Yin and Yang in the Home
One of the basic tools we use in Feng Shui is the principle of Yin and Yang. It is the essential philosophy behind the five elements, and working with an environment.
We can use Yin and Yang ideas when making judgments and decisions about how to bring in different attributes of Color, Shape, Size, Texture and elements into our space to create a quiet, nurturing space, or a more vibrant, and energetic one.
The main idea behind Yin and Yang is the idea of relativity. Meaning Yin and Yang are not merely opposites, but different levels of being on the same wheel; or in Feng Shui terms, different places within the elemental cycle. As we cover the elemental cycle, you will see why different colors, shapes, sizes, and therefore elements correspond to different levels of Yin and Yang and how observing these levels and how they can be very helpful tools in creating your environment.
One of my favorite Authors is Scott Peck. He wrote the Road Less Travelled. In one of his books…He says there is no such thing as opposites, only different levels of the same thing. That phrase boggled my mind…especially since I was much younger when I read it and am still learning everything it means. I went around telling everyone my new discovery and waiting to see their reactions. Some people disagreed with me. Some people brushed it off, and some were intrigued. I really liked the thought because it completely changed the way I looked at things. It was a fact of reality that I had never been taught, and so I didn’t see it- even though proof was all around me. And the more I looked around and contemplated this new idea, the more I could apply it to.
At a universal level, we can say that everything in this universe is either matter or energy or a combination of both.
Or you could say yin, or yang, or a combination of both.
Things to remember about the concept of Yin and Yang, especially when applying it as a tool in your home and with feng shui is:
Yin and Yang are always relative.
There is never a wrong or right with Yin and Yang.
What might feel more soothing to one, may be a little more distracting for someone else. (A chair that’s comfy, yet bright red)
You can always try something, and then change it. It’s never a waste of effort because each time you learn so much about yourself and your environment.
Carl Sagan, when producing his PBS series popularized the term, billions and billions, which was the title of one of his books. The billions referred to the stars…He was fond of reminding his viewers that we are all “made of star stuff.”
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If Matter is Yin, Energy is Yang.
If Earth is Yin, Sky is Yang.
If Moon is Yin, Sun is Yang
If Woman is Yin, Man is Yang
The reason is that the possibilities for us to create an environment within these rules are infinite.
All music, for example, can be written in seven notes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 but you can never reach a point where no more new music can be created.
You can’t reach a point where no new computer program can be written.
Beautiful music can be created only if it is written with both yin and yang notes.
A computer program cannot be written only with 1 or with 0. Yin and Yang always exist together,-neither can exist without the other
There are no rigid borders between Yin and Yang and they rely on each other to be true.
Imagine if there is no earth, then the word sky becomes meaningless.
As we are dependent on the universe for our existence, the universe cannot exist without us.
There can be no life without death and without death life has no meaning.
A human being has both positive energies and negative energies.
So they are opposites, yet the same. And this is what Scott Peck meant when he said all truth contains paradox. So you can apply feng shui the next time you have a particularly confusing situation, for which you’ve been searching for an answer. You’ll never be wrong. You will learn from what goes right, as well as what goes wrong. And there will always be at least a little of both.
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