Two years ago I screwed up, now it was time to do it right. The yin and yang energy that I had accumulated was merging in the seed. Slowly, I could feel both energies flowing, and the roots began to grow. It was again a boring process, but this time it didn’t matter. I continued the process, without pause.
Suddenly, the flow of yang energy was greater, and I didn’t know what happened. I tried to make it smaller but it was impossible. I was afraid that it could happen the same again. I was preparing for the pain.
“Keep looking! Don’t stop! —my Master yell —, a sudden increase it’s something normal when you have accumulated one kind of energy more than the other. What you have to do is release the excess outside. Let me help you.”
The current of yang energy was again equal to the yin one, so I could continue the process. Hours passed, I could feel how the roots were growing, and the brightness of the seed growing more and more. The sound of the river was also strong, and now I could see where the river was. It was tiny, but full of energy and it water had a silver tone, it was beautiful. “That river is your inner qi running thought all our body —explain my Master—, right now it’s almost like a stream, but when you became more powerful, it will a might river.”
There were other changes, now the darkness disappeared, and all the place was white, but it didn’t have anything else apart from the river and the seed with roots. I asked my Master why it was so empty and she explained me, that this was simple the beginning, with more qi to nurture this place, more change I would see, and even some of that qi will become soil for the roots to set in and sprout what it would become my soul tree.
“We have almost finished —my Master said—, you only have to do the final step”. The final step was using all that energy to change the quality of my qi. To make more pure than before and eliminate all the impurities in the body. This process took two days and after that I could open my eyes. The first thing I noticed was a stench, not from the animals but from myself. I was sitting in a pile of stinky black goo. I was amazed that all that was what I discarded from my body.
“How do you feel?”, asked my Master. I felt… I didn’t know, I was so full of vitality, that I couldn’t explain it. My skin was smoother, even shiny, and I could see better than never before. It was so different!
“Congratulations, you are now in the first level of cultivation”.
I was finally a cultivator. It was an incredible sensation. All the days I was in meditation, all the time I took memorizing the technique, all the pain, all the effort… I felt I could cry for happiness. I was about to say something, but my stomach growled first and I began to feel very hungry.
Until now, my food was the thing that the foxes obtained for me. Most of them were berries and fruits. The first months were terrible, because I wanted to eat meat, but my Master told them that the only meat I would eat, was the meat I hunted myself, and even if they could give me some prey, as I was terrified bleed and skin the poor animal, I could only eat that, fruits and berries for more than two years. Today would not be an exception.
“Today is a day to celebrate. So I think that we could break the rules and allow you to eat the meat that the foxes bring, what do you say? I will do the cooking, don’t worry, you only need to rest.”
She was smiling, it was really a beautiful smile. My master was really happy for me, and I was overjoy. I had known her for less than the years I knew my parents, but she felt more than a parent than theirs. I was so strange that this tiny light in a shape of a beautiful woman could be my Master. I was like a dream. I close my eyes to sleep.
It was a good dream.