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The Element of Air
 
The Element of Air is the Breath of Spirit, the great Chi. Air is the animating principle which gives life. We enter the world with breath, we depart when it is gone.
 
Breath is Nous - Soul. It is how we are interpenetrated by Spirit.
 
Air is the mystery of the Unseen which sustains us. It is the gift of Spirit to us. In all traditions, the mysteries of the circulation of breath, of air are important in health and healing. The disciplines of Chi Kung, Tai Chi, yoga,  aerobics are all about improving the circulation of the breath.
 
In Genesis the mystery of Spirit and Breath is written "The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
 
Today we have altered the energy of air for the entire planet through our addiction to materialism. Can we find our way to balance through the Mystery of Spirit?
 
 
 
 
 

The Element of Earth

Earth is the Great Mother...MA. We are born of her, we live in her, we are  composed of her, we return to her. Earth is the Center, the Foundation, the matrix.

In Feng Shui the Earth element is represented by the square, the color of earthtones.

If you are not feeling grounded add the element of Earth to your space, square rugs, earthen pottery, large stones.

Our connection to the Earth is what gives us health and thus stability.

If our Earth is out of balance how can we be in balance?

Spiritual action...find a warm place, lie on the Earth. Breathe and feel yourself connecting to her with deep roots like a majestic old tree. Say thank you for all her gifts. Feel how you are part of her. Let her take what is no longer useful to you, old pain, old wounds and convert it to compost for other living beings to use.

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The Element of Fire

Fire is the shamanic essence of transformation. It is the Great Yang, the generative Father. Its color is red, its shape is the flame.

Without the warmth of the sun we would not survive, yet with too much sun, all becomes a desert.

Fire contains great energy for transformation and power, and also danger because it can consume. Fire, like the enrgy of war, is easy to unleash and hard to contain.

We live at a time where the great Yang of the Patriarchy has held total domination for thousands of years. We see the result.

How do we take the energy of fire and give ourselves the energy we need to make change while containing this power to nurture and preserve, not just burn?

This is the power of the Hearth. The Secret of the Vestal Virgins.This is lamp of Hermes, where wisdom contains power.

 

The Element of Water

Water is the eternal Yin, the great Mother who flows through all , who nourishes all. We grow in water in the womb. We live on a water planet.

Water purifies,cleanses and  it cools.  Water meanders seeking the sea. Water absorbs, includes, nurtures.  Its colors are the hues of the sea.

In the ancient traditions water is the giver of all abundance. In Western tradition Venus, goddess of love and emotions rises from the sea. Our tears are water unfathonable as the sea.

Today the care and healing of water is our great challenge. We have learned that water is not always kind.

To journey with water we must learn about the Feminine . What are we birthing for the generations to come?

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The Element of the Heart
 
The Element of the Heart is the Center point of all elements. It is through the element of the Heart  that we integrate and can use all elements for all our relations. Without the element of heart we are only consumers not transformers. The Heart represents the elevated, compassionate human who seeks to give, to heal, to nurture.
 
The heart is represented by the element of rose quartz. The power of the compassionate heart is represented by Kuan Yin and Chenrezig in the East and by the Marys and Jesus in the West.
 
In ancient Egypt, only the heart was left in in embalmed mummy because it was needed to house the soul.
 
The Heart is the Center Point of the Medicine Wheel, from which we face the Four Directions. The heart gives us courage to tansform our limitations and pettiness and take our place on the Wheel of Life.
 

 
 
The Elelment of Metal
 
In the Chinese system of 5 elements are two we often overlook, wood and metal. Yet we depend on them, live in them, and they make up part of our beings.
 
Metal is the element of concentration. Metal arises from the deep forces of time, pressure, density and transmutation. Metal comes from deep within the earth or from vast distances in space (meteorites). Metal is the electromagnetic ore of the earth, gravity made manifest.
 
Metal has been the element of money, of power, of war. As humankind has learned more about forging metal, we have had more dominion over the rest of Nature. We have not always used that kindly for the sake of all our relations.
 
Material wealth is measured in metal, gold, diamonds and other commodities. Metal is also used to defend wealth and power from The Great Wall to contemporary armaments
 
Metal is the element of alchemy of the philosopher of searching into mystery. Without the element of metal there would be no computers, no Internet. Metal has the ability to transmit information.
 
New York City, Tokyo and Hong Kong are all epitomes of metal kingdom. They are built of steel, concrete and glass (all metal) on strong foundations of crystallized rock surrounded by salt water to amplify their vibrations.
 
The reason NYC was the origination of broadcasting was because of the unique mica  composition of the land, allowing towers to transmit more easily..
 
The challenges of finding a new balance with metal are great. Each of us must seek the answer to the philosopher's stone
 
 

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Being and non-being produce each other.
Difficult and easy complement each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low oppose each other.
Fore and aft follow each other.

Therefore the Master
can act without doing anything
and teach without saying a word.
Things come her way and she does not stop them;
things leave and she lets them go.
She has without possessing,
and acts without any expectations.
When her work is done, she take no credit.
That is why it will last forever.
 
Tao Te Ching - Written by Lao-Tzu
A Translation
For the PUBLIC DOMAIN
by j.h.mcdonald
1996