The Four Elements: Allies of the Psyche

When the four elements–air, water, fire, and earth–are used as a framework for guided imagery, they help one’s ability to tune in to the different realms of consciousness. Visual and auditory images of the elements in nature consistently induce in people a greater harmony and integration. When the elements of the psyche and the elements of the planet (mind and nature), are reconnected as one in this visualization, people report a deepened sense of their own interconnectedness with their environment and with all life.

Which specific images and sounds of air, water, fire, and earth, can help you and your psyche?

Air
Images and sounds of air and winds, of clouds and winged creatures, triggered associations of the mental realm, the expansive and swiftly changing world of thoughts and ideas, of words and poems and songs.

Water
Images and sounds of the water element, of oceans, tides, sea creatures, waves, rivers, springs, lakes, and rain, often released powerful emotions and feeling memories, both positive and negative.

Fire
Images and sounds of fire energy, such as the sun, lightning, volcanoes, and electrical fields, were associated in people’s experiences with creativity, imagination, enthusiasm, vision, and intuition.

Earth
Images and sounds of the earth element, of rocks and mountains, land and forest, plants and minerals, induced associations of kinesthetic and somatic awareness, of sensory contact and pleasure, of solid and substantive form.

Adapted from Green Psychology, by Ralph Metzner, Ph.D. (Park Street Press, 1999). Copyright (c) 1999 by Ralph Metzner. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from Green Psychology, by Ralph Metzner, Ph.D. (Park Street Press, 1999).

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Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

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J.L. A.
JL A.4 years ago

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Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.4 years ago

I live far away from the sea, but I often visualize it as I look through the window.

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Robert O.
Robert O.5 years ago

Very interesting.

Julie F.
Julie F.6 years ago

very interesting