Earth, Water, Fire & Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit
Discover the elemental approach to spirituality—keys to self-healing and re-connection to the earth.
"When we explore and savor and interact with these elements, we are both remembering a primal connection and forging it anew. Welcome, then, to this travel guide for a journey with a particular purpose: connecting with the elements that are so basic and universal to all of us. We will look at the many ways that different faiths have danced with earth, water, fire, and air throughout history, coming to a deeper appreciation of each way's uniqueness and a greater respect for one another’s paths, at the same time remembering the commonality of our human beginnings."
—from the Preface
The root of human spirituality is grounded in four elements—earth, water, fire and air. They are common to all people and almost every spiritual path; they are the keys to our understanding of Spirit; and they can help you achieve personal fulfillment and re-connection with others.
This inspiring guidebook explains the role of the elements in different faith traditions and how they’ve been incorporated into religious practices and ceremonies. You will be encouraged to explore your own spiritual connection to the elements through engaging activities, enlightening meditations and evocative poems and prayers.
Earth, Water, Fire & Air is a celebration of how all people are connected by the elements. You will come away with a deeper relationship to others, your own spirit, and this sacred planet.
You can’t help but be drawn into the elemental approach to spirituality detailed in these pages. Identifying the four basic elements as humanity’s first ways of knowing Spirit and reminding us of their value for spiritual nourishment, Earth, Water, Fire & Air reveals our human interconnectedness and offers a fascinating look at element-based symbols, traditions and ceremonies.
Explore the spiritual traditions that have incorporated the elements into their practices, including:
Buddhism • Christianity • Earth-honoring paths • Hinduism • Islam • Judaism
Creative activity suggestions serve to enrich our spiritual relationship with each element—both individually and in community with others—and to help us discover how deeply nourishing it can be to live in an elemental way.