Balanced Wheel

Yin and Yang

Two Opposites that Forms a Whole Only in Combination

By: Vadim Kotelnikov, Founder, Ten3 Business e-Coach Inspiration and Innovation Unlimited,,,

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Yin and Yang Yin and Yang YIN and YANG - the Symbol of Tao - two polar energies

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The Two Polar Energies

Yin and yang represent two fundamental forces that create and harmonize the Universe by their interaction. These two opposite, conflicting forces found in every action. They symbolize the two polar energies that, by their fluctuation and interaction, are responsible for the dynamic universe. The notion means that the reality consists of relationships between opposite and opposite principles.


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Origin of the Yin-Yang Concept

The concept yin-yang stems from the Book of Change (I-ching), a Chinese book of wisdom and oracles, dating from the transition period between the Yin and Chou dynasties. The essential philosophy of the Book of Change is based on Confucianism, but there are also Taoist ideas present. It is based on the idea of two polar energies, by whose activities all things are brought about and come into being. Initially, these two energies were simply called the light and the dark, but later were referred to as yin and yang. The interaction of yin and yang produces change, which is to be understood as the movement of the Tao.

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Yin and yang are polar manifestations of the Tao the supreme ultimate. The One is divided through the creative powers of the Tao into two opposite energetics and dualities, which then give birth to "the ten thousand things", their concrete manifestations being Earth and Heaven.

The Yang and Yin operate in the universe primarily through the agency of the Five Basic Elements: Earth (Saturn), Water (Mercury), Metal (Venus), Wood (Jupiter), and Fire (Mars). These elements under the guidance of the five planets form, with the Sun and Moon, the seven rulers. Each of the elements may also be Yang or Yin, so that combinations of all these could produce broad number possibilities (sic) and astrological alternatives. Each, of course, has its symbol which can be, and often was, incised into jade.

The Manifestation of Continuous Change

From the intermingling of yin and yang arise the five elements water, fire, wood, metal, and earth - the five phases of transformation, or five energies, that determine the course of natural phenomena. This manifestation of all phenomena is seen as a cyclic process, an endless coming into being and passing away, as everything, upon reaching an extreme stage, transforms into its opposite. The underlying shared characteristic of yin and yang therefore consists in giving rise to this continuous change, which is said to be the movement of the Tao.




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