What are the Chinese Five Elements + How are they Different?

By Rhiannon Griffiths

 

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As I’m sure you’re aware, there are many modalities that have the Elements at the core of their messages, understandings and teachings… they are also usually the ancient and powerful practises, such as astrology, Ayurvedic medicine and yoga. Because, let’s face it, the ancient cultures really understood the importance of living in sync with nature, the seasons, the planets, the moon – the energetic patterns and shifts and alignments…

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And typically, the four Elements that these traditions tend to use are Fire, Earth, Water and AIR… In Chinese medicine, they are slightly different… Instead of air, we have Metal – though the vibe or feel of these energies can be very similar… and we also have Wood as an additional Element in the mix… But it should be said that if you are ONE particular Element in astrology, you won’t NECESSARILY be the same one in Chinese Medicine – it might be, but it often isn’t, and that’s where initially, some confusion can come in…

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So, in traditional Five Element Acupuncture, there is the theory that the Five Elements – Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood – are ALL within each of us, mirroring how they are all present in nature to ensure balance in the ecosystem… but we also recognise that we all have ONE particular Element that we are most aligned to, the one that influences us the most, the one that might need more support than the others…

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This main one is OUR Element, the one that is like our default setting, the one that shows itself the most in everything that we do. This group of “Element personality types”, for want of a better term (because it REALLY is SO much more than that), but it, provides a framework for us to understand ourselves more deeply, so that we can have more balanced physical and emotional health.

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Understanding ourselves in this way focuses on the fact that we don’t need fixing or changing (even if we think we do), we are not broken or lacking – we are just OUR Element, and that is ok. It’s ok if that is different to those around us, our family, our friends, our work colleagues… they will just be DIFFERENT Elements to us… and that’s ok…

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Understanding yourself in this way, THROUGH the lens of the Five Elements, allows you to breathe a sigh of relief, and gives you FREEDOM and permission to really just be YOU. It ALLOWS you to understand yourself at a deep, transformational level. It helps you to connect into and be able to CELEBRATE your TRUEST self…

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And I want to share this incredible magic with you, to spread this knowledge far and wide, so that EVERYONE can experience the life-changing level of self-acceptance and FLOW that comes from this ancient Chinese wisdom.

Look out for the next video!

R xx

P.S. please excuse the pigeon cooing in the background of this video – it was the hottest week in the UK ever & I needed the windows open to breathe!!

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And if you don’t know what Element YOU are yet, make sure to download the FREE ebook here – http://goo.gl/VymvnU

Join my transformational coaching course, “Embrace Your Element – 9 Weeks to Life Changing Self Acceptance” – http://goo.gl/zAsghB

Seasonal Wellness Courses can be found here – http://goo.gl/HHbgbN

Read about me as a Water Element type, in my co-authored book “Notes to my Younger Self” – http://goo.gl/yavVZM

See the other videos about the Five Elements on my blog – http://goo.gl/FghA6J

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