Lord RN, CMT
Womenís Circle Facilitator
WE CONTINUE OUR SERIES ON THE ELEMENTS…
Introduction: A SUMMARY OF THE METAPHYSCIAL USE OF THE ELEMENTS
The spiritual use of “elements” or energies or substances have been incorporated into cultures around the world since day one. These are not the “elements” you learned about in chemistry class on the Periodic Table that represent the atoms which make up our world. Instead, they are forces of nature and/or physical substances that have been important in our survival and lives since ancient times. They are so basic that cultures and religions have gods and goddesses dedicated to them. They are used ceremonially in all major world religions today. In a word, they are ELEMENTAL. For instance, the Chinese use wood, fire, earth, metal and water in their Five Element Table of Correspondences which connects all parts of our lives including health and healing in a holistic way. Native Americans use the Medicine Wheel and the four directions and incorporate their version into sacred ceremony—usually air, water, earth and fire. Other cultures have used different combinations. What is important is that even in this modern world, we connect to these basic forces and substances. Connection with the “elements” simplifies our complicated lives and brings us back to our roots.
ARCHETYPAL METALS: SILVER AND GOLD
PRIMAL SPIRIT: THE WHITE TIGER
- Symbolizes Wealth and Protection: Wealth-silver and gold; Protection: weapons, animals, mythical creatures and deities sculpted from metal to ward off evil influences
- Unity and Eternity: Metal rings or bands are unbroken, have no beginning and no end.
- The Wise Men: Brought a gift of gold.
- Gold Standard: We used to base our economy on this.
- Beauty: Jewelry made with precious metals is beautiful and valued.
- Communication: Think of copper wires carrying messages and metal antennas that receive and transmit signals.
- Strength: Metal is strong, supportive and heavy. Can be sharp and dangerous.
- Shape Shifting: Metal is malleable. It melts down and changes form.
- Reflective: Metal shines and reflects images back to us. Mirrors are lined with silver.
- Metal Colors:White and all metallic shades: gold, silver, chrome, brass and bronze.
- Duality: Chinese coins are round with a square hole in the center.
The system of Five Elements (Correspondences) was used for describing interactions and relationships between phenomena. The original foundation for the idea is based on the concept of the Five Cardinal Points.
METAL ACCORDING TO THE CHINESE FIVE ELEMENT THEORY
Coupled Organs: Lungs and Large Intestine
Emotion: Sadness and grief
Past: Separation, grief, rejection
Fear: Of isolation
Need: Of communication, mental stimulation
Positive: Attachment, communicative, social integration
Negative: Grieving, discontented, loneliness, withdrawal
Susceptibility: Separation, Grief
Attribute: Happy, positive.
Arranging your environment to reflect (no pun intended) metal energies.
Metal Strength: Metal pulls energy together. It stimulates intellectual abilities and allows one to focus one’s thoughts. Perhaps a study or office would be a good place for metal. Metal is a symbol of organization. It holds its form well. Metals is used in buildings and homes to symbolize solidity and strength.
Shapes: Circles and arcs use metal energy best. They harness the energies of a room, spinning them towards the center of the circle.
Colors: Grays and white radiate vast amounts of intellectual energy. Try just one wall, perhaps.
Objects and Furniture: If made from metal, they generate metal energies. Shiny metal radiates more qi than dull metal. Try round or curved coffee tables, especially with metal legs for support. Replace a terra cotta pot for a metal planter, a metal candlestick.
Metals to Use in a Room: (Gold is great, but a lot pricey.) Try:
- Stainless Steel
- Sterling Silver
ACTIVITIES USING METAL
MIRROR MEDITATION TO AFFIRM WHO YOU ARE:
(Use a small hand mirror.) Breathe and find a minute to center yourself. Gaze into your mirror past the veil of physical illusion. See deep into your heart and soul and connect to the beautiful feminine within. Recognize who you are and how far you have come. Know that you will continue to move along your path effortlessly with wisdom and with grace. Celebrate what is to come.
DRESSING FOR METAL ENERGY: If you wish to be focused and mentally sharp, try dressing in grays or whites and wearing shiny metallic jewelry. See what happens.
Circling: Using Elemental Forces to Create Safe Boundaries
Join In Ceremony (Drums and Rattles!)
Sunday October 12, 2008 from 1-4 pm Cost: Only $15
- PROTECTION is an issue because demands on women are so great.
- As winter solstice approaches, and we go within, boundaries are more important than ever.
- Let’s have fun! Let the magic, support and wisdom of a women’s circle give you tools to use at home as the need arises.
- You will leave with ways to put up your protective seals any time you wish.
- We will use ceremony and group energy to generate the incredible power we all possess to put up our seals of protection.
- BRING: a drum or rattle if you can! If not, don’t worry.
Old Hampden Holistic Center
3501 S.Corona St. #1
Englewood, CO 80113