yin yang pendulum

yin yang pendulum clock face

yin yang pendulum clock face

using the dynamic yin yang pendulum effect with chi, feng shui and macrobiotics

Explores how we use the yin yang pendulum effect to achieve more in life with less effort. Tuning into the rhythms of nature helps make healing, business, careers more successful.

human cycles, frequencies and rhythms.

We are essentially rhythmic beings made up of interlocking cycles; heartbeat, breathing, digestion, sleep, pH, blood sugar, blood pressure, cell life and more whilst existing within a rhythmic universe that is also a spectrum of frequencies, including daily, lunar and seasonal cycles. Our dynamic internal frequencies appear to not only harmonise with each other but with the universe we live in. Everything is in motion.

Many interesting clues as to why we are the way we are and why our lives unfold in the ways they do can be found in the rhythms of life. Our own frequencies influence our health, happiness and connection with the world we inhabit.

Through a better understanding of our own cycles and those around us we can begin to influence our own interactions with the universe and out of that let nature help us in life.

One of the easiest mechanisms to describe rhythms and cycles is the pendulum.


The pendulum was first brought to scientific attention through Galileo Galilei in 1602. A swinging pendulum has an amplitude (How far the pendulum swings back and forth), mass (The weight of the pendulum), length (Measured from the pivot point to the centre of the mass) and frequency (How many times the pendulum swings per unit of time, for example swings per minute).

time and the frequencies of the universe

Pendulums became a means to measure and see the frequencies of the universe, making pendulums the primary component of clocks. This also became a means by which humans could unite through a common rhythm. For example a swing of a 39inch pendulum marked out the passing of one second. Once we had a common rhythm in terms of time we could interact and work together more easily.

natural frequencies and the yin yang pendulum

We live within 3 very powerful frequencies. The day, lunar and seasonal cycles. The words yin and yang were first used around 10,000bc to describe these cycles. Yin refers to the more peaceful cooler, darker side of the cycle and yang the active, warmer, brighter side. This is the basis for the yin yang pendulum.


  • Day
  • Full Moon
  • Summer


  • Night
  • New Moon
  • Winter

Metaphor for life

The pendulum is a powerful metaphor for life. We all go through cycles, whether activity and sleep, rest and play, or analysis and creativity, and we can describe those cycles with a yin yang pendulum.

For example we can say that a period of extreme activity followed by deep rest, represents a big swing of the pendulum (greater amplitude), whereas a gentle walk followed by some writing would represent a smaller swing or amplitude.

chi,  and the yin yang pendulum

When we have a larger amplitude the pendulum swings faster. It will be fastest through it?s central point or point of equilibrium. This faster movement can be described by being more active and yang. In essence our energy, or chi, will be moving faster. So using the yin yang pendulum metaphor we can suggest that greater extremes in life help us be more quick, active, warmer and yang. This would include greater extremes of yin and yang.

We might enjoy more fiery, warming and energising yang meal for lunch and a more cooling, lightly cooked yin meal for dinner to create greater divergence and amplitude in our yin yang pendulum. Similarly we might create a particularly yang space to work, with bright colours, harder surfaces and open spaces, whilst have a more yin, soft, comfy place to rest with pastel colours. We could arrange our day to include a period of intense exercise and compliment this with a time for deep meditation. More extreme would be a sauna and plunge in a cold pool or the sea. Out of this kind of greater polarity we may feel refreshed, revitalised, stimulated and stirred up.

yin yang pendulum fire sky

yin yang pendulum fire sky

more yang and active

We could make the cycles more extreme by concentrating our most yang actions in the morning and middle of the day when nature is in her more yang, active phase, and more calming, meditative experiences later in the afternoon or evening when nature is naturally calming and becoming more yin.

Further we could use the lunar cycle so we time some of our most yang activities coming up to the full moon. We would then focus on more introspective, contemplative, yin experiences around the new moon.

yin yang pendulum - moon over water

yin yang pendulum – moon over water

greater yin, stillness and healing

If we wanted to create great stillness and perhaps enjoy a time of greater healing, we might slow the pendulum down by being more moderate in the way we live and in terms of yin and yang. Here we might even look to balance ourselves out with the natural cycles of nature by having a light refreshing lunch followed by a nap, and then a more yang meal later in the day when nature is becoming more yin.

Similarly, we could be especially yin, calm and quiet over the full moon to compensate for the more yang atmosphere.

adjusting our pendulum

By imagining we are a yin yang pendulum we can play with greater or lesser amplitudes and therefore a faster or slower swing in our lives. If life has become boring, dull, slow or stagnant it might be time to pull our yin yang pendulum further away from the centre. If life is too hectic, stressful and chaotic, time to slow the yin yang pendulum and enjoy a more gentle sway for a while.

right and left brain

As a very broad generalisation the right hemisphere is more attuned to sensory experiences, creativity and description, whilst the left is better for analysis, logic and reason.

