Both of these explanations begin with something undefinable: an eternal, infinite, unmanifest Presence of pure potential or Being-ness. The Taoist model names this Tao; the Japanese model names it Shin. Then something (like a thought, perhaps) arises spontaneously in this Tao or Shin ... and this very first manifestation is called The One or Shinki. Then it differentiates to become The Two or Reiki (also known as Yang and Yin).
So ... The One has become Two ... just as in the story of Adam (The One) becoming Adam and Eve (The Two). At this stage, it seems to me, Adam and Eve (Yang and Yin) were each complete in themselves, and perfectly balanced with each other, and in perfect harmony with God (or Tao or Shin). HOORAY!!
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But it didn't last long. Something else arose, between Adam and Eve (Yang and Yin). The infamous Serpent! The Taoists call this The Three; the Japanese model calls it Jiki (or Magnetism).
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In case you don't recall, this is the point at which things began to go downhill.... The Serpent (Magnetism) threw everyone off balance! Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, then started chasing each other around and around, and they wouldn't stop. They had lost their sense of completeness, and they had lost their trust in each other and in God.
And God was really not helping the situation, let's be honest...! The Dude lost his cool, put on his most terrifying, Great-and-Powerful-Oz voice, and started proclaiming major doom and gloom!! Eve and Adam (You and I) were kicked out of The Happiest Place on Earth ... for one little act of disobedience. Doomed to grovel in the dirt (along with the Serpent), to eat dirt, to die and decompose into dirt.... And that's what we've been doing.
Well, even God doesn't hold a grudge forever (maybe just a few thousand years). Anyway, we fell into this trap of duality-consciousness, and we haven't been able to get out of it. Not even with the help of many enlightened souls who have exemplified and told us repeatedly the value of getting ourselves on the wavelengths of Peace and Love, and staying there! But we're going to get there, and before much longer! We've finally got the message! We're becoming the New Adam & Eve, and we will create the New Heaven and the New Earth!!
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First we have to stop being Ken and Barbie. We have to get realistic about the nature of Male & Female — which means dropping the Knight-in-shining-armor fantasy and the Sweetness-and-light/Damsel-in-distress fantasy. Ken and Barbie (and their fantasies) live in the realm of the Serpent, where the force of Magnetism is continually pulling them off-balance; pulling them out of themselves, to chase each other mindlessly in circles. This is the world of duality-consciousness, Good & Evil.