Once again, I share in the explorations of the Five Element Theory with acupuncturist Cheri Reidy. I learn that late summer is the Earth element, a time to harvest the abundance of what is provided. The Earth element is closely associated with the archetype of the Mother, or Mother Earth. It is the mother who feeds and sustains us.
I grow to understand that when I am balanced in the Earth element I feel secure in knowing that I have enough. I can stand in the center and comfortably hold all that is going on around me with a recognition that life is bountiful.
Trusting that I have enough, or am enough, is an ongoing practice. It is no simple task for me to be stay away from fearful walls built from feelings of scarcity. With trust I can keep grounded and am more able to support and nurture myself, then I can also give more easily to others.
The color of the Earth element is yellow. The odor associated with Earth is fragrant, while the sound is singing, and the emotion is sympathy.
Earth energy is also a time for community building and connecting with others. It was an amazing gift to be able to come together in the glorious heat of late summer to do our creative explorations. I hold this close to my heart, and will lean into the memory of this experience during times when I need to acknowledge that the harvest is rich.