“Black In The Face” is a term used to describe the energy distribution visible in the face of a human being. The ideal human face should have an even distribution of energy across it’s entire surface. An even distribution of energy across the face would be associated with both good health and a balanced body.
Very generally, there are two causes that will produce the darkening of the face that is called “Black In The Face”. Any type of permanent or temporary health problem will cause a darkening of the face, and both temporary or permanent tightening of the head and body will cause a darkening of the face. The part of the face that becomes dark is directly related to the health problem affecting the individual, or directly related to the part of the head and body that has become tight.
The example picture for this blog entry is shown below.
The reader should find it surprising that healthy and religious people could have “Black In The Face”, because the condition has been described as being caused by contraction or shrinkage of the body, which instinctively seems like it must be a bad thing, because good health is usually characterized by expansion and growing. Nevertheless, as can be seen in the example picture, religious people and people in relatively good health can and do exhibit “Black In The Face”.
It would probably be good to start with the observations that indicate the men are healthy and religious. The brown skinned man is an Indian holy man called a “Sadhu”, which puts him in the category of “religious people”.
It might seem like he is not very healthy because he is thin. Actually his thinness is a healthy type of thinness associated with religiuos people called “ascetics”, and other types of religious people. Two other observations that contribute to the conclusion he is indeed healthy, are the rounded and bony look of his head,
and the protruding eyebrow ridges.
The observations indicating the white man is healthy are the overall thickness or fatness of his body,
and his rounded head.
The line in the next picture follows the boundary between the light colored area of his face and the dark colored “Right Side Black In The Face”.
The reader should note how the line seems to almost exactly split the Sadhu’s face into two identical halves. That is another indication he is healthy, because unhealthy “Black In The Face” is associated with asymmetric dark and light areas of the face.
The line in the next picture follows the boundary between the well lit left half of the white man’s face and the “Right Side Black In The Face”.
Because the white man’s “Black In The Face” is so mild, there are not many other visible bodily changes connected to it. One such connected change is the slight rotation of the head to his right,
which takes place because the shrunken right side of the head is contracting and pulling on it. Another bodily change connected to the “Right Side Black In The Face” is the fact the fingers of his left hand are open,
while the fingers of his right hand are curled up.
The contraction of the right side of the body that is rotating his head to the right and giving him “Right Side Black In The Face”, is also contracting his arm and hand which makes them curl up shorter.
The Sadhu exhibits only one bodily change that is clearly to his “Right Side Black In The Face”. The hair of the Sadhu angles off to the right,
which is the same side of the body that his “Right Side Black In The Face” is on.
The relationship between the hair and the “Right Side Black In The Face”, is that the contraction and shrinkage of the right side of the body that caused the “Right Side Black In The Face” has also contracted and shrunken his right arm. When The Sadhu ties his hair up, it is more comfortable to tie the hair on the right so his contracted and shrunken right arm can easily reach it. Because the left arm is unchanged, it is not too uncomfortable for the it to reach across the body to make up the extra distance it has to cover to get to the right side of the head.