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Becoming One with the Elements

Becoming One with the Elements

 

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Exercises that help you increase awareness of, harmonize with, and come into balance with the magical elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

Becoming One with Earth

Becoming One with Earth

Exercise that helps you increase awareness of, harmonize with, and come into balance with the magical element of Earth.

Each of the four elements has aspects of temperature - cool or warm - and humidity - dry or moist. Earth has the qualities of being dry and cool.

Week 1

Make a list of things that have the combined qualities of dryness and coolness. However, don't do this just from the top of your head. Rather, make a list of Earth things that you see each day. Take your time; do this for one week.

Week 2

Go to a place filled with nature, such as a field or park. Even your backyard would be fine. Wear as little clothing as you can (if possible, nudity is best), and sit or lie on the ground so that as much of your skin as possible is touching the ground.

Spend some time contemplating, feeling the coolness and dryness of the Earth. Do this daily for one week.

Week 3

Spend up to three minutes once a day imagining that you are the element Earth. Feel the heaviness, the slowness, the coolness, and dryness of Earth. Feel the way you can absorb the pains and problems of the world (however, do not actually do so). Become Earth. Do this for at least a week.

Week 4

Once you have learned to "be Earth", the next step is to control Earth (the element, not the world!). Take a moment and imagine yourself to be Earth. Bring the feeling of being Earth into your consciousness. Next, hold your hands nine to twelve inches apart, palms facing each other. Visualize a bottle or box between your hands. Inhale. As you exhale, visualize all of the Earth element that is in you going out with your breath and into the container between your hands. Three to five breaths is usually enough to fill it. Then, with three breaths, inhale it back into you and go back to normal consciousness.

This will allow you to see whether you really have become not only in harmony with Earth, but also if you are able to control the element.

Uses

The next time you feel lightheaded, giddy, unstable, not able to do your work, etc. (which are signs of a shortage in yourself of Earth), form your Earth container. Then, with one big inhalation, draw the contents of the container back into you. Within five minutes, you should feel stable and grounded.

The next time you feel bloated, overweight, slowed down, etc. (which are signs of excess in yourself of Earth), again form your Earth container; only this time, visualize a large hole in the ground and drop the container into that hole. Quickly see the hole close. You should feel lighter in a few minutes, but you may have to repeat this up to five times to really feel light and energetic.

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Becoming One with Air

Becoming One with Air

Exercise that helps you increase awareness of, harmonize with, and come into balance with the magical element of Air.

Each of the four elements has aspects of temperature - cool or warm - and humidity - dry or moist. Air has the qualities of being warm and moist.

Week 1

Observe those things around you that have the combined qualities of warmth and moistness. All the elemental qualities are relative. Steam is a form of Air, and it has much more moisture and warmth that does the vapor from dry ice. However, that cold vapor from the dry ice also has Air within it. See if you can determine the relative Airy qualities as you experience them. Take your time as you make a list of all these things; do this for one week.

Week 2

Find a spot where you can be alone. Take with you an outdoor reclining lounger or folding chair. The idea is to be elevated above the ground and have as much of the physical air surrounding your body as possible. Remove all of your clothing and lie on the lounger or sit in the chair. If you can't find a place where this is possible, wear as little clothing as you can.

Begin by doing the Relaxation Exercise. Next, become very aware of your breath. Become aware of the slow in-and-out motion of the physical air. Notice the way the air feels as it comes in through your nose, goes down your air pipe and into your lungs. Sense or imagine the interchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide within your lungs, and feel the CO2 laden air as it goes out of your lungs, through your air pipe and out your nose and mouth.

Now imagine that your entire body is nothing but a large breathing apparatus. Imagine that every part of your body has only the function of breathing. Further, visualize that your skin is part of this system. As you physically breathe, imagine that every pore of your skin is also breathing. However, just as your lungs breathe in physical air, your pores should be breathing in elemental Air. Feel it going in and out of you, cleansing and purifying your entire body.

Try this at different times of the day and if possible, at different locations. Air is the second most changeable of the elements and you can experience it in many different ways. Do this daily for at least a week.

Week 3

Spend up to three minutes once a day imagining that you are the element Air. Feel the lightness, the floating giddiness, the warmth and moisture of Air. Feel how physical things don't seem to matter and learn the true meaning of the term "airhead". This isn't said in jest, but in all seriousness. Become Air.

Do this for one week only. Don't repeat it for at least a month and don't repeat it more often than one week at a time. Otherwise, you may absorb too much Air: having trouble finishing your normal work, acting like an actual "airhead".

