THE FIVE ELEMENTS
The theory of the five elements forms a solid basis of information. You can adopt the traditional Feng Shui principles and adapt them to your own needs.
The ancient Chinese discovered that the world can be divided in five types of energy, which they named after archetypes in nature: water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. The system not only describes the fundamental energies, but it is also used to help understand several subsystems of smaller proportions, such as colours, shapes, textures, time, the human body, organs and environments.
In Feng Shui, the five element theory is used to determine the dominant or the lacking element in a given space. The cures, which are based on element correspondence, realign the elements. When used as conduits, the five elements can help you operate positive energetic changes in your space, according to your needs. The result will be a balanced, healing, and nurturing environment.
All of the five elements are present in the human body, though one or more may dominate. How the elements manifest themselves is apparent in a person’s facial constitution, skin colour and facial features; in their character traits; and in their habits. The elements can be used as an instrument for balancing out any disharmony, as with any space.
Understanding the five elements
The first step to mastering the five element theory is to understand how each of them manifests itself.