Cultural Intelligence:

Balance

The Five Basic Elements of the Universe

Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood

By: Vadim Kotelnikov

Founder, Ten3 Business e-Coach Inspiration, Achievement, Innovation and Happiness unlimited!

 

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"Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony."

~ Sparky Thomas Merton

 

The Five Basic Elements of the Universe Five Basic Elements of the Universe

The Affinity Relationships Between Five Elements

  1. Water can help tree (Wood) grow

  2. Wood can help Fire to burn

  3. Fire can help to produce dust (Earth)

  4. Earth can help mineral (Metal) to form

  5. Metal can hold Water

The Enmity Relationships Between Five Elements

  1. Water quenches Fire

  2. Fire melts Metal

  3. Metal chops Wood

  4. Wood parts Earth

  5. Earth absorbs Water

 

 

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The Five Basic Elements in Ancient China

The Five Basic Elements are Fire, Earth, Water, Metal, and Wood. According to the ancient Chinese belief, those are the basic elements of the universe and everything in our world is a compound of the five elements. These elements are understood as different types of energy in a state of constant interaction and flux with one another.

 

The Five Elements do not only mean Fire, Earth, Water, Metal, and Wood. They also mean Movement, Change, and Development. They are changing, moving, waning, and expanding all the time.

Searching for Balance

The most important of all is the balance of all five elements.
The movements of five elements are stable and predictable when they are in balance, and vice versa. When you are in a stable five-element environment, and everything is under control, you live peacefully and feel lucky. When you are in an unpredictable environment, you feel bad luck and are easily out of control. Bring your five elements into balance if you want to be a lucky person.

Relationships Between Five Elements

There are affinity and enmity relationships between five elements.

The affinity relationship means generating, supporting, helping, producing, etc.

The enmity relationship means destroying, overcoming, etc.

There are also two cycles of imbalance, an overacting cycle and an insulting cycle.

The Classification of Things According to the Theory of the Five Elements

Five Elements

Human Organs

Sense Organs

Emotions

Season

Growth & Development

Color

Taste

Wood

Liver

Eye

Anger

Spring

Germination

Green

Sour

Fire

Heart

Tongue

Joy

Summer

Growth

Red

Bitter

Earth

Spleen

Mouth

Worry

Late Summer

Transformation

Yellow

Sweet

Metal

Lung

Nose

Grief

Autumn

Reaping

White

Pungent

Water

Kidney

Ear

Fear

Winter

Storing

Black

Salty

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Business Classification According to the Theory of the Five Elements

Five Elements

Company

Organization

Innovation

Selling

Wood

Innovation

Capabilities

Ideas

Value innovation

Fire

Purpose

Leadership

Challenge

Customer Care

Earth

Organization

Culture

Inspired people

Creating Customer Value

Metal

Processes

Empowered Employees

Innovation System

Marketing and Selling

Water

Selling

Performance Management

Learning

Studying Customer Needs