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Thirdly, movement growing or shrinking of yin and yang elements within Tai Chi diagram suggests that life changes constantly to and from between good and bad, joy and sorrow, happiness and sadness, high and low and between any two extreme qualities. This is dualistic principles in I-Ching.
In any events or things, there are two qualities within. There's no such thing as complete good or perfectly bad things. It is degree of good, or bad that matters.
Take for example, can we say that a person is good because there's no bad quality in him, or a person is bad because he or she have never done any 'good' at all??? A good person may at times been guilty of small bad deeds, and a bad person may at times have some good in him or her. Isn't it?
A good thing may have some negative side in it. And vice versa, a bad thing may have some positive side in it. It depends on how we perceive issue. That’s dualistic principles in I-Ching.
This goes to next concepts. In diagram, within each element, there's a dot in it. The black section has a white dot, while white section has a black dot. What does this means? We move now to next statement: The Two Elements give rise to Four Phenomena. This means, in yin element, there will be yang element and vice versa, in yang element, there will be yin element.
What does it means to us?
In any events or things, there will be some good in bad, and some bad in good. Just like there's some yin in yang, and some yang in yin. For example, when a person wins a race, others will lose race. There's bad news within good news, there's sorrow amongst joy, there's losing among winning and so on.
In life, there will be mixtures of good and bad, joy and sorrow, happiness and sadness, winning and losing, high and low, and it all come in a 'package'!
Therefore, we should learn to be more give and take - and accept nature of life as it is. Enjoy good things, and accept bad one bravely and gracefully. This will then help us to achieve a more balance and harmonious life.
Tai Chi's concepts of yin and yang became influential to ancient Chinese, and found its way into philosophy, theories, medicine, art of war, religion, arts and way of maintaining life. It has found its way into Daoism, which in some ways, people claimed that Tai Chi is under idea of Daoism, which is not quite true. It should be other way round.
Whatever it is, understanding principles of I-Ching does help us to understand nature of life itself to better balance and manage our ups and downs to face our daily chores and challenges. And I wish all of you success and harmony in your life. May Energy of Tai Chi be with you!
Written by: C. Guan Soo http://www.TaichiForYourHealth.com
A meditation, martial arts, Tai Chi Chuan practitioner for the past 23 years, who has great interest in the Eastern philosophies and Buddhism as well.