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Five Element Healing Practitioner Course
Second Edition, completed in September 2003

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 Healing ............................................................................................... 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 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............................................................................................ 49 FIVE ELEMENT SELF-TREATMENTS ............................................................................................... 50 'HANDS ON' SELF-TREATMENT ................................................................................................................. 50 Wood..................................................................................................................................................... 51 Fire ...................................................................................................................................................... 51 Earth..................................................................................................................................................... 52 Metal.................................................................................................................................................... 52 Water .................................................................................................................................................... 53

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'HANDS OFF' SELF-TREATMENT ................................................................................................................ 53 Self-Treatment Case History ................................................................................................................ 55 USING A PENDULUM ............................................................................................................................. 56 Introduction .......................................................................................................................................... 56 'Yes' and 'No' Answers .......................................................................................................................... 56 The 'Neutral' position ........................................................................................................................... 56 Obtaining 'Permission' ......................................................................................................................... 56 Dowsing Chakras ................................................................................................................................. 57 Common Chakra 'presentations'........................................................................................................... 57 Practice ................................................................................................................................................ 57 Dowsing your Elements ........................................................................................................................ 58 SECTION 4: DETECTING ENERGY IMBALANCES ......................................................................... 61 PERCEIVING SOMEONE’S ELEMENTS............................................................................................. 62 INTRODUCTION .......................................................................................................................................... 62 HARA DIAGNOSIS ...................................................................................................................................... 63 DETECTING IMBALANCES THROUGH TOUCH .............................................................................................. 64 Sensing Energies .................................................................................................................................. 65 THE USE OF PENDULUMS ........................................................................................................................... 66 Dowsing someone’s Elements .............................................................................................................. 66 MOVING BEYOND THE PENDULUM ............................................................................................................ 68 VISUAL FACIAL DIAGNOSIS ....................................................................................................................... 69 HISTORY TAKING....................................................................................................................................... 69 CASE HISTORIES ........................................................................................................................................ 69 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS .............................................................................................................. 73 SECTION 5: BALANCING AND TREATING SOMEONE’S ELEMENTS....................................... 77 BALANCING THE ELEMENTS ............................................................................................................. 78 USING ELEMENTAL ENERGIES TO BALANCE SOMEONE'S ELEMENTS .......................................................... 78 BALANCING THE ELEMENTS AND SELF-TREATMENTS ............................................................................... 79 TREATING THE ELEMENTS ................................................................................................................ 80 WORKING ON ORGAN PAIRS....................................................................................................................... 80 USING ELEMENTAL ENERGIES ON ORGAN PAIRS ........................................................................................ 80 Procedure ............................................................................................................................................. 80 Element 'movements'............................................................................................................................. 81 Intuition ................................................................................................................................................ 81 Treating in the Seated position ............................................................................................................. 84 A SHORT CASE HISTORY........................................................................................................................... 85 CASE HISTORY # 1 .................................................................................................................................... 85 CASE HISTORY # 2 .................................................................................................................................... 88 SUBJECTIVE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN REIKI AND FIVE ELEMENT TREATMENTS ......................................... 89 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS .............................................................................................................. 90 SUMMARY OF TREATMENT TECHNIQUE ...................................................................................... 91 DIAGNOSING IMBALANCES ........................................................................................................................ 91 BALANCING THE ELEMENTS ...................................................................................................................... 91 WORKING ON ORGAN PAIRS ...................................................................................................................... 92 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS .............................................................................................................. 93 RECOMMENDED READING ................................................................................................................. 94 APPENDIX ................................................................................................................................................. 95

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............................................... 2002......................................................................................................................................................................... 95 FIVE ELEMENT HAND-MOVEMENTS .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................DOWSING GRID ................................................................................................... 96 Wood Energy ......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 2003 3 ........ 97 Metal Energy ....................................... 97 Fire Energy....... 98 Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001............ 96 Water Energy......................................................................................................................... 96 Earth Energy ......................................... 97 Practical examples ............

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

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Section 1: Background Information

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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, and its application in a wide range of therapies and techniques. For those who would like to investigate this subject in more depth than can be achieved here, we provide a reading list at the end of this manual.

Breadth of TCM
Acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage techniques, diet advice and QiGong are all forms of treatment that are practised in their own special ways. An acupuncturist inserts needles into specific points in various parts of the body, while a herbalist prescribes a variety of herbs, pills, powders and tinctures. QiGong uses movement and exercise to cultivate personal levels of 'chi' and produce balance and health. A Tui Na practitioner uses direct massage techniques. 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, but there is something that links these outwardly diverse treatments. The linking thread is the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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 1,000 BC). Archaeological digs have unearthed early acupuncture needles, and discourses on medical conditions have been discovered inscribed on bones. Early Asian shamanic practices are believed to be at the foundation of TCM, and the Chinese emphasis on the balancing and governing forces of nature seem to have developed through the observation of the natural world. By the 1st century AD the first and most important classic text of Chinese Medicine had been completed. The text was probably compiled over several hundred years and based on the writings of many authors, and takes the form of a dialogue between the legendary 'Yellow Emperor' and his Minister, on the subject of medicine. The 'Inner Classic' expounds the philosophy of Chinese Medicine and a further section deals with the benefits of acupuncture, herbs, diet and exercise. Over the following centuries, these basic writings were expanded upon, and much of the current practice of TCM reflects traditions that have developed over the last 3,000 years.

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

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

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

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

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

2003 12 .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 Healing © Taggart King 2001. 2002.

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

to produce balance in Wood on a deep level. Large Intestine and Bladder. So the Heart supports and nourishes the Spleen. Small Intestine. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001.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. 2003 14 . We will produce balance in all the various ramifications and associations of Wood: anger. and these nourish the Liver. and have the functions of receiving. the eyes. in the same way that one element supports another in a continuous cycle. part of an overall dynamic energy process. for example. Each organ also has a much wider range of associations. and they run down the front and back of the body in the midline. These meridians will be familiar to those carrying out the microcosmic orbit meditation: The Conception and Governing Vessels. 2002. in TCM one organ/meridian can be seen as supporting the next. the tendons. Triple Heater. We will we be focusing energy on these organs and we will be sending the organ's characteristic energy through it. Interestingly. These organs are considered to be closer to the surface of the body. and listed below are the major meridians/organs and their associated element. one Yin organ and one Yang organ. Heart Protector. characteristics. These organs are considered to be deeper in the body and are concerned with the manufacture. The Yang organs are hollow: Gall Bladder. functions and influence than the physical organs we perceive in the West. Lung and Kidney. and so on (see later discussions of the associations of each element). and their associated meridians. and this in turn nourishes the Lungs. storage and regulation of the fundamental substances. You can also see them depicted in the diagram on the next page: Earth Wood Fire Liver Gall Bladder Metal Heart Small Intestine (Heart protector) (Triple Heater) Water Spleen/Pancreas Stomach Lung Large Intestine Kidney Bladder The Yin organs are the solid organs: Liver. The Lungs support the Kidneys. intensifying the beneficial effect by making the 'organ' and its meridian resonate at its characteristic frequency. Stomach. On this course the meridians and particularly the 'organs' are important because each organ is allocated to a particular element. and we are going to look at this in more detail later on. one solid organ and one hollow organ. Spleen/Pancreas. tears. Each 'organ' functions on all levels of our body-mind-spirit. separating. planning. decision-making. There are two other meridians outside the element classification. so if we want to work on Wood then we can focus energy on the 'organs' of Wood: Liver and Gall Bladder. distributing and excreting body substances. They each have an emotion associated with them. When we work on the Liver and the Gall Bladder we will be sending Wood energy through those organs. Heart. The Liver supports the Heart and so on. Usually two organs represent each element.

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as happened a while ago with someone I was working on. some are appropriate and adaptive. and the ramifications of these on various levels. the 'organs'. The usefulness of this is that if you know that Metal is reflected in the emotion of grief. with knock-on effects in other areas (see later). They are Anger. What is important is how they balance. Negative connotations are not placed on anger. or any of the other emotions of the elements. represents the lungs and the large intestine. and Fear and Fright. then you can understand that: • • Constipation may be connected with suppressed grief. meridians and the various body parts connected with each element. Joy. Helping someone to release suppressed grief can lead to skin condition improving. 2003 16 . particularly their associated 'organs'. Fear and Fright. and some are not so relevant for our purposes. Most people experience a wide range of emotions that vary in intensity.Five Elements Correspondences In this section I want to touch on some of the important correspondences of the elements. for example the emotions. Pensiveness. and also the skin. and then we will move on to look at more basic characteristics of each element. giving five basic causes of disharmony. There are many. In traditional Chinese medicine the emphasis is on balance. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. but the disharmony will express itself in a different way. though Western society tends to frown on the expression of anger and so this emotion tends to become suppressed. many correspondences to each element. Too much Joy is as out of balance as too much Grief. Please see the reading list if you wish to learn more. Grief. 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. others are less so. The Emotions of the Elements In Traditional Chinese medicine there are a number of internal causes of disharmony that are termed the 'seven emotions'. Sadness and Grief. Sadness. may be taken together. All the emotions have their place in a healthy individual and they should be felt and expressed. 2002. one for each element.

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

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

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

Our Lungs hold the emotion of Grief. inundated. one can feel overwhelmed. But anxiety and terror are more intense because they are emotional states where the threat can't be assessed properly. weakening Lung chi. and we take action to get away from something that is threatening to us. We fear something concrete. 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. Sadness that remains and becomes chronic can create a disharmony in the Lungs. Being able to 'resonate' with our environment is a characteristic of Water: to be soft. a normal and adaptive human emotion. Fear ensures our survival. 2002. Only when the anxiety has been released can we move forward. We may become rigid. 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. a persecution complex. recognise the danger in time. Water: Fear The emotion of Water is fear. paranoia. 2003 20 . rather like a river that has been dammed. and in fact the threat may be imaginary. and this will interfere with the Lungs' many functions and energetic processes. or may no longer exist. which is a healthy and natural response to dangerous situations. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. Anxiety exists when a threat can't be judged correctly. immovable and paralysed by fear. Fear involves holding on to an anxiety rather than letting it go and. We develop anxiety when we isolate ourselves and we aren't in harmony with things and people around us any more. sinking into despair. deep breaths and the expulsion of air with the sob. to surrender oneself and to not offer any resistance. So a serious imbalance in Water can show itself as panic attacks.

they are not just imagining the anatomical structure. Wood is represented by the Liver (yin organ) and the Gall Bladder (yang organ).and the ability to plan ahead. The Liver represents the ability to make plans and to see life on a material level. The 'organs' for TCM purposes are much. So a Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. much more than what we think of in the West. every new concept. and growth or expansion is the essence of Wood. It is the inventor. Every new idea that we take hold of. broadens our horizons.as we have seen above . 2002. and in the case of Fire.The Correspondences of the Organs Each element is represented by a couple of 'organs'. the plan. Its nature is expansion. 2003 21 . by four 'organs' . it embodies the power of imagination and creative energy that results in growth. to set sail for new horizons and new discoveries. It brings forth the creative processes of planning and decision-making. so when in TCM someone thinks of the Liver. We take risks and go into the unknown. For example. Each organ has a number of correspondences attached to it. Wood: Planning and Decision-Making Wood brings forth the desire for movement and growth.two of which do not have Western anatomical counterparts. a migraine may appear when Liver energy is out of balance. It develops the vision. the discoverer. growing in all directions. We grow. they are energy fields that resonate throughout our being and exhibit their characteristics in different ways. It gives us the desire to undertake a new project. It sees the meaning of life. and you could see this as frustration with the system because plans were not made or followed. but also anger . You might imagine that when this ability falters then some symptom would arise. The 'organs' operate on all levels of the body-mind-spirit.

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. from unawareness to consciousness. The movement of Fire is vertically upward. Fire: Controlling. The two functions of Liver and Gall Bladder are very closely connected. laughter. stage fright. and you are thinking of someone with a Gall Bladder imbalance. and similarly the best plans and projects are worthless if they cannot be carried out. A person is said to 'have spirit' and this gives an idea of what is intended by the word Shen. honest way of speaking. or do anything'. Its higher house is the third eye chakra. insomnia and dull. Imagine a person who has difficulty in making decisions. from deep in the earth up into the sky. unfocused eyes. An imbalance in Heart energy is like chaos ruling in a kingdom. and here it makes sure we have balanced feelings and a clear. along with the Triple Heater or Sanjiao. Depression and resignation may have their roots in a Wood disorder: the vision is missing. If you see the Liver as an architect. with a lack of peace and harmony. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. Fire brings out joy. or plan. and leads to feeling a kind of inner panic and loss of control. Shen can be translated as spirit or soul. fearfulness. Protecting and Warming Fire is the only element that is represented by four organs: the Heart (yin organ) and Small Intestine (yang organ). in speech defects like lisping. Shen lives in the heart. 2003 22 . Sifting. the Heart Protector (yin organ) and the Triple Heater (yang organ). then the Gall Bladder is the builder who makes the decisions and arrangements necessary for the blueprints to become a reality. all caused by a disturbance in Fire. awareness. even very little simple ones. has no physical Western counterpart. dancing. the decisions in day-to-day life are incoherent. then their Shen is powerful and healthy. stammering. The Heart is seen as the centre of consciousness. This description would fit with hysteria and manic depression also. feelings and thoughts. its Lower House. the plan is lacking. 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. stuttering or even muteness. The Heart Protector is also known as the Pericardium or the Circulation Sex and. and is one of the places where 'Shen' resides. 2002. Without an allencompassing concept. and in Japanese acupuncture writings the Heart is seen as so sacred that it is not treated directly. It produces emotions full of highs and lows: one minute you are shouting for joy and the next you want to die. When a person has these characteristics. and it is said that you can se this by a sparkle or light in the eyes. from the material to the spiritual. or a person may have many plans and ideas but cannot make them into reality. If Shen is confused or lacking in energy then it is noticeable in unclear thinking or an inability to organise thoughts. where it brings forth clarity of thought and a conscious life direction.person with a Wood imbalance might say that they felt 'jammed up in the head so that I can't think. On the mentalemotional level. A dispersed and confused Shen shows itself in nervousness.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

allowing us to experience a fulfilled sexuality that brings forth joy and laughter. Earth: Earth is represented by Flesh . Such people do not find much joy in sexuality. responsibility and motivation.the connective tissue and fat tissue . The themes of breathing. they are very different in their functions: the heart is responsible for inner matters like clarity of thought. The connection with the Lungs is obvious and. then we feel a deep connection between sexual lust and love. A balanced Pericardium forms a bridge between Water and Fire. are associated with a Metal imbalance. and to foresee future events. are continued in Metal's association with the Skin. and closed people who do not laugh. 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. then someone who is displaying extreme dogmatism. people who need a long time to thaw. It is beyond the scope of this course to teach Oriental Visual Diagnosis. Since Ideas and Opinions are associated with Earth. or bad. people and surroundings that are good. Metal: The Nose is associated with Metal. The Chinese imagine an elemental spirit of Metal: an animal instinct that gives us the ability to 'smell' danger. may have an Earth imbalance. and we are able to freely give and receive. The skin is said to reflect the condition of Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. so if a person seems to have a subtle yellow hue coming from their face then this is indicative of an Earth imbalance. as is the person who has little warmth. whereas the Pericardium is responsible for blood circulation. and it is unnecessary for our purposes. or who is unable to create ideas or conclude thoughts. for us. symbolic of the way that Metal connects us to the Universe. and the disposal of waste. The colour yellow is associated with Earth. 2002. the stingy people who have a difficult time giving. as are a persistent nasal drip and blocked sinuses. The state of the flesh reflects the Earth element. and so a limited or non-existent sense of smell can be associated with a Metal imbalance. to sense how other people are thinking and feeling about us. We are in contact with our environment through our skin. interestingly. Since Earth is also related to the Mouth.and a wasting disease may be due to an Earth imbalance. dry throat etc.sinking into the archaic levels of the soul. 2003 31 . heartbeat and heart rate on the physical level. and Metal governs the secretion of mucus by mucous membranes. So a dry throat. the Large Intestine Meridian is close to the nose. Earth also represents muscle. Though the Heart and Pericardium are both Yin organs. coughing. speech. and chi can flow properly. Because of this. It is our sense of smell that allows us to differentiate between foods. If the Pericardium is balanced. A related correspondence is that of Mucus. and particularly in the breathing passages. cold hands and feet are an indication of a lack of energy in the Pericardium.

