Feng Shui’s Five Elements — Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water — bring balance and harmony into your life in almost limitless ways.
For example, have you ever had acupuncture treatments or used Chinese medicine? If so you’ve heard your practitioner speak of meridians or harmonizing the networks in your body.
In much the same way you can use the Five Elements to enhance your life, when you learn how they work together in your space to create balance and harmony.
The Feng Shui Five Elements work together in three distinct ways, the Creative, Controlling, and Draining (or Reducing) cycles.
(Download a pdf of this diagram here.)
In the Creative Cycle, clockwise on this diagram, each element nourishes, or creates, the next one in the cycle:
- Water nourishes Wood.
- Wood feeds Fire.
- Fire, when it turns to ash, creates Earth.
- Earth, as it condenses over time, turns to Metal.
- And Metal enhances the life-giving properties of Water.
How can you use these elemental relationships to balance your life? Let’s take a closer look at the nourishing relationship between Wood and Water.
Say you wish to dedicate your Intention to personal growth. First you would enhance your space with the appropriate element for this Intention — Wood (learn more about using the Wood element here).
To reinforce this Intention, nourish the Wood with Water to instantly enhance, strengthen and fortify its power.
Each element has the same type of creative relationship with the one next to it on the diagram.
Next, read about how to use the Controlling Cycle to bring an over-used element under control.