Yin – Yang –
Everything in this life has at least 2 sides – unless its energy is a cube or a hexagon, in which case it has a lot more. Life on planet Earth is a Divine paradox at best. I sat down to write this week’s message about a simple truth – and immediately I was shown the flip side and all the contingencies to that truth. What started out as simple, suddenly became a lot more complicated.
Think about the yin yang symbol if you will. Most people are familiar with it. There is black curving into white and the white curving back into the black. Within the black there is a center of white. Within the white there is a center of black. Together they are complete. They are not in competition with each other – on the contrary, they complement each other.
The yin yang, concept and symbol, has its roots in the Chinese I-Ching – the greatest foundation of Chinese philosophy. It is based of the principle of things remaining constant though always changing – and so the change is always rebalancing to remain constant. Everything is always changing and reworking to maintain that balance, including you and me. Night blends into day and day back into night. The yin and the yang stand for such characteristics of day and night, earth and sky, hot and cold, within and without, male and female.
Some yin characteristics are the moon and the night and going within. Some yang characteristics are the sun and the day and expanding outward. We have extended these characteristics to male and female and rightly so. You are born with certain tendencies toward certain traits for a reason – to maintain the balance and add to the completeness. A world with only women, 0r a world with only men would hardly work. We can only bring out our true full natures when we work in harmony and cooperatively, with mutual respect and appreciation.
Our world has gone through periods of time when males ruled – and action and intellect dominated -and the result was an imbalance – too much yang – and so we often went to war and forgot to be kind and promoted a ‘get ahead at any cost’ philosophy. Too much yang can do that. Although in places like America the balance is coming into play, more and more, there are still parts of the world and the mid-east where male dominance and yang energy are causing chaos and we all know it.
Too much yin energy, although it is loving and kind and heart centered, can cause the opposite – too much introspection and living with one’s head in the clouds will hardly ever get things done. The cartoon concept of the weak woman, who can never figure anything out and always needs a man to take care of her is a familiar thoughtform.
So what do we need?: to look at that symbol again and understand it – really understand it. Within the yang – the male, the day, the heat, the forcefullness, the ambition, and the energy, is a center of yin.
Within the yin – the female, the night, the coolness, the introspection, the kindness, softness, love and compassion is a center of yang.
The strongest and most honorable men are the ones who can easily demonstrate their kindness and their caring and their compassion.
The kindest and most honorable women are those who demonstate an inner strength and a spirit that is willing to work tirelessly to achieve what is right.
In the future the most honorable people will be those that have all those wonderful qualities to bring forth whenever they need them – be it strength and honesty and forcefullness, or love and compassion and kindness.
Then perhaps we will not automatically assume that we know what a man or woman can offer before we get to know them individually. Perhaps we can honor, respect and understand one another as we understand the yin yang symbol: always changing, always striving for balance, always complementing and completing.
In Chinese medicine when we have a fever we have too much yang energy. We introduce yin in the form of cool cloths and drinks to restore the balance.
If we are suffering from hypothermia we have way too much yin, and we need to receive yang energy and be warmed up by all means possible to become healthy again.
As so it comes down to us, as it always does. How are you doing? Are you balanced? Are you seeing all sides? Are you incorporating what you are lacking, and are you discarding whatever you carry too much of? Do you honor and respect those whose energies complement yours? Are you honoring yourself for what you are and for what you carry within that you are capable of?
Do you realize that when you look at someone who seems completely different from yourself, they are mirroring something that is inside of you?
If you take anything at all away from this writing, I hope you realize that there is no absolute on this planet, and perhaps even in this particular universe. However, there is a need to attain balance and then keep maintaining balance if we are to be healthy. Our yin selves need to contain a healthy yang. Our yang selves need to contain a healthy yin. If you are being too forceful to the point of being overbearing, you need to rethink and add some compassion and understanding to your day. If you are being too submissive or easy going to the point of being taken advantage of, you must assert yourself.
Imagine you are writing a story about the benefits of carrots and you title the book “Carrots are Good for You”. That’s usually right. They are packed with nutrition. But immediately your attention is drawn to someone who has a severe carrot allergy, and then you are shown a field of toxic soil where the carrots grown there will make you sick. Not so simple anymore. Your book can’t have just one chapter.
Life is like that. You don’t have just one chapter. Neither does anybody else. We are all striving for balance, and in that individual balance, our world will come into balance and be healed.
I started off this week wanting to share this truth with you : That all healing comes from within. And that’s true. It does. Your healing is ultimately and completely your responsibility.
But when we pray for healing to the Divine, doesn’t ‘He’ answer? Yes, ‘He’ does. And what about our Angels and healing teams on the other side? Don’t they count? Yes, they absolutely do.
And what happens when we seek out a healer here on earth? Aren’t they a valuable and necessary conduit to our healings? Yes, they are often indispensible. So are the medications and herbs that may be recommended.
So, healing not only comes from within, but from without? Yes, I guess you could say that. But you can only say that if you are open and receptive and willing to attune to that which comes to you. And you can only attune to that which comes to you by acknowledging and using that which is already within. So all healing comes from within.
Food for thought on many levels? I hope so.