the lungs. 2002. or when the yin Kidney is relatively strong. our sexual drive. and defecation would take place quite naturally during these 'Metal' hours. Water is more related to the sense organ itself and the semicircular canals. our will to survive. We are 'in touch' with nature only as long as we enjoy the sensation of the wind. sexual potency. the coolness of water. Other signs of a Water imbalance are kidney stones.can unfold when the organism is flowing freely. or a person who exhibits rigid behaviour and body movements. as would acne. It represents the vitality with which we master life. and a healthy ability to adjust to the demands of circumstances. which are all related to the accumulation of and getting rid of waste products through the skin. In a wider sense. on hearing. 2003 32 . then this would be the time when we would start the day with some deep breaths. menstrual disorders. in the fresh air. lumbago and bladder infections. Water: The elemental spirit of Water is our will power. If we were to get up with the dawn. loss of hair. fresh and clean inside. strong bones and healthy teeth. and when the hormonal system is functioning effectively so the metabolism is finely tuned. the sacro-iliac joints and the back of the legs (along the course of the Bladder meridian). a tremendous urge for action and activity. This power shows itself in supple body movements.1900 hrs. we show our attitudes towards other people by allowing them to touch us. insomnia. This rigidity shows itself mainly in the lower back.0700 hrs. The Ears are connected with Water. vitality. and the Small Intestine's sorting functions. When the yang energy is weak. This spirit . sciatica. A person with a Water imbalance might feel that this time of day is their best. good hearing. Symptoms of this rigidity are such things as hollow back. flexible joints. bone diseases. When the yang Kidney is dominant then you may find a person who is constantly in a hurry. boils and pimples. Energy cultivation techniques like Tai Chi would be done in local parks when the sun is rising. The time of day for Water is 1500 hrs . a silky shine to the hair.called Zhen . lack of balance and dizziness can represent a Water imbalance. Psoriasis and rashes would be connected. some types of watery diarrhoea. Balance within Water depends on the relative strengths of the yin and yang Kidneys. then the will to live. The results may be a general weakness. or by avoiding contact with them. For this reason vertigo. In these circumstances power and vitality can develop. kidney and urinary tract infections. and constantly cold hands and feet. The time of day for Metal is 0300 hrs . disk problems in the lumbar area. when they feel more alive than usual. impotence. but more Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. and it is not uncommon in Western medicine to see skin problems like eczema (skin problem) associated with asthma (lung problem). though we have already spoken about the effect of Fire. as well as middle ear infections. 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. and sexual drive decrease. frigidity and paralysing fear. the warmth of the sun and the feeling of the earth and plants.

Hands and Feet for Control Rancid Spiritual Faculties Sweet Mouth Saliva Dampness Singing Muscle Flesh for Belching Fragrant Ideas and Opinions Pungent. There may also be an urgency to urinate during this period. 2003 33 . 2002. 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.likely it might be the time of day when the person feels at their lowest ebb. 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 Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001.

into new life. We start with the lungs. 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. autumn. associated with the symbolic death through water of baptism and preparing for the advent of Christ. 2003 34 . 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. or none. John the Baptist speaks of the axe as an instrument of truth. where late the sweet birds sang. surrender. I indeed baptise you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I. 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. Sweet though in sadness. or few. The positive emotions are courage. do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold. And here we can connect to Shelley's “Ode to the West Wind”: Make me thy lyre. and he will throughly purge his floor. the time of dryness. and gather his wheat into the garner. Reiki Master To give you a slightly different ‘take’ on the elements. The element is metal — let’s picture the axe cutting away at things. and cast into the fire. but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. or grief. Bare ruin’d choirs. 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 Healing © Taggart King 2001.Mythic Taoist Organ Journey By Robert-Louis Abrahamson. letting go. 2002. autumnal tone. (Matthew iii. This axe can be seen as a symbol of the truth that we’re about to encounter. through the seasons. when the trees lose their leaves. and with fire: whose fan is in his hand. 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. whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptise you with the Holy Ghost.10–12) The negative emotion in this first stage is sadness. 1.

