The dance of duality – the meaning in yin / yang
The basic premise or meaning of yin / yang can be found in all areas of our day to day lives; We can find it in the simplest of forms; from a simple observation of a cell to the more expansive nature of the cosmos, from microcosm to macrocosm. Everything exists in what can appear to be a duality; of both positive and negative; yin and yang
If we observe light reflecting off an object, we see both the dark and the light. The dark (yin) part is concealed from us, the details barely obvious to our eyes. However, we can notice the details in the sunnier/lighter side (yang) ; it comes to life and we become more conscious of its intricate nature, patterns, light forms and marks. As the light shifts the dark side becomes brighter and we are able to pick out the finer points once again. They were always there but we needed the light to see them. They were literally full of potential (Energy) that only the light (Consciousness) can help bring into sharper focus. This is yin and yang at play – from dark to light and light to dark.
This dance is found everywhere in nature. In Vedic tantric terms it is the dance of Shiva and Shakti and in Taoist terms it is the energy of Earth (Yin) and Heaven (Yang). Both can be found in the Tajitu symbol of Taoist philosophy.
There is a lovely quote from Rumi a 13th century mystic and philosopher who was able to sum up what yin yang philosophy is:
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there” ~ Rumi
The field is the field of balance, the place where light and dark arrive together to form a centre of peace and equilibrium… of ‘being’ as opposed to ‘doing’ of witnessing and observing.