‘In Tibetan culture, the five elements – earth, water, fire, air and space- are considered to be the substance of all things and processes. The study of their interactions permeates Tibetan thought. An understanding of the elements forms the basis of medicine, astrology, the calendar and psychology and it underlies the spiritual traditions od shamanism, tantra and Dzogchen.’
Healing With Form, Energy And Light by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
In the shamanic worldview of Tibet, the five elements of earth, water, fire, air, and space are accessed through the raw powers of nature and through non-physical beings associated with the natural world. In the Tibetan tantric view the elements are recognized as five kinds of energy in the body and are balanced with a program of yogic movements, breathing exercises, and visualizations. In these Dzogchen teachings the elements are understood to be the radiance of being and are accessed through pure awareness. Healing with Form, Energy, and Light by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche offers the reader healing meditations and yogic practices on each of these levels. Tenzin Rinpoche’s purpose is to strengthen our connection to the sacred aspect of the natural world and to present a guide that explains why certain practices are necessary and in what situations practices are effective or a hindrance.
In The Trauma of Everyday Life psychiatrist and author of Thoughts Without a Thinker Mark Epstein uncovers the transformational potential of trauma, revealing how it can be used for the mind’s own development. Epstein finds throughout that trauma, if it doesn’t destroy us, wakes us up to both our minds’ own capacity and to the suffering of others. Trauma is an indivisible part of life and can be used as a tool for growth and an ever deeper understanding of change. When we regard trauma with this perspective, understanding that suffering is universal and without logic, our pain connects us to the world on a more fundamental level. Guided by the Buddha’s life as a profound example of the power of trauma, Epstein’s also closely examines his own experience and that of his psychiatric patients to help us all understand that the way out of pain is through it.