Yin and Yang
Life Positive|December 2021
Ajay Kalra says that when it comes to our male and female energies, a balance between the two is key to living a harmonious life
Ajay Kalra

We all have feminine and masculine energies in us. It does not matter whether we are male or female. In Chinese philosophy, ‘yin’ refers to the female energy, and ‘yang,’ the male energy.

Masculine energy

This is the energy of conquest, power, and achievement. It’s not necessarily a bad energy; it brings discipline, structure, and focus. It stems from the exercise of willpower. The moral value of willpower depends on what we are using it for. If the focus is to control others, it is used in the service of the ego. If willpower is used to discipline oneself, cultivate good habits, and achieve a personal goal that benefits others, it is a good use of the yang energy. The masculine energy is also the energy to protect and provide, irrespective of whether this role is fulfilled by a man or a woman.

As a child, our first experience of the yang energy would typically be our father. This is important to have, else we grow up with a yang deficiency. But it also depends on the kind of father we have. Every father will not demonstrate a healthy yang energy. In some cases like mine, people never experience a father.

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