The EARTH element – excerpt from her new book (B.E Human) – 27/02


 

Correspondences:

v  Dry and cool, passive, fertile.

v  Direction – North

v  Represents stability, groundedness, growth, and the ability to manifest.

v  Chakra – Base

 

Earth represents the solid state of matter and is considered a stable substance.  As you have seen in the Base Chakra, the parts of the body such as bones, teeth, circulation and tissue are manifestations of the Earth. It manifests stability, permanence and rigidity. Without it, we would be all over the place and lacking a mental, emotional and physical state of groundedness. Earth is a constant and that is why we acknowledge and make use of it because, it doesn’t change much, and we are always naturally resistant against change (welcome to the human condition!) Most living beings are dependent on Earth for a place to live, for shelter and for a chance to grow food for sustenance. Earth is the first thing you need for almost everything to ensure consistency as it provides certainty, solidity, ground, stability, practicality and endurance.

Earth is a reliable element, peaceful and abundant. It is an element that embodies the day to day life and problems. This is why matters of a practical nature require you to be stable, durable and grounded to gain a practical perspective on situations. Earth is the most passive and strong element, although – much like the foundation of our bodies – it can be destructive if when its wrath is felt.  It is commonly seen and described as the solid force within us upon which we build ourselves, and much like the physical Earth, the unavoidable force within us which we can turn into great disaster and disease. Of course, the Earth as mentioned above, is on the more metaphysical side of things, considering its connections to the mental and emotional parts of ourselves. By scientific chemical and atomic analysis, Earth is made up of almost one hundred atomic elements. Mystically, the classification of earth is an “element” of Life, and so it should rightfully be for both you and I, friend.

 

 

 

PHYSICAL APPEARANCE

 

Earth is generally the element which we are most acquainted with, because it’s in our face every day when we see trees, ground and rocks. I am thankful that we acknowledge its presence well, but there is a lot more to it than what you think. Just as water is the mother and governor of all things liquid, Earth is the father of everything solid. It is more than the ground we walk around on, the sand and soil we call Earth, it is stone as well in all its vast varities. Its minerals make up the most intricate compounds that form these rocks and stones over thousands of years. This includes gemstones and crystals – all the pretty, shiny things!

 

As Earth is manifested in trees, it also takes on the form of whatever object we shape from it (tables, chairs and tools) throungh carving. Although we intend it to serve us as a tool and we bestow upon it the purpose we want it to serve, it is still Earth in its realization. Earth is much more defined mostly by its appearance, than say Air or any other element would be. It is a solid and permenent substance, not only to the physical eye, but also in its traits in rock, wood and the like. It is an inarguably strong force which has the power to protect, sheild and act as a concrete foundation. This is seen in mountain ranges and cliffs. Similarly, it can also devastate, destruct and still be strong enough to completely rebuild itself, like we see in earthquakes and ice age.

 

The physical matter which the Element of Earth governs are as follows – Earth is:

 

v  Rock – cliffs and mountain ranges.

v  Stone – gemstones, crystals, pebbles, tumble stones – soft or hard.

v  Sand – sea sand, dirt, soil, ground and gravel.

v  Trees – Large, small, tall, short and every kind you can imagine.

v  Bush – Shrubs and hedges.

v  Grass

v  Plants – including weeds.

v  Flowers – in all their vast varieties all over the globe.

v  Herbs – all medicinal, edable, poisonous, theraputic herbs of all origin, shape and size.

 

The colours which symbolize the Earth element and its energy are:

 

v  Brown

v  Red

v  Murky green

v  All shades of different kinds of wood.

v  All of the natural neutral-looking colours which you would find in soil and earth.

Now that the physical matter of the element of Earth has been listed and is now acknowledged, we can go on to look at how this matter corresponds with our bodies mentally, emotionally and physically.

Earth is the element upon which we build our existence. It is our foundation and the foundation for all other living beings. It gives us a sense of home, stability, certainty and structure. These traits apply to our entire being – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. How do you feel when walking through a lush green forest? You feel grounded, centred and rooted. You feel stable and part of the Earth. How do you feel when you garden? In my opinion, I feel peaceful and practical. These are the traits that the element of Earth gives us when we harness its energy. Just as we use the Earth to grow crops to feed and sustain us, so it also stands for growth and harvest.

