|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James:
no farther concern, but may go to sleep in peace, because the
pilot has charge over all, and 'watches for him'; so a religious
person who lives under the yoke of obedience goes to heaven as if
while sleeping, that is, while leaning entirely on the conduct of
his Superiors, who are the pilots of his vessel, and keep watch
for him continually. It is no small thing, of a truth, to be
able to cross the stormy sea of life on the shoulders and in the
arms of another, yet that is just the grace which God accords to
those who live under the yoke of obedience. Their Superior bears
all their burdens. . . . A certain grave doctor said that he
would rather spend his life in picking up straws by obedience,
|The fourth excerpt represents the element of Earth. It speaks of physical influences and the impact of the unseen on the visible world, and is drawn from Beast in the Jungle by Henry James:
really covered the others. "Then tell me if I shall consciously
She promptly shook her head. "Never!"
It confirmed the authority he imputed to her, and it produced on
him an extraordinary effect. "Well, what's better than that? Do
you call that the worst?"
"You think nothing is better?" she asked.
She seemed to mean something so special that he again sharply
wondered, though still with the dawn of a prospect of relief. "Why
not, if one doesn't KNOW?" After which, as their eyes, over his
question, met in a silence, the dawn deepened, and something to his