Today’s parents have a bit more on their plates as far as ensuring things go well for their children, and for the future of our humankind. Many of these issues have to do with the ever-new technologies that are youth are attracted to. While we all tend to love technologies new gizmos, conveniences and speedy flow of information and entertainment, they come with a downside.
One comes from all those eye-candied, attention-grabbing screens in our lives. Their constant stimulation to our children and to us make everyone numb to the slower, deeper, and often quieter stimulations of the world – “the natural” – or even one’s own quiet thinking. Something about the ubiquitous presence of these screens feels overbearing and out of balance to more and more people today.
Is there a way to remedy this situation we’ve got ourselves into? Four Element Thinking says yes, there is. Much can be gained when we draw the four elements into the discussion.
While there will be those who speak about the need for a return to religious values or better educational systems to help our children navigate our present time, the four elements offer something more expansive, holistic and wholistic that we can tap into.
Holistic in the sense that what is happening to our children is an expression of what is happening to our culture in general. And wholistic in that we need to look at the whole picture to see the energetics behind the breakdown of that important third cosmic principle, Balance, in ourselves and our children.
As we have been discovering, the four elements of Nature help us understand the primal principles that must be maintained in some manner of balance – precarious or elegant as the case may be. In other words, all the cosmic ideals and positive forces of life that we want our children to be able to tap into and use for their personal development, are anchored in what Nature helps us to see as its Fire, Air, Water and Earth elements. A point not to be missed is that because these elements are so real to us, with just a bit of code-breaking knowledge, their underlying principles make us aware of what we need to balance in ourselves and our children.
As we explore childhood development in this ancient context we’ll gain insights on how to raise our Johnny and Sue – and even to help ourselves move beyond the developmental weak-links we each may have been dealing with since our own youth.