According to Chinese philosophy, people are sick because their elements are out of balance. Balance is controlled by the relationship of yin and yang within a person’s system. Although some people have been skeptic of traditional Chinese medicine, the practice has persisted for thousands of years, which would indicate that there is something to it.
This practice is based upon The Five Elements
The Five Elements comprise the five energetic forces which make up all living organisms. Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. Each Element has a unique characteristic nature. The Elements do not exist independently. They only exist in relationship to one another. Their relationship to one another forms a system of checks and balances which is ultimately responsible for our health and development.
When an imbalance takes root in our bodies, illness begins to manifest. By understanding the influences of the Five Elements we can see the way back to health.
Wood feeds Fire, Water controls Fire.
Fire feeds Earth, Wood controls Earth.
Earth feeds Metal, Fire controls Metal.
Metal feeds Water, Earth controls Water.
Water feeds Wood, Metal controls Wood.
These are very simple yet elegant laws of nature that can be used to understand why you feel sluggish or filled with anxiety, have excess pain, can’t fall asleep or what is happening in your marriage. Wherever we look in nature, we can see relationships between the Elements. I have yet to find a paradigm so complete, so beautiful — confirmable by anyone who has spent time walking in nature.
The season associated with the Fire Element is summer. Everything we need to know about the Fire Element we can learn by observing nature during summertime. The time of year when everything comes out to play, to be self-expressive, full flower, the ability to shine, playfulness, radiance, warmth, cookouts, the beach, joy, laughter.
THE FIRE ELEMENT
“Love me, love me not.”
We open our arms like a mirror and radiate warmth and love from our hearts. We open our arms like a bowl and receive love and warmth back into our hearts. This is the movement of Fire, establishing and maintaining heart to heart connection.
Does your personality risk exposure in order to feel and be felt by others, or do you avoid the risk of exposure and remain isolated in a cold and indifferent world?
Your Fire Element is where you interface with the present moment. Fire is the “be here now” Element. It is your main point of contact to the outside world; your ability to show up and be present, and thus be consciously aware of the world around you.
Are you easily overwhelmed? Do you get lost in details that don’t actually matter? How well you absorb and extrapolate the mountains of data that are being presented to your senses day by day? This ability is largely the responsibility of your Fire Element.
When your Fire Element is operating effectively, you are able to stay present and filter through the endless streams of incoming data so that you are conscious of what is necessary and pertinent to the given moment. It is this steady and persistent activity of being present and sorting which produces your stream of consciousness.
How long can you be present before you are distracted by the endless chatter of the mind? So much of your moment to moment experience of this life is hinged upon your ability to be present and sort efficiently. These faculties have a greater influence on your overall quality of life than perhaps any others.
Are you searching for love, beauty, kindness, hope and wisdom, or is it possible that you are searching for less noble data, like proof that you are unworthy or undeserving of love? Are you looking for what your mind desires, or for the deeper yearnings of your Heart?
Your Heart has but one desire, which is Love. How can you learn to love even more? How can you drink only from the cup of Love and how can you share of this cup with others? Can you imagine a world in which these were the perimeters that everyone was searching for?
The organ systems of the body associated with the Fire Element are the Heart, Small Intestine, Pericardium and Triple Warmer meridians.
Signs and symptoms that our Fire Element may need support:
The primary Fire emotion is Joy. Seldom is there enough joy, which tends to a state of sadness or depression. Such an emotion is usually felt in your upper chest and heart region.
Signs of Fire Imbalance:
- Heart palpations
- Failure to bounce back after a betrayal of intimacy
- Shock and or trauma that leaves you feeling in a state of disconnected limbo
- Fear of intimacy
- Easily intimidated
- Sweating disorders
- Inability to stay in the present moment
- All issues surrounding the sharing and receiving of warmth or intimacy
- Lack of Joy, feelings of flatness, dullness or sadness
- Deep longing for, but terror of making meaningful contact with another
- Issues around chaos and control
- Easily overstimulated, scattered and ungrounded
- Feeling vulnerable and over exposed
- Feeling like a duck out of water or “different drummer syndrome”
- Issues of timing, feeling offbeat, difficulty being in synch with the people around you
Summer’s special gift – the energy of Fire – allows us to give and receive warmth. By giving and sharing, we build our own Fire, open our own flower, and bring more of the summer sun to the world.
When Fire is deficient
According to Chinese traditional medicine, the Fire element manifests in our body through the heart, small intestine, pericardium, and the function known as the triple heater, which regulates internal body temperature. Imagine a few of the myriad symptoms that can arise if our inner Fire is deficient: chills and numbness of the extremities, impaired circulation of the blood and bodily fluids, and menstrual, urinary, and sexual dysfunction. The lungs can lose their ability to expand and contract fully and easily, resulting in poor oxygenation of the blood, coughing, and nasal congestion. We may experience sluggish digestion, abdominal pain, and watery diarrhea because the digestive organs lack the heat needed to process and assimilate nourishment.
When Fire is excessive
At the other extreme, excessive heat can result in painful inflammation of the joints, hypersexuality, chronic infections, dryness of the lung, inflamed throat and sinus, burning diarrhea and urination. Excess heat can also dry out the stool and cause constipation. Affecting the heart, an excess of Fire can cause anxiety and sleep disturbance.
Fire affects the amount of fluid in the body: Too much heat dries up our internal reservoirs and waterways, and at the other extreme too little heat can result in an excess of fluid. Menstruation, sexual secretions, lubrication at joints, digestion, and metabolism, to name a few, reflect and depend upon the balance of our Fire element.
Fire at the spirit level
On a deeper level, the Fire element expresses itself as joy and manifests within us as love, laughter, and enthusiasm. During summer, the season of maximum expansion, we can become aware of ourselves at our fullest. Drawing on the expansive warmth of Fire we can reach out and relate to the world like a flower opening.
When our Fire is low and we experience no inner “blooming,” we feel the lack of something to share – joy or compassion, for example. Though we might crave these qualities, our relationships may be fraught with anxiety and fear of rejection. We may be sexually frigid and inhibited, shy, or emotionally cold and easily hurt, or even overly dependent on our partner. Without the knowledge of who we are in the strength of our flowering, we can neither enter into relationships fully nor express our true selves. Instead, we plan and calculate our moves defensively, then present an image of ourselves that isn’t truthful, which only perpetuates the fear of eventually being “found out.”
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