Awake in the World

Awake in the World

Celebrating Nature and the Five Elements the Balinese Way

Without the five elements of earth, air, fire, water and ether, there would be no physical life as we know it. All things and beings manifested on Earth are made up of these five elements. When we respect nature and acknowledge how deeply intertwined with it we are, a sense of reverence and gratitude grows. Here in Bali with hot springs, sea air, beautiful red and green helonconia flowers and frangipani, the role of the elements is evident in everyday life. The huts are made with thatched roofs. Belts are made from coconut and twine. Water flows abundantly into the rice fields bringing ample harvests. Rooms stand open to the elements. Stars are visible overhead, and a sea filled with red, yellow and green corals and an array of fish in many forms.


Fivelements in Bali, Indonesia

The five elements infused with sparks of the divine take on all the forms we see and experience in nature and in everyday life. All is God. All is Divine. All is from the same source and the same five elements. As much as we focus on the beautiful or ugly differences, in essence we are all the same.

As you go through your day make it a spiritual practice to note what unites rather than what divides. Even though we’re of shared elements and essence, some things and people are better kept at a distance. Discernment and respect of the five elements will bring a deeper appreciation of life and a balance to nature.


Bio: Debra Moffitt is author of Awake in the World: 108 Practices to Live a Divinely Inspired Life. A visionary and teacher, she’s devoted to nurturing the spiritual in everyday life. She leads workshops on spiritual practices at the Sophia Institute and other venues in the U.S. and Europe. Her mind/body/spirit articles, essays and stories appear in publications around the globe and were broadcast by BBC World Services Radio. She has spent over fifteen years practicing meditation, working with dreams and doing spiritual practices. Visit her online at

Previous Posts

Discovering You're Enough with a Leap of Perception
If you’re feeling hemmed in and know that there’s much more to you than what you’re currently experiencing but don’t know quite how to access it, then “Leap of Perception,” by Penney Peirce deserves a read. Penney wrote about working ...

posted 10:16:51am Sep. 18, 2013 | read full post »

How Joy Finds Us: Interview with Mark Nepo
The things we need arrive at the right time, and so it has been with Mark Nepo and his work. For those of us on a spiritual path, Mark’s writings possess the power to immediately move us into connection with a subtle and powerful awareness at ...

posted 9:42:16am Jul. 16, 2013 | read full post »

Hot Rituals to Celebrate the Summer Solstice
Can you feel the excitement in the air? The days are hot and sunny, and summer officially begins this week on June 21st. It’s the longest day and the shortest night in the Northern hemisphere. I love this day. In the South of France it’s ...

posted 7:27:32am Jun. 20, 2013 | read full post »

When Spirit Moves Us Out of Our Comfort Zone to Grow
Stepping onto the spiritual path isn’t all peace and roses. It pushes us into a place that moves us beyond our usual comfort zone. As we attune to the highest within us and listen to inner guidance, that guidance sometimes pushes us to try new ...

posted 8:04:01am Jun. 18, 2013 | read full post »

When Life Races By Replace Stress and Anxiety with Gentle Awareness
Even though I’m a seasoned traveler I still get stressed before trips. It’s not big jitters, just a general anxiety about: 1) Did I pack everything? 2) Will my travel connections go smoothly? And 3) What about the unexpected? Movement brings ...

posted 5:26:35am May. 28, 2013 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.