Home' Nova National : June 2010 Contents The Yin and Yang cycles move
through active to passive and back again;
from light to dark and back; from hot to
cold to hot. Yang is generally seen as active
and Yin as passive.
As mutually dependent opposites, Yin
and Yang cannot exist without each other.
Yet each defines the other. How would
you know what was hot if you did not
experience cold? Would you know what
happiness was if you never knew sadness?
Each comes and then it goes; in each is
the seed of the other.
The emphasis of all eastern philosophy
is about things being balanced and
flowing, always in a state of change with a
focus on acceptance. This is so dissimilar
to Western philosophy where things are
considered to be black or white, right or
wrong. Western philosophy operates in a
culture of separation and disconnection,
whereas in the East, opposites are seen
to evolve and are cyclical with a focus
on acceptance. In such philosophy
nothing is either wholly right or wrong.
There is merely balance, transformation,
interaction and dependent opposition.
This is the philosophy of Yin and
Yang, the dependent duality. Neither can
exist without the other and yet examine
the figures in the circle, which look a little
like fish, and you can see the seeds of the
opposite in each of them.
We now recognise that within men
there is a feminine element, a man's
"female side" and, similarly, within
women there is a masculine "side". In
the heart of winter, a seed lies in wait to
become life; at the very height of summer,
the sun reaches its greatest declination
and turns from the tropic to begin its
journey into winter.
So the Tai Chi of Yin and Yang, like
the Tao, follows the way of change in the
sense that all life is constantly evolving
and so what is now full will soon be
empty and what is empty will become
full. What goes up must at some point
come down. Indeed, the current global
conditions are Yin and Yang at play;
the effects of a system pushing the
boundaries and in a state of hyperactivity,
desperately needing to return to a state
of equilibrium. Every day, though we
remain the same person, we are different.
We evolve and change according to "The
Way" and the natural force of qi or life
force energy. Though Yin and Yang are
opposite in nature, they are also, at the
same time, complementary. And each has
the ability to accomplish or create the
other. Great love has within it the seeds of
great hate; similarly, hate may be turned
to love. Yin and Yang is in everything, yet
nothing is completely one or the other.
Each of us has positive and negative
characteristics and life is in a constant
state of change, moving from one
polarising force to another, constantly
shifting from Yin to Yang. An acceptance
and ability to adapt to this natural cycle
of life is critical to your success.
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constant attrition and abrasion, their
polarity, their mutual attraction and
rejection -- gave rise to the great universal
Some philosophies hold to the
former, but most to the latter, believing
that Yin and Yang is the first universal
law of nature. Certainly, all religions and
philosophies recognise the early creation
It is always difficult to know which
comes first, the chicken or the egg
or in this case, Chi or Yin and Yang.
Did the first cosmic Chi produce
the opposites called Yin and Yang? Or
was there originally absolutely nothing
(Wu Chi), from which emerged the
opposites, Yin and Yang which, through
the energy of their interaction -- their
of opposites. The Bible, which forms the
basis of much of the Western tradition,
records the creation of the opposites
heaven and earth and light and darkness,
in Genesis Chapter 1:
"In the beginning God created heaven
and earth... and the spirit of God moved
upon the face of the waters and God said
let there be light and there was light... and
God divided the light from the darkness."
One philosopher who held that Yin
and Yang came first was Lao, who stated
that everything in the universe arose
from the great ultimate source or Tai Chi
as represented by the symbol. The term
Tai Chi means the grand ultimate.
The Tai Chi symbol is a mandala, a
symbolic figure which, in the shape of a
circle, is said to represent the cosmos.
This symbol is displayed in many ways,
but there is only one correct way that it
can be demonstrated. The mandala is
said to reveal the meaning of life on
many levels; the circle being equated to
the universe while everything that exists
within it, within the universe, may be
divided into the two categories, Yin and
Yang. This is where seemingly disjunct or
opposing forces are in fact interconnected
and interdependent in the natural world.
Each gives rise to the other in turn.
The concept of Yin and Yang is, like
Feng Shui, closely allied to Taoism, with
its great emphasis on balance and
harmony; its oneness with nature
through intuitive knowledge and
harmony. This harmony and oneness
may be seen through the Yin and Yang,
which constitutes the Tao or "The Way".
All of Chinese metaphysics rely on
the principle of Yin and Yang as a
fundamental precept. Many Chinese
beliefs and traditions, including Feng
Shui, are based upon the principle of
opposites as seen in Yin and Yang. This
concept is a primary guideline of traditional
Chinese medicine, acupuncture, the
Chinese martial arts, and exercise regimes
such as qigong.
In Feng Shui, we aspire not to go
to extremes but to find a harmonious
balance with nature. But to achieve that
balance we must be aware of the nature
of all things around us, of what is Yin and
what is Yang.
Day is yang, night is yin.
Yang is hot, yin is cold.
Yang is male, yin is female.
Sun is yang, moon is yin.
Yang is light, yin is dark.
Strong is yang, weak is yin
Yang is active, still is yin
Happy is yang, sad is yin
Yang is hope, despair is yin
Yin and Yang are seen as dependent
opposites within a greater whole, always
striving to be in balance, yet constantly
pushing against each other. All things
have both Yin and Yang aspects, which
constantly interact with one another,
never existing in absolute stasis. The
opposites flow in a natural cycle, each
replacing the other just like day and
night, heat and cold and the seasons.
Success lies in accepting and adapting to
the natural flow of life, the constant interplay
between Yin and Yang, says Juliana Abram.
'The emphasis of all eastern
philosophy is about things
being balanced and flowing,
always in a state of change
with a focus on acceptance.'
'Indeed, the current global
conditions are Yin and Yang
at play; the effects of a system
pushing the boundaries...
desperately needing to return
to a state of equilibrium.'
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