Wu Xing (The 5 Elements)
The 5 Element or the Five Phase paradigm of Chinese Wu Xing thought has its origins dating back more than 3000 years. This way of viewing the world has influenced many lines of thought including Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. The theory of the Five Elements is the fundamental study of the changeable nature of all formative phenomena in the Universe.
The 5 Elements of Nature, Life, Universe
The Five Element Wu Xing theory classifies all phenomena by 5 Traditional Phases which are represented by the natural elements of Wood (Mu), Fire (Huo), Earth (Tui), Metal (Jin) and Water (Shui) this theory emphasizes patterns, qualities, and process rather than form, matter or events. It is important to understand in the Wu Xing philosophy that although there appear to be five different phases, each phase is an important part of the process that makes a dynamic Whole.
Five Elements Emotional Personality
The Five Element Wu Xing theory is a qualitative elaboration on the Chinese classical theoretical study of Yin and Yang. A simple example of his would be the understanding that there are in reality only two Seasons, Winter being Yin in nature and Cooler than its equal Yang, Summer and that is Hotter in comparison. Spring and Autumn could then be seen as merely transitional phases of both Yin and Yang becoming each other. The 5 element theory draws an elaborate web of qualitative patterned observations relating to the processes of Yin and Yangs transformations from the microcosm to the macrocosm. When applied to the Human realm of existence we can begin to view and understand the environmental, emotional and physical factors that pattern a road leading to
Applying this system to our Human experience and existence allows us to understand the principles and processes toward a Happier Healthier life for ourselves, our families and our wider communities.