Yuan Tong Ling Ming is the motto, goal and guiding principle of Ren Xue practice. It refers to enlightenment, true understanding and wisdom. To more fully understand Yuan Tong Ling Ming, let’s look at the meaning of each word.
Means round, complete, whole or perfect – the highest level of life. Yuan represents both the infinitesimal, like original Qi and the infinite, like the whole universe. In other words, it is ‘so big that there is no room to go further out and so small that there is no room to go further in’. Everything in the universe is inside Yuan. Yuan also represents the circular and curvy movements which are the most basic form of movement in the universe. In the context of the motto Yuan Tong Ling Ming, Yuan also has the connotation of taking up responsibility.
Means free and smooth-flowing without barriers or obstructions. For example, maintaining the free flow of your own Qi and blood or the free flow between your body, Qi and Jingshen (the totality of heart, consciousness and Shen/True Self) is Tong. Having an open and harmonious relationship with yourself, your family, other people, society and nature is also Tong.
Means powerful and lively, effective. It refers to the development of potential abilities as well as the power of Shen to manifest realization and wisdom. Ling is the non-physical aspect of life that has the potential to develop to a higher level, and manifests once you have made progress in Yuan and Tong. It also shows as the highly-developed ability to help yourself and help other people (Zi Du Du Ren).
Is made up of two parts, “日” the sun and “月” the moon, and means bright. Ming refers to true understanding, realization, enlightenment, clarity and wisdom, as when we are in a Ming state Yin and Yang are in harmony and Shen is clear and bright and continuously brings forth new realizations and wisdom.