The five elements simply represent change. Some translations refer to the five
elements as the five phases of energy. Nothing epitomizes this better than the
seasons. Every year, we go through five distinct seasons. (I know we only
recognize four seasons but that fifth one is important!)
Five Elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water
Spring: This is a
time of birth, of
The acorn knows
how to become the
wood of the tree.
These are the phases of a year, but they exist everywhere, as well as inside of
us. Within each day, within each hour, we are experiencing the change and
movement of energy through the five phases. However, sometimes we
contract. We tense up and the necessary movement and change gets stuck,
resulting in uneasiness, confusion and pain. By bringing back movement,
balance is restored and we return to the flow of energy.
Summer: With the
summer comes light
and warmth. This is
the heat that the fire
nourishment all come
from the earth.
Autumn: That which
is no longer needed
is let go to allow for
insight and wisdom.
This is the value of
metal, also known as
Winter: A return to
peace, the stillness
©2012 Edward Lee, L.Ac Five Element Acupuncture
Edward Lee, L.Ac
Five Element Acupuncture