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What is core element constitution?

In TTM, core elemental constitution can be one element or a combination of two or even three elements in equal proportion.

Each individual has a core elemental constitution. Our core constitution affects everything from physique to disease propensity to character traits. Core element constitution develops in early childhood and, although rare, can change until age six due to environment and diet. A person’s constitution then remains for life and does not change.

A person’s core elemental constitution can be one element or a combination of two or even three elements in equal proportion, although the latter is rare. For example, a person’s core elemental constitution may be equally Fire and Wind. In this case, you can list either element first, so Fire/Wind or Wind/Fire.

When more than one element exists strongly in someone, the slightly less evident element is considered secondary. For example, if a person’s core constitution is predominantly Fire but has Wind as a close secondary Element, you list the primary element first. So the person’s elemental constitution would be termed “Fire/Wind.”

The Earth element is unique in that it cannot manifest as a dominant constitutional element but only as a secondary element. As a secondary element, Earth manifests as large bones, deep voice and other physical or mental characteristics. Still, Earth is not the person’s core constitutional Element because Earth is where Water, Fire and Wind reside, so it has a different quality. Earth is the house or the center of the Elements.

The elemental constitution stays the same throughout a person’s life. However, it is normal for people to have an elemental imbalance at any given moment that is different from their core constitution. So a person with a Water constitution can have a Wind imbalance of amplified Wind, and they will manifest Wind-related problems. Understanding the imbalance is much more imperative to understanding the core elemental constitution.

The core elemental constitution is not a cause for concern and does not require treatment. However, knowing a person’s core elemental constitution brings a greater understanding of the extent of imbalance. For example, imagine if everyone had the potential to have very different normal body temperatures instead of the average 37 degrees Celsius. Before a doctor could assess if their patient had a fever, first the doctor would have to determine the patient’s normal body temperature. Likewise, one must first know the patient’s core elemental constitution to know if someone has an elemental imbalance.

An element that is far out of balance shows itself as clearly not healthy, but knowin

Earth (Din)

As stated above, Earth is not usually seen as a core elemental constitution but will sometimes present as a close secondary element.

An Earth constitution will share many characteristics of a Water constitution like thick hair or large eyes. But the characteristics will have more solidity, the squareness of shape, and significantly bigger skeletal frames. So the physical characteristics of Earth as a secondary element include having a large frame, being big-boned, big-eyed, strong and muscular, or heavyset, with a deep, resonant voice.

People with Earth as a secondary element tend to be stable, dependable, trustworthy, don’t take on new information quickly, not open to new information, firm in their convictions, loyal and faithful. They tend to like hearth and home and eschew adventure and travel. But too much Earth can lead to a person not taking the initiative, being lethargic, stubborn and stuck.

Water (Nam)

People with Water as their core constitutional element tend to be known for their beauty. They usually have a balanced and well-shaped or more corpulent figure with a healthy complexion. Their face structure is usually broader toward the mouth and chin, with large eyes and thick lashes. The Water element also contributes to thick, dark hair and a clear, soft, melodious voice. They have a steady stride and a balanced gait.

People with a Water-dominated constitution tend to be kind, easy-going, and flexible, with inner sweetness. They are often intuitive and drawn to healing or creative arts and are generally kind. They think a lot but do not tend to be good at decision-making, preferring either consciously or subconsciously to allow others to guide their choices. But because Water dominant people can be introspective, they are at risk of depressive qualities like love, nostalgia, and sadness.

Water constitution often has a low sex drive, moderate sweat and scent. Water is emotional, and Water dominant people exhibit strong emotions such as sadness, nostalgia, yearning, happiness, fullness and emptiness. Watery people are more prone to tears than other elemental constitutions.

Water’s mental defect is ignorance. Since Water is a heavy element and thoughts and ideas do not process quickly through it, Water dominant people can be slow learners. If they suffer from fear and anxiety, it comes from a lack of understanding. Water is also a glue. On the one hand, Water dominant people are often the one who “holds things together.” But Water dominant people can also become stuck on thoughts and ideas and have difficulty seeing other points of view.

Regardless of our core elemental constitution, Water is a dominant element when we are very young. Water is evident in babies and children’s plump, hydrated skin tone or tendency toward mucousy noses, strong emotions, and easy tearfulness. Small children have rapidly growing changing bodies since Water is an Element of becoming and creation. Children are intuitive and receptive, which are also characteristics of Water.

