As one progresses into more advanced meditation techniques, he or she may decide to incorporate the four main elements into his or her meditation. The following is a simple guide to the four elements and the directions associated with these elements.
Specific placement of these elements is also relevant:
North is the direction of the Element Earth and the Power of Body.
Its Nature forms are rocks, clay, sand, and soil. In human life, this is the physical dimension and the sensing realm.In connecting with this direction, pay attention to your physiological processes, to the sensations in your body, to your biological needs, and to your physical health.
Healing modalities include good nutrition, hygiene, body language awareness and change, relaxation, and rest.
East is the direction of the Element Air and the Power of Mind.
Its Nature forms are the winds, the atmosphere, and the breath. In human life, this is the mental dimension and the thinking realm. In connecting with this direction, pay attention to your thought processes, to your ability to reason, to your attitudes, and to your mental health.
Healing modalities include self-talk analysis, affirmations, journal writing, cognitive restructuring, and education.
South is the direction of the Element Fire and the Power of Action.
Its Nature forms are flames, lightning, and electricity. In human life, this is the behavioral dimension and the doing realm. In connecting with this direction, pay attention to your repertoire of activities, to the amount of time you allot to work and to play, to the quality of your alone time, to the nature of your interactions with others, and to your behavioral health.
Healing modalities include play, exercise, time management, life restructuring, breaking destructive or outmoded habits, career development, positive behavioral change, and goal setting and achievement.
West is the direction of the Element Water and the Power of Emotions. Its Nature forms are oceans, lakes, streams, rivers, wells, springs, dew, precipitation, and fluids in the body. In human life, this is the emotional dimension and the feeling realm. In connecting with this direction, pay attention to your moods, to your feelings about yourself and about others, to the levels of intimacy and trust in your relationships, and to your emotional health.
Healing modalities include guided imagery, active listening, expressing feelings, sharing feelings, giving comfort and being comforted, singing, dancing, drawing, and other forms of artistic expression.
Different colored candles also work the same manner:
- East / Air: Yellow or Lavender [Pale Violet]
- South / Fire: Red
- West / Water: Blue or Aqua
- North / Earth : Dark Green, Dark Brown or Black candle
Meditation Tip Sea salt mixed with water can be used to rid your meditation area of negative energies. If you don’t have sea salt, you could use regular table salt or beach sand. Personally, I use some white sand I gathered from the beach next to one of the Mayan ruins.