Why is Heaven called the Western Heaven and Earth
the Eastern Earth? (45)
West symbolizes the colour white. White is the origin of all
colours, thus west also symbolizes origin. Since Heaven is
the Origin of souls, Heaven is called the Western Heaven.
East symbolizes Beginning, the spring season and benevolence.
These three attributes together mean the ability to breed and
nurture everything. Since Earth has this ability, Earth is called
the Eastern Earth.
The saying “cultivating in the East and harvesting in the West”
means that souls came from the Western Heaven to the Eastern
Earth, and must return to the Western Heaven. Human souls
originally were uncontaminated, pure and perfect. When souls
descended to Earth, they were tainted by desires and emotions
and were lost. However, by holding on to the heart to cultivate
the True Self, one can restore the original qualities of his soul
and return to wherever he had come from.