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What is Ren Xue?

Ren Xue is a holistic system that draws upon ancient wisdom culture,  contemporary philosophy and modern science to build the foundation for the first science in history to include all aspects of human life. Ren Xue draws knowledge from Traditional Chinese Wisdom Culture such as Daoism, Confucianism, Qigong, Buddhism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, I-Ching philosophy, Feng Shui, Taiji, Bagua, and Martial Arts along with modern philosophy, medical science, science and technology.

The heart and intention of Yuan Tze Ren Xue is to offer an art and science to improve and elevate life. This inspirational system of teachings and practices provides us with tools that can help us to heal ourselves and our world community on the deepest level, the level of true life cultivation. Ren Xue offers us a path that can improve every aspect of life, including our health, our consciousness and our relationships with each other and with nature.

Why Ren Xue was created

Through decades of practice, research, teaching and healing Yuan Tze, the creator of Ren Xue, became very aware that even Qigong and Qi healing often have only temporary effects. In his endeavour to find effective solutions to human problems, including health problems, he recognized that the lack of understanding of life and nature is at the very root of these problems. This lack of understanding leads to thoughts and actions that disrupt the balance of human life and nature, and results in problems on the individual as well as the collective level. Improving understanding is therefore necessary, and using effective and practical tools based on the authentic understanding of life is essential if our efforts to deal with problems are to be successful.

Motivated by a vision of true change for the individual and for society, Yuan Tze saw the need to create a system for human life, a system that provides information which can help people to gain deep and comprehensive understanding of life and methods that can be used to deal with problems effectively. Yuan Tze’s answer was the creation of the system called ‘Human Life Science’, or Yuan Tze Ren Xue. This system is distilled from the extensive knowledge and wisdom he has gained, the various methods he has practiced since he was very young and his experiences in teaching and healing.

Yuan Tze hopes that Ren Xue can offer a path that provides every person with the potential to change the course of their lives and human society with the potential to develop beyond the current limitations.

The foundations of Ren Xue

Ren Xue was developed by Yuan Tze to fulfil a pressing need for a system that enables us to improve our health and our lives and which can guide us to continuous life development. The elements it is made up of are firmly rooted in thousands of years of Chinese wisdom culture, as well as Yuan Tze’s extensive research and practice. Ren Xue has its foundations in:

  • Traditional Chinese wisdom culture, including methods to enhance life.
  • The cumulative achievements of human culture and civilization
  • Yuan Tze’s profound understanding of the laws that govern everything in the universe, including our lives. This understanding is the result of Yuan Tze’s comprehensive investigation into the universal law and the continual application of his understanding of the law of life in his own life cultivation.
  • Yuan Tze’s insight into and realization of life and the universe resulting from his experiences in helping people deal with all sorts of problems in life

The framework of the Ren Xue system

The Ren Xue system consists of 3 elements; theories, teachings, methodologies.

Theory

There are three theories at foundation level:

Theory of Qi, including the following topics:

  • Qi as an objective element in the universe
  • The origin of the universe in relation to Qi
  • Qi as the most basic building block of everything in the universe, and its role in all changes and in the development of all things
  • the role of Qi in life and on all levels of life

Theory of Shen and Yi (Consciousness), including the following topics:

  • The fundamental nature of Shen and consciousness
  • The relationship between consciousness and other elements of life, such as Qi and the body
  • The relationship between consciousness and the external world, including society and nature
  • How to get to know the consciousness and how to develop it

Theory of Totality, including topics such as:

  • The universe as a totality
  • The interconnection of everything in the universe as an integral part of the whole
  • Human life as a totality in itself and every human life as a unique totality
  • Understanding the totality of human life is the key to a better understanding of society and nature and of the totality of everything

Ren Xue Teachings

These teachings concern using the law of life to understand of all aspects of life. This is necessary to deal with specific issues in our lives and to change our lives for the better. This involves a wide scope of ideas and principles so details are not included here.

Methodology

Ren Xue has two subsystems: Yuan Gong and Yuan Ming Medicine. Yuan Gong is a Qigong system that people can practice to initiate for self-healing. Yuan Ming Medicine is a system of therapy that a therapist can use to help other people.

Three Fundamental Theories of Yuan Tze Ren Xue

Theory Of Qi
Qi has been an important philosophical concept in the long history of Chinese civilization, and is also an essential element of traditional Chinese Dao-Qi culture.

Chinese ancients thought Qi was the original source and the most fundamental material of everything in the universe. It was also seen as a driving force of movement and development in nature. The ancients also considered that life consists of Jing, Qi and Shen, and therefore that Qi plays a key role in all activities of life.

