Reiki Evolution

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Five Element Reiki Practitioner Course
Third Edition, completed in June 2009

Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION ........................................................................................................................................ 4 SECTION 1: BACKGROUND INFORMATION ..................................................................................... 5 BASICS OF TCM .......................................................................................................................................... 6 Breadth of TCM...................................................................................................................................... 6 History of TCM....................................................................................................................................... 6 Basic Components of TCM ..................................................................................................................... 7 THE FIVE ELEMENTS............................................................................................................................ 10 BASICS OF THE FIVE ELEMENTS ................................................................................................................ 10 Interconnectedness ............................................................................................................................... 11 The Nourishment Cycle ........................................................................................................................ 11 The Control Cycle................................................................................................................................. 11 Diagram: How the Elements Interconnect ........................................................................................... 12 The Complexity of TCM........................................................................................................................ 12 The Complexity of TCM........................................................................................................................ 13 The Simplicity of Five Element Reiki.................................................................................................... 13 The Meridian System and 'Organs'....................................................................................................... 13 Diagram: Organ Locations in the Body ............................................................................................... 15 Five Elements Correspondences........................................................................................................... 16 The Emotions of the Elements .............................................................................................................. 16 The Correspondences of the Organs .................................................................................................... 21 Other Correspondences of the Elements .............................................................................................. 29 Table: Correspondences of the Elements ............................................................................................. 33 MYTHIC TAOIST ORGAN JOURNEY ............................................................................................................ 34 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS .............................................................................................................. 37 SECTION 2: EXPERIENCING THE FIVE ENERGIES ...................................................................... 38 FIVE ELEMENT SYMBOLS ................................................................................................................... 39 THE FIVE-ELEMENT SYMBOLS .................................................................................................................. 40 The Fire Symbol ................................................................................................................................... 40 The Earth Symbol ................................................................................................................................. 40 The Metal Symbol ................................................................................................................................. 41 Being attuned to these symbols............................................................................................................. 41 The Water Symbol................................................................................................................................. 42 The Wood Symbol ................................................................................................................................. 42 FIVE ELEMENT ENERGY MEDITATIONS........................................................................................ 43 Introduction .......................................................................................................................................... 43 Technique ............................................................................................................................................. 43 Feedback from 'Guinea Pigs'................................................................................................................ 44 SECTION 3: WORKING ON YOUR SELF............................................................................................ 51 MONITORING THE STATE OF ONE’S ELEMENTS ........................................................................ 52 INTUITING YOUR ELEMENTS ...................................................................................................................... 52 USING A PENDULUM - GENERAL ............................................................................................................... 52 Introduction .......................................................................................................................................... 52 'Yes' and 'No' Answers .......................................................................................................................... 52 The 'Neutral' position ........................................................................................................................... 53

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Obtaining 'Permission' ......................................................................................................................... 53 Dowsing Chakras ................................................................................................................................. 53 Common Chakra 'presentations'........................................................................................................... 54 Practice ................................................................................................................................................ 54 USING A PENDULUM TO DOWSE YOUR ELEMENTS .................................................................................... 54 USING VISUALISATION TO INTUIT YOUR ELEMENTS.................................................................................. 57 The ‘Mixing Desk’ ................................................................................................................................ 57 FIVE ELEMENT SELF-TREATMENTS ............................................................................................... 59 'HANDS ON' SELF-TREATMENT ................................................................................................................. 59 Wood..................................................................................................................................................... 60 Fire ...................................................................................................................................................... 60 Earth..................................................................................................................................................... 61 Metal.................................................................................................................................................... 61 Water .................................................................................................................................................... 62 'HANDS OFF' SELF-TREATMENT ................................................................................................................ 62 Self-Treatment Case History ................................................................................................................ 64 SECTION 4: DETECTING ENERGY IMBALANCES ON OTHER PEOPLE.................................. 66 PERCEIVING SOMEONE’S ELEMENTS............................................................................................. 67 INTRODUCTION.......................................................................................................................................... 67 HARA DIAGNOSIS ...................................................................................................................................... 68 DETECTING IMBALANCES THROUGH TOUCH .............................................................................................. 69 Sensing Energies .................................................................................................................................. 70 THE USE OF PENDULUMS ........................................................................................................................... 71 Dowsing someone’s Elements .............................................................................................................. 71 USING VISUALISATION TO INTUIT ELEMENTS ........................................................................................... 74 The ‘Mixing Desk’ ................................................................................................................................ 74 VISUAL FACIAL DIAGNOSIS ....................................................................................................................... 75 HISTORY TAKING....................................................................................................................................... 75 CASE HISTORIES........................................................................................................................................ 75 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS .............................................................................................................. 79 SECTION 5: BALANCING AND TREATING SOMEONE’S ELEMENTS....................................... 83 BALANCING THE ELEMENTS ............................................................................................................. 84 USING ELEMENTAL ENERGIES TO BALANCE SOMEONE'S ELEMENTS .......................................................... 84 Too Little Chi........................................................................................................................................ 84 Too Much Chi....................................................................................................................................... 85 BALANCING THE ELEMENTS USING INTENT ONLY ..................................................................................... 86 FLUIDITY ................................................................................................................................................... 87 BALANCING THE ELEMENTS AND SELF-TREATMENTS ............................................................................... 87 TREATING THE ELEMENTS ................................................................................................................ 88 WORKING ON ORGAN PAIRS ...................................................................................................................... 88 USING ELEMENTAL ENERGIES ON ORGAN PAIRS ........................................................................................ 88 Procedure ............................................................................................................................................. 88 Element 'movements'............................................................................................................................. 89 Intuition ................................................................................................................................................ 89 Treating in the Seated position ............................................................................................................. 92 A SHORT CASE HISTORY........................................................................................................................... 93 CASE HISTORY # 1 .................................................................................................................................... 94 CASE HISTORY # 2 .................................................................................................................................... 97 NARROWING YOUR FOCUS ........................................................................................................................ 99 THE “ORGAN FOCUS”................................................................................................................................ 99

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............................................... 116 Mapping areas of need .............................................................................................................................................................................................. 117 Dowsing without a pendulum ............................. 122 Metal Energy ............... 108 SUMMARY OF TREATMENT TECHNIQUE .................................................................... 121 Water Energy........................... 116 “Eye” Reiji ho ........................................................... 122 Fire Energy............................ 112 RECOMMENDED READING ....................... 118 Delving into a chakra’s levels ............................................ 121 Wood Energy ............... 2009 3 . 105 SUBJECTIVE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN REIKI AND FIVE ELEMENT TREATMENTS .......................................................... 111 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ................................................................... 2002.......................................... 119 Experiencing one’s own chakras ..................................................................................................................................... 2003........................................................................................................................................ 109 BALANCING THE ELEMENTS TEMPORARILY ................................................................................................................................................... 123 Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001.... 100 THE “ASPECT FOCUS” .......... 113 APPENDIX ............................................................................................. 115 Imaginary Reiji ho....................................................................................................................................... 114 DEVELOPING YOUR INTUITIVE POTENTIAL ............................................................................ 110 WORKING ON ORGAN PAIRS ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 122 Practical examples .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 100 “Balanced Presentations”........................ 100 WORKED EXAMPLE ........................... 101 USING ORGAN AND ASPECT FOCUS WHEN YOU SELF-TREAT ........ 121 Earth Energy .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 117 Experiencing someone’s chakras ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 114 DOWSING GRID ...................................................................................................................... 115 “Elastic” hands ................................. 107 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ....................................................... 120 FIVE ELEMENT HAND-MOVEMENTS .....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Two New Organs ........................................................ 109 DIAGNOSING IMBALANCES ..................................................................... 115 Flooding with light .................................................

they are stable and ready to be treated. so you can experiment and find your own distinctive way with this system. Next you will learn how to use these energies on other people. Now. Spalding. 2002. PE11 3RN Tel: 0845 458 3004 and 01775 722082 E-Mail: taggart@reiki-evolution. With best wishes to you.reiki-evolution. so you will learn two techniques that enable you to bring someone’s elements into balance temporarily. 2003. While this academic knowledge helps us to understand how elemental imbalances show themselves in our body-mind-spirit. 5 Rose Lane. this knowledge is not essential in order to carry out Five Element Reiki effectively. locked in place like a jigsaw. We present various techniques that you can use to achieve the desired results. In this manual you will begin by learning about Traditional Chinese Medicine and the ways that the Five Elements show themselves in our bodies. and you will learn how to treat someone’s elements in order to produce more long-term balance. you will learn how to detect elemental imbalances within yourself and you will use the five energies to bring your elements into balance.uk Web Site: www. Five Element Reiki is simple and I hope that you find the techniques presented on this course easy to put into practice.Introduction Welcome to Five Element Reiki. so we will be describing four methods that you can use to detect energy imbalances. and gives us insights into the likely effects of using elemental energies.co. if you are going to balance someone’s elements then first you need to know where the imbalances are. I wish you luck with them.co. You do not need to have a lot of knowledge to be able to use this system well.uk Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. This manual is comprehensive and detailed. in our minds and in our emotions. Once you know where the imbalances are. It is a system that you can use on yourself and which you can use on others too. Pincjbeck. in each main section of the manual. When you have done this. you can do something about it. Lincs. 2009 4 . a precise and focused way of working with energy. It provides background theory and explains the practical stages in an easy-to-understand way. You will then move on to experience the energy of the five elements by carrying out a series of energy meditations using five symbols. Taggart King Reiki Evolution.

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The linking thread is the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine. on the subject of medicine.000 years. History of TCM TCM has a long history: there is evidence that there was a sophisticated approach to medical problems as long ago as the Shang Dynasty (circa 1. Archaeological digs have unearthed early acupuncture needles. and takes the form of a dialogue between the legendary 'Yellow Emperor' and his Minister. For those who would like to investigate this subject in more depth than can be achieved here. while a herbalist prescribes a variety of herbs. we provide a reading list at the end of this manual. The 'Inner Classic' expounds the philosophy of Chinese Medicine and a further section deals with the benefits of acupuncture. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. 2002. and discourses on medical conditions have been discovered inscribed on bones. diet and exercise. An acupuncturist inserts needles into specific points in various parts of the body. herbs. diet advice and QiGong are all forms of treatment that are practised in their own special ways. and much of the current practice of TCM reflects traditions that have developed over the last 3. By the 1st century AD the first and most important classic text of Chinese Medicine had been completed. these basic writings were expanded upon. Over the following centuries. A Tui Na practitioner uses direct massage techniques. Breadth of TCM Acupuncture. and its application in a wide range of therapies and techniques.000 BC). QiGong uses movement and exercise to cultivate personal levels of 'chi' and produce balance and health. but there is something that links these outwardly diverse treatments. herbal medicine. massage techniques. pills. Early Asian shamanic practices are believed to be at the foundation of TCM. The text was probably compiled over several hundred years and based on the writings of many authors. 2003. and the Chinese emphasis on the balancing and governing forces of nature seem to have developed through the observation of the natural world. 2009 6 . powders and tinctures. Dietary therapy consists of advice about what to eat which the patient is able to put into practice at home. These disparate areas seem quite unrelated.Traditional Chinese Medicine Basics of TCM What follows is a very general overview of the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is designed to show the breadth of its theories.

These are the components: • • • Yin and Yang The Vital Substances The Five Elements This course concentrates on the five elements and one of the vital substances: Qi. for example the concept of 'night' has no meaning without the concept of 'day'. To live in harmony with Yin and Yang will bring peace. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. Basic Components of TCM There are three main components of the theory of Chinese medicine that are used in diagnosis. sometimes a person may have relatively too much Yin energy which is not held in check by their Yang. the underlying theory comes from the same root. 'up' has no meaning without 'down'. Nature is seen to group itself into pairs of mutually dependent opposites. and though the balance of Yin and Yang will vary. Yang is associated with fire and the fire may start to rage as it is not held in check by the Yin. Each patient has their own particular balance of Yin and Yang. 'The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine' (referred to above) states that: To live in harmony with Yin and Yang means life. To live against Yin and Yang means death. 2002. According to the Chinese view. obviously. To live against Yin and Yang will bring chaos. and this root forms the foundation for a unique diagnosis of each individual. all things in the universe have Yin and Yang aspects. both aspects will always be present. On the other hand. Yin and Yang One of the oldest classics of Chinese Medicine. Together they enable the practitioner to find the exact energetic cause of a patient's problem. We will deal with the five elements in detail later. and they will experience symptoms of Yang's association with water. Sometimes a person will become more Yang in nature. 2003.Whichever of the above forms of treatment a person chooses to have. and when people become ill their balance of Yin and Yang will be affected. These two fundamental forces of the universe are said to be in opposition yet interdependent. 2009 7 . We do not focus on the idea of Yin and Yang on this course. to consume each other and to transform into each other. and here we will just touch on Yin & Yang and the Vital Substances.

Upright Qi. Blood in Chinese medicine is not the same as the 'blood' that we think of. poor memory and lack of concentration due to the blood not 'housing' the Shen. 2009 8 . It also houses Shen (see later). and everything that is living. 2003. Condensed it becomes matter. The Vital Substances are their equivalent in Chinese medicine. It is the energy that underlies everything in the universe. and it is seen as the fluid that nourishes and moisturises the body. There are many sorts of Qi: Original Qi. If the body fluids are 'stuck' then the free movement of Qi and Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. Meridian Qi. These are the vital substances: • • • • • Qi The Blood The Jing Essence The Body Fluids Shen (mind-spirit) Qi is familiar to Reiki practitioners! It is called Ki in Japanese. or energy at the point of materialising'. As we get older. Body fluids are referred to as 'Jin Ye' in Chinese medicine. Lung Qi and so on and so on. refined it becomes spirit. The Jing that we inherit at birth is all that we have for the rest of our lives. moving and vibrating does so because Qi moves through it. it is stored in our kidneys. our greying hair and failing memories are signs that our Jing is becoming depleted. The 'Jin' body fluids are light and watery and are at the exterior of our body. They describe the main constituents of a person and the functioning of the vital substances could be seen as 'Chinese physiology'. The strength of our Jing determines our constitution. and it allows us to develop from childhood to adulthood to old age. and most people have an average amount of it. We do not need to know about these various kinds if Qi on this course. it varies in amount from one person to another. 'Blood' is described by what it does rather than by what it is. Liver Qi. For example. Ted Kaptchuk describes Qi as 'matter on the verge of becoming energy. the symptoms of 'blood deficiency' include: • • • frequent pins and needles or cramps due to malnourishment of the muscles and tendons dry skin and brittle nails due to lack of moistening of the skin constant anxiety. An old Chinese text called the Nan Jing says that "Qi is the root of all human beings". 2002. Nutritive Qi.The Vital Substances The cells form the basic structure of the human body as far as Western medicine is concerned. The 'Ye' body fluids are heavier and are found more inside us. and physiology is the Western study of the body's 'normal' functioning. Jing is something that we inherit from our parents and the state of a person's Qi and Blood depend on this 'essence'. Defensive Qi. Gathering Qi.

knowledge of the five elements and their twelve organs is important in diagnosis so that we can understand any imbalance in an individual. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. It is housed in the heart by the Blood. It could also be said to be our very spirit itself. and it can be said to be a rarefied form of Qi. Qi and Jing are called 'the Three Treasures'.Blood in the body can be obstructed. 2003. and together they are seen as the basis of our health. giving their practical relevance to Reiki practitioners. These latter areas are what this course is all about. 2009 9 . 2002. and the remainder of this manual deals with these areas in detail. Shen. The Chinese will often use the term 'Jingshen' as a sort of shorthand term for vitality or vigour. These body fluids are the most 'substantial' of all the vital substances in Chinese medicine! Shen by contrast is the most 'insubstantial' of all the substances in the body. and the term sends us the message that the basis of a healthy life is a good constitution and a strong spirit. Alongside Yin and Yang and the Vital Substances.

distant past. an 'organ' of Wood. to emotions. Wood represents active functions that are in a growing phase. But the elements are creative processes. which bases much of its thinking on the observation of the natural world. interact with each other in an endless dance. whereas Yin-Yang theory stretches back into China's distant. they are phases.The Five Elements Basics of the Five Elements The phrase 'five elements' seem to me to be a bit of a misnomer. sounds. whereas Water represents functions that have reached a maximal state of rest and are about to change their direction of activity. because it suggests to me something fixed and solid. and manifest or condense in different aspects of our body-mind-spirit. So if we translate these principles into the seasons of the year. and it was only in the Han Dynasty . grains. 2009 10 .which was a time of great eclecticism and Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. for example. The Five Phases theory was first set down in a coherent way by Zou Yen (350 BCE 270 BCE approx. odours and taste sensations. Metal or Water. Each 'element' is a badge that represents a range of related functions and qualities. Over time. Metal represents functions that are in a state of decline. So the emotion anger is associated with Wood. a wider and wider range of correspondences has developed: everything from colours. then Wood represents the growth of spring. they are dynamic. 2002. Metal represents the decline of autumn and Water represents the quiet waiting period of winter. the idea of wooden-ness (the dynamic phase) to the physical body. and some have come through observation. Ultimately. For example. the pause that nature takes between the activity of summer (Fire) and the decline of autumn (Metal). Fire. Fire represents the high activity of summer. and only later became an important part of Chinese medical thought. Earth represents balance and neutrality. but because careful observation of people has shown that disturbances in anger are associated with the Liver. The connections between the elements and the anatomical organs. 2003. In fact. musical notes and instruments. functions and movements. Earth is seen as representing the transition between each season. are the areas that we are most concerned with in this course. animals. Fire represents functions that have reached a maximal state of activity. planets and even dynasties. or sacrifices. or can be seen as 'Indian Summer'. not because anger is inherently 'wooden' in nature. with the emotions and mental/spiritual states. The Five Elements are different characteristics of nature imprinted on all levels of our body-mind-spirit. Earth. they are forces. Some of the connections have come through the application of.). that were appropriate to different dynasties or emperors. The Yin-Yang and Five Phase theories were uncomfortable bedfellows for a long time. the philosophical origins of Chinese medicine have grown out of the tenets of Taoism. everything in the universe is Wood. and can be seen as a 'buffer' between the other phases. plants. The Five Virtues or Five Powers were used at that time to arrive at the proper colours.

may not be able to fully express joy either. Interconnectedness The five elements do not stand alone. You can see from the diagram that Fire controls Metal (fire can melt metal). the parents would be engaged in working to support the family. Earth controls Water (earth can dam a river). When wood is weak or depleted. you can imagine that wood burns to produce fire. fire may become depleted also. The emotion of wood is anger. On the other hand. if Water is too weak. The Five Elements are a working proposition to explain the interconnectedness of all aspects of our body-mind-spirit. fire when it has burnt produces ashes which are earth. and water nourishes the growth of wood. Metal controls Wood (an axe can fell a tree). So if Water is too strong. and cannot express anger . rather than rigid dogma that should be applied in all circumstances. What happens to one element can have knock-on effects on the others. a fascinating and complicated interplay. rather like a parent giving support and nourishment to an offspring. while the grandparents' role was to guide and bring up the children of the extended household. These connections are again rooted in the observation of the natural world. They are linked together in an endless cycle. Fire may become depleted. deep down in earth metals can be found. the full expression of joy would be accompanied by the full expression of anger. In the Chinese view of things. Water supports Wood.synthesis . Each element controls another element. Earth supports Metal. rather like a grandparent giving guidance and advice to a grandchild. Metal supports Water. These connections are rooted in the observation of the natural world. 2002. Water controls Fire (water can extinguish a fire) and Wood controls Earth (wood can be used to fence off and control an area of land). In terms of the natural world. 2009 11 . so someone who has wood depletion. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. and Wood supports Fire. and the emotion of fire is joy. The Nourishment Cycle Moving clockwise round the circle.or suppresses anger . So Fire supports Earth. and you can see this on the diagram overleaf too. In the diagram below you can see the elements arranged around the edges of a circle. Fire may burn uncontrolled. the elements give support and nourishment to each other. water condenses on metal surfaces.that the two systems started to come together in Chinese medicine. 2003. and explanations that describe two ways in which the elements interact. In more traditional societies. The Control Cycle There is another way that the elements are connected to each other.

2003. 2002.Diagram: How the Elements Interconnect The Nourishment Cycle (Moving clockwise round the circle) The Control Cycle (Follow the arrows: one element controls the other) FIRE WOOD EARTH WATER METAL Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. 2009 12 .

