Yin Yang Principles – Learning Daoism Part 2

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Yin Yang Principles – Learning Daoism Part 2

The order of creation is: First, Wuji, and if there is one, there must be two and three – this is the result of Yin and Yang – the opposites and the cycle of transformation of the five elements. This is the Daoist understanding of creation – moving and destruction – returning to stillness. Yin Yang includes everything and is a simplified understanding for all of the 10.000 things (infinite). Each one has its opposite, and each one has its producing and destructing counterpart.

The Supreme Ultimate (Taijitu) Diagram is a fancy word often used in modern Tai Chi schools. The meaning is a tiny part in Daoism with the Yin Yang theory and what the five elements actually offer; Daoism mentions the Taijitu as a basic doctrine in the I-Ching and gets much more complex and mathematical later on. Hence the Taijitu is often referred to as something universal and fundamental; that is true, but it is more because the further knowledge is rarely understood by westerns and often goes not deeper than the basic understanding of Yin Yang – the opposites. The orientation is also something most westerns hang themselves up with – but as long as the cardinal points, elements (Trigrams), or anything else is not defined, you can rotate the Taijitu any way you like.

Let’s go a little deeper – the Two Extremes.

The lineage of Sanfengpai goes deeper into the Yin Yang doctrines – also known as the doctrine of the Two Extremes (Liang Yi). Liang Yi hangs its principles on the creation and transformation cycle that results from the Yin Yang principles. Think about it like this: the body is working in the rhythm of Yin and Yang – because we breathe, we use power and have a state where there is no power, this is a constant transformation, the overall condition changes constantly physically and mentally. We have two glasses in our hands, one is full, and one is empty. For our body to function efficiently, we need to constantly fill the full cup into the empty one and repeat, as long we keep the water flowing – we can use the cycle of creation and destruction in our body. One could say that the Two Extremes drive the whole thing with Yin and Yang. Subconsciously we always have lived with this relation of Yin and Yang, but the practical work with this rhythm is called internal alchemy in Daoist terms.

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  1. Master it seems like the magnets in the world are always working against each other with great power and and bad ways competition greed lying and deceiving power arrogance everything that is wicked and causes mental anguish and health issues I believe it is how people grew up a lot to do with it from birth I’ve had nothing in a missionary getting my ass kicked a lot but I always went back for more took care of myself since I’m 7 years old and glad because it made me strong that’s what the Lord wanted my dad was a master artist sign artist and taught me to build anything and paint anything and I learned all about colors for hypnosis and carpentry commercial roofing and I’m disabled cannot do it but thank the Lord of host I have a chance to make and honestly livin I see spoiled people who want a free ride never happy always plotting people all around me and always wanting more and it makes me want less and thank the Lord for what I got and love being in this great Tai–+Chi school help my mind and help me relax I’ve had a lot emotional trauma issues and NLP Wudang Kung Fu toe of Jeet help me in great ways truth peace happiness all Tai Chi brothers and sisters

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