To full stretch our brain we can swing the pendulum as far as possible to either hemisphere. So, we might engage in the study of science or maths in a way that requires intense left brain logic and reason and then follow it up by a period of deep left brain mindfulness, before returning to an activity that requires more right brain analysis to help create a more yang, fully utilised brain.

Another day we could make much smaller swings to the left and right hemisphere by engaging in more neutral activities, such a relaxed conversation, novels or romantic films to enjoy a more yin mentality.

the moment of equilibrium

As the pendulum passes through its own centre line it passes through a point of equilibrium, where it is centred and in a sense balanced. As we swing from yin to yang, or from sleep to activity we also momentarily pass through a point of equilibrium. It may be that at this point in our yin yang pendulum we have some of our clearest ideas, insights or revelations.

Being very aware as we wake up, or come out of a meditation, may reveal a moment where new ideas come out of passing the point of centredness. We can increase the number of these moments of equilibrium throughout the day by consciously creating points between being yin and yang, resting and active, or right and left brain.


The more times we consciously swing from yin to yang and back again in a day, the faster the frequency, and therefore the more yang we become. Rapid repetitive changes between saunas and cold plunges, intense exercise and meditation, maths and art, analysis and description will make us feel much more yang. However, ultimately becoming too yang may lead to a period of yin where we become exhausted and are forced to rest until some kind of equilibrium is restored. Whilst playing with yin and yang, it is helpful to find our limits and respect them.

practical examples of the yin yang pendulum

In the following examples of how we can adjust ourselves in terms of our yin yang pendulum, the more dynamic, yang, increased amplitude, comes first, followed by the more gentle, yin, low amplitude option. They are applied to feng shui and macrobiotics.

chi, yin and yang

The greater the extremes and polarity of yin and yang the faster our chi flows. Helps feel refreshed, stimulated and motivated whilst being good for detoxing and cleansing.

The more moderate the swings to yin or yang the slower our chi. Helps feel calm, peaceful, meditative and introspective, whilst being good for restoring our energy, rebuilding our health and healing.

feng shui

  • A variety of bright colours creates a more stimulating yang environment.
  • Single colours, especially pastel shades, create a more calming yin space.
  • A mixture of eclectic styles is more yang, representing a greater amplitude for our pendulum.
  • A carefully colour co-ordinated space is more yin, suggesting a more gentle sway.
  • A mixture of hard and soft materials such as stone / glass, and fabric contribute to a faster yang atmosphere.
  • Consistent use of materials, such as wood, creates a more yin, restful feeling.
  • Several rooms in a home or office with very different interior designs create a greater swing of the pendulum and would be more yang.
  • Keeping the interior design similar throughout a home or office generates a slower, more yin chi.
  • Clean, clear, open spaces in a room produces greater contrast, allowing chi to flow more freely.
  • A more furnished, decorated space slows energy creating a more contained, cosy atmosphere.
  • Strong light from windows facing the sun, with darker recesses creates a stronger variation and a more yang space. Strong light and dark shadows have a similar effect.
  • Even, diffused lighting produces a more restful yin atmosphere.


  • Try having a greater variety of stronger tastes in one meal to create greater amplitude and be more yang. For example – salty, sweet, spicy, sour, bitter and umami.
  • Experiment with more similar milder sweeter tastes in a meal for greater stillness and to feel more yin.
  • Play with having very distinct and different meals in one day. For example a sweet soup, sauerkraut and spicy stir fry for lunch followed by a salad for dinner, for a more dynamic, yang polarity.
  • Explore eating similar, mildly sweet tasting balanced meals throughout the day to feel more centred, calm and yin.
  • Try making a meal with strong red, orange, green and maroon colours for a more lively, yang effect.
  • See how you feel with meals that have more muted, similar colours, for a more yin approach.
  • Skip a meal or try a one day fast and follow with a nutritious meal to increase amplitude in terms of yin and yang.
  • Eat meals consistently at the same time each day for a more yin influence.


  • Try being more active and yang during the active yang times of day, and then rest during the calmer yin times, to be more dynamic and yang. For example exercise in the morning and meditate in the evening.
  • Experiment with being more quiet during the morning and midday, and then take gentle exercise in the later afternoon or evening, to moderate natures cycles and feel more steady and yin.
  • Explore being more active, outdoors, and social leading up to the full moon for greater excitement and to feel more yang. Use the new moon phase for more meditative, contemplative, healing and spiritual pursuits to increase the amplitude of yin and yang during the lunar cycle.
  • Play with being more still and creative during the full moon and then more active, with walks, swimming and yoga during the new moon.
  • Plan some adventurous, demanding and challenging activities during the summer and make sure to have some very calming activities, such as a healing retreat, during the winter.
  • Try to moderate the year with relaxing holidays and retreats in the summer and stimulating walks, sports or skiing during the winter.
  • For a sudden swing of the pendulum, try a sauna and cold plunge pool, vigorous exercise followed by meditation, or writing a poem after intense analysis.
  • To slow the pendulum pay particular attention to your moods and moderate them by meditating when feeling excited and taking exercise when feeling low.

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