When discussing Qi, Qigong should not be left out. After all, Qigong is an important tool for helping people to gain true understanding of Qi, and to work on and utilise it. The term ‘Qigong’ first appeared in the book Jing Ming Zong Jiao Lu (淨明宗教錄) by Xu Miao (許邈) in the Eastern Jin Dynasty (316-420 A.D.). However, it was not until the late years of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912 A.D.) that the term ‘Qigong’ was better known and more widely used.

Even though there are only limited historic records available, we can still get a glimpse of the development of the understanding of Qi. From those records we can also see the depth of the ancient’s understanding of Qi and Qigong, and the scope of their application of it. I Jing (易經 ), also known as I Ching, is one of those records. It is still a mystery as to exactly when I Jing was created, and for more than two thousand years people have been trying to find an answer to this. Estimates range from five thousand to seven thousand years ago, and although the book was compiled at around 1000 B.C., the creation of it began long before. It is commonly accepted that ‘three saints’ have contributed to the book (人更三聖): Fuxi (伏羲氏, 2800-2737 B.C.) created Bagua (Eight Trigrams), Zhou Emperor Wen (周文王, 1152-1056 B.C.) created the Sixty-Four Hexagrams and their explanations, and Confucius (孔子, 551-479 B.C.) created the commentaries. [Some believe that it was not Confucius but Xun Tzu (荀子, 313-238 B.C.) who created these commentaries.]

It is stated in I Jing: ‘Heaven and Earth In the Misty Form, Ten Thousand Things Transform’ (天地氤氳, 萬物化醇). The approximate meaning of this is: ‘Everything in the universe comes from Qi that is in original and undifferentiated form. This Qi also provides momentum for the change and development of everything in the universe.’ ‘I’ as in I Jing in Chinese is written as ‘易’. This character in the bone inscription style (the inscription on animal bones or turtle shells in Shang Dynasty, 1600-1046 B.C.) is made of two parts: ‘日’ , the sun, and ‘月’, the moon. They represent the movement of the astronomical objects and symbolize Yin and Yang and how they interact in the ever-changing nature, as well as the opposition and unification that can be found in everything. It is believed that everything is born from the interaction of the two polarized forces of Yin and Yang.

As stated in I Jing: ‘In One, there is Taiji; From there comes Two Polars (Yin & Yang); From Two Polars comes Four Xiang; From Four Xiang, comes Bagua’ (易有太極, 是生兩儀, 兩儀生四相, 四相生八卦). From this we can say that the formation of everything, including life, is a gradual transformation process of Qi, as the Qi of Yin quality and Qi of Yang quality interact with each other.

Later on during the Chunqiu period and the Warring Period (770-221 B.C.) several important works were created. The Internal Medicine of the Yellow Emperor (黃帝內經) is one of them. This book delineates the fundamental theories and methods of TCM and is still the most important classical literature in the study of traditional Chinese medicine today. In this book, it can be clearly seen that Qi is one of the cornerstones of TCM. Another important book is The Inscriptions on Jade (行氣玉佩銘), in which the 45 inscribed characters describe the theories, methods and internal experiences of Qigong practice. In his book Dao De Jing (道德經), Lao Tzu (老子, approx. 571-471 B.C.) shares his understanding of Jing, Qi, Shen, society and nature and his views on how to develop on those levels. The depth of his teachings showed that his understanding of Qi and life had reached a fairly high level.

Many terms have been used to describe the concept of Qi in different texts at different times, for example, Dao (道), Xuan (玄), Zhen Qi (真氣), Jing Qi (精氣), Nei Qi (內氣), Yuan Qi (元氣), Hunyuan Qi (混元氣). Their meanings also vary in different contexts. The construction of the meaning of Qi has been ongoing for thousands of years. Let’s look further at two of the more developed concepts – Yuan Qi and Hunyuan Qi.

Below are the topics included in discussion of the Theory of Qi.
Yuan Qi
1. Yuan Qi As The Fundamental Substance Of The Universe
2. Yuan Qi Being The Source Of Life
3. Hunyuan Qi
4. Qi– Its Nature And Basic Forms

Basic Qualities Of Qi
1. Integration, Ubiquity And Totality
2. Opening/Closing, Gathering/Dispersing As The Basic Movement For Change
3. Retaining And Conveying Information

Qi Of Nature

Human Qi
1. Natural Qualities Of Human Qi
2. Social Qualities Of Human Qi
3. Consciousness Qualities Qi Of Human Qi
4. Totality Qualities Xing (Jing), Qi And Shen
1) Xing (Jing), Qi & Shen In A Narrow Sense
2) Jing, Qi Shen In A Broad Sense
3) The Relationship Between Xing (Jing), Qi And Shen

Qifield

The Relationships Between Humans And Nature And Between Humans And Society In Relation To Qi

Improved Understanding Of Qi And Its Implications

Theory Of Shen And Yi (Consciousness)
Humans have never ceased to explore and to seek a better understanding of life, including the realm of the consciousness. Over the past few thousand years, much progress has been made due to the overall achievement of human civilization, the development of science and technology and the meeting of different cultures. Progress has accelerated even more in the past century, and it is truly inspiring that although much has been discovered, even more progress can be expected.

Nonetheless, we are constantly reminded that our understanding of human life and consciousness is still very limited. Misunderstanding is common as our understanding remains at a basic level. In other words, there is still much to discover in the realm of the consciousness, including its true nature, qualities and connections with other components of life and with the external. This exploration is an endeavour that will require the collective effort of tens, or even hundreds of generations of human beings. Progress will only be possible if this exploration is done with a genuine spirit of open-mindedness, inclusiveness and truth-seeking, and with the pulling together of our collective expertise and talents. I believe the day will come when we humans will have a good understanding of life, especially the consciousness, so that we will be able to truly live in harmony with ourselves, with other people and with nature – a time of true civilization and development.

The Theory of Shen and Yi is one of the three foundational theories of Ren Xue. This theory has its roots in various sources, including the wisdom of traditional Chinese culture, modern philosophy, science (including biology, psychology, neuroscience, medical science) and other disciplines that set out to explore human consciousness. It is also the result of my serious and consistent exploration of life, especially of Shen and consciousness, through my own life cultivation and investigation in the areas of Qigong, special abilities, ‘super-natural’ phenomena and healing. I believe that my exploration has developed a good breadth and depth of understanding. The Theory of Shen and Yi is the fruit of what I have realized through this effort. I am presenting this theory in the sincere hope that it can help with humanity’s endeavour to develop understanding of human life (including scientific research) and that we can use this understanding to improve life now and for many generations to come.

The realm of Shen and the consciousness is vast, with a high degree of complexity. What is presented here is only basic-level information on the subject. Below are the topics included in the discussion of the Theory of Shen and Yi.

The Meaning Of Shen, The Consciousness And Other Related Concepts
1. Shen
2. Consciousness (Yi)
3. Jingshen
4. Xin (Heart)
5.  Human Nature
6.  Shen-Yi Ti
7.  Ling Hun (Soul)
8.  The Meaning Of Shen-Yi (Shen-Consciousness)

The Origin And Transformation Of Shen And Yi
1. Formation And Development Of Shen
1) The Origin Of Shen
2) More About The Three Stages Of Shen Development
3) Basic Qualities Of Shen
4) Basic Functions Of Shen:
2. The Formation Of Consciousness
1) Brief History Of The Role Of The Human Consciousness In The  Development Of The Species
2) The Development Of The Consciousness In An Individual Life

The Fundamental Qualities Of Human Nature
1. Natural Instinct And Survival Instinct
2. Social Nature And Needs Beyond Instinct
3. Retainment And Extension/Continuation
4. Malleability And Aspiration For The Better
5. Jingshen And Wisdom

The Consciousness
1. Consciousness From A Broader Perspective
1) Cosmic Consciousness
2) Consciousness In Life
2. Consciousness In A Narrow Sense – Human Consciousness
1) The Features Of The Activities Of The Consciousness:
2) The Forms Of The Activities Of The Consciousness
3) The Content Of The Activities Of The Consciousness
4) The Direction Of The Activities Of The Consciousness
5) The Formation Of The Activities Of The Consciousness:

More About The Consciousness
1. Current Condition Of Activities Of Human Consciousness
1) Normality
2) Health
3) Freedom
4) Self-Control
5) Self-Awareness
6) Autonomy
2. Emotion
1) What Is Emotion?
2) The Causes Of Emotions
3) Diagram Of The Process Of Emotions
4) The Effects Of Emotions
5) How To Deal With Emotions
3. Personality
1) What Is Personality?
2) The Formation Of Personality
3) The Relationship Between Personality And The Consciousness
4) The Influence Of Personality
5) Improving Personality
4. Reference System Of The Consciousness

The Effects Of The Consciousness
1. The Role Of Consciousness As Master Of Its Own Life
1) The Influence On Health
2) The Influence On Life As A Whole
2. The Effect Of The Consciousness On The External
1) Consciousness-Led Activities Of Life Can Have Influence On Other People’s Activities Of Life…
2) Consciousness-Led Activities Of Life Can Have Influence On Beings Other Than Humans
3) Consciousness-Led Activities Of Life Can Have Influence On Society
4) Consciousness-Led Activities Of Life Can Have Influence On The Qifield
5) Special Abilities Can Influence Objective Reality

Patterns Of The Consciousness
1. What Are The Patterns Of The Consciousness?
2. The Development Of The Patterns Of The Consciousness
3 .The Influences Of The Patterns Of The Consciousness
4. How To Improve And Change The Patterns Of The Consciousness
1) One Principle
2) Two Determinations
3) Three Paths
4) Four Steps
5) Five Complementary Essential Qualities

