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The 5 Elements Chinese Theory

Based on observations of the natural world, ancient Chinese people recognized continuous patterns of transformation and change in the universe. Initially, these observations were interpreted using the Yin-Yang logic, but later these interpretations were expanded using a new theory called the “Wu Xing“. Wu Xing, also known as the Five Elements, is a conceptual scheme that many traditional Chinese fields used to explain and describe interactions and relationships between phenomena and grouping objects, from cosmic cycles to the interaction between internal organs, and from the succession of political regimes to the properties of medicinal drugs….the categories are limitless. The Five Elements reflect a deep understanding of natural law, the Universal order underlying all things in our world.

The theory assets substances can be divide into one of five basic elements: Wood (木 ), Fire (火 huǒ), Earth (土 ), Metal (金 jīn), and Water(水 shuǐ), which contain their own specific characteristics and properties.

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So what does the Five Element theory say to us about the world we live in? First, it speaks about how all things are connected. Everything within each element is related. Let’s take the Water element as an example: when it is winter there is a cold essence, it relates to and impacts in some way the kidneys, the emotion fear is linked, though not always in an obvious, visible way.

Second, the Five Elements show us how the structures and systems in our bodies are connected to each other, how we are linked to our environment and the natural world, how our world is part of the greater universe. Many people today have lost this deep connection to nature and no longer are able to feel this truth resonate in their being.

These elements are five fundamental energies in nature in motion. There is a dynamism between them, they are not static. Within their structure there are two fundamental relationships: generation (the external circle) and overcoming (the internal arrows). Without the balancing nature of these two relationships, things would fall out of order in a flash:

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The Five Elements are aspects of Qi. Also health is the result of a harmonious balance of all of them. The Qi of the elements waxes and wanes in daily and seasonal cycles. Each one of us is an unique and characteristic blend of the influences of all the elements.

People who have a strong energy of the Wood element have a clear vision and goals, and know how to bring them into being. They excel at planning and decision making and can be forceful in disagreements. When the Wood Qi is weak, people can be indecisive, without strong direction in life and stuck. When the Liver Qi is congested or stagnant, people can be arrogant, over controlling, and have angry disposition and digestive problems. They may have a tendency to be workaholics or have addictive personalities, including the possibility of abusing drugs and alcohol. When Liver Qi is imbalanced, sour and bitter flavours are said to benefit its meridian, while acid food the opposite. Common illnesses include migraines, eye and sinus problems. For women, menstrual problems are frequent.

People with strong Fire energy may be quite charismatic, excelling at comanding others to action. They may love talking and socializing. When the Fire Qi is weak, a person may be lackluster or bland. They may suffer from anxiety, restlessness and insomnia, be too excitable, easily stimulated to excess, or they may be emotionally cold and unfeeling. Common diseases include palpitation, high blood pressure, heart problems and sores on mouth and tongue. People strongly influenced by the Fire element may be vulnerable in very hot weather and usually are calmed down by walking. The bitter flavour favors the Fire Qi.

Someone with well developed Earth energy is well grounded, nurturing, compassionate person, sometimes perceived as the archtypical “earth mother”. Earth people like to bring others together and make good mediators or peacemakers and reliable friends. When people have weak Earth Qi, they can be worriers, prone to pensiveness and overwork. They are vulnerable to digestive problems and they may gain weight easily and lose it with difficulty. Their bodies have a tendency also to make excessive mucus. Those with weak Earth Qi often feel better when they limit cold, raw foods and dairy products. They usually crave sweet, but they should eat warming foods and grains to stay well grounded. Common illnesses include: fatigue, diarrhea, gas and bloating, food allergies and sensitivities, eating disorders, heartburn and canker sores.

A person with well balanced Metal energy is well organized, self disciplines and conscientious. They like structure and rules in their life. A person with Metal Qi imbalance may be grief-stricken, sad, overly critical, having trouble in letting go. When the Metal energy is weak, there can be diseases of the lungd and skin. This energy peaks in the fall. In the cool, crisp, clean air of the autumn, metal people feel they can accomplish anything. The color of Metal is white, and thats is why people strongly influenced by the Metal Qi usually look pale.

When the Water Qi is strong, a person is fearless, determined and can endure many hardships in following their dreams and goals. Longevity is also considered to be associated with healthy Kidney Qi. When it is weak, there can be problems with water metabolism, such as urination, fertility or sexuality. This type of person could be anxious, fearful and withdrawn, and in more severe cases phobic. There may be also diminished hearing or ringing in the ears. The Kidney Qi rules in the winter.

 

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Discovering your Life Path through Numbers

I bet that some of you have already heard something about “Numerology”. You can call it as you prefer, an art, a science, a faith, but basically when we talk about “numerology” we refer to belief in the divine, mystical relationship between a number and one or more coinciding events. It is also the study of the numerical value of the letters in words, names and ideas. It is often associated with the paranormal, alongside astrology and similar divinatory arts.

