丹: From Ancient Alchemy to Human Health

In today’s world, weapon competition under high-tech integration measures the infinite possession of material wealth and fierce economic strength. But, do you know how gunpowder for weapons was invented as one of the four major inventions in ancient China and why it was all about human #health?

Ancient Chinese believed that living between heaven and earth, humans can prolong their lives by absorbing the essence of heaven and earth. About 4000 years ago, during the Yellow Emperor period, they started to collect this essence to improve health so that they could live in longevity. In 1700 BC, the existence of the Oracle character of “丹(dān) – red, cinnabar, powder, pill” recorded the early birth of ancient mining, refining, alchemy, and how 丹 was used in making a life-prolonging elixir.

Vividly, 丹 draws a mining well and the mining powders inside. Nowadays, the basic meanings of 丹 include 1)cinnabar, 2) the color of vermillion; red, 3) a kind of refined medicine.

Unlike many other religions’ beliefs on this planet that God will forgive human repentance and give immortality to the afterlife, ancient Chinese always looked for present longer life and spent a big amount of effort in making pills of immortality out of the mining essence of earth. Historical books and museums give proves of the existence of the ancient alchemy furnaces that hold the secret knowledge of longevity over thousands of years.

When we dig deeper, we will find that 丹 has an extended meaning of whole-hearted, or, absolute sincerity. Why?

While people were refining pills out of earth essence for immortality, with the Yin & Yang theories, with the traditional medical concepts regarding the human body and mind as a whole, experienced Taoists told us that humans have our own essence for prolonged life in our body too.

Many people know about Qi Gong(气功) and heard about Dan Tian(丹田). Qi Gong practices body Qi flow through a deep breath down to the abdomen area where the human lower Dan Tian resides. The human brain, where the human upper Dan Tian is, regulates all human biochemical processes, behaviors, and mental emotions. In the middle is the heart, also the king of the body, acting as the bridge, the energy amplifier of body Qi and Blood circulations. In another word, the human heart transforms the human body and spiritual energies.

With an absolute sincerer whole #heart, a human’s innate essence of life would be awakened to blossom into higher spirits.

After a long time of enormous manpower and resources spent in over-consuming earth’s essence to satisfy human’s material needs and pursuits, while war, conflicts, violence, poverty are still threatening human harmony and development, now, it is everyone’s responsibility to act in stopping the gunpowder’s killing earth and lives and pursuing a harmonious and peaceful world together with #MotherEarth.

This is what history meant for the world’s future.



静: Stillness is the Biggest Movement

Time brings a great change to the world. With technology’s daily fast development, substance brings forth the fresh at every single moment. A richly decorated crystal and jade palace today will all flutter away like a passing cloud one day. Only the eternal history and culture, passed down by hundreds of generations through the precipitation of words and characters. Over those countless springs and autumns, classics emerged with wisdom were invisibly carved into fabulous Chinese characters, long and new.

At this new noisy age, let’s walk on a new road to talk about “静-Stillness and quietness” today.

Over the long history of Character development, there was not a big change of “静”, remaining with a left part of “青-cyan” and a right half of “争-strive, compete, fight”. There was an interesting saying that the two-characters word “清净-the cleanness and clearness of water” will be “静” when the water part is removed from each of them. Calm like water, it could be a mirror reflecting all things on the planet. What a heartsease and harmony with the rest of the world it describes! But, why this “静-Stillness and quietness” is of half of “争-strive, compete, fight”?

“青-cyan” implying a meaning of the east and spring, is the color of new growing plants. An old version of “争” vividly draws an image of two hands dragging one thing toward two opposite directions, implying strive, compete and fight against each other. Profoundly, ancestors borrowed the nascent vitality of vegetation into a metaphor of how to steadily eliminate distractions, following the original intentional heart, getting the desired ending through this “静”. Putting simple characters of “青” and “争” together reflects profound philosophy: Dynamic and static are two states of things. Stillness gets birth out of the dynamic state and they transform mutually into each other.

Without dynamic reference, there can be no static existence.

As here we are talking about the dynamic and static states, it relates to one point connecting to Einstein’s theory of “Relativity”: the speed of light is the limit speed of the three-dimensional world. The Scale Reduction and Clock Slowness effects show that as long as anything reaches the speed of light, it slows down the time to a speed of 0. It can be assumed that things moving at the speed of light are relatively static for all surrounding objects that also move at the speed of light.