TCM searches for the root cause. and we are flushing through affected elements and their associated 'organs' to produce balance on all levels. Although the majority of the meridians are related to physical organs that we in the West would recognise. where too much Chi in one element can start to deplete the element that is trying to control it. and each meridian is related to a particular body 'organ' from which it takes its name. 2003. and have a knock-on effect on. There is also a relationship described as a rebellious grandchild. and you will have seen diagrams or posters depicting the course of the various meridians over the surface of the human body. and that is the root cause. For us. or Triple Heater. and protects us from external 'attacks' such as infections. 2002. Sanjiao. The Triple Heater harmonises the organs and ensures the safe passage of energy and fluids through our bodies. and they do not necessarily work on the same physical basis. most likely there may be a problem with Metal. because there are two other ways in which the elements can interconnect. If one has a lung problem. For example. not all of them are. If an element is severely depleted. the root cause may be elsewhere: Metal may be affected because of an imbalance in its supporting element (Earth) or because of an imbalance in its controlling element (Fire). The Simplicity of Five Element Reiki The above demonstrates that there is a great deal of depth in TCM. 2009 13 . this is an understatement! Fortunately. The Pericardium protects the heart from emotional upsets and 'knocks'. which is done by acupuncturists to find exactly which meridian is out of balance. So a long-term medical problem related to Earth may start to drain. It does not depend on tricky diagnostic procedures such as the taking of the six pulses. Fire. success with Five Element Reiki does not depend on such detail. There are twelve major meridians and number of minor meridians related to each organ.The Complexity of TCM These descriptions give a hint of the complexity of TCM. and it's knock-on effects. the element that supports it. and needs more energy than is contained within it. In fact. for example. the precise root cause does not need to be determined: we will be balancing it. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. The Meridian System and 'Organs' Meridians are channels of energy running throughout our bodies. and so there would be many different sorts of treatments for what would seem to be the same medical condition. spending more time on the elements that are most out of balance. However. With Five Element Reiki we are bringing all the elements into balance by using their characteristic energies. at the same time. what is described above is not the end of the story. then it may start to drain energy from the element that supports it. malfunctioning is seen as causing Chi or body fluids to become blocked in our systems. and to determine the precise root cause of a condition. there are two 'organs' that are unknown to Western physiology: the Pericardium (or Heart Protector) and the Triple Burner.

intensifying the beneficial effect by making the 'organ' and its meridian resonate at its characteristic frequency. Usually two organs represent each element. the tendons. On this course the meridians and particularly the 'organs' are important because each organ is allocated to a particular element. When we work on the Liver and the Gall Bladder we will be sending Wood energy through those organs. in the same way that one element supports another in a continuous cycle. The Liver supports the Heart and so on. The Yang organs are hollow: Gall Bladder. The Lungs support the Kidneys. separating. We will produce balance in all the various ramifications and associations of Wood: anger. There are two other meridians outside the element classification.The word 'organ' does not have the same meaning in Chinese medicine as we would understand in the West when we think of the liver or the heart. Heart Protector. one Yin organ and one Yang organ. for example. Triple Heater. Each 'organ' functions on all levels of our body-mind-spirit. and these nourish the Liver. These organs are considered to be closer to the surface of the body. 2002. Spleen/Pancreas. You can also see them depicted in the diagram on the next page: Earth Wood Liver Gall Bladder Metal Fire Heart Small Intestine (Heart protector) (Triple Heater) Spleen/Pancreas Stomach Lung Large Intestine Kidney Bladder Water The Yin organs are the solid organs: Liver. These meridians will be familiar to those carrying out the microcosmic orbit meditation: The Conception and Governing Vessels. and listed below are the major meridians/organs and their associated element. the eyes. decision-making. Interestingly. Stomach. and have the functions of receiving. We will we be focusing energy on these organs and we will be sending the organ's characteristic energy through it. These organs are considered to be deeper in the body and are concerned with the manufacture. in TCM one organ/meridian can be seen as supporting the next. tears. so if we want to work on Wood then we can focus energy on the 'organs' of Wood: Liver and Gall Bladder. and this in turn nourishes the Lungs. and we are going to look at this in more detail later on. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. 2009 14 . to produce balance in Wood on a deep level. Each organ also has a much wider range of associations. So the Heart supports and nourishes the Spleen. planning. storage and regulation of the fundamental substances. and their associated meridians. Small Intestine. They each have an emotion associated with them. functions and influence than the physical organs we perceive in the West. part of an overall dynamic energy process. 2003. one solid organ and one hollow organ. and so on (see later discussions of the associations of each element). Lung and Kidney. characteristics. distributing and excreting body substances. Heart. Large Intestine and Bladder. and they run down the front and back of the body in the midline.

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Five Elements Correspondences In this section I want to touch on some of the important correspondences of the elements. Joy. particularly their associated 'organs'. and some are not so relevant for our purposes. represents the lungs and the large intestine. 2009 16 . for example the emotions. They are Anger. The Emotions of the Elements In Traditional Chinese medicine there are a number of internal causes of disharmony that are termed the 'seven emotions'. 2003. In this section I touch on the emotional associations of each element. so none of the seven emotions are considered to be 'good' or 'bad' in themselves. In traditional Chinese medicine the emphasis is on balance. some are appropriate and adaptive. Fear and Fright. Pensiveness. The usefulness of this is that if you know that Metal is reflected in the emotion of grief. Sadness and Grief. and Fear and Fright. or any of the other emotions of the elements. There are many. All the emotions have their place in a healthy individual and they should be felt and expressed. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. then you can understand that: • • Constipation may be connected with suppressed grief. though Western society tends to frown on the expression of anger and so this emotion tends to become suppressed. Sadness. 2002. one for each element. Most people experience a wide range of emotions that vary in intensity. and the ramifications of these on various levels. as happened a while ago with someone I was working on. What is important is how they balance. Negative connotations are not placed on anger. Helping someone to release suppressed grief can lead to skin condition improving. meridians and the various body parts connected with each element. with knock-on effects in other areas (see later). many correspondences to each element. may be taken together. giving five basic causes of disharmony. and also the skin. the 'organs'. Grief. Too much Joy is as out of balance as too much Grief. Please see the reading list if you wish to learn more. but the disharmony will express itself in a different way. others are less so. and then we will move on to look at more basic characteristics of each element.

preventing us from growing. Annoyance and irritability can also be seen as energies that have yet to be focused. and if this state of rage continues not to be expressed or cleared out then high blood pressure or Gallstones might result. 2002. Rage. and are not healthy emotions.see later). and we become frustrated if we cannot find the space for expression. Such an outlook may have arisen because a person has been confronted continually with obstacles to their self-realisation. This can be associated with apathy. for example. underneath there may be a feeling of great frustration or inner conflict. Continued failure Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. If a person keeps their rage inside. it can seethe under a cold and polite surface. bitterness and a general inability to become angry. can be seen as anger that has lost its purpose and gone out of control. chronic irritability and unreasonable temper tantrums can be indicative of an excess of chi in the Gall Bladder. fury and rage. hatred. irritable and always wanting to pick a fight with someone. Anger and aggression are seen as positive emotions that allow us to overcome impediments to our growth. but irritability. A person might be continually angry with themselves or on edge with others. rage and fury are seen as signs of a Wood imbalance. resignation and depression. sluggishness. which in themselves are what we might see in a person who has given up making plans and manifesting goals (some of the other characteristics of the Liver and the Gall Bladder . resentment and frustration. together with the associated feelings of irritability. We speak of 'blind rage'. hatred. For example. so healthy sexual behaviour is seen as related to healthy aggressive behaviour. 2009 17 .Wood: Anger The emotion of Wood is anger and aggression. They might feel 'stuck'. Such suppressed aggression also goes hand in hand with suppressed and inhibited sexuality. paralysed because they are unable to escape their fury. cynicism. 2003. Anger and aggression are a sign of an obstacle in our path. Emotional imbalances in Wood can be expressed in different ways. A person may exhibit suppressed rage: sarcasm. This can cause headaches in the crown and at the temples. and if the rage ever broke free there might be dangerous consequences.

and a deficiency of Yang energy in Wood respectively. leading to gout.can lead people to give up. through a basic feeling that one is welcome and at home where one is at that moment. and this is pursued relentlessly through work or play. which are in themselves injurious to the Liver. palpitations and high blood pressure. then the aggression can turn itself against the person's own body. the organs and their emotions! If over the years a person cannot express and clear their hatred and rage. a lack of chi in Wood leading to suppression of anger . arthritis. sometimes begging for attention and affection. So people with a deficiency in Earth feel insecure. and turn these emotions into a positive striving towards goals.can also lead to a suppression in joy. the emotions associated with Fire. Interestingly. and Joy is related to the Heart. Childhood experiences can lead to this belief becoming established in a person. A lack of Yang energy might be caused by too much Yin energy in the Liver (the Yin organ) or a lack of Yang energy in the Gall Bladder (the Yang organ). perhaps leading to alcoholism or drug addiction. for example. The last two paragraphs represent an excess of Yang energy in Wood. and other autoimmune or auto-aggressive disorders. They look for this security in eating or smoking. Since the elements are connected. and in patriarchal cultures women have less opportunity than men do to express themselves. and for the purposes of this course. 2002. An imbalance in Fire will show itself as a lack of joy. This is where it all gets rather complicated. Earth: Sympathy Earth expresses itself through compassion. we do not need to go deeper into the Yin and Yang characteristics of the elements. rheumatism. Fire also governs the blood vessels. Beneath this behaviour lies the belief that warmth and affection could be taken away or denied. If someone has an insatiable desire for permanent joy. 2009 18 . fortunately. 2003. There is a self-assurance that does not need to be proven. or joy in excess. and both are harmful. an inner security and calmness. An imbalance in fire almost always revolves around a relationship in the person's life. they might Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. Fire: Joy In Chinese medicine the concept of Joy refers more to a state of agitation or overexcitement rather than our more passive notion of deep contentment. The healthy situation is where anger and aggression can be expressed and then will turn naturally into joy and love. and Wood supports Fire. then this can put too much stress on Fire and lead to. Excessive striving for joy is not healthy. sympathy and a feeling of love and unity with one's environment. recognition. according to one author. the search for missing security is the driving force and main occupation of people with a 'weak' Earth. these diseases are more often found in women. In fact. and the stress involved may include a great deal of sexual frustration. so a person who is unable to properly express anger may be unable to fully experience joy. the element which follows Wood in the endless cycle of the elements. especially when it comes to carrying through with an idea or venting their anger.

and Metal imbalance can display itself in just such a worry. So a person with a healthy Earth has an 'inner abundance' from which to give and care for others. this 'sweetness' can turn into a constant overflow of 'sticky' emotional outbursts. a hopelessness. Thus the emotion of Metal is grief. There would be worries about the future. so an imbalance in Earth can show itself in a person who lacks compassion. think of a mother who prevents her children from becoming adults by limiting their responsibilities and not allowing them to make decisions. in martyrdom. a healthy Metal would display trust in life. optimism and a positive view of the future. In a balanced person. The basic emotion of Earth is sympathy or compassion. of course. rather like the fullness and abundance that nature displays in late summer. or over-exaggerated generosity which serves to make others dependent. and a critical stance towards others can go hand in hand with this.and constantly looking for the security of motherly love in their relationships. we will see later that the Lungs and the Large Intestine are the 'organs' of Metal. Metal: Grief If we follow the analogy of the seasons. An imbalance in Metal will show itself as being unable to grieve. or cannot receive it. An imbalance could show itself as self-pity and constant whining about one's own problems. Someone who is going through grief may experience breathing difficulties or bowel problems for a while.grasping for love . By contrast. When this element is deficient. Perhaps the person would be far too sympathetic. and perhaps even make up symptoms to attract more compassion towards them. Voicing criticisms helps to build up the person's sense of superiority.be overly affectionate . the emotions can flow freely. obsessively. and remember Metal's association with autumn. a sadness that fills us when we have to leave something that has be come precious and dear to us. or in feeling a sense of loss continually. they are 'stuck' and aren't able to move easily in and out of the emotion. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. when we realise that we have not taken advantage of our opportunities. The affairs of others do not seem to touch them very much. Whether someone asks for sympathy all the time. By contrast. 2003. to the point of being obsequious. with harsh judgements and low tolerance masking an underlying insecurity. The feeling autumn is sadness. Grief is a natural and a healthy process. perhaps a sadness about things that have not yet happened. 2002. They can hide their fear of abandonment behind a romantic ideal of love and partnership. but in an exaggerated form. suppressing grief. 2009 19 . An example that I read was that of a woman who sacrifices herself for her husband and children. with perhaps a pessimistic attitude. Maybe the person would seek sympathy continually. or who does not seem to enter into relationships with others. they might be unable to receive sympathy themselves. and sometimes these problems may persist. she can moan and point to her destiny as the reason for this. but a person who is overwhelmed by sorrow is likely to be displaying a Metal imbalance. This feeling is exaggerated in people who are unable to let go of something that they can never get back. not treating herself to anything. then we can imagine the state of mind in simple agricultural communities: wondering how they are going to last the winter as the cold dark days approach.

Our Lungs hold the emotion of Grief, and they are directly involved in the expression of this emotion: a normal and healthy expression of grief and sadness is sobbing that originates in the depths of our lungs, deep breaths and the expulsion of air with the sob. Sadness that remains and becomes chronic can create a disharmony in the Lungs, weakening Lung chi, and this will interfere with the Lungs' many functions and energetic processes.

Water: Fear
The emotion of Water is fear, which is a healthy and natural response to dangerous situations, a normal and adaptive human emotion. We fear something concrete, recognise the danger in time, and we take action to get away from something that is threatening to us. Fear ensures our survival. But anxiety and terror are more intense because they are emotional states where the threat can't be assessed properly, and in fact the threat may be imaginary. Anxiety exists when a threat can't be judged correctly, or may no longer exist. We develop anxiety when we isolate ourselves and we aren't in harmony with things and people around us any more. Being able to 'resonate' with our environment is a characteristic of Water: to be soft, to surrender oneself and to not offer any resistance. So a serious imbalance in Water can show itself as panic attacks, paranoia, a persecution complex, fear of the dark, a variety of phobias or even a general amorphous feeling of dread or foreboding, a pervading sense of anxiety about life. We may become rigid, immovable and paralysed by fear. Fear involves holding on to an anxiety rather than letting it go and, rather like a river that has been dammed; one can feel overwhelmed, inundated, sinking into despair. Only when the anxiety has been released can we move forward.

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The Correspondences of the Organs
Each element is represented by a couple of 'organs', and in the case of Fire, by four 'organs' - two of which do not have Western anatomical counterparts. The 'organs' for TCM purposes are much, much more than what we think of in the West. Each organ has a number of correspondences attached to it, so when in TCM someone thinks of the Liver, they are not just imagining the anatomical structure, but also anger - as we have seen above - and the ability to plan ahead. The 'organs' operate on all levels of the body-mind-spirit, they are energy fields that resonate throughout our being and exhibit their characteristics in different ways.

Wood: Planning and Decision-Making
Wood brings forth the desire for movement and growth. Its nature is expansion, growing in all directions. It brings forth the creative processes of planning and decision-making. It gives us the desire to undertake a new project, to set sail for new horizons and new discoveries. Wood is represented by the Liver (yin organ) and the Gall Bladder (yang organ). The Liver represents the ability to make plans and to see life on a material level; it embodies the power of imagination and creative energy that results in growth. It is the inventor, the discoverer. It sees the meaning of life. It develops the vision, the plan. Every new idea that we take hold of, every new concept, broadens our horizons. We take risks and go into the unknown. We grow, and growth or expansion is the essence of Wood. You might imagine that when this ability falters then some symptom would arise. For example, a migraine may appear when Liver energy is out of balance, and you could see this as frustration with the system because plans were not made or followed. So a Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009 21

person with a Wood imbalance might say that they felt 'jammed up in the head so that I can't think, or plan, or do anything'. Related to the Liver's planning is the Gall Bladder's function in decision making: the ability to assert our needs in the outer world. If you see the Liver as an architect, then the Gall Bladder is the builder who makes the decisions and arrangements necessary for the blueprints to become a reality. Imagine a person who has difficulty in making decisions, even very little simple ones, and you are thinking of someone with a Gall Bladder imbalance. The two functions of Liver and Gall Bladder are very closely connected. Without an allencompassing concept, the decisions in day-to-day life are incoherent, and similarly the best plans and projects are worthless if they cannot be carried out. Depression and resignation may have their roots in a Wood disorder: the vision is missing, the plan is lacking, or a person may have many plans and ideas but cannot make them into reality.

Fire: Controlling, Sifting, Protecting and Warming
Fire is the only element that is represented by four organs: the Heart (yin organ) and Small Intestine (yang organ), the Heart Protector (yin organ) and the Triple Heater (yang organ). The Heart Protector is also known as the Pericardium or the Circulation Sex and, along with the Triple Heater or Sanjiao, has no physical Western counterpart. The movement of Fire is vertically upward, from deep in the earth up into the sky, from the material to the spiritual, from unawareness to consciousness. On the mentalemotional level, Fire brings out joy, dancing, laughter, awareness, and the ability to have an encompassing view of things. The Heart can be viewed as a 'supreme controller' overseeing the workings of the bodymind-spirit, and in Japanese acupuncture writings the Heart is seen as so sacred that it is not treated directly. An imbalance in Heart energy is like chaos ruling in a kingdom, with a lack of peace and harmony, and leads to feeling a kind of inner panic and loss of control. The Heart is seen as the centre of consciousness, feelings and thoughts, and is one of the places where 'Shen' resides. Shen can be translated as spirit or soul. A person is said to 'have spirit' and this gives an idea of what is intended by the word Shen. Shen lives in the heart, its Lower House, and here it makes sure we have balanced feelings and a clear, honest way of speaking. Its higher house is the third eye chakra, where it brings forth clarity of thought and a conscious life direction. When a person has these characteristics, then their Shen is powerful and healthy, and it is said that you can se this by a sparkle or light in the eyes. If Shen is confused or lacking in energy then it is noticeable in unclear thinking or an inability to organise thoughts, in speech defects like lisping, stammering, stuttering or even muteness. It produces emotions full of highs and lows: one minute you are shouting for joy and the next you want to die. This description would fit with hysteria and manic depression also. A dispersed and confused Shen shows itself in nervousness, fearfulness, stage fright, insomnia and dull, unfocused eyes, all caused by a disturbance in Fire.

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silent laughing in the eyes and around the lips. On a physical level. if there is unclear information coming through. they must keep control of everything and they are incapable of letting other people take responsibility. The functions of the Triple Heater are closely connected with those of the Heart Protector. a person may become unable to express themselves clearly. the element that controls Fire. to radiate warmth and to love. so the Heart Protector allows the 'supreme controller' to carry on its work without interruption. of ideas and thoughts. The Small Intestine sorts particles of food: keeping those with nutritional value and passing on the rest as waste. On the other hand. sorting and grading and redistributing. enthusiastic.with its stress-related illnesses from high blood pressure to heart attacks. The opposite of this can be seen in someone who is 'coldhearted' or small-minded. An energy deficit in the Small Intestine is displayed in a person who takes in knowledge. For example. It works as a bodyguard. The Heart Protector governs the 'pulse of life'. and this is seen as happening on all levels. and they are unable to develop personal views and belief systems out of this. when the energy in the Heart is weak. and it brings out the ability to be generous to oneself and to others. and digestive problems could be seen in a similar light. or Pericardium. is seen as a 'buffer' that takes the bumps and bruises that would otherwise go straight to the heart and disturb the integrity of the bodymind. humorous and 'hearty'. with the sorting and sifting. hearing difficulties could be seen as an ability to sort sounds effectively. A healthy Pericardium produces a person who is able to speak from the heart and be cordial and affectionate. On an emotional level. 2003. convictions and beliefs from others in an 'undigested' form. then we may see symptoms that express confusion of the body-mind. This behaviour equates with the 'Type A' personality . excessive perspiration and nervous tension. People believe that they must do everything themselves and not delegate. The Small Intestine can be seen as separating the pure from the impure. 2009 23 . separate and unaffected by the others. angina. then decision-making is going to be affected (the realm of the Gall Bladder). criticism and love from others. This imbalance is usually connected with an energy deficiency in Water. It is the most complex of the 'organs'. It is said that the appearance of a person who is able to assimilate is displayed through a fine.manager sickness .If there is too much energy in the Heart then there can be talkativeness. the assimilation. in fact it is 'assigned' to the Pericardium. but you can also see this process carrying on at the emotional level. 2002. The Heart Protector. the Heart Protector helps to protect the 'emotional' heart. tachycardia. and at the mental level. and its functions are protective. someone who has a 'heart of stone'. Again it does not have a Western physical counterpart. None of the elements exist in isolation. the Pericardium meridian would be treated when there were problems like heart pains. and a dulled or non-functional sense of taste in both the gastronomical sense and in terms of the psyche. If this organ is out of balance. The Triple Heater's function is to guard all the body's organs and control their Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. so if there is an absence of proper sorting. heartbeat irregularities or circulatory problems. It also affords us the ability to give and the ability to accept complaints. or it may result in partial or total muteness.

and processes it. Bladder and Kidneys. otherwise the cause of an illness might be misdiagnosed. and the lower space contains the Large Intestine. we know goodness and magnanimity. Finally. and in Acupuncture the Triple Heater would be considered whenever there was an imbalance in the energy of one of the organs. The Triple Heater co-ordinates these three areas of the body. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. Earth can be described in terms of the late summer: gathering. and flushing Fire Energy through its organs. The Spleen-Pancreas holds qualities like logical thinking.Earth . 2002. we know when to speak and we know when to remain silent. 2003. it co-ordinates the depth and frequency of the breath in relation to digestion and sexuality. The downside of the Spleen-Pancreas is represented by worrying about a thousand and one things. survival. what does balanced Fire bring to us? Well. collecting together and storing. the time for looking inside and collecting oneself. Earth is also the transition between each season or phase. while knowing when the time is right to pull back. we will be bringing the Triple Heater into balance without having to consider it specifically. sorting. Liver and Small Intestine. and indulging in reminiscences. and gaining the wisdom that gives us the security to deal with difficult situations in life. and summer enjoys the pleasures of the present. Because the Triple Heater is so complex it is the easiest to bring out of balance. The torso is seen as being split into three 'burning spaces' or 'burning cavities'. a rational intellect. We can steer and lead others. the middle with digestion. Spleen. The upper space contains the Heart and Lungs. We can feel joy without becoming excessive. By balancing an element and flushing its energy through its organs. On a mental level. the ability to think things over. Earth: Distribution and Ripening Earth represents the time of year of harvesting. summer brings us joy and fulfilment. We have an inner balance from which to oversee events. a closed circle. though we will focus energy on it. In Five Element Reiki we are not working on the level of dealing with energy imbalances in a particular organ. and the inward and downward movements of Metal and Water that follow it. mental nourishment. and bringing balance to the other correspondences of that element. the middle space contains the Stomach. using intent. but we focus on bringing balance to each element in its entirety. 2009 24 . Earth is the pause between the upward and outward movements of Wood and Fire. with each space corresponding to certain organs. we are bringing its organs into balance. Thus the upper space is concerned with respiration. late summer . Our eyes glow. Earth's direction is horizontal. and the lower with elimination and reproduction. For example. when the Fire element is balanced in a person. it maintains the body's temperature at optimum levels within the three burning spaces. and the Heart Protector.looks back at what was.temperature. processing. While spring looks forward. and a good memory. brooding over the past. By balancing Fire. so that the organs can carry out their functions in harmony. the ability be critical. and we have good taste. selecting. Gall Bladder.

and then passes on the food energy to be distributed by the Spleen. Compulsive behaviour. stomach ulcers or metabolic disorders. If there is a Spleen-Pancreas imbalance then other parts of the body-mind wouldn't get the energy they need.via the red blood cells . people who judge and reject every other way of looking at things. also represent an excess of energy in the Spleen. menstrual problems. and for this reason it is said that the 'five viscera' all get their breath of life from the 'Spleen'. It is interesting at this point to note that it is not only desirable to have balance between the elements. The 'Spleen' also represents the lymphatic system: nodes. the connection to the bigger picture.An 'over-stimulated' Spleen can show itself in greed for knowledge and the latest news. and it maintains the integrity of the body through the immune system. with allergies. So the idea of 'nourishment' also extends to providing oxygen . This is the type of knowledge that specialists have: concentrated without seeing the context. together with the Kidney and the Uterus (an extraordinary organ that is not assigned to an element). The most characteristic example of this is the person who accumulates knowledge about detailed areas of human life. even on an organic level. emotional etc. and can be seen as being responsible for distribution. since they have a large lymphatic component. 2003. If lots of Earth energy is used up in intellectual activity. tonsils and thymus. The 'Spleen' for example is seen as encompassing the part of the Pancreas that produces digestive enzymes used in the Duodenum. leading to a lack of compassion. These people are said to compensate for a deficit in Earth by mentally clinging to an apparent security in the logical verification of things. The Spleen and the Stomach are good examples of the way that Chinese medicine interprets the idea of an 'organ' differently from Western medicine. and an addiction to reading. The Spleen is the 'mother organ' of the whole body. the absorption of fat from the intestine into the lymph system. The energy in earth has to express itself on many levels: physical. the production of white blood cells and the storage and breakdown of red blood cells. and the transport of energy throughout the body-mind. but to also have balance within an element. nourishment. assimilation and absorption are classified under the heading of 'Earth'. The 'Stomach' is seen as including the duodenum and the first six inches of the Small Intestine. It is also seen as responsible for fertility. mental. Yet another example would be the one-sided advocates of science and reason. then there will be a deficit on the emotional level. it nourishes the body. who has to think through and consider everything. Another characteristic of an excess energy in the Spleen is seen in the person who can't stop thinking. If a person takes up a huge amount of energy in digestion and nourishment then there will not be a great deal of energy left over for thought and reflection. The Spleen is important.to every cell in the body. it represents the red bone marrow and the mucous membrane of the intestines. It regulates the distribution of water and blood. 2002. obsessions and a passion for collecting that has become obsessive. 2009 25 . The breasts are assigned to Earth. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. The Stomach can be seen as the organ that receives nourishment. vessels. which is why digestion. fixed ideas. So the 'Spleen' oversees the transportation of water from the tissues back into the bloodstream. pregnancy and birth. Excessive intellectual activity can also produce problems on the physical level. integrates it and brings it to fruition.

