Western linear thinking does not work with Decadance. He is a study in contrasts, a dynamic balance of opposites. To understand him, is to understand the complicated nature of the universe. He is yin, but he is also yang.
YIn Yang and the Five Element systems comprise the conceptual foundation of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. The earliest references to yin yang date back thousands of years, to 700 BC. Yin Yang Theory is a unique way of viewing the world. Yin and yang are opposites, yet interdependent on one another. They are never separate. All things have yin and yang properties, one is not fundamentally good or bad, we only recognize one because of the existence of the other.
Yang is the functional aspects of an object. It is energetic. It is the quality of heat, it is bright and active. Yin is the physical form of an object. It is still, it is cold, dark, descending. Neither is absolute; the definition of one requires the other to be complete. How would we recognize light if not for dark? How do we recognize noise without silence, hot without cold?
Yin and yang are not static, the relationship between the two flows and changes with time. They combine to form a whole. As one aspect increases, the other decreases. Day flows into night and back to day again. This ebb and flow maintains the overall balance of the whole.
The designation of something as yin or yang is always relative. Dusk is yin as compared to day; but, dusk is yang when compared to midnight.
I think about this duality as I am riding Decadance. We are a partnership, he and I, yin and yang, dark and light. When together, he complements and yet challenges me. The art is balancing the extremes. I think of the ebb and flow of energy between us and focus on channeling it where I want to go. I think of light shining from my eyes, shoulders, knuckles, hips, knees, and toes. The light surrounds my horse and directs him, he moves comfortably within it. I ride from point to point, beginning with straight lines, then serpentines, and circles. I find I am encountering little resistance. To prevent pulling, I focus on actively pushing forward with the hand, and he stretches his neck out to the contact. If he braces, I look within myself for answers. Have I blocked my energy from flowing forward? I exhale to a stop and light the way again. We are only walking, but that's ok. Lessons learned at the walk translate to the trot and to the canter. What you cannot do slowly you should not attempt with more impulsion.
Yin and yang control each other; they mutually create each other. They also have the power to transform the other. I began this journey retraining Decadance. In the process he is retraining me.
Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness.
All can know good as good only because there is evil.
Therefore having and not having arise together;
Difficult and easy complement each other;
Long and short contrast each other;
High and low rest upon each other;
Voice and sound harmonize each other;
Front and back follow one another.
-Lao Zi, Tao Te Ching