The Three Elements

From antiquity to the present day, we find the correlation between humans and the three elements, air, water and fire, from which the whole world is structured.


In ancient Greek mythology, the children of Saturn and Rhea, are the three Anactes, Pluto, Neptune, and Zeus, who share the three worlds with the common element being earth. Pluto, which had its territory at the chthonic level, represents the element of fire. Poseidon, which had its territory at the enalion level, represents the element of water. And finally, Zeus, who had its territory in the etheric field, represents the element of air.

The correlation of the elements that make up the human being with the building blocks of the world shows that the construction of man is directly connected with that of the world, making every human entity a part of the cosmic system.

Based on the understanding of the elements and the evolution of medicine in the ancient world, Hippocrates argued that the physical substance of the human body consists of three juices (blood, phlegm, blonde and black bile) secreted by the basic organs, heart, brain, liver and spleen, respectively. This arrest has become a fundamental principle that has affected medicine for centuries. What is interesting is that the juices are in correspondence with elements or rhizomes, fire, air, water and with three types of human. The first type is Bloody in the element of the air, the second the Flegotic in the element of water and the third is the Choleric or Melancholic in the element of fire. The proportions of juices in each type give it particular behavioral characteristics.

Later, Galen comes to recapitulate the theories of the era and to introduce the spirit into the physiology of man. His contribution to discovering blood circulation and verifying the true nature of the blood is of great importance. In its movement the blood is enriched with the three spirits produced in the main organs, the liver, the heart and the brain. The natural spirit is produced in the liver and, along with the nutrients, it is transported through the blood throughout the body. Part of it goes to the heart that is joined with the Vital Spirit, and finally the blood is enriched with the Spiritual Spirit created in the brain. He reveals a triune "spiritual" flow in the human body where the prevalence of one in the operation of the total assigns the corresponding properties in the character and behavior. There are many other Greek philosophers who developed their theories on the three human characters and patterns formed on the proportions of elements, some of them were Aristotle, Plutarchus and Plato.
In Eastern culture, Ayurveda (the science of life), considered one of the oldest traditional medicine systems in India, describes the basic principles of health and illness. Ways of managing the disease are classified according to the systems and functions of the organs in correspondence to three types of human. The Vata type in the air element is expressed in physical movements, the second type is Kapha, in the water element, controlling the distribution of fluids in the body, and finally the Pitta type in the element of fire and function of the metabolic system.
In Indian culture, spiritual instructor Sri Nishargandatta Maharaja, also called the Socrates of India, teaches the true nature of what man views as "himself" and the nature of the phenomenal world. In his teachings he analyzes the three fundamental attributes of all physical, mental and intellectual manifestations in the universe, Gunas. The three properties of Gunas, the secular and atomic essence, are Rajas Guna, the energy-producing force, Tamas Guna, the resistance that restricts the movement, and finally Sattva Guna, the sense of harmony in the clarity of consciousness. Fire, water, and air correspond to the three properties of the Gunas that function as translators of the common essence of existence.

Nowadays, professor of Noosfera Education and Research Academy, Dr. Giorgos Paschalides composes human typology into a model based on three differentiations of the human skeletal construction and the tripartite function of the brain that shape the character and behaviors of each type. The first type, with hyperfunctions of the prefrontal lobe, belongs to the air element, he is spontaneous, restless, a man of action but without organization. The second type, with hyperfunction of the tonsils, belongs to the element of water, he is restrained in its expressions, both dative and anxious. Finally, the third type, with hyperfunction in the hippocampus, belongs to the element of fire, he is a man of offer and enjoyment, but also apathetic or frefull, recycling old pains. The study of the three types gives us the knowledge of the person's functioning, both organically and psychologically, along with the nutritional strengthening of elements of every type, offering the key to health and harmonious coexistence.

Human Light Sense in its research recorded, capturing the changes with the Measurement System(recording of 2 parameters,internal flow and external emissions) , the best result in individuals that understood the function of the three translators, the three elements, the three levels of expression.

An absolute tool for understanding ourselves, our function and our biochemistry, for a life full of health and happiness is found in the work of Mr. Giorgos Paschalides (