Dear Readers: In the USA, tomorrow is a day of Thanksgiving. And while the exact origin of the holiday may be unclear, the intent of the day still rings true: there is always something to be grateful for in our lives. Be that health, friends and family, success in whatever way we define it, or life itself, gratitude is a state of mind that’s a universal part of the human experience. It turns out it’s also deeply embedded in the Five Elements model. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. After all, a model that claims to be no less than a complete explanation of the workings of the universe will have to contain gratitude. And it does.
In the Five Elements model, each element owes its existence and ability to function in a balanced manner to the other four. And in a very profound way, when one element receives help from another, the receiving element pays it forward, so to speak, by doing the same for a different element in the system. If Water is running low, Metal sends energy to Water. And Water will do the same for Wood, just as Wood will send energy to Fire, Fire will send it to Earth, and Earth will feed it back to Metal. It’s a neverending flow of giving that’s a key hallmark of the Five Elements model.
The other hallmark of the model is the ability of each element to ensure that no element overdoes it. If Wood has too much energy, Metal will reach across the model and decrease the excess. This guarantees Wood’s survival and in gratitude for that service, Wood will do the same for Earth, just as Earth will decrease excess for Water, Water will decrease Fire, and Fire will return the initial favor back to Metal. And while our “more is better” culture usually sees a decrease in something as bad, in reality it’s crucial for survival. There is joy in the model at both increase and decrease. But does that translate to people? I can answer that with an unequivocal, “Yes!” Let’s take a look.
Water people need fuel for their big ideas, and the synthesized information Metals provide to Water fits the bill perfectly. Their “gratitude” to Metal is expressed when Waters actually use what Metals provide, thereby acknowledging its importance. Metals like to feel that what they do is important. But if Waters receive too much information, they risk spreading themselves too thin by trying to use everything, and shallow water evaporates quickly. So when Earth steps in and contains Water, Water survives. Water’s gratitude is expressed to Earth though its ability to keep excess Fire from scalding Earth.
Wood people need big ideas to manifest. They get big ideas from Waters and express their gratitude by manifesting something Water can imagine, but never create itself. Waters like to see their ideas come to life; it validates them. But too many ideas from Water can put Woods at risk because they will try to manifest them all. So...
22 November, 2017