Changing And Elevating The Consciousness
1. The Consciousness And The Patterns
2. The Consciousness And The Present
3. Changing Views And Establishing New Views
1) The View Of Life In A Broader Sense
2) The View Of Life In A Narrower Sense
3) The View Of Family
4) The View Of Society
5) The View Of Value
6) The View Of The World
7) The View Of Morality
4. The Development Of The Laws Of An Individual’s Life

The Prospects For The Development Of Shen And Yi
1. The Possibilities For The Manifestation Of The Three Types Of Abilities Of Human Shen And Yi
2. The Condition Of Jingshen And Consciousness In Modern Society
3 .Where Are We In Our Exploration And Understanding Of Shen And Yi?
4. Making A Breakthrough In The Current ‘Stalemate’
5. The Prospects For The Development Of Shen And Yi

Theory Of Totality

The full name of this theory is ‘Theory of Totality in the Fundamental Theories of Ren Xue’. For convenience, this is shortened to Theory of Totality.

As human civilization, culture, science and technology develop, new theories are constantly created to help us make progress in our understanding of reality and in our efforts to make change to it. A sound theory is capable of moving the development of its related field forward and can provide reliable support for social advancement. Although there have been numerous theories that can help us understand the laws of reality, a theory which can aid the fundamental understanding of the universe and the overarching laws of reality – theory of totality – has not yet been well established.

The theory of totality can help us begin to gain true understanding of the universe and everything in the universe, including the fundamental nature and laws of human life. When the theory is well established, it will serve as the ‘root’ theory of all theories; it can be called the ‘mother theory’. In other words, a sound theory of totality will reflect the totality, or total reality. With it, we humans can align ourselves and our lives with the laws of reality and can make positive use of the laws.

Humans have never ceased to explore reality and discover the truth about it. In different cultures, different approaches to this exploration have been adopted. As a result, many different theories have been created and much effort has been put into turning them into practical methods that can be used to further explore and improve life. Two historical approaches are especially noteworthy.

One is the traditional Chinese culture, in which we find a varieties of disciplines such as Qigong, Daoism, I-ism, Confucianism, Buddhism, TCM, martial arts and folk practices. These are all important components of traditional Chinese culture, and to varying degrees they all have the concept of totality at their core. In fact, the view of totality can be seen as one of the cornerstones of traditional Chinese culture.

The other is modern science. The exploration of reality in science has achieved significant developments with Quantum Theory, Theory of Relativity, Systems Theory, Holographic Theory, The Big Bang Theory, Theories of the Brane, Implicate Order and Superstring Theory. Science has provided a variety of different perspectives, and its discoveries offer valuable insights that greatly broaden the horizon of the investigation of totality. The contribution that science has made to this exploration plays an important role in laying the foundation for the further development of the theory of totality.
Although humans have made an enormous effort to understand total reality and have achieved a great deal, a comprehensive theory of totality has still not been established. Nevertheless, we should feel confident that with this ongoing collective effort, we are not too far away.

Theory of Totality is one of the three fundamental theories in the Ren Xue system. This theory has absorbed relevant teachings and wisdom from both traditional Chinese culture and modern science. It can be seen as a ‘natural product’ of Yuan Tze’s personal understanding, gained through life-long exploration of the fundamental nature of the universe and life, his personal work in developing human potential and his life cultivation. Yuan Tze hopes that this theory of totality can be used as a building block for the edifice of the theory of totality that humanity is collectively building. This may be a contribution Ren Xue can make.

By nature, a theory of totality encompasses everything in the universe and its laws, from something as great as the universe itself to something as small as a grain of sand. The discussion presented here focuses on the overarching laws of development and change from the perspective of totality and the most relevant issues regarding totality. This topic is esoteric and is extremely challenging to put into words. A great deal of effort has been applied in order to present the information in an accessible manner.

The discussion of the Theory of Totality includes the following five topics:
1. The Core Components Of Totality
1) The Dao Of Dao
2) The Origin And Development Of Qi
3) Opposition And Unification
4) Ongoing Development
5) Balance Of Sheng (Engendering) & Ke (Controlling)
6) The Mutual Transformation Of Existence And Non-Existence
7) Holography – Total Information
8) Cause And Effect
9) It Is All-Inclusive

2. The Birth And Development Of The Universe
1) The Ren Xue View Of Development
2) Something To Think About
3) Discussion

3. The Lively Totality Of Earth
1) The Physical Earth
2) The Earth Of Qi
3) The Earth Of Jingshen
4) Totality Of Earth: The Unification Of Xing, Qi And Shen
5) Reflection

4. The Totality Of Human Life
1) The Unified Totality Of Xing, Qi And Shen
2) Parts And Totality
3) The Continual Totality Of Life
4) Totality And The Work Of The Cause-Effect Law
5) Shen And Yi Determine A Person’s Destiny

5. Establishing ‘Total Consciousness’
1) Total Consciousness And Individual Life
2) Total Consciousness And Human Culture And Civilisation

Ten Features of Yuan Tze Ren Xue

These ten features are a summary of what Ren Xue can do for us as individuals and for society as a whole.

