The roots of this album come from the Eastern schools of elemental theory. Rather than the traditional four elements of Western society, the Eastern schools have five: water, wood, earth, metal and fire - elements that have appeared in medical and martial texts throughout the ages. The five forms, one for each element, lay the foundation for the album, providing the backbone to which the other tracks relate.
The track "Spirit and Form" is in some ways the key stone to the album, bringing together the five elements shown elsewhere into one cohesive, deeper and much more subtle piece. "The Dragon Within" and "Ice Fall" then show more concrete expressions of the elemental forces.
The final track is in many ways the opposite of "Spirit and Form". Instead of describing the act of the elements coming together, "Heaven and Earth" describes the creation when all the energy has combined and settled, producing a state of grace.
Much of the music on this album was used in the feature film "Happy Birthday" by director and writer Yen Tan.