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WU (Yang Earth) is the fifth Stem, the center. Wu is described as boulders, bricks, building blocks and the mountain.
Wu correlates with 四季 all Seasons and is strongest during the times of Dragon (April, 7-9 AM) and Dog (October, 7-9 PM).The direction is center, Trigram Gen Mountain, the stomach, the face.
Wu, the mountain, stands still and solitary, an accumulation of generations of changes becoming the giant which we cannot ignore. A gravitational force that draws out an absolute perspective, we can lean on the mountain to always be a mounting presence.
Wu reminds us that strengthening your sense of patience, building mental fortitude, honing your craft, commiting to a daily practice is necessary to build a strong foundation. Healthy habits become paramount to your self cultivation. The fog is clearing and with each step forward, you know you are headed in the right direction. You are your own disciplinarian. You know your capacity and it exceeds and expands after each time you successfully reach the edge of your comfort zone.
With Wu, know you are on your own timeline. There are no shortcuts in this life. Slow is smooth and smooth is fast. The road to self mastery is your summit to climb. You are weaving a life of experience that only you will understand at the end of the day. Wu is the representation of integrity, stability, groundedness amidst chaos, and the humility necessary to channel emptiness and inner knowing.
When our Wu Qi is healthy, we can feel support through existence, and can support others through our confidence, ease, maturity, and comfort with the changes of life. Anchored in pragmatic reality, we are practical and find it easy to be grounded, present, receptive and accepting. When our Wu Qi is weak, we feel ungrounded, uprooted, never satisfied, awkward, self conscious. In Wu, we develop our values that allow us, with conviction, to move from our center.
Be like the mountain. Strive for excellence. Commit yourself to a discipline. Your worthiness and ability to move beyond limitations is a sight to behold.