Yin and Yang – The Theory of Opposite Forces

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You may have heard of yin and yang and wondered what exactly they mean and how the theory explains how they work. Yin and yang are basically the meaning of opposite factors. There are two basic concepts associated with the theory of yin and yang:

  • The difference of opposite factors in any system
  • The relationships that exist between these forces.

Yin and yang are complimentary to each other, and both are required to create and engage a positive environment. The normal and healthy existence of everything in nature relies on the enhancement and interaction of the two different forces. These forces can come in just about any element that has opposites. Some examples include:

  • Day and night
  • Summer and winter
  • Work and rest
  • Man and woman

When there is an antagonistic kind of relationship between any of the opposites it can lead to destruction, but is because of opposite forces that the balance in nature is continually maintained.

Yin nourishes and supports Yang and Yang supports and nourishes Yin. This relationship is dependent on the other, yet opposite and independent of each other. Opposites can hold each other in a balanced state and be able to exude control mutually. Everything in the world physically has an opposite. This theory applies to things as basic as having a front to things and a back. Birth is opposite of death, recession is opposite of an economic boom.

In addition, the theory of yin and yang holds that there are not advantages present without disadvantages and there are not disadvantages that are present without advantages. Yin attracts the forces of Yang and Yang attracts the forces of Yin. The theory also holds that Yin gradually turns Yang and Yang gradually turns Yin.

 

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