A different 5 elements framework
I’m not sure if this is within the scope of this forum, since it has to do with a different practice of the 5 elements – but I’m intrigued and did not think of a better place to ask my questions 🙂
I have recently come across Mingtong Gu’s Healing Sounds meditation, and was stunned to see a completely different approach to the 5 elements (well, maybe not completely different… let’s say significantly different!)
First, a brief introduction to Mingtong Gu. He has learned the practices from the Medicineless Hospital in China, and currently has a big center in Santa Fe, NM. His Healing Sounds meditation is very interesting, because he uses 3 different sounds for each element – for physical, emotional and spiritual aspects. His energy is amazing – completely Fire/Love, totally shining, don’t need to see him walk to assess his first element :).
Here are the things that totally intrigue and fascinate me, for which I would LOVE to understand the bigger picture:
<div>*He is doing the Healing Sounds practice in the reverse Control cycle direction (Fire – Water – Earth – Wood – Lung). Why would that be? I think of this cycle (perhaps from your teaching, Leta), as being a destructive one: Fire burns so hot that evaporates Water, Water overwhelms the Earth with floods, Earth destroys Wood through Earthquakes, etc (don’t have an equivalently vivid image for the Wood – Metal and Metal – Fire interaction). I get the sense that it has to do with destroying some physical, emotional or spiritual pathogens, but can’t put this in the bigger picture.
*He is seeing the Pancreas and Stomach as the Earth organs – these are Yang organs, and not Yin, like the organs associated with the other 4 elements. Moreover, the Pancreas is the element he sees as primary for Earth, when it does not even have a meridian, and is rarely mentioned in what I’ve seen so far. In addition, during the meditation, he brings in the Colon, traditionally associated with the Lung/Metal, and the Small Intestine, a Fire organ. He talks about all of these as the Digestive System which makes a lot of sense, but it is so different from other Qigong. To tell you the truth, this association is easy for me to see, easier than associating the Colon with the Lung and the Small Intestine with the Heart, which I struggled a lot to understand, but finally accepted and are ingrained in me.
*He is doing the Liver and Spleen together, associated with the Wood element, as the transformation organs. I can see that – but I’m struggling with dissociating the Spleen from Earth, and since I always add color in (even though he does not – at least in the very elementary things that I’ve seen), it gets very confusing during the actual practice.
All that being said, the practice is wonderful, and the sounds incredibly powerful – so I get into my body and let go of any worries. But I am convinced that there is a way to integrate his approach with the more common 5 element framework.
Leta, or anyone else – do you have any insights? Of course, if you think this is an appropriate topic for discussion for this forum!