The Four Elements


The Four Elements

One winter just on 20 years ago, I contracted pneumonia resulting in some scaring to my lungs and my medical practitioners advising me to let go of teaching in case of further infection.  It was during my period of recovery that I began to explore the Chinese tradition to meditation to see if this could help me regain my health.  After two years the specialist consultant I saw at the Queen Elisabeth Hospital, Birmingham, advised that whatever I was doing to help myself I should keep doing it as my recovery rate was 3 years ahead of what he expected.  That was enough for me to decide to explore further the Chinese tradition, to learn from their experience.

One of the things I really like was their focus on an integrated wholistic approach, something I had learned about in the courses I had studied at Warwick Hospital in the late 1980’s.  So, for Activated Qi Meditations it is important to work with every aspect.  None is more important than another because they all affect each other.  Focus on just one area and naturally the others will impede a person’s ability to progress.  It’s a little like the psychology of mathematics as described by Shuard and Williams, if you don’t get all the foundation pieces right then later on development will begin to crumble.  The thing about the four areas we work with is that they all form part of the foundation and they all form part of what that foundation grows into.  They are;

  • The Physical Element
  • The Emotional Element
  • The Energetic Element
  • The Consciousness Element