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

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

Sol and Luna.. Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run. where as the fruit of our alchemy lie the male and female. the colour yellow. Where? Onto our next journey. And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core.. 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. and it is satisfying to understand the changes that you see happening during a course of treatments. Finally we move to the spleen. Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun. but you can use this system effectively even if you know nothing at all about five element theory. 2003 37 . To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees. I am not an expert in Five Element theory. as we become anxious about what's going to happen to all this that we've been delighting in. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. of course. at our centre. 2002.5. but the positive emotions are serenity and compassion — the harvest of all our emotional work. and you don't need to be either. Here we're grounded. and we move on. It is interesting to understand how a person's element imbalances are reflected in their mind/body/spirit. What better here than Keats' “Ode to Autumn”? Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. so don't get bogged down in the theory. And so the journey finishes. but that academic knowledge is not needed to use this system effectively. golden wheat colour. The negative emotion is worry. or better. earthed at the end of the journey. And there we end: ripe to the “core”. The element is the earth. together in serenity. the season of harvest.

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Five Element Symbols
I have channelled five symbols which represent energies that resonate at the characteristic frequencies of the five elements, and resonate strongly with the energies of each element's associated 'organs'/meridians. 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. I asked if it would be possible for me to channel those symbols and the response was also positive. I used 'automatic writing' and went through each element in turn, channelling each symbol a number of times to make sure that there was consistency in the way that it was being drawn out. The symbols were consistent. I then asked if using these symbols would produce greater treatment or healing benefits when compared with standard Reiki treatments. Obviously if the symbols produced no greater benefit than standard Reiki, there would be no point in continuing with them. I received the message that these energies would indeed produce greater healing benefits than standard Reiki treatments. 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, and because the focus is narrow, the effect is more intense. You can see the same approach with the use of the standard Reiki symbols: as soon as you start using SHK for example, you are focusing intensely on mental/emotional balancing. Because you have narrowed the focus, you have intensified the healing effect. Because the five element energies have so many ramifications, although the focus is narrow, the knock-on effects are many and varied. An interesting contradiction. There are some vague hints that the original form of Reiki may have involved using the five elements. This course could then be seen as starting to move Western Reiki more into contact with its original form, in the same way that the 'Original Usui Reiki' course has moved western Reiki back into contact with some of its Shinto, Tendai and Teate (traditional Japanese palm healing) roots. A Reiki Master and clairvoyant who has been helping me by giving me feedback about the symbols, 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. 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)." Chris Burns March 2001

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The Fire Symbol
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The Earth Symbol
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2002. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. spiralling outwards and plummeting to the ground. level with the centre of the spiral. 2003 41 . the second stroke goes horizontally to the right.The Metal Symbol Start at the centre of the spiral. Then draw a straight line upwards obliquely to the left. You are now at the top of the symbol. moving anticlockwise. The first stroke goes down and to the left. You finish at the pinnacle of the symbol. Follow this by tracing a triangle three times. and the third stroke goes vertically upwards. Then draw a straight line upwards obliquely to the right.

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

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. you can if you like spend 5-10 minutes each day working with only one energy. then spend a further 7-10 days using the next energy. spending a couple of minutes experiencing each of the five energies. and they have the potential to produce powerful effects within you. When you have completed 7-10 days of meditations using 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. working in the order Wood Fire Earth Metal Water Alternatively. Try both approaches and find out for yourself which variation feels more comfortable for you. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. for say 7-10 days. 2002. Again follow the order Wood Fire Earth Metal Water Technique These two meditations allow you to experience the distinctive qualities of each element. You can use the meditations in different ways: You can if you like carry out a meditation for about 10 minutes daily. 2003 43 . These are powerful meditations.

Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 6. Be aware of any sensations in your body. Be aware of your emotions. and gave me feedback on what they were feeling/experiencing. 4. 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. 4. and qualities you are experiencing. Try to give an explanation for their feelings based on your knowledge of the correspondences of the elements. up in the air above you. 2002. feel the energy get stronger in your Dantien. Sit with your eyes closed and your hands resting in your lap palms uppermost. the seat of your soul. your thoughts. in Martial arts. As you breathe out. As you inhale. Imagine cascades of energy flooding down onto you from the symbol. They drew the five energies into themselves. feel the energy spread through your body. Sit with your eyes closed and your hands resting in your lap palms uppermost. 2. In Oriental thought it is seen as your personal energy reserve. Draw out the symbol in your mind's eye. Energy floods into your hands. 3. Meditation #2 1. As you pause before exhaling. the centre of your creativity and intuition. into your crown. any impressions.Meditation #1 1. 5. Make notes afterwards on what you experienced. Maybe some of their experiences tie in with what you have felt during your meditation on the energies. into your torso. 2. draw energy down from the symbol. * 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. 2003 44 . Make notes afterwards on what you experienced. Draw out the symbol in your mind's eye. 3. It is used extensively in energy cultivation techniques like Tai Chi and Chi Kung. into your head. up in the air above you. and your state of mind. Draw energy down the centre of your body to your Dantien *.

