“Water is our life force, the Water of life. Water is the essence of life and death within us. When we die healthy, we die from kidney failure; we have reached the end of our life potential as predetermined by our genes. Our kidneys just quit their basic function of maintaining our blood’s pH balance, and we die painlessly and peacefully.
Water is the force of creation, the power of originality, creativity and effortless progress. When it is abundant, new ideas come easily to us, and we trust our instinct; we feel very strong, and very powerful. Out of this sense of power come calm and gentleness. But if our Water is scarce, then we can’t help but be afraid. We will have a deep feeling of weakness, which will automatically make us
afraid of anything. Once we are afraid, it is easy to find reasons to be even more afraid. We’ll also feel chronically needy and often frantic about getting what we want. From this come aggressiveness, entitlement issues, envy, jealousy, vindictiveness, paranoia, abuse and violence.
In the body, Water is the most essential element of life: it holds our DNA, a generic term for
our genes. It contains our genetic background, and it is responsible for our potential for life. In TCM it is called the Kidneys and circulates with the help of the Bladder. Water affects the health of our
kidneys, bones, marrow and brain, urinary and reproductive systems and our ability to hear and listen.
Water also affects our ability to have instinct, dreams, hope, foresight and determination.”
Information on the Water Element comes from Gilles Marin’s book Five Elements, Six Conditions p 31-33 (abridged).