The space element welcomes expansiveness and endless possibilities in our lives. It’s within the nothingness where we come to understand we are more than the physical body, more than our daily reality, that we are part of something bigger than us.
This is the most subtle of the five elements and most difficult to grasp. We cannot see it, feel it, touch it, but we can sense it. This is the element that exists in relationship to other the elements earth, water, fire and air, giving them a place to exist. In essence, space is emptiness.
What comes to mind when you think of the element space?
Most of us probably think first of outer space, that elusive area where thousands of lights twinkle. The cosmos is a place we have never been, though we have been told it is where everything floats, no gravity exists, and time is measured by lightyears, not by days.
Our physical body exists for 99.99% of empty space. When you look at the body (and everything in our universe) on a microscopic level, you can see that matter is a composition of atoms. If you enlarge an atom to the size of a watermelon the nucleus, of which the atom is composed of, are too small to detect with the naked eye, the atom being just empty space.
Space is observed beyond our sensory perception of hearing, tasting, touching and smelling. It is that what we can sense, thereby driving our intuition and inner wisdom.
What are the qualities of such the cosmos?
How do I know when space is out of balance?
An excess of space can give you a sense emptiness, having an out-of-body experience and feeling ungrounded. Not being actively present in your reality and not connecting to the people around you. This can give a sense of isolation and misunderstanding. You might experience a deep sense you are not belonging, of not being from here. A lack of the space element causes the opposite giving a sensation of feeling stuck in your daily reality and thought processes.
What qualities does space bring to my life?
Space is the expansiveness and unlimited possibilities. So it allows you to tap into your true potential embracing the joy of the unknown. Being a part of life without experiencing any resistance. Deeply connected to your consciousness, spirituality and your strong intuition. It allows you to be open and free. To travel beyond ourselves, giving us a deep understanding of wholeness and the wisdom of the universe. This drives our intuition and thought processes. When space is in balance you find it easy to hold and sustain the other elements so welcoming the qualities of earth, fire, water and air into your existence.
How do I connect to space?
Practice mental and physical stillness. It is the short pause between your breaths, the space between two thoughts, the physical space you are in, the stillness in-between the sounds, and the pause between movement. Connect to space by observing the lack of the elements: cold because it lacks the heat of the fire, dry because it lacks the moisture of water, still because it lacks the movement of air, light because it lacks the heaviness of earth.
By practising awareness in any way that resonates with you, you can find stillness. For example, in meditation practising the undisturbed mind, in yoga the space between the movements and the breath, or in energy work where you notice the hands of the practitioner working with your body and mind, without them being physically present. An interesting exercise is to rub your hands one against the other. Hold them in front of each other, observing the space in between the hands. Then take one hand away while still being aware of the space that is in front of the hand. Can you sense the space?
In this meditation, we will connect to emptiness, stillness and expansiveness around and within us. This allows us to let all boundaries fade away, connect to our inner wisdom and welcome the endless possibilities of life.
On my mind....