THE NATURE OF THE FIVE ELEMENTS - EXPLAINED SIMPLY

May 23, 2018


As you perhaps may know, all physical existence in the Universe is composed of 4 elements - Earth, Water, Fire and Air. The notion about those elements along with the Ether (Void) element, which were proposed to explain the nature of the Universe, can be found in many different places and times in history. Ancient Greece, Egypt, Tibet, Japan and India are just an example. Different cultures have somewhat different philosophies regarding the elements, but there is one thing in common - the physical Universe is composed from their constant interactions. All other materials made by human hand are also created from and thanks to those elements. In our daily lives we see them and their interactions constantly. The very planet that you're waking on is composed of Earth, most of it is Water, there is the Air that we breathe and there is Fire which keeps our planet capable of sustaining life. You can also see fire appear from natural processes such as lightnings. All those elements are essential for life in the physical to exist.


THE EARTH ELEMENT

The earth element is what ensures our physical existence. If we take our planet for example, if it didn't had Earth element as a foundation, there would be no water, no plants and air, as they take place on Earth itself. If we look at our body - it is our bones on the inside that gives us base structure and protects our most vital organs, and on the outside our earthly skin serves as a shell which warns us when the body is in danger through its nerve senses. Without the Earth element our bodies would not be able to function as they do. The Earth element is our existential and survival tool.


THE WATER ELEMENT

There is no need for me to explain how important water is for our bodies, our planet and life itself. Water means movement, it is constantly moving from one place to another. Without movement, there could be no life. Freud for example, was asked "What is the meaning of life" and he said:
- What gives us meaning in life are two things - to work and to love.
Work requires movement. We need to work to some productive goal in our lives otherwise we go crazy and we see life as meaningless. That's why water is associated with movement, because without movement there is no life. Even if you look at water as a substance, life could not exist without it as well. While Earth is static and acts only as a base structure, there could be no life without movement. The moment in which movement happens, opposites and dualities appear - the movement can go right or left, it can become male or a female, etc. Different varieties and possibilities start to appear - that's life.

THE FIRE ELEMENT

Fire is the element of transmutation, it can turn the energy from one of the elements into another. If you take Earth and heat it, it becomes water, if you take water and heat it, it becomes air. Fire is also associated with our willpower. It is our will that turns certain possibilities and thoughts into our personal reality, just as it turns one element into another. Fire is the controller of the energies in the Universe.

THE AIR ELEMENT

Air is just as essential as the other 3 elements, because you can live a month without food, a week without water, but you cannot live even 10 minutes without air. The energy of this element sustains the life of every cell in our body every second. Air is free to roam, it is not so embedded in matter as the other 3 elements, therefore it is everywhere around us. This element is also associated with unconditional love as a state of being where there is a sense of oneness with everything just as air does not have any dinstict shape, but it is one and it is everywhere.


THE ETHER ELEMENT

Ether is hard to explain, because it is outside the physical, but it is not non-physical as well. This element could be described as the blueprint which the other 4 elements use to create everything in the physical existence, but the Ether itself is a vibrational manifestation of the non-physical pure consciousness.

Here i'll quote Hermes Trismegistus from ancient Greece, also known as Thoth from Egypt and according to myths a priest from Atlantis.

Of living things, my son, some are made friends with fire, and some with water, some with air, and some with earth, and some with two or three of these, and some with all. And, on the contrary, again some are made enemies of fire, and some of water, some of earth, and some of air, and some of two of them, and some of three, and some of all. For instance, son, the locust and all flies flee fire; the eagle and the hawk and all high-flying birds flee water; fish, air and earth; the snake avoids the open air. Whereas snakes and all creeping things love earth; all swimming things love water; winged things, air, of which they are the citizens; while those that fly still higher love the fire and have the habitat near it. Not that some of the animals as well do not love fire; for instance salamanders, for they even have their homes in it. It is because one or another of the elements doth form their bodies' outer envelope. Each soul, accordingly, while it is in its body is weighted and constricted by these four.

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