It can also be seen as the generator of evolution and change. we will de depleted and debilitated.The Stomach is almost the most important function in the body-mind because our energy feeds from it. inflammation of the mammary glands. diarrhoea and constipation. menstrual problems. Metal and Water were arranged around it. and breath control is an important part of meditation techniques. 2002. If there Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. the essence of breath is called prana which is of course analogous to the Chinese qi. If there is a Stomach imbalance then we cannot get the proper benefit from what we take in. and mental and physical exercises. Metal is concentrated energy. condensation. lethargic. On a different note. They constantly look needy. Metal: Receiving and Waste Disposal Metal. What we take in won't be utilised properly. they hold on tightly to what they have. we can imagine a couple of different sorts of people. The Lungs are the receivers of energy. whether this is food for our body or food for our mind. infertility. We receive on all levels. immune deficiencies. In early Chinese writings on the five elements. The Lungs receive chi from heaven and replenish us. problems with lactating. 2003. but there were medical and spiritual schools based on handling every physical and spiritual complaint by bringing Earth into balance in a variety of ways encompassing the use of herbs. a tendency towards illness. massage. gastric or duodenal ulcers. The rhythms of sleeping and waking. and with each out-breath we release toxic substances. taking it from the outside into ourselves. where our breath is our connection to the universe. Fire. auto-immune diseases. In the second category are those who breathe out more than they breathe in. they receive and they release. disturbances in the natural rhythm of life point to an Earth imbalance. acupuncture focusing on the Spleen and Stomach meridians. creating space for new energy production. the opposite of Wood. the menstrual cycle would all depend on a balanced Earth. Obviously. and Wood. pain and swelling in the breasts. In the first category are those who breathe in too much and breathe out too little. If we follow thoughts of breathing a little further. and they cannot let go and relax. the element of autumn. Their chests are collapsed and they are continually lacking in energy. many digestive problems are associated with an Earth imbalance. The immune system could display allergies. as well as diseases of the lymph nodes and lymphatic vessels. breathing. Earth was in the centre. oedema. pancreatitis. If we can't get energy from our food properly then we will feel weak. gastritis. They strut around with inflated chests. Metal is represented by the Lungs and the Large Intestine. so we breathe emotionally and not just physically. the 'organs' responsible for energy transfer on all levels. With each in-breath we take in energy from the universe. The Large Intestine is rather like the dustbin man and its function is to store and dispose of waste. of appetite and digestion. 2009 26 . skin diseases. In the Hindu tradition. represents concentration. Earth imbalances could show as various disorders of the digestive system like indigestion. So in practice. incomplete digestion. Not only that. and it takes in every aspect of our lives. drawing in.

which . and highly dogmatic followers of a religion. We can only grasp fresh ideas and think new thoughts if we can let go of mental waste and obsolete mind patterns. we are in the period between death and rebirth. leaving the world. grief. waste begins to accumulate and the other organs are put under more pressure. headache and stuffy nose. moving downwards. So on the mental level. unfortunately. At the same time Metal is our connection to the environment. Often we need to go deeper within to perceive a deeper connection that is not visible in our daily lives. who seems hard. Too shallow breathing and too little excretion increase the desire for inner and outer purification. Water manifests itself as the Kidneys and the Bladder. they are unable to let themselves go sufficiently to receive the spiritual quality of the essence of Metal. Since Metal represents our energetic connection with the universe. completing the circle. If a person is unable to let go then they will be constipated and stagnate on all levels. and we can think of cleanliness and hygiene fanatics. emotional 'stopping up'. By letting go of our outer form our essence can be revealed. The characteristic of Water is sinking below. to a deep consciousness. the power of life lies dormant in the seeds. bad acne and boils. as compensating for this Metal disturbance through their behaviour. Metal's striving for intellectual quality can turn into a rigid outlook. and on a spiritual level Water leads the soul and life back to its origins. 2009 27 . They show little feeling. the Large Intestine represents clarity of thought and the power of discernment. going within. "The river picks up the stream and leads it back to the sea". know how to purify themselves. Some may follow religion in a fixed and dogmatic way. cold and isolated from their surroundings. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. so the Large Intestine is just as important as the Lungs in terms of our 'connection to heaven' (heaven is a synonym for our mental and spiritual world). Its energy is a vertical flow to the centre of the earth. intolerant Puritanism. striving for something that they can never achieve. but the Large Intestine is seen as working on all levels of the body-mind-spirit. 2003. and want to convert others to their beliefs. a Metal imbalance can show in a person as an inadequate bond to one's environment. Metal is concentration. These characteristics are typical of many religions. letting go. In the body. the striving for intellectual quality. religious fanaticism. reaching the lowest level. to our vitality.is an imbalance in this organ then the rest of the system is put under strain. to the central core. They are intent on getting to heaven. These people have a Metal imbalance. Symptoms such as feeling bloated. a type of spirituality that is lacking in enthusiasm or warmth. Fire draws up to the heavens and Water pulls us down to the depths.are present at all levels of our body-mind-spirit. 2002. constipation. The essence of Metal is not easy to deal with. to heaven. or spontaneity. swelling. Sometimes the imbalance can show in people who have high ideals. and this is an important point. Water: Vital Essence and Elimination Water represents Winter: life has withdrawn into the ground. Imagine a person who is lonely and withdrawn. These descriptions are on a physical level.like all the 'organs' . can all point to a Large Intestine imbalance. Only when we let go can a space be created in which the old can die and the new can be born. However.

and inability to digest food. the islets of Langerhans in the Pancreas. symptoms such as lethargy. freshness and the 'fluidity' of the body possible. anus and sexual organs. and this hints at Water's connection with bones. Water picks up waste products. for example in swelling and bloating.through perspiration . or feels unable to cope with life situations. and aching in the lower part of the abdomen. On a practical level. In Western medicine the Kidneys are responsible for dealing with water. The Kidneys are responsible for regulating the body's salts and minerals. something that we receive from our parents and our distant ancestors: our Ancestral Energy. difficulty in urinating. the sex glands. all point towards a lack of vital essence. Interestingly. a lack of acuity or perception. Water moistens the body's orifices: the eyes. cortisol and aldosterone regulate blood pressure and the balance of fluids in our body. the thyroid. noradrenaline. ears. and the proper functioning of our muscles depends on this too. the androgens exert a direct effect on libido. and in Oriental medicine the Kidneys can be seen as the controller of the water supply in agricultural communities. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. Of the hormones produced by the adrenal glands. it makes movement.The Kidneys are the storehouse of our vital essence. It is necessary for temperature regulation . Passage to the Stomach" comes from). with the former corresponding the functions that we would be familiar with in Western medicine. but there is no bodily function that cannot be carried out without water. They do not provide nourishment (Stomach and Pancreas). Inner secretions require water. The Kidney is also referred to as the 'gateway to the stomach' because the vital essence is seen as contributing to the rotting and ripening function of the Stomach. The yang-Kidney corresponds to the endocrine system: the adrenal glands. and digestion requires water when food is taken in and converted into a 'pulp' (this is where the phrase "Kidneys. The Bladder is flexible and adaptable in its ability to store a little or a great amount without discomfort. the adrenal glands produce hormones that mediate our fight-or-flight response: our biochemical response of fear. the Kidneys are the basis of life. The Bladder is not just seen as an organ of storage and elimination. The brain and the spinal cord are in fact assigned to Water. nose. and adrenaline. may have a Bladder imbalance.and for the maintenance of joint and muscle fluids. Imagine the seed that represents the potential for development. In Chinese medicine the Kidneys are considered as important as the Heart because they maintain the internal environment. 2003. The kidneys regulate the amount of water we have in our bodies and so a Kidney imbalance can show up in a variety of different ways. wishy-washy behaviour. the thymus and the pituitary. Thus the Kidneys support the stomach in its job. The Kidneys continually purify the organism through the filtration of water. they do not supply us with life energy (Lungs). and this flexibility and adaptability appears on all levels. which constitutes 65% of our body weight. the emotion of Water. but works with the Kidney in storing the vital essence. and in ancient texts the brain is called the 'Sea of Marrow'. compressed into a tiny space. The Kidneys are the guardians of this essence. the bringing to fruition and the assimilation. 2009 28 . or basic constitution. So someone who tends towards depression. mouth. 2002. a highly honoured position. an energetic 'genetic code' if you like. TCM sees two distinct aspects of the Kidney: the yin-Kidney and the yang-Kidney. prevents stagnation. Our nervous system can only function properly when the body's fluids have the right composition of salts and minerals. or someone who fears change.

With Water .more than any other element . 2002. and a variety of other aspects. a body part. In the following section I am just going to touch on a few of these. Water is the element of the deepening of self and meditation. When we accept the power of Water we become quiet inside and the surface of the lake becomes smooth. 2003. a taste. for example a colour. In this inner quiet. and a time of day. a physical manifestation. Other Correspondences of the Elements Each Element has associated with it a sense organ. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. an orifice. the world of dreams and the unconscious begins to open up. An imbalance in an element can show itself as a characteristic symptom in one of these areas. If one is at home in the depths then one can meet the storms on the surface calmly. 2009 29 .we come across that which has no name: the Tao.Water holds the deepest secrets of life.

with its sexuality. above and below. or glands or organs. Since Wood governs cycles of growth. temples or behind the eyes are characteristic of Wood imbalance. and so are the Heart. not surprising when you think of its connection with anger and aggression.or long-sightedness. cold hands and thrombosis. A healthy Wood element grows out in all directions. In ancient times the Pericardium was seen as an organ of Water. and so ringing in the ears and deafness could be related to a Fire imbalance. Interestingly. 2003. but a Fire imbalance could also be seen in someone who has difficulty in listening to others. Wood is associated with the sound of Shouting. and so the Heart. and you could say that it takes vision and sight to be able to make proper decisions. Thus an imbalance could be represented by hardening of the arteries. These are more treasured than the depths of Water. Headaches at the crown. In Western civilisation we have come to value the upper pole. so a person who always talks in a kind of shout. Fire also governs the maintenance and regulation of the entire circulatory system. Wood has an important role in coordinating the right and left hemispheres of the brain. so imbalance may show itself in symptoms that only occur in one side of the body or in diseases where there is lack of co-ordination in the muscles. 2009 30 . so a speech impediment may be related to an imbalance in Fire.Wood: The Eyes are represented by Wood. judgement and decision-making. varicose veins. and this has already been discussed in more detail earlier. and in some forms of epilepsy. The Small Intestine would be involved in sorting sounds. so an eye problem could be associated with an imbalance in the Liver and Gall Bladder: blindness. These organs are associated with planning. in Schizophrenia. is showing a Wood imbalance. between Water and Fire. The Tongue is the sense organ of Fire. 2002. and in cancer. as a 'Yang-Kidney'. These are more organic things. speech and intellect. The significance of this is that in Chinese medicine it is seen as desirable to maintain a balance between left and right. meditation and Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. to value Fires associations with love. and an imbalance can be expressed in psychiatric and neurological disorders. short. between the upper and lower poles of a person. The Heart Protector and the Triple Heater are all involved in hearing. aggressive and forceful. in growth disorders in childhood or puberty. Fire: The Ears are represented by Fire. Wood imbalances can cause irregular or painful menstruation or premature birth. and even now is seen as occupying a special central position between Kidney and Heart. the capillaries and all the hormones and regulatory mechanisms that are involved in the control of circulation. Finally. the Small Intestine. astigmatism or any sort of distorted vision. so arteries and veins are the 'tissue' of Fire. the four Fire meridians are found near the ears. Pericardium (the Western anatomical structure).

sinking into the archaic levels of the soul. A balanced Pericardium forms a bridge between Water and Fire, allowing us to experience a fulfilled sexuality that brings forth joy and laughter. If the Pericardium is balanced, and chi can flow properly, then we feel a deep connection between sexual lust and love, and we are able to freely give and receive. Though the Heart and Pericardium are both Yin organs, they are very different in their functions: the heart is responsible for inner matters like clarity of thought, speech, responsibility and motivation, whereas the Pericardium is responsible for blood circulation, heartbeat and heart rate on the physical level. Because of this, cold hands and feet are an indication of a lack of energy in the Pericardium, as is the person who has little warmth. Such people do not find much joy in sexuality, the stingy people who have a difficult time giving, people who need a long time to thaw, and closed people who do not laugh.

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Earth is represented by Flesh - the connective tissue and fat tissue - and a wasting disease may be due to an Earth imbalance. The state of the flesh reflects the Earth element. Earth also represents muscle. Since Earth is also related to the Mouth, many mouth diseases can be related to an Earth imbalance and practitioners of TCM can assess the condition of the Stomach and Spleen by looking at the lips. Since Ideas and Opinions are associated with Earth, then someone who is displaying extreme dogmatism, or who is unable to create ideas or conclude thoughts, may have an Earth imbalance. The colour yellow is associated with Earth, so if a person seems to have a subtle yellow hue coming from their face then this is indicative of an Earth imbalance. It is beyond the scope of this course to teach Oriental Visual Diagnosis, and it is unnecessary for our purposes.

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The Nose is associated with Metal, and so a limited or non-existent sense of smell can be associated with a Metal imbalance. The Chinese imagine an elemental spirit of Metal: an animal instinct that gives us the ability to 'smell' danger, to sense how other people are thinking and feeling about us, and to foresee future events. It is our sense of smell that allows us to differentiate between foods, people and surroundings that are good, or bad, for us. The connection with the Lungs is obvious and, interestingly, the Large Intestine Meridian is close to the nose. A related correspondence is that of Mucus, and Metal governs the secretion of mucus by mucous membranes, and particularly in the breathing passages. So a dry throat, coughing, dry throat etc. are associated with a Metal imbalance, as are a persistent nasal drip and blocked sinuses. The themes of breathing, and the disposal of waste, are continued in Metal's association with the Skin. We are in contact with our environment through our skin, symbolic of the way that Metal connects us to the Universe. The skin is said to reflect the condition of Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009 31

the lungs, and it is not uncommon in Western medicine to see skin problems like eczema (skin problem) associated with asthma (lung problem). Psoriasis and rashes would be connected, as would acne, boils and pimples, which are all related to the accumulation of and getting rid of waste products through the skin. In a wider sense, we show our attitudes towards other people by allowing them to touch us, or by avoiding contact with them. We are 'in touch' with nature only as long as we enjoy the sensation of the wind, the coolness of water, the warmth of the sun and the feeling of the earth and plants. The time of day for Metal is 0300 hrs - 0700 hrs. If we were to get up with the dawn, then this would be the time when we would start the day with some deep breaths, and defecation would take place quite naturally during these 'Metal' hours. Energy cultivation techniques like Tai Chi would be done in local parks when the sun is rising, in the fresh air.

Water:
The elemental spirit of Water is our will power, our will to survive, our sexual drive. It represents the vitality with which we master life. This spirit - called Zhen - can unfold when the organism is flowing freely, fresh and clean inside, and when the hormonal system is functioning effectively so the metabolism is finely tuned. In these circumstances power and vitality can develop. This power shows itself in supple body movements, flexible joints, sexual potency, strong bones and healthy teeth, a silky shine to the hair, good hearing, a tremendous urge for action and activity, and a healthy ability to adjust to the demands of circumstances. Balance within Water depends on the relative strengths of the yin and yang Kidneys. When the yang energy is weak, or when the yin Kidney is relatively strong, then the will to live, vitality, and sexual drive decrease. The results may be a general weakness, impotence, frigidity and paralysing fear. When the yang Kidney is dominant then you may find a person who is constantly in a hurry, or a person who exhibits rigid behaviour and body movements. This rigidity shows itself mainly in the lower back, the sacro-iliac joints and the back of the legs (along the course of the Bladder meridian). Symptoms of this rigidity are such things as hollow back, disk problems in the lumbar area, sciatica, lumbago and bladder infections. Other signs of a Water imbalance are kidney stones, kidney and urinary tract infections, bone diseases, loss of hair, some types of watery diarrhoea, menstrual disorders, insomnia, and constantly cold hands and feet. In fact a lot of sexual functions depend on balance in Water: the health of reproduction and the workings of the testicles and ovaries for example. The Ears are connected with Water, though we have already spoken about the effect of Fire, and the Small Intestine's sorting functions, on hearing. Water is more related to the sense organ itself and the semicircular canals. For this reason vertigo, lack of balance and dizziness can represent a Water imbalance, as well as middle ear infections. The time of day for Water is 1500 hrs - 1900 hrs. A person with a Water imbalance might feel that this time of day is their best, when they feel more alive than usual, but more

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likely it might be the time of day when the person feels at their lowest ebb. There may also be an urgency to urinate during this period.

Table: Correspondences of the Elements
Correspondence Organs Wood Liver Gall Bladder Anger Green Spring 2300-0100 (L) 0100-0300 (GB) Fire Heart Ht Protector Sml Intestine Tr Heater Joy Red Summer 1100-1300 (H) 1300-1500 (SI) 1900-2100 (HP) 2100-2300 (TH) Bitter Ears Perspiration Tongue Hot Laughing Blood Vessels Complexion for Sadness and Grief Scorched The Spirit Earth Spleen Stomach Sympathy Yellow 'Indian Summer' 0700-0900 (S) 0900-1100 (Sp) Metal Lungs Lge Intestine Grief White Autumn 0300-0500 (L) 0500-0700 (LI) Water Kidneys Bladder Fear Blue Winter 1500-1700 (B) 1700-1900 (K)

Emotion Colour Season Time of Day

Flavour Orifice Fluid Secretion Sense Organ Climate Sound Body Parts External Physical Manifestation Power: the Capacity … Smell Life Aspect

Sour Eyes Eyes Wind Shouting Tendons and Ligaments Nails, Hands and Feet for Control Rancid Spiritual Faculties

Sweet Mouth Saliva Dampness Singing Muscle Flesh for Belching Fragrant Ideas and Opinions

Pungent, Spicy Nose Mucus Nose Dryness Weeping Skin and Body Hair Skin and Body Hair to Cough Rotten

Salty Urethra and Anus Saliva Ears Cold Groaning Bones and Bone Marrow Head Hair to Create Trembling Putrid Willpower and Ambition

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1.10–12) The negative emotion in this first stage is sadness. This axe can be seen as a symbol of the truth that we’re about to encounter. surrender. and he will throughly purge his floor. 2002. 2003. The positive emotions are courage. or none. autumnal tone. letting go. 2009 34 . This poem opens us to welcome this autumnal grief and concludes with the famous hopeful line: If winter comes can spring be far behind? Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. when the trees lose their leaves. into new life. the time of dryness. and cast into the fire. Reiki Master To give you a slightly different ‘take’ on the elements. and with fire: whose fan is in his hand. associated with the symbolic death through water of baptism and preparing for the advent of Christ. even as the forest is: What if my leaves are falling like its own! The tumult of thy mighty harmonies Will take from both a deep.Mythic Taoist Organ Journey By Robert-Louis Abrahamson. And here we can connect to Shelley's “Ode to the West Wind”: Make me thy lyre. autumn. We are in “that time of year” Shakespeare evokes in Sonnet 73: That time of year thou may’st in me behold When yellow leaves. The element is metal — let’s picture the axe cutting away at things. I indeed baptise you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I. or few. or grief. Bare ruin’d choirs. where late the sweet birds sang. associated in turn with the fire and wheat that we’ll encounter later in this journey: And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down. through the seasons. We start with the lungs. John the Baptist speaks of the axe as an instrument of truth. do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold. Sweet though in sadness. and gather his wheat into the garner. (Matthew iii. whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptise you with the Holy Ghost. here is a passage given to me by a friend and Master student of mine… Here are some poetic passages to carry along during the journey around the organs.

