The Five Elements theory is a cornerstone of traditional Chinese and Korean philosophy and medicine. In today’s post, I will talk about the Water Element, the last element of the Five Elements system. Please note that the below content is for informational purposes only and is in no way is intended to be medical advice.
The Water Element promotes inner development and conservation
Water is the essence of life. It is where life stems from. It is what comprises most of our bodies, as well as most of the planet. Think of the ocean. It is cold, dark, accepting of everything. It possesses unlimited potential. Like the ocean, the Water Element is what gives rise to life.
If the Fire Element is consummate Yang, the Water Element is consummate Yin. Its season is winter when nature reclines to take a profound repose.
In our bodies, the bladder is the Yang organ of Water Element and the kidneys are the Yin organ of Water. The Water Element governs our bones, brain, head hair, spinal cord and excretory system in our bodies. The Water Element in the kidneys also transmits parents’ genetic codes to their children.
The Water Element holds the secrets of life and constitutes the basis of our physical existence.
In our lives, the Water Element governs our pre-birth existence, as well as our death. As all lives are originated in the sea, our lives begin with Water. When we reside in our mothers’ wombs we are akin to a tiny seed that has a limitless potential to grow into a towering tree.
Then after ten months’ waiting period in our mothers’ bodies, we bring our bodies out into the world and the Wood Elemental phase begins, successively followed by the Fire, Earth and Metal Elemental phases.
Finally, our lives end in the Water Elemental phase as we die and re-emerge with source energy.
Given that death is associated with mystery and fear, it would be interesting to note that mystery is an expression of the Water Element and that fear is the emotion of the Water Element. In addition, the black color, which is associated with death, is an expression of the Water Element in color.
Symptoms of an unhealthy Water Element
Remember a time when you looked at deep water. Did you feel a rise of fear as you gazed at the seemingly bottomless water? Fear is the emotion that is associated with Water. When your Water Element is unbalanced, unreasonable fear could sweep you out of proportions. A fair amount of fear can protect you from hazards and ward off potential danger. But when fear becomes excessive, it hinders the ability to properly deal with everyday life.
Excessive fear can very easily lead you to foster a grim perspective on life. You could start to believe that everything is against you and that you have to really struggle in order to accomplish your objectives. You could always prepare yourself for the worst possible situation in life. When the imbalance further affects your system, you could be subject to chronic fear.
When your Water Element is unhealthy, you could also want to sequester yourself from the world or develop an aversion to cold weather.
Physically, given that the ears are governed by the Water Element, an imbalance in the element could provoke a buzzing sound in the ear, ringing in the ear, hearing problems, ear infections or dizziness.
Other symptoms of an imbalance in this element include sexual problems (infertility, premature ejaculation, low libido, etc), fatigue, endocrine disorders, lumbago, kidney or bladders stones, cystitis, bladder cancer, urinary problems, bad teeth, and weak bones.
Toxic emotion for the Water Element – excessive fear
Excessive fear undermines the health of the kidneys and the Water Element. Excessive fear disrupts the harmonious flow of energy in the kidneys and pulls internal energy downward, affecting the excretory organs and provoking sexual or urination disorders. According to Oriental medicine, this is the reason why extreme nervousness, fear, shock or terror gives rise to unexpected urination, incontinence or sudden diarrhea.
If you want to keep your Water Element healthy, you will need to pay close attention to the emotion of fear. Release fear and trust the Universe. Know that you are safe in the Universe. The body and the mind are intricately connected to each other!