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Principle of Yin and Yang

To understand the nature of chi-healing, we must first understand chi. To begin the study of chi, we need to understand the principle of yin and yang. Yin and yang are the basic structure of the universe. Thus, it can be found everywhere in the universe. The yin and yang of the universe are called "Tao".

 

Yin and yang are two opposite yet complementary force. Dark, night, moon, female, water, and solid are considered to be yin. Bright, day, sun, male, fire, and hallow are considered to be yang. When we are comparing things in term of yin and yang, we are doing so in relative terms. For example, when we are describing height, we can say short is yin, and tall is yang. In terms of distance, we can say near as yin, and far as yang. In temperature, yin is cold, and hot is yang. Although, sometimes yin can be view as negative quality (sadness, grief, weak, indecisive), we must not look at yin as negative "Bad", and yang as positive "Good", but look at yin as the opposite contrary, and complementary to yang. Without yin, there would be no yang, and vise versa. For example, without light, there would be no shadow. Without life, there would be no death. Within yang, there is yin. Within yin there is also yang. This can be seen clearly in the Tai-Chi symbol. Another principle of yin and yang is: from the extreme yang, comes the yin, and from the extreme yin comes the yang. For instance, during a hazardous storm or blizzard, some people would become worried. They worry what will happen if the storm doesn’t stop. But other people would not even bother to worry, because they understand the principle of yin and yang. There is a Chinese saying that: "after the storm will come the sunshine". That idea is based on the concept that from the extreme yin (the storm) will come the yang (the sunshine). All these relationship can be seen in the Tai-Chi symbol. taichi.gif (212 bytes)

 

 

Yin and Yang principles

  1. Yin and yang are opposite but they complement each others
  2. Within yin there is yang, and within yang there is yin
  3. The extreme of yin will become yang, and vise versa

 

 

yin

Yang

Passive

Active

Feminine

Masculine

Static

Dynamic

Cold

Hot

Damp

Dry

Water

Fire

Earth

Heaven

Bottom

Top

Left

Right

In

Out

Short

Long

Night

Day

Moon

Sun

Down

Up

Female

Male

Intangible

Tangible

Solid

Hallow

Conceptualize

Materialize

Contract

Expand

Pull

Push

Defensive

Offensive

Soft

Hard

Inhale

Exhale

Death

Alive

Sad

Happy

Short

Tall

Thin

Fat

Close

Open

Weak

Strong

research links: Chinese Cultural Studies:  Ying and Yang in Medical Theory

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