In Chinese philosophy, the Five Elements of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water, are representations of all the energies in the universe. (This post here provides basic information on the Five Elements). These Elements can be found in us as well, which I find to be a fascinating study on human behavior, emotions, and motivations.
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Wood’s strength is zeal and initiative to move forward on projects and explore new things. If this behavior gets out of control, Wood can collapse into despair, apathy and discouragement.
Enter, the Fire Element, which can restore balance this apathy through it's strengths of excitement, passion, and charisma. On the other hand, Fire’s charisma can become obnoxious and arrogant, off putting to others.
But Earth’s strength of seeking harmony and agreeableness among others can overcome this. Too much agreeableness and Earth can become wishy-washy and sacrifice self for others too often creating imbalance.
Metal’s ability for discernment and restraint, knowing the limits of maintaining harmony at all costs - when and how much to be agreeable - can help balance Earth. But too much restraint and discernment can become too rigid and lead to black/white thinking.
So Water’s ability to be imaginative and creative, to think out of the box (gray, and pink, and yellow, and purple!) as well as its ability to go with the flow softens this rigidity of Metal. Water, though, can become too amorphous, detached and sink to the lowest level.
Wood’s strength of zeal and initiative can pull Water back up and get it back on track.
Having balanced qualities of all of these Elements in our life contributes to healthy, joyful and productive lives.
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