Seriously one of the biggest themes in my sessions right now, The Five Element Theory that is touched on in Chinese Medicine is one of my favourite areas in BodyTalk, it is seriously all-encompassing!
The easiest way to explain the Five Elements (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood) are that: they are a representation of the frequency of the energetic movement within the body/mind, as well as nature. It's a representation of the microcosm (your internal environment), as well as the macrocosm (your external environment).
Okay maybe that's not clear unless you're a BodyTalker. Basically, there are the frequencies of these elements at all levels, they are a natural flow and cycle, from the breathing cycle, to the life cycle, to the cycle of an idea, or a season. They aren't "things found in the body", they are more a frequency that helps keep cycles in a healthy flow. Too little of something? You could see deficits somewhere in the body/mind complex. Ever heard of too much of a good thing? Too much of any element in the body (or the frequency of) can definitely throw things out of whack.
So... now that we've explained them.. what the heck do I mean when I talk about the Wood Element?
If the Wood Element could have a personality... it would be the shaker. The mover. The changer.
The Wood Element governs the Liver and Gallbladder, as well as their respective meridians. It governs the sense of sight (as well as the eyes themselves), and tears. If you were to compare Wood to a season, it's all about springtime, (what a coinkeedink that I chose to write about this now then!) and what happens in the spring? New growth, changes, blossoms, and the wind; which is the climate that this element is in charge of. Where do you think the term "the winds of change" comes from?
The consciousness of the Wood Element is all about the Soul, the storage of all experiences. Are you SEEing how these are so far all connected? We often say the eyes are the window to the soul! The Wood Element is also in charge of the muscles, the ligaments, and the tendons of the body, as well as the emotion of ANGER. Anger in a healthy amount provokes movement, and in an unhealthy manner provokes explosiveness; so when stimulated by anger, the liver is responsible for the planning, and the gallbladder for execution.
So let me paint you a picture...
An example of this is someone is who is just plans and plans, but never executes. When my Wood Element is out of balance, I often find myself making to-do lists, but never actually going forward. (It wasn't until my Wood Element came up in a session that I actually sat down to write this blog!) It is such an important element to have in balance during those pivotal moments of transformation, shifting from the old to the new.
There really isn't enough room in one blog to talk about this amazing element, but I'll finish with an interesting story. Anger is the emotion right? So when anger is repressed, or not dealt with in a healthy manner, I've talked before about it getting locked up in the connective tissue. But what happens when the emotion is so strong, so repressed, so unhealthy? Have you, or anyone you've known had gallstones? The frequency of energy just builds up, builds up, and forms little stones. Then, what did I say was the unhealthy way? Explosiveness! Boom goes the gallbladder. You can also see this in "Oh man I blew my knee at soccer! or "Oh I tore my muscle!" Explosiveness, people. Deal with your anger.
Interesting stuff hey?
Now that my Wood Element is balanced, I'm off to execute all of those to-do lists of mine!
Until next time,