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Nature Art, Feng Shui & the Five Elements

Nature art and landscapes help to create comforting and peaceful interiors for homes and offices. Nature art has been shown to speed recovery, lower heart rates and assist in emotional and psychological wellness. Nature art combines well with principles in feng shui and the system of the five elements of nature. 

Studies have demonstrated that nature scenes foster stress recovery by eliciting positive responses in blood pressure and muscle tension. In many cultures, landscapes are endowed with religious and philosophical meaning. For example, mountains are often symbols or strength, endurance and spirituality.

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Springtime in the Mountains by Kathleen Karlsen
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Nature Art and the Five Element System

Nature art and landscapes help to create comforting and peaceful interiors for homes and offices. Nature art has been shown to speed recovery, lower heart rates and assist in emotional and psychological wellness. Nature art combines well with principles in feng shui and the system of the five elements of nature. 

The five-element system is an ancient Eastern healing system focused on the transformation of energy from water to wood to fire to earth to metal. These five elements can be used to classify forces in nature, types of artwork, types of food and more!

Natural element systems describe the relationship between different energies and phenomena in the world around us. Many traditional cultures categorize various aspects of life according to a system of natural elements. Finding your natural element compatibility can help you to create an environment that is the most supportive and healing for yourself and those around you.

Most people have affinity for a combination of natural elements. Knowing your natural element affinity can help you to adjust various aspects in your life for greater harmony. For example, if you feel cold and sluggish, you may want more of the fire element in the artwork around you. Images of the sun could be a good option. See Sun & Moon Art.

Nature Art & the 5 Elements

Nature Art and Feng Shui

The five-element form of feng shui classifies various aspects of interior design according to their relationship to the predominant forces in nature. The Chinese five element system views wood, fire, earth, metal and water as the primary natural elements.

Homes and interior decorative objects may be balanced through it with one or more of the five elements in the following ways: using the actual element for construction (i.e. wood), using something that is symbolic of the element (i.e. fountain) and using colors or shapes representing the element.

The five-element system of feng shui is both a philosophical and practical approach to assessing human wellness on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. This unique classification system helps to explain patterns of behavior and how our own energy levels mirror the transformational cycles in the natural world.

By analyzing your compatibility with the five elements-wood, fire, water, earth, and metal-you can determine excesses or deficiencies in these energies in your personality and your surroundings. Understanding the five elements and balancing them through the use of this can thereby increase your vitality. Let’s examine the five basic types of energy.

Universal Fire Symbolic Art

Universal Fire by Kathleen Karlsen
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Nature Art and the Fire Element

Fire energy is characterized by its ability to give off warmth and attract others. Predominately “fire” types place a great deal of emphasis on interpersonal relationships. According to five element feng shui, they are romantic and idealistic, enthusiastic and emotional.

Fire energy is the energy of life, represented by sunshine, warm-blooded animals and people. To strengthen your fire energy, art including people and animals is appropriate. On the other hand, if you tend to be overly excited and overly dependent on relationships with others, fire energy can be balanced by emphasizing the other four elements, especially water.

A fortunate Wind Painting with Ocean and Ship

A Fortunate Wind by Kathleen Karlsen
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Nature Art and the Water Element

Water has the ability to change effortlessly without losing its essential character. In five element feng shui, water types are resourceful and single-minded, flowing over problems like a river. Water types also have the ability to pool their resources to be in a position of strength when opportunities arises.

The art that is useful for strengthening the water element depicts rivers, waterfalls or the ocean. Any design with asymmetrical, flowing shapes or curved lines is representative of water. To bring water symbolism into your environment, choose art incorporating glass, crystals, fountains or mirrors.

Tree Symbolism and Flower Meaning in Art

My Favorite Spot by Kathleen Karlsen
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Nature Art and the Earth Element

The earth element is able to absorb excesses of the other elements. Earth personalities are forgiving and compassionate. Earth types are wonderful friends and great listeners. Earth types have an affinity for ceramics, tile, stucco, bricks and adobe. To strengthen earth energy, use depictions of deserts, fields, and farms.

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Forest Walk by Kathleen Karlsen
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Nature Art and the Wood Element

Wood energy is constantly in motion, driven to grow and expand like the green shoots bursting forth in spring. A person with a predominantly “wood” personality seeks new challenges and adventures.

Wood personalities tend to be competitive, bold, direct and ambitious. If you desire to strengthen the qualities of wood in your personality, the most appropriate art would include landscapes, florals, and gardens.

Silver and Gold Nature Art Metal Element

Silver and Gold by Kathleen Karlsen
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Nature Art and the Metal Element

Metal is characterized by exceptional strength and endurance. According to the traditions of feng shui, people with metal as their predominant compatibility are disciplined and strong-willed. Metal types are often creative and seek to out picture the highest aspirations of life in their work and art. To strengthen metal energy, chose images that include majestic mountains that are firmly grounded but reaching towards the heavens.

Achieving balance through five element feng shui is a matter of emphasizing one or more elements for an intended purpose. Each of the five elements support or nourish each other in some way and can also limit or control each other in other ways.

Creating your own personal paradise in your surroundings with an appropriate balance of the five elements will help to create in a strong foundation for increased happiness and success in all areas of your life.

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Author and Artist Kathleen Karlsen

Kathleen Karlsen is a musician, artist, writer and speaker. She is the author of two books (Flower Symbols and Vocal Medicine) and over 200 articles. Kathleen, her husband Andrew and their five children live in Bozeman, Montana. More about Kathleen Karlsen.

Kathleen Karlsen’s Books

Vocal Medicine reveals Kathleen Karlsen’s personal journey and years of research into mantras, chanting and kirtan. Learn more about using mantras and singing to invigorate your life! Explore the chakras and the impact of sound in every area of your life. 

Flower Symbols by Kathleen Karlsen features fascinating information about the folklore of the world’s most beloved flowers. Flowers accompany us in nearly every major event in life. This book is a perfect gift for every flower lover in your life! 

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Nature Art Article Summary

Nature art has been shown to speed recovery, lower heart rates and assist in emotional and psychological wellness. Nature art brings in all of the elements of nature. These elements have been seen as fundamental in many cultures. Elements include fire, air, water, earth and wind or space. Balancing an environment through these elements can create a positive and uplifting interior for inhabitants.

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