EARTH IN NATURE
The pause between the rising Elements of Wood and Fire and the descending Elements, Metal, and Water, it is the energy of Earth.
The Earth is about our feelings of stability. Think of the archetype of an Earth Mother – giving nourishing milk, having an abundance of compassion and care for its young, helping its young feel safe and protected, and giving them space to grow.
You can always notice when Late Summer arrives because people usually say with sadness that Summer is over but it is exactly the same temperature! The high of Summer has given way to the pause of Late Summer.
Spleen and Stomach organs are connected with the element of earth. Thus, when the Spleen (the main earth organ) is out of balance, the person can be very anxious and pensive.
This is when you can also see that Spleen disease will start to set in if they don’t change and learn to develop and heal their Spleen.
When someone has Spleen blockages and or weakness, it was discovered that they can get mouth problems, muscle problems, weight problems, problems of dampness due to lack of transformation of fluids, digestion problems, weight problems and they will generally be experiencing heaviness and slowness in their lives.
In older times, the doctors used to describe people who were anxious as Spleenic, so you can see that not just the eastern peoples were clued into these observations, but it was there that they developed such a deep and complex understanding, that helps us today through energy healing and massage and relaxation other such natural healing methods to cure our ills and bad character deficits.
Earth represents a balance of both, yin and yang, the feminine and masculine together. Its motion is inward and centering, and its energy is stabilizing and conserving. It is associated with the turn of each of the seasons and with damp. In Chinese teachings, Earth is associated with the qualities of patience, thoughtfulness, practicality, hard work and stability. The earth element is also nurturing and seeks to draw all things together with itself, in order to bring harmony, rootedness, and stability. Other attributes of the earth element include ambition, stubbornness, responsibility and long-term planning.
On the shadow side, the earth element can represent selfishness and self-centeredness. Earth type people are usually warm, kind and supportive. They can be overprotective and tend to merge with their environment, having difficulties with boundaries. The negative emotion of the Earth element is worry and its positive emotion is empathy.
Earth element represents also trustworthiness. Excessive or a lack of Earth elements causes problems with the person’s stability.
The following lifestyle, sports/activities, foods, careers are recommended to help you increase the strength of your Earth element. If your Earth is already strong, excessive or dominant, we would suggest avoiding these activities.
- Time of day: Afternoon
- Time of year: Late summer
- Energy: Downward
- Natural form: Soil, mountain, rock
- Direction: Center
- Organ: Stomach and Spleen
- Attitude: Stability
- Taste: Sweet
- Colour: Brown, yellow
- Excessive Earth: Excessive empathy
- Balanced Earth: Compassion, Thoughtfulness
- Weak or non-existing Earth: Worry, Obsession
When Earth element is not balanced, either too weak or excessive, problems in these areas might occur.
- Stomach or abdomen-related problems
- Digestive systems
- Cells and flesh
These sports and activities are good to stimulate weak Earth energy.
- Walking barefoot
Food and drinks are one of the easiest ways to balance our elements as they stimulate our organs directly and can act as a medicine. Here are some of the foods which are good for those lacking Earth.
- Sweet Potato
- Baked meals
- Thick soups
Certain jobs and professions are suitable for stimulating certain elements. If your Earth element is too excessive, these, for example, are probably professions which it would be good to avoid. If your Earth element is strong and balanced, you will be probably attracted to these professions.
- Real estate
- Building materials
- Art dealer
- Social services
- Humanitarian work
- Insurance business
Famous people with strong Earth element.
- Mark Zuckerberg
- Kevin Spacey
- Jose Mourinho
- Johnny Depp
- JK Rowling