 

Spirital Earth is very much like physical Earth to us. It is the base on which people build their persona, which keeps your mind focused, practical and determined. It is commonly proven in people that have difficulty with practical situations and initiating a foundation in situations, that they lack a certain amount of the Earth element within themselves.  They usually lack strength, will and endurance, all virtues, which are needed to give other elements their ground. This, in turn, means that if you are not connected to the Earth element as much as is required, you are unable to provide a stable and solid foundation for all the rest of you. Plants cannot grow in unfertile soil, can they? This is why having the required amount of each element as you specifically should, is of utmost importance. And Earth is your base.

 

Many of our forefathers and ancestors from various cultures, belief systems, tribes and religions lived very closely with the Earth element, as well as all four elements. They would plant, sow and harvest their crops according to the ebb and flow of the natural Earth that worked below their very feet. They recorded the changes in the Earth as the (now) four seasons came and went year after year. They also believed firmly that, we all came from one thing and are all a part of the Earth and the world as one universe. Due to this unwavering belief, upon their passing and death, they would traditionally be cremated because, they believed once the body is dead, it should be disassembled by burning and can then return to the Earth, while the immortal soul lives on in the air after the ashes had been scattered.

 

They also used Earth (in all its shapes and sizes) to build homes and tools for themselves. If you ask me, they had the right way of going about things. If we look at today’s society, I’m sure we can see glimpses of the use of the element of Earth in these ways – in buildings, tools and furniture. The only difference is, we do not recognize and give thanks to the Earth, we praise ourselves for our intelligence. We are able to receive so much more from the Earth, if we acknowledge our connection with it, and we have only seen a glimpse of the blessings it is capable of giving us. A resource and energy that is so powerful and which we are so dependent on – physically  and emotionally – should be recognized, made proper use of and thanked.

This disconnection we have made for ourselves is in need of a lot of duct tape and glue, but once we begin using this element’s energy, harnessing it with the correct intentions, it can be pieced together and each of us can once more receive all the blessings the Earth is ready to bestow upon us with our help. It is really so much fun and very easy to bring more of the Earth element into your life and gain a solid connection to it within yourself and your everyday life to benefit from it constantly. Firstly, I’ll explain a few basic things you can do to bring it into your life and establish the Earth element’s nature in your daily routine. They are fun to do and don’t take up much time at all. I will then later get into how you can make use of various herbs and plants to weave little miracles in your life!

 

You should always be closely connected and aware of it, but specifically, you can use the Earth element’s energy when:

 

v  there is  a lack of energy and over-tiredness

v  when harvest is needed (any kind, not just actual crop harvest!)

v  an inability to make your dreams a reality

v  a feeling of fear, anxiety or insecurity

v  you feel you need a practical frame of mind

v  you feel you need to connect with your instinctive nature

v  there is a need for growth

v  there is a need for fertility

v  you feel you need a sense of ‘grounding’ and need to get ‘down-to-earth’.

 

 

Earth brings you into the receptive, calming and loving embrace of Mother Earth. When integrating the Earth element into your life, you will have a feeling of belonging, abundance and groundedness. Here are a few simple ways in which to do this:

 

BALANCE AND ENERGIZE YOUR BASE CHAKRA

 

Before any redecorating and ‘reprogramming’ can take place, your own energies must be well acquainted and connected to the Earth element so that you are familiar with the feeling and can then do so more easily and with less effort each time. This also means that you will be able to harness and utilize its energies more effectively and efficiently the more you practice it. Whether you stay in an apartment, a shack or a mansion, find some ground outside somewhere and only pick your spot if you are comfortable standing there for a few minutes. Outside is the most preferred method in which to do this, but if it is not possible at all, then inside will do fine as well.

 

Find a place in your home where you feel you would be able to ‘connect’ to the Earth beneath your feet. A wooden floor would also be a good idea. (You may need a compass or map for this one) Find the side of your home that is facing north, as north is the corresponding direction of the Earth element. Once you’ve found it, stand facing that direction and close your eyes. Still your mind and breathe slowly and calmly. On your in breath, imagine breathing in the calmness and serenity of a lush forest and feel it flow through your mind and body. On your out breath, see grey smoke coming out of you and leaving you. This grey smoke contains all the stresses and worries you have within you. It contains negative thoughts and unnecessary mental activity that is harmful. Imagine that grey smoke leaving you and your body as you breathe out. See it rise up into the atmosphere, far away from you, and disappear completely where it can no longer harm. Do this breathing a few times over, until you feel completely relaxed, content and still. When you feel the time is right – and trust me, you’ll know! – , keep your eyes closed and let the thoughts of what the Earth element stands for flow through your mind… stability, fertility, growth, structure, instinct, practicality, foundation, strength, endurance and any other of its traits that you feel you want to connect to.

