Ten reflections on my first twenty posts

‘Fire Up Water Down: An exploration of the elements’ was launched on the first day of autumn in the southern hemisphere, five months ago to this day. Now well into winter, we have been experiencing very elemental weather with wild winds, torrential rain, thunder, lightning and pounding seas. Something to be appreciated with awe and wonder.

With twenty posts under my belt it seemed timely to reflect on the variety of topics covered so far, the lessons learnt and what to expect in the future. The photos accompanying the post capture some of the special elemental places I have had the privilege to visit and experience. I hope that you get as much enjoyment from them as I have and that they reflect what an amazing world we live in.

The beautiful shape and presence of Kata-Tjuta on the horizon, a sacred site for Indigenous Australians

The beautiful shape, colours and presence of Kata-Tjuta on the horizon, central Australia. This is a sacred site for Indigenous Australians who consider Earth to be the primary element, according to some authors

At this point I could have either written reams, or try and get my impressions across in short(ish) hand. I decided to take the latter route. If you’d like more detail you can let me know!

So here goes:

Reflection 1: Blogging has been really rewarding. I’m learning a lot about the intuitive elements and been able to share it with a global audience. I’ve also come across some fantastic blogs and bloggers that have helped with my explorations. It has opened a whole new world.

Reflection 2: So far my posts have focused on the elements in Asia, particularly China (e.g. Wu Xing, Zodiac), India and Japan (six-pointed star). This is partially because I spent 3 weeks in Japan in May where I posted along the way, but also because the elements have been expressed in these cultures for millennia, and still are. Many of these ideas have been exported to the West in recent times.

Sacred Koyosan, a place of stone and towering forests - the home of the Shingon Buddhist Sect and the six elements, Japan

Sacred Koyosan, a place of stone and towering forests – the home of the Shingon Buddhist Sect and the six elements, Japan

Reflection 3: There have been a number of posts related to fire and water so far, reflecting the title of this blog. This hasn’t been intentional, it’s just that these two elements get a lot of attention in the elemental world. The themes of energy and essence in relation to the elements threads its way through my explorations even more.

Reflection 4: There have been lots of surprises along the way. The biggest and most impactful has been learning about the depth and breadth of the ‘five great’ elements in India; I was also unaware that Oxfam used an elemental framework for their work or that Jung spent many years studying alchemy. And I’ll never look at my hands the same way again. No doubt there are more surprises and synchronicities to come.

Reflection 5: Talking about alchemy, my post ‘Alchemy is in the Air’ has received the most views and the most likes so far. It’s interesting to ponder why. I try not to get caught up with the stats about the blog, although I do enjoy seeing where people who look at the posts live on our planet.  Being able to do so was another pleasant surprise. It makes you feel more connected.

Reflection 6: Exploring the intuitive elements is such as large and inter-connected subject that so far the posts have only touched the tip of the iceberg. There are many topics that I have said I would follow up in more detail. This will happen as the blog develops. I knew from the start that I had years of material to work with! Now the extent of it is starting to sink in. That is both exhilarating and a little bit scary!

Travelling along this fjord in Greenland at midnight was truly magical

Travelling along this fjord in Greenland at midnight was magical and very elemental. This was the calm before the storm. When we got into open waters I learnt the meaning of ‘confused seas’ first hand!

Reflection 7: There are also many topics that I haven’t introduced yet such as the elemental wisdom of Native Americans (south and north) or Africans; the fascinating subject of Vastu Shastra (the Indian equivalent of Feng Shui) and the intriguing links between Goethe, other well-known people, and the elements. At times I would like to write about everything at once. Not possible! I’m learning that patience really is a virtue.

A visitor to Ollantaytambo, in the Sacred Valley of Peru, absorbing the energy there

A visitor to Ollantaytambo, an Inca site in the Sacred Valley near Cusco, absorbing the energy there. The link between the shamans of Peru and the elements is still to be explored.

Fajada Butte at the entrance to Chaco Canyon, an important Native American site in New Mexico, USA

Fajada Butte at the entrance to Chaco Canyon, an important Native American site in New Mexico, USA. The elements are incorporated into the medicine wheel used by Native Americans.

Reflection 8: It was exciting receiving my first comment from someone I didn’t know personally! (I love getting comments from friends and family too of course). It gives you confidence that what you are writing is of interest and use to others in the universe, as well as to yourself. Having people follow your blog provides a useful incentive and discipline to post on a regular basis.

Reflection 9: On the technical side of things, WordPress has been a good platform to work with – my main challenge there has been working out how to effectively use the App when travelling. That’s something I’m still figuring out. I’ve still got much to learn about taking photos of books without shadows as well!

Reflection 10: Joining the blogging community has been an enriching experience and has helped crystalise ideas about the intuitive elements that might otherwise still be in my head. Who knows where it will lead? Come on this journey with me to find out.

2 thoughts on “Ten reflections on my first twenty posts

  1. Your post this week is such a thoughtful reflection on your exploration of the elements so far. It is inspiring to see how, in sharing one’s passion, it is possible to learn more about ourselves and our world and, through blogging, be able to share it with the wider community. You have chosen a fascinating area and I look forward to learning more, both through your research and your travels!

    • Thanks for your comments. As more pieces of the jigsaw puzzle fit together I would like to delve deeper into the idea of the collective unconsciousness. This is where the elements seem to intuitively fit. It’s a subject I need to learn more about though – perhaps a different concept altogether will be needed!

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