Using the Yin Yang Symbol to Figure Out The Meaning of Life
is life's meaning?
This is probably the most asked question in
history! I am here to help you with that question and provide
some in-sights into the meaning of life and existence. Let me
introduce myself, I am a Zen Master, I made this article to clear the most important answers of life up for you, I
will keep this article short, clear and easy to understand.
To help explain to you the meaning of life, I
especially like to use the Yin-Yang symbol developed by Chinese
I like to use this symbol because through my
own meditation I fully understand this symbol and it is the best way
to understand how nature works which can also give you some
in-sights on the meaning of life. I will try to explain this
symbol in my own words:
We have a white dot, a black dot, a white
swirl and a black swirl.
The white dot: This means Yang in
Chinese, which means the upbringing, good, happiness, or some like to
refer to this as god. The word I like to use for it, is:
Something. Simply something.
The black dot: This means Yin in
Chinese, and if you can guess right it is the opposite of the white
dot (yang), which means the down bringing, or as some like to refer
to this as death. The word I like to use for this is:
Nothing. Simply nothing.
The black and white swirl: These
swirls represent how things act in nature according to the black and
white dots (or life and death), and it is the basis for balancing
out the black and white dots (life and death).
Yin-Yang Explained in Detail:
Through out this article, I will use these terms (black and white
dots and swirls) to describe what I am talking about throughout, so
you can then be educated on what the yin yang symbol means.
Nature is trying it's best to do whatever it
can to create Yang, or life (the white dot), and it does this
through balancing it's self out with the nothingness (the black
dot). Remember nothing is here with us too! It's just
that nature is doing a VERY good job of hiding it from us. And
believe it or not, you are constantly trying your best every day to
hide it from yourself (and you probably don't even realize you are
The black and white dots (life and death) are
really single static entities, and the swirls on the yin yang symbol
perform the balancing acts of the black and white dots (or life and
The swirls are physical manifestations that form from the
black and white dots. These manifestations need both a yin and
a yang (opposites) in order to complete the manifestation as a
whole. Here are a few examples of these manifestations: day and night, summer and winter,
hot and cold, male and female, even time and
gravity. Plus many many more. Infinitely more actually.
The swirls can best be said which describes your
experience in nature, and the black and white dot can best be said
to describe your actual existence in nature. You know in your daily experience that you must eat, like some
of us eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc. This can be
considered a white swirl knowing that it will lead towards life (the
white dot). And knowing that not eating (a black swirl), could
cause you to lose your life (the black dot). Of course this all
stems from your belief system (your ego), and someone's belief
system may be totally different from someone else's. That's
why it's important not to be judgmental towards others, because deep down, there
is a reason for everything, but there is no "exact" reason for anything.
Believe it or not, each and every one of
us is in this formula that creates life. Every day you
seek happiness (yang) and avoid things which could make you unhappy
(yin). Because naturally it feels better!
Something is better than nothing, right? That is exactly what
nature (you) is trying to accomplish!
The black and white swirls represents what you
know is right (white swirl) and wrong (black swirl), which you think
would ultimately lead to life (white dot) or death (black dot) to
you, and this also defines your experience and your personal meaning
of life! What you believe is right or wrong could be totally
different to someone else. This is what leads me to the word:
EGO. An Ego means exactly this, an individual's experience of
knowing what is right or wrong (or good and bad) to them.
Meaning of Yin-Yang:
Yin constantly changes into Yang & back into
Yin again. An endless infinite loop. This can be seen in the changes of four seasons, and the
changes throughout a single day (24 Hour Cycle), as seen below:
Dead center in the yin yang symbol is the
center, and nature moves clockwise around it. Now keep in mind the
yin-yang symbol does not just represent a single day, but explains
how EVERYTHING happens in nature.
As with many things, it also represents the cycle of life.
Your whole life is on a yang-yin adventure..
We start off as a yang, then as time
progresses we start to feel yin pull on us, which ultimately leads
to our death, but we go back to yang again (a new life), as discussed below:
PLEASE NOTE: Below I discuss my beliefs on
some aspects of nature and the meaning of life. My main sources I can
provide for you is a ton of meditation, under many different circumstances.
Where do we go when we die? Is there
a heaven or hell?
My belief is that your existence (white dot)
is eternal and will last forever but your ego (black and white
swirl) is not. Yes I am sorry but when you die, I believe your ego will
never return and what defines you will no longer be. Sure,
your memory will live on through others, but your ego will be wiped
from the individual you are living in right now.
not go to heaven and you will not go to hell, I believe there is no heaven or hell. The only way I can see them
existing is that you are in both of them right now. As the
black and white dot. Life (white dot) itself could represent
heaven, and death (black dot) itself could represent hell.
Remember these are just words and could have one meaning to someone,
or another meaning to someone else (thus the black or white swirls
again, or ego).
So if life (white dot) does represent heaven, and death (black
dot) does represent hell. Then you must do whatever you can in
your life to enjoy the heaven that we are in, but to avoid the hell
that is around us too. The best way to accomplish that is to stay
Zen with yourself (or stay in balance as I sometimes say), because
staying in balance is what nature is doing to survive anyway and you
are at the heart of it all. I will try to teach you life lessons
that will help you stay zen in other articles in the future. The more Zen you are, the happier and more relaxed you can get!
But don't worry because nature will take care
of that for you for the most part, but you still have to make
decisions yourself (that should naturally come to you anyway).
