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The Five Elements: Understand Yourself and Enhance Your Relationships with the Wisdom of the World's Oldest Personality Type System Paperback – September 27, 2016
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“Dahlin encourages readers to reexamine and expand what they think they know about themselves and others by studying the traits of the different five elements. . . . Readers who are open to these teachings and wonder why people do what they do will have their questions answered many times over.”
"With the world becoming ever more hurried and busy, understanding personality differences has never been more important. The Five Elements is a key to this understanding, as well as fun, easy to read, and fascinating!"
—Jack Canfield, coauthor of The Success Principles and the Chicken Soup for the Soul series
"This wonderful book brings ancient wisdom to life and makes it practical for everyone to understand. When you know aspects of yourself and others through nature's elements, how the world and all those who inhabit her work will begin to make complete sense."
—James Van Praagh, TV producer, spiritual medium, and bestselling author of Talking to Heaven
"Dondi is a master of the Five Elements personality system, and presents them in a way we can use in our lives to live more joyfully and understand the steps in our journey. An invaluable book for all of us interested in the wisdom and energy medicine teachings of east and west!"
—Alberto Villoldo, PhD, shaman, healer, and bestselling author of One Spirit Medicine
“This marvelous book teaches you an exquisite system for understanding how you and others operate in all conditions and describes how you can vibrationally call towards you much more of what you desire."
—SARK, coauthor & artist of Succulent Wild Love
"The Five Elements takes an ancient system used in the Chinese culture and puts it in a modern context. This is the perfect blend of the old with the new, a very useful tool everyone can use to find out about themselves and their relationships. Dondi’s enthusiastic style and practical wisdom brings The Five Elements to life!"
—Lisa Garr, host of The Aware Show
"After several decades of media exposure, what more can be written about Chinese medicine? Plenty. Dondi Dahlin's incredible book The Five Elements is practical, comprehensive, and authentic—not esoteric, fragmented, or a vestige of New Age Pop Psychology. In other words, not only is The Five Elements a book for all seasons, it is a book for all reasons."
—Stanley Krippner, PhD, coauthor of Personal Mythology and Haunted by Combat
“Baffling characteristics of friends, lovers, and family become understandable when viewed through the lens of the Five Elements. A dive deep into the time-tested concepts in this book can unlock the full range of your wholeness, harmony, and joy.”
—Dawson Church, PhD, author of The Genie in Your Genes
“Dondi Dahlin’s book is full of ‘aha’ moments and practical and powerful exercises that can be transformative for all personality types. You’ll find the code that will open the combination to yourself.”
—Agapi Stassinopoulos, author of Unbinding the Heart
“Over thousands of years, Chinese medicine not only developed a map of the human body, but also a map of the human spirit. With her brilliant knowledge of the Chinese Five Elements, Dondi Dahlin is the perfect guide to show you how to read your personal map!”
—Jean Haner, author of The Wisdom of Your Face and Your Hidden Symmetry
“Many books about the Five Elements are written academically like a medical text book. Dondi Dahlin, from her years of experience and mastery of this ancient wisdom, has written The Five Elements with the layperson in mind, blending Western and Eastern cultures, with ease and fun.”
—Robert Peng, The Master Key: Qigong Secrets for Vitality, Love, and Wisdom
"Dondi has performed for many celebrities and spent a life in show business. She takes those experiences and combines them with her knowledge of the Chinese Five Elements in intriguing and fascinating stories that will keep you captivated! The Five Elements is a fun and profound book that may just change the way you look at life."
—Miles Copeland, entertainment executive/founder of IRS Records and manager of The Police and Sting
“If you love understanding what makes yourself and others tick, this is the book for you. Be prepared to want to read The Five Elements cover to cover in one sitting!”
—Heather Dane, health coach and coauthor with Louise Hay of Loving Yourself to Great Health and The Bone Broth Secret
"I read Dondi’s new book and could barely keep from laughing out loud in recognition! She achieved her goal of helping me to understand not only how and why I behave as I do, but how I can have more compassion and deeper understanding for how others behave. This book is funny, powerful, and valuable for anyone wondering why we act like we do!"
—Lauren Walker, author of Energy Medicine Yoga and one of Sonima's 100 most influential yoga teachers in America
"The Five Elements will grow your compassion and appreciation of people. It's simple, yet so profound. It is a thoughtful approach to a time-tested system."
—Homayoun Sadeghi, MD, author of The Art of Healthy Living: A Mind-Body Approach to Inner Balance and Natural Vitality
About the Author
Dondi Dahlin is an award-winning speaker and teacher, internationally-acclaimed dancer, and member of the Screen Actors Guild. With her mother Donna Eden, she coauthored The Little Book of Energy Medicine. Dahlin teaches the five elements at the OMEGA Institute in New York and at Eden Energy Medicine workshops around the world.
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The book has a profoundly serious intent—how to balance intimacy and independence in yourself and with others through understanding the five elements. What might have been inexplicable behavior by a loved one is understood. With understanding, communication is elevated to a higher level. Everyday conversations are transformed when the inertia of repetitious quarrel is avoided. Long-held pathologies might even be eradicated. The integrity of each individual is respected.
Don’t expect to read this book straight through. The humor will catch you. Out-loud laughter was part and parcel of my experience in reading this book. You will find yourself recognizing loved ones in Dondi’s descriptions. A cherished brother whose favorite Saturday outing is shopping at Costco was an easily spotted Water Element.
I found myself laughing throughout this most pleasurable read. It is so much fun, it might be easy to breeze through. But, there are no throwaway messages here. I often stopped to re-read the pithy, last sentences of paragraphs. For instance, “…we are more complex than the five types…” And, “conflicts and differences are rarely personal. More often they are brought on by elements being out of balance.”
The final 53 pages of the book, the Afterword, were written by sister-author, Titanya Dahlin. Far from a recap of the previous pages, Titanya explains how the five elements look different in children. In fact, “young children go through the five elements many times every day. Before age 7, children cycle through all the elements to find their own.”
For parents, this book is of inestimable value. Understanding the five elements helps avoid clashes and unravel hurt feelings. Understanding how and when one of the five elements plays out in your child can mean the difference between daily strife and a peaceful household.
This book, The Five Elements, is a family affair. The Forward is by Donna Eden, mother of Dondi and Titanya and renowned pioneer in energy medicine. Donna writes candidly of her experience as the mother of two decidedly different, exceptional daughters. Dondi’s primary element is Wood while Titanya’s is Earth. This might have been the setting for strife and acrimony. But the Five Elements were an everyday topic and the girls flourished in caring and respect for one another.
This is a 5-star book – a treat.
KathrynElizabeth Nilsson, EEM-CP
Sharon Tawfilis MA, LMFT, EEM-CP.