All of life and all of nature is comprised of some unique combination of fire, earth, water and air. A tiny seed germinates and bursts forth, pushed by the fire within it. It grows from the rich earth, nourished by water and sunlight and the air around it, and becomes part of the rich kaleidoscope of earth’s flora.
The four elements are thus interwoven, forming and feeding the cycle of life. When we work intentionally with the four elements, we step into an ancient awareness of our world and access new language and tools for healing.
As explained by a vibrant Brazilian spiritual tradition rooted in indigenous Guaraní and West African belief systems:
- FIRE corresponds to the passion, creativity, and movement that propels us through life and helps us bring our unique dreams and gifts to the world.
- EARTH is the domain of physical form, where everything manifests according to the laws of physics and the continual cycles of life and death.
- WATER represents our emotions – free flowing like the river or vast as the ocean – that lead to our relationships meandering or flourishing.
- AIR is our consciousness, the space of ideas and understanding, where we can ultimately find illumination.
The cycle of life begins in fire with the spark, and runs its course through the energies of earth, water, and air, moving to the next level as we expand our consciousness. For example an idea occurs to us (the spark) which we feed with continued reflection and planning (fire) and then bring it into being (earth), work through the emotions that arise as part of its manifestation (water) and finally gain new insights and understanding (air). Then the cycle starts anew, from a higher place of awareness.
As we move through this cycle many of us find ourselves getting stuck in one or more aspects of fire, earth, water or air – creating blockages that can manifest in our relationships, health, work or other domains of life.
Healing comes when we are in balance with the four elements and the flow of life. When we let the fire of creativity flow effortlessly through us, happily do the mundane daily work of the physical world, allow our emotions to find natural expression, and seek to continually expand our understanding or consciousness, life manifests positively around us.
We work with four energies in each of fire, earth, water and air, to bring awareness to the areas where we’re stuck, and shift or release old patterns. Each of the sixteen total energies of the life cycle play an important role in our reflection and healing.
Four Elements Workshops
To experience the healing power of the four elements firsthand, join us for the Four Elements Workshop Series. You can also find upcoming workshop dates and other element-related rituals on our Events page.