Skeptics argue that numbers have no occult significance and cannot by themselves influence a person’s life. Skeptics therefore regard numerology as a superstition and a pseudoscience that uses numbers to give the subject a veneer of scientific authority. Whether you are part of this group or not, you can certainly not deny that sometimes the word “coincidence” is really forced in.

If you would like to believe or even if you are just a bit curious, there are many many exercises or tests you can do with numbers. I will talk about these again but today I chose to focus on the “numerology life path”.

The most important date in your life for numerology purposes is the day of your birth.  The also called “Number of Destiny” is a number that is obtained by adding numbers of your birth date: day, month, and year. In the Western numerology, it is called “The Life Path Number”. The numbers used in numerology to indicate one’s life path number run from 1 to 9 and Master Numbers 11, 22, 33.  Master numbers have double power of single digits. These numbers are given more challenges and, in return, have greater potential.

Your Life Path Number is something you were born with, it is indicating what you should do about your life. It shows you what your nature is and what capabilities you have to work directly with the flows of the universe.

The method of Life Path calculation is based on the theory that the path consists of Three Cycles, which are represented by the year, month, and day of your birth. They represent the later, middle, and early part of your life, respectively. Your Life Path (or your life’s cycle, as it is often referred to) is described by a single digit number. It is influenced by all the traits and properties revealed in each Cycle.

It is very easy to calculate your Life Path number, you just have to reduce each unit of your birth date (month/day/year) to a single-digit number or a Master number (remember, Master numbers are 11, 22 and 33!). Next, add each of the resulting digits (or Master numbers) together and reduce the total again to a single digit, or a Master number. For example, if you were born on October 12, 1936, you would calculate your Life Path as follows:

Month: October is the 10th month of the year. 10 reduces to 1 (1 + 0 = 1).

Day: The date of birth is 12. 12 reduces to 3 (1 + 2 = 3).

Year: The year of birth is 1936. 1936 reduces to 1 (1 + 9 + 3 + 6 = 19, then 1 + 9 = 10 and finally 1 + 0 = 1).

Now add the resulting single-digit numbers: 1 + 3 + 1 = 5. The Life Path number in this case is 5.

Let’s see the messages for each Life Path. I encourage you to do your own research, so you will be able to learn even more about yourself and your path.

Life Path 1 – Leadership

Your purpose is to develop and master innovative creativity, confidence, independence, originality, and achievement. Understand that these “themes” will be reoccurring issues throughout your life. Your Life Path number indicates what you’re evolving into, developing, aspiring toward, and learning about. So while you’ll display innate gifts and talents in the areas of emphasis, you’ll also experience some consistent obstacles as you master your life’s purpose.

Life Path 2 – Peacemaker, collaboration

Your purpose is to develop love, harmony, balance, cooperation, and diplomacy. Understand that these “themes” will be reoccurring issues throughout your life. Your Life Path number indicates what you’re evolving into, developing, aspiring toward, and learning about. So while you’ll display innate gifts and talents in the areas of emphasis, you’ll also experience some consistent obstacles as you master your life’s purpose.

Life path 3 – Creativity

Your purpose is to develop creative self-expression, emotional sensitivity, joy, and inspired communication. Understand that these “themes” will be reoccurring issues throughout your life. Your Life Path number indicates what you’re evolving into, developing, aspiring toward, and learning about. So while you’ll display innate gifts and talents in the areas of emphasis, you’ll also experience some consistent obstacles as you master your life’s purpose.

Life path 4 – Practical, trustworthy

Your purpose is to develop process, security, stability, and work hard to meet your goals. Understand that these “themes” will be reoccurring issues throughout your life. Your Life Path number indicates what you’re evolving into, developing, aspiring toward, and learning about. So while you’ll display innate gifts and talents in the areas of emphasis, you’ll also experience some consistent obstacles as you master your life’s purpose.

Life path 5 – Freedom, adventures

Your purpose is to develop fearlessness, adventurousness, resilience, and the constructive use of freedom. Understand that these “themes” will be reoccurring issues throughout your life. Your Life Path number indicates what you’re evolving into, developing, aspiring toward, and learning about. So while you’ll display innate gifts and talents in the areas of emphasis, you’ll also experience some consistent obstacles as you master your life’s purpose.

Life path 6 – Humanist, family

Your purpose is to develop nurturing, balanced responsibility, acceptance, service to others, and visionary pursuits. Understand that these “themes” will be reoccurring issues throughout your life. Your Life Path number indicates what you’re evolving into, developing, aspiring toward, and learning about. So while you’ll display innate gifts and talents in the areas of emphasis, you’ll also experience some consistent obstacles as you master your life’s purpose.

Life path 7 – Explorer, knowledge

Your purpose is to develop spirituality, data-driven analysis, intuition, trust, and openness. Understand that these “themes” will be reoccurring issues throughout your life. Your Life Path number indicates what you’re evolving into, developing, aspiring toward, and learning about. So while you’ll display innate gifts and talents in the areas of emphasis, you’ll also experience some consistent obstacles as you master your life’s purpose.

