In the Foundation practices we connect with the 5 elements using the Inner Smile and the 6 Healing Sounds. These elements are not static as the word ‘element’ may imply but refer to phases or transitions through which all things go. The 5 element system originated in China about 2500 years ago and is a way of understanding process and change. It can be applied to anything from cosmic cycles, the health of our internal organs or our emotions.
The 5 elements are Wood (mu), Fire (huo), Earth(ti), Metal (jin), and Water (shui).
To begin using the system we first develop an understanding of each element/phase and then learn how they relate (see diagram opposite). After that we can start using it to decode a vast array of seeming unconnected information and bring pattern, order and often a simple solution to life’s complex problems.
To get a taste of the system each element has a list of correspondences (see table below).
|Elements||Colours||Seasons||Internal Organs||Body Openings||Negative Emotions||Virtues||Directions||Planets||Process|
|Ears||Fear, Phobias, Trauma||Gentleness, Kindness, Wisdom||North||Mercury||Gathering|
|Eyes||Anger, Frustration||Forgiveness, Kindness||East||Jupiter||Generating|
|Tongue||Hate, Impatience||Love, Joy, Happiness||South||Mars||Prospering|
|Mouth, Lips||Worry, Anxiety||Faireness, Openness||Center||Saturn||Stabilizing|
|Nose||Sadness, Depression||Righteousness, Courage||West||Venus||Contracting|
Why learn Fusion?
Early Taoists understood that everything was made of energy. They watched this energy and began to discern patterns, the result of this enquiry was the discovery of the 5 elements relationship model. They also realised that we are a microcosm of the universe and by understanding your inner space you can understand your outer world. Further they learnt that we can connect out into the external world and harness its infinite energy by bringing our own internal energy into balance and harmony.
Its obvious when you think about it “smile and the world smiles with you” early Taoists have taken this simple observation and made it into a science – Fusion!
Some of the underlying principles of Fusion:
- You are surrounded by an unlimited supply of energy
- By bring your inner universe into balance and harmony you can connect to this energy
- Once connected you can use this unlimited energy to benefit your life and health
There are 3 parts to the Fusion practice
Part 1: Fusion of the 5 elements
First you prepare the space, the Tan Tien (the energy center below the navel) where the internal alchemy will take place. Then you construct and imprint the symbol of the Pakua (See diagram above) in our energy field to connect with and draw in the five energies and eight forces of nature.
Next we connect with and draw out the negative emotional energies found in the organs. These energies are then transformed and fused into pure life-force energy, Chi, in the centre of the Tan Tien. This ball of energy is further condensed and crystallised, in ancient texts it is often referred to as a pearl, which is used to absorb the energy all around you.
Part 2: Cosmic Fusion
Once we have formed a pearl we use it to grow or intensify the virtues of each organ and then absorb them, forming a pearl of compassion. This concentration of life force energy and virtues is then used to open and clean 4 of the 8 psychic energy channels. These channels further open the energy body to be able to absorb more Chi and connect, balance and rejuvenate the glands and energy centres of the body.
Part 3: Fusion of the 8 Psychic Channels
The final part of Fusion we open the final 4 psychic channels which connect all of the yin and yang channels in the energy body, regulating and balancing the energy flow of all the meridians. Free flowing energy is the foundation of perfect mental, emotional and physical health.
This course consists of seated and moving mediations and exercises with particular emphasis on embodying the process. You will not just be using your imagination you will feel it happening in your body.
Fusion is a profound spiritually lightening process! A gift passed down from the meditation Masters of Ancient China.