The 5 Elements- Assessing your Physical Space

The 5 Elements- Assessing your Physical Space

The pop quiz for finding your elements within you may help to identify how those elements are within us.  

And those elements within may also be represented in what we surround ourselves with in our physical spaces.  We surround ourselves with the things that we are most attracted to and our homes, our desk and our closets are a visual representation of who we are and what we like.
Here are some ways in which we can identify those elements.
Wood:  Greens, Blues, plants, flowers, actual wood, columnar and pillar shaped items.
Fire:  Reds, triangle shapes, cones, pyramids, sunlight, wool, leather, animal products.
Earth:  Yellows, earthtones, soil, rectangles, square shapes.
Metal:  Whites & pastels, rocks, stones, metals, arches, circles, ovals.
Water:  Black, dark colors, glass, crystal, mirrors, assymetrical shapes.
If you want to balance out a room that has a dominant element, the same controlling cycle applies.
If you want bring more of an element into your life you could also choose to wear the associated colors.  So take a browse through your closet, which element do you most often wear?
As an example Red may not be a color that for everyone wants to cover themselves in or paint an entire room in.  Choosing a red pen or a red journal, or red undergarments can add some spark or fire and melt a bit of metal.  
If you find yourself wearing or surrounded by a lot of earthy colors, try adding blue or green throw pillows to the sofa or a blanket to add some pop.
Color and shapes can amuse the eye and add that little something something to your wardrobe and also to your space.
I’m curious does your physical space reflect your Pop Quiz results? 
I invite you to share below on the Blog,  Facebook or email.
Yang Metal and Water; Yin Wood Fire Earth

Yang Metal and Water; Yin Wood Fire Earth

The Children and Creativity Gua is the home of Metal and is associated with water, Lakes specifically.
Metal is is the thinking, the intellectual element.  Metaphorically speaking you have a mind like a steel trap.  You are focused, quick witted and razor sharp. Determination along with strength and endurance would potentially be ways to describe you.
Metal is excavated from the earth, and the large gap between your earth score and metal depicts that.  This element can be shaped to our liking, as in using metal for jewellery or building skyscrapers.  It is both strong and can be malleable.
When we have too much metal in us it can also be portrayed at times as uncompromising or an inability to change course even when it makes sense to do so.  The razor sharp mind may also be interpreted as having a sharp tongue.
Yang Water is the connection to Spirit and Spirituality.  Your metal thinking may be a high source of creativity, which brings Joy to yourself and others.  Water is tapping into your spirit or going with your flow.  Metal is a nourishing cycle to water, in that metal holds water.
These elements are Yang elements and are what we show to the world.
To control Metal the addition of Fire is necessary.  Fire controls metal since it melts the element.  Fire is our communication to our community.  Fire is our passion and emotion, it is leadership, it is connecting.  
Absorbing and accumulating information comes easily and it shows you are one to go with the flow.  I would invite you to consider sharing your wisdom and creativity in teaching another or a group of others.  Stoke the fire within by communicating what you know.
You have a strong sense of connection and synchronicity and may benefit from tending the wood element to nurture your own ideas by sharing what brings you Joy.  
Wood, Fire and Earth are yin elements. Yin is the inner details of ourselves.
Allowing the water vibe in your life to nourish the ideas you have to branch out.  Fire needs wood to burn.  Perhaps there are things you are “thinking” about and not doing.  
What would it feel like to grow those ideas (wood), and tell others about what you are thinking (fire), and connecting to your ground (earth) to take action on your ideas?
I would invite you to think about how it wood feel to put yourself out there rather than think about it?  
Yang: Fire and Earth; Yin Metal, Water and Wood Assessment

Yang: Fire and Earth; Yin Metal, Water and Wood Assessment

Fire is the dominant element in this assessment, followed by Earth.

You are a connector and communicator; you are passionate about what you say and do.  You have a strong connection to your ecosystems:  family, friends, colleagues etc.  A healthy amount of fire is nourishing, lively and adds excitement.  Your personal warmth draws people to you and you make people feel wrapped in warmth as well.

Earth is the element of the physical and tangible.  Fire burns wood which feeds the Earth and the numbers show a nourishing cycle.  That feeling of being Present, Grounded and connected is important to you and you seek ways to cultivate it in your life.  You take action and are accountable for your words and actions.

These two elements together bring to mind:  You stand up for what you believe in.

The yin/inner elements are Metal, Water and Wood.

Metal is connected to the Children and Creativity Gua.  It is the home of Joy!  Having fun, being creative, colorful bubbles up from deep within you.  Laughter is an expression of this joy.  This element is also the thinking part of you, the intellectual.  We draw metal from the earth and can mold into whatever we choose. Again an expression of your creativity.

Water is going with the flow of life and we use water to control Fire when it is dominant.  There is an imbalance between the two elements in the assessment and that may be present in feeling stuck, going against the flow, or not feeling the flow you want.  There may be lots of thinking going on and you may be keeping this to yourself.  Not seeking out Helpful People, literally or energetically.  I invite you to consider where the idea of “diving in” or creating a wave for yourself in order to remove the blockages of your flow.