Week 4

One you've learned how to "be Air", the next step is to take greater conscious control of Air. Take a moment and imagine yourself to be Air. Bring the feeling of being Air into your consciousness. Next, hold your hands nine to twelve inches apart, palms facing each other. Visualize a bottle or box between your hands. Inhale. As you exhale, visualize all of the Air element that is in you going out with your breath and into the container between your hands. Three to five breaths is usually enough to fill it. Then, with three breaths, inhale it back into yourself and go back to normal consciousness.

This will allow you to see whether you really have become not only in harmony with Air, but also if you are able to control the element.

Uses

The next time you feel heavy, bloated, slow, or lazy (which are signs of a shortage in yourself of Air), form your Air container. Then, with one big inhalation, draw the contents of the container back into you. Within five minutes, you should feel relaxed and refreshed, lighter and anxious to do those tasks you wish to do.

The next time you feel lightheaded, giddy, overly silly, unstable, etc. (which are signs of excess in yourself of Air), again form your Air container; only this time, visualize a large hole in the ground and drop the container into that hole. Quickly see the hole close. You should feel grounded and more balanced in a few minutes, but you may have to repeat this up to three times to feel completely normal.

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Becoming One with Fire

Becoming One with Fire

Exercise that helps you increase awareness of, harmonize with, and come into balance with the magical element of Fire.

Each of the four elements has aspects of temperature - cool or warm - and humidity - dry or moist. Fire has the qualities of being warm and dry.

Week 1

Observe those things around you that have the combined qualities of heat and dryness. Compare the heat and dryness of a fire to that of the Sun. The burning core of the Sun is frequently referred to as "plasma" and is spoken of in terms resembling the way water would be described (such as flowing). Steam has more fire than ordinary water does. Ordinary water has more fire in it than ice does. Thus, to a degree, fire and water can co-exist. Yet, they are considered total opposites, and should be able to cancel each other out. How can they exist together when they should destroy each other? The answer is in the percentage of each. Much water destroys a little fire, and vice versa. But even a small amount of fire changes water and a small amount of water also has some effect on fire. Try to observe fire in its various combinations with the other elements around you. Make a list of these things. Take your time; do this for one week.

Week 2

Find a place that is extremely hot such as a desert or dry sauna not a steam bath). If this is not possible, find a place where a roaring fire is going, such as a fireplace or barbecue pit or grill. Remove as much of your clothes as you can and get as close to the heat source as possible without risking a burn. If you're in the desert, be sure to wear sunscreen.

Once you are uncomfortably hot (but not painfully or unbearably so) and your perspiration is freely flowing, begin by doing the Relaxation Exercise. This may be difficult due to the heat, but it will test you to see how well you can do the Relaxation Exercise. Next, become very aware of your breath. Notice the way the heat feels as it comes in through your nose, goes down your air pipe and into your lungs. Sense or imagine the heat within your lungs, and feel the heat-laden air as it goes out of your lungs, through your air pipe and out your nose and mouth.

Now imagine that your entire body is nothing but a large breathing apparatus. Imagine that every part of your body has only the function of breathing and nothing else. Know that your skin is a vital part of this system. As you physically breathe in air, imagine that every pore of your body's skin is also breathing in heat and dryness: elemental Fire. Feel the Fire course through your body, cleansing and purifying. Then, as you exhale, feel it leave through your pores, taking with it the body's toxins, pains, and sufferings.

Caution: When doing this exercise in the desert, do not spend longer than 10 minutes. When doing this type of work it is much too easy to lose your sense of time. Have an alarm set to sound after ten minutes or have a friend come and get you. Drink a glass of cool water immediately afterward. This caution is for your health and safety, especially if you are not used to living in extreme heat or have physical problems dealing with heat.

Experiment with this at different times of the day, and if possible, at different locations. Try it in the cool of the night or even in the rain. Do this daily for a week.

Week 3

Spend up to three minutes once a day imagining that you are the element Fire. Feel the heat and your ability to transmit that heat. Feel the dryness and as a result, perhaps, stop your perspiration if you are perspiring. Become Fire. Know what Fire feels like, what Fire is. Do this for one week.

Week 4

Once you've learned how to "be Fire", the next step is to learn how to consciously control Fire. Take a moment and imagine yourself to be Fire. Bring the feeling of being Fire into your awareness. Next, hold your hands nine to twelve inches apart, palms facing each other. Visualize a bottle, cylinder, or small cask between your hands. Inhale. As you exhale, visualize all of the Fire element that is in you going out with your breath and into the container between your hands. Three to five breaths is usually enough to fill it. If it gets too hot to "hold" between your hands, move your hands farther apart. Once you have filled it, observe it for a short time. Then, with three breaths, inhale it back into yourself and return to normal consciousness.

