Yin & Yang

YIN-YANG… Theory or Life? Yin-Yang can be loosly translated as ‘opposite factors’.Within a given frame of reference one can observe the interaction of opposite factors.

One example would be to take the circulation of the blood throughout the body as the frame of reference: the blood flowing away from the heart can be regarded as one factor and its opposite would be the blood flowing towards the heart; the pulminary circulation can be regarded as one factor and the systemmic circulation as its opposite; oxygenated blood is one factor and deoxygenated blood is the opposite factor. One can continuein this way ad infinitum.

The Yin-Yang theory is concerned with:

  • a) The differentiation of opposite factors in any given system
  • b) The relationships which exist between these opposite factors.

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Definition of Yin & Yang

THE INTERELATIONSHIP OF YIN-YANG

1. Any given frame of reference can be divided into Yin-Yang pairs (ie. pairs of opposite factors)

The planet Earth is divided into oceans and land masses. Life forms are mobile or immobile, warm blooded or cold-blooded. The body can be regarded as consisting of an exterior portion of skin and skeletal muscle and an interior portion of viscera and bones.

2. Yin and Yang are descriptive terms; they are not nominative.

Yin-Yang terminology is used when describing the nature or characteristic tendency of one thing with reference to another. Linguistically, it often appears that these terms are used as nouns, however it should always be understood that Yin-Yang are adjectives and do not refer to any concrete or existing thing.

3. Pure or absolute Yin (and Yang) does not exist.

There is always some degree of the opposite contained in anything that exists, no matter how extreme the degree of Yin or Yang.

Taking Expansion-Contraction as an example, it is impossible for the mind to conceive of pure, 100% expansiveness without any trace of the contracting force. Whatever is conceived would simply expand to infinity, ie. out of existence. Similarly, pure 100% contraction without any trace of expansive force would simply contract down to zero, ie. out of existence. It is a condition for the existence of anything that there always must be some degree of both Yin and Yang qualities present.

4. Yin is complimentary to Yang and vice versa.

There does not exist any antagonism between opposites in Nature. They are always complimentary. The normal, healthy, functional, durable existence of everything in Nature depends on the mutual enhancement and beneficial interaction of opposite forces.

Day and night; summer and winter; work and rest; man and woman. On one level, when there is an antagonistic relationship between opposites this leads to destruction. However, from the larger perspective, the balance of Nature is always maintained.

5. Yin nourishes and sustains and controls Yang and vice versa.

Each thing depends upon it’s opposite in order to exist; thus Yin ‘creates’ Yang and Yang ‘creates’ Yin. Opposites also hold each other in balance and exert mutual control.

The soil produces crops for mankind; and man cultivates the soil. If there is insufficient care and attention by the workers to the crops there may be less crops and more weeds.

Workers produce goods and services; goods and services produce wealth.

6. Everything in the physical world has an opposite.

There are no absolutes in the manifest universe.

Wherever there is a ‘front’ there will also be a ‘back’; the bigger the front, the bigger the back.

Birth is followed eventually by death; economic boom by recession; conquest of nature by pollution and degradation of resources.

There are no advantages without some disadvantages; there are no disadvantages without some advantages.

7. Yin attracts Yang and Yang attracts Yin.

The greater the difference, the greater the attraction.

8.Yin repels Yin and Yang repels Yang.

The greater the similarity the greater the repulsion.

9. Yin gradually changes the into Yang and vice versa.

Spring into summer, summer into autumn, autumn into winter and winter into spring…

At the extremes of Yin orYang there is great instability and the change from one opposite to the otheris rapid and inharmonious. (The ‘midlife crisis’ suffered by most males in our culture is an example of this.)

10. Normal physiological conditions (ie. Homoeostasis) require the avoidance of extremes of Yin and Yang.

The body can only resist within a narrow range of temperature, atmospheric pressure, oxygen content of the air etc.

One can develop tolerance to extremes only by gradually introducing them to the body, but there is still definite limitations to the body’s tolerance to extreme fac

(eg. heat, cold, deprivation etc…)

11. Each Yang factor can be further subdivided into a pair of Yin-Yang factors ad infinitum. Each Yin factor may also be further subdivided in the same way.

Life forms can be divided into simple and complex; complex life can be divided into warm- or cold-blooded; warm-blooded into evolved and less evolved (in terms of adaptability and capacity for learned behaviour as opposed to instinct); of the more highly evolved species, mankind can be separated out due to the potential for an advanced civilisation or culture.

12. Nothing should be rejected. There are no ‘bad’ things. Everything has some usefulness, depending on the appropriate conditions (ie. time, place, dosage, type of illness etc.)

Any substance may be used as a medicine, depending on the dosage ( any substance may be regarded as food, medicine or poison, at the appropriate dosage).

YIN-YANG Frame of Reference

DESCRIPTION OF YIN-YANG

By definition, Yin is the more passive, quite, dark, cool, soft, gentle factor. Yang is the more active and loud.

Examples of Yin Yang Frame Of Reference

psychological

extrovert(yang)                                             

introvert

 

leader

follower

 

creativity

devotion

 

anger

forgiveness

 

stubborn

flexible

 

Yang

Yin

temperature

hot

cold

 

fever

chillis

 

Yang

Yin

seasons

spring

autumn

 

summer

winter

 

Yang

Yin

times

day

night

 

morning

afternoon

 

Yang

Yin

flavour

pungent

sour

 

bland

bitter

 

sweet

salty

 

Yang

Yin

parts of body

upper

lower

 

outer

inner

 

back

abdomen

 

appendicular

axial (skeleton)

 

anus

mouth

 

trunk

head

 

Yang

Yin

tendency

expansion

contraction

 

Yang

Yin

universal

spirit

contraction

 

Yang

Yin

Phenomenological
forces

active

constructive

 

Yang

Yin

direction

upwards

downwards

 

east (sunrise)

west (sunset)

 

north

south(south hemis)

 

Yang

Yin

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