In the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path, the sacred four elements are a part of Grandmother Earth and are a natural component of our world and ourselves. The elements can be regarded from the perspective of a “medicine wheel”. That is to say a circle of viewing of each of the four directions: South, West, North, East and the Center.
When we view the elements from each of these directions, we can better understand through not just our mind but our physical bodies how each of the elements feel and how these elements combine with other energies and powers of the four directions.
In the West, the element is earth.
Earth energies work with stability and endurance. Think of the many different ways that the earth element appears on this planet: the small portions of earth used in a planter, the tremendous amounts of earth moved to prepare the foundation for a building, tall rugged mountains, or the earth that fills a forest.
Feel the stability in your body that comes when you contemplate the earth elements in all its forms, and you will have a knowing of West energies.