Emily Brontë gives us another angle on this. We seem stuck. as Donovan sang. and now his flasks Send forth light squibs. 2009 35 . but can also be alertness and stillness. That's just it. stirring Dull roots with spring rain. wetness. we're gestating in the feminine womb. but also self-expansion and identity. So here we are deep in the feminine world of chaos. The negative emotion is anger and the positive is kindness. breeding Lilacs out of the dead land. darkness. the organ associated with green. See the little shoots springing up — miniature woods. Of course we face fear at this point. This brings us to T S Eliot’s lines on how cruel the spring can be to those preferring to stay in the protection of dead winter (to linger in the womb): April is the cruelest month. after all. cold. just being open in the midst of the meaninglessness. mixing Memory and desire. and it is the dayes. The colour here is deep blue or blackness — the mystery of the unknown. but in the midst of the fearful confusion. The first movement “stirring/Dull roots” is a wrench. I think of two poems in this connection. 3. the organs associated with winter. The worlds whole sap is sunke. Lucies. But if we're going to stay with this alchemy of transformation. The Sunne is spent. On a more humorous note (and why not a little lightness in this season of growing daylight?) let’s include Hugh MacDiarmid’s poem “Crowdieknowe”. First there's Donne's “Hymn on St Lucies Day” (December 21 — the winter solstice). just paying attention not trying to comprehend. 2002. Here the negative emotion is fear and the positive one can be gentleness. Now we know where we are: here's the realm of mindfulness. That's what's happening in the spring. we must be still and alert. Next we move to the kidneys. They are set in their ways. I like that sense of immobility. with wood and with spring. who scarce seaven houres herself unmaskes. From the lungs we go to the liver. depicting the anger of the old Victorian Presbyterians as they are resurrected for Judgement Day. 2003. Here’s a world of darkness and stillness with all the masculine energy and sap “spent” and “sunke”: ’Tis the yeares midnight. The shoots of whatever new thing is being created (within us) suddenly begin to appear. connecting the winter cold and dark with immobility and stillness: The night is darkening round me The wild winds coldly blow But a tyrant spell has bound me And I cannot cannot go.2. No wonder the emotion is anger. The element is water — the feminine element. how dare some “Frenchlike folk” invite them to rise into something new! Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. confusion — "O no! must be the Season of the Witch". no constant rayes.

plenty glare sky those. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. and rejoiceth as a giant to run his course. cruelty. if Once we can recognise that this anger is just the other side of self-expansion and part of our (new?) identity. cocky stud) and the positive side (his delight passes on to all he comes into contact with). Psalm 19 comes to mind here with its great description of God's masculine power: In [the heavens] hath he set a tabernacle for the sun: which cometh forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber. the sun pours down its heat on everything (think of the Middle Eastern origins of the psalm). I grat at as a bairn ’ll scramble frae the croodit clay crowded Wi’ feck o’ swearin’. summer. child from. 2009 36 . love. We're now in the realm of the masculine principle. can you picture the new husband. I love that image of the sun's masculine power being like "a bridegroom out of his chamber". This is the stage in which we actually use or perhaps just delight in the new thing that has been born in us or the new self we have become. acting upon other things. we have moved beyond the anger and are beginning to fit into our new identities. An’ glower at God an’ a’ his gang O’ angels i’ the lift —Thae trashy bleezin’ French-like folk blazing Wha gar’d them shift! Fain the weemun-folk’ll seek To mak’ them haud their row —Fegs. Muckle men wi’ tousled beards. coming out full of confidence? And we can see both the negative side (he turns into an arrogant. shy. old. It goeth forth from the uttermost part of the heaven. 4. 2003. walls with wept. God’s no blate gin he stirs up The men o’ Crowdieknowe! a graveyard dead. An’ see the deid come loupin’ owre leaping. joy — the masculine God — penetrate into all things. and runneth about unto the end of it again: And there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. Our heart pumps blood to every part of the body. delight. 2002. the element of fire. love.Oh to be at Crowdieknowe When the last trumpet blaws. The danger here. joy. Then comes the heart. involves all the usual masculine dangers: violence. made hold wow. hastiness. over The auld grey wa’s. the negative emotion. which we can temper by the positive emotions of delight. arrogance. the colour red. But let’s linger on that final line: “there is nothing hid from the heat thereof”. creativity. having just had a night of sexual delight.

or better.. Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun. and we move on. And there we end: ripe to the “core”. and it is satisfying to understand the changes that you see happening during a course of treatments. Here we're grounded. Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run. so don't get bogged down in the theory. earthed at the end of the journey. and you don't need to be either. but you can use this system effectively even if you know nothing at all about five element theory. Sol and Luna. And so the journey finishes.5. together in serenity. 2002. The element is the earth. To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees. What better here than Keats' “Ode to Autumn”? Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. The negative emotion is worry. 2003. golden wheat colour. But that’s another story! Frequently Asked Questions How much theory do I need to be able to remember? I want to say to you that the theory of the Five Elements is fascinating. Finally we move to the spleen. as we become anxious about what's going to happen to all this that we've been delighting in. Where? Onto our next journey. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. where as the fruit of our alchemy lie the male and female. but the positive emotions are serenity and compassion — the harvest of all our emotional work. of course. And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core. I am not an expert in Five Element theory. at our centre. the season of harvest. but that academic knowledge is not needed to use this system effectively. It is interesting to understand how a person's element imbalances are reflected in their mind/body/spirit.. the colour yellow. 2009 37 .

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energies and their effects had this to say after one of our 'experimentation' sessions: "The energy I felt from the symbols made me very keen to continue learning more about them. The reason for this is I believe that they focus the energy intensely on one particular aspect of a person .focusing on all the ramifications of an element. there would be no point in continuing with them. I used 'automatic writing' and went through each element in turn. 2002.Five Element Symbols I have channelled five symbols which represent energies that resonate at the characteristic frequencies of the five elements. the effect is more intense. An interesting contradiction." Chris Burns March 2001 Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. and because the focus is narrow. and resonate strongly with the energies of each element's associated 'organs'/meridians. It was so different from the traditional Reiki symbols and far more than I've felt from the other Seichim symbols I've been given (even though I've been 'attuned' to them). you are focusing intensely on mental/emotional balancing. I asked if it would be possible for me to channel those symbols and the response was also positive. the knock-on effects are many and varied. channelling each symbol a number of times to make sure that there was consistency in the way that it was being drawn out. The background to this is that I asked my spirit guide whether it would be possible to use symbols to represent the essence of the five elements and the response was positive. although the focus is narrow. you have intensified the healing effect. I received the message that these energies would indeed produce greater healing benefits than standard Reiki treatments. 2003. Because you have narrowed the focus. 2009 39 . Obviously if the symbols produced no greater benefit than standard Reiki. A Reiki Master and clairvoyant who had been helping me by giving me feedback about the symbols. The symbols were consistent. Because the five element energies have so many ramifications. I then asked if using these symbols would produce greater treatment or healing benefits when compared with standard Reiki treatments. You can see the same approach with the use of the standard Reiki symbols: as soon as you start using SHK for example.

The Five-Element symbols The Fire Symbol Start on the right and move to the left… The Earth Symbol Draw a short line down. 2002. 2009 40 . 2003. then circling anticlockwise three times in a smaller circle that engulfs the original short oblique line. arcing anticlockwise in a full circle. Then make a sharp turn to the right and draw a line to the right. obliquely and to the left. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001.

Being attuned to these symbols So long as you are already ‘attuned’ to Reiki. level with the centre of the spiral. either: so long as you are connected to Reiki – either through having received an attunement or an empowerment – then any symbol will focus the energy in a particular way without you having to go through a specific ‘attunement’ ritual. the second stroke goes horizontally to the right. spiralling outwards and plummeting to the ground. Follow this by tracing a triangle three times. In fact. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. Then draw a straight line upwards obliquely to the left. and the third stroke goes vertically upwards. 2002.The Metal Symbol Start at the centre of the spiral. The idea of attuning someone to a symbol before they can use it is a myth. You are now at the top of the symbol. You finish at the pinnacle of the symbol. 2009 41 . 2003. you do not need to be attuned to the Reiki symbols for them to work. The first stroke goes down and to the left. you can use these symbols and they will work for you. You do not need to have been ‘attuned’ to these symbols for them to be effective. moving anticlockwise. Then draw a straight line upwards obliquely to the right.

The Water Symbol Start on the right and move towards the left. It falls down twice and then flies or leaps up into space. rolling out like a carpet or a wave. 2009 42 . like flames licking at the sky. finishing at the centre of infinity. so you have traced out three infinity symbols. The difference between the Fire symbol and the Water symbol as follows: The Fire symbol is like a roller coaster. along the ground. left-right. Make the infinity symbol. 2003. The Wood Symbol Draw a line vertically downwards. curving round anticlockwise into the right-hand loop of what will be an 'infinity' symbol. Then bounce over and to the left. The Water symbol falls down twice but then it stays down low. left-right. 2002. left-right. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001.

These are powerful meditations. working in the order Wood Æ Fire Æ Earth Æ Metal Æ Water Alternatively. 2002. Try both approaches and find out for yourself which variation feels more comfortable for you.Five Element Energy Meditations Introduction If you are going to be using the five elemental energies in practice – using them on yourself and using them on other people – then you should spend some time becoming thoroughly familiar with them. spending a couple of minutes experiencing each of the five energies. When you have completed 7-10 days of meditations using one energy. You can use the meditations in different ways: You can if you like carry out a meditation for about 10 minutes daily. and they have the potential to produce powerful effects within you. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. you can if you like spend 5-10 minutes each day working with only one energy. Below you will see described some symbol meditations that you can use on a regular basis in order to ‘become’ or to ‘assimilate’ the five energies. 2009 43 . 2003. Again follow the order Wood Æ Fire Æ Earth Æ Metal Æ Water Technique These two meditations allow you to experience the distinctive qualities of each element. for say 7-10 days. then spend a further 7-10 days using the next energy.

up in the air above you. Try to give an explanation for their feelings based on your knowledge of the correspondences of the elements. As you breathe out. any qualities you are experiencing. into your head. Where are the sensations located? Be aware of your emotions. in Martial arts. feel the energy get stronger in your Dantien. the centre of your creativity and intuition. and your state of mind. feel the energy spread through your body. palms uppermost. Draw out the symbol in your mind's eye. Be aware of any sensations in your body. They drew the five energies into themselves. 3. 2. As you inhale. and gave me feedback on what they were feeling/experiencing. It is used extensively in energy cultivation techniques like Tai Chi and Chi Kung. Imagine cascades of energy flooding down onto you from the symbol. Draw out the symbol in your mind's eye. and your state of mind. 4. 2009 44 . 3. 2003. into your crown. in creative pursuits and in the original form of Reiki! Feedback from 'Guinea Pigs' What follows are some comments that were given to me by various people who I 'experimented' on. Draw energy down the centre of your body to your Dantien *. Where is your attention directed? Make notes afterwards on what you experienced. up in the air above you. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. Maybe some of their experiences tie in with what you have felt during your meditation on the energies. 2002. Sit with your eyes closed and your hands resting in your lap. 6. Where is your attention directed? Make notes afterwards on what you experienced. your thoughts. Energy floods into your hands. draw energy down from the symbol. 5. Sit with your eyes closed and your hands resting in your lap palms uppermost. Where are the sensations located? Be aware of your emotions. As you pause before exhaling. 2. Be aware of any sensations in your body. the seat of your soul. any qualities you are experiencing. Meditation #2 1. In Oriental thought it is seen as your personal energy reserve. your thoughts. into your torso. any impressions.Meditation #1 1. any impressions. * The "Dantien" (Tanden in Japanese) is an energy centre that can be found two fingerbreadths below your tummy button and 1/3rd of the way into your body. 4.

no fears. Circular movement in Dantien area. pain in hairline. gentle warmth (not heat). softness. 'inner smile'. 2009 45 . Hazel Dependable. Gentle flowing resting at ears. Drifting off. deeper breathing (not as deep as earth). head wafting like a stem in a breeze randomly for a while until balance was achieved. giving life. Janet Smooth. heaviness or dull feeling in liver area. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. Very relaxing and gentle energy. breathing relaxed. Yellow/orange. Safe. capable of giving out. 2002. calm. Not like earth though. toes and fingers tingling. Soft. Peace. sensation in abdomen. no anxieties. Soothing. flexibility. soles of feet tingling. is going to be fine. grounded but in contact with the universe.a gentle. heel and foot more in contact with the ground. not nurturing: contained life. Feeling of physically swaying. top of body was more organic and flowing. Full of life. Took a long time before I felt anything. Downward movement from the knees to the feet. Drifting off to sleep. everything in the world is fine.Wood Taggart Contented happiness. Energy went to solar plexus and gently flowed. but not vibrant . Karen#2 Tingling from the knees to the feet. 2003. balance. calm. calm breathing. feet fixed to the ground: rooted but not heavy… not pressure. Pleasant. Christine Beautiful. blowing gently in the breeze. Inner strength. Being part of everything. Karen Very relaxing.

2009 46 . Scalp tingling/standing on end.Fire Taggart Impassioned. but not part of it. Was 'in' the energy. Feelings of positivity. tingling ears. Very 'round the head'. Felt good. sense of anger. Alert. shooting pressure across head. not sunk into chair as was the case with earth. dry mouth. dry mouth. Back of skull sensation. confidence. aware. in the middle). Tingling in arms/shoulders.from my ears. No feeling of sinking down. Intense. focused on the clock ticking like a heartbeat. full hands (not fizzing) Karen Bright orange colour. Pressure by eyebrows (above. progressive intense pressure in the heart area (not unpleasant) and tingling in abdomen. Karen#2 Feeling down arms. arrogance. brightness. a loving energy. very swirly feeling. extra positive outlook/feeling. unsettled: wanting to get on and do things. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. Hazel Prickly. Janet Heat in outer ear. moving to the back/abdomen . Christine Immediate warmth but a light feel. Poise. Lively feeling. 2002. jagged. many thoughts. Almost vibratory. Deep breathing. Left with an 'alert' feeling. Ready for action. 2003. A lot of expansion. not sunk in chair as was the case with earth. Sitting up straight/upright. energy movement in arms. faster shallower breathing and lots of breathing in. more aware of things outside . then feeling on cheekbones/tightening. alertness. fast breaths. heaviness/pressure in heart. Faster breathing. not serene. open. Comforting yet invigorating within. Didn't want to 'be one' with it.a couple of inches above & below the navel in the front and the back.

moving with a 'ripple' effect. Stomach: everything settled (undulated. empty head. Wonderful warm flow. and then settled). Christine Emerald green/yellow colour.Earth Taggart Deep muscular relaxation. strong. feeling of lead. slow deep breathing. blanket over shoulders and down the back. 2009 47 . 2003. no thoughts. awareness of stomach (dull sensation) and spleen. Calming and grounding. energy in forehead base of skull. Still. thoughts of oneness. heavy limbs and body. heavy energy. Soft. Slowed breathing. Wobbly feeling. solid. All encompassing. tangible. swirling/movement in head. slowed her down. Shoulders going down. Janet Heaviness in head. Karen#2 Pleasantly tearful. leg dropped. heat at back of neck and down back. big releasing breaths. dense heaviness. not uplifting but not oppressive. Warm in stomach area. Enveloped by cool green-ness. Sinking back into chair. Definitely a warm green colour. empty head. connected-ness to the earth/roots/planet. Travelled to upper chest and no further. Warm & loving. wooziness. pushing me down. fierce heat in hands Karen Green/brown colours. deep breathing. gentle pressure. Energy washed down. Womb-like comforted feeling Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. Hazel Shoulders relaxed. thoughts of wholeness. 2002.

Tip of nose 'went'/pulsated. shallow breathing. didn't embrace. Frozen. Not pleasant: not unpleasant but not pleasant. A very compressed energy. sharp. otherworldly. Feels 'sharper' afterwards. blue/white colour. incisive. Not threatened. Karen Cold nose. Suspended: not thinking. Feeling of wanting to take control. sedated breathing because of great load on chest. cold. detachment. Cuts through the crap. Karen#2 Cold. hardened attitudes. and four lines radiating off each side of the diamond. reserved. immovable. something totally alien. command. Janet Rigid. aware of nose/teeth/tongue. Cutting to the essence. Came out of it easily. Saw a symbol: vertical diamond with small square inside it. fast shallow breath. straight-laced. or the point of what is going on. cutting. Something close to face. 2009 48 . A straight rod going through spine. detached. tingling at sides of abdomen. just there . Symbol cut me down the middle. Christine Distinctive smell of metal filings. Sense of suspended time. and a feeling of constriction in the chest. 2002.take it or leave it. Hands cold. Hazel Sharp. shallow breathing. suffocation.Metal Taggart Cool. Hardened attitudes. tingling in many areas of skin. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. progressive heaviness in chest cavity and main part of abdomen. being overbearing. analytical. not organic. Very aware of a feeling in the crown (one of the points coming down). incisive. tingling/cold from the knees down. not at all familiar. energy going out through the base of the spine. Odd. Absence of colour. heavy. 'out of this galaxy' energy. but not comfortable either. 2003. not welcoming.

tingling in back of head. bladder awareness. fluidity. 2009 49 . swirly. Heat in a wonky knee. creeping awareness of lower abdomen. round to kidneys. or an awareness of that area. tingling in inner ear. slow intermittent breaths. Slow. cool gentle pulsing in hands Karen Something going on in the eyes (?bladder meridian).Water Taggart Heaviness in lower abdomen. Befuddled. woozy (not unpleasant). Difficult to find words. Slowly a feeling starting at the lower back and then movement. movement down the legs. downwards sensations (not returning). Aware of nose/tip. soft balls of energy in hands. Hazel Need to go to the loo. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. calm unforced breathing. Need to go to the loo. Karen#2 Sleepy. Feeling quite emotional. no colour. smooth. one leg (L) more than the other. not aware of breath. Christine Energy passed to third eye and throat and became ice cold. moving down arms. warm eyes. slow motion movements of the head for a while until it found a balanced position. balance. No particular colour: pale. Intense thirst. Woozy. 2002. going down the legs and out. Janet Pressure inside ears. Cold legs/feet. calm. quiet serenity. 2003. Intense urge to drink water. warming of the lower back. flowing down back and out through feet. contented shallow breathing. heaviness. A 'clearance': feeling soft. gentle. feeling between the shoulder blades. Didn't want to open eyes.

and wow! I felt like I was surrounded by huge flames. and my heartbeat increased. warming me very quickly and completely. After that. This activation became very strong when I finally channelled Water. I then channelled Metal. which felt kind of cold. activating and energising my kidneys” Stefanie. it started activating my kidneys. I felt a slight pressure on my heart. Then I switched to fire. it felt like a hot water bottle on my lower back. very nice and warm. the energy went into my stomach and was very calming there (I am having a lot of digestion problems at the moment. 2009 50 . 2003.“I started with wood. light. strange. Germany Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. due to a change of my diet). I changed to Earth. I could see young trees with my inner eyes. nurturing feeling. it was a very comfortable. 2002.

2003.Section 3: Working on Your Self Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. 2009 51 . 2002.

Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. I will start with a general discussion of pendulum usage. Both approaches are described below. 2009 52 . then I will detail how a pendulum can be used to determine the state of one’s elements. it will be useful if you can see the effect of the selftreatments on your elemental imbalances from day to day. 2002. Introduction You can use anything that dangles as a pendulum. A simple and effective way of doing this is by dowsing: using a pendulum. Using a Pendulum . I am not convinced of this. Don't rest your elbow on your leg or the arm of a chair because the pendulum won't give you a strong response: your muscles need room to move it! For me. hold the pendulum away from your body. Try asking ‘am I a man?’ or ‘am I a woman?’ Blank your mind for a few moments. relax.General If you are going to treat yourself. 2003. a ring or a piece of plastic.Monitoring the State of one’s Elements Intuiting your Elements It is possible to intuit the state of your elements in a couple of ways: by using a pendulum or by using visualisation to access your inner intuition. and see what it does. suspending it between your thumb tip and index fingertip. whether it be a crystal. but it seems to vary from one person to another. ‘yes’ is a clockwise movement and ‘no’ is side-to-side. 'Yes' and 'No' Answers The first thing to do is to find out what your pendulum does to say ‘yes’ and ‘no’. However. the College of Psychic Studies in Kensington apparently advise people not to use a crystal because it can 'pick up on the subconscious desires and wants of the dowser'. and finally I move on to describe a ‘creative visualisation’ method that can be used to access intuitive knowledge – an artificial visual construct.

only when you are intending to use a pendulum in a different way. 'no' and 'stupid question' responses. I continually swing the pendulum forwards-andbackwards as a 'neutral' position before asking the questions. The 'Neutral' position I have found that it is easier for the pendulum to give you answers quickly if it is already moving. or for a different purpose. actually. and see what the pendulum does. hold the pendulum so that it dangles over the crown chakra. May I do this? (simply politeness really) If you get ‘yes’ responses to all the questions then go ahead. You do not have to go through this procedure every time you use a pendulum. since otherwise you are limiting the pendulum to a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response. neither of which may always be the correct answer! You can interpret the ‘stupid question’ response as meaning ‘you need to re-phrase your question a little’. 2002. Ask ‘am I able to use this pendulum to dowse the state of a person’s chakras?’ If you get a ‘yes’ response then you can ask these questions: • • • What will you show me if the chakra is open? What will you show me if the chakra is closed or spinning sluggishly? What will you show me if the chakra is spinning too fast? For me. say to yourself 'show me the state of the crown chakra'. rather than holding it still every time whereupon it has overcome inertia every time it answers you. This is a useful response to have. Can I do this? (Am I able to do this?) 2. throat etc. Should I do this? (Is it right or appropriate for me to do this?) 3. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. If you try asking ‘what should I do now’ then you may elicit a response that means ‘ I can’t answer that question with a yes/no’. Obtaining 'Permission' Various books recommend that you ask a few questions before entering upon a new endeavour. or ‘that is a stupid question’. Then move on to the third eye. but it is a useful exercise to carry out in order develop your skills with the pendulum. all the way to the root chakra. Before you start a treatment. Dowsing Chakras Dowsing the state of someone’s chakras is not something that you do when carrying out Five Element Reiki.You could try saying ‘show me your yes response’ and ‘show me your no response’ and see what happens. the responses are my 'yes'. In my case. If any of the answers are ‘no’ then do not try any more at that time. than you have before. 2009 53 . 2003. as follows: 1.

