The mystery science behind the theory of the Elements considers man as part of nature, so the Elements would be outside, but also inside us. The so-called Microcosm and Macrocosm.
From this point of view, the work carried out by the ancient alchemists, the shamanic practices, the cultured wisdom of the East, would consist in bringing the Elements together within oneself, harmonising them to release their supreme essence: the fifth Element, the Spirit, the Anima Mundi, the Lapis, the elixir. Each culture has given this wisdom a particular form, but all of them require that the work done on the outside is a reflection of the work done in our inner self. We can feel and perceive the voice of nature around us every day, listening to the nature we embody.
We are made up of memories, beliefs and emotions that have definite meanings, but sometimes we do not know how to see the right perspective. Working with the natural elements has an effect on our psyche. Each element has its own meaning, its own way of helping and understanding our emotions, especially those we cannot understand, and therefore also our memories.
An Indian proverb says that each of us has four rooms: one mental, one emotional, one physical and one spiritual, but until we enter each room every day we are not complete. In fact, each element represents a part of ourselves
- Air – the mental
- Water – the emotional
- Fire – our shadows (fears, harmful emotions) that need to be purified
- Earth – our physical part
When we begin a process of self-awareness every cycle of nature is set in motion.