When we hear the phrase ‘Yin and Yang’ many of us may first think of the Yin Yang symbol so ubiquitous on key chains or a symbol which represents Chinese/ Tibetan culture. The theory of Yin and Yang is much more profound than an image carved on key chains. This ever-present symbol is called the Taijitu. It’s the universal symbol for the theory of Yin and Yang and of Taoism.
Ancient Chinese people were greatly interested in the relationships and patterns that occurred in nature. Instead of studying isolated things, they viewed the world as a harmonious and holistic entity. In their eyes, no single being or form could exist unless it was seen in relation to its surrounding environment. Yin Yang is perhaps the most known and documented concept used within Taoism.
What is the Yin Yang Theory?
Yin yang theory is a kind of logic, which views things in relation to its whole. The theory is based on two basic components: yin and yang, which are neither materials nor energy. They combine in a complementary manner and form a method for explaining relationships between objects. Two halves that together complete wholeness. Yin and yang are also the starting point for change. When something is whole, by definition it is unchanging and complete. So when you split something into two halves yin / yang, it upsets the equilibrium of wholeness. This starts both halves chasing after each other as they seek a new balance with each other.
The original concept of yin and yang came from the observation of nature and the environment. “Yin” originally referred to the shady side of a slope while “yang” referred to the sunny side. Later, this thinking was used in understanding other things, which occurred in pairs and had complementary and opposing characteristics in nature. Some examples include: sky and earth, day and night, water and fire, active and passive, male and female and so on. Working with these ideas, ancient people recognized nearly all things could have yin and yang properties
Yin and Yang is a theoretical way to understand the natural dualities present in our world, our relationships, and within ourselves. The simple wisdom gained through an understanding of Yin and Yang enriches our lives and constantly reveals itself in our medicine and personal experiences.
The trap – Opposing opinion
Many people argue That it is a trap of yin and yang to force everything into a duality. Even when one shouldn’t.
Is about how the world is made up of two opposing forces. Light dark, left right, sky earth, rain sun. Everything has an opposite, and they make up everything. two halves making a whole. But it means you can’t have one without the other. Without light there would be no dark. They would have no meaning if there wasn’t an alternative, so they make up and complete each other. this yin yang thing is not karma, but rather a visual representation of the forces that make up the world and life in Balance and harmony