Stillness and quietness in the static state are relative.

  • When a bus runs on the street, we feel it is too fast to catch. But if we are on the bus, we cannot feel it’s moving at a steady speed if we do not look outside.
  • When a flower blooms quietly, the time of a universe of flowers is used up.
  • When seeds germinate, it is in quietness without anyone’s notice.
  • In our body, all cells and organs are changing and replacing at every moment, quietly and inevitably.

We live on the earth, although our Mother Earth rotates at a speed of four hundred and sixty-six meters per second at the equator, we cannot feel it, neither talk about the orbital speed of the earth around the sun of approximately 107,000 kilometers per hour.

All important processes of life happen slowly in a quiet static status. Humans come into this world, bringing their own spirit to combine with the fertilized egg, and then returning back to the universe, it is all in the same quietness. All the processes of human growth happen slowly and silently. No one can go from one year old to twenty years old quickly and soundly…

But, life develops in quietness and statics.

  • In the quiet blooming, flowers flow out the gorgeous colors and the intoxicating fragrance.
  • In the quiet germinating, seeds burst out the unstoppable breaking-ground rising force.
  • With all the quiet metabolisms, the human body grows taller and stronger, while the human thoughts and spirits are growing wider, deeper, higher, and thicker.

The earth absorbs and emits light and heat in her rotation and revolution between the sun and moon, among the universe, so as to sustain her own living system and provide the energy and material base on which everything depends. The earth, like a loving mother, nourishes the development of human beings, and what dominates this motherly love is her active beating heart with big love, under her quiet and calm appearance.

The “争-fight, strive, contend” in “静-Stillness and quietness” is actually telling that there is a big movement and change undergoing in the quietness and calmness. It is reminding us to experience the power in the quietness and calmness, and the power of life from the things that constantly move and change us.

When we are sincere and calm with peace and love in heart, we will always discover the beauty of life.

When we can always discover the beauty of life, we can peacefully handle businesses, corporations, organizations, societies, and even global economic and political matters.





说到动和静,不得不提爱因斯坦的相对论:光速是三维世界里的极限速度。The Scale Reduction and Clock Slowness effects效应指出当事物的速度达到光速时,他们的速度都降为零。由此可推论当所有的事物的速度都为光速时,他们相互之间都是静止的。


  • 当一朵花静静地绽放时,消耗的是这朵花的世界的所有时间。
  • 当种子安静的发芽时,没有人能够注意到。
  • 在我们的身体里,所有的细胞和器官在每一刻都在悄无声息地变化和新旧更替着,完全不以人的意志为转移。




  • 花朵在静静的绽放中流淌色彩的斑斓和馥郁幽香。
  • 种子在静静的发芽中爆发破土而出迎难而上的生命嫩芽。
  • 人体在新陈代谢中长高长大,也积累着认知、思维和精神的高度,广度,深度和浓度。





脏-藏: Recharge Your Treasure Boxes

Life is like a rechargeable battery, requiring career recharging, professional recharging, health recharging… from time to time, to maintain a high energy level.

Did this concept exist before the battery’s existence? Yes. And, we can learn it through a single character “脏”.

Ancestors used this “脏” to present human internal organs: Heart心脏, liver肝脏, spleen/stomach脾胃脏, lung肺脏, and kidney肾脏.

In ancient books, “脏” came from “藏”, which means the essence of the body, the hidden treasure and the deposit of life. They are like our body’s treasure boxes:

1. Heart: is the KING of internal organs, the foundation of life, and is in charge of the spiritual mind activities. Heart relates to emotions of joy and hatred. Hatred hurts the heart. Love heals hearts.

2. Liver: is the “traffic police of the human body”, stores blood, regulates the flow of Qi and mental emotions, has the greatest influence on human emotions. Pressure hurts the liver, but a soft temper indicates a healthy liver, a healthy body, and a happy life.

3. Spleen/stomach: is the key to the biochemistry of Qi and Blood, represents the foundation of a human’s acquired life. “Anxiety hurts the heart and lungs, depression hurts the stomach and intestines.”

