Five Reflections: Five Elements

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Let us begin with the five elements of nature – water, wind, earth, fire, and the void.  These are simple building blocks of creation.  When all else fails, we return again to the simple basics.  When we find no entry point into the experience life places on our doorstep, these five elements give us at least five entry points.

We can go to the water and let it cleanse us and open our heart.

We can go to the wind to clear our head, to release the mindless chatter and to find new perspective.

The earth is our home.  But, how frequently are we aware of the earth beneath our feet?  Since we go to the store or restaurant rather than tilling the earth with our own hands to produce our food, we forget and disconnect.

Fire is an entirely different matter.  Fire burns until all fuel is devoured.  It is worthy of our respect and health fear.  Fire irresistibly beckons us and we are drawn like moths to a flame.  Paradoxically, it calls us to go within to find our vision and inner passion.

The fifth element, the void, is not one we are as familiar with for it cannot be handled in the same way as the other four elements.  Because of this, some would say that it does not exist.  “It’s nothing,” they say.  Yet, it is out of this “nothing” that “everything” is created.

It is true that the void is invisible to the normal or naked eye.  It appears to simply be empty space.  Yet, this emptiness contains the mystery of life, the forces of creation, the magnetism of spirit.  Religions formulate entire belief systems to explain it, scientists do endless experiments to understand it, and seekers quest for visions to make the unknown known.  Look into this mystery and feel its pull.

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Four Elements ~ Air

The Four Elements are the building blocks of all Creation on Grandmother Earth, and therefore, stabilize our world.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 12.06.53 PMThe North element is Air or Wind.  The wind works with flexibility. Think about the ways you know the wind—from the whirling tornadoes to summer’s gentle breeze, or the wind that comes up just before a storm hits. Did you know that Wind, or air movement, is integral to all types of weather conditions?  Or that air pressure, which is largely caused by differential heating of the air by the sun and ground conditions (earth), controls the way air flows?

Below is another fascinating component of how wind interacts with the plant world on Grandmother Earth.  The article this was pulled from was called “The Necessity of Stress.”  We could also think of it as the ‘Resiliency of Flexibility.’
“The Biosphere 2 project was created as a research tool for scientists to study Earth’s living systems, and it allowed scientists to play with farming and innovation in a way that didn’t harm the planet. One of the most profound discoveries made by the scientists had nothing to do with a cure for some new disease or a new way of farming land. Rather, the discovery had to do with the wind’s role in a tree’s life. The trees inside Biosphere 2 grew rapidly, more rapidly than they did outside of the dome, but they also fell over before reaching maturation. After looking at the root systems and outer layers of bark, the scientists came to realize that a lack of wind in Biosphere 2 caused a deficiency of stress wood. Stress wood helps a tree position itself for optimal sun absorption and it also helps trees grow more solidly. Without stress wood, a tree can grow quickly, but it cannot support itself fully. It cannot withstand normal wear and tear, and survive. In other words, the trees needed some stress in order to thrive in the long run.” (

Our inner winds are our thoughts, beliefs and philosophies, or our mental aspect.  Are there places in your life where you avoid stress instead of viewing it as an opportunity to be flexible or build resiliency?  Do you miss chances to refine your character because of dogmatic beliefs or inflexible philosophies?

Think of the many different ways you have experienced the wind and you will know the North energies.  Take a moment to explore your inner voices, your outer words, and all that you believe in.  And know, as the breath of Wakan Tanka birthed the elements, our beliefs and words birth our reality.

(If you are drawing this wheel, North is at the top of your circle, South is at the bottom, West is to the left, and East is to the right.)