I believe that my writing partner and I “work” because we are truly a living, breathing (and, in the case of at least one of us, sometimes snoring) embodiment of Yin & Yang. Yin and Yang is one of the most fundamental concepts in Traditional Chinese Medicine, as it is the foundation of diagnosis and treatment. According to the Sacred Lotus Arts, there are four main aspects of The Yin and Yang relationship:
1. They are opposites.
They are either on the opposite ends of a cycle, like the seasons of the year, or, opposites on a continuum of energy or matter. For example: Water is Yin relative to steam but Yang relative to ice. Yin and Yang are never static but in a constantly changing balance.
2. They are Interdependent.
They cannot exist without each other. They constantly transform into each other. For Example: no energy without matter, no day without night.
3. Mutual consumption of Yin and Yang
Relative levels of Yin Yang are continuously changing. Normally this is a harmonious change, but when Yin or Yang are out of balance they affect each other, and too much of one can eventually weaken (consume) the other.
4. Inter-transformation of Yin and Yang
One can change into the other, but it is not a random event, happening only when the time is right. For example: Spring only comes when winter is finished.
Relationships can be very complicated, and ours is a prime example. We have been asked so many times to explain how a husband and wife writing team can live and work together as we do without major conflict. While our has been something that I have simply taken for granted all these years, the queries prompted me to analyze what makes us successful. I am convinced that the Yin & Yang principle is what makes “Pat Lawrence” work. Rather than put you, the reader, into a deep slumber, I’ll start with a list of a few examples illustrating the most obvious of the four – opposites attract. (can you guess who is which?)
One of us is: While the other is:
Slow & methodical fast – “get this job done!”
Long distance Sprinter
(neither one of us is a runner, this how we approach writing)
A Misanthrope A Humanitarian
A “Multi-tasker” Single task focused
Through it all, Yin and Yang are never static but in a constantly changing balance. That last word, “balance” is the key to our success. The opposites that exist between us are the easiest to identify, but without the other three aspects Pat Lawrence would never have been born. I’ll save those for another day.