Yin and Yang Theory

Most people are familiar with the theory of Yin and Yang. The concept is simple and is often represented by the picture of a Tai Chi diagram where black is Yin and white is Yang.

Yin and Yang are considered interdependent, complementary and exist in a state of dynamic tension.

Yang contains the seed of Yin and Yin contains the seed of Yang. This is symbolised by the black and white dots in the opposite areas of the Tai Chi diagram.

 

The concept shows there are always two sides to everything in the universe and their states are constantly in flux -, just like how the deepest part of the night is the seed to a brand new day or when the sun is at its highest point in the sky it marks the beginning of the decline towards night.

 

This seemingly simple theory provides such profound meaning when we apply it to everyday life. It is the foundation to many Chinese metaphysics including Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Qigong, I-ching etc.

 

It is when we truly grasp the deeper meaning behind this concept that life starts to make sense. You are able to see beyond the surface and observe how everything interacts within the universe. Whether it be a stream, a forest, a mountain, or the sea, connecting with nature’s intelligence will give you a sense of unity with all life forms and help you get in touch with the innermost essence of your being. This essence is full of magic and mystery.

Four main aspects defining the nature of Yin and Yang:

  1. Neither Yin nor Yang are absolute. 
Nothing is completely Yin nor completely Yang. Each aspect contains the birth for the other. Yin and Yang are never static but in a constantly changing state of balance.
  2. Yin and Yang are not static. They have a constant and mutually consuming and inter-transformational relationship. 
The nature of Yin and Yang constantly flows and changes with time. Yin can transform into Yang and vice versa; these are not random events, they happen when the timing is right. For example, Spring will arrive only when Winter is finished.
  3. One cannot exist without the other
This relationship of Yin and Yang is interdependent. Nothing can ever be totally Yin nor totally Yang. Just as a state of total Yin is reached, Yang is beginning to grow. Yin contains the seed of Yang and vice versa. “Yin creates Yang and Yang activates Yin”.
  4. The summation of Yin and Yang form a whole
One effect of this is: as one aspect increases the other decreases to maintain an overall balance of the whole.
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