Sit comfortably then ground and center. Imagine yourself in the center of a sphere of fire; there is nothing else but you and the fire that surrounds you. Inhale, imagining that this fire is drawn into your body with each breath. Imagine that you are hollow and the fire fills you, until all of your body is filled with fire. Using a strand of beads, keep count of how many breaths it takes for you to be completely filled with fire. You may have a sensation of growing warmer. While you are inhaling an element, imagine the desired characteristic that corresponds to it. Fix this characteristic in your mind, by either chanting it or holding a mental image of you having this characteristic. The fire element is full of enthusiasm, flashes of insight, passion, intuitiveness, sensuality, and quickness. Fire can also be quick to flare up and be overwhelming. Once you have completed this stage, visualize yourself, inside and out, glowing red. Hold fire within you for a moment and see if this element has anything to impart to you. Exhale upon the object, glowing with it. With each act of exhaling, count with the beads until you have exhaled as many times as you inhaled. Let the energy of fire leave you and return to the sphere. Thank fire for sharing itself with you, and then let the sphere of fire vanish. Ground thoroughly.
This is done the same as with Fire except you will see a sphere of clouds around you. Inhale air and see yourself as expanding with the Air, again keep count of how many breaths it takes to fill yourself with this element. You will have the sensation of growing lighter. While inhaling, fix a quality of air into your mind. Air is for quick thoughts, intelligence, flexibility, communication, and new beginnings. When you are filled with air, see yourself glowing white. Hold air inside you for a moment and see if it has any impressions to impart to you. When you are ready, breath out and using the beads, exhale as many times as you inhaled. Allow the air inside you to return to the sphere. Thank air for sharing itself with you, then let the sphere of air vanish. Ground thoroughly.
Using the same method as above, imagine a sphere of water surrounding you. As you inhale, imagine the sensation of coldness filling you. Become heavy but fluid, feeling the weight of movement. While inhaling water, fix a quality of that element in your mind. Water is all about emotions, relationships, knowing when a cycle is ending, and healing. When you are filled with the element, see yourself glowing blue. Hold water inside of you for a moment and see if this element has anything to impart to you. When ready, breathe out and exhale as many times as you inhaled. Allow the water to return to the sphere. Thank water for sharing itself with you, then let the sphere of water vanish. Ground thoroughly.
This exercise begins like the others, but imagine a sphere of earth or rock around you. This time there should be a sensation of weight, feel loose soil pouring in like sand in an hourglass. There shouldn't be any temperature change. While inhaling earth, fix a quality of this element in your mind. Earth is slow, strong, wealth, patience, family, and organized. When you are filled with earth, see yourself glowing with a green light. Hold earth inside of you for a moment and see if it has any information to impart to you. When you are ready, exhale for the same number of times you inhaled and see the earth emptying out of you. Visualize the earth returning to the sphere. Thank earth for sharing itself with you, then let the sphere of earth vanish. Ground thoroughly.