Genuine yang earth people strictly hold the precept against false speech. Zhu Geliang of the Three Kingdoms Period is an example. He was never hypocritical and he never lied in his life.
Earth type people have plump, wide faces, garlic-bulb noses, and a yellowish tinge to their complexion. Their shoulders and back are thick, and they move in a slow and steady manner. Their voices are broad and resonant, and their bearing is stable and confident. Earth is associated with the center, but spreads out to all four seasons. There are yin earth people and yang earth people. They may look alike, but whether their dispositions are clear and simple or turbid depends on the changes and transformations of their minds.
Yin earth people are dull and modest, and they don’t pay much attention to their appearance. They are simple-minded to the point of idiocy and are easily cheated and fooled by others. They are not open-minded, their actions are clumsy and dull, and their words are truthful but not necessarily reasonable. They are rather taciturn and cannot discriminate between right and wrong. Obstinate and perverse, they tend to harbor resentment, which makes them sullen and depressed. Skeptical and suspicious, they create problems out of nothing and take the false to be true. Yin earth people like to complain and hold grudges. When things don’t go their way, they blame others. If they are bullied or oppressed, they feel angry inside, but dare not say anything. When they are scolded for not having done a good job, they brood over the grievance. When treated unjustly, they keep their mouth shut but feel irritated inside; they are suspicious of others.
When a person has yin earth inside, his resentment injures the spleen. The spleen and stomach may become weak, bloated, and swollen, and he may suffer from a cold stomach, belly aches, vomiting, diarrhea, poor digestion, and loss of appetite. It may become so serious that he suffers from indigestion. It’s really debilitating. His constitution will be injured and the circulation of his vital energy will be blocked up. If he wishes to recover from such illnesses, he must transform yin earth into yang earth. He should understand the law of cause and effect, give rise to faith, and learn to emulate Nature.
Yang earth is the inherent nature of earth. the earth has the ability to nurture; it nourishes the Way. Earth type people are loyal, trustworthy, sincere, honest, pure magnanimous, tolerant, and flexible. Their actions are steady and sure, and they do their best to fulfill their duties, faithfully working for people and trustworthy in their interactions with others. They always keep their word; their thoughts and actions are in agreement. They are able to gather and retain people of special talents and high abilities. Their lofty morality supports all things and is the mother of success.
Earth type people tend to blame others; they should change themselves and not harbor resentment toward others. The primary qualities of earth are trustworthiness and honesty. If you can always be trustworthy and honest and see all worldly affairs in terms of cause and effect, always contemplating in this way, you will naturally give rise to true earth.
Metal type people have oval faces with a white cast, high cheekbones, thin lips, and sharp teeth. They are usually not tall, their voices are resonant and clear, and they are very lively and spirited. There are yin metal people and yang metal people. They may look alike, but whether their dispositions are clear and simple or turbid depends on the changes and transformations of their minds.
Yin metal people like to be false, argumentative, and fickle. They are deceiful, hypocritical, and given to flattery. Their speech tends to be false and contentious. They may use artful words and an insinuating countenance. Jealous of virtuous and capable people, they play down the good deeds of others and enjoy hearing of others’ faults and criticizing others’ shortcomings. Habitually hurting others in whatever they do, they are cruel, ruthless, mean, ungrateful, and crafty. When they obtain power and authority, they can wreak havoc in the world. Villains and traitors are for the most part yin metal types. In the family, yin metal leads to alienation between father and son, and betrayal between husband and wife, distortion of the proper human relationships, and the splitting up of the family. Yin metal people suffer much vexation. They feel dissatisfied with their environment but have no way to get away from it. They may be entangled in petty matters and complain constantly. When things fail to go their way, they cannot speak out and don’t know how to make things run smoothly, so they end up giving themselves a lot of affliction. Perhaps their work is a sham and people can tell. They look down on people yet they cannot stay away from them either. They are proud of themselves and feel that no one is up to their level. They yearn for recognition. Generally speaking, their actions are spurred by jealousy and they like to make petty moves.
The first woman emperor of China, Wu Zetian, had a yin metal personality. She was manipulative, skillful at responding to changes, and she praised people to their faces but opposed them behind their backs. She was cruel and ruthless, crafty and treacherous.
Yang metal is the inherent nature of metal. Yang metal people have a sense of righteousness, and are open-minded and eloquent. They correct their faults as soon as they discover them, and they are fond of goodness but abhor evil. Resolute and daring, they have excellent opinions and good judgment. They face danger and hardship without retreating and willingly bear the brunt of toil. Bravely doing whatever good deeds there are, their sense of righteousness prevents them from seeking personal gain. Most outstandingly talented heroes who have earned great merit and glory have been endowed with the qualities of yang metal.
Water type people are plump. They have full faces that are wide on the bottom. There is a dark tint to their complexions, and they have bushy eyebrows and large eyes. Water people are lethargic and move about very slowly; they speak with a hesitant and low voice, and their demeanor is kind and gentle. There are yin water people and yang water people. They may look alike, but whether their dispositions are clear and simple or turbid depends on the changes and transformations of their minds.
Yin water people tend to be dumb and foolish. They are fraught with worry and anxiety, very slow, and timid. and they are messy and pedantic. They have very low self-esteem, close themselves off from others, hold grudges against others, and are fond of getting angry over past matters. They are weak and indecisive, cannot tell the difference between right and wrong, and think and worry too much. They lack independence. Most of the endeavors they undertake fail; they miss good opportunities and are despondent throughout their life. They fail in all they do and cannot measure up to successful people. Other people detest them because they are slow, but they turn around and complain that others are too impatient. Yin water people are easy to get along with in times of wealth and honor, but they are bad companions in times of difficulty and hardship because they easily retreat when facing problems.
Since yin water people are prone to affliction, it hurts their kidneys. They may feel pain in the legs, stomach, or even the whole body, and they dissipate their original essence and energy. They are fond of holding anger inside; their breath is weak and this causes them to have cold energy in their body. These are the detrimental effects of yin water. If they wish to recover from such illnesses, they must transform yin water into yang water. They must know themselves very clearly, truly recognize their own faults and look for other people’s good points. If they can do so, then yang water will natural arise, and compliance and wisdom will be brought forth. Once great wisdom arises, they will be content and satisfied no matter what kind of bad situation they face. To remain happy in the midst of unfavorable unconditions is to have great wisdom. If you want to be happy, you must be content. The ancients were not mistaken when they said, “Being content, one is always happy.”
Water is all-pervasive. It can support the earth and encompass the heavens, and it nourishes all things. The brightness of the sun and moon is supported by water. Water does not contend; it just flows downward to the lowest place. Yang water people are lively and natural in manner, able to feel at ease in whatever situation they find themselves. They are quiet, placid, wise, and intelligent. They are able to harmonize with all conditions without changing their qualities. They are endowed with peace and stillness of mind. Under all kinds of circumstances, they nurture the strength of being gentle, cherishing, patient, and broad-minded. They don’t dwell on their successful contributions. The ancient people of lofty character were able to become still, serene, and wise. Scientists in China and other countries are endowed with the qualities of yang water.
To be continued