More than the sum of its parts
By Marian Connor
I was thinking, it’s done, you have them all now, all 8 Elements with which to create alchemy, to manifest positive change by being mindful on your actions and thoughts.
How we feel about ourselves and what we are willing to take actions on usually fit into a sliding scale. At one end you are smug, you may feel your life is pretty damn good, no need to attend to anything, no adjustments required for serendipity, just coasting along on the breeze, nothing’s going to change or ruin your flow, lucky you, tra la la.
At the other end you are desperate, your circumstances at present are overwhelming, you often feel despair, most days are just too heavy, it’s all you can do to find the energy to function let alone nourish yourself, move and laugh, I mean what’s to laugh about?
And in the middle you plod along. Nothing too terrible, nothing too exciting, just middlish, not enthused enough to take any action, well no that’s not true, maybe you will half heartedly start a gratitude journal, at least you can do that sitting down. Yep you sure can, in fact you could spend the rest of your life on your arse, half heartedly musing on the elements and there might be something easy you can tease out to show willing.
“It is not enough to have knowledge one must also apply it. It is not enough to have wishes, one must also accomplish.”
At particular points in our lives we have all been these people, smug, desperate and plodding and perhaps we will be them again because one of the wonders of life is that it is an amorphous process, it’s a shape shifter, nothing stays the same and in order to get what we require from the cornucopia presented to us we need to be flexanimous, adaptable, willing to apply ourselves and in doing so can make smug more generous, desperate less painful and plodding a route to something greater. Being healthy and being happy is there for all of us we need to believe it and work towards it.
“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life.”
Of course there are many things beyond our control.
I cannot be taller
I cannot be 20 years younger
I cannot regain wasted time
I cannot erase those things I wish I hadn’t said
But I can take action from now, from this very moment, to change what’s ahead of me and so can you.
You can use the 8 Elements as a springboard to begin considering how you want to look, feel and live. By making a start, changing one thing, just one thing, alchemy can begin.
When you’re ready you will dip into another element, and another, and all these small efforts will begin to benefit your life and together they become more than the sum of their parts. They are transformative. No action is taken in isolation everything is part of the whole, the whole you, the whole universe.
“That which is below corresponds to that which is above and that which is above corresponds to that which is below to accomplish the miracle of the one thing.”
The Emerald Tablet to Hermes Trismegistus
I know I will never be taller or younger but I can feel lofty and youthful, call me delusional but it will be my reality.
I will not regain wasted time but I can squeeze a whole lot of life out of the years ahead of me.
I cannot swallow those things that were best not said but my words will be more considered, perhaps a little more generous and all the more powerful for it.
Creating a happier healthier life is not the domain of other people, upgrading and extending our living experience is for everyone, that means you. Take another look at the 8 Elements use them as motivation, pick one, start somewhere, do something bold and let the magic begin.
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
If we have whet your appetite for further discovery, keep in mind that we create interactive experiential workshops and events embracing the 8 elements, exploring a myriad of ways to enhance your happiness and health. Oh yes and let’s not forget these are beautifully packaged with individually created accoutrements for your delectation. All delivered by us, in a delicious way.
If you haven’t already read our ‘The Alchemy of 8’ and the 8 Elements, why not check them out.
Image Tile/Header– Cherub and Sum, Astrology and Astronomy, Dover Publications
Hand Images – Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae 1775 from the Wellcome Library, London
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