Practice Practice using a pendulum in this way until you feel comfortable with it. To the left you can Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. and then you can start your self-treatments. You can see that there are two scales running from zero. which you will find below and in the Appendix to this manual. Using a Pendulum to Dowse your Elements Using a pendulum. research chemist. and see how the elements change in relation to each other from one self-treatment to another. To the right you can see a scale running as far as +100. You can find out which elements are balanced. Common Chakra 'presentations' I have found that it is quite common for the throat.for example a lock of the person's hair. You can compare the relative imbalances of all the elements. which elements are deficient. I found a closed root chakra in a girl with anorexia and a woman with multiple addictions. it is possible to find out. 3. which ties in with inability to express oneself and current/long term emotional issues respectively. I found fast-spinning third eye chakras in a counsellor. You can monitor your own progress more accurately. By using a semicircular 'scale' – a bit like a protractor . In fact. 2003. Technique Look at the 'Dowsing Grid'. say. which is a vertical line running up the page. by way of making a definite connection with the person about whom they are seeking information. and the degree to which they are deficient or in excess. I have not felt the need to do this with Reiki clients. it is common for the dowser to have some sort of 'witness' . a molecular geneticist and web consultant.with arbitrary percentages from 0% . that Wood has a 20% excess of chi while Fire has a 60% deficiency etc. dowsing to see your elemental status each day. you can happily dowse the chakras standing by the person's side. in increments of 10 points. which elements hold too much chi.100%. 2002. heart and solar plexus chakras to be closed. 2009 54 . you do not have to have the subject in the same room as you. This is useful information because: 1. so I believe that Reiki and intent is connection enough. so you can dowse the state of their chakras before they arrive for the appointment! Within dowsing. 2. it is possible to find out in detail about the degree of imbalance of all your elements.In fact you do not have to dangle the pendulum over each chakra. which represents elements that are holding too much chi. You can see how an imbalance in one element is reflected in imbalances in the supporting or controlling elements.

Hold the pendulum with its point hovering over the midpoint of the baseline. which represents elements that are deficient in chi. You have been provided with a ‘Bar Chart’ worksheet that you can use to record the state of your elements. the point from which the 'spokes' radiate. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. and if it is out of balance. If the pendulum swings vertically up & down the page. record the degree of excess to the nearest 10 points. record the degree of deficiency to the nearest 10 points. You do not need absolute precision and the numbers are not empirical anyway. 2003. then the element is in balance. forwards and backwards. Say "Show me the state of my Wood element".see a scale running as far as -100. This is what you do: 1. If the pendulum swings to the left then the element contains too little chi. whether it contains too much or too little chi. 3. 2. 2009 55 . and to what degree. 2002. They are just a guide. in 'neutral'. or set it moving along the 'zero' line. See in what direction the pendulum swings. in increments of 10 points. If the pendulum swings to the right then the element contains too much chi. You can use this grid to simply and quickly find out about the state of each element: whether it is in balance.

the self-healing technique used by Shaolin monks. not unbelieving...stared.” Jeannie. balanced chi. Earth & Fire which she confirmed. It concerned me so much that I knew finally had to get to the bottom of the cause of my migraines/headaches.. I felt very neutral in many ways and getting near neutrality allowed so much clarity. my 10th day of self-treatment.” Jeannie.. 2009 56 . Strange. England Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. Even if I find tomorrow there is a slight imbalance at least I know it is possible! Needless to say I feel wonderful.” Ipsita.the worst migraine I have ever experienced. 2003. on 2 of the elements. I stared and stared. 2002.” Ellen. Such a joy because I have been working so hard towards achieving this. but just. It is fascinating to watch her work and talk to her about the Five Elements. I was stunned. England “A strange thing. England “The day before yesterday.. a couple of weeks ago I had a massive clearing . and yet wasn't surprised. Using your methods I had already detected major imbalances in my Wood...“After doing Hsin Tao.e. I touched zero on all 5 elements. England “Couldn't believe it today when I started to detect my energy imbalances I found they were all in balance. I worked really hard on myself last evening and I touched zero i. So I sought the help of an acupuncturist.” Ipsita. England “I am in balance! Feels great too.

one for each element. If the slider is right at the top of its track then it represents a 100% excess of chi. then the excess or deficiency is 0%: balance. one slider for each element. and this can be quicker than using a ‘prop’ and waiting for muscle movements to jiggle a crystal on a string. Imagine a desk with five sliders. Metal and Water. Fire. using muscle movements. isn’t the only way of accessing intuitive knowledge. 2002. 2009 57 . See what happens to the first slider. if the slider is ¼ of the way between 0 and +100% then there is 25% excess. If the slider is right at the bottom of its track then this represents a 100% deficiency of chi. Now. This is what you do: 1.Using Visualisation to Intuit your Elements Using a pendulum. if it is half way between 0 and –100% then there is 50% deficiency. arranged from left to right in this order: Wood. Water. Fire. on the far left. and you could imagine a little ‘click’ sound as it rests there. The ‘Mixing Desk’ A method that I use is to visualise a ‘mixing desk’ like they have in a recording studio. going from left to right displaying Wood. Earth. Earth. and you can see a cartoon of one of those below: This example has three ‘sliders’ on the right hand side of the desk. with a little knob that slides up and down the vertical track. If the slider is smack bang in the middle of its track. Say "Show me the state of my Wood element". Metal. Bring into your mind’s eye an image of the ‘mixing desk’ with its five sliders. We can use creative visualisation to access our intuition. 2. 2003. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. 3.

2002. The distance it travels shows you the amount of the excess or deficiency. Metal and Water. If it stays where it is and does not move. You could even ‘zoom in’ like a video camera and imagine 10% increments. See where it slides. maybe making a little clicking sound. If it slides up then there is an excess of chi in that element. Where does the slider stop? What is the percentage? Now move on to the next slider. You have been provided with a ‘Bar Chart’ worksheet that you can use to record the state of your elements. your findings. If it slides down there is a deficiency of chi in that element. The slider starts on the ‘balance’ point. see where it stops. 2009 58 . Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. the one for Fire. or record. What is the percentage? Now follow this procedure for the other three elements: Earth.See where it slides. half way up. Remember. 2003. like a thermometer scale. then that element is in balance.

which the leads to the contraction of autumn and the still waiting period of winter. palms uppermost. in terms of mental states and emotions and in terms of spiritual aspects. Your intention is that the energies will bring into balance all the various correspondences of each element. drawing its energy into the element's organs. and then going on to send the energy deeper and deeper into each element and its correspondences. 2002. I see Five Element self-treatments as gently nudging the elements into balance. Say to yourself "I am now going to bring my elements into balance". Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. which are just a small part of what each element represents. starting with the expansion and new growth of spring and moving on to the intensity of summer. In our self-treatments. the energy will put your body in a space where it can dissipate the energy. Here are two sequences that you can follow: 'Hands On' Self-Treatment Begin by sitting comfortably in a chair with your eyes closed and your hands resting in your lap. by the energies boosting any elements that are depleted. 2009 59 . not just the physical organs. we will be going through each element in turn. We will follow that sequence through our bodies by using the five element energies in that same order. bringing each element into balance on all levels: in terms of the physical body. Your intention here is to receive sufficient energy to produce balance in your elements. 2. Your intention is also that if there is too much Chi in an element. Summer leads on to the 'pause' of Indian Summer. Wood Fire Earth Metal Water This sequence follows the flow of the seasons through the year. 5. 2003. and will not exacerbate the imbalance. We will follow this order: 1.Five Element SelfTreatments The five element energies can be used for self-development and balancing. 4. 3.

2002. 4. Rest your hands on the Heart and the Small Intestine. representing the source of that energy.Wood 1. passing through your shoulders and arms. draw out the Wood symbol in the air above you. 3. continually renewed. 2. In your mind's eye. representing the source of that energy. passing through your shoulders and arms. 5. by placing your left hand to the left side of the midline of your chest (heart) and the right hand between the navel and the solar plexus. Imagine cascades of energy/light flooding down into your crown. continually renewed. Have in mind the Triple Heater and the Heart Protector too. Rest one hand over the other. In your mind's eye. 3. Maintain this focus for several minutes. The energy keeps on flowing. 2003. 2. Fire 1. and flooding into your Liver and Gall Bladder. 4. The energy keeps on flowing. draw out the Fire symbol in the air above you. Rest your hands on the Liver/Gall Bladder area. 2009 60 . and flooding into your Heart and Small Intestine. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. Maintain this focus for several minutes. 6. Imagine cascades of energy/light flooding down into your crown. to the right side of your abdomen on the lower part of your ribcage. 5.

and the other hand on the other side of the body. draw out the Metal symbol in the air above you. passing through your shoulders and arms. 4. 5. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. continually renewed. Maintain this focus for several minutes. In your mind's eye. The energy keeps on flowing. on the lower abdomen. 2. 5. so you treat the other lung and the other side of the large intestine. draw out the Earth symbol in the air above you. and flooding into your Lungs and Large Intestine. representing the source of that energy. and when you are treating the large intestine. by partly overlapping your hands as they rest on the stomach (left side of upper abdomen) and spleen (left side of your abdomen on the lower part of your ribcage. representing the source of that energy. In your mind's eye. 2009 61 . have in mind that you will be connecting with the whole organ (ascending. 4. 2. 3. Have in mind that when you are treating one lung. Maintain this focus for several minutes. Imagine cascades of energy/light flooding down into your crown. Half way through this self-treatment. The energy keeps on flowing. 2002. Rest your hands on the Lungs and Large Intestine: place one hand on the lung area on one side of the body. swap hands. transverse and descending colon). Imagine cascades of energy/light flooding down into your crown. Rest your hands on the Spleen/Pancreas and Stomach area. Metal 1. continually renewed. 2003. the energy will also be connecting with the other lung. 3.Earth 1. passing through your shoulders and arms. and flooding into your Spleen/Pancreas and Stomach.

Your intention is also that if there is too much Chi in an element. The energy keeps on flowing. and flooding into your Kidneys and Bladder. palms uppermost. Imagine cascades of energy/light flooding down into your crown. continually renewed. 'Hands Off' Self-Treatment Begin by sitting comfortably in a chair with your eyes closed and your hands resting in your lap. on your lower back where the ribcage stops. 2. swap hands. 5. which are just a small part of what each element represents. and will not exacerbate the imbalance. Maintain this focus for several minutes. passing through your shoulders and arms. representing the source of that energy. Say to yourself "I am now going to bring my elements into balance". have in mind that the energy will also be connecting with the other kidney. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. 2002. and the bladder again. 2009 62 . so you treat the other kidney. Half way through this self-treatment. draw out the Water symbol in the air above you. and spend a few minutes just experiencing the balance that ensues. Your intention is that the energies will bring into balance all the various correspondences of each element. In your mind's eye. Rest your hands on the Kidneys and Bladder: Place one hand on the kidney on one side of the body. When you are treating each individual kidney. not just the physical organs. the energy will put your body in a space where it can dissipate the energy. 3. Move your hands back into your lap. 4. 2003. Your intention here is to receive sufficient energy to produce balance in your elements. palms uppermost. next to your spine. by the energies boosting any elements that are depleted. the other hand rests on your bladder in the midline of your lower abdomen.Water 1.

draw out the Fire symbol in the air above you. Maintain this focus on these organs for several minutes. draw out the Water symbol in the air above you. continually renewed. 12. Imagine cascades of energy/light flooding down into your Liver and Gall Bladder. 10. continually renewed. 13. In your mind's eye. 2009 63 . Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. representing the source of that energy. In your mind's eye. 9. representing the source of that energy. draw out the Metal symbol in the air above you. 15. Imagine cascades of energy/light flooding down into your Spleen/Pancreas and Stomach. 19. Maintain this focus on these organs for several minutes. 8. Have in mind your Triple Heater and your Heart Protector too. continually renewed. Imagine cascades of energy/light flooding down into your Kidneys and Bladder. In your mind's eye. representing the source of that energy. draw out the Earth symbol in the air above you. Spend a few minutes just experiencing the balance that ensues.1. The energy keeps on flowing. 2003. Maintain this focus on these organs for several minutes. draw out the Wood symbol in the air above you. representing the source of that energy. Maintain this focus on these organs for several minutes. 3. The energy keeps on flowing. 16. 17. The energy keeps on flowing. The energy keeps on flowing. 5. Imagine cascades of energy/light flooding down into your Lungs and Large Intestine. 14. Maintain this focus on these organs for several minutes. 4. representing the source of that energy. 20. 2. 2002. The energy keeps on flowing. continually renewed. 7. 21. In your mind's eye. 6. 18. 11. In your mind's eye. Imagine cascades of energy/light flooding down into your Heart and Small Intestine. continually renewed.

overleaf shows the state of the elements before the daily self-treatments began. The first 'reading' – the reading for “Day 1” . 2002. here is a bar chart to show the state of this person’s elements before they carried out any self-treatments: 80 60 40 20 0 -20 -40 -60 -80 -100 Wood Fire Earth Metal Water Day 1 Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. lasting 15 minutes at each session. There is one bar chart for each element. 2009 64 .Self-Treatment Case History Overleaf you can see some bar charts representing the state of an individual's elements during a daily programme of 'hands-on' self-treatments. 2003. In fact.

0 -10 -20 -30 -40 -50 -60 Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Wood 80 60 40 Fire 20 0 -20 Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 80 60 40 20 0 -20 Day 1 -40 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Earth 0 -10 Day 1 -20 -30 -40 -50 -60 -70 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Metal 80 60 40 Water 20 0 -20 Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. 2003. 2009 65 . 2002.

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backed up by clues in the recipient's 'history'.Perceiving Someone’s Elements Introduction The first stage of Five Element treatments is to find out where the imbalances are. whereupon the energies will focus on bringing into balance all the various correspondences of that element in our body-mind-spirit. for example. We might find that there is too much chi in fire. Ultimately you are likely to end up relying on intuitive diagnosis rather than palpating or scanning. You can try using palpation (pressing) of the Hara or energy diagnosis focusing on the Hara. though we will spend some time on each of them. We will comparatively spend more time flushing through the elements that were most out of balance. There are other methods. Having done this. 2009 67 . 2003. since this is the most effortless approach. based on more of an 'academic' approach. we then move on to bring the elements into balance. There are a number of different ways of finding out whether there are any imbalances in someone's elements. you can use Dowsing and you can use more creative Visual techniques to access your intuitive knowledge. dowsing and visualisation. we can use five element energies to 'flush through' that element's 'organs'/meridians. Once we have brought the elements into balance temporarily. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. But on this course we will focus on palpation. This needs to be done before the treatment proper can begin. which is a temporary state to begin with. or too little chi in water. for example: history taking and Oriental visual diagnosis. energy diagnosis. 2002. Oriental visual diagnosis is beyond the scope of this course. See the Recommended Reading section for more information about this subject.

2009 68 . you will start to change things and you will 'lose it'. You will be able to tell if there is too much Chi in an element. it is important to go along with your first impression. (1) You can use direct palpation (touching) and (2) you can feel for energy differences using your hands hovering over the body. you are better sensitised to begin with than people on Shiatsu courses who have not been attuned to Reiki! With both of these approaches. metaphorically. or if Chi is depleted in an element. so you need to learn to be fairly speedy and confident and decisive. By palpating (pressing and feeling) the Hara you can feel imbalances in the five elements. Too much looking can cause the picture to change. Since you are already used to experiencing and feeling energy in your hands. and if you palpate for too long. If you start thinking too much you will 'lose it'. 2003. The Hara offers you a ‘window’ that you can look through. It can take some practice before you feel completely confident with this technique. 2002. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. or feel the energies for too long.Hara diagnosis Hara diagnosis forms part of Shiatsu. to peer in at the condition of the elements. though. A different area of the Hara represents each element. so you may need to persevere. in one of two ways.

If Wood is jitsu. and cannot really be used to discern more subtle gradations of imbalance. or the greatest deficiency. then compare its quality with the most kyo element that you have found so far. say Metal. If there is too little Chi then the area may feel the opposite (kyo): there will be an empty or sinking quality. Start by comparing. Now move on to another element. Use both hands. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. Now move on to another element. Fire and Earth. or a lack of reaction. and decide which element is now the most kyo that you have yet come across. This approach focuses one on the element with the greatest excess. 2002. of chi. The abdomen area is touched lightly in the areas corresponding to the elements. with the middle three fingertips. Which is kyo and which is jitsu? Rest one hand on one element and the other hand on the other element. then compare it with the element that felt kyo last time: which is the most kyo… remember that element as the most deficient. 3. say Wood. Comparing Fire and Earth Comparing Water and Wood Here is a suggested routine: 1. If it is kyo.Detecting imbalances through touch By palpating the Hara you can gauge whether there is too much or too little chi in each element. If Metal feels jitsu. then compare its quality with the most jitsu element that you have found so far. 2. then compare it with the element that felt jitsu last time: which is the most jitsu… remember that element as the one with the greatest excess of chi. 2009 69 . If an area feels hard or springy there may be too much Chi in that element (jitsu). 2003. and decide which element is now the most jitsu that you have yet come across. If Metal feels kyo. say.

which in this case is Water. maybe you would feel coldness there. this process can be more fluid and flowing and you can drift quickly from one area to another. or as an alternative to palpation. noting the stronger and weaker areas. When carrying out this process you need to go on your first impression. Again compare its quality of kyo or jitsu with the most jitsu and most kyo elements that you have found so far. When you are feeling the energies though. and may find it difficult to detect differences from one area to another. If you feel heat. By Comparing one element with another and moving on. Sensing Energies By feeling the energies over the Hara you can gauge whether there is too much or too little Chi in each element. A 'hole' or a feeling of dullness or emptiness would indicate that there is insufficient Chi in that area. then there is likely to be an excess of Chi in that element. so you need to decide quickly. Don't dither: just decide and move on. and feel for differences between the different elements/areas. and which element is most deficient. comparing two areas.4. 2009 70 . or an up-draught of wind perhaps. Fortunately this is not the only detection method that we have available to us. Some people do not feel too comfortable carrying out this procedure. 2002. and some will get on better with sensing energies over the Hara – akin to ‘scanning’ – and with the intuitive approaches. As you are scanning. set your intention so that you are going to feel energetic imbalances in the five elements in the Hara area. rather than pressing on the body. you can thus decide which element has the greatest excess of chi. Your intention is important here: you will not be picking up physical problems in the body below you. which is then compared with your earlier findings. Intention Firstly. Your intervention will start to alter the Hara presentation. feel for empty holes within the ‘carpet’ layer. Now move on to the remaining element. rather like riding on a carpet. moving from one area to another and noticing whether there are any differences in the quality of the energy that you are feeling. Your intent is focused on diagnosing five element imbalances in the Hara. If you keep prodding and poking too much you will 'lose it' completely and it will all feel like porridge. Pressing and feeling the body is a very strange thing for a Reiki person to do. Scanning Hover your hand over the Hara. and you will not be picking up things in the chakras. or some sort of bright fizzing or tingling or pulsing. 5. You can follow the same sort of routine that is described in the 'palpation' section above. This approach again focuses you on the elements with the greatest excess and the greatest deficiency of Chi. 2003. and you can use this approach to back up what you felt when you were palpating the Hara. noticing what is going on in your hands/fingers. and then moving on to a new area. and cannot normally be used to discern more subtle gradations of imbalance. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. and try not to analyse things too much. When the elements are in balance you can feel a uniform energy.

of Chi. ask a supplementary question: Does Wood hold the greatest excess of chi of all the elements for that person? If YES. Wood is not in balance. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. though I have found one book which seems less preoccupied with these subjects. there is not too much chi in Wood. keep a note of that. In effect. 2003. 2009 71 . or the greatest deficiency.Find the two areas where there seems to be the greatest excess. you need to ask a further question… Is there too much chi in Wood? If YES. you are scanning. To establish whether the patient needs to have a further Reiki session. We dealt with this earlier. To help with the choice of energy to be channelled into the patient on that particular occasion. but scanning with a specific purpose in mind. keep a note of that. Dowsing someone’s Elements Basic method To start dowsing the elements. A pendulum can be used in a variety of ways during a Reiki treatment: • • • To dowse a patient’s chakras in order to establish which are open. you could ask these simple questions. so I would recommend that you read up on the subject. then Wood must be deficient in chi. 2002. If NO. and it is mentioned in 'Recommended Reading'. Starting with Wood: Is Wood in balance? If YES. then you can move on to the next element In NO. Ask a supplementary question: does Wood hold the greatest deficiency of chi of all the elements for that person? If YES. The use of pendulums I am not an expert in the use of pendulums. Most books on pendulums and dowsing seem very preoccupied with finding underground watercourses and mineral deposits. which are closed or spinning sluggishly and which are spinning too fast.

Water will help to reinforce the nourishment cycle in your mind! Using this sequence you can find out which elements . Fire has a 60% deficiency etc. it is possible to find out in more detail about the degree of imbalance of all the elements. Use whatever order you like. This is useful information because: 1. which is a vertical line running up the page.are already in balance. in increments of 20 points. knowing exactly which ones need to be boosted and which ones need to be depleted. 5. This will help to build your confidence in using the techniques. You can see how an imbalance in one element is reflected in imbalances in the supporting or controlling elements. To the left you can see a scale running as far as -100.Fire .Earth . You can see that there are two scales running from zero. You can bring the elements into balance with more certainty.Metal . Dowsing can thus confirm/verify what you decided upon when you palpated the Hara and felt the energies over the Hara. not just those two elements that show the greatest excess and deficiency of chi. and to what degree. I recommend that you use all methods in turn whenever you treat someone. Detailed method Using a pendulum. To the right you can see a scale running as far as +100. and which two elements hold the greatest excess and the greatest deficiency in chi. which represents elements that are deficient in chi. and to what degree. and if it is out of balance.if any . say. and it is good practice. whether it contains too much or too little chi. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. It is more of an 'empirical' approach. that Wood has a 20% excess of chi. if I can say that. You can compare the relative imbalances of all the elements. You can use this grid to simply and quickly find out about the state of each element: whether it is in balance. which you will find below and in the Appendix to this manual. but going from Wood . You can monitor the client's progress more accurately. By using a semicircular 'scale' with arbitrary percentages from 0% 100% it is possible to determine. 2002. Technique Look at the 'Dowsing Grid'. 2009 72 . certainly to begin with. 2003. 4. and see how the elements change in relation to each other from one treatment to another. 3.Now you can move on to the next element. in increments of 20 points. which represents elements that are holding too much chi. 2.

