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The Elements

The Timeless Five Element Enumeration System

Imagery: There are five energies that underlie all movement...the mystery of the Column-Wood, Triangle-Fire, Square-Earth, Circle-Metal, and Curvilinear-Water patterns are revealed. Everything in the universe is comprised of one these elements.

The Timeless Five Element Enumeration System is basic to Chinese medicine, acupuncture and even philosophy. The Five Elements were here before time began and they continue to support, enhance, bless, sustain and prosper us. These elements whisper through environmental laws operating parallel and within the Laws of Gravity. Gravity is the simplest of all known forces behaving on essentially every level. Gravity pulls things together in a steady and foreseeable way. Just like Chi, gravity is a universal force.

The Elements - Enhancing & Controlling

Chi's movement translates the wonder of life into yin and yang and than transforms this energy into five s specific phases. These five elements model and explain the cyclical nature of natural forces wherein they produce or obstruct the ebb and flow of life patterns. These patterns determine how energy moves in and around an environment. By enhancing, controlling or playing down these elements, we can effect positive change, which in turn, opens the door for lasting and beautiful transformations.

The Productive, Enhancing or Creative Cycle is as follows: water nourishes wood (plants, trees, and all growing vegetation), wood fuels/feeds fire, fire creates earth (through ash), earth produces metal (gemstones) and metal contains water preventing it from overflowing.

The Cycle of Destruction or Controlling sequence is when Wood is cut by Metal implements such as an ax, Fire is extinguished by Water and water is dammed by Earth, who is then covered or burdened by Wood coming full circle once again.

The Reduction Cycle is the opposite of the productive cycle. It is highly effective in taming the elements into balance and harmony. The reduction cycle reduces its parent element and is a softer approach to balance. Wood absorbs or reduces an over abundance of Water which is is contained by Metal which is reduced by extravagant Earth who in turn, covers too much Fire and finally, Fire burns off excessive Wood.

Nature is always seeking to find balance. The elements should be proportionate to the space. After one of my consultations, my client found some of another element in her Fame Gua. She called to say I had overlooked this, but she had taken care of it. What she did not understand was that we have other elements to produce, destroy, or reduce the chi into balance. Knowing a little can be counter intuitive.

The elements interrelatedness to one another has a specific effect on the earth and on us. Each element has a symbolic place in our life. It has color, a numerical code, a geometric shape, a season, a feminine or masculine energy, and it has a body of energetic patterns that encourage, improve and inspire, such as processes creativity, growth, strength, being flexible, living in synchronicity, motivation, illumination, abundance, health, relationships, mental clarity, enthusiasm, and of course, love.

The Elements are as follows:

Number
Element
Family Position
Cosmos
1
Water
Middle Son
K’an-The Void
2
Yin Earth
Mother
K’un-The Receptive
3
Thunder
Eldest Son
Chen-Dynamic
4
Wind
Eldest Daughter
Sun-Radiance
5
Earth
(no position)
Endurance
6
Yang Metal
Father
Ch’ien-Harvest
7
Yin Metal
Youngest Daughter
Tui-Joyous Lake
8
Yang Earth
Youngest Son
Ken-The Mountain
9
Fire
Middle Daughter
Li-Passion

Wood
Wood
Fire

Fire
Earth
Earth
Metal
Metal
Water

Water
Click on each Element's symbol above to learn about that Element!

In a Bagua (map of empowerment) there are three Woods, two Earths, two Metals, one Fire and one Water (which actually has two... moving water and still waters). They each influence our lives in a profound and beneficial manner. Learn to dance and play with the elements as they afford great happiness. And as Albert Schweitzer once stated, “Success is not the key to Happiness. Happiness is the key to Success.”

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