What is meant by 1 TMC of water

The element WASSER / SHUI

The assignments to the 5 elements: Element WASSER / SHUI

In the eighth part of the series of articles on “The teaching of the 5 elements”, the 5 elements are explained in detail. The element water, Chinese "SHUI" has a dissolving effect on structures: "The soft overcomes the hard." You can find an overview of all the articles in this series under “Surf tips on the subject of >> 5 elements <<“. (nk)

The forces of winter produce the moon in the sky, the cold and the water on the earth, and the kidneys and the marrow in man. (NEIJINGSUWEN)


Stage of development:Death and renewal, passage, knowledge
Time of day:night
Compass direction:North
Climatic factor:Cold / HAN
Colour:black; (dark) blue; transparent (water-clear)
Taste:The salty quality invigorates the water; Salts come from the water and promote the growth of the wood.
Sensory organ "opener":ear
ZANGFU / Organ functional groups:Kidney / SHEN and urinary bladder / PANGGUANG

Energy (element WATER / SHUI)
Harmonious aspect in the element of water
How does additional YANG affect the element water?
How does additional YIN affect the element water?
Spiritual qualities in the element of water: WILLE / ZHI
Child development endangered by
Stealing and releasing energy in the element water
How are fears expressed in the element of water?


YIN in YIN: The YIN of heaven affects the YIN of the earth.

The element water has a tendency to flow downwards. It has a dissolving effect on structures in the sense of “The soft overcomes the hard.” The dissolving, dissolving of structures initially appears as a state of apparent closure, a standstill in development or even solidification. Indeed, it is a passage between expansion (YANG) and contraction (YIN). To that extent it also relates to death and renewal.

Harmonious aspect in the element of water

In the element water, the maximum resting state of the seasonal cycle has been reached. In winter, the YIN in YIN, all creatures of nature withdraw into the deepest interior as a result of cold and numbness. Hibernation, retreat into the roots and survival only as seeds characterize this period of time. What looks like the end of a development is actually a quiet wait for a new beginning. In humans, the entry into the element of water is analogous to winter sleep in nature, connected with one's own dream consciousness and, in further development, even with deep consciousness (104). Particularly in hibernation, when it appears to be dying off, willpower is necessary as an important property of the element water. Because in the harmonious aspect of water the will to live paired with empathy and sensitivity is meant and not the rough “will to assert”. The joyful life of sexuality is an essential aspect of the harmoniously lived element of water. By dissolving the fears of the element water, wisdom and life in basic trust can be experienced as an all-unity.

Disturbances of the harmonic energy in the element WATER through additional YANG energies and additional YIN energies

How does additional YANG affect the element water?

The will assigned to the element water can be strengthened by additional YANG and thus more easily implemented as the will to live. Our empathy, our sensitivity is enhanced by additional YANG, i.e. H. through more human warmth, in this phase of “die and be”, lived more easily. Additional YANG to the aspect of YIN in the YIN in the element water leads to positive results, as the cold and impending rigidity of the water (of winter) is warmed up, moved and loosened up a little. The additional YANG is also beneficial for the life of a joyful sexuality.

How does additional YIN affect the element water?

Another YIN to the YIN in the YIN leads to immobility and rigidity (eg "being rigid with fear and fright"). Through excessive sensitivity out of weakness, insecurity and lack of direction, defense develops as self-protection, which can express itself in sexuality as frigidity or impotence. Attempts are made towards other people to get their own way. The others are put under pressure by emphasizing their own weakness (e.g. by pointing out a serious illness) and thereby blackmailed. The condition of the "cold heart" develops because human warmth as well as compassion and respect for fellow human beings are given up in favor of exclusively self-interest.

Emotions / pseudo-feelings:

Fear, fear and horror paralyze the element water and thus damage the YANG energy of the kidneys, in particular the so-called “fire kidney” and the MINGMEN, vitality.

Potential soul qualities:

  • Adaptability to changes in the environment;
  • Ability to move in physical, mental and emotional aspects;
  • Willpower, the ability to strengthen the will to live;
  • Ability to meditate, contemplate

Current virtues

  • Empathy with sensitivity
  • harmoniously lived sexuality
  • Live sensitivity and not be blocked by hypersensitive sensitivity in his
  • Findings and decisions in doing and acting.
  • To experience the all-unity through meditation and contemplation.
  • Basic trust is life in fearlessness by dissolving fears.