4. Lung: as the great prime minister under the heart king and above all the cells, lungs balance, govern, and control the vitality of the body, is the first line of defense of our body. Sadness depresses lung Qi and laugh is the cheapest and effective way to praise the lungs.

5. Kidney: is the innate root and driving force of life; the innate foundation of the human body, warms, moisturizes, nourishes, and stimulates the internal organs. Panic/fear damage kidneys; calmness gives strength in dealing with shocking situations.

Even more profoundly, and ironically, “脏” also has a meaning of “dirty”! “脏话”, the human dirty words, are the words from the internal organs, with “dirty” negative energies, a complex mix of hatred/anger/sadness/depression/panic, controlled by a blinded heart.

Interestingly, we discharge our energy during the daytime and we recharge when we sleep at night. If only part of the electricity is charged at night and 100% released during the daytime, where does the remaining energy come from? It’s borrowed from the five internal organs, our innate deposit of life energy. As a result, bad sleep is an indicator of a bad temper, and bad health conditions.

In addition, increasing deposits of positive spirits into our treasure boxes promotes human life.

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志: That Innate Purpose and Determination

What means the determined will and the noble integrity of a person? Does a scholar, or a gentleman or a soldier acting on behalf of their true hearts describe any meaning of a person’s determined will and noble integrity?

I think it does, and so did our ancestors. They created the character 志 to present a person’s innate purpose and determinate will, to describe a person’s noble integrity.

志 with 士- scholar, gentleman, or soldier on top of a 心-heart, it vividly draws a picture of a determined person with strong self-awareness and wills.

There is a tough guy in my life who deserves this tough character 志.

China’s most beautiful landscape avenue, Sichuan-Tibet Line 318 National Road, is the best choice for cyclists to challenge the limit:

1) A total length of 2,142 kilometers, 14 mountains, with an average altitude of more than 4,000 meters and about 100 kilometers distance cycling a day.

2) Snowy mountains, hail, exposure to the burning sun, and high temperatures happen in one day;

3) Altitude sickness because of riding uphill and downhill in a single day’s attitude ranging from 2600 meters to 5130 meters extremely requires and challenges human body physical limit.

Every year, there are countless groups of cyclists cycling there to taste the limits of life.

He was a member of one cyclist team there years ago. When he told me how his days looked like to him, this was his words with tears and laughter: “问坡何时止,坡曰骑到死!” — “When asked the uphill road when it would end, it says: Until you ride to your death!”

When the uphill road never ends, when the body physical limit is constantly being broken, when you seem to be the only one on this world on that never-ending cycling road, when you have very limited water and food in your back bag to save energy, when your whole body is completely exhausted and in massive muscle soreness…, your innate determined will to not give up is the only thing that drives you towards your daily purpose,…, and your life purpose.

This applies to everyone in everyday life, as well as career and business. It is just that we need to get a chance to discover our deep innate purpose and our strong will in reaching it and never giving up.

When the 14-year-old girl Quan Hongchan won the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympic Women’s 10-meter diving platform with a world record high score, her strong will is to earn money for mom’s illness treatments. Nothing could move her from her strongest will to perfectly complete each of her dives.

In the end, strong wills and determinations are coming from human hearts: love. A person with 志- innate purpose, determinate will, and noble integrity is a person of love.

Teeth vs. Tongue — The Hard vs. the Soft

Legend has it that when Lao Tzu (or, Lao Zi) was fifteen, he worshipped a man named Chang Cong as his teacher.

Later, the teacher became seriously ill. Lao Tzu went to visit him, but couldn’t forget to ask for more teaching. And here came a conversation between them like this:

Lao Tzu said respectfully: “Teacher, you are so ill, what else can you tell your disciple?”

Chang said, “Even if you don’t ask, I have something to tell you.”

Then Chang opened his mouth and asked Lao Tzu to look into it and asked, “Is my tongue still there?”

Lao Tzu replied: “Yes.”

Chang asked again, “Are my teeth still there?”

Lao Tzu replied: “They are all gone!”

Chang asked again: “Do you understand what I want to tell you?”

Lao Tzu said: “The tongue exists because it is soft! Isn’t it because teeth are hard that they have all fallen out?”

