What exactly is it?
We say, for example, “Apple pie is so quintessentially fall,” or
“popcorn balls are so quintessentially Halloween.”
In ancient and medieval philosophy,
quintessence was considered the fifth element.
Earth, Wind and Fire?
More than a group (although they are an all time favorite of mine).
They are three of the five elements.
Add Water and you have all five.
Beautifully illustrated in these hanging quilts on display at the Northwest Quilt Expo recently:
If quintessence is the element that permeates all nature and is the substance that composes heavenly bodies;
the essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form,
then how would you represent it?
It’s in everything, isn’t it?
I see and feel things quintessentially when I stop and really look.
When I listen, really listen to someone.
Or they don’t have to speak at all.
I just feel their energy,
their joy, their sorrow, their peace, their angst.
The fifth and highest element that permeates us.
As Earth, Wind and Fire sang for the first time so many years ago
and we grooved all funky to it;
“You’re a shining star,
no matter who you are,
shining bright to see
what you can truly be.”
Earth, Wind, Fire, Water and Quintessence.
We’re so blessed to live in a world where we can enjoy and explore all five.