the tiny pearl

Tonight's research tidbit is from The Taoist Classics: The Collected Translations of Thomas Cleary. The writing speaks of The Tiny Pearl:

Before people are born, when they are in the womb, there is an undifferentiated darkness, they are just in a swirl of unified energy, with nothing else. That is what is called the universal One containing the true energy. This energy is utterly spiritual, utterly ineffable, utterly open, utterly miraculous; it is ultimate nonbeing, yet contains ultimate being. The three bases, eight trigrams, four forms, and five elements, are all contained therein; so though it is formless, it can produce manifestations, which are endless--the organs and members of the body all develop naturally from it. Because it is utterly spiritual, utterly ineffable, utterly open, and utterly miraculous, it is also called true awareness, and it is also called the nonpsychological spirit. --The Taoist Classics: The Collected Translations of Thomas Cleary, Vol. 2, page 299