The phrase follow the yin is rooted in Eastern Taoist philosophy and is based on the understanding that to live in harmony with universal energies you need to put YIN in the guiding position.
Yin is the feminine principle, the receptive aspect or gateway through which universal and spiritual intelligence is received in the form of intuition and feeling. Yin is the Water Element, the Womb & Chalice. YANG is the masculine principle, the Fire Element & Sword, the dynamic aspect that responds to Her Wisdom through taking aligned action, thereby manifesting intuitive guidance from the spiritual into the physical world, bringing formless to form.
Feminine intuition plus masculine action equals creativity.
This isn’t about gender. It’s about understanding Universal Law in order to optimally benefit from the universal energies or Qi (life force) available to you.
It’s how to use The Force and be a Jedi!
Unfortunately most of us have not yet learned to benefit from the harmonious lover’s dance of Yin & Yang.
In modern Western culture, Yang has dominated whilst Yin has been oppressed for thousands of years. Under this patriarchal worldview rather than trust in the Mysterious Feminine and Her Wisdom, the Yang masculine principle attempts to control it. As a level of consciousness disconnected from spiritual intelligence, its a fear-based response to life that’s kept humankind separated and stuck in survival mode so that domination and control become the only option to feel ‘safe’.
The resulting imbalance between Yin & Yang is at the root of the crises our planet faces today, reflected in everything from the war against one another, the war against terrorism, the war against drugs, the war against viruses, the war against nature and the war that’s fought everyday against the natural cyclical wisdom of women’s bodies.
Yang is out of control; the counterbalance of Yin is essential to restore harmony and balance both within and without.
To understand what this means to women’s health, all you need do is look at how the average woman has had her natural hormonal cycle controlled by artificial hormones since she was a teenager. Ironically, women have been led to believe this is ‘female empowerment’.
Consider also how the average pregnancy and birth is now managed as an illness. The vast majority of births are controlled, pharmaceutically and surgically, rather then trusting women’s bodies and female intuition. The average woman has been taught to fear birth to such an extent that less then 0.5% experience normal, natural physiological labor.
Given that hysterectomy and caesarean section are the two most common surgeries worldwide, it’s easy to see how the lack of appreciation for Yin’s Wisdom is failing women and their health.
Chinese Medicine practitioners apply the principle ‘follow the yin’ as a way to improve all aspects of women’s health, recognising that Nature’s Wisdom is cyclical. Just like the Day-Night cycle has a Yin phase (sleep) and a Yang phase (wake) so too the menstrual cycle follows an energetic ebb and flow of energy. For women who are post-menopausal, paying attention to the lunar cycle (moon) may be beneficial due to the close relationship between the moon on the watery yin energies of the body.
Women are cyclical. To try and go through life at one speed and in one gear goes against the natural life-force that is available to women.
If you are feeling burnt out, stretched to max, overwhelmed with all that you have to do, disconnected from your inner sense of knowing, or out of control and at the mercy of your hormones, there is another way.
Learning how to work in harmony with the Feminine Wisdom Cycle, to move in flow with Yin and Yang helps women understand the power of each phase of the cycle and allows women to connect to where their true power lies. This the way to optimum health, vitality, joy, creativity and wellbeing.
Follow the yin.