This beginner-friendly book introduces the five elements—water, wood, fire, earth, and metal—as a system for understanding the cycles and rhythms of your body, mind, and soul. With a practical approach that weaves together Eastern medicine, western psychology, and African ancestral principles of spirituality, author Lindsay Fauntleroy teaches you how to use the elements to improve physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
Experiences such as heartache, anxiety, and procrastination are signs that one of the elements is out of balance within you. Discover how to regain your footing, tap into your latent potential, and find your flow with journal prompts, flower essences, yoga poses, and music. By realigning with the elements, you can become the confident, energized, and fulfilled person you were always meant to be.
"A revolutionary and refreshing exploration of ancient healing systems as modern medicine. Lindsay Fauntleroy is a wise, generous, and trustworthy guide who has managed to make these profound teachings accessible, relevant, and delightful without compromising their depth."— Sebene Selassie, author of You Belong
"The book brings together the author's research, personal inner work, and extensive clinical experience with flower essences, Chinese medicine, yoga, and indigenous psychology to create an invaluable guide to the practice of Soul Medicine...It is an invitation to open your eyes to the potent magic of the world around you."—Lorie Eve Dechar, author of Five Spirits and The Alchemy of Inner Work
"Fauntleroy's scholarship is deeply embodied. It crosses continents, cultures, traditions, and centuries and is made all the more powerful by her personal and thoughtful reflections on our life and times…I highly recommend In Our Element for all who are inspired to seek, support, and integrate the healing both we and our world long for."—Alaine D. Duncan, L.Ac., SEP, author of The Tao of Trauma
"When you're in your natural element you feel healthy, happy, and whole. In her book, In Our Element, Lindsay Fauntleroy...takes us on a step-by-step journey through the five elements of nature, Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal, and reminds us that we are not separate from nature; that nature is our mirror reflecting back to us our deepest needs. This book is medicine for the soul."—Gail Parker, PhD, author of Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma and Transforming Ethnic and Race-Based Traumatic Stress with Yoga
"A rich tapestry of knowledge, storytelling, and healing practices, woven with passion and creativity. Lindsay Fauntleroy is a master healer and teacher. She has the rare ability to make the principles of subtle healing accessible to our daily lives, invoking her own experiences, case examples, cross-cultural references, music, and film. Lindsay's integration of flower essence therapy into the soul journeys of the five elements demonstrates a truely alchemical understanding of the marriage of opposites, and just one of the many 'aha' moments you will discover [in this book]."—Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz, directors of the Flower Essence Society
"In Our Element is a compelling, fun read! It is chock-full of practices and tools for self-awareness and discovery. Feast at Lindsay's banquet table of storytelling, interactive exercises, yoga poses, acupressure points, and flower essences for your favorite element!"—Katie Hess, author of Flowerevolution and founder of LotusWei floral apothecary
"Lindsay Fauntleroy walks us through a revolutionary, yet ancestral, worldview. Here, we are able to connect with our individual soul expression—the natural expression of you. This is not a book that tells you who you should be; rather it is a well-thought-out workbook for those who are looking to understand their authenticity and see the authenticity within others."—Granddaughter Crow, author of Wisdom of the Natural World and Belief, Being, and Beyond
"An uplifting, sacred, and modern approach to ancient medicinal traditions and wisdom."—Ashley River, author of Tending to the Sacred and Messages from the Heart of the Divine
"We live in a world where colonization and globalization have sought to erase the subtleties of who we are as people of color, and so many of us carry deep wounds that are ready to be healed. In Our Element is a book that will support our personal and collective healing as we co-create the future we have yet to boldly imagine."—Aki Hirata Baker, Reiki master teacher and founder of MINKA Brooklyn