The Elements are essential to Life, without them there would be no living nor loving worlds in nature. They can exist as unique aspects, but in essence they seek integrity with one another. Within each of the individual elements you will find the traces of the other elements. This form of sacred art can be an elegant medium in which to interact with these primal forces. The elements are simply not just physical forces in our world. I have chosen the form of Talisman/Mandala as a gateway to the elements, as a portal to these forces, because of its very nature.
A key gift of fire is compassion and the caring that accompanies compassion. Fire is both a strong force and a weak force. Fire can breakdown and transform something from one form to another form. Fire can also forge forms making them stronger. Fire opens you to working with the perception of the past, present and the future. By working with fire, you are opening to deeper levels of caring. When you work with the element of fire, you are opening yourself to the gifts of compassion, passion, inspiration and individuality:
Fire is aligned with the direction of the south.
Water in its very nature can hold the space for the other three elements. It has a unique capacity to interact with each creating something that is more. Like air, water is an essential element for life in our world. Water holds the chemistry of life within it. The undine energy is the flow of life. Water offers the gift of healing… healing through love. Wherever there is the force of flow, you will find the undine energy. As an example, when water interacts with fire steam is created which is a form of energy.
Water is aligned with the direction of the west.
The element of earth offers the primary gift of choice. Choice is one the most powerful raw materials available to all of us in manifesting the things we want in life. Earth also offers the power of the possible. One of the powers of the earth is that it offers the magic of the unknown. In working with the element of earth, you are opening yourself to empowered choice. In the power to choose you can access right and true choice that is powerful. Because earth at its core is about choice, possibility in its widest range is available.
Earth is aligned with the direction of the north.
The gift of air is transcendence. Transcendence is the ability to move beyond ordinary limitations. Transcendence is a spiritual state of being. As well, air’s nature is to bring clarity... a clarity that opens you to new perspectives. It creates the space for something new to exist. It creates the state in which transcendence can exist. The element of air is essential to most life sustaining itself. In that role of nurturing life, air can be considered essential to all the other elements in helping them achieve a higher state of being.
Air is aligned with the direction of the east.