Alignment with the new
The Element of Earth mandala and essence, grounds, balances all chakras and meridians, aligns with new energies, divine feminine, assists in letting go, support and nurture through times of transition.
When the master entered the room the disciples were engrossed in a conversation about Lao- tzu’s words:
“One who knows does not speak
“One who speaks does not know”
“What do the words mean?” asked the disciples.
“Who among you knows the fragrance of a rose?” the master responded.
They all knew
“Who among you can put this knowledge into words?’
They were all silent.
This mandala is the first step in a journey through the Chinese Five Elements of Change (wuxing), an ancient system of understanding the fundamental energy (or Qi) of all things physical, emotional and spiritual. It is related to the Earth element which rules the Spleen and the Stomach in TCM.
Originally in China this ancient philosophical system of Wuxing became the backbone of the doctors’ tool kit to be able to understand where the underlying causes of illness lie (even before it strikes) and to bring balance back into the system to retain healthy patients. The doctor was then paid by the villagers on the basis that they remained healthy and well, as soon as they became ill the tithe was stopped. In this way the doctor was only rewarded if the villagers remained healthy, a true wellness industry indeed.
According to this system everything in the universe is made up from a combination of 5 fundamental energies: Earth, Metal, Water, Wood and Fire and the aim of the healer is to make sure these are in a state of balance to create health and harmony. Within these elements there are two main cycles through which they interact either which are the Generation (Sheng) cycle or Controlling (Ke) cycle
The Sheng and Ke cycles describes to us how the five elements nourish and sustain or controll each other in a never ending and always changing cycle of support.
In classical Chinese theory the universe was formed by a massive ball of Fire, which cooled down to create Earth. As the Earth cooled down more, its core solidified into minerals and precious Metal, which permeated Water enabling it to nourish plants (Wood), which burned through Fire to create ash (Earth) which solidified into Metal, which feeds Water and so on.
EARTH contains all the elements (the ash of fire, the damp of water, pieces of plant material, and minerals) and is seen symbolically as a golden yellow cauldron, waiting to have the fire lit from underneath and to be filled with the waters of life.
It is also seen as a square dissecting a circle which represents heaven.
Each Element is related to different natural, spiritual, mental and emotional qualities, colours, organs and parts of the body, seasons, climates, directions, taste, sounds and times of day.
|Colour :||rich golden yellow||Direction :||centre|
|Dynamic energy :||physical||Fluids :||lymph|
|Nature:||fertility, nourishing, |
solid and restful,
gives birth to all
|Orifices :||Lips and mouth|
|Perverse climate :||moisture||Psychic :||intellect|
|Season :||Indian summer |
transition between the seasons
|Smell :||fragrant||Sound :||singing|
|Symptoms :||lips||Taste :||sweat|
|Tissue :||flesh and muscles|
|Yin Organ :||Spleen 9-11 am||Yang Organ:||Stomach 7-9 am|
In vibrational medicine the emotional energy experienced by the patient is of great importance when it comes to diagnosis and treatment. The system of the Chinese five elements of change has a deeply structured and well grounded understanding of how emotional energies affect different parts of the body. We find that it is an indispensible tool to combine with our particular approaches to energy medicine.
An imbalance can be either an excess or a deficiency.
The Earth type is called the Peacemaker, this personality is a nurturing individual who thrives on peace and harmony and finds discord difficult to deal with.
Emotionally, the individual who is in a balanced Earth state is relaxed, caring and thoughtful, solid and supportive. Their energy is aligned perfectly as a channel for all the other elements to ground and create whatever is needed.
Earth deficiency causes obsessive behaviour where there is a craving for nourishment, attention, love. The individual is not grounded in life and struggles to achieve anything.
Earth excess causes anxiety and worry, the smothering type, lethargy, heavy spirit, heaviness of consciousness. Usually very practical, Earth types can become blocked by their very immovability and lack of spontaneity.
SPLEEN: The spleens’ primary function is extraction of nutrients from food and fluids and changing these elements into chi, blood and waste products, which are then transported to the organs that govern elimination and blood circulation. It is a massive distribution centre supplying sufficient energy, blood, and nutrients to the body. It breaks down old blood cells and lymphocytes and returns iron to the liver. If spleen chi is deficient or weak, the blood is in danger of overflowing its pathways, this may cause symptoms such as nosebleeds, hemorrhaging, spotting between periods, vomiting blood or blood in the stools. The spleen also contains a reservoir of additional blood to be used in emergencies.
STOMACH: The Stomach is responsible for the active (Yang) part of receiving food. It is the in tray for everything we put into our mouths, transforming and transporting the pure nutritive energy to the spleen. The stomach is thought to rule pushing nutrients downwards while the Spleen governs pushing nutrients up to vital organs. When the stomach orb is not fully functional we cannot obtain enough nutrients to strengthen our being, and energy levels drop. Nausea, gastrointestinal pain, distention, belching and vomiting are signs of disharmony and weakness in the stomach orb.
DEFICIENCIES and EXCESS of the Earth Element:
With deficiency there could cause hunger cravings with not knowing what to eat, sluggishness, difficulty losing weight, bloating, poor muscle tone, prolapses, varicose veins, slow healing of cuts, easily bruised, bleeding gums, tooth decay, swollen glands, and stools can be loose.
Whilst with an excess condition there could be water retention, irregular bowel movements and urination, tender gums, PMS with lethargy, bloating, soreness, hunger, swelling, aching, heavy feelings in eyes and head, thick mucus in nose throat and mouth, mental bogginess, cloudiness, heaviness, heavy limbs that make moving around an effort, metabolic problems, hypothyroidism, bowel and digestive disturbances, diarrhea, lack of ener
Balancing the Earth Element
So, from this very brief description of how the element Earth affects the physical and emotional energies, one can see that a general picture can be built up to assist the practitioner in assessing whether the client has an imbalance of Earth. Then the appropriate treatment may begin to rebalance the individual back into a more healthy state. This can be through use of diet, exercise (Taiji, Qigong), herbs, acupuncture, acupressure, vibrational medicine, meditation and changes to lifestyle.
To achieve this at Monshah Healing we work with vibrational essences, energetic healing and movement to free the body to become natural again. Our vibrational essences hold the balanced energy of the element needed, and when they are used by the client their very being is reminded of the wholeness that needs to happen energetically and emotionally to shift back into a healthy state once again.
With an Earth imbalance we would use our vibrational essence HEARTBEAT OF THE MOTHER and techniques like the following exercise.
This exercise energises the stomach and spleen, relieves indigestion and heartburn, stress and anxiety.
Earth Balancing and activation exercise.
-Stand with feet shoulder width apart and parallel, knees soft, hands cradling the Tantien (just below the belly button).
-Transfer weight to left heel, breathe in as you turn hips to right and look to right. Back to centre.
-Transfer weight to right heel, breathe out as you turn hips to left and look left. Move smoothly and rhythmically from side to centre to side and back again (spleen activation).
While you are doing this, close the lips and run the tongue around the inside of the lips in front of the teeth, 20 times anti-clockwise and 20 times clockwise. Once you have completed this stop moving from side to side and swallow the saliva that has built up in the mouth visualizing it as light, follow it into the stomach and feel the warmth and activation of the stomach energy.
Henri Venturini is Master practitioner, teacher and producer of Vibrational Medicine, energy healing and martial arts. Henri runs his Auckland based natural health and healing company Balanced Acupuncture™. Copyright Balanced acupuncture Ltd.–