The Element of Water is powerful from birth until around age 8. Then from 8 to 16, the Water element is still very present but waning as Fire increases.

Fire (Fai)

Fiery people tend to have reddish to tan complexions, are generally of average build, and have clear, sharp eyes. They have soft hair, including facial hair and are prone to wrinkles, loose joints and early greying.

Fire causes strong-smelling urine, sweat, and breath because it constantly breaks down nutrients. Fire constitution people generally have strong digestion and a solid athletic build.

People with Fire as their core elemental constitution tend to be very intelligent, catch on quickly, and easily articulate thoughts. They tend toward leadership and instruction, and they make good speakers. They are also very driven, with Fire creating a tendency toward ideas and change.

Fire’s mental defect association is aversion. Fiery people lean toward selfishness, are often short-tempered and can often be aggressive or bully others physically, emotionally or mentally. They have a strong sense of self, strong willpower, and a strong sex drive.

This period is a time of passions, anger, intensity, sexuality and often driven production. In teenagers, we can see outward signs of Fire manifesting in acne, sweat, and intense emotions, especially anger and passion.

The Fire element appears as a secondary element around age eight and increases until it becomes the dominant element from approximately age 16 until around 32. Then, from age 32 until age 64, Fire starts to wane and Wind increases.

Wind (Lom)

People with Wind as a core elemental constitution tend to be either tall or short, with small, light bodies regardless of height. They often have small skeletal structures, are thin, and have small eyes and dark colouring. Their skin tends to be dry, and their faces are wider toward the forehead and eyes. They have difficulty staying warm.

Windy people are often very academically intelligent and grasp new ideas quickly. They are often mathematical, good at computer work, and artistic. But the Wind element also makes people anxious, nervous, chaotic, fast-paced and easily overstimulated.

Wind’s mental defect association is attachment. Windy people tend to have lots of ideas but do not always have the focus to carry them through. Their thoughts and communication can be erratic and jump from one subject to the next without going into depth in any one area. Because spirits are highly windy, people with a predominance of Wind may connect to them quickly.

Around age 32, the Wind element begins to increase regardless of the person’s core elemental constitution. This increase in Wind continues for the rest of our lives, becoming strongest after age 64. During this period, adults become overly anxious, start to have dry and brittle skin, and have trouble sleeping at night.

Factors that Affect our Core Constitution

A core constitution is not an identity on which to fixate. It is a starting point or baseline that practitioners can use to discover any imbalance in a client. Our current state is not necessarily a reflection of our core constitution but an imbalance, as many things can affect our core constitutions.

First, different elements play dominant roles at different times in our life. The Water element is dominant during our first eight years and is evident in our soft, hydrated skin, large eyes, propensity toward mucous diseases, tears and strong emotions. The Fire element becomes dominant between 16 and 32 and manifests in tempers, acne, passions, frustrations, and willpower. And the Wind element becomes dominant once we turn 64 years old, as seen with thin, dry skin, anxiety, insomnia and constipation. Between these three primary age periods, the elements wane from one element and wax into the next.

Our elemental balance is also affected by season. Fire is more substantial in hot seasons, Water is more robust in cold seasons, and Wind is stronger in rainy seasons. This last reality can be tricky to understand as most people assume that Water will be agitated by the rainy season. But if you pay attention to rain, you will notice that Wind always precedes and accompanies rain. More critical, rainfall is a thing in motion, embodying the primary quality of Wind, which is movement.

A third factor that alters our core constitution is the environment. Humid jungles, deserts, snowy lands, and windy mountain tops play a decisive role in forming our core elemental constitution during our first eight years. And they are a significant cause of the fluctuating balance of elements throughout our life.

Finally, time affects our elemental balance throughout the day. The Wined Element dominates the early morning from 2 to 6 am. Subsequently, this is the best time to awaken and engage in spiritual practices. The Water element is most substantial during the late morning, from 6 to 10 am, and is, therefore, an excellent time to rest. And the Fire element becomes the strongest from 10 am to 2 pm. Since your digestive system is at its peak during this period, it is the best time to eat your largest meal.

These time influences then repeat in a somewhat milder fashion, with the early afternoon being a time of Wind, the evening being a time of Water, and the middle of the night being a time of Fire. The best time to go to sleep is during the nighttime Water period. And instead of the Fire element working on digesting food, in the middle of the night Fire element works on repairing the liver organ.

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