Life path 8 – Wealth, power

Your purpose is to develop your positive relationship with money, power, control, and authority. You’re here to experience the satisfaction that comes with financial abundance and material achievement. Understand that these “themes” will be reoccurring issues throughout your life. Your Life Path number indicates what you’re evolving into, developing, aspiring toward, and learning about. So while you’ll display innate gifts and talents in the areas of emphasis, you’ll also experience some consistent obstacles as you master your life’s purpose.

Life path 9 – Philanthropy, compassion

Your purpose is to develop spirituality, humanitarianism, creativity, wisdom, and integrity. Understand that these “themes” will be reoccurring issues throughout your life. Your Life Path number indicates what you’re evolving into, developing, aspiring toward, and learning about. So while you’ll display innate gifts and talents in the areas of emphasis, you’ll also experience some consistent obstacles as you master your life’s purpose.

Life path 11 – Spiritual Messenger

With the 11/2, it’s all about experiencing intensely challenging circumstances in your life and coming out the other side stronger, more spiritual, and ready to help others who have experienced similar issues. It won’t be easy and yet it’s profoundly deep and gratifying when you tap into your high-level of artistic creativity and psychic gifts. Understand that your contribution is through the experience you provide for others, which is almost impossible to measure. You must learn to trust that the “butterfly effect” you have on people is immeasurable and that you’ll never know the way in which you change people’s lives through your loving heart, intuition, and artistic expression.

Life path 22 – Master Builder

With the 22/4, it’s all about breaking out of your safety and security zone and making more of an impact in the world around you. Know that this is rather scary and somewhat foreign for you because you gravitate toward the tried-and-true and erring on the safe side. Yet know that the Master Number 22/4 is the most powerful number in Numerology. (Did I just hear you “gulp?”) Yes. It’s a rather big deal. You’re meant to achieve and build something that makes a difference on a grander scale —and that won’t feel comfortable. You must blast past your childhood wounds, through and around your very real (and also your self-imposed) limitations, and work tenaciously to define and achieve your goals.

Life path 33 – Master Teacher

With the 33/6, it’s all about coming to terms with your need for perfectionism and control and instead using your talent for inspired creativity to help and heal others—wherever they happen to be in their life journey. Honestly, I find that this Life Path number is tremendously challenging and can try the patience of a Saint—because let’s face it—it’s a rather “saintly” job description! It’s a delicate balance between your over-weaning sense of responsibility (or irresponsibility) and joyfully diving into using your emotionally sensitive and creative gifts in the service of others. This is an intense Life Path and takes a lifetime to understand and act upon in a constructive way. It’s not only service-oriented, it’s also highly creative.

A look into Iridology

The eyes are the mirror of the soul and reflect everything that seems to be hidden; and like a mirror, they also reflect the person looking into them. (P. Coelho)

When people are asked what they look at first when they notice an attractive person, several answers come to mind. Some say they notice how a person walks or what a person is wearing, their hair or perfume. But a great proportion of people notice the eyes. When we look at each other’s eyes, we can often determine people’s feelings. It is said that the eye is the window to our soul, but it can actually also be the map to our body.

What is Iridology?

Iridology, known also as “iris diagnosis”, is a method used in alternative medicine to analyze the health status by studying the ocular colors, marks and signs in the iris, pupil, and sclera (=the white part of the eye) through a digital specialized camera and lens.

Have you ever noticed clouds or marks in the iris of your eyes? And these clouds change depending on your state of health or age? Have you noticed that your left eye is different than your right eye? There is an explanation.

The Iridology origin

Iridology dates back hundreds of years, but the first iris map developed was in the early 1800’s by a Hungarian doctor named Ignatz von Pezcely. He’s often referred to as the father of iridology. It is said that he captured an injured owl in his backyard once in his childhood. He noticed in one of its eyes that there was a black line but when the owl’s broken leg healed, a white mark appeared where the dark mark was. This incident started a life-long interest and study of iridology.

Since then, many scientists, doctors, and health professionals around the world have studied iridology. It is now taught as a proper profession and  modern medicine has begun to take notice of it as a good diagnosis method in relation to the traditional ones.

How does Iridology work?

But more practically, I presume you are asking yourself, how does it work? How is it possible? Nerve pathways from all over the body are continually sending information to the brain via the part of the brain known as the thalamus and the hypothalamus. These parts of the brain are the basic monitors of all vital activities going on within the body. The thalamus and hypothalamus are connected by nerve fibres to the blood vessels, muscles and surface of the irides. From nerve impulses that are relayed from the thalamus and hypothalamus physiological changes develop in the iris tissue revealing information from all parts of the body that have a nerve supply.

What will your iris tell you?

Please remember that iridology does not diagnose but can identify areas or organs which may be weaker, be over or under active or have poor waste removal. This practice is not able to determine your life path or predict time of death. It also does not reveal pregnancy or the presence of gall or kidney stones, or cancer as these do not have any nerve supply feeding information to the brain. Signs in the iris only show areas within the body that are inflamed, overactive, degenerating or under active, so the iridologist can suggest you the proper therapy you may need (herbal, massage etc.) and/or the specilist doctor you should consult.

To find an iridologist near your area, check online in their professional body The Guild of Naturopathic Iridologists:

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