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Life always speaks truth about itself.

The - two Chinese words, Yin and Yang, do dujy for many English words. In English we have no one pair of opposites to translate all that is implied by the words Yin & Yang. They are labels for ideas or concepts which we have to talk around to try to show what notions are included - but however long the list we give, there will always be more one could add. The principles are, nevertheless, extremely simple; & it should not be difficult for the reader to grasp the general ideas involved.
In nature things happen. That is to say, there is a 'going-on' all the time - ceaseless change. There is a patterning to this happening, which we can exemplify in the rhythmic changes of 'day & night', 'desire & satisfaction', 'activity & repose'. Everywhere in nature one sees that it is as if there are 2 forces at work in dynamic interplay: Light & Shadow, Male & Female, Up-Down, Heat-Cold, Heavy-Light, Compression-Expansion, Concentration-Dispersion, Attraction-Repulsion, etc.
This duality appears universal at every level of existence. These 2 forces are not separate, independent forces, but rather are they 2 poles of a Unrtary Power - as if they were the Right & Left Hand of One.
The legendary Philosopher-Emperor Fu Hsi based his formulation of philosophy on the Unitary Principle: All beings, things, circumstances & phenomena are manifestations of the dynamic interplay or balancings of the 2 poles, Yin & Yang, in infinitely variable complex aggregates.
We prefer to avoid, wherever possible, the use of the terms 'positive' & nepative' when describing Yang & Yin, because to so many people nurtured in western cultural tradition these terms seem almost inseparably linked with an idea of VALUES, 'positive' being thought of as BETTER.than 'negative'.
In the Chinese tradition it is accepted as self-evident that one pole could not exist without the other: both poles are essential &, therefore, basically of EQUAL VALUE. As it is written in the Tao Teh Ching, 'The.ten thousand creatures cannot turn their backs to the shade without having the sun on their bellies'.
Yang is the name given to the polarity whose force acts centripetally: that is inwards towards a centre. If we look at the symbol often used to represent Yang we shall get a very clear idea of what is meant. The symbol shows a circle with 4 arrows drawn from inside the circumference pointing towards the centre. Yang is seen to label the force of compression, solidifying, holding together, organizing, integrating, densifying, making heavier in weight, etc. In acupuncture the life-energy flowing through man is labelled Yang when itis flowin in the direction Heaven to Earth.
Yin is represented symbolically by a dot or very small circle with 4 arrows pointing outwards, away from the centre; showing that Yin represents the centrifugal force of expansion, loosening, disorganizing, disintegrating, dispersing, making lighter in weight. In acupuncture the life-energy flowing through man is labelled Yin when it is flowing in the direction Earth to Heaven.
It will now be readily understood that just as nothing is 'absolutely long' nor 'absolutely fast... hot... heavy...' etc, so too nothing is wholly nor absolutely Yin or Yang. Yin or Yang beings, things & circumstances are only characterized as Yin or Yang relatively. The continued existence of anything is dependent upon the continuance of its own peculiar & characteristic Yin-Yang relative proportions. Again, quoting from the Tao Teh Ching: 'On the blending of the breaths their harmony depends.' Something is only Yin or Yang in relation to something else.

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