1. A clear mission and guiding principles

2. A comprehensive and unique theoretical system, consisting of three theories – Theory of Qi, Theory of Shen and Yi, Theory of Totality

3. Yuan Gong – A self-help tool for changing life

4. Yuan Ming Medicine – a tool that one can be trained to use for helping others

5. Qi as an important element for understanding and changing life

6. Following the Laws of Life – the fundamental approach to dealing with problems and elevating life

7. Every person as master of his/her own destiny

8. Working on unhealthy habits and patterns – the key to changing destiny

9. All work for elevating life done in the present moment

10. Harmony – a goal that Yuan Tze Ren Xue will endeavour to realize

Below is the detailed description of the ten features.

1. A clear mission and guiding principles

The establishment and development of Yuan Tze Ren Xue has a clear goal and direction. It also has a mission and guiding principles which are to be strictly adhered to under all circumstances. They are in place to direct and ensure that Yuan Tze Ren Xue will follow a healthy and bright path for its steady development in the long term.

The ‘Zi Du Du Ren’ Mission

‘Zi Du Du Ren’ is the mission of Ren Xue and in Ren Xue it is regarded as the ultimate way of realizing the purpose of life. The literal translation, “Help yourself, help others” clearly establishes the importance of raising our own levels of health and consciousness. This is because we can most effectively help ourselves, but also because it is essential to raise our own levels of health and consciousness if we are to help others safely and effectively. At the same time, this expression establishes that helping others is an intrinsic part of Ren Xue. The implicit meaning is probably better expressed as: “Help yourself SO that you can help others”. In accordance with the law of life we are all connected, and in helping others wisely we also elevate ourselves and help to raise the level of consciousness of society as a whole. This is the ultimate mission for students of Ren Xue.

Fundamental Principles of Yuan Tze Ren Xue

One Mission

Zi Du, Du Ren

Two Aspects of Cultivation

Xing and Ming

Three Guidelines

Internal – Be calm; Be relaxed; Be natural
External – Teach with Authentic understanding, Touch People with Virtue, Earn Trust with True Abilities

Four Pillars

Theories, Methods, Abilities, Virtues

Five Elements with which to Learn

Openness, Gongjing, Harmony, Happiness & Joy, Cultivating & Seeking Truth

2. A comprehensive and unique theoretical system, consisting of three theories

This theoretical base consists of the theory of Qi, the theory of consciousness and the theory of totality. (See ‘The Framework of the Ren Xue System’ for more details.)

3. Yuan Gong – A self-help tool for changing life

Yuan Gong provides the principal methods, alongside supplementary methods based on traditional Qigong techniques. Yuan Gong methods are designed to improve all aspects of life. As the practitioners progress with the nine methods, the focus gradually shifts from Qi and physical health to the consciousness. (See Yuan Gong for more details.) Incorporating Qigong practice into everyday life is equally emphasized. Methods and theories are applied to unify every activity of life with Qi. They are applied in depth, at any place and any time in order to maintain a Qigong state in everyday life.

4. Yuan Ming Medicine – a tool that one can be trained to use for helping others

Yuan Ming Medicine springs from the union of traditional wisdom culture and modern culture. This subsystem of Ren Xue offers a new medical paradigm for dealing with problems we humans experience on every level in a way that is not only natural but also safe and effective.Yuan Ming Medicine encompasses techniques that can be used to deal with problems by working on Shen, Yi (consciousness) and Qi and addressing the root causes of problems. The scope of its practice spans from the very beginning of a life (conception) to the very end (after death). It can be used to improve not only human life but also other forms of life, society and nature.

Yuan Ming Medicine can be used to prevent illness and strengthen overall health. It can also be used to help people deal with health problems. On the consciousness level, it can help us work on our problems, especially our unhealthy habits on the behavioural, emotional, personality and mental levels. The application of Yuan Ming Medicine can help establish an ethical and moral value system and a healthy worldview. Socially, it can be used to help improve one’s relationships with family, society and nature so these relationships can become harmonious. It is a tool that can help us achieve a healthy and happy life and develop wisdom.

5. Qi as an important element for understanding and changing life

‘Qi’ is used as a measure to assess our activities on the consciousnes level and behavioural levels in order to discern whether our activities are beneficial or detrimental, right or wrong, positive or negative. ‘Qi’ as a complex element and profound concept is explained in a way that is easy to understand. The role of Qi in life and in health and the effects of Qi on our habits, behavioural patterns and emotions are all highlighted. An even greater emphasis is placed on working on the patterns of the consciousness and their effect on Qi (including the effect of a single thought).

