Spirituality

Chinese Elements: The 5 Basic

Chinese element theory deals with the 5 main elements found in nature; such as Fire, Water, Earth, Metal, and Wood that are the basic substances found in nature also the material world.  Each of this elements has its own characteristics; also it is believed that when a person has all of the elements balanced into his body reaches perfect health.  Each of this elements has its own unique abilities and powers, creation and destruction phase related with some other element, as well as yin/yang state or feminine/masculine.  Let see the basic qualities and characteristics of each element.

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1. Water

The water element considers the most feminine element of all.  It can exist in a yin/yang state. When it is into its yin state in nature it represents as a rain or any thin water; when it is into the yang state it represents as an ocean, tsunami, wave and sea. The major characteristics of this element are observation and reflection, intelligence, and calmness as well as condensation.

2. Fire

Fire considers the most masculine element of all. It can exist in yin/yang state. When it is into its yin state it represents as a small flame or a lamp, and when it is into the yang state it represents by the sun and fire. The major characteristics of this element are warmth, life-giving, energy, action and design.

3. Earth

Earth considers neutral element.  It can exist in its yin/yang state. When it is into its yin state it represents by a valley, and when it is into its yang state it represents as a mountain and a rock. The major characteristic of this element is stability, support, organization, and nourishment.

4. Metal

Metal considers one of the toughest elements.  It can exist in a yin/yang state.  When it is into its yin state it represents with precious jewels, and when it is into its yang state it represents by a kettle.  The major characteristics of the metal element are righteousness, clarity, focus and determination.

5. Wood

Wood considers the most ”human” element.  It can exist in a yin/yang state.  When it is into its yin state it represents by grass and when it is into its yang state it represents by a big tree touching the very roots of the earth.  The major characteristics of this element are bold actions, planning, and idealism.

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