Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree – Martin Luther –
From a spiritual dimension, everything has purpose and meaning.
When we look at the coronavirus or Covid-19 crisis from the perspective of the Five Elements, the metal element comes into play.
Covid-19 is attacking us where we are most vulnerable
We are seeing that the virus is spreading especially fast through contact and touch between humans with most of the deaths caused by an infection of the lung.
The metal element represents the body organs of the lung and large intestine on a physical level. They find expression in the nose, the breathing aspect, and the skin – the sense that we go into contact with our external world. The virus is ignoring boundaries of nations, ethnicity and religion. We are all in this together as a human race.
The insidious nature of the virus is that it is attacking us at the very essence of our behavior patterns. We greet each other with our hands as a gesture of politeness and friendship. We hug and kiss the people we love. We touch hands when we give comfort.
A time for introspection during lockdown?
The metal element moves the body energies inward. This element represents the season of autumn when nature itself starts contracting. It reaches completion with the water element with plant life withdrawing into the roots and animals going into hibernation.
On the emotional level when the Element Metal is weakened we go into grief. Grief is much about the sadness about that which was and is no more. Our very world has changed and will never be the same. There is much grief, sadness and fear (fear is the emotion of the water element) over that which has changed in our world and is no more.
Humanity has broken the code of nature
Our skin, which is the outer expression of the large intestine, is about setting and accepting boundaries whether we choose or deny body contact and what we inhale and exhale in energy around us. What we inhale we become. What are we inhaling in negative thoughts, news, and distractions? How much have we broken the code of nature in exploiting and destroying our own and the life systems of other living beings?
Moving from grief into courage
Metal energy that is in balance has courage. Despite the fear, anxiety and melancholy sadness we are seeing many people rediscovering community. Health workers are working tirelessly to help others. Groups are helping to do the shopping for the elderly. Courage is facing the truth of the moment and regaining control. We don’t have control over the external circumstances but we have control over our reactions to them. Staying in the moment is the big challenge. It is acknowledging what is happening in the world, acknowledging our fears, our grief, and sadness, then to transmute those emotions into courage.
Reino Gevers – Author, Mentor, and Consultant