Spiritual qualities in the element of water: WILLE / ZHI

The will is the positive quality in the element water to protect and preserve life. The will to live and survive are the decisive qualities in this element if it is lived harmoniously.

  • Life in the element of water means "drawing from the original source", means finding access to stored knowledge from the beginning of creation, which is laid down in the so-called AKASHA chronicle (105). C. G. JUNG also referred to this original source of the AKASHA chronicle, it was and is a cornerstone of his theory of the "COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS". This theory of the collective unconscious refers to the fact that any stored unconscious knowledge ultimately underlies all peoples and cultures. On the path of spiritual advancement, on the "path of individuation" (according to C. G. JUNG) and on the eastern "path to the TRUE PEOPLE" / ZHENREN, however, this knowledge can gradually be experienced and thus also recognized in day-to-day consciousness.
  • Another essential aspect of the element water relates to purification and purification in the 3 stages of the QIGONG path, also referred to as the "3 waters", through which the traveler on the QIGONG path must pass:
  • The first stage is the purification of the "murky water"; H. to separate clear QI from cloudy QI. On the one hand, all worldly desires that go beyond what is necessary to sustain life are referred to as “cloudy water”. On the other hand, this also means a pessimistic, hostile attitude of mind, which prevents an ascent in the sense of the QIGONG path. Cleansing the murky water means changing the previous negative attitude towards life towards a life-affirming, joyful and open-hearted way of shaping one's life.
  • The second stage is the inclusion of the emotions, the integration of the shadows and thus the "immersion in the black water". This means that only the acceptance of shadow and light leads to the whole, to the ZHENREN, to the TRUE HUMAN.
  • In the third and last stage, the “dissolving in white water” takes place, a metaphor for enlightenment. This third stage means transformation in the light, to the light that we actually and ultimately are from the beginning.

Child development endangered by

Fearfulness and excessive concern on the part of the parents prevent the child from having their own, necessarily negative, experiences. A taboo on sexuality is already harmful in childhood.

Stealing and releasing energy in the element water

Energy-consuming reaction to stress

Insecurity due to weak will and a lack of empathy when dealing with other people. Misunderstood, excessive sensitivity that is lived instead of sensitivity, defense up to self-protection, frigidity and impotence, blackmail through weakness.

Energy-releasing reactions as approaches to solving problems

In the element WASSER, the general approach is:

"Do not be afraid, smile at your fear". (106)

This presupposes that you have really recognized WHO or WHAT is afraid: Only the body soul - PO is afraid of itself, is afraid of losing its life. The spirit soul - HUN is not afraid, but smiles.

How are fears expressed in the element of water?

The element water stands for the end of a cycle, in humans for the end of human life. Fears thus relate to the end of life, darkness and death (107).

Symbolic figure:Fairy tale: "One who went out to learn to fear"
Assigned Numbers:1 and 6
Daoist symbol:black (-green) turtle and snake
The Abyssal
Second son

Authors: Dr. Gerhard Wenzel and Norbert Herwegh

Photos: Eagle Verlag (Franz Mittermair), Dr. Gerhard Wenzel Norbert Herwegh.
Graphic designer: Christine Pirker

Calligraphy: Wang Ning

Surf tips on the topic of "5 elements" Here you will find the other articles in the series “The Lesson of the 5 Elements” and other surfing tips on the subject.


The element HOLZ / MU
The element FEUER / HUO
The element ERDE / TU
The element METALL / JIN
The element WASSER / SHUI

5 elements of Qigong: Water exercise (with video)


(104) In QIGONG and similar other methods one can distinguish 3 forms of consciousness: day consciousness, dream consciousness and deep consciousness.

(105) The AKASHACHRONIK, also referred to as "PALM LEAF CHRONICLE", is a complete collection of human knowledge that is kept in South India and is open to every true seeker.

(106) Recommended literature: CHÖGYAM TRUNGPA and Michael Wallossek: “Give the fear a smile”, Windpferd Verlag

(107) The fear of dying can be found in the element WOOD