The Tao and Yin & Yang

We are all familiar with the “Yin and Yang” circle. The circle represents the Tao, which is the over encompassing One out of which all of our perceived reality comes from. Here is the shown by black and white halves within the circle: Yin and Yang. These are meant to represent the feminine and masculine energies who generate everything that we can see and touch:the Five Elements and Ten-Thousand things.

So what came first? How to answer this paradox logic of which came first – the chicken or the egg?

Taoism is based on the observation of nature: there is no starting point, and no ending point-just like a circle, nature is cyclical. This constitutes the paradox: even answering the question, we will always come back to the original question. We just go around in circles and find ourselves back at the start or beginning.

If you’ve tried to read Taoists’s readings you may get frustrated: they things that are paradoxical and really confusing. However, this is because we analyze the words with logic. If we can understand at a deeper, intuitive level, then all of a sudden we become aware of the awesomeness of creation and of that One that guides everything in this world.

The curved design of the Yin-Yang symbol can be compared to a kaleidoscope-like movement. By definition, Yin and Yang cannot exist without the other and each contains the essence of the other. Night becomes day, day becomes night and such is the nature of everything in the relative world.

My patients often ask me: is this good? Or is this bad? The beauty of Chinese medicine is that there is no “bad” or “good”- as long as everything is in balance it is good. In fact, too much of a “good thing” can be bad: for example too much joy and exuberance can, over time, be exhausting. In the same way, too much sleep and inactivity can, over time, affect mood and muscles in a negative way.

One could also imagine the black and white halves of the Yin-Yang symbol as the two sides of a coin. They are different, and distinct, yet one could not exist without the other. The circle itself – which contains these two halves – is like the metal (silver, gold or copper) of the coin. It is what the two sides have in common – what makes them “the same.”

So, the One or Consciousness or God came first!