“The five Skandas, which may be translated into English as the five heaps, or five aggregates, are the Five Elements of that comprise the human being….. In fact, these are really five rivers flowing together in us:
The river of form, which means our body, the river of mental formations, the river of feelings, the river of perceptions and the river of consciousness.
They are always flowing within us… Arvalokit looked deeply into the five Skhandas… and discovered none of them can be by itself alone….Form is empty of a separate self, but it is full of everything else in the cosmos. The same is true with feelings, perceptions, mental formations, and consciousness.”
Thich Nat Hanh “The Heart of Understanding”
Now when asked, Why the 5 Elements? Things become a bit clearer. We are not made to go it alone! We are not made to live in separation, as an island unto ourselves. If we choose this way of being, it would leave our riverbeds dry or our Hearts without connections to all parts of our being. Our FIRE without a flame! Our Arterial beds searching to find places to bring blood and nutrients to our vital organs!
What is it then to take part in this dance of being in relationship with thy self? How can we find that inner balance and harmony? If we begin to look within our own 5 Element structure, we can then find ways to bring more ENERGY to parts of our bodies that may not be in harmony with the FLOW of life.
The element of EARTH, the place we begin and end, the Center of our being. The place of understanding how to nurture ones self, that place we can find compassion for ourselves. The EARTH is also a place where healthy boundaries can be fully understood. The Elements also bring us to the male and female parts of thy self. The Yin/Yang of the organs, which have a place of harmonic resonance deep within and without which is “Full of everything else in the cosmos”!
Our Physical, emotional, and mental/spirit bodies is our internal compass, our guide of how we are doing in the natural world. This is how nature reflects back to us, how we are handling life.
How are you weathering those storms? Are you allowing the light and the dark within you to help you navigate down those rocky riverbeds? Life can become a whole lot easier if we choose to seek guidance from the places that have lost their footing, a place where our riverbeds may have flooded, or find them still seeking moisture from things that leave us thirsty.
May you find a balanced flow with more ease and grace as you go through this Holiday Season!
Looking forward to your next Sol Journey’s Adventure.