in and yang are the opposing forces of life; they are the opposite poles of anything, the duality we witness in the world, good and evil, black and white, light and darkness. By passing judgment, everyone tends to be attracted to a certain pole on any particular topic, and at the same time opposing to the opposite pole. If the
The circle of Yin and Yang signify that the sphere of life is complete only when there is balance between the opposites. Imbalance of favor of any pole causes pain and suffering; too much “good” is as bad as too much “evil”, too much capitalism is as bad as too much socialism, and too much kindness is as bad as too much cruelty. Life and creation walk the fine line that is intertwine between all opposing forces. The duality and the opposite poles have been created solely for one purpose, to serve as guides for any traveler on a life journey and to give us reference points from which we can triangulate our position between them to find the balancing line.
The balancing point of creation is such a common place that we miss it completely; it is like hiding in plain sight. It is of course also manifested in the human body; the outwardly projected phallus is exquisitely balanced by the inwardly engulfing passage of the vagina. When both in accord and harmony, the yin and yang in balance, and a seed of creation is planted.
The same principles can be observed everywhere. War, for example, which is an outwardly projected aggression of a group or nation against another, is akin to the muscular principle of a man. It is not surprising that all wars are initiated by men carrying swords, pointing cannons or delivering rockets; all are phallic symbols. If that projection of aggression is met with an opposite projection of aggression, destruction is the result. History books are filled with countless examples of this scenario. If on the other hand, the muscular aggression is faced with a feminine surrender, a lot of lives will be saved. Isn’t that how Czechoslovakia evaded destruction in the Second World War?
Although war is one clear example of extreme masculinity, it is not the only one. Ask any woman working in the corporate world trying to break the glass ceiling about masculinity at work. It is what fuels competition, greed and the concentration of power and wealth in a few hands (usually males’ hands). The opposite to that is the Van Goghs of the world, the starving artists who are trying to make the world a beautiful place and hoping that someone would notice and they could make a living out of it. Both cases are not healthy because they create conflict and segregation.
Life gifts us with duality so the opposite serve as guiding posts. There is no need for us to judge them, all we need is to learn where we are in relationship to them and walk the fine line between yin and yang, the line of creation.
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