The Five Elements and The Five Spirits

The Five Elements
Wood Fire Earth Metal Water
Masters of the Five Elements

The Five Elements are a timeless template for typing character and form based on a theory of correspondences. Through the earth phases of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water the ancient Chinese classified the relationships of the human psyche and soma to the cycles of change in the external world. This ideology can be likened to the modern notion of the "holistic paradigm" recognizing that the entire natural world is reflected in all living things on the earth.

The elements are organized according to the cycles and constituents of nature and correspond to every part of the human body and mind. All ancient and some modern cultures understand and honor the influences of these cycles on all aspects of human life. Modern technological relent societies have ventured far from these ideas and practices which has left us out of balance with our true natures and the earth. Discovering how the elements of the macrocosm effect the individual's microcosm promotes understanding of personal mind/body patterns and the patterns of those around us.

Knowing the elements and their correspondences brings new light and inspirations to our experience of life throught our minds and hearts the wu shen. Following the cycles of nature, we are offered a deeper connection to the earth and a new perspective into ourselves.

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The Five Spirits
Shen Hun Yi Po Zhi

The Five Spirits, wu shen, mind and heart are the psycho spiritual energetic counterparts to The Five Elements. Each one of the Spirits represents a unique facet of the human psyche and corresponds to the each of the Elements: Shen to Fire, Hun to Wood, Yi to Earth, Po to Metal, and Zhi to Water.

The roots of the Five Spirits originates more than 5000 years ago in the ideology of Siberian shamans and later blended into Chinese culture through Taoist psycho spiritual practices. Taoism and classic Chinese Medicine developed simultaneously in ancient China and have continued into modern times both reaching far beyond the boundaries of Asia. Communist China in a effort to standardize medicine created what is know as TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine.) Many of the theories and practices having to do with spirituality were left out of modern Chinese medical texts.

When Chinese medicine, more precisely acupuncture, began its way into America around 1970 very little information on The Five Spirits was translated or written in Chinese medicinal texts. In more recent years as more practitioners and scholars are teaching and writing on the "Classics" we are able to understand this important aspect of Chinese medicine.

Interestingly we are able to trace back some of the basic theories of modern psychology through the writings of Carl Jung as he refers to Taoist concepts of human behavior and thought from The Golden Flower.

The Five Spirits formulated by ancient Taoist alchemists provides a template to understand the movement and influence of five energies that define the psyche, emotions and spiritual nature of humans. The Five Spirits seminar offers practical tools for transformative healing of mind, body and spirit.

Anastacia comes to these seminars with the desire to help people understand how these simple and profound teaching can help transform our stories of of suffering into compassion and love. These workshops promise to be greatly informative and deeply inspiring.

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