Yin and Yang

All information whatsoever can be translated into terms of Yin and Yang

– Alan Watts

Let us begin to dive into the Yin And Yang Philosophy and it is part in our everyday lives. It seems as if the first written records of the Yin and Yang concept was dated back to the Zhou Dynasty and the Yin Dynasty, Yin and Yang became an increasingly popular concept around the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States Period ( 475- 2221 BCE) The first book was called ¨ The Book of Changes ¨ Which was written during the Zhou Dynasty.


We have all seen the symbol before of the Yin and Yang. The white swirl with the black dot and the black swirl with the white dot. This symbol means that everything contains the seed of its opposite. Take for example in Star Wars, Darth Vador has the seed of goodness and Luke has the potential to go to the dark side. Like Luke and his father Darth Vador Yin and Yang are not total opposites. They are relative to each other. The universe is made up of energies, vibrations and matter which behave differently in different contexts. Some examples of this are wheat that is growing is Yang when it is being reaped it is Yin.The waves crests are Yang and its trough is Yin. The brakes in our cars are Yang while the gas peddle is Yin. An eggshell is Yang but the egg inside is Yin. They are two sides of the same coin so to speak. The pitch in baseball is Yang but the catch is Yin. The Yang starts an action and the Yin receives it and completes it. Yang is the cup Yin is the inside space of the cup. Water flowing calmly is Yin but when it goes over the waterfall its Yang. The back of a person is Yang the front of the same person is Yin. Like the force in Star Wars Yin and Yang has two sides.

Yin qualities

  • Feminine
  • Inward energy
  • Black
  • Moist
  • night time
  • Cold
  • downward seeking
  • slowness
  • odd numbers
  • Higher in Potassium, Lower in Sodium
  • Negative
  • Moon
  • Death
  • Water
  • Winter

Too much Yin Symptoms

  • Cold hands and or feet
  • Lethargy
  • Stiffness
  • Pale complexions
  • poor blood circulation
  • Tightness
  • Weak or Shallow Breathing

Yin Deficiency

  • Dryness in the mouth, throat,eyes, or lips
  • insomnia
  • Hot palms ,soles of feet and chest
  • low grade fever
  • Insomnia
  • Constipation with dry stools

Yang Qualities

  • Outward energy
  • upward seeking
  • Restless
  • Brightness
  • active
  • Hot or warming
  • Lower in Potassium, Higher in Sodium
  • South slope
  • Even numbers
  • Positive
  • Day
  • Sun
  • Fire
  • Summer

Too much Yang Symptoms

  • Facial redness
  • Head aches
  • Bad tempers
  • Tension
  • Rage
  • Nose bleeds

Yang Deficiency

  • Feeling fatigued mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually
  • Cold limbs
  • Soreness
  • Lowered Libido
  • Swollen tongue with a layer of white on top
  • Difficulty with Urination

The Rhythm of the Yin and Yang

Protective Qi flows along

Yang meridians for 25 rounds during the daytime and circles through the Yin meridians for another 25 rounds at night. The cycle in the day allows the body to be active and awake, while the cycle at night enables the body to rest and recharge.

Yin and Yang truly is part of everything in our lives. Yin and Yang create each other, control each other and transform into each other. The mixing of the two energies is what makes life possible.

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