Wood is required to fuel the Fire.  The current assessment would suggest that you may be at the beginning of something.  That being open-minded, being open to trust and accept guidance may be in your life presently.  I invite you to nurture the seeds of your knowledge and wisdom, and trust in the process.

Yang: Water Earth Metal; Yin Wood Fire Assessment

Yang: Water Earth Metal; Yin Wood Fire Assessment

In the 5 element image above we can see that Water is the dominant element, Earth and Metal are also Yang (or what we show to the world).  Wood and Fire are the internal or inner Yin elements.
The water total is 12 points greater than the next closest of Earth.  When we have too much water energy it may manifest in being overwhelmed or overwhelming others.  Flood of emotion and or white rapid ride.  Your Wood number is 38 less than Water so you may be having a difficult time getting things going.  Your ideas, inspiration and seeds are drowning rather than growing.
Earth’s archetype is fertile soil.  It is the accountability of what we do and say.  The earth number is Yang (greater than 72) yet in this instance with too little earth to control the Water you may be feeling precarious and floating.
Metal, another Yang element in this instance, may still present by way of procrastination. You may be in too deep of water to be able to focus, communicate clearly and convert your acumen into clarity.
To control water when it is dominant is to add Earth.
What do you do or what could you do to make yourself feel more grounded and centered.  Are there things that you could let go of, busymaking, that would allow you to slow the flow down?
Yin is the inner and the details, your yin elements are Wood & Fire.
When the wood element is overwhelmed by the flow of water it may be keeping you from branching out.  Again I would invite you to find a way to look at things from a practical standpoint and see where you may benefit from decluttering.
Fire is leadership, speaking words, and emotion.  I would suggest you to observe when you are saying no to something are you saying yes to yourself; when you are saying yes to something are you saying no to yourself.  Fire burns the wood which turns into earth.  
Notice how you are communicating and as above; look for the contrasts in your choices.
Your assessment is one where the word “busy” keeps running through my mind.  I also invite you to pause and be present.

Yang Wood and Fire: Yin Earth, Metal and Water

Yang Wood and Fire: Yin Earth, Metal and Water

This 5 Element assessment
results show a relative balance in all the elements; as in not an extreme
variance for any particular one. 
Wood is the Yang Element; Fire is the next dominant element.
Yin is Earth, Water and Metal.

Wood is intuition,
knowledge, inspiration and action.  When
wood is in balance we will trust the process.

consumes Earth, which is indicative in the totals shared above.  Too much wood can be Type A personality; a
lot of things happening but not enough gain; lots of work not enough pay.

Fire is the
emotional element; it is communication (words), touch, life, spark, excitement.  This is connected to Fame and Reputation or
Community.  It is defined as Integrity,
true to self and how we are viewed by others.

The results of the assessment show that there is plenty of wood to keep the fire burning and Fire creates Earth, yet in this instance Earth is the lowest or most yin of the elements.

It may be possible that you are full of ambition, lots of great ideas and are inspired to share.  You can communicate effectively, your ideas spark interest and yet the seeds of your inspiration may not have enough Earth in order to sprout, take root and begin to grow.

In any garden there are times when you have to control the growth.  Culling weeds or runts from your plantings.  Perhaps it may serve you to look at your “garden or forest”, stand in a place of observation and see what you can nourish to truly take root and harvest and preserve the others for another planting cycle?  

Adding Metal:
The element
of Metal is used to control Wood as a Dominant Element.  (Metal cuts Wood.)

Too little
Metal can impact one’s ability to focus, stay on task, lack determination thru
procrastination, forgetting, and avoidance. 
The ability
to generate many ideas, however, needing to cull the forest in order for those
ideas to take root in the Earth.

  • What
    could you let go of in order to allow yourself to focus your intentions more
  •  Are
    there concepts, ideas or things in your world that can be blended together to create
    a more solid root structure?
  • What
    seeds have you planted that need more room to grow?
  •  What
    branches could be pruned?
The I Ching
teaches us that Metal is the element associated with Children and Creativity;
the essence being “Joy”.

  • How
    could you cultivate Joy in your life right now?
  •  How
    could you “lighten up”?
  • What
    would it feel like if you could infuse your life overall with joy?
with Earth and Fire Elements
All seeds
have their own germination period.  I
invite you to consider all the great things you intend to plant, nurture and
harvest.  Then consider the possibility
that all the seeds do not necessarily have to planted all at once.  

Perhaps you can find a rhythm in clearing the
soil, plant specific seeds, nurture and intend to harvest.  

Find your ground, stand in your garden.

Too little
Fire can be a feeling of being separate from, lots of flame but not a lot of
heat.  Just as above, metaphorically
speaking, you may benefit from concentrating your efforts on stoking less
number of fires rather than have many individual matches lit and expect the
same radiant heat.
The element
of water helps to refine.  “Going with
the Flow”.  “Trusting the flow of life.” If the garden is too dense the plants can not thrive in rationing the water.

Suggested Affirmation: