The Yin Yang Theory

By Milos

There are very few of us that have never heard of Yin Yang. The Taoist symbol for it was spread around the world in the ‘70 and still surround us  in form of millions of bumper stickers, wall posters and bad tattoos. The theory is less familiar to most of us but not any less fascinating.

Yin  Yang Theory declares that everything in the Universe contains two opposing forces: the dark Yin and the bright Yang. They compliment each other but also contain seeds of each other. They don’t necessarily cause each other – they are the polar elements found in everything we observe in the universe. They alternate in peaking: night is Yin, day is Yang, Winter is Yin and Summer is Yang, Moon is Yin and Sun is Yang, often switching according to natural circles. The day does not cause the night – one just precede the other. Unlike Western, the Eastern Thought is not concerned with: “What came first: the chicken or the egg?”. They see both as parts of the same, never ending metamorphosis in which one will turn into other.

The concept of Yin Yang is present in all of Eastern Thought as well as  Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Yin Yang is used to explain all processes our bodies go through: conception is a meeting of sperm (Yang) and egg (Yin), our youth is the time of growth and expansion (Yang) leading to maturity (equilibrium of Yin and Yang), after which the Yin energy rises and brings us into later years when we conserve and slowly wither. Parts of human body are Yin (lower body, front of the body, five Solid organs) and other parts are Yang (upper body, back, five Hollow organs). Blood is Yin, Qi (energy) is Yang. Thoughts and emotions are also classified this way and in TCM, both strongly affect our health.

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