Restoring Balance for 3 Common Problems Using 5 Elements

September 01, 2019

Five Element Theory:

The Five Elements can be described as the stages of change, a philosophy developed in East Asia as early as 475 B.C.  The Five Elements are: water, wood, fire, earth and metal.  These symbolic names were unpretentious categories for the energy conveyed at each phase of life.  This theory directly affected Chinese medicine and brought balance back within the earth as well as for an individual. 

Take a look again at the associations within this symbiotic series of relationships:

Overabundance of Earth Element: An example

Worry is associated with the Earth Element, and although it is not the only possible symptom of an Earth imbalance, it is a common one.  If you wish to control your worry, then you would want to control the Earth Element by one of several means. You could do one or two (not all!) of the following things:

Add some of the Child of Earth, which is Metal by:

  • Placing columns or long drapes in your environment;
  • Wear some green and khaki colors;
  • Add a fun and varied exercise program to your daily life;

Lessen the supply of energy to Earth by lessening Fire, its Mother’s energy by:

  • Avoiding dried and/or spicy foods;
  • Avoiding wearing red, orange or yellow;
  • Avoiding triangles or candles in your décor (at least short-term.)

Lessen the Earth Element directly by:

  • Avoid wearing yellow, green, tan and orange;
  • Avoid eating naturally sweet foods and root vegetables for a period of time;
  • Purge any closet or area of your home that’s accumulated clutter.

Add some Wood Element, which controls Earth in the Restrictive Cycle by:

  • Start an exercise program that you can/will follow like walking or weight lifting;
  • Add some sour flavors and fresh meat, fruit, and vegetables your diet;
  • Wear more practical clothing such as khaki jeans and denim (no elastic!) in your clothing.

2.  Lacking of the Water Element: An example

Verbal expression is associated with the Water Element, and although it is not the only possible symptom of a Water imbalance, it is a common one.  If you wish to think and express yourself clearly and succinctly, then you would want to fortify the Water Element by one of several means. You could do one or two (not all!) of the following things:

Add some of the Mother of Water, which is Metal by:

  • Placing arches or oval shapes or metal in your environment;
  • Wear some white or metallic colors often;
  • Add white accents throughout your home;

Lessen the supply of energy to Wood, Water’s Child’s energy by:

  • Avoiding fresh meat, vegetables and fruit for a period of time;
  • Avoiding wearing greens and blues;
  • Avoiding vertical lines (such as long drapes) in your décor.

Feeding the Water Element directly by:

  • Wearing dark and flowing clothing;
  • Eating more seafood, soups, pitted fruits for a period of time;
  • Take long baths, swim, or visit the ocean for your vacation or weekend get-away.

3.  Lacking of the Fire Element: An example

Burn-out is associated with the Fire Element, and although it is not the only possible symptom, it is not uncommon for a person with a lot of Fire in their personality to push and push themselves until they feel completely exhausted.  If you wish to avoid this feeling of burn-out, then you would want to fortify the Fire Element by one of several means. You could do one or two (not all!) of the following things:

 Add some of the Mother of Fire, which is Wood by:

  • Placing columns or long drapes in your environment;
  • Wear some green and khaki colors;
  • Add a fun and varied exercise program to your daily life;

Lessen the supply of energy to Earth, Fire’s Child by:

  • Avoiding naturally sweet, root vegetables for a period of time;
  • Avoiding wearing soft pastel yellow, greens and tans;
  • Avoiding rectangles and squares in your décor.

 Feeding the Fire Element directly by:

  • Wearing red, orange and yellow clothing;
  • Eating spicy or barbecued, or dried meats and fruits;
  • When you begin to feel burned out, talk about your feelings with the closest of your many friends;

Be sure to take some time to feed your spirit, rather than spending every waking hour with others. 

Do you experience any of these three feelings of imbalance in your life?  Try to select those choices that feel comfortable and right for you. 

If you would like to know more about yourself and others, and how you can create a more joyful and fulfilling personal or professional life, take some time to peruse this website and contact us through email, phone call or text.  We would love to help you understand yourself and those who make up your world of friends and family.

Join us at 10:00 AM PDT on  Sept. 4 for the First Wednesday of the Month Facebook video when we discuss other means of rebalancing all the parts of your life using the Restrictive Cycle of the Five Elements of Feng Shui.

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