Yin & Yang

In ancient China, Daoist scholars and mystics developed a profound understanding of life based on intimate observations of nature. They perceived that everything in the Universe comes out of  ”space”, the unnamable, which they name the Dao. This unnamable, manifests on the earth as the dual principles of Yin and Yang, i.e., heaven and earth, day and night, masculine and feminine energies.

 

The Yin (passive energy) is the energy of relaxation, stillness, serenity and inward movement…… as expressed in soft music, the sound of a water fountain and soothing art images, and the soft fur of a kitty, etc.

 

The Yang (more active energy) can be associated with more assertive movements, such as the fiery directness of the Sun: the aggressive speed of racing cars, the hard solid surface of a mountain, the focused energy of a laser beam. 

Yang is the fiery essence of the mid-day sun while Yin is the stillness and mystery of the night.

Room/House Balancing

Finding the perfect balance of these contrasting energies (Yin an Yang) can create a tranquil, balanced feeling in the environment, especially when coupled with the balancing of the Five elements.

 

The Yin and Yang balance of a room can change by day and night, depending on the quality and quantity of light, and the reflective surfaces of objects. Watch how a room changes with the day and evening, and balance accordingly if you wish.

The view out the window, whether you see large trees (yang) or little bushes (more yin), vast vistas (yang) or your neighbor’s fence - these all embody a combination of yin and yang qualities. You may also notice that as the seasons change, the views change with the time of the year, which affects the balance of YIN and YANG in your home or office. Listed below are some examples of what might be considered YIN or YANG.

See if you can begin to sense these somewhat elusive qualities in your surroundings.

YIN   

Earth

Low 

Wavy

Details 

Textured

Ornate

Cold

Moist

Inner

Slow

Curvy

Quiet

Moon

Rounded

Receeding

Horizontal

Short

Low contrast

 

YANG

Heaven

High

Geometric

Plain

Smooth

Simple

Hot

Dry

Outer

Fast

Straight

Loud

Sun

Sharp

Advancing

Vertical

Tall

High contrast