Everything in nature is made up of five basic elements: spirit/ether, fire, air, water and earth. Knowledge of the five elements allows us to understand the laws of nature and to use this knowledge for attaining greater health, power, knowledge, wisdom and happiness. This arises out of deep intuition of how the universe operates.
The States of Matter
Each of the five elements represents a state of matter.
Earth is not just soil, but it is everything in nature that is solid.
Water is everything that is liquid.
Air is everything that is a gas.
Fire is that part of Nature that transforms one state of matter into another. For example, fire transforms the solid state of water (ice) into liquid water and then into its gaseous state (steam). Withdrawing fire recreates the solid state. Fire is worshipped in many yogic and Tantric rituals because it is the means by which we can purify, empower, and control the other states of matter.
Spirit/Ether is the mother of the other elements. The experience of space as luminous emptiness is the basis of higher spiritual experiences.
THE PSYCHOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY OF THE FIVE ELEMENTS
Briefly we will consider the psychological aspects of mind and thought, feelings and emotions, body, will power, intention, and Spirit as they relate to the Five Elements. This also includes aspects of creativity, movement, joy, play and our being as a soul wave in the universe.
Relationships between the Elements
Each of the five elements has a certain relationship with other elements, based on their nature. These relationships are forming the laws of nature. Some elements are enemies, in that each blocks the expression of the other. Fire and water, for example, will “destroy” each other if they get the chance. In order to co-exist fire and water need to be separated.. Too much fire in the body will create inflammation, while too much water can dampen fire and cause indigestion.
Some elements are said to “love” each other in that they are supportive and nurturing of each other. Earth and water love to “hug” each other, and air and fire increase each other.
Other elements are cooperative and simply friendly. For example, air and water can live together without problems, as in soda water; but when the chance occurs, they separate from each other. The same occurs with fire and earth.
The name is derived from the Sanskrit word “kash” which means to shine or radiate. It’s also another word for Spirit, the omnipresent immutable source of all energy. It’s the domain of promise, potential and paths to be traveled. The energy permeates the Universe, the primal source that creates and nourishes the elements. Colors are white, purple and black. Akasha is transcendence. Elemental spirits are angels. Much else about this spiritual element is, yet, unknown or undefined.
SPIRIT AND CREATIVITY
Spirit/Ether/Akasha is related to the formlessness of the Source and universe inside the Unified Field which is All and Everywhere. One can say that the dark matter of the universe is the potential field within which formless adamantine particles are sparked with consciousness, light and creative play (“lila” or “leela,” Sanskrit) into actual kinetic form.
This element creates and destroys. It can’t exist without demolishing something and transforming it into another form such as ashes, smoke, heat and light, therefore, it has to be controlled. Fire purifies, energizes, cleanses and is forceful. Its energy is projective, masculine, and the colors are red or white. Its powers are used for courage, protection, energy, strength, creativity, increasing one’s personal power and banishing negativity.
FIRE AND INTERNAL WILL POWER AND INTENTION
Fire is the essence of Spirit and its power in our personal psychology. It’s what motivates us, encourages us, and picks us up when we’re down. Internal spiritual and emotional Fires give us hope and let you continue our dream.
“I am the internal Spirit transformation of all biochemistry, elements and energies within my mind, emotions and physical body. I am the strong, courageous internal will power and intention for all great goals I will accomplish during my life.”
This element is the power of movement, intelligence and refreshing. Movement sounds and flying are manifestations of Air. Energy is masculine and projective. Attributes are intelligence, travel, freedom, knowledge, recovering lost items and study which are used to attract these qualities. Its color is yellow.
AIR AND THOUGHTS, MIND, CONSCIOUSNESS
Air moves freely around and through us at all times. Throughout all cultures Air has been likened to the thoughts that come and go. We have perhaps hundred if not thousands of thoughts each day. Thoughts are like the breezes and flow of Air, directing our mind to think the thoughts that come to us, sometimes unbidden, sometimes from other people.
Air encompasses feelings, which unlike emotions, are rational, logical thought expressions of emotions and kinesthetic bodily states. Altogether, our thoughts, mind and feelings give us our present consciousness. And this consciousness is only a map or perception of “what is.” It is not the actual territory that the map points towards; it is only our limiting personal perception. Others usually have different perceptions of the same reality.
“I am the thinker, the thought, the word, the consciousness of Spirit in flesh.”
Healing, cleansing, psychicism and loving are associated with this element. Energy is receptive and feminine. Water is used for purification, psychic growth, peace, love, friendships and dreams. Its colors are deep blue and black.
WATER AND THE CREATIVE DANCE
Water is the flow of life, the shifts and turns; it represents the blockages, openings and further windings. Water symbolizes the psychology of understanding our life as a flow through time and space in the Third Dimension. Recall however, that simultaneously you are living, according to Superstring Theory, simultaneously on the 1st, 2nd, and 4th to 12th Dimensions as well.
Water is the prime Element of all emotions, which are our gut and intuitive moods, our temperaments and motivations. They are psycho-physiologically experienced by the soul and personality in an ongoing flow. The psychology of humans focuses particularly on our unique ability to experience wide ranges of emotions, and how to communicate these clearly, both verbally and nonverbally.
This is why we relate Water to the cosmic and earthly dance. It represents metaphorically and in perfect fashion our dance through the web of life.
“I am the dancer, the dancing and the dance all at the same time.”
This is the densest of the elements and is the mother who sustains life. Its energy is receptive and feminine. The element’s natures are fertility, grounding, stabilizing and nurturing. Its energy is used to attract prosperity, abundance, grounding, career and fertility. Its colors are green or red.
EARTH AND HUMAN BODY
Earth element is related to our human body. Our body is made of Earth. It comes from Earth and goes back to Earth. “Ashes to ashes and dust to dust.” While all Five Elements literally are involved in our body’s atoms, cells, tissues, organs, systems and form, Earth is the element of our body. Instincts, both animal-like and human, form part of our earthly nature.
A positive saying or mantra to use for the healing and growth of our body could be:
“I am the solid matter, magnetism, energy, heat and gravity of my physical body; I am the grounded, centered state of soul within my physical form.” When we think and call into action this truth, we will have a unified experience of a powerhouse of energy in our physical muscles and body.
The Elements in the Body
Many of us are unaware that we are made of the Five Elements in material, energetic, psychological and spiritual ways.
Each element is responsible for different structures in the body. Earth forms solid structures, such as bones, flesh, skin, tissues, and hair. Water forms saliva, urine, semen, blood, and sweat. Fire forms hunger, thirst, and sleep. Air is responsible for all movement, including expansion, contraction, and suppression. Spirit/Ether forms physical attraction and repulsion, as well as fear.
If any element is impure or out of balance with another, disease and suffering may occur.