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We often hear people talking about Gu Shen or valley spirit. Is it Shen or its derivative?

In chapter 6 of Tao Te Ching (By James Legge) it carries the following lines:

The valley spirit dies not, aye the same;
The female mystery thus do we name.
Its gate, from which at first they issued forth,
Is called the root from which grew heaven and earth.
Long and unbroken does its power remain,
Used gently, and without the touch of pain.

Can you give us a clarification?
Gu Shen (谷神) is also translated as empty valley, God of empty valley or valley spirit.

In post-heaven state, people use authentic Jing (or Zhen Jing, 眞精) to indicate condensed substance that derives from 抽坎添离(withdraw the middle unbroken line of Kan trigram to fill the middle broken line of Li trigram). The middle unbroken line of Kan trigram originally derives from the Chien trigram of pre-heaven state (in post-heaven state it became old Chien trigram located in north-west). The middle broken line of Li trigram originally derives from the Kun trigram of pre-heaven state (in post-heaven state it became old Kun trigram located in south-west). So, it is from post-heaven state to transit to pre-heaven state.

As the pre-heaven elements gain restored gradually during alchemy practice, alchemists begin to use medicinal substance or elixir cinnabar or elixir pill or brilliant pearl to illustrate the condensed substance. When welll in pre-heaven state we should use Gu Shen to name it. Therefore, as circumstance changes, the quality and quantity and other factors naturally undergo changes. Changes and transformation prevails always and there is nothing that can remain immune to their effects. As the void at extremities as well as as the efficacious at extremities, Gu Shen denotes the one wave of Chi that is both mythical and ethereal, non-being but effective. Deriving from nonbeing, it is subject to no death at all. Gu (valley) is a term to denote the spaciousness, void and embracing all while Shen (spirit) indicates the sovereign and ethereal mechanism in hidden place for the Creation and Transformation. The pivotal point is how to take advantage of it.

Here we attach the Poetic Essay upon Gu Shen (谷神赋) down below for people to appreciate. (It was written in traditiona Chinese. So, people are required to know Chinese)

谷 神 賦



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