Chang said with satisfaction, “Hey! The world’s rules are all in it. You’ve got it, and I have nothing to teach you anymore!

“Tao Te Ching/Lao Tzu” – Chapter 43: 天下之至柔,驰骋天下之至坚.

Water is the softest and weakest while benefiting and embracing the whole world, but how can it be defeated? The sharpest knife can take lives, cut steel, but never able to cut water apart.

Stones are strong, but consistent drops of water wear holes in the stone. The tide rises and falls, the stones become the pebbles.

Steel against steel, the result has to be lose-lose. While the fast-moving wheels need to break down, we use very soft brake pads.

In daily life and #business, the #principle is the same: #Perseverance leads to #success, as it enables the practice in achieving a huge return on a very small investment; a big payoff from a small effort.

Human hearts could be our softest gifts from the universe. And those who win the hearts of the people win the world.

#chineseculture #ancientwisdom #unity #authenticity #love #hearts #kindness #businesssuccess #strategy

The Heart is The Only Place in the Body That Barely Grows Cancer

In 2008, Dr. David Vesely, the chief scientist of the Health Science Research Center of the University of South Florida, found that the heart can secrete the last-life hormone, it can not only kill more than 95% of cancer cells within 24 hours, and it also has an excellent therapeutic effect on other terminal diseases.

And, the human heart is the only place in the body that barely grows cancer cells.


If we look at Chinese characters, for all the human internal organs, besides 心-heart, all the others,肝- Liver, 脾- spleen, 肺-lung, 肾- kidney,胃- stomach, and 肠-intestine have a root character 月 which means the materialized flesh of the body.


Taoism and TCM say: “心主神明” – The heart governs the deity.

The deity refers to the mental consciousness and thinking activities, and in Taoism and TCM’s viewpoints, it is the key master of the human body and soul. When a person is settled physically and mentally, and the mood is stable, the body will quickly regain strength. So:

“The best doctor is you, naturally the healthiest. The heart is the strongest medicine, and the human body has its own repair and self-heal mechanism.”

Thinking in reverse, the biggest and best way to control a person is to scare him, to fill him with fear. Diseases and misfortune will follow him then.

Take good care of our hearts.


云: The Cloud or the Data Storage?

In June, SilkRoad Cooperation inspired me to work on the soulful Silk Road story through the character 丝-silk https://lnkd.in/gUJFph3s. Our collaboration in bridging cultural sharing in helping business continues.

Today, we talk about 云-cloud, which connects a natural phenomenon with our digital daily life.

As an old saying goes: “云行雨施,天下平也”. It tells that clouds flow and rainwater falls, all things cycle around and take their own shape, and the world is peaceful.

Such a wonderful and shocking wish was cleverly endowed with a traditional Chinese character雲-cloud: the upper half a 雨-rain, the lower half a simplified 云-cloud.

In the ancient times when agricultural production was the core product of the society, the ancients discovered that the effect of clouds and rain on crops was similar to that of human women gestating children. And they used “cloud and rain” to metaphor the intimate relationship between men and women. This responsive vision has developed into the core of Chinese culture: Heaven and the human being are in a mutually harmonious relationship.

“云,山水气也”. As a form of water, 云-cloud has another meaning – the breathing Qi of mountains and rivers. With about 70% surface covered by water, through the tidal effect, an important way of Mother Earth’s energy cycle in flourishing the whole world, is through her water cycle, that is, the sun’s irradiation, the transpiration of seawater, the transportation of clouds, the falling back of rain and snow, and the convergence of land, returning from the river to the sea.

As the carrier of divine nature energy, 云盘- CloudStorage is a vivid metaphor we use in our modern digital world, which is the computer data storage where the digital data is stored in logical pools. The physical storage spans multiple servers in a physical environment that are owned and managed by a hosting company.

What is the energy this divine carrier carries? Data! As Columbia Journalism Review stated “The increased value of digital data comes almost entirely from its improved shareability”, it so well describes the energy flowing through the e-world is just like what the cloud carries, shared by everyone at every moment and everywhere.


“The world produces 2.5 quintillion bytes of data daily, but that figure should grow at an accelerating rate as more people and devices are connected to the internet. As data collection continues to surge and new techniques to monetize data arise, it will become an increasingly valuable asset”. https://lnkd.in/gjsaNytb

Compared to its unconditional benefiting spirit in nature, in the human world, “cloud-云” becomes a symbol of a few businesses ’ serving platforms.