Not only is Qi used as a measure, it is also an important element to be worked on and changed. The intention is to reduce the loss of Qi and disturbance to Qi, and to gradually develop an excellent, stable and strong Qi condition. This is an important component of health and of further development of life. In Ren Xue, Qigong practice and Qi therapy are two important tools for working on Qi.

6. Following the Laws of Life – the fundamental approach to dealing with problems and elevating life

Everything in the universe has its own law and needs to follow this law in order to develop in its natural course. Human life, being part of the universe, is no exception. For humans to develop in a healthy way and thrive individually and collectively, the laws of life should be observed. Going against the laws of life will result in a loss of balance. In Ren Xue this loss of balance is recognized as the fundamental cause of all problems in individuals and society, including health problems.

The laws of life encompass an understanding of life and how it works. To be able to follow the laws of life it is necessary to understand them. Ren Xue is essentially the body of teachings related to the laws of life. The methodologies adopted in Ren Xue help us follow these laws in order to clear problems and restore balance. By following these same methodologies, life can continue to develop beyond the clearing of problems.

Let’s use health as an example to illustrate this approach. The current reality is that despite the development of human civilization and the effort people have made, most people do not have good health, nor are they able to clear their health problems effectively. In other words, health problems are still very common in human life. Is this not a phenomenon that makes you wonder? Of course, every person has different criteria for judging their health condition. The meaning of health in our discussion follows the criteria for health adopted in Yuan Tze Ren Xue. These criteria are based on the law of life.

Let’s consider the following questions: If we intend to deal with health problems by following the laws of life, (1) what approach should be taken? (2) what levels should be worked on? (3) and how?

These are questions that require a lot of work and explanation to be answered properly. Let’s use Yuan Tze Ren Xue to briefly highlight the main components involved and make connections between them.

  • To maintain health or deal with health problems properly, Qi must be dealt with properly (including Qi condition as a whole and Qi on different levels).
  • To deal with Qi problems effectively, life must be worked on because every activity of life will impact Qi. Identifying activities that can have a negative impact on Qi and dealing with them effectively are essential for dealing with Qi problems. Such activities can be seen as problems in life.
  • To deal with problems in life effectively, it is necessary to deal with the consciousness properly as it is the main determinant or source of everything we do.
  • To deal with the problems on the consciousness level properly, the key is to examine the patterns on this level.
  • In Yuan Tze Ren Xue the patterns of the consciousness are closely connected with a person’s ‘destiny’, or the individual’s ‘law of life’. Hence working on destiny is an important part of dealing with the patterns of the consciousness.
  • To work on destiny, it is necessary to have a good understanding of the laws of life and to identify all of the problems and deal with them appropriately in order to elevate life.

From the above, we can see something both complex and simple; the problems we often experience are not the real problems. What we see are often just the superficial manifestations of the real problems. The causes behind them can be numerous and are deeply intertwined. In the list above, the levels further down get closer to the root causes of problems and so are more important for working out problems at a fundamental level.

This list illustrates the different levels involved when we try to deal with health problems. It is expressed in a linear way because of the limitation of using a language to describe it; this is far from the true reality which is a total (holistic) existence. A ball would be closer to this true reality and would better reflect the fundamental law of health. All of these different levels of life are integral parts of life. They depend on one another, work with one another, control one another, and generate one another. The key is to understand the whole and follow its laws in order to bring about positive transformation and development.

7. Every person as master of his/her own destiny

Yuan Tze Ren Xue emphasizes the importance of being the master of our own destiny and working on changing our destiny according to the laws of life. Here is a brief explanation.

  • Everything in the universe and nature has its own laws of development and change;
  • As a part of the universe and nature, human life has its own laws of development and change;
  • As a member of the human race, each individual human being also has his/her own laws of development and change. Every person follows his/her individual laws which is, to a substantial degree, predetermines the course of life.
  • Destiny can be likened to a pre-written ‘program’. Life seems to be the execution of this ‘program’ with no choice. However, the main ‘programmer’ is actually each individual. Continuosly, over many lifetimes before the present one, this program has been written. The program for this life is the continuation of the programming from the previous life with some ‘sorting’ work done.
  • Destiny can be understood. It is actually one’s individual law of life.
  • Destiny can be changed. However, it cannot be changed by using the ‘usual things’ that we do. It must be done by following the laws of life and working on the fundamental levels of life. We truly need to work on the key area of life cultivation if we wish to make any meaningful change to life.

Through learning and gaining understanding of destiny and the laws of life, we can work to change our destiny. This is the beginning of gaining control of our own destiny.

