This is the first of a five part series.
The four elements are the basic building blocks of life--Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. All animals, stones, plants, emotions, and energies are combinations of these elements. Everything has its own unique blend of the four elements within it. We are made up of the same elements as the earth that we walk upon and the stars in the heavens. We call on the elements whenever we do magic, offer healing, undertake a project, cook a meal....anything where we would like the elements to come together in perfect balance.
We live in air, but because we cannot see it, we forget to show our thanks for the breath that gives us life.
It is the element water that blends our dreams and feelings into our "will", but few of us have completely learned to master our gift of freewill.
Our hearts may contain fire, but have we mastered the skill to use it to light or illuminate our paths?
Our bodies may be made up of the elements of earth, but sadly, there are few who recognize the essential energy of the Great Earth Mother who gifts us with our physical strength.
Native Americans align themselves with the Four Directions of the Medicine Wheel to invoke the Spirits of the Four Elements--North (Earth), South (Fire), East (Air), and West (Water). And, by attuning ourselves to these elements, we create the space to heal and commune with the Universe and the Natural World around us...to walk in balance with the Earth. So, how did we stray so far from the basic wisdom of the Earth Mother? But, even more importantly, how do we once again master the art of touching upon our primal human nature and reaching the full potential of our spirit?
Tomorrow...the Element Air