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The Five Elements Of Tea

Let Earth nourish you into life.⁣

Let wood stoke the flames of your spirit ⁣

Let fire turn matter into metal⁣

True gold is born out of the hottest flame. ⁣

Let water turn your heart a vibrant emerald⁣

The life force that is most humbly malleable⁣

But also with such qualities ⁣

Emerge the strongest. ⁣

Let go and flow⁣

Like water like the Dao.⁣

Let not your soul calcify ⁣

To allow the gentle bends of the river of Dao.⁣

And when it all burns down⁣

Remember that these ashes shall nourish the soil of your soul again⁣

And one day you will rise again⁣

As inevitably as the tree that shall grow from the seeds that are sowed.⁣

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木生火生土生金生水⁣

ren fa di (人法地) 〰️ man follows the ways of Earth⁣

di fa tian (地法天) 〰️ Earth follows the ways of Heaven⁣

tian fa dao (天法道) 〰️ Heaven follows the ways of Tao⁣

dao fa zi ran (道法自然) 〰️ Tao follows its own ways as its inherent nature.⁣

~ Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu ⁣

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In the seven-week Circle starting in November, we shall be journeying upon the Way with a deeper understanding of the 5 elements through a true sense of the expression, "as above, so below". Nothing is separate. All leads back to the One - the Dao. This perspective may seem alien in today's highly dissected and overanalytical state of the world, but perhaps this returning to the Dao is therefore more needed now than ever.


Sign up now via link in my bio to join us on the Way of Tea.⁣

🕊〰️ JOURNEY ON CHA DAO ° POETRY, PRESENCE AND CONNECTION CIRCLE 〰️ doors are now open · a seven-week journey that takes place in the virtual space so you can be in any part of the world and still join in on this beautiful journey ⁣inspired by cloudwalking sages and mystics · ⁣⁣⁣

🍃 DM me to get an early bird code by end of today, after which the full price will resume. Registration closes October 26. Begins November 3. ⁣

➰ not ready for a full journey? book in for a private Tea Ceremony for a discovery experience, or join me on one of my virtual Tea Ceremonies. Links are also in my bio.

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