8. Working on unhealthy habits and patterns – the key to changing destiny

In Ren Xue, patterns are recognized as a mechanism through which the consciousness operates. The consciousness functions through patterns on the consciousness level and each of us has numerous patterns which are formed throughout life. These patterns determine our actions as well as our views, judgments, choices, decisions, responses or reactions to everything. In short, life is run by the patterns of the consciousness.

The teachings of Ren Xue emphasize the importance of identifying patterns that lead to damage to life. These patterns are behind the habits that cause health problems, the reactive emotions that cause our Qi to be depleted or disturbed, the negative thoughts that lead to negative developments and the unsound decisions and actions that cause harm to life.

Ren Xue provides teachings that can help us to understand and identify patterns. It also provides a path with steps that we can follow to change unhealthy patterns. In Ren Xue, working on patterns cannot be bypassed if we wish to be successful in clearing problems, raising the level of the consciousness and changing our destiny. This leads not only to better health, but also to more happiness, freedom and wisdom and ultimately, to being a better master of our own life.

9. All work for elevating life done in the present moment

‘In the present moment’ refers to every minute, every second and every present time-space frame. In Ren Xue, being ‘in the present’ refers to using every moment to cultivate life. This is done by being constantly aware of our state of body, Qi, and mind as well as any external changes, including people and situations and their interactions. With this constant awareness, when anything that can have a negative impact on life arises it can be detected, adjusted and changed immediately. Through constant adjustment and change, life can gradually become elevated. When life is in this process of continuous change, it is moving forward in a ‘virtuous cycle’. Life is constantly developing and it becomes a process of benefiting other people, society and nature.

Working on the present is how we change destiny. We do it by being the master of our own life in every present moment. This is the way to change the future and to have the future in our own hands. The future starts from the next moment and doesn’t end at the end of this life. If we work to change our destiny, we will become more and more the master of our own lives.

10. Harmony – a goal that Yuan Tze Ren Xue will endeavour to realize

Harmony is one of the core values and qualities to be realized in life cultivation and is an important part of the traditional culture that developed over thousands of years of Chinese civilization. Harmony in Chinese consists of two characters:

‘和’ (he) and ‘諧’ (xie). ‘He’ means ‘integration’, ‘no fighting’, ‘no struggling’, ‘no killing’, ‘peace’ and ‘not extreme’. ‘Xie’ means ‘balance’, ‘coordination’, ‘unison’. ‘He xie’ (harmony) refers to ‘unification’, ‘oneness’ and signifies health and normality.

Yuan Tze Ren Xue fully embraces this traditional value and the essential teachings related to it. Not only that, Ren Xue also approaches this value from the perspectives of the laws of life and of the development of human civilization, incorporating the achievements of modern science and culture. This has brought the meaning and realization of harmony to a new level and forms a systematic and comprehensive approach to harmony, encompassing human beings, society and nature and their relationships with each other. Yuan Tze Ren Xue will actively promote this value to the world in the hope of realizing as soon as possible the ultimate goal of a harmonious world.

There can be opposing forces in everything but they can be uplifted and unified on a higher level to achieve harmony. Harmony on all levels is key to the teachings and practices of Ren Xue. This harmony is not a philosophical term but a very tangible state on all levels and in all aspects of life:

Harmony within an individual life

This manifests as a high level of unification of the body, Qi and consciousness, with the consciousness playing the master role in cultivating harmony. This is achieved by being in a harmonious state – a calm, relaxed, natural, joyful, balanced and uplifting state. When the consciousness is in this state, Qi will be in a regenerative mode, flowing smoothly and nourishing the body properly. When Qi is in such a healthy state, it will also nourish the consciousness and strengthen the ability of consciousness to be the master of life. It is a virtuous cycle that moves life in an upward spiral.

Harmony within society

Society is made up of individuals. Social harmony is built upon harmonious relationships on every level of society, including between individuals, family members and other societies. Ren Xue encourages an internal approach to building a harmonious relationship with other people. That is to say, individual harmony is the foundation for social harmony. When individuals cultivate internal harmony, harmonious relationships on every level of society can be realized, manifesting as peace, care and love, respect, helping and supporting each other to improve health and wellbeing and elevate life.

Take family relationships as an example. Living in harmony with family members is important for a healthy life and a healthy life helps us to live in harmony with our family. Our love for and obligations to family do not mean that relationships are always easy or harmonious. Ren Xue teachings encourage people to focus internally on themselves and look for the causes of disharmony in their patterns of behaviour or thinking, rather than looking for fault in others.

Harmony between humans and nature

Harmony between humans and nature has sadly not been a fundamental consideration of many contemporary societies and it is clearly leading us to a critical point in environmental terms. Therefore it is humans’ responsibility to repair our relationship with nature. We urgently need to re-evaluate this relationship.

