Life Elemental


I read with interest the other day that Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios, have produced a new animated movie due for release in June 2023. It’s called ‘Elemental’. We can always depend on our artists staying ahead of the curve, as all creativity is only ever a reflection of the deeper issues of the day that are hurtling towards the light.

The blurb for the movie includes the following description : ‘In a city where fire, water, land, and air residents live together, a fiery young woman and a go-with-the-flow guy discover something elemental: how much they actually have in common.’ The fire element character is called Ember Lumen, and the water character is called Wade Ripple.

I’m looking forward to seeing the movie, as it sounds to me that much of it’s substance could be directly linked to the personalities of the Ayurvedic Doshas. There is a key element missing of course, that of Space. And the name of the fire character could instead be Pitta and the Water character, Kapha. But how wonderful to see a film focussed on the elements, with the theme of connection running so deep, targeting the young and the old.

For we are all elemental beings. Everything around us and within us is made of no more than the five classic elements of Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. And what’s key to understand, is that every single one of us has our own individual mix of these elements, as does everything we see around us. A wooden table is made of a large amount of the Earth element. A full lake comprises an abundance of the Water element. A stormy debate between two people is filled with a heavy dose of the Fire element. A piece of popcorn is permeated with rather a lot of the Air element. And a serene and peaceful mind is energised by the element of uncluttered and unfettered Space.

There are very real elemental reasons, as to why we’re all so deeply connected and seriously intertwined. The air I breathe today, may well have been inside your lungs some time ago, even if you reside on the other side of the world from me. And the water that I drank yesterday from my kitchen tap, may well have been cascading down a waterfall in southern Peru many moons ago too. The soil in the earth that helped grow the pumpkin I ate for lunch, may well have been part of a mountaintop on the other side of the world millions of years ago. And the fires that burnt around my home in Australia, in the summer before Covid, I know full well sent ash as far away as New Zealand and probably even further beyond. And the heated discourses filling our online world that are so prevalent today, are having the very dire consequence of depleting the spaciousness in all our minds, which is leading to distorted perceptions of reality for some.

Many many years ago, before I fell into the arms of Ayurveda and her Doshas, I read words by David Suzuki, that helped me begin to think along these lines. However, it was only after studying this great science, that I really began to understand practically how these elemental movements have such a deep, and profound impact on all of us in each moment of every day. And this is why understanding the Doshas, and learning the Dosha code, is so important, because they help us understand so simply, how the elemental balance is changing in any point of time.

And it’s in this way, that they’re able to teach us how the elements join us irrefutably, and why they’re a universal and precious gift that need our tender loving care. Never forget we are only ever as well as the weakest link in the global and planetary chain. So it is indeed wonderful that we can rely on Disney and Pixar to help educate and show us how the elements, that can never be created or destroyed but only ever transformed, are an intrinsic part of who we are, and need looking after.