According to Feng Shui, five elements exist, and each of these partakes a big part in how we run each other’s personal life. The five elements are—Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Each element cannot stand alone but rather depends on each other to bring balance and harmony into our lives. If you currently feel out of control with your life, this article is meant to find you! Learn how to keep your life within the palms of your hand by playing around with these three cycles.
In order to make all of these easy for you to understand, it is best for me to compare this process with a simple human activity. The most straightforward illustration would be; if you left your coffee sitting for a while so that it turns cold for you to enjoy it, then you would probably want to heat it up with Fire. By doing so, you will be able to enjoy your coffee again. Easy, right?
However, the five elements of feng shui would include three cycles, but technically, it does the same with the coffee situation—it helps you live your life in accord. Since this consists of three processes, it might take a while to master it.
Another example is when you have undergone acupuncture treatments in a Chinese clinic. If you have done this kind of treatment, then you have probably heard about the meridians and networks of your body. In harmonizing the networks of your body, your acupuncturist stimulates the proper points by releasing stagnant Qi blockages. This counteracts the imbalances and allows the Qi to flow properly throughout your body. It will even solve health issues like loose bowels, low appetite, bloating, and many more.
Now, let’s move on not just to your body’s balance but to your whole life. In order to take charge of your life, you need to be familiar with the feng shui element’s three cycles: Productive Cycle, Controlling Cycle, and Weakening or Destructive Cycle.
The Productive Cycle
From the name itself, this Cycle refers to elements nourishing or creating one another. The rule in this Cycle is that all of the elements are interconnected and that one procreates the other.
The arrangement of the elements in this Cycle is relatively simple to remember with your logical or imaginative reasoning. Refer to the diagram below:
Water Nourishes/Creates Wood
Wood Feeds/Enhances Fire
Fire (when it turns to ash) Creates Earth.
Earth (as it condenses over time) Turns to Metal
Metal Enhances (the life-giving properties of) Water
The Controlling (or Exhaustive/Weakening) Cycle
This Cycle is about the order of the elements where one is controlled by the other element.
Wood Controls Earth
Earth Controls Water
Water Controls Fire
Fire Controls Metal
Metal Controls Wood
The Destructive CycleThis Cycle is the complete opposite of the productive Cycle. This Cycle is also coined as the draining Cycle because the element that creates or strengthens the other is also exhausted and drained through the process.
- Wood Drains Water
- Fire Burns Wood
- Earth Exhausts Fire
- Metal Depletes Earth
- Water Destructs Metal
The 3 Cycles in a Single Diagram
This diagram shows the three cycles in one picture. At first, you might be confused, but when you get the hang of it, it’ll be easy to read. Amidst everything, how can we apply these three cycles in balancing our feng shui? It’s easy!
Applying The 3 Cycles
Think about what is wrong with your life or your home. Do you have any trouble sleeping in your bedroom? If yes, this might be an indication that there is a dominant water element in your bedroom. If getting rid of it is inevitable, then weakening or draining it by placing a wood element in your bedroom might help. Some wood elements include fresh and silk flowers, plants, cotton, natural fabrics, or wooden furniture. See the photo below as a reference:
The color black is a very known water element, creating active energy of wisdom and insightfulness. This might be the reason why most people with black-dominant rooms overthink at night. In the photo above, the water element in the walls is drained down by the wood elements in the floor, chairs, and fabrics. Since the earth element also controls the water element by absorbing it, then you can also place this in your bedroom.
There are a lot more ways to use these three cycles to bring harmony to your life and your home. Surely, after learning these cycles, it is much easier to apply this. To learn more about bringing balance to your home, you may read more articles about decorating and placement advice at our blog.
When you learn how to apply the 5 Feng Shui Elements’ 3 cycles in your daily events, then it means that you are way more intelligent in life than before. A balanced and harmonious life indeed gives us happiness and satisfaction; thus, you must learn how to play around with the feng shui elements to attain that balance.