In Ren Xue, this needs to be addressed through two approaches. One is to gain better understanding of the laws of life, the law of the development of human society and the law of nature and its development. This understanding is the foundation for an equal, sustainable and mutually beneficial relationship between humans and nature. Achieving harmony between humans and nature is a huge area to learn about and explore. In traditional Chinese culture, the knowledge and practice of Fengshui has been used to realize harmony on this level. Yuan Tze Ren Xue has taken the essence of Fengshui and lifted its knowledge and practice to the level of Qi and information, which are the fundamental elements of Fengshui.

The other is the internal approach mentioned previously. We humans need to cultivate important qualities such as trust, openness, love, gratitude and Gongjing (humility and true respect) so that we can truly connect with nature. Ren Xue is intended to help us to understand and strengthen the connection we have with everything in nature. This genuine connection is the foundation for building a healthy relationship with nature. Furthermore, this connection to nature supports a sustainable approach for both human development and for nature, and represents a core value of Yuan Tze Ren Xue.

The Scope of the Effects of Ren Xue

Individuals

This system provides what we need to improve and develop our lives at all stages of life, i.e. from the moment of conception to the transitional stage after death.

  • Ren Xue can help us to live a life that follows the law of health and development in every aspect of our lives and in our every thought and action. It allows us to make the necessary changes when our thoughts or actions don’t follow the law and are therefore damaging to us.
  • Ren Xue can effectively help us to make continual progress in life, enabling us to improve our health and experience more joy, happiness and sense of wellbeing in life.
  • Ren Xue can help us to realise the goal of elevating our own lives and helping other people, the only goal that allows us to fulfil the true purpose of life.
  • Ren Xue can help all human beings achieve harmony within themselves, with family members, with other people and with nature.

Society

Ren Xue can play an active role in helping society move forward.

Through learning and applying Ren Xue, we can continually improve our health, uplift our level of happiness and sense of wellbeing, and elevate our lives. In the process of using Ren Xue to make progress we also develop our ability to help other people to improve their lives in the same way. When more and more people are engaged in this process of life development, society will improve.

Humanity is facing many stubborn problems for which fundamental solutions are yet to be found. This predicament is not only seriously affecting the progress of society but is also creating dangerous crises for humanity. We urgently need a way out. Although the causes of this predicament are complex, on the fundamental level they can be seen as a lack of understanding of life, of the consciousness and of the universe (nature). However, Ren Xue provides a way for us to understand the laws on these levels. By improving our understanding, we can start to follow the laws and live in harmony with nature, providing a path for humanity and human culture to continue to develop.

The meaning of ‘Yuan Tze Ren Xue’

Yuan Tze Ren Xue is the full name of Ren Xue. The Chinese name has been retained because these Chinese words have multiple layers of meaning as well as explicit and implicit connotations. As a result it is impossible to translate Yuan Tze Ren Xue directly into English without becoming very wordy or losing a lot of the meaning.

Each word in Yuan Tze Ren Xue has been carefully chosen to reflect the purpose and meaning of Ren Xue. Yuan, for example, has three layers of meaning: ‘complete’, ‘whole’ and a further subtext of ‘being so big that there is no room to go further out’. Tze means small with the implication of ‘seed or core’. It has a further connotation of ‘being so small that there is no room to go further in’, and implies the containing of information, intention and infinite potential, which is traditionally thought of as Dao or law. Ren Xue means ‘a system of information that embraces every aspect of human life, cultures of all forms and new and future systems of knowledge’. Nothing could more aptly describe the teachings of Ren Xue which encompasses all of these things and includes the important mission of making it accessible to all.

The nature of Ren Xue development

Ren Xue has its origins firmly rooted in Chinese wisdom culture and in the understanding that Yuan Tze has gained over decades of study, practice and self-development. It is not limited to the teachings and practices of the past because culture is constantly evolving; Ren Xue is a dynamic system designed to also encompass contemporary and future knowledge. Yuan Tze Ren Xue is the culmination of the work of many people in human society and it will continue to evolve as the result of many more people. As such, it is information and wisdom that belongs to all of human society. The creator of Ren Xue, Yuan Tze has the following to say:

“Yuan Tze Ren Xue has come from humanity and therefore should be returned to humanity. Yuan Tze Ren Xue in principle does not belong to Yuan Tze, nor does it belong to any organization or individual person. It will always belong to humanity and society. Yuan Tze Ren Xue will gradually transition to operating as a non-profit and charitable organization.”

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Yuan Tze Ren Xue is a work in progress

Although many people are already using Yuan Tze Ren Xue to work on their lives in depth and the positive changes they have been able to make are evidence of the efficacy of Yuan Tze Ren Xue, at this stage only the framework and the basic teachings are established. For Ren Xue to become a complete system of knowledge of human life, much work is still needed. This is not the work of a few individuals but requires the collective effort of humanity in the many years to come.

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