Zen Musings – Yin And Yang
Last week, I started a video course and am now practising Qi Gong.
Years ago, I already practised Tai Chi for a longer period of time, which was very good for me. Then I lacked the space – and doing my exercises alone in the park did not feel good for me. Then came forgetting and I could no longer remember the sequences properly.
Recently, while zapping through the telly, I stumbled across an instalment of TeleGym, which was the first episode of a ten-part Qi Gong course, and remembered how good Tai Chi was for me back then and that Qi Gong is based on the same teachings while usually requiring less space to practise. Now I am the proud owner of the corresponding video course and practise Qi Gong. It does so much good! The positive physical effects are so clearly perceptible that it borders on a miracle with every episode. But the positive effect, if you want to put it that way, goes far beyond the physical – or, to put it better: Qi Gong, just like Tai Chi, is a holistic experience.
Something I learned pretty much at the beginning of my Qi Gong course is this:
The crucial thing between Yin and Yang is the “And”. That is where the Tai Chi is, the ideal balance, the middle, the harmony.
Then a thought came to me:
Without judgement, we are the observing, allowing, connecting; a channel equally for Yin and Yang.
This gave rise to further thoughts:
If we only practise neutrality when we agree with something or do not care, but leave out what we do not agree with, is it really neutrality?
And now replace the word “neutrality” with ” faith”.
Now this does not mean that one cannot have one’s own desires and preferences. It just means that you let others have theirs and trust that everything in the Universe has its ideal place and there is an ideal balance.
You can align yourself with this ideal balance – not on the outside, but on the inside. For example, you can align your body and mind in such a way that the life force – the ” Qi ” in Qi Gong, or the ” Chi ” in Tai Chi – can flow through you ideally and without blockages.
For this, it is important to find one’ s ideal tension – i.e in other words, not too much ( Yang) and also not too little ( Yin), but just right. This is true relaxation, because blockages dissolve, but the channel for the flow of life force is maintained.
Since we are not separate from the Universe, or the Divine, but a part of it, we thus contribute our individual part to the harmony of the whole.
We are not separate from the Earth, we are part of it – our body is also the Earth, just like all matter on Earth. We are not separate from Nature, we are part of it. The Earth is not separate from the Universe, it is part of the Universe, is also the Universe. Thus we too are part of the Universe, of the All, of the Whole, for we are part of the Earth. The body is not separate from the spirit, it is part of it. All matter is made of spirit, of energy, of Qi/ Chi. You could also say: we are not separate from God, we are part of the Divine. Depending on religion and belief, others might say: The Divine Spark is in all of us. Still others might say: The Divine experiences itself through each individual part of the Universe. The Lakota say: “Mitakuee Oyassin” – “We are all related” – or also: We are all one.
Perhaps, if we remember this again, it will be easier for us to stop fighting each other. Instead, we could trust that it is alright to remember ourselves and to do what we think is right and to allow others to do the same. Strictly speaking, all is right in divine order.
This does not mean simply accepting everything and never questioning anything. It simply means focusing one’s energy on what I can effect in the Here and Now – and in truth I can only ever effect something in myself – because whether and what I effect in others is not in my hands, but in theirs. I execute my responsibility by how I respond to my experiences. If I would like to receive a certain response from my environment, I behave exactly as this response should look. On the one hand, I set an example – an idea – to the outside world. Secondly, I create a resonance field around me, which attracts more of what I radiate outwards. Thirdly, I nurture what I would like to support, experience and increase, instead of what I do not actually want to experience.
This does not mean that I ignore what I do not want to experience and simply look the other way – for example, injustices around me. After all, there is the observing, the awareness. But instead of getting worked up about the injustices, I can also look for solutions or make sure that I do things differently in my life, in my sphere of influence, or both. If I remain open, allowing, a channel for both Yin and Yang, perhaps ways and possibilities will emerge that I might not have seen at all if I had not also looked at what I disagree with. If I do not agree with something, I basically do not understand it. Some things I will probably never understand. And for some things, that is a good thing. But sometimes you need at least a certain amount of understanding to bring about change. Even if what you understand could not be further from your own personal stance. After all, I do not have to choose it for myself, and perhaps this understanding even helps me to ensure that I keep my chosen stance in any case and align myself even better with it – because sometimes we unconsciously exhibit certain behaviours that we would certainly not consciously maintain.
What is your stance - your stand - in life and towards life? Can the life force flow well through you or is there something you can change about your stance - your stand - so that the life force can flow even better? Are you ready to shine a bright light of awareness on the path of beingness, today? Much Love, Steffi