Reading Group: The Secret of the Golden Flower Namaste all, without ado... The absolute unity refers to what cannot be surpassed. There are very many alchemical teachings, but all of them make temporary use of effort to arrive at effortlessness; they are not teachings of total transcendence and direct penetration. The doctrine i transmit directly brings up working with essence and does not fall into a secondary method. That is the best thing about it. The golden flower is light. What color is light? It is symbolized by the golden flower, which in Chinese characters also conceals the words one light within. This the absolutely unified real energy of celestial immortals; this is what is meant by the saying "the lead in the homeland of water is just one flavor." The whole work of turning the light around uses the method of reversal. The beauties of the highest heavens and the marvels of the sublimest realms are all within the heart: this is where the perfectly open and aware spirit concentrates. Confucians call it the open center, Buddhists call it the pedestal of awareness, Taoists call it the ancestral earth, the yellow court, the mysterious pass, the primal opening.