A Focus on Syntony

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A Focus on Syntony

Pa Kua Knowledge has a great tradition of opposites. Of two opposing forces, which work against one another. Some traditional examples are day and night, hot and cold, movement and stillness, or attack and defend.

In Pa Kua we call this Yin-Yang. I’m sure you have heard of Yin-Yang before, and you have seen the symbol all over. Today we are going to talk about one of the simple ideas of Yin-Yang: syntony.

First, some examples:

Yin: Still, cold, defense, internal, dark, night, obscuring, quiet.

Yang: Active, hot, attack, external, light, day, visible, loud.

Harmony: To be in agreement.

Syntony: Being in harmony with the environment.

To be in harmony means to have agreement between the opposites. Yang disharmony is having too much of something, and Yin disharmony is having too little of something. The type of balance we need depends on our environment.

I’d like to put forward two examples.

Imagine you are at the school, sitting in the waiting room with the door to the outside closed. Here we have a quiet environment, and we can clearly hear the different levels of everyone’s voice. A harmonic person will speak at a level where they can be heard by all clearly, but not loud enough that it covers up another person or where it will boom (like a loud laugh). This person is said to have a harmonic level. They have a balance between the Yin (quiet) and the Yang (loud).

Imagine this same group is sitting by a large waterfall, having the same conversation. If the same harmonic person spoke at the level they used in the school they would not be heard by anyone. The environment has changed and so the person must adapt their voice to be heard over the waterfall. They still need to speak loud enough that all can hear them clearly. This person is said to have syntony. They adjusted the balance of Yin and Yang to fit the environment.

“The dance between darkness and light will always remain —
the stars and the moon will always need the darkness to be seen, the
darkness will just not be worth having without the moon and the stars.”
– C. Joybell C.

– Master Kyle Billingsley