Yang. But this time is unfixed. It varies with one’s feelings. The Four-hundred-word Book of the Golden Elixir ( 金丹四百字 jindan sibai zi ) says, "the time of Fire Phases ( 火候 huohou ) is unfixed, and why must the Winter Solstice be fixed at the Zi hour?" That is to say, in Inner Alchemy cultivation, the Fire Phases cannot be fixed to a certain time, and the "Winter Solstice" in the human body (the initial emergence of the one-Yang) does not have to correspond rigidly to the "Zi" of the twelve Terrestrial Branches. It shows what "unfixed" means. Then how can one feel the "Unfixed "Zi" Phase"? Daoism believes that when the mind rests still, the body mechanism is activated spontaneously, and a stream of inner breath descends to the acupoint of perineum. In this case, a male's penis will erect, and a female will also feel comfortable and relaxed. These are indications of the "Unfixed "Zi" Phase" in body. If a practitioner has such feelings, he should collect elixirs and place them back to the Elixir Field ( 丹田 dantian ), and by refining them, transform the Essential Matter ( 精 jing ) into the Vital Breath ( 氣 qi ) according to the instructions of Inner Alchemy cultivation.