All magical systems and schools work with elements. In the west we call them air, fire, water, earth and spirit. East speaks about tattwas (vayu, tejas, apas, prithvi and akasha). For centuries medicine was based on the teaching of the four elements. Nowadays the psychological teachings of Jung revert to four archetypes and four types of basic functions of human cognition and behavior.
What exactly they are? We can see them all around us, feel their impact on our body and mind. But what we can sense is just a reflection of what they are in reality! So, the next step of understanding is to feel them within. Our body is a temple where all elements reside and co-exist together in harmony.
Before starting the ritual you should find out where exactly are the four directions- east, north, west and south.
Prepare four candles and place them in four cardinal directions around you: a yellow one in the east, a red one in the south, a blue one in the west and a green one in the north.
Each color and each direction symbolizes one of the four magical forces, If you already have deeper knowledge on the subject of white magic and voodoo, then you could place a sword (dagger, knife) in the east, a staff in the south, a chalice in the west and a pentacle or a bowl of salt in the north. You sit in the middle as the center of these four forces.
Begin in the east and ask the power of air to come and to be the part of the circle. Ask also for the guidance and knowledge. Light the yellow candle and then turn to the south direction.
Ask the power of fire to come and to be the part of the circle. Ask also for the guidance and knowledge. Light the red candle and then turn to the west direction.
Ask the power of water to come and to be the part of the circle. Ask also for the guidance and knowledge. Focus as you light the blue candle, and then turn to the north direction.
Ask the power of the earth to come and to be the part of the circle. Ask also for the guidance and knowledge. Light the green candle and then turn again to the east.
Facing the east direction, feel a gentle breeze coming toward you. Feel it on your face. Then move your attention inside of your body and concentrate on your breathing. The air coming through your nose into your lungs is directly connected with your being. Watch your body inhale and exhale. Concentrate on feelings, which arise within this process, how the air element feels like, what emotions are coming, what kind of thoughts...
Turn to the south and face fire, which comes as a heat… imagine that you are sitting in front of a fireplace. Feel the heat on your face. Then concentrate on your fire inside. Experience the impulses in your brain creating your thinking, then pay attention to you heartbeat. Concentrate on feelings, which arise within this process, how the fire element feels like, what emotions are coming, what kind of thoughts...
Turn to the west and face water. Feel it on your body, it is flowing slowly, reaching your feet, touching it. Then concentrate on water inside of you. There is plenty of water in your body- experience water in your mouth, in your stomach... whole abdomen is full of water. Concentrate on feelings, which arise within this process, how the water element feels like, what emotions are coming, what kind of thoughts...
Turn to the north and face earth. It is below you, experience its gravity. Imagine that your feet are in the soil. Feel its heaviness. Then turn your attention to the earth inside of your body. Feel the heaviness of your bones, of your flesh. Experience this feeling as much as possible.Concentrate on feelings, which arise within this process, how the earth element feels like, what emotions are coming, what kind of thoughts...
Turn to the east again and stand up. Now experience Spirit! Spirit is above four elements. The power of spirit is so strong that it works against the gravity and erects the body toward the sky. It connects all four elements and creates your human body, miraculous and sacred temple of God. Be aware, that one day this spirit will leave the body and this body will be destroyed. Harmony of four elements without spirit will collapse. And then, every element will return to the Source. Experience it, experience this spirit, sparkle of God, immortal life force inside of you, which is you!
In order to finish your ritual and elements meditation you have to close the circle, by putting out the candles from the east to the north. Express your gratitude toward every direction and the forces which participated on your ritual. After finishing of the ritual, stay silent and write down your impressions.
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