AND THE FIVE ELEMENTS
by Morag Campbell
Polarity Therapy is a broad based system of healing. It has techniques for re-aligning the
physical body and improving posture and organ functioning, ways of influencing the nervous
system, a complex reflex theory and ways of working with the subtle energies that make up
the body and mind of man. It also incorporates a knowledge of the most fundamental of
building blocks the five elements. These elements of Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth
were the way that early man related to the known world. Without the scientific background
that we are now familiar with , primitive man could only come to understand his world
through his five senses and the basic elements that he experienced around him.
Modern man seems to have very little time for these elemental forces,
although some scientists are studying the monumental forces that each element is capable
of generating. The way the elements manifest and interact is very relevant even today, and
to a Polarity therapist they can give insight into the process of disease thus forming an
important tool in energetic diagnosis.
Each of the five elements seeks to express itself through the
manifestation of its own quality or vibration of energy. When that natural expression is
blocked then the energy, instead of being released externally, is forced back into the
system where it interferes with the natural flow and causes disharmony. Let me give you a
more concrete example: One of the energies that some people have a problem expressing
naturally is fire. Fire's natural expression is loud, enthusiastic, direct, joyful,
angry......get the picture? Many of our early parental injunctions and societal rules
suppress this kind of expression. If you never able to release this particular quality of
energy then it is expressed internally (it has to go somewhere !) and the vibration of
energy that is fire begins to impose itself on the internal organs of the body for
instance, interfering with their natural vibration or frequency and freezing the
surrounding musculature so that the organ cannot function efficiently - result......
disease states such as ulcers and liver malfunctions.
Of course it is not just the physical body that is affected, the
fire energy as it manifests in the mind can cause one to become stuck with obsessive
thoughts and the personality become unresponsive and domineering. This is reflected in the
interaction with others so that their communication becomes clipped; we might even say
they become "short" with others and demanding of their own way. Generally this
leads to an inability to empathise or even listen to another's view point. All this can
lead to considerable interpersonal friction and hurt.
Diagnosing the imbalances in the expression of any of the five
elements can aid the Polarity Therapist in assessing the cause of someone's problems. Then
through the skilled use of energy bodywork, exercise, diet and communication counselling
anyone can come to recognise how the elements are manifesting in their lives; which ones
they are familiar with and use a lot and which they shy away from; they can come to know
them better and recognise them all as allies and so become more liberated as they give in
to full expression of these most basic of energies.
If you are keen to find out more about how the elements affect you
then you can purchase "Quinta Essentia" a spiral bound treatise explaining how
each of the elements affects our body, mind, personality, the way we communicate and even
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