The theory of Yin and Yang tells us that everything that surrounds us consists of two opposing forces that harmoniously unite to promote movement and, in turn, change. So, while Yin symbolizes darkness, water, intuition, and the ability to nourish life, Yin represents impulse, light, expansion, and fire.
This concept, rooted in Taoism, is itself the basis for incontestable thinking and, at the same time, wonder. Now, in the midst of such a suggestive game, which is both dialectal and conceptual, in which everything seems to have its opposite and, in turn, its other complementary part. This is a nuance that characterizes all of us; it is a modern, vibrant and, of course, globalized society.
Right now, our personal vision is limited to seeing everything that surrounds us, in absolute and dichotomous terms. People are good or bad. You are rational or emotional. You are with me or against me. If you are not smart, you are ignorant. Happiness is the opposite of sadness. If you disagree with my truth, you are defending a lie. In turn, equally important, we created a society in which we emphasize Yang in almost every scenario.
We value the rational, not the emotional, we emphasize the strength, dynamism and sense of dominance that often creates patriarchal societies. We have forgotten to feed or care for a more holistic view, a perception that is able to see reality as a continuum, and not a play of forces, in which one must always prevail over the other.
Let’s think about it.
Theory of Yin and Yang: what we decided to hide
We all recognize the Yin and Yang symbol. And although this diagram has the most distant origin in Chinese philosophy, it can also be said that this idea, this concept, has its testimony in different cultures. It is also found in Hindu, Egyptian, and Jewish traditions. This is a manifestation of duality, a consequence where day and night, male and female, as well as the earth and sky form this sense of harmony, where the opposite is complemented and flows to give dynamism and meaning to life.
On the other hand, Yin and Yang suggest that each of us has already reached “completion” in this world. We have the abilities, qualities, and characteristics that constitute a diverse, extremely rich, and sometimes contradictory integrity. However, we see ourselves as a series of concrete, definite and absolute features. For example, we can see ourselves as noble, just and good beings. However, we forget that violence may occur at the most unexpected moments.
We can perceive ourselves as very active people, but sometimes laziness also covers us. We can feel happy, and then feel hopeless that same day. We are able to love and hate at the same time. A person can also spend his life, guided by logic and the most objective reasoning and changes at any time. They can understand that this is not the case, and focus their energy on a more intuitive and emotional side.
Carl Gustav Jung devoted most of his life to this idea. According to the Swiss psychologist, people live in constant conflict. Although we have all attained in this world, in our education, in context, or even in ourselves, we can choose which parts to hide, which to deny, and which to reject.
Men, for example, would prefer to hide their Yin, the female part, the more emotional, rational and intuitive side , so that Yang can shine. Jan is a more dynamic, winning, strong and energetic part. Jung explained that we hide what we do not accept or avoid exploring. And this act of hiding those things that we do not accept, generates suffering and contradictions.
Yin and Yang: a symbol of transformation
Interesting and subtle nuances make up the theory of Yin and Yang. His symbol with a central wave separating the circle reminds us that life is not static. It symbolizes the impulse of energy, the rebirth of change and the absolute need to transform oneself in order to develop and grow.
At the same time, we can also see that in the center of each part there is another smaller circle with the opposite color. It symbolizes the seed of another. Yin and Yang theory reminds us that we cannot see each other in absolute terms. We also cannot see life from the classical point of view, that everything is black and white. In a man, as in life, everything is relative, and everything can change at any time.
Our personal harmony begins with our own ability to maintain a balance between all the forces that unite within us. To be happy, we need to know how to deal with sadness. To love with maturity, we must also love both the light and dark sides of our partner. To contribute to our personal development as people, we need to find a point where emotional and rational synchronization, personal space of self-knowledge, acceptance and expansion.
Therefore, we must work on these opposing energies that still inhabit us to create a more harmonious, meaningful and, above all, satisfactory self.