YIN IS NOT FEMALE, YANG IS NOT MALE
(translation from Spanish, originally published in the Argentine magazine, UNO MISMO, April/May 2016
There are two laws that rule over the construction and dynamic of the forms that define human beings, our world, and our reality. One applies to matter and the other to spirit. The one that rules material structure reveals dynamics that process physical polarity and in the case of the human being, also psychological. The Law that governs spirit is singular, holistic and transcendental. There is no formula. It engenders, dissolves, transmutes, refines and elevates. It guides and transcends human intelligence when we have understood, embraced and embodied a life in neutrality, refinement and elevation. Until then, our intelligence reflects attributes of matter, with which it identifies. To awaken Consciousness, it is fundamental to understand and embrace physical laws in order that, by respecting them, we come to master them.
In our system, the two forces that work in parallel fashion to determine the material universe, evolution and human elevation, are called the Masculine and the Feminine Principle. The Masculine as well as the Feminine Principle contains what in the Orient is known as yin and yang.
Yin represents the force of attraction: its movement originates in the periphery and gathers towards the center. At the same time its motion irradiates subtle influences in the opposite direction. Yang represents the activity of the force that projects from the center towards the periphery, simultaneously emitting subtle waves that reverberate in the center.
Yin-yang describes the dynamic of perpetual motion in life and Creation. Transformation, or alchemy, is a result of the meeting of these opposite and complementary forces. As we shall see, each complement exists within the other, catalyzing a process of constant internal and external change, affecting energetic phenomena much more extensively that what is visible. Yin-yang determines the creation, movement and expression of our physical system and everything in Nature, from planetary and human to elemental.
Taoism lists the classical characteristics of the yin-yang concept as manifest in the physical universe. Towards the middle of the XXth Century, when Oriental ideas became popular, these characteristics were transferred directly onto human behavior, giving origin to great confusion. The error consisted in applying social and identity gender roles based on this conception of yin-yang, without taking the determining role of Consciousness into consideration. Matter evolves but Consciousness expands; it does not respond to Natural Law.
Regardless of how benign it appears, this confusion feeds archaic social stereotypes, perpetuating the idea of dependence between genders and the facile categorization of programmed psychological forces that have nothing to do with aptitude or perspective granted by gender structure.
Taoist philosophy deals with the laws of Nature; the human being is understood through its organic functions and according to its identification and resonance in matter. In Nature, one force grows and the other is forced to concentrate itself in such a way as to provoke a physical transformation. However, in alchemy, transmutation does not occur by virtue of an ingredient of opposite polarity but through the effect of the spiritual quality of Consciousness.
Men and Women are not mere physical phenomena of the universe and therefore they may not be compared to night and day, or to the moon and the sun. Their existence does not depend on the other. They do not consume and generate one another mutually as demonstrated by chemical law, nor do they form a dynamic balance that would mean that when one increases, the other diminishes. Genders do not transform into their opposite through will or physical manipulation.
In summary, the human being manifests the law of duality by its connection and identification with physical matter, but it also demonstrates singularity and transcendence by the degree of Consciousness that permeates its intelligence. The physical aspect responds to the laws of attraction and rejection, expansion and contraction, in other words classical characteristics of yin and yang, but not so Consciousness that is Spirit. Genders represent unique and parallel manifestations of Spirit.
It may be poetic to say that a woman as yin resembles the moon, moist freshness and the earth, and that man as yang the sun, heat and the heavens, but these are mere metaphors for the manner in which a woman and a man express their faculties of Consciousness through physical means. In a conscious being, the “quality” of refinement of these expressions reflects the degree of mastery over its faculties and the matter that clothes it.
In the human being, the physical body determines basic polarity and the sequence of energetic fields that surround and interpenetrate it.
In a careful study of the subtle anatomy we see that these energy fields correspond to focal activities in the centers (chakras) within the body itself. I list this activity in the different bodies of men and women.
As a result of the play of polarity, perspective and natural orientation, gender behavior is qualitatively modified with slight but important distinctions. Both male and female models manifest yin and yang forces that alternate in singular fashion.
Chemistry and polarity predispose perception and gender response in the world. Within the variants of each category (physical, emotional or mental) there is stereotyped behavior that manifests fixations and exaggerated or extreme manifestations. This tendency appears in the following chart (below) as “distortion”. The + symbol represents yang polarity and – represents the indicated yin energy field.
Physically, the male gender incarnates the positive yang polarity of projection, whose example is the penis and the directional impulse produced by testosterone. In the same way physically, the female gender incarnates the negative or attractive polarity illustrated by her vaginal cavity and the magnetism it exerts.
Energetically a man can never be like a woman, nor a woman like a man. The emotional field of a woman is qualitatively different than that of a man; the mental aura of a man is radically different from that of a woman, even if the IQ’s are identical and their emotions equally deep.
Within this gamma of frequencies associated to the abilities of the body and personality fields, we find a wide range of yin and yang variants.
Let’s now see how this translates into the influence of polarity in the other bodies, emotional, mental and spiritual, in man as well as woman.
WHAT HAPPENS IN HIM
The predominant polarity in man at the physical level is yang. He excels as a builder, a “doer” by excellence, manifesting himself between extremes of tyranny and weakness.
Side by side the directional and energetic expressions competitive almost athletic, and the defined determined force of the male, typical yang characteristics, appears a tenuous, patient, individualistic, careful, sustaining and calm capacity, the yin counterpart which even if receptive, is not “feminine”.
