For those of you who have asked, here is a meditation exercise on your true nature or immortal self:
• Begin by focusing your mind on the Upper Tan Tien. This is the area between and behind your eyes and at the center of your brain. Taoists poetically call this area the “Crystal Palace”. Imagine a warm golden light filling the Crystal Palace.
• Concentrate on the golden light to the exclusion of everything else until it, the golden light and everything else, disappears. You will know that you have achieved this when you feel empty or void. This state is achieved when you have dropped all external influences in your life.
• Imagine that your true nature emerges from deep within the void. See it appearing as an embryo that slowly develops into your true self. When you are ready, push the embryo down into your Lower Tan Tien, just behind your navel. Taoists call this area the “Sea of Vitality”. Think of the Sea of Vitality as if it were a womb for the embryo. Hold your true nature there where it is nurtured and developed. When you are ready, give birth to your true nature and allow it expression in your life.
Don’t force it. Let it take shape on its own.
This is your immortal self.