 

Now, as you breathe in, imagine a chord attached to your Base Chakra (at the bottom of your spine) running down. Follow the chord down and see it go through your feet, the floor, the soil, the crust of the Earth until it reaches the very centre of the Earth’s core. When it gets there, attach your chord to the core like a link or a plug into wall. Feel your connection with its energies and those of Mother Earth. Take a moment. Then follow your chord all the way back up to your feet, then to your Base Chakra, and open your eyes. Now you should feel grounded and at one with Earth. Amazing, isn’t it? Do this whenever you feel off centre or too ‘high up in the clouds’.

 

 

GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY!

 

Yes, friend, this may get messy, but my goodness is it worth it! If you have a garden, great. If not, well then you are just going to have to get more than you may think you need. Go out and get some soil (not the stuff you get at the garden shop that has been tampered with, the real kind!) out of the ground. Whether it is your own garden or your friend’s, your mother’s or a patch of soil from next to the pavement, it doesn’t matter, as long as it’s real soil. Take a few handfuls. When you are back in the comfort of your home, take some time to play with the soil and feel it. Get in there! Close your eyes and feel the its traits of stability, fertility, harvest, permanence and nurturing qualities. Connect to this. Before the next step, it would be a good idea to sift through is with your hands and take out any ants, bugs or creepy crawlies, as you don’t want the little guys to explore and contaminate your home. Then, find a nice bowl or container which can be left open to keep it in. Transfer the soil into said bowl and walk around your home to find a fitting place for it to be. I wouldn’t recommend the bedroom, as its traits aren’t of huge importance in that area, but I would recommend a study, or workplace. Even a mantelpiece would work wonderfully, to carry those Earthy traits all through the home. Once you’ve found the perfect place, arrange it where you can see it constantly in your daily movements through your home. Stand in front of it, close your eyes and ask the soil to provide you with its many wonderful traits. This energy will now always be in your home. From time to time, go back to it and play with it or stand in front of it, pondering on all the Earth element stands for when you feel the need. Breathe its qualities in. You’ll be amazed at how you feel when you practice this accordingly. Remember to replace it every few weeks to make sure it stays fresh, fertile and to reinforce its energies.

 

There are many items and symbols that represent the Earth element’s energy, and that can be used to manifest things into your life. This is the same for each element, they all have symbols and items that allow you to do this, but because Earth represents growth and manifestation, its corresponding items of symbolism are very powerful manifestation tools. Some of these items are as follows:

 

v  Herbs – each herb has a certain energy that corresponds with a colour and specifically, a Chakra. Herbs are used for many purposes, and because they have such extensive purposes, they can relate to different elements. Although, because they are plants and grow from the actual Earth, their qualities and purposes are more easily manifested through the Earth’s traits of a good foundation, growth and permanence. You will learn more about the extensive properties of herbs a little later on.

 

v  Seeds – seeds are the epitome of fertility, growth and harvest. This is what they symbolize. They can be used in many different ways. In most cases, I would suggest also putting seeds in a bowl (with no soil!) and placing it near the bowl of soil, or better yet, on a window sill, where it can gain sunlight for ‘growth’. For example, if you are in need of the Earth’s energy to make finances grow and reap a bountiful harvest, place coins in the seeds and keep your intent pure. Connect to the Earth when doing this, and  ‘watch’ the seeds and coins grow.

 

There are a million ways to invite and harness the energy of the Earth element into your life, these are only a few. When you find your own preferred method of connecting to this giving, nurturing energy of abundance, it becomes easier to work with as you go along. Get those hands and feet firmly planted and get some dirt on those shoes once in a while! When you are in need of it, you will know and it will all be there for you to use, all you need to do is invite it inside, friend.

 Brightest blesings, 

Isabelle.

Holistic therapist and spiritual counselor

Port elizabeth

071 89 39 034

isabellemeiring@hotmail.com

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