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Yin – Yang

The ubiquitous yin-yang symbol holds its roots in Taoism/Daoism, a Chines religion and philosophy. The yin, the dark swirl, is associated with shadows, femininity, darkness, passivity, absorption and the trough of waves. The yang, the light swirl, represents brightness, heaven, maleness, activity, penetration, passion and growth. It is thought of as the two complementary forces that make up all aspects and phenomena of life. Here are a few more characteristics when it comes to yin and yang.

Yin: small, cold, subtle, textured, rough, quiet, old, dirty, slow, calm, curvy.

Yang: large, hot, bold, plain, smooth, loud, new, clean, fast, active, straight.

My yin-yang graphic is finally up and the Tiny abode is ever evolving. I’ve been doing some work over the last couple of days and I am grateful that I was physically up to it. Star-lights are hung, pictures and canvases went up, my hat has found it’s perfect place and even the new Mattress has shown up and is finally in place. What looked like a storage unit, has turned into a home again and a sanctuary. I am beyond glad about it, although the mattress left me feeling hurt and sore being too firm after sleeping on it for the first time. A 3” mattress topper is on the way and will hopefully come to my rescue. Geeeez…

I’ve had the decal for three month now, and putting it up was a tedious process that couldn’t be done alone. Had I known what was involved, it probably would have discouraged me from getting it. Of course it didn’t help that I picked a complex design with many dots, flower petals and the such of it. I’ve always been drawn not so much to the symbol itself that makes yin and yang, but to the concept of the darkness and the light. It lives within all of us and both sides are necessary as we go through our day to day life. Darkness and pain have been two of my greatest teachers and it usually takes a lot of ugliness that we face, from ourselves and others, until we are back on track and cross the hurdle we find ourselves stuck on. And sometimes it just takes a good kick in the ass to get us moving, even when it doesn’t feel pleasant at the time. Yin and yang is also represented in my two Remo drums of which one is black and the other one is white. The black one has a deep earth sound, like a bass and reminds me of the heartbeat of Mother Earth. A steady solid rhythm that is felt to the core. The white drum has a much higher, lighter sound, almost like an echo, reminding me of all that we aspire to, of karma and the return of all that we sent out into the world.

Looking at yin and yang, I wonder if there is a side I am more drawn to, a side that resembles me more. Honestly I can’t say and that itself is my answer as I am coming into balance between the darkness and the light.


We are the co-creators of our life and the time is now. More than ever are we needed to support Mother Earth and each other. Together we discover and explore our unique gifts in times of strengths, in times we lean on each other, and in times when we learn from each other. This blog started as an outlet and what I ultimately called my “Warriors Journey.” It was a way to document the ups and downs of my life, sharing my hardships as well as my successes. It showcased the struggles, but more important the ways of how to overcome them. Although we are warriors each and every day, I realized that having to be a warrior, comes from a place of pain. I decided to rename this blog, and “Phoenix Rising” now stands for the story of overcoming such a painful place. My motivation for this blog hasn’t changed and I hope to share inspiration and hope, to create a sense of belonging, a space of being heard, and connecting with like minded beings who instill a sense of oneness. We are never alone, and we are unstoppable in the pursuit of what sets our soul on fire. Who I am in a nutshell... 
I am an energy healer and Reiki Master. I am surviving a chronic disease that I’ve sent into remission three times since my initial bout, 15 years ago. I continuously challenge the status quo and by doing so I change my stars. I am a believer that anything is possible. I am a hopeless romantic and I believe that true love exists on various levels. I am an optimist that will always see the glass as half full. I am a dreamer, believing in endless possibilities. Not even the sky is the limit. I have jumped off of the hamster wheel, and I am writing a new chapter. I am chasing my Nirvana to support my most authentic self. This is my story, I am that Phoenix and I am rising from the ashes. Namaste 🙏🏼💙🦋

11 thoughts on “Yin – Yang

  1. Beautiful decal, dear Rhapsody.
    I see a huge work in front of this hanging so beautiful at your wall.
    Yin – Yang, one can’t exist without the other and it seems like, you are finding your balance too, which the artwork also should share with you. Every time you are looking at this, it will remind you about the balance, as is so necessary for us to exist and also to feel alive.
    Much love to you, dear friend ❤

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