I stated that Pip and I are definitely ying and yang; we had everything in common, however, we were at opposing ends of the spectrum.
Example 1 - we both love our dogs, however, I am at the soft, non-disciplined end, whilst Pip
is at the firmer, dog's must know boundaries end.
Example 2 - I am the intuitive, while Pip is the logic.
Example 3 - I am the organiser of events, whilst Pip is just happy to go along.
We bring out the best in each other, we have harmony, we balance each other.
Where one falls down, the other picks that one up.
Anyway, our discussion obviously got me thinking that I definitely had to investigate this further.
here we go!
What Does Yin and Yang Mean?
Most of you have all heard of it, worn it or seen it - yin yang or ying yang,
but, what does it truly mean?
Either side of the symbol represents two opposites that attract and complement each other.
Each side must be in complete harmony with the other, in order to obtain 'balance'.
Yin and Yang are never static but in a constantly changing balance, constantly transforming each other.
Changing from one into the other is able to occur when the timing is absolutely precise, such as Winter proceeding after Spring.
When either is out of balance, there is an effect, such as too much of one can consume the other.
This may explain non-harmonious relationships; where this is such an intense, deep love for the other, but constant fighting.
What About the Symbol?
The circle around the outside represents the Tao, great void or single principle.
This principle is then divided into two opposite principles that interact with each other; yin (the black half) and yang (the white half).
There is a curved division down the middle, rather than a straight line, which houses the two semi-circles, separating the yin and the yang.
This is representative that each side not only pushes into and dominates the other, but also yields and is dominated by the other.
The small dot of the opposite colour within each half, represents that each carries the seed of the other.
In every yang there is a little yin, and vice-versa.
For example - in every good person, there is some bad.
Where Are the Origins?
There is quite a mix of information as to where the yin yang symbol originated, from the specific date of conception to the individual who created the symbol. No one has thus far, been able to accurately produce evidence to the contrary.
However, in this article, it states there is evidence for the earliest Chinese characters of yin and yang , found in inscriptions of skeletal remains of animals used in divine practices dating back to the 14th century B.C.E.).
These inscriptions depicted natural phenomena such as the movement of the sun, which apparently is attributed to daily life experiences.
For example, farmers would rely on daylight (yang) to tend to their crops, whilst night time (yin),
meant it was time to head home for dinner.
I did a fair amount of reading in various books, websites and journals, but I felt I was not going to move further ahead with origins.
Just as I was about to close the page on this, I discovered a site that stated you can find out the actual roots of the symbol in a Chinese book called I Ching, The Book of Changes.
I did find a translated copy on Ebay, if you are interested to read further on this subject.
I think I may, as I don't like leaving rocks unturned.
GENERAL ATTRIBUTES OF YIN YANG?
Yang consists of the following attributes -
- east - sunrise
Yin is -
- west - sunset
- more material
Pip and I sat reading through all these attributes and realised we definitely swapped between each one. We found that we were never carrying the same trait at the same time.
As stated at the beginning, these attributes are not static, they are forever changing, but it must be a harmonious transition.
So, take a look at your relationships at work, with friends and with partners and see if you have the balance of yin yang.
If some of your relationships are not harmonious and you feel a connection with the Taoism practices, maybe this is worth looking into further.
I know that I have found this an intriguing topic to research.
I also found some interesting information on the effects that yin and yang have on the body here.