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What is Ying/Yang?

Straddling the Scales - Yin and Yang

Yin/yang is the concept of interconnected opposites that complement each other. In other words, we cannot experience light for example without knowing and experiencing darkness. How would we know what hot is without knowing what cold feels like. Once again, our five senses are engaged to allow us to experience the yin and yang of a space.

In our environment yin and yang means that some spaces in our homes have the function of high-energy activities while others lend more to relaxation and introspective activities. The purpose and function of each space will determine if the space needs more yin influence or more yang influence. Keeping this balance in our surroundings contributes to the balance we need in our mental and emotional selves as well.

Throughout this book we will refer to the yin of a space or a yang activity. All it means is that we are balancing the elements within a space so that we don’t have extremes of one or the other. And yes, there are times when “extreme” is what you might want to communicate in a space. Situations that call for the extreme are spaces such as nightclubs, operating rooms, prisons, etc. None of those will be addressed in this book.

The following chart will help you understand how adjusting your environment impacts the yin and yang in a space.

When you want yin

When you want yang

Turn off the lights, spot light objects in a room or close the drapes or blinds.

Add light or wattage, open drapes or blinds.

Play soft music

Play loud fast or bouncy music

Light candles, stoke a low fire in the fire place

Create a roaring fire in the fire place

Empty a room of people and create stillness

Bring people into a room and generate lots of conversation

Decorate with a horizontal feeling keeping the eye low

Decorate with a vertical feeling taking the eyes up

Neutralize fragrances

Add fragrances

Clear clutter and get rid of pointed and rectangular shapes and forms

Place accessories everywhere. Include a triangular and rectangular shapes and forms

Provide non-reflective surfaces, textured tiles, non glare picture glass

Provide reflective surfaces, shiny tile, lots of mirrors

Pile, flannel or other softly woven fabric on furniture or as throws

Finely woven tight fabrics

Slow meandering pathways through space

Straight pathways

Too much yin creates yang

Too much yang creates yin

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"I never mentioned the Space Clearing to anyone: I wanted proof that it brought results. What a surprise. My clients asked me what I had done. The general consensus was that it felt more positive and comforting; believe me that’s what a therapist wants to hear. What I wasn’t prepared for was the resignation of a problem employee the day after the Space Clearing. Now I know what you mean about the positive pushing out the negative." Tom B.

"Thanks Sylvia! You have had a tremendous positive impact on my life and I'm so grateful!! Before you came into my life, I felt stuck with no sense of direction. Now, I just keep going and going like an energizer bunny Boy you weren't kidding about being in my "fire stage"-.LOL. It has been a whirlwind but many changes and things headed towards the right and loving life. You helped me create a wonderful energy throughout my home. I get compliments from everyone who visits." Marie B.

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