Five Elements of Feng Shui
The Five Elements that are deployed in classical Feng Shui describe energetic interactions and relationships. This is “unseen” energy, generally speaking, but when used in a physical form, it can return balance and support to any given space. These elements, also known as the Five Phases, Five Processes, Five Agents, and Five Movements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. The Wu Xing system of elements was developed thousands of years ago in China over thousands of years of recorded observations, and matured into a system during the 2nd or 1st century BCE during the Han Dynasty. This system is actually rather brilliant in that it recognizes simple natural elements and their personalities during their life cycles. Based on Tai Chi (yin-yang theory), every phase or element is part of a whole that is in a perpetual state of change and interaction. They are transforming as they interface with the other phases during this perpetual cycle of life. Nothing ever stays the same. The natural environment is constantly evolving and as we interface with it, we are also evolving and changing at a cellular level. This isn’t so much a “circle” of sameness, as it is a “spiral” since as the cycles re-occur, the interactions of energy create life, growth, decline, and ultimately, death…which gives birth to a new cycle.
Five Elements as Change Agent
To understand the Five Elements and Tai Chi theories better, consider your lifetime. We are continuously interfacing with the “energy” or influence of the world around us…whether we are learning from our parents, in a classroom, or from personal experiences and interactions in specific circumstances. Something as simple as watching a sunrise or sunset changes our perception…either subliminally or consciously. Every experience is a change agent. When we look more deeply into each life experience we find that there are specific characteristics to every experience and how they transform us to another level of wisdom or perception. Today we might take a walk in the woods and feel our energy levels soar to the top of the trees that surround us…or delight at the sight and aroma of their foliage and blooms. A campfire can bring comforting warmth, while a brushfire evokes heart-pounding fear. The earth may show us a gentle, peaceful path, or a rigorous, precipitous challenge. We may find beautiful pieces of ore glinting in the sunlight or encounter a dark cave. We may happen upon a happy gentle stream, a majestic waterfall, or a rushing angry river or rapids. All of these elements and their characteristics will transform us in some way, leaving an indelible imprint upon us…changing who we were before that encounter. This cycle of life experiences is perpetual.
Five Elements as Feng Shui Adjustments
When you receive a Feng Shui audit, the result of that analysis takes into consideration the energy of Time (celestial movement), People, and Earth. These layers of energy interacting with one another create patterns that indicate energetic flow and balance. These can support or thwart life opportunities such as relationships, health, and prosperity. The Five Elements represent specific characteristics of that balance and when there is imbalance the Five Elements are applied in a physical manifestation to correct it. In other words, the Feng Shui practitioner will prescribe elemental interventions (in addition to other principles), to correct flow and return harmony to the building and those who live or work there. This natural form of intervening is in direct opposition to the use of talismans. In traditional Feng Shui, we don’t use cultural aberrations like jade frogs or coins on a red string as “cures,” nor do we use a one-size-fits-all Bagua to determine the areas that support love, prosperity, health, etc.
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