If the pendulum swings to the left then the element contains too little chi. record the degree of deficiency to the nearest 10 points. record the degree of excess to the nearest 10 points. this is unnecessary. then the element is in balance. If the pendulum swings to the right then the element contains too much chi. for example. Note: If the pendulum swings half way between the +20 and +40 lines. 3. Hold the pendulum with its point hovering over the midpoint of the baseline. you can take that as indicating an excess of +30. See in what direction the pendulum swings. 2. in 'neutral'. You do not need absolute precision and the numbers are not empirical anyway. or continues to swing. They are just a guide. 2009 73 .This is what you do: 1. or set it moving along the 'zero' line. 2002. You do not need to try and interpret the scale to the nearest 5. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. If the pendulum swings. 2003. the point from which the 'spokes' radiate. up and down the page (recommended). vertically up & down the page. forwards and backwards. Say "Show me the state of Wood for this person".

See where it slides. one for each element. if it is half way between 0 and –100% then there is 50% deficiency. 2003. What is the percentage? Now follow this procedure for the other three elements: Earth. half way up. If the slider is right at the bottom of its track then this represents a 100% deficiency of chi. if the slider is ¼ of the way between 0 and +100% then there is 25% excess. See where it slides. If it slides down there is a deficiency of chi in that element. Look at each slider in turn. tune yourself in to their elements and visualise your mixing desk. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. Water. the one for Fire. The distance it travels shows you the amount of the excess or deficiency. half way up). 2009 74 . like a thermometer scale. and this can be quicker than using a ‘prop’ and waiting for our subconscious to produce muscle movements to jiggle a crystal on a string. your findings. The slider starts on the ‘balance’ point. The ‘Mixing Desk’ A method that I use is to visualise a ‘mixing desk’ like they have in a recording studio. If the slider is smack bang in the middle of its track. So as you are resting your hands on the recipient’s shoulders. Imagine a desk with five sliders.Using Visualisation to Intuit Elements Using a pendulum. using muscle movements. and you could imagine a little ‘click’ sound as it rests there. maybe making a little clicking sound. isn’t the only way of accessing intuitive knowledge. with a little knob that slides up and down the vertical track. Metal. Now. If it stays where it is and does not move. or record. starting with Wood on the far left. and you can see a cartoon of one of those below: This example has three ‘sliders’ on the right hand side of the desk. If it slides up then there is an excess of chi in that element. Earth. then that element is in balance. then the excess or deficiency is 0%: balance. Fire. Metal and Water. We can use creative visualisation to access our intuition. 2002. arranged from left to right in this order: Wood. Remember. see where it stops. Each slider starts in the ‘balance’ position (zero. Where does the slider stop? What is the percentage? Now move on to the next slider. You could even ‘zoom in’ like a video camera and imagine 10% increments. If the slider is right at the top of its track then it represents a 100% excess of chi.

Then I went on to use an intuitive technique. it seemed to be the most bright. and I also recommend a few books on this subject. This manual gives an overview of the each element's correspondences.Metal -Water. and that the most rigid/resistant area was Metal. based on what you know of the various correspondences of each element. History taking What you know of the person. emotions. The numbers relating to 'excess' or 'depletion' are purely subjective. physical problems etc. or what you can glean from what they say about their thoughts. It is displayed as a Bar Chart. Case Histories Example 1 I started a series of treatments on J. The order of the elements shown is Wood . 2003. 2009 75 . may help to reinforce your original impression. which gave the presentation shown below. 80 60 40 20 0 -20 -40 -60 -80 -100 Wood Fire Earth Metal Water Example 1 Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. I palpated her Hara and got the impression that the softest/dullest area was in Fire.Visual facial diagnosis Knowledge of Oriental diagnosis may give visual clues that may reinforce your original impression. 2002. but give an impression of the relative levels of excess or deficiency. When I went on to hover my hands over the Hara. fire seemed to be the most 'dull' or 'empty' there seemed to be a 'hole' in the Hara 'carpet' in that area. See the recommended book list at the end of this manual for further reading. strong. tense. Water was in balance. fierce.Fire . though visual facial diagnosis is beyond the scope of this course.Earth . When I hovered over Metal.

but since Fire was so depleted. and Metal was very strong so Wood was suppressed. Fire controls Metal. 2009 76 . supporting or failing to support. 2003. Metal controls Wood. What emotional states might this person be experiencing? What states of mind might they be exhibiting? What parts of the physical body might be affected in some way? Example 2 Speculate about the relationship between the elements in these people. it could not control Metal. What emotional states might they be experiencing? What states of mind might they be exhibiting? What parts of the physical body might be affected in some way? 80 60 40 20 0 -20 -40 -60 -80 -100 -120 Wood Fire Earth Metal Water Example 2 Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. which was also down a little. but we can see in the above example how the different elements connect with each other. controlling or failing to control. These interpretations are just speculation really. Maybe Metal was so strong that it depleted its controlling element: Fire. so it was not supporting Earth. 2002.Fire was depleted. which raged uncontrolled.

Once I got these two methods under control it was possible to confirm with dowsing.Example 3 Speculate about the relationship between the elements in these people. No problem with feeling the energies because for a couple of years now my hands vibrate naturally when detecting energy imbalances in treatments and distance healing using intent/scanning. What emotional states might they be experiencing? What states of mind might they be exhibiting? What parts of the physical body might be affected in some way? 60 40 20 0 -20 -40 -60 -80 -100 -120 Wood Fire Earth Metal Water Example 3 “I have been working with detecting energy imbalances and have found it quite amazing especially when the results became consistent. Some of them show a strong imbalance others less or minimal.” Jeannie. from a 'starting Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. 2003. Wales “I did a balancing on Caron yesterday (she did Reiki years ago and practices reflexology now) she was the most 'balanced' person I've had yet. 2002. 2009 77 . England “I am now doing 5eH imbalance detection on all of my clients. I've noticed that the clients showing a strong imbalance tend to be those who have come with a specific ailment that they want me to concentrate on.” John. Those who have just come for relaxation tend to be less strong in their imbalance. Of the three methods I found the tactile Hara diagnosis the most difficult but realise it is a matter of letting go and trusting in one's very first impression.

and understood a bit more as the Acupuncture .” Maurita.5 elements book had come in. 2009 78 . She was Wood -10. It is incredible and I said to Paul 'this really works!' and there is also far more to it (far reaching) than I ever thought. She is going through emotional upset and having trouble with her eyes. Fire 0. Her Wood was 100% excess . or a couple who were completely balanced.never before had I associated anger with her but when we discussed it she admitted to having a lot of anger buried deep inside. The results have been quite astonishing.” Ellen. Joanne. It is interesting to see that people who are more focused and 'spiritual' and practise healing in some way or another tend to be more balanced than those that aren't. I am absolutely blown away (and so was she!) it's as if you can read the actual person like a book! I didn't really know anything about her before along these lines. most more than once. Obvious statement really.with healthy friends I was getting very minor imbalances. I realised this when I began to practice on family and friends who had more serious problems than friends who didn't . Earth -10.point' of view. Water +20. 2002. It all tied in with what is going on in her life. She also had excessive Earth (20%) and excessive Water (60%). Metal 0. England Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. but is amazing to have it confirmed by their readings. England “I am really excited! Have done another 'detecting' on a new 'guinea pig'. This was a really good comparison and gave me a lot of confidence.” Ellen. When I started to try it out on family with more problems (parents mainly!) results were much more obvious.” Jeannie. but she confirmed so many things. England “Another client said she felt as if I had given her a whole bodywork like a massage. 2003. England “I've practised diagnosis on 11 people.

though this is less common. I started to get results. Prodding your fingers into someone's abdomen is a strange thing for Reiki people to do. 2003.a very strange thing for Reiki people to do . Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. so relax and be neutral. Over time you should tend to obtain more consistent results though. It is important to end up feeling comfortable with the pendulum and particularly the mixing desk I think . For others. Simply notice in a detached way what happens. and maybe one result is different: go with the two that agree. using the mixing desk is the easiest to get to grips with.while others might have more trouble with sensing.having 'real' evidence after palpating and sensing starts to reassure them of the dowsing approach. Palpating the Hara Do not worry about the palpating (just for today do not worry!) because quite a few Reiki people find that the most tricky to become comfortable with.which are ways of accessing intuition . I have been doing the tests both before and after my normal Reiki sessions. and in that case you go with the result that feels comfortable for you. Some people find palpating very difficult to get to grips with . 2002." Why am I learning several detection methods? I have included several different ways of detecting imbalances because it gives people the best chance of finding one or two (or more) methods that work ok for them. Everyone is different. In the end. and go on your first impressions. The experience of one of our students illustrates this point: "I have spent the last few months practising detecting imbalances on my clients. because it is much like scanning really. Initially I could sense nothing. which is of course the intuitive approach.who might be a bit distrustful of using a pendulum .Frequently Asked Questions General comment When you are practicing this stage it is important that you don't try too hard.because these will be the most effortless methods that you can use. Then once more I stopped trying to force a reaction and at that point I started to get results. of course. 2009 79 . Just play around with the methods. Very quickly I started to get consistent results with Touch and Scanning but I was unable to get much out of the Dowsing Pendulum. What we are looking for is to get to the stage where several approaches give similar results. I now get fairly consistent results with all three methods. Sometimes you will get two definite results. simply see what you notice. For some . Most Reiki people find the 'sensing' easier. but once I stopped trying to force a response and "let it happen". If you try too hard you can almost put a block in the way. an intuitive method is what you'll probably end up relying on. You will not always get 100% agreement.

though your focus is different.. and this is not much different really. simply comparing two areas to see which is brighter and which is duller. you compare it with the previous 'brightest so far' to see which element is now the brightest you have yet come across. compare it to the previous dull area to see which now is the most dull. Then you move on to sense the energy over a new area. We are not looking for soft and hard. and you simply drift from one area to another to see which of two adjacent areas is dull or vibrant. Sensing over the Hara Partly the solution comes through practice. Most people seem to find that they get on better with some approaches than others. It would be quite difficult to detect more fine gradations of imbalance using sensing and palpating. who are already tuned in to and more used to sensing energy. and not worrying too much or beating yourself up for not being perfect at it right from the word go. That should tend to agree with what you sense when hovering your hands over the hara.Try and get as much practice as you can on different people. but bright and dull. 2002.. You need to go with your first impressions and be decisive. People who practice Shiatsu can take years to get that stage right. but with practice you should get better at all of them! Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. Dowsing and the mixing desk are easier methods to use to obtain fine gradations of imbalance. and you can also practice on the same people on different days. If you use palpating and sensing too much on the same person . then you move on to a new area and if it feels bright you compare it to the previous bright area to see which is now the brightest. 2003. but it is a lot easier for Reiki people. so you are only ever comparing two elements at a time and your goal is to find two elements: the most depleted and the most over-full of chi. though a few people seem able to do this. though you won't necessarily get agreement in every case. Now you have a baseline 'strongest' and 'weakest'. and you'll find that the lower area is not always softer than the upper area. Your intention is that you are detecting the qualities of the elements in the hara. to see which is now the dullest so far.. If the new area is dull. Practice will make it easier. Detecting fine differences when Palpating or Sensing over the Hara When you use sensing and palpating you can only really detect the strongest and the weakest elements.again and again .. until you arrive at your conclusion as to which two areas are the most full of chi and least full of chi." Palpating when the client has a lot of body fat The degree of fat should not make a difference. You are already used to Reiki scanning. 2009 80 . One of my students said: "Of the three methods I found the tactile Hara diagnosis the most difficult but realise it is a matter of letting go and trusting in one's very first impression. If the new area feels bright. If it feels dull you compare it with the previous 'dullest so far'.it all starts to turn to jelly and you can't detect anything: you start to change the presentation of the elements through your pressing and sensing.

Changing the order of Palpating, Sensing and Intuiting One lady was having problems with sensing energy imbalances in the Hara, so she persevered, but what made a difference to her was to change the order of detecting. This is what she said: "Last week, I changed the order in which I used the methods. I first palpated, then dowsed, and then sensed the aura. In this way, I had an idea what to look for in the aura, and noticed that the elements that were low in chi (according to the other two approaches) felt like holes where my hand sunk in. The elements that were high in chi felt strong, like pushing my hand back. I was quite happy I finally found something when sensing the aura!" By starting with the approaches with which she felt more comfortable, she has learned to sense the imbalances, she has taught herself what the imbalances felt like based on the evidence she had already obtained and which she was more confident in.

When should I stop practicing the 'detecting imbalances' on people? You are looking to get to the stage where the approaches generally agree, or where you are confident that you know where the greatest imbalances lie. You will not always get 100% agreement, and in that case you go with the result that feels comfortable for you. Sometimes you will get two definite results, and maybe one result is different: go with the two that agree if you feel confident in them. Over time you should get reasonably consistent results though. It is important to end up feeling comfortable with the intuitive approaches because these will become effortless for you. If you are going to get to the stage of teaching other people then you do need to have gotten to grips with all approaches yourself, on the basis that you should not expect your students to do anything that you have not gone through yourself!

How do I make sense of the imbalances I'm finding? Quite often the imbalances 'fit' with the control and nourishment cycles, so for example when Metal is up, Wood is down, because Metal controls Wood etc... but the imbalances you detect will not always be so neat and tidy! The way the elements interact can be quite complicated and difficult to fathom, but that's fine because you don't have to work it all out. All we do is simply accept the state of the elements and take action based on what we find. So don't blow your mind trying to understand 'why': simply accept what you find and move on. It is interesting to see how a person's imbalances tie in with what you know of their physical, mental and emotional state, and the correspondences of the elements. Many times what you find will 'make sense' but don't worry too much if it doesn't always make sense.

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Here are some students' experiences of imbalances that made sense in terms of the correspondences of the elements...

"One interesting example was a friend of mine who when stressed develops a stutter and I found that the Fire element was very depleted. The next time I saw them to practice on, they happened to mention that they had had a very anxiety making moment and had managed not to stutter nearly as much and had found a clarity rather than a panic when they started stuttering. I hadn’t mentioned to them anything about stuttering and had only been aware of it after the treatment and I had gone to re-read my course notes." "One lady I treated in her home who suffers liver cancer. On the first treatment I did "just" Reiki. Second visit she started to open up more about her life and her hate/anger/bitterness of her mother. I scanned for 5E, knowing of course of the liver cancer, and decided to remove some of the excess energy from the liver and to balance things up. But the more energy I removed the more the hatred poured out. I approached the idea of letting go and forgiveness etc but she was adamant that she would hate her mother until the day she died. On the third treatment she was very, very ill, she complained bitterly that the pain relief was not working and that she didn't deserve to suffer this pain, that the doctors should sort out her medication better. She was on chemo tablets and she shouldn't need to have the pain as well. Her eyes were pure yellow and I was shocked by the anger and bitterness that seemed to spew from her."

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Too Little Chi If there is too little chi in an element then you do this: 1.Balancing the Elements Using Elemental energies to balance someone's elements Having determined which elements are most out of balance. through your crown. 2002. through your shoulders and hands. To bring an element into balance. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. 2. temporarily. you could remove one hand for a moment if you have a pendulum to hand. 2003. Continue until you get the impression that balance has been achieved If you are treating one-handed you might want to use a pendulum to check if the element is now in balance. Draw down energy from that symbol. Now let the energy flow 5. Place your hands on the corresponding 'organs'. If you are treating using two hands. into the 'organs' 4. because if we can ‘instantly’ see the state of the elements in our mind’s eye. 2009 84 . there are two approaches needed. stay there for longer and draw down more energy from above. so they are locked together and stable. ready for the energy work that follows. In both cases. the first stage of Five Element treatments is to bring the elements into balance. this is where the mixing desk method comes into its own. Connect to the elemental energy by imagining the symbol in the air above you 3. then we can look at the elements ‘in real time’ and we can see ‘at a glance’ whether they are in balance or not. See the “Treating the Elements” section of this manual for images of the hand positions to use. and how far we have yet to go when we are doing the balancing. If it is not balanced yet. depending on whether there is too much or too little chi in the element concerned. Actually. you are intending to produce balance that is appropriate for the individual that you are treating.

If someone has too much chi in an element.So you do not have to take your hands off the body to use a prop. just for a very short while. and it is safe to move on to flushing five element energies into each organ pair in turn. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. If it is not balanced yet. 'locked' in place like a jigsaw. and it removes any uncertainty while you are treating. Why not try to feel when the element is balanced. then they are 'stable'. or intent. then you do not want to make things worse by sending even more chi into that element! Once the elements are balanced and stable. If you do not start by finding out where the biggest imbalances are. Once the elements are in balance. The state of your own elements will be unaffected by the energies that you are channelling. and getting the elements into balance first. Please note that when you use the energies in this way. Alternatively. 2003. or fast. Connect to the elemental energy by imagining the symbol in the air above you 3. stay there for longer and intend that more chi is being released. Make sure that you ‘touch base’ with all of the elements. Using hand-movements. Too Much Chi If there is too much chi in an element then you do this: 1. Continue until you get the impression that balance has been achieved Check to see if the element is now in balance. 2009 85 . 2002. you may become so comfortable with using the mixing desk that glancing at it in your mind’s eye is second nature and instant. 2. You may find with practice that you do not need to use the pendulum or mixing desk because you have learned how it feels in your hands when the element is in balance. See the “Treating the Elements” section of this manual for images of the hand positions to use. or continue with more hand-movements. The process becomes so much smoother because you don’t have to stop to get your pendulum. or let your pure intuition guide you. connecting each element to its corresponding symbol. puncture. using a pendulum or visualisation (mixing desk). withdraw chi from the element/'organs'. your intention is that the energies will not affect the state of your own elements. imagine that the organs have many imaginary 'punctures' that allow excess chi to escape like air escaping from a balloon with a slow. even if the element was in balance. Pull energy out of the organs and throw it away from you. then using the five element energies can actually create even greater imbalances. Simply look at the element’s slider to see if it’s in balance yet. Place your hands on the corresponding 'organs'. or steam escaping from a pressure cooker 4. then it is safe to move on to the next stage. Try to feel when the element is balanced or let your intuition guide you. pull out imaginary strands of excess energy.

while still connected to the Earth symbol above. as you go. imagine that energy is flooding into you. Let’s say that Earth holds an excess of chi. 2003. Now we move on to Earth. checking the elements’ state of balance in real time. keep on depleting. If it has. Just connect the organs to the energies for a few moments. Be still. through your hands. using the mixing desk. representing the source of energy. Imagine the Fire symbol up in the air above the body and visualise the energy coming down to ‘touch’ the Heart and Small Intestine. and then deal with Water. Visualise the Earth symbol up in the air above you. This is what we can do… Rest your hands on the shoulders. 2009 86 .Balancing the Elements using Intent only We can actually achieve balance by using our intent only. All this can be done while you are simply resting your hands on the recipient’s shoulders. Be still. Be still. move on to the next element: Fire. like steam or compressed air escaping. Start by working on Wood. Assume that there is a deficiency of chi in Wood. Visualise the energy coming down to ‘touch’ the Spleen and Stomach. Visualise the Wood symbol up in the air above you. Imagine that energy is flooding down into those organs from the symbol above you. If it hasn’t. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. through your arms. Every once in a while take a look at Earth’s slider to see whether it has been depleted into a position of balance. So now while you are resting your hands on someone’s shoulders at the start of the treatment. 2002. Every once in a while take a look at Wood’s slider to see whether it has been boosted into a position of balance. move on to the next element: Metal. the Heart Protector and the Triple Heater. We do not need to rest our hands on the corresponding organs or make particular hand movements. Say Fire was in balance. Deal with Metal. This makes the process much more fluid. keep on boosting. you can look at their element imbalances and bring the elements into balance using intent. Fix your attention of the approximate physical location of the Spleen and Stomach in the recipient’s body. representing the source of energy. If it has. If it hasn’t. Fix your attention of the approximate physical location of the Liver and Gall Bladder in the recipient’s body. and into the Liver and Gall Bladder. Now imagine that energy is flooding out of those organs. Now we move onto Fire.

I want to reconfirm that when you self-treat you do not need to diagnose any personal imbalances first. You can safely draw the five energies into you gently. and then going on to send the energy deeper and deeper into each element and its correspondences. where using the elemental energies before you have brought the elements into balance can distort things further. 2009 87 . and you do not need to bring the elements into balance before you start 'flushing through' the elements. monitoring. Rather like going with the flow when you’re playing the piano. you are moulding. guiding. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. This should be contrasted with the treatment of others. merging with the music. but in a fluid manner. part of one flow. Or maybe like the feeling you have when you do distant healing: you are part of the flow. testing. and this will not create greater imbalances. becoming the music… you are connected to something more than the physical movements of your fingers. and to help you realise that you can guide the process by simply merging with the energy and using your intuition and intent in a wonderful ‘still’ state. 2002. with Five Element Reiki you are nudging.Fluidity I am trying to free you from the physical rituals. Or maybe like improvising a solo on the guitar: you and the sound and the movements are fluid. bringing each element into balance on all levels. I see Five Element self-treatments as gently nudging the elements into balance. 2003. Balancing the Elements and Self-treatments Just as an aside.

