Posted by: wellness training services | October 15, 2012

Elemental Personality Theory – Part 3: The earth element

Elemental Personality Theory – Part 3: The earth element

When we work with the energies of the EARTH element, we are dealing with the development of our conscious connection to the planet. Through a sense of order and the use of reason, awareness of the finite material world is provided

When dealing with our place on Earth, the personality is dealing with its relationship to the opposing forces of fear versus safety, or how secure we feel with others in the world. When issues around security are not dealt with, we will continue to be offered opportunities for breakthrough, breakdown, or breaking with “the old.”

Our work with the EARTH element also addresses our connections to our original family and their authority over us. Emotions may surface that relate to our fear of not getting fair treatment. Lacking trust in people leads us to need to over-control. If, on the other hand, we feel too secure in our world, we tend to get complacent. Here we expect that things are the way we think they should be because that is the way they have always been. We become too set in our ways and reduce our ability to be flexible and adaptable to an ever-changing world.

I recall one engineering firm that I did some training for about twenty years ago when the old established firms had the lead in their industries just because they were established and had longstanding recognition of being good at what they did. However, times were changing: More engineering firms were showing up, and now not only did the companies have to be technically good, but customer service and friendliness were becoming just as important—even more important—than historical reputation. In other words, clients were demanding not just technical competency, but friendly, fast, and fair service.

We tend to gravitate to occupations that suit our natural tendencies. Engineering is an occupation that draws on mechanical skills and “constructive” methods, and that traditionally does not require the honing of social skills—unlike, for example, an occupation in sales, which requires a high degree of social-skills development. One engineer said to me that he felt that taking customers out to lunch was like “kissing ass.” He did not approve of it, nor did he enjoy it.

I showed the group of about one hundred engineers how their personality profiles compared with statistics on typical profiles of engineers. Their profiles matched and fell into the same categories: first preference, physical; second preference, mental; and least preference, social. No one was surprised, and many felt that the social side was not all that important and in some ways childish. The president, however, said that the information I had shared was exactly what he was looking for, and in his closing remarks to the group addressed the subject of complacency. His basic message was: “We cannot stand on past laurels. Times have changed, and complacency is the worst inner sense to have because it prevents you from learning, growing, striving, and ultimately evolving.”

To develop discernment, we need to confront our fears. Ask yourself: “What are the things I am afraid of?” By bringing our fears to the surface, we can look at them and gather the feedback required to address them responsibly. You then can ask yourself: “What can I do to address my fears and achieve a secure place in the world while nurturing and protecting the resources of my community?”

Stay awake, aware, and alert and strive to lead a well-tempered life – a life that possesses both hardiness and flexibility.  The good news is that once you are awake, it’s hard to go to sleep again, but if you do, do it on purpose and prepare yourself for the consequences.







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