So remember nature is on your side! Sometimes leaning towards
death (black dot) could be the best for you, why? Because you
may not be enjoying your experience enough to appreciate life (white
dot), which leads me to the next question..
Why do we have to die, why can't we last
Wouldn't it be nice to live forever? You
may be thinking that right now, but over time you will naturally
start to get tired of what is going on in your experience, and this
naturally happens to everyone. What may make you happy today,
may not make you happy later in life. A good example of this
is video games. You start to play a video game for the first
time and you like it a lot and it makes you really happy to play it,
but over time you start to get less and less happiness out of it, it
will start to get repetitive and boring, that is when you need to
start to look for something else to play.
Life is the exact same way! So with my
analogy, is life similar to a video game? I think it has some
resemblances yes! Either way you are experiencing something.
And as you age you might find new things which can make you happy, or
even the old things still make you happy, but deep down your
existence itself (white dot) will start to get old on you regardless
of your experience, and the older you get the more oldness that is
going to be put upon you. You may have seen it all, done it
all, you have seeked enough happiness in your life and you will
start to realize that everything around you is just that, it is what
it is and you are ready to see something entirely new to you, but
you don't know where to look. This is when death (black dot)
takes it's toll on you, but for good reason! Why, because you
are ready for an ego wipe (as I like to call it). Seeing and
exploring new things for the first time is great! It is a
really good feeling, and nature knows this. That is why we
die, and can die. Remember I said that your existence is
eternal and you will live forever, just not your ego (or your
current individual personal experience)! Your ego will die, and you will start
fresh again with a brand new ego. Which leads us to the next
question, does it do this through spirits?
Do we have spirits, and is there such thing
Does each and every individual in this
universe have it's own spirit? When spirits die, do they
reincarnate somewhere else into a new life form? This is my
belief on this:
I believe that only ONE spirit exists, and we
ALL share from that one spirit! So yes I believe that WE ARE
ALL ONE, but egos is what makes us feel separated and unique from
the one spirit.
This one spirit also represents the black and
white dots you see on the yin yang symbol.
So as far as reincarnation is concerned, it
does not have any use in my belief, since reincarnation refers to
multiple spirits. But I do believe that you will be
experiencing something for eternity (just not through your current
ego). Egos are constantly being reborn anew, and old ones are
being thrown in the trash can (which can also be referred to as the
black dot, or nothingness). This represents the cycle of life!
It's a very beautiful thing we got going for us :)
So we are all one eh? That sounds
hard to believe!
Yes I believe that there is only ONE conscious
mind that exists, and we all share from it. Just like there is
only one NOTHING (black dot) that exists there is only one SOMETHING
(white dot) that exists. And that something is consciousness,
and it is what allows us to perceive. Everything we hear, see, feel,
smell, basically all of our senses is something we share from the
one consciousness. Egos (black and white swirls) is only what
makes us feel separated and unique from everything else. Egos
is what isolates everything individually. Ego is all the
information contained within your brain. But when you fully
step out of your ego you can see that EVERYTHING is all one.
All the matter you see around you is YOU, because everything is one.
All life around you is also you, because we are all one.
One interesting thing I like to say to people,
is that lets say the universe goes through the big bang and the
planets and everything are just forming anew, and the first life
form pops up on some random planet, that life form is going to be
So is this ONE THING god?
That is a good question, I do not have an exact answer for you.
If that would be true, then that would mean that WE ARE GOD.
Did god create the universe?
That is another popular question. I dont
really have an answer for this. Some interesting questions for me is:
what created something? Was nothing created at the same time
with the universe (the something)? Did something (the
universe) get created out of nothing? Or after the nothing?
My belief is that nothing (aka the black dot) and something (the
universal consciousness, aka the white dot), has ALWAYS been here for eternity and
time itself has nothing to do with either one.
One of the scariest questions I have asked
myself throughout my life is this: What would happen if there
was only nothing and no something? If you really think about
it, it could make sense and it sounds pretty darn scary eh? So I
would like to thank you and I for making things happen.
Hormones and Life:
Zen Master Paul:
The black and white dots kind of run naturally in our backgrounds to provide
us with life.
What we do experience everyday, is the black and white swirls, of what
we know is right or wrong to create life (white dot) for ourselves.
Natural influences from hormones are
balanced in each and every one of us to create life for yourself
(white dot), and to avoid death as much as possible (black dot).
Hormones influence us to reproduce, control our metabolic
rate, gives us a good mood, help us adapt to our environments etc
I look at hormones as one of those most powerful biological
forces in the universe. This is why it is so important to understand
how to control them for the better. And that's where eating healthy
comes into play. Your diet influences your hormones dramatically.
The more you strive to eat to live (and not live to eat) the
happier and more relaxed you will get with nature. That is one of
the reasons why I absolutely love eating raw foods that are simple and healthy. I never
even think about eating cooked or unhealthy processed foods anymore.
The source of my Will Power of eating to live
instead of living to eat came with experience and I can tell you it
is definitely worth it! This is one of the hidden secrets of life.
You are what you eat! This is especially true if you live in
countries like America (like myself) where junk food is EVERYWHERE
you look. You must develop a mental block for all that stuff and
only focus on simple healthy raw living foods if you want to feel
So what is the meaning of life and
I have two answers (from my own words) -and
remember they are only words created from my ego!
The meaning of life is to experience something
rather than just NOTHING. (black and white swirls)
The meaning of existence is so that YOU can
exist, rather than NOT existing. (black and white dots)
Why? Because something is better than
nothing, right? That is for you to decide!
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