1. into the 'organs' 4. Working on organ pairs While Teate can be used to direct healing energy into a single organ. send the corresponding five element energy through them. Continue until you get the impression that balance has been achieved Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. by working simultaneously on the Lungs and the Large Intestine (the organs/meridians of Metal) we produce a stronger healing effect than if we worked on the individual organs separately. and in Five Element Reiki we intensify the healing effect further by using energies that resonate at the characteristic frequencies of the organs. which have been known for centuries. Draw down energy from that symbol. Using Elemental energies on organ pairs This is the main part of the treatment. So. The organs are associated and complementary. Teate is a way of balancing a person's energy system. 2003. giving a treatment lasting about an hour. concentrating (spending more time) on the elements that were most out of balance. Connect to the elemental energy by imagining the symbol in the air above you 3. the organs that represent each element. One influences the other and they share a closely coordinated energy flow. starting with 5-10 minutes resting our hands on the shoulders to get Reiki flowing and bringing the client into a nice relaxed state. the other has a Yin structure and Yang energy. drawing down energy as necessary 5. there are benefits in working on pairs of organs. and are described in the book 'Macrobiotic Palm Healing' by Michio Kushi (see Reading List). for example. and is based on knowledge of the chakras. 2002.Treating the Elements Our treatment approach derives from the Japanese traditions of te-ate ('hand application') or tanasue-no-michi ('the Tao of placing hands'). Procedure What we are going to do then is to connect with the pairs of 'organs' that represent each element. The organs that represent an element are balanced in terms of Yin and Yang: one organ has a Yang structure and Yin energy. and some of Mikao Usui’s surviving students referred to his system as 'Usui Teate'. the meridian system and the five elements. Now let the energy flow. through your shoulders and hands. Place your hands on the corresponding 'organs' 2. but many of the approaches echo techniques used in Reiki. through your crown. We will take about 50 minutes to complete the sequence. The system does not involve attunements. 2009 88 .

So if an element has swung strongly from being in excess to being deficient. then you might decide to spend more time on it irrespective of whether it displays the greatest excess or greatest deficiency. the 'movement' of the elements can guide you as well. you will be guided by the presentation of the elements that you diagnose. Intuition Finally. or the mixing desk. 2009 89 .On a first visit. you can also let your hands tell you when it is time to move on: if the energy is flowing intensely into one element. in order to 'reinforce' the substantial change/movement that you have seen. The state of your own elements will be unaffected by the energies that you are channelling. or near balance. It has improved a lot over recent weeks. 2003. Element 'movements' On subsequent visits. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. and you might decide to spend more time on that element than the 'snapshot' of the elements on that occasion might suggest is necessary. then you can 'grade' the amount of time that you spend accordingly. but was greatly out of balance in previous sessions. or vice versa. Please note that when you use the energies in this way. then stay there until the sensations subside (within reason) or until you feel that it is right to move on now. 2002. your intention is that the energies will not affect the state of your own elements. has given you more detailed information about the degree of imbalance of each element. Also think about the case of an element that is found to be in balance. particularly if you are aware of the finer gradations of imbalance. If your use of a pendulum. You will spend more time sending elemental energies into the two elements that were most out of balance.

Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001.Follow this order when carrying out the treatment: Step 1 Channel wood energy into the liver and gall bladder. Rest the other hand on the abdomen. overlapping each other. Step 2 Channel fire energy into the heart and small intestine. 2002. Rest one hand over the anatomical heart (or hover your hand in the case of a lady). This is on the right side of the recipient's upper abdomen. between the navel and the solar plexus. where the rib cage stops. Rest both hands. 2009 90 . 2003. wrapping round the side of the torso. over the liver area.

Now swap over. and deal with the other side of the large intestine and other lung. on the upper abdomen. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. 2002. Rest one hand on one side of the lower abdomen. slightly overlapping each other. 2003. Rest both hands. Step 4 Channel metal energy into the lungs and large intestine. and the entire large Intestine. and the other hand hovers over (or rests on) the opposite lung.Step 3 Channel earth energy into the stomach and spleen/pancreas. Intend that you are connecting with both lungs. Spleen is on the left side of the recipient's torso. Stomach is to the left side of the recipient's upper abdomen. where the rib cage stops. 2009 91 .

Perhaps finish the treatment by resting your hands on the feet/ankles for a while. swap over half way and contact the other kidney. and the bladder. 2003. a nice way to bring things to a close. and maybe you might like to experiment with this. so you might want to alter this aspect. Teate would have been carried out with the recipient sitting. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. and there were seen to be added benefits in working on the front of one organ and the back of another. Alternatively. This approach was said to produce a more 'polarised' energy flow. 2002. Intend that you are connecting with the other kidney at the same time. most likely sitting in 'seiza'. 2009 92 . Treating in the Seated position While Reiki treatments tend to be carried out with the recipient lying on a treatment couch.Step 5 Channel water energy into the kidney and bladder. where the ribcage stops. Rest one hand on the centre of the lower abdomen. though seiza is often a very uncomfortable sitting position for many Westerners. Such treatments would have given the practitioner access to both sides of the body at the same time. Slide the other hand slightly underneath the lower back.

but the first two had opened nicely by the time of the second treatment. and who could feel discomfort in her throat to solar plexus when she did her daily Hatsu Rei ho. leaving only a little discomfort in the solar plexus. most of the discomfort had gone. and a few days later I found that all her elements were in balance. When she did Hatsu Rei ho in the following week. On the first visit. 2003. but then she realised that it concerned a cousin of hers who had died young. the throat. When I treated her. heart and solar plexus chakras were closed down. and none of her chakras were closed down. but the last week when I have been crying." She could not work out what the grief could be to begin with. crying and weeping.A Short Case History Emotional Release I treated one of my Reiki2 students. After the second treatment. This was interesting for me because the information from the chakras and the elements indicated that there was emotional stuff to be dealt with. there was no energy in Metal. The second treatment was a great deal more restrained and seemed to resolve the problem. 2002. 2009 93 . who was not feeling too good. and that the emotion that needed to be dealt with primarily was grief. it has felt like grief. she has an enormous emotional release near the end of the first treatment. When I looked at her lady's elements. and the loss of a horse. and she felt emotional for the next five days. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. this disappeared. the emotion associated with which is grief. I asked the lady if her strong emotional reaction was tied in with losing someone or something and she said "It's funny you should say that.

and show how the imbalances changed .and improved . This person had some very longstanding and debilitating problems. 2009 94 . 80 60 40 20 0 -20 -40 -60 -80 -100 Wood Fire Earth Metal Water Before any Treatments 80 60 40 20 0 -20 -40 -60 Wood Fire Earth Metal Water Visit 2 40 20 0 -20 -40 -60 -80 Wood Fire Earth Metal Water Visit 3 Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001.Case History # 1 The Bar Charts below show the element imbalances for a person who had a series of treatments over consecutive weeks. 2003. 2002.over time.

2009 95 . 2003.80 60 40 20 Visit 4 0 -20 -40 -60 Wood Fire Earth Metal Water 40 30 20 10 0 -10 -20 -30 -40 -50 -60 Wood Fire Earth Metal Water Visit 5 40 30 20 10 0 -10 -20 -30 -40 -50 Wood Fire Earth Metal Water Visit 6 Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. 2002.

This shows that Five Element Reiki does not just produce short-term effects while you are actively treating a person. and her elements came further into balance. 2003. 2009 96 . 2002. during the three-week period following the end of the course of treatments.25 20 15 10 5 0 -5 -10 -15 -20 -25 Wood Fire Earth Metal Water 1 Week after Treatments finished 15 10 5 0 -5 -10 -15 Wood Fire Earth Metal Water 3 Weeks after Treatments finished What is interesting here is that the beneficial changes produced by the course of treatments actually continued. but continues to move the elements further into balance for some time after the final treatment. Here is the state of the elements at the start and end of the test period: 80 60 40 20 0 -20 -40 -60 -80 -100 Wood Fire Earth Metal Water Before Treatments Started 3 Weeks after Treatments finished Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001.

80 60 40 20 0 -20 -40 -60 -80 -100 -120 Wood Fire Earth Metal Water Before Treatments started 100 50 0 Wood -50 -100 -150 Fire Earth Metal Water Visit 2 80 60 40 20 0 -20 -40 -60 -80 Wood Fire Earth Metal Water Visit 3 Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. 2009 97 .Case History # 2 The Bar Charts below show the element imbalances for a person who had a few treatments over consecutive weeks. 2003. and show how the imbalances changed from one session to the next. 2002.

80 60 40 20 0 -20 -40 -60 -80 -100 -120 You can see that the great deficiencies in Wood and Earth have completely disappeared and have been replaced by a balanced state. have all reduced. Wood Fire Earth Metal Water Before Treatments started On their last visit Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. and you can see this better in the bar chart below where we compare the state of their elements before they had received any treatments with the state of their elements when they arrived for their fourth treatment. the excess in Fire. 2003. 2009 98 .60 40 20 0 -20 -40 -60 Wood Fire Earth Metal Water Visit 4 The course of treatments made a significant difference to the state of this person’s elements. 2002. In addition. and the deficiencies in Metal and Water.

Your focus is there. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. Zero is at the bottom. it follows our focus. This time it has only two sliders. which comes from the Japanese ‘teate’ system described by Michio Kushi in his book ‘Macrobiotic Palm Healing’. The treatments are already focused. 2009 99 . Look at the slider for Kidney. Quite a trick! We now can go further. So in practice. say Kidney to the left and Bladder to the right. What is your question? You are asking whether one organ or the other needs more of your attention. You are keeping your hands on both organs because this produces the synergistic effect that we spoke about. perhaps one organ is in greater need of attention. We should remind ourselves that in reality the ‘organ’ is actually an energy field that exists on many levels. and we know that the energy follows our thoughts. 2003. Focus your attention more on the Bladder then the Kidney. and we have this wonderful contradiction where by narrowing our focus to deal with only one element. you are dwelling more on there. does it move? No. yet the thing that we are focusing on ‘narrowly’ has many associations and ramifications… so you are focusing narrowly and intensely on many things at the same time. where the imbalance that you have detected is caused mainly by an imbalance in only one of the two organs. say. of course. when you feel ready you can ‘look’ to see whether you need to focus more on one organ than the other. When you are treating the Kidney and the Bladder. when you are treating an unbalanced Water. 100% ATTENTION! Is at the top. But you are ‘leaning’ more on the Bladder. does it move? Yes. The “Organ Focus” It is time to bring out a small mixing desk. One slider is for one organ. Your attention is there.Narrowing your Focus Now we are going to make our treatment more focused. in your minds eye – with your intention – push the energy more towards the Bladder. 2002. not just the physical organ that we immediately think of. But which organ needs more attention? You do not know at this stage. You need some Organ Focus… With your hands resting still on the Kidney and Bladder. you see. The Bladder is in more need of attention. Use the Organ Focus for whatever period feels appropriate. You may have noticed a ‘composite’ imbalance in Water. Look at the slider for Bladder. It goes right up to the top. we are making the healing effect more intense. the other slider is for the other organ.

but it was rather difficult to rest our hands on them because they are ‘organs’ that have no Western physical counterpart! But we can now be more specific. By leaning on one organ we are going deeper still. Imagine a scale. 2009 100 . we can look at them for the first time. then you can glance at the Heart Protector and Triple Heater to see if one of those needs extra attention. maybe it’s the spiritual aspect. but there is more… So what aspect of the organ is in greatest need of attention? Is it the physical organ? Maybe it is the emotional aspect. 2002. When you are ready. By connecting to the organ pair we have produced a synergistic effect. Earlier we always had these organs in mind when we dealt with Fire. So in practice you would glance at Heart & Small Intestine to see if one of those needed extra attention.Two New Organs Now you can deal directly with two ‘Organs’ that you could only allude to earlier: the Heart Protector and the Triple Heater. and react accordingly. the healing effect more profound. We know that by narrowing our focus we make the treatment more intense. Sometimes you will look at the sliders and both the Yin and Yang organ will be calling for your attention. Maybe it’s the mental state. with a pointer that runs smoothly from the bottom to the top. We can ‘reach down’ and grasp the aspect of the organ that is most in need of attention. and see if they – or one of them – need our attention. If one of those organs needed extra attention then you would dwell on that one for a while. The “Aspect Focus” We can go even deeper. 2003. Marked along the side of the scale are some legends: Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. “Balanced Presentations” You will not always need to focus more on one organ than another. In that case you can carry on with the treatment approach that you learned earlier: flush energy into the organs equally from the symbol above you. By focusing on one element we have narrowed our focus and intensified the healing effect.

Worked Example Here is an example of someone whose elements I ’looked at’ remotely the other day. 2009 101 . Which aspect of the organ in greatest need of attention? Is the mental state of the Gall Bladder the priority here? Is it the emotion of the Lungs? Is it the spiritual aspect of the Heart? Is it the physical Spleen? Reach down and grasp this aspect with your attention. in the same way as we looked to see where the mixing desk slider settled. I describe what I found when I looked at their elements.Spiritual Mental Emotional Physical We can focus our attention on the organ and in our mind’s eye we look to see where the arrow settles on the sliding scale. This table displays the aspects that I found needed attention: Element Wood Fire (HT/SI) Fire(HP/TH) Earth Metal Water Hollow Organ Aspect Solid Organ LIVER Aspect Mental & Emotional* Balanced presentation? YES YES YES LUNGS BLADDER Mental Emotional Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. 2003. with your focus. Dwell on that aspect for a while and the energy will flow with your thoughts. and talk you through a ‘worked example’ of what you would have done in practice if this was the person that you were treating. 2002.

focusing your attention there. Fire When I looked at Fire. dwelling on that aspect.Wood When looking at Wood. Water Finally we move onto Water. Here the Lungs called for attention. 2002. the Liver called for attention. so the treatment would again be ‘standard’. while still connecting your hands to both ‘organs’. so the aspects needing attention were both the emotion of Liver (anger) and the mental state of Liver (planning). When you felt ready. Here the Bladder called for attention. After a while you would look to see if an organ needed special attention. with a beatific stillness that comes through being a clear. unable to plan. When you treated you would rest your hands on the Liver and Gall Bladder. and flooding the organs with energy from the Metal symbol above you. and as you merge with the energy it will follow your focus and be directed by your attention. 2003. and when I looked at the aspect the arrow hovered between thoughts and emotions. you would have in mind the Heart Protector and the Triple Heater. both physical organs called for attention. and you’d focus your attention more on the Liver. So in practice you would be resting your hands on the Lungs and the Large Intestine. Earth When we looked at Earth we found that both organs were calling for our attention equally. unable to think coherently about the future. Metal Now we move on to Metal. and both intangible organs called for attention. and they are ‘stuck’. so that element would be treated in the standard way. 2009 102 . So in practice you would be resting your hands on the Bladder and the Kidney(s). When you felt ready you would notice that the Lungs needed more of your attention. purposeful and focused channel. You would rest your hands on the Heart and Small Intestine. suppressing their anger. and the aspect that showed itself was the emotion of the Lungs. you’d reach down to grasp the specific aspect of the Liver that is the priority for that person on that occasion. and you would let the energy flow from the Fire symbol above you. angry with themselves and other people. You would have in mind the mental and emotional aspects as you merge with the Wood energy. Perhaps the person is seething. connect to the Wood symbol. so you would dwell on the Lungs for a while. the emotion of Metal: Grief. or maybe they are irritable all the time. and flush the energy through. and the mental aspect was what needed to be dwelt upon. drawing energy down from the Water Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. Then when you felt ready you would notice that it was the emotional aspect of the Lungs that were the priority here (grief) and you would ‘reach down’ to grasp that aspect. You would swap hands during the treatment of that element to that you connected with both left and right sides of the lungs and the large intestine.

” (2) “Client came over today for treatment. 2002. Has been through a lot of heartache lately with her son. At the end of the session. the stronger it will become with more clarity.Excess of 25% When balancing Wood. Water balanced out in no time. The depletion in Metal appeared to confirm her long grief with her departed sister. client expressed a lot of suppressed rage. Earth energy came in as rather coarse yet comforting and was quick to come into balance. which she felt ashamed of. At this stage of working I'm not too sure if I'm doing things the way you would like me to. It took a while to come into balance. but I can only work with what "impressions" I receive. Fire element balanced fairly quickly. Wood . especially around the middle of her body. the anger had dissipated and she was no longer raging about her dear husband.Excess of 75% Water . She did comment that this healing session felt much sharper and focused. Metal again. spreading out in wonderful gold and copper colours across the chest region.symbol above you. Here are three sets of comments from students: (1) “The organs needing attention were the liver/Mental/Emotional The heart and heart protector/Spiritual The spleen/Mental The lungs/Emotional & Spiritual I focused on these aspects and could feel a beautiful balance taking place within the client. She is a Reiki 1 student. came down through myself as intense white/blue energy and took a wee while to balance within the client. merging with the Water energy and letting it follow your focus. She described it at the time as "very cold waves" moving through her. 2003. You would dwell on the mental aspect of the Bladder for whatever period felt comfortable. 2009 103 . Then when you felt comfortable you would notice that it was the mental aspect of the Bladder that was the priority.Deficiency of 50% Earth . so you would focus your attention more on that ‘organ’ and ‘lean’ the energy in that direction for a while. When you felt ready you would notice that it was the Bladder that required more of your attention.Excess of 100% Fire . She described it as "very heavy". and I know that the more I work in this intuitive way with the 5 elemental healing technique. or fears change in some way. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001.Deficiency of 25% Metal . so maybe the person is mentally inflexible. as though she could not move herself.

There is no separation. I "dance" and "move" with this beloved light as though we are one and the client then "joins" and we are all one moving wonderful force of healing colours. She felt a lot of "heaviness" when I was working with this energy. Lots of sobbing. Aspect focus was physical. but safe. When working at her heart. Again I used "many hands technique" and "hui yin" to Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. and we are as one". Metal also took a bit to come into balance. therefore you are the energy.Liver -Mental/Emotional Heart – Emotional Spleen – Emotional Lungs . Earth balanced out rather quickly. When working with the energy on these areas. "She feels helpless and powerless". 2002. The lovely thing about this technique is. spreading throughout her "pain". "Because you have surrendered completely to the energy. a pressure (her words ). She is still going through a worrying time with her son who is out in Canada and has been back and forward a few times recently. "How can it be so easy and effortless?" And back comes. I can effortlessly merge with the energy and "become the energy. Stomach needed attention.Spiritual/Emotional Water – Spiritual Client released a lot of pent up resentment/anger. She was much more composed and calmer after her healing session. Isn't that wonderful? To be connected to such a loving and deep healing force. She said she could feel something very cool. (Liver screamed out for attention). nor are there any limitations. And as I was balancing with the Fire energy. I am still "sparkled" by how simple and flowing this method is proving to be. I love working with these energies and sometimes I stop and say to myself. Aspect focus was Mental/Emotional and I decided to use the "many hands technique" on the liver region. pent up sadness was "let go". It took a bit longer than usual and she released a lot of emotional anger and long term suppressed rage at her "denied childhood". 2009 104 . I am indeed blessed!!!” And now back to the client… Wood : Excess of 100% Fire : Deficiency of 50% Earth : Deficiency of 25% Metal : Excess of 100% Water : Excess of 25% The process of bringing them into balance again was relatively simple. And this is all done with no physical movements. which proved to be somewhat powerful. her anger appeared to turn to extreme hurt and rejection. I could "see" the inner child in the foetal position crying for love and attention. as though she was weighed down. 2003. And then lovely stillness. Aspect focus was Spiritual/Emotional. she experienced something between her eyebrows. almost like a soothing sensation. especially when I was working at the liver and gall bladder. Heart and heart protector needed attention.” (3) “I went along with the beautiful energies and started with the 5 element advanced technique.

( this lady is still in deep grief after many years. We can look at our elements to see what’s going on.Deficiency of 25% When balancing Fire. very liquid. Wood.assist the balancing process. Fear will be healed and the soothing love of this universe will "always" be with us. When working with this energy. and the grief is for herself) Water balanced out just fine. 2003. Finished treatment with traditional Reiki using Harmony kotodama.In Balance Fire-Excess of 25% Earth-Deficiency of 25% Metal-Excess of 100% Water. 2009 105 . there was a feeling of balance and flowing. blue energy coming in. She could feel it radiating through to her back. (my impressions) bladder needed attention and the focus was again Emotional. Earth felt like a gentle. like looking within myself and "seeing" what requires to be balanced and aligned! And since working with the advanced self-healing method my dreams have given me even more insight into what needs to be addressed for further spiritual growth within myself. but you can reach deeper. 2002. I felt a n intense cold white Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. I find the whole process very flowing. Using Organ and Aspect Focus when you Self-treat You have learned two methods of carrying out a self-treatment: the ‘hands-on’ and the ‘hands-off’ methods. using the mixing desk. Lungs needed attention as did large intestine. She and myself were aware of cold. Aspect focus was Emotional. Releasing again and then the blissful peace and quietness. spreading throughout my whole system. Emotional Butterfly at heart centre. She felt much calmer after healing session and will certainly be back for more treatments. so easy and uncluttered. ‘balance’ and ‘treat’ when you self-treat: it is altogether more of a gentle process of nudging you in the right direction. Metal took the longest to come into balance (again). Still a gentle process of nudging into balance. And when we do our daily ‘gentle nudging’ we can ease the energy towards the organ(s) that need a little more attention. There is no need to do a formal ‘detect’. “Just finished a self-treatment. Just completely natural. Now we can be more precise in terms of where we draw the energy. strong colours of purples and blues came in. yet heavy sensation bringing safety and connection to the Goddess within me. and touch base with the aspect of that organ too.

Sheer Bliss! Water felt empowering and came into balance very quickly. of being on course with the whole universe. Focus: Liver -Physical/Mental Heart/H.Emotional Large Intestine – Emotional (Almost like letting go of old issues and anything which does not serve my greatest good) Kidneys -Spiritual (the natural flow of cleansing love)” Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. 2009 106 .Spiritual Stomach . releasing a tightness within me. flowing down to both lungs and around the large intestine area. 2002.P. While I was "watching" this energy escaping. and then an almost indescribable sensation of "stillness". . I never fail to be amazed at how simple this beautiful technique is and how gentle yet powerful these elements can come into balance through our own pure intent and visualization methods. the feeling was tangible almost. 2003.energy tingling at my crown centre.

" Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. 2002. "Like my Reiki attunements. "After the treatments you feel as if you've had an energy transfusion. with everything inside running smoothly and in harmony . and you seem to feel flattened and unsettled for a while. After an emotional release the effects of Five Element Reiki tend to be more subtle and delayed. Five Element Reiki gave me an altered perspective. Energy travels round a lot (meridians?) and doesn't limit itself to area where heat/hand is. There was a feeling that there were no physical limits to what could be achieved. getting to grips with it. 2009 107 . 2003. It feels as if you are treating the problem at source. more than in a standard Reiki treatment. "Standard Reiki treatments gave a boost to my creativity but Five Element Reiki was more focused and purposeful.to the extent that (this is going to sound as if I have lost it!) I was not aware of being confined in my physical body. a feeling of being very much part of a bigger picture. "Quite different was the sensation of being a clear glass vessel. but able to look and project outwards because it was existing effortlessly.Subjective differences between Reiki and Five Element Treatments Here are this person's comments about how she felt the Five Element treatments differed from the many Reiki treatments that she had experienced in the past: "In standard Reiki treatments the heat seems to build up whereas with Five Element Reiki it cools after a hot start. This happened after nearly all sessions.

England Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. 2009 108 . When you start treating people using the five element system you will be looking at the state of their elements at weekly intervals. and I don't have the impression that they flap frantically from excess to depletion from one minute to the next.. and the state that they hold after the treatments have finished. 2002. what happens to the elements from one day to another. You will need to carry out a series of treatments to produce a long term beneficial change in terms of someone's elements. From my point of view I find I can get down to much deeper issues.Frequently Asked Questions I looked at my client's elements at the end of the first treatment and they are fine. They find it much more intense/powerful. or from the start to the end of a treatment. from one minute to another. unless something quite drastic like an attunement or a five element treatment happened. The 'ripples' that you produce are not so important: what is important is how the elements change over a longer period. is not so important.. 2003. “I have been practising Five Element Reiki on a number of my regular clients and they all notice a marked difference to a regular Reiki treatment.” Jeannie. Do I need to carry on with more treatments? The state of someone's elements (like the state of their chakras) reflect a trend within that person.

rather than going through a longer. 2009 109 . 2002. of chi. procedure with palpation. and/or feeling the energies over the Hara. emotions. or the greatest deficiency. and cannot really be used to discern more subtle gradations of imbalance. Clues in the person’s ‘history’ What you know of the person. Bringing the elements into balance temporarily 3. Using a Pendulum A pendulum can be used to confirm the result of the above two tests. scanning or dowsing. formal. I think is the most simple and versatile approach. 2003. Diagnosing energy imbalances in the elements 2. or what you can glean from what they say about their thoughts. This manual gives a good overview of the each element's correspondences. based on what you know of the various correspondences of each element. and can also be used to determine fine gradations in imbalance. since it can be carried out while resting your hands on the recipient’s shoulders at the beginning of a treatment. you can gauge whether there is too much or too little chi in each element.Summary of Treatment Technique The Five Element approach is based on three distinct phases: 1. physical problems etc. may help to reinforce your original impression. Systematically sending each of the five energies into the associated organs Diagnosing imbalances Focusing on the Hara Using palpation of the Hara. The Mixing Desk approach The ‘mixing desk’ visualisation can also be used to determine fine gradations in imbalance. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. and I also recommend a few books on this subject. This approach focuses one on the element with the greatest excess.

Using hand-movements. withdraw chi from the element/'organs' 4. temporarily. In both cases. and you can look at the mixing desk in real time to guide you in terms of when that element has been brought into balance through your actions. 4. 2003. as necessary. without having to move from this position. you are intending to produce balance that is appropriate for the individual that you are treating. then they are 'stable'. Using Intent to balance the elements If you wish. 3. If there is too little chi in an element then you do this: 1. and it is safe to move on to flushing five element energies into each organ pair in turn. Once the elements are in balance. you can both detect the imbalances and balance the elements temporarily. while resting your hands on the shoulders at the beginning of the treatment. or creative visualisation (steam or compressed air escaping). so they are locked together and stable. 2. ready for the intense energy work that follows. then using the five element energies can create greater imbalances. simply rest your hands on the associated organ pairs and intend that Reiki is helping you to produce balance by either boosting or depleting the chi in that element. and getting the elements into a reasonable state of balance first. 2002. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. Connect to the elemental energy by imagining the symbol in the air above you Draw down energy from that symbol into the 'organs' Continue until you get the impression that balance has been achieved If there is too much chi in an element then you do this: 1. or used the mixing desk. Connect to the elemental energy by imagining the symbol in the air above you 3. To bring an element into balance. we now need to bring the elements into balance. If you have dowsed in detail. depending on whether there is too much or too little chi in the element concerned. you can use Intent to balance the elements instead. Place your hands on the corresponding 'organs'. 2009 110 . then you will know whether each element needs to be boosted or depleted. Continue until you get the impression that balance has been achieved For the other elements. If you don't start by finding out where the biggest imbalances are.Balancing the elements temporarily Having determined which elements are most out of balance. Place your hands on the corresponding 'organs'. So now. while still resting your hands on the shoulders. though you may want to jot down the imbalance percentages as a permanent record. there are two approaches needed. or intent. 2.

Channel fire energy into the heart and small intestine. 2003. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. Rest one hand on one side of the lower abdomen. where the rib cage stops. 2002. overlapping each other. on the upper abdomen. or the elements that we feel need more attention based on what has happened during previous treatments (the ‘movements’ I spoke about earlier). Channel metal energy into the lungs and large intestine. over the liver area. send the corresponding five element energy through them. slightly overlapping each other. Slide the other hand slightly underneath the lower back. 2009 111 . wrapping round the side of the torso where the rib cage stops. Spleen is on the left side of the recipient's torso. Rest both hands. Rest one hand on the centre of the lower abdomen. starting with a few minutes resting our hands on the shoulders to get Reiki flowing and bringing the client into a nice relaxed state (if you had been working on the Hara and thus had not made contact with the recipient with your hands). giving a treatment lasting about an hour. Rest one hand over the heart (or hover your hand in the case of a lady). We will take about 50 minutes to complete the sequence. Channel water energy into the kidney and bladder. and bladder. If you had been detecting imbalances and balancing the elements while sitting at the head of the treatment table with your hands on their shoulders then they are already nice and relaxed. Channel earth energy into the stomach and spleen/pancreas. a nice way to bring things to a close. swap over half way and contact the other kidney. This is on the right side of the recipient's upper abdomen. where the ribcage stops. Rest both hands. and the other hand hovers over the opposite lung. Intend that you are connecting with the other kidney at the same time. What we are going to do now is to connect with the pairs of 'organs' that represent each element. Rest the other hand on the upper abdomen. Now swap over. Alternatively. (2) (3) (4) (5) Perhaps finish the treatment by resting your hands on the feet/ankles for a while.Working on Organ pairs Now we can carry out the main part of the treatment. Stomach is to the left side of the recipient's upper abdomen. and deal with the other side of the large intestine and other lung. Follow this order: (1) Channel wood energy into the liver and gall bladder. We will concentrate (spend more time) on the elements that were most out of balance.

2009 112 . and producing more long-term balance. then you can progress to the main part of a five element treatment. flushing them through the corresponding organs. which is to use the five energies intensely. Using the Five Element system you can balance someone's elements in a few minutes. and eventually you will learn to be able to do this 'at the click of a finger'. Balancing the elements is an intermediate stage. It works to balance the chakras. sending the energy deep to balance all the associations of each element. 2003. and on it's own is unlikely to produce a long-term effect. But once someone has balanced elements. But balancing the elements is only a small part of the picture.Frequently Asked Questions I have found that Reiki balances my elements Do not be surprised if Reiki has a balancing effect on the elements. so you would expect it to have an effect on elements too. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. 2002.

1980 ISBN 0-87040-467-9 Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. 2002.Recommended Reading Traditional Acupuncture: The Law of the Five Elements Dianne M Connelly Traditional Acupuncture Institute 1994 ISBN 0-912381-03-5 Macrobiotic Palm Healing Michio Kushi with Olivia Oredson Japan Publications Inc. 2003. 2009 113 . 1988 ISBN 0-87040-672-8 Anyone Can Dowse for Better Health Arthur Bailey Quantum 1999 ISBN 0-572-02461-4 How to See Your Health: Book of Oriental Diagnosis Michio Kushi Japan Publications Inc.

2009 114 .Appendix Dowsing Grid Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. 2002. 2003.

Flooding with light The student sits at the head of the treatment table (or stands behind someone) and rests their hands on the recipient’s shoulders. flooding that stagnant area with intense Reiki until the white light seems to be flowing better and that area has ‘smoothed out’. emerging out of the feet. 2002. They visualise white light flooding through the recipient’s body from head to foot. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. as if it wants to stay there? Sometimes the imaginary hand can ‘snap back’ to the original treatment position as if it is on elastic. Does it move away happily or is the hand drawn back to the original treatment position. 2003. 2009 115 . or whether they should move on to a new hand position. The goal with these exercises is to help you become comfortable in using constructed visual images to access intuitive knowledge.Developing your intuitive potential Successful application of the Five Element Reiki system depends on the use of intuition and there are various exercises that you can practise to start flexing your intuitive ‘muscles’. So the constructed visual image tells us whether we need to stay in this hand position for longer or whether it is ok to move on elsewhere. or stagnant areas where the light will not flow smoothly and evenly. The student focuses Reiki on these areas using visualisation/intent. “Elastic” hands Here the student uses a constructed visual image to help them to decide whether to carry on treating a part of the body. There may be grey or dark areas. So the student is using a constructed visual image in order to gain insights into the energy flow in the recipient and then uses that knowledge to direct Reiki to deal with the disrupted area. They notice if there are any areas where the white light does not want to go. they should imagine in their mind’s eye that a carbon copy of their real hand moves away from that treatment position. while keeping their hands on the shoulders. As they are treating a particular area.

maybe ‘locked in place’ in the way that can sometimes happen when practising Reiji ho. and allow your hands to drift with the energy. Merge with the recipient. “Eye” Reiji ho You can practise using Reiji ho with your eyes. The hand drifts in their imagination. being drawn by the energy to the right places to treat. settling on areas of need. We can access that same intuitive knowledge using an imaginary set of hands. Your subconscious mind makes the movements and accesses intuitive knowledge. you can do the same thing in your imagination: move your imaginary hand(s) away from the place where they came to rest to see if they return to the same place.Imaginary Reiji ho Reiji ho is the Japanese intuitive method where you still your mind. merge with the recipient. The student can stand by the side of the treatment table with the recipient in front of them. 2002. where you can move your hands away from that area to make sure that they want to return to that spot. or hand. 2009 116 . merges with the recipient and in their mind’s eye they bring in a hovering hand. where you can move your hands away from that area to make sure that they want to return to that spot. muscle movements control the movement of your hands and arms in the same way that muscle movements jiggle a pendulum back and forth. allowing the energy to direct your gaze rather than directing movements of your hands. and allow your eyes to drift along the person. Just like with Reiji ho. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. Are there areas where your eyes seem to want to dwell. stare through them. you can do the same thing with eye reiji ho: move your gaze away from the place where your gaze came to rest to see you return to the same place. Just like with Reiji ho. The student can compare this with the movement of their real hand when practising Reiji ho. 2003.

or grey areas. 2002. and ‘look’ to see where the areas of physical need are. or you need to rephrase the question somewhat. You can get answers like that by using a constructed visual image too. either horizontal (see below) or vertical. and maybe an ‘I can’t answer that/stupid question’ response too. 2009 117 . If the slider stays in the middle. maybe vibrating or jiggling in an uncertain fashion. It is a way of accessing intuitive knowledge without using your subconscious mind (which wouldn’t be much help. or mental need or spiritual need. 2003. You can bring into your mind’s eye a sliding scale. that means that it is unable to answer the question.Mapping areas of need Along the lines of the ‘flooding with light’ exercise is one where you bring up a visual image of the recipient’s body (or a standardised line drawing of a human body) and look in your mind’s eye to see if there are any dark areas. of whatever colour you like. As the question and see where the slider goes: to the left end or the right end. You can take this a step further if you like. really). or emotional need. Maybe each aspect will appear in a different colour. really. NO YES Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. Dowsing without a pendulum Dowsing is simply a way of getting your subconscious to control some muscle movements that jiggle a weight on a thread so that you have a ‘yes’ answer and a ‘no’ answer. At one end lies the answer ‘yes’ and at the other end lies the answer ‘no’.

Take your time. we can accept how they are and accept our impressions of which Chakras require our attention. You may also notice that in some people the Chakras will not seem all nice and even and the same size. 2. be aware of their chakras. 5. withdraw the energy back to you. How do they seem to you? 7. Do they seem balanced. Here is the text of the guide: 1. Feel/imagine the energy building up and becoming more intense in your Dantien. Is your attention pulled towards one or some of them? Maybe you might consider each one in turn. or do they seem not quite right somehow. and to focus the energy where we are intuitively guided rather than in a planned or calculated way. They sit near each other. but to go with the flow. and which ones need boosting rather than restraining. Close your eyes. Students split into pairs. 2009 118 . and then focus on one or a few in particular. which Chakras require some attention. So we should not assume that everyone’s Chakras should all be the same as everyone else’s. You may be surprised to find that you have perceived the Chakras as having quite distinct characteristics compared to each other. in what way? 9. Feel yourself merging with the other person. Imagine energy flooding down to you from above. through the centre of your body to your Dantien. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. Have no expectations of what you may experience. However. we should remember that the best approach when working with Reiki is not to plan and not to use ‘techniques’. we could always spend some time directing Reiki into a particular Chakra until it seems to be in a better state than before. 2002.Experiencing someone’s chakras Here is an exercise taken from my “Developing your Reiki Intuition” self-help guide # 2. And because we know that we can direct the energy using our intent/visualisation. and you may have a strong feeling about which Chakras seem fine. Focus your attention on the other person. Do this for maybe 5 minutes and then withdraw your attention back to you. 6. Remind yourself of your connection to the energy through your crown. with no expectations. that it is ok for a particular Chakra to be bigger or more prominent. yet your impression is that this is the correct ‘presentation’ for them. becoming one with them. and compare it with the next. maybe you will have an overview. 2003. 3. Imagine your energy expanding to engulf the other person. 4. Consider their chakras. 8.

2009 119 . if the Solar Plexus Chakra requires attention then you might want to determine whether it was the physical aspect of the Chakra or the Mental/Emotional aspect that needs to be focused upon. For example. to discover which aspect of the Chakra requires attention. Students split into pairs. They sit near each other. becoming one with them. you could further explore a Chakra. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. To deal with the spiritual aspect then you could imagine that you are channelling high frequency energy suitable for dealing with the spiritual level. 2002. feel yourself merging with them. with a little pointer that goes up and down the scale. To deal with the physical aspect then you could use energy from CKR – or the Focus kotodama. see what impression you obtain of the Chakra’s needs. Here is the text of the guide: If you wanted. How could you perceive the Chakras’ levels? Well you could imagine a sliding scale if you like.Delving into a chakra’s levels Here is a further exercise taken from my “Developing your Reiki Intuition” self-help guide # 2. Then focus your attention on a particular Chakra and imagine the sliding scale. The bottom of the scale represents the physical aspect of the Chakra. See the diagram below: Spiritual Mental Emotional Physical Focus your attention on the recipient. and you move through emotions and thoughts to the spiritual aspect. If the latter then it would be appropriate to focus your attention on that Chakra and use energy from SHK – or the Harmony kotodama – as you treat. 2003.

which aspect of a Chakra requires attention? 1. Feel yourself merging with the energy. we should remember that the best approach when working with Reiki – on ourselves and on others . 3. that it is ok for a particular Chakra to be bigger or more prominent. we can accept how they are and accept our impressions of which Chakras require our attention. be aware of your chakras. Do this for maybe 5 minutes and feel the flow of energy subside within you. 5. 2003. and which ones need boosting rather than restraining.is not to plan and not to use ‘techniques’. You can.Experiencing one’s own chakras Here is a further exercise taken from my “Developing your Reiki Intuition” self-help guide # 2. How do they seem to you? 9. but to go with the flow. 2002. You may be surprised to find that you have perceived the Chakras as having quite distinct characteristics compared to each other. with no expectations. Consider your chakras. yet your impression is that this is the correct ‘presentation’ for them. 2009 120 . So we should not assume that everyone’s Chakras should all be the same as everyone else’s. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. 7. You may notice that the Chakras are not all nice and even and the same size. which require attention. 8. also use the ‘sliding scale’ to consider the aspect of a particular Chakra which requires attention. Remind yourself of your connection to the energy through your crown. Imagine yourself filling with energy. we could always spend some time directing Reiki into a particular Chakra until it seems to be in a better state than before. Here is the text of the guide: Below you will find some instructions showing you what to do to focus your attention on and experience your own Chakras. of course. 6. 2. and to focus the energy where we are intuitively guided rather than in a planned or calculated way. and you may have a strong feeling about which Chakras seem fine. Which Chakras seem fine. Imagine energy flooding down to you from above. bring yourself back to reality. Close your eyes. which Chakras require some attention. 4. Have no expectations of what you may experience. Is your attention pulled towards some of them? 10. However. in what way? 11. or do they seem not quite right somehow. through the centre of your body to your Dantien. Feel/imagine the energy building up and becoming more intense in your Dantien. Do they seem balanced. And because we know that we can direct the energy using our intent/visualisation.

Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. at the end. I believe. 2002.Five Element hand-movements Recently I read a book called 'The Way of Healing' where Lam Kam Chuen describes a series of hand movements that can be used for healing purposes. and their names are similar to the sort of movements described below. according to Lam Kam Chuen. They seem very effective. No advice is given as to when clockwise or anticlockwise movements are indicated. Water Energy The hand movements are as follows: • • • Pressing down with the whole hand on and around the affected area Vibrating the palm on and around the affected area Vibrating the thumb on and around the affected area Water finds its lowest level and moves downwards. and are to be used to achieve particular purposes. Earth Energy The hand movements are as follows: • • • Clockwise movements of your whole hand over the point of pain and surrounding area Anticlockwise movements of your whole hand over the point of pain and surrounding area Side-to-side 'brushing' movements over the point of pain and surrounding area Earth energy massage is used to relax the body and quiet the mind. as being practised by the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. not in the energy field above the recipient. a cooling-down. These movements are designed to be made through direct contact with the recipient. Water massage movements are designed to induce chi to move down and away from areas of congestion. though I believe that they can be done that way with the same intent and that is the way that I use them. Each of the hand movements are described in terms of the five elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 2003. other than to go with what feels right on each occasion. There are a number of seemingly similar techniques that are mentioned by Hiroshi Doi. away from the area of congestion. At the beginning of a treatment of a particular part of the body it is like a gentle warm-up. 2009 121 . Applying pressure can again be seen as a way of forcing chi to move downwards. for example areas of swelling and pain. The vibrations can be seen as setting up a pattern of vibrations or ripples in a pond. The book is about Chi Kung and the hand movements are part of Chi Kung healing. Below I run through the main techniques and how and why they are to be used. and.

Fire energy is seen as penetrating but also moving upwards. The example is given of blood draining away from an area. 2002. Chinese Doctors use heat to draw 'poison' from the body. working inwards along the 'spoke' towards the central point.Wood Energy The hand movements are as follows: • • Stroking with your whole hand away from a central point. or the tips of a few fingers Making a series of very small circles. Metal movements are seen to be useful when an injury or inner disturbance has caused chi to disperse. Reiki people already have hot palms! The abrupt and forceful movement of your hand away from the body can be seen as using a magnet to extract energies blocked under the skin or deeper within the body.can be used to disperse blocked and congested chi. leaving it weak and cold. Metal Energy The hand movements are as follows: • • • Stroking with your whole hand towards a central point. for example 'cupping'.away from the centre . wood movements . 2003. Fire Energy The hand movements are as follows: • Press down firmly with your palm to penetrate the area below. and then abruptly withdraw your hand upwards as if unblocking a drain with a plunger. like spokes radiating towards a central hub Stroking towards a central point using your thumb. like spokes radiating away from a central hub Stroking away from a central point using your thumb The idea here is that following an injury or sharp blow to the body. To deal with this blockage. chi will flow to the area to provide support and protection but may become blocked as it builds up. Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. one would be able to do the same thing using the heat of one's open palm. using heated glass bowls. Your intention is to draw chi into the affected area. No guidance is given regarding clockwise or anticlockwise movements. 2009 122 . Do this several times. The book says that as one develops one's practice of Chi Kung.

To relieve the congestion. Massage the temples using the fingertips. and become blocked and congested. 2002. Wood energy massage to disperse chi Twists and Sprains The swelling and possible internal bleeding are seen as indications that energy has rushed in to the area. Hold hands on either side of the affected part. The following sequence is said to release this build-up of energy. Earth energy massage 2. Use Earth energy massage by 'washing' your head and face for a minute Five Element Reiki © Taggart King 2001. Use Fire energy massage to 'unblock' the congested area 5. in a Metal fashion. Rest your hand on either side of the affected area for a while 2. Use Water energy massage to help reduce the swelling 4. 2009 123 . Use Earth and Water energy massage by pressing and making small circles 36 times 2. Use Wood energy massage to disperse chi by making strokes from the temples. Finish with Earthy energy massage Backaches 1. behind the ears to the base of the skull by the neck six times 3. Use Earth energy massage 3. 2003. generating heat. to enclose the area in a healing forcefield 2. Use Wood energy massage to disperse excess energy that has become blocked 5. do this: 1. swelling and pain of a bruise are taken as indicating that chi has rushed to the area of injury. Use Wood and Water massage together in one movement by using vibrating hand movements that radiate away from the affected area 4. Start with an Earth energy massage to reduce tension and calm the person's mind 3. Use Earth and Water energy massage on the base of the skull/top of the neck by pressing inward and making small circles 36 times 4. reduce the pain and the swelling: 1. Finish with Earth energy massage Headaches 1.Practical examples Bruises The stagnant blood.

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