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  4. The Physical Cycle
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Physical Cycle of World Social Change
The 336-Year Cycle:
The World Body (yang)
Physical World Cycle wave chart

Physical Energy
is easy to describe when talking about a person. It is the action of one's body. Physical energy in the world arena manifests in what we build, and how. National defenses, Industry, construction, production, sports, fitness and health are all Physical. "Physical behavior" can make nations more or less materialistic or territorial. (Learn more about Cycle Energies).

In an increasingly industrial world, production and durable goods play a significant role. Our main industries are steel, energy, construction, automobiles, railroads, and more. These businesses often rise and fall together. National armies do not stay at the same level either, sometimes we have more strength than other times. In sports, we will play harder and achieve more at different times. Health fads come and go. Our dress and attitudes will change. When the Cycle is High, we guard our territories from what corporate mergers we allow to, who we want living next door; then, when the Cycle is low, we transcend all boundaries with the free exchange of ideas across open boundaries. Materialism rises and falls. National infrastructures and international trade swing in the process. It is Rhythm in the Gross Body,(1) and Physical aspects of the world. Rises and falls of industrial and military output is a multiple of the 164-year septennial Rhythm of cell growth in our bodies(2).

Yang symbol yang
Yang of Yin & Yang
is found in Physical and masculine energy (described as Ch'ien in the I Ching). We see this energy in machismo, masculine styles, and Physically-based strengths. Physical ways tend to structure with hierarchy. Systems in Physical Highs are based more on power and dominance than on networking. Territories are drawn and involve patriarchal figures at the center. We focus on the material world. In Physical Lows we pull up the drawbridge, become more passive and are less inclined toward action. Not only may Physical fences come down, but rigid adherence to old systems will wane. The format of our social structure will become less partitioned and more fluid in a Low. Yang is the mechanical force of matter and in the animus persona of our character.

Physical Cycle Now
is in 3rd Quarter Review (1978 - 2062). (Learn more about Cycles Now).
Cycles of World History 1500ad - 2500ad
The Downward Crossover of 1978 (March 21, 1978 - March 21, 1990) end the previous Physical High (1810 - 1978), to commence the end of the Machine Age and the Industrial Revolution. As soon as we entered the succeeding Low following the Crossover, the Berlin Wall was felled ni 1990. Now we are in the 3rd Quarter of Review and Reform and the world Green movement will continue to grow as we clean up the mess of the preceding industrial era. Nationalism will also decrease as boundaries are enforced less while international trade and culture tolerance increases.
Physical Cycle Forecast
(Learn more about Cycle Forecasts).

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Physical Highs & Lows
have been consistent. Peaks come 336 years apart, and concurrent Troughs come every 336 years. Half the Cycle is High and we have more Physical energy for 14 years, then half the Cycle is Low for 14 years. This change manifests throughout the Physical fiber of the nation in waves. (Learn more about Cycle Highs & Lows).

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1. The Gross Body, or stuhla-sarira, in Indian philosophy is the Physical body.

2. Pythagoras, Cicero, and Seneca all suggested the existence of such Cycles. A recent issue of the British Medical Journal reported the findings of Jos Verhulst (of Lous Bolk Institute - Netherlands) and Patrick Onghena (of the U. Of Leuven - Belgium) who discovered a seven-year growth Cycle in human ears. They also discovered a circa-septennial Rhythm in the closure of the cranial suture. Noted researchers now note this as the "tip of some iceberg."