At the emotional level, we see how his polarity acquires a yin tonality that expresses its soft dreamy nature as desire and internalized vulnerable tenderness. The yang base in this case makes him appear passionate, impulsive and expressive. In this manner emotions are colored by the basic physical yang and do not demonstrate the subtlety that characterizes woman.
At the second level, the emotional, distortions of the male appear as oscillating extremes between a disconnection from the most common feelings, and a tendency towards provocation or emotional challenge.
When we refer to communication we allude to the usual mental intellectual process. At the mental body level, male energy again adopts the yang polarity. Here he acquires the dynamic yang dominance of the form builder, constructing molds and patterns that serve the physical world. Thus he augments the physical yang potential while conversely exhibiting a distortion towards extreme self-absorption and fanaticism.
The current world belongs to men, as the song, “It’s a Man’s World” says. He represents law and authority, order and knowledge by means of logic. He is the persuasive and utilitarian leader, the administrator of society, exuding his yin side in a parallel manner as diplomat, abstract, analytical and non-attached.
WHAT HAPPENS IN HER
Different from men, at the physical level the predominant polarity in a woman is yin. Side by side the typical feminine expressions of her yin, such as resistance and magnetic attraction, physical sensitivity, the ability to know when to give in and how to absorb, her yang side appears: leonine ferocity as preserver and guardian of life. Her body expresses this yang by being strong, dynamic and extroverted. This does not make her “masculine”. In extremis, distortions manifest in degrees of surrender and aggression.
Be she where she may be and do whatever she does, the yang polarity at the emotional level of a woman dominates the atmosphere with powerful overt or insinuated expressions. Seductive by nature, at this level a woman tends to be intense and all absorbing, manipulative, challenging and dominating. At the same time she continues to be impressionable, susceptible and subtle, irradiating her yin aspect simultaneously. At the borders of the extreme, her distortion manifests hysterical behavior with dramatic excesses and manipulation that is impossible to ignore.
A woman’s thinking is holistic and intuitive, versatile and multidimensional in its preponderantly yin quality, while her yang makes sure to exert vigilance and caution, flexibility and an enormous creative capacity that uses indirect alternative (non-linear) routes in a very practical way. At the mental level, a woman offers unique integration functions.
Even if the disadvantages that woman have suffered up until this cycle are evening out with advantages, she does not possess the same type of impact and mental dominion as a man. In her distortion she can move between extreme lack of control and exaggerated mental fixation.
AT THE SPIRITUAL LEVEL
Everything changes for a man and for a woman at the spiritual level when the influence of Consciousness asserts itself over the previous material tendencies. Even if one may never change the basic mechanisms of gender, one may alter quality or effects.
The influence of Consciousness remains subject to the forces of matter until each gender integrates its lessons and completes its apprenticeship in the management of its polarities in the physical world. Once “awakened”, the human being is capable of modifying the quality of forces that it constantly triggers around him or herself.
Suddenly, the energy of Consciousness arises, radically altering the positive polarity of man and transforming him into someone infinitely more receptive. It forces him to leave the patterns of the past based on his physical yang and mental domination. He must leap to a yin expression which, even being a more refined aspect of his basic yang, brings him much contrast and conflict. In activating this sensible aspect he is launched into a behavior and an identity that is qualitatively different.
This offers him the opportunity of becoming a sensitive, receptive teacher. Notwithstanding, as distortions, man often expresses extremes of goodness that make him appear weak, or mental rigidity that identify him as a superficial intellectual.
Spiritually, the same polar inversion that occurs to men occurs to women. Her energies leap to the yang expression of her yin, but instead of disconcerting her (as occurs with men) this state awakens mental yang forces and, joining these to the emotional yang typical to her, she acquires tremendous power for manifestation. However, in her distortion she often reveals naiveté or, on the other hand hardness.
For a woman, the activation of Consciousness means the birth of the priestess and the visionary. As she comes out of her strong yin pattern and turns towards the yang potential of her gender, this grants her tremendous force, conviction and influence over her environment.
It all depends on the will of the individual when he or she contacts the forces of Consciousness, which are unique and not subject to the whim or to human insistence, to simulation or to affectation. In genuine sensitivity, spiritual characteristics in men and women turn them into a genuine Human: an Inner Man and Inner Woman.
We are striving for this and thus welcome a better future.
CHART I – CLASSIC CHARACTERISTICS OF YIN YANG (from Wikipedia)
º Yin and yang are opposites. Everything has its opposite, even if this is not absolute but relative, since nothing is completely yin or completely yang. For example, winter is the opposite of Summer, even if it may be cold during a Summer day and vice-versa.
º Yin and yang are interdependent. One cannot exist without the other. For example, day cannot exist without night.
º Yin and yang may subdivide into further yin and yang. Every in or yang aspect can be subdivided into yin and yang indefinitely. For example, an object may be hot or cold, but at the same time heat may be boiling or template, and cold may be cool or frozen.
º Yin and Yang mutually consume and generate one another. Yin and yang form a dynamic balance: when one increases, the other diminishes. Imbalance is but circumstantial; as one grows in excessive force the other, as it concentrates in the long run provokes a new transformation. For example, excessive vapor in clouds (yin) provokes rain (yang).
º Yin and yang may transform themselves into their opposite. Night becomes day, warmth turns into cold, life into death. However, this transformation is also relative. For example, night transforms into day, but at the same time they coexist on opposite sides of the Earth.
º There is yang in yin and yin in yang. There always remains a bit of each in the other, which leads the absolute to transform itself into its contrary. For example, a seed that is buried withstands the Winter and is reborn in Spring.
CHART II: (intellectual property of Zulma Reyo)