Understanding the Five Elements
Understanding The Five Elements is the first step on your journey at the Alchemy Learning Center. Whether you’re interested in learning the Five Elements to understand yourself better or because you have a healing or massage therapy practice, the Five Elements will help you understand the fundamental nature of people in the world.
What if you could simply watch someone walking towards you, and just by how they move, you could immediately know many things about them? It can help you with your family, your friends, your coworkers and especially your clients if you have a healing practice.
The Chinese believe that we are born with an elemental type that is a theme in our lives.
There are Five energies in the Universe. We have all Five Elements within us. However, one element is the guiding force in our life, from birth to death. That Element, the Chinese believe, is our curriculum and directs us to many life lessons. It signifies our greatest gifts and our deepest struggles.
We are energetic beings. We are powered by some invisible force, which is like electricity that makes us talk, walk, move, etc.
The way that the beings of this planet move through time and space are explained by Elemental Energies. Each of the Five Elements describes an Elemental Energetic type:
- Wood moves out and back, a thrusting motion, like a plant bursting through the ground in Spring and then putting out leaves, and then thrusting up again
- Fire moves up and down, like the flames of a fire
- Earth moves circularly, reaching out and enveloping with caring, like the smell of bread surrounding you
- Metal moves upward for a tiny bit and then falls away, like a leaf being lifted for a moment by an air current and then slowly falling to the ground
- Water moves forward like the forever-running, unstoppable river making its way home to the ocean
Each being on the planet (humans, animals, and plants alike) has all Five Element energetics present within them. However, the Chinese healers of ages old believed there is one predominant Element that from birth to death is the greatest influence on how each of us moves through life. It is your curriculum or lessons of life. It determines your greatest gifts and biggest struggles.
Leta first discovered The Five Elements when she began studying Chinese Medicine in the late 90s. From the moment she first discovered them, she declared... "Everyone needs to know this stuff!" She incorporates the Five Elements in her Alchemical Healing Practice as well as in her life. In 2004, Leta met and began studying with Master Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th-generation Taoist priest and Chinese Medicine healer. Master Yuen's body of knowledge is so profound that he regularly introduces concepts that challenge what even life-long masters thought they knew. In 2008, Leta successfully completed Master Yuen's Advanced Chinese Medicine Program. Leta still continues to travel the world and study Chinese Medicine and Alchemy with Master Yuen. It has been through the past 20 years with Master Yuen that Leta has begun to understand on a deeper level, some of the key aspects of Alchemy and Chinese Medicine. In 2019, Leta and Jaye created their first year-long Master Alchemy Program. And most recently, they launched the Alchemy Learning Center in 2020. Leta is the co-host of the popular Inspired Action Podcast.