“The Universe creates business as a platform for accumulating blessings; careers as a platform for uplifting people; wealth as a tool for benefiting others.”

With our gratitude, all the best wishes to this great cutting-edge technology in nurturing the world for a better future.


稳: Stand Steady like a Mountain

In different languages over the globe, there are various ways to describe the reactions of human beings in the face of difficulties and extreme trials. In Chinese, we often use 稳如泰山 to describe the cool-headed calmness and steadfastness of a person in the face of troubles and challenges, just like the majestic Mount Tai (Tai Shan), standing high into the sky.

The key character in this idiom is 稳-calm, steady, still, firm, proper. When we close our eyes to draw an image of this character in our head, a big mountain standing out of the ground and oceans would best describe its stillness and calmness. But, if we pay a closer look at this character, we will find, half of this 稳 is a simple character 急, which means fast, urgent, rapid, and also with an extended meaning of worry.

If we say history is a mirror in reflecting the reality, then this character 稳 is a good reflection of the scientific and philosophical nature of Chinese character culture and history.

Last week, the flood in Henan Zhengzhou provided us the best demonstrations of what 稳 could mean in our reality.

There are tons of photos and videos online spreading the horrible flood and how people react to this disaster: The equivalent of a year’s worth of rain fell in just 3 days in Zhengzhou, with 1/3 of them within one hour.

It would be a common-sense that we worry about the damage such kind of natural disasters brings and we worry about people in the center of it. But what brought down my heartbeat rate were stories that described this 稳. Among countless stories and silent heroes, here are two small ones:

The first is shown in the left-up corner photo: a student stood in the flood, like a peg hammered into the ground, holding a bicycle, next to an underground drain to let the water flow away, but not to let passing vehicles fall into the underground drain.

Another one is captured in the right-down corner photo: Young people who got off work were trapped in the subway by the flood, and everyone stood in the carriage in an orderly and calm manner.

Did their hearts beat faster, more rapid, with a sense of urgency? Or, with the worries of their safeties? It was not a rehearsal of a play or a game, but it was their lives that were in danger.

But, although our hearts beat faster and more rapid for them with our worries, we feel so calm when we realize that our new generation and young people can stand steady like a mountain in crisis and disasters.

As, they are the strongest force for our better future.



值: Searching for “Value”

I read a small article talking about value and it motivated me to do some research on the Chinese character “值”, which means value, worth and wealth in English.

To find some photos I can use for this post, I entered “value” into some free image download websites. Guess what I get? 80% to 90% images returned are of coins, cash, bitcoins, crowns, climbing high, wallets, money tree…

When people upload images for others to free download, they are suggested to choose some keywords to categorize the image, and then image finders can search through the search engine on keywords to find the images.

What a reality! The massive cultural value orientation is based on money!

But, what is very contrasting is that our ancestors profoundly put human-人 and straight, upright, just-直 together to make the character 值-value, worth. In their eyes, human value had nothing to do with human money, position, and power, instead, being able to stand straight, with upright #humanity and #justice makes up a human’s true value. It is valued more on a human’s basic character and innate drive and capability.

In this huge gap between reality and this “phenomenon”, I could not help to ask: to be a straight, upright, and just person, what on earth did it cost at our ancestors’ time? What on earth does it cost at our time? Why they, who lived over the old time, had this kind of social measurement standard as “value”?

But why do we take for granted money, position, and power as “value” now?

When our children are surfing the internet to learn “value”, what lessons they are given? They learn from what we do.



Our Boats On this Busy River

“A boat traveling across the river and suddenly hit by a boat, a grumpy man on the ark immediately shouted to the hitting boat, a call didn’t listen to, then didn’t listen to, when about to bristle, he found that the hit ship was empty. The scolding stopped, he burst into laughers!” (《庄子·山木》)

With others, we are always in a social state; only in solitude, we are close to the natural state.

But, society is like a busy river.

We drive our boats traveling across this busy river all the time, not only hitting or being hit by a boat but also drown in loud noises.

Do we need a natural state and laughter here? How?