I was doing some cooking a few days ago, and poured the cooked spaghetti through a sieve to drain it. As I was doing this, the thought came to me that each element, like my spaghetti, needs a filter through which life is sieved. I only have one kitchen sieve, but each element has its own, with its own particular mesh allowing only certain things through.
When our energies become unbalanced, some of these meshes
become blocked and can no longer filter what they should. Viewed in this way,
treatment for the energy blocks with which any five element practitioner is
familiar, such as those for a husband/wife imbalance or entry/exit blocks, can
be seen as shaking the sieve in different ways to allow it to filter what has
been blocking it.
I think the concept of the elements as sieves with
different-sized meshes is a further rather neat illustration to help me
understand what I do.