Upside-Down Yin-Yang

A couple of years ago a good friend of mine was studying Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.  One day he came to visit me in my office and during our conversation, he looked at the yin-yang symbol on my emblem and said, “Do you know your yin-yang symbol is upside down.”  “Really?” I replied. “How so?”

He explained that the yang (white) is hot and as yang increases the heat rises leaving the coldness of yin (black) at the bottom.  This also follows the seasons; as yang increases new life springs to life further increasing to the hot summer then into the cool autumn and finally the cold winter.   Furthermore, in China, South is the main direction on the compass and it is placed on the top which is associated with the summer, heat, and most yang, while the North is place at the bottom with cold winter, and most yin.  East then is associated with spring and West with Autumn.  As he was explaining this to me, I began to smile, as my mind became clear with complete understanding.  When he finished I let out a chuckle and said, “Ha!  It all makes sense now…it is supposed to be upside down.”  He looked at me with bewilderment and said in a curious tone, “Supposed to be upside down?”  “Yes!” I excitedly said. “We are westerners, not easterners, it’s supposed to be upside down because we are on the other side of the world and we view things from an opposite perspective!” 

Though, I didn’t consciously do this and some will just say I did this by mistake.  However, I must have subconsciously did it for a reason.  I further explained to my friend, “We are oriented with the North on top of our compass and the North is associated with the cold winter; we associate hot with the summer and south; and we consider the right side of the map to be East and the left side of the map to be West.” 

  “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”   -Bob Ross

NEURON-DO® follows the way our neurons are connected and since NEURON-DO® was created here in “the west;” it only makes sense that the yin-yang represent the western perspective.  So the NEURON-DO® yin-yang symbol is exactly how it is supposed to be because it is right side up for us westerners!  Possibly, through this understanding we can begin to move beyond the world of polar opposites and into a world of dynamic unity.