Anxiety, fear, and yin yang theory
That is a quick review on the five elements. Let’s jump deeper into water and more specifically into the urinary bladder organ. Let’s recap what we know about water. There are two organs associated with water, kidneys and urinary bladder. Each element has what’s called a yin organ and a yang organ and if you’re not familiar with yin yang let’s take a look at it here. You’re probably familiar with this symbol because most people are, especially if you grew up in the eighties, what the symbol symbolizes is balance, harmony and so it takes these two sort of polar opposites of the universe and it’s a way for us to understand how these opposites come together to create life and how they harmonize life as well. We won’t go too much into the theory of any of that, but let’s just take a real quick gander at this.
The black part up here is the yin part and the qualities and the nature of yin are more cooling contracting, downward movement, have an association more with say, earth, cold, that sort of nature and then yang, which is the white part that you see over here; yang is more animated. It’s more related to, let’s say the spirit and up and out warmth as well. So these two polarities come together in every aspect of our life and create dynamic movement and dynamic harmony and so whenever yin and yang are out of balance that’s when we start to get disorders that show up on any level, physical, mental, emotional physiological, all three of those too. The black dot within the white and then the white dot within the black show us that yin and yang can never be separate. The only time they’re separate is in death and so our bodies, our flesh and our bones, our actual physical body is more yin in structure when we die we’re left with that structure and our yang spirit floats up and away and that’s the only time that they’re really, truly separate in our existence anyways.
This is important because there is always a component of yin within yang and yang within yin and they need each other very, very deeply. If we go back here, the kidneys are the yin organ and what yin organs are they are solid organs of essence, and the yang organs are hollow organs of function. What that means is the yang organs are kind of like the gatekeepers in a sense. They’re a bit more sort of superficial to the deeper yin part. The urinary bladder then would be a little bit more superficial, let’s say to the deeper kidneys, but what the job of the yang organs is, is that they correspond with the external environment. The external world and they take in information, they process that information and then they decide what is essential to move deeper inward to create us and what it is that we need to let go of and give back to the earth, very important job. So they’re hollow because energy is constantly moving through them and what can easily happen and there are no hard fast rules in Chinese medicine, but there are predispositions, I suppose, so yang organs because they need to have that energy moving through them, or they have a tendency to get more blocked up because if they’re dysfunctional, it’s usually because the energy is not moving through and therefore it builds up and it gets stuck and so we want to open that up.
Because of that, there can sometimes be a bit of a different way that we might show up behaviorally, certainly physiologically; there will be different disorders that will show up as compared to say the kidneys and that are the yin organ. If they’re not getting that information, they’re not being nourished and they have, again, no hard fast rules in this because there are always complexes of deficiency and excess going on within the body. This is just for ease of the theory for a very, very basic theory as an introduction; but if they’re not getting that information, they have a tendency to become more deficient and then they need to be nurtured. We have those organ systems. We know that the emotion associated with water is fear and the irony of water is that it has no fear because it goes anywhere that it needs to go. It is not afraid whatsoever. However, if you think about a deep dark ocean, the deeper you go, the darker it gets, the more mysterious it gets, the more unknown, the more it’s you can’t see and it’s almost as if you have to use your senses. Really use those deep instinctual senses to know what direction to go, but we can’t use say our eyes or let’s say like even our forebrain, we are relying a lot on our instincts. So also because of that, then the key themes around it are survival and safety and risk assessment as well.