This will allow you to see whether you really have become not only in harmony with Fire, but also if you are able to control the element.

Uses

The next time you are feeling listless and have a total lack of energy, or a lack of desire to do the necessary things in your life (which is a sign of a shortage in yourself of Fire), form your Fire container. Then, with one big inhalation, draw the contents of the container back into you. Within a few minutes, you should feel energized and revitalized.

The next time you feel as if you are bursting with an overload of energy, so much that it is hard to concentrate due to the fiery energy within you (which is a sign of excess in yourself of Fire), again form your Fire container; only this time, visualize a large black hole in the air in front of you and throw the container into that hole. Quickly see the hole close. Your excess energy should be gone, but you'll have enough energy left to do your necessary tasks. Don't do this "black holing" with Fire more than three times in one day. Otherwise, you could become so drained that your physical body could be weakened.

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Becoming One with Water

Becoming One with Water

Exercise that helps you increase awareness of, harmonize with, and come into balance with the magical element of Water.

Each of the four elements has aspects of temperature - cool or warm - and humidity - dry or moist. Water has the qualities of being cool and moist.

Week 1

Observe those things around you that have the combined qualities of coolness and moistness. Remember, all of these elemental qualities are relative. When an oven is prepared wherein something is being baked, sometimes there is a warm or hot blast of damp air so it wouldn't seem to have the quality of coolness along with the moistness. However, it is much cooler and moister than the heat from a smelting furnace. Therefore, the oven has more of the element of Water than does the smelting furnace. See if you can determine the relative watery qualities as you experience them. Make a list of these things. Take your time; do this for one week.

Week 2

Remove your clothes and enter a pool or bath where the water is cool. If you have access to a lake or river, this would be best. Submerge yourself in the water as much as possible.

Begin by doing the Relaxation Exercise. Thanks to the buoyant quality of water, you will find this quite easy to do. Next, become very aware of your breath. As you do this, you will find that your breath will automatically slow down. Notice the way the air feels as it comes in through your nose, goes down your air pipe and into your lungs. Sense or imagine the interchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide within your lungs, and feel the CO2 laden air as it goes out of your lungs, through your air pipe and out your nose and mouth.

Now imagine that your entire body is nothing but a large breathing apparatus. Imagine that every part of your body has only the function of breathing. Know that your skin is a vital part of your system. As you breathe in air, imagine that every pore of your body is breathing in elemental Water. Feel it as it washes in and out of you, flushing the impurities from your entire body. Do not confuse elemental Water with physical water or you may feel a "drowning" sensation. If this happens, stop this exercise immediately and try it again another time.

Experiment with this exercise at different times of the day, and if possible, at different locations. Water is not very compressible, but it is very changeable. Try to experience it in its many variations. Do this daily for a week.

Week 3

Spend up to three minutes once a day imagining that you are the element Water. Feel the fluidity, the coolness, and the refreshing moistness of the elemental Waters. Become Water. If you study astrology, compare what you learn about the element of Water with the astrological Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces). Become familiar with water in all of its various appearances. Know what water feels like, what water is. Do this for one week.

Week 4

Once you've learned how to "be Water", the next step is to learn how to consciously control Water. Take a moment and imagine yourself to be Water. Bring the feeling of being Water into your consciousness. Next, hold your hands nine to twelve inches apart, palms facing each other. Visualize a bottle, cylinder, or small cask between your hands. Inhale. As you exhale, visualize all of the Water element that is in you going out with your breath and into the container between your hands. Four to seven breaths is usually enough to fill it. Once you have filled it, observe it for a short time. Then, with three breaths, inhale it back into yourself and go back to normal consciousness.

This will allow you to see whether you really have become not only in harmony with Water, but also if you are able to control the element.

Uses

The next time you feel hardheaded, unwilling to change, overly tense with your muscles hard as a rock (which are signs of shortage in yourself of Water), form your Water container. Then, with one big inhalation, draw the contents of the container back into you. Within five minutes, you should be more relaxed and reasonable.

The next time you are being pushed around, are acting "wishy-washy", etc. (which are signs of excess in yourself of Air), again form your Water container; only this time, visualize a large black hole in the air before you and throw the container into that hole. Quickly see the hole close. You should feel less overly flexible and not as liable to allow others to take advantage of you in a few minutes, but you may have to repeat this a few times to have complete success.

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