gentle pressure. empty head. Lively feeling. heaviness/pressure in heart. not sunk in chair as was the case with earth. aware. tangible. swirling/movement in head. leg dropped. energy in forehead base of skull. and then settled). awareness of stomach (dull sensation) and spleen. progressive intense pressure in the heart area (not unpleasant) and tingling in abdomen. very swirly feeling. confidence. Soft.Earth Taggart Deep muscular relaxation. full hands (not fizzing) Karen Bright orange colour. dry mouth. not uplifting but not oppressive. no thoughts. Wonderful warm flow. heat at back of neck and down back. Poise. Ready for action. Slowed breathing.a couple of inches above & below the navel in the front and the back. heavy energy. moving to the back/abdomen . Travelled to upper chest and no further. a loving energy. arrogance. fierce heat in hands Karen Green/brown colours. in the middle). Warm in stomach area. All encompassing. Sinking back into chair. feeling of lead. Still. sense of anger. tingling ears. Felt good. 2002. Janet Heaviness in head. shooting pressure across head. Calming and grounding. Hazel Shoulders relaxed. alertness. pushing me down. Comforting yet invigorating within. Stomach: everything settled (undulated. thoughts of wholeness. Christine Emerald green/yellow colour. empty head. slowed her down. Deep breathing. A lot of expansion. dense heaviness. open. not sunk into chair as was the case with earth. Janet Heat in outer ear. fast breaths. more aware of things outside . Karen#2 Feeling down arms. strong. Faster breathing. Alert. Energy washed down. Shoulders going down. dry mouth. blanket over shoulders and down the back. Karen#2 Pleasantly tearful. big releasing breaths. extra positive outlook/feeling. connected-ness to the earth/roots/planet. many thoughts. focused on the clock ticking like a heartbeat. Wobbly feeling. unsettled: wanting to get on and do things. slow deep breathing. 45 Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. Womb-like comforted feeling Fire Taggart Impassioned. Christine Immediate warmth but a light feel. Warm & loving. deep breathing. solid. Pressure by eyebrows (above. moving with a 'ripple' effect. brightness.from my ears. wooziness. heavy limbs and body. Definitely a warm green colour. faster shallower breathing and lots of breathing in. not serene. thoughts of oneness. 2003 . Enveloped by cool green-ness. energy movement in arms.

fluidity. moving down arms. Intense. hardened attitudes. tingling in inner ear. Karen#2 Sleepy. Very 'round the head'. not welcoming. slow motion movements of the head for a while until it found a balanced position. round to kidneys. Heat in a wonky knee. Intense urge to drink water. 2003 46 . movement down the legs. Karen#2 Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. reserved. downwards sensations (not returning). Sitting up straight/upright. otherworldly. Almost vibratory. swirly. Janet Pressure inside ears. one leg (L) more than the other. didn't embrace. Hazel Need to go to the loo. tingling at sides of abdomen. Woozy. detached. A 'clearance': feeling soft. going down the legs and out. calm. but not part of it. Befuddled. No particular colour: pale. heaviness. slow intermittent breaths. Didn't want to open eyes. tingling in back of head. smooth. tingling in many areas of skin. not organic. soft balls of energy in hands. 'out of this galaxy' energy. Back of skull sensation. Left with an 'alert' feeling. Difficult to find words. creeping awareness of lower abdomen. warm eyes. Feelings of positivity. Cold legs/feet. balance. Didn't want to 'be one' with it. blue/white colour. Slow. no colour. gentle. contented shallow breathing. Feeling quite emotional. jagged. bladder awareness. Aware of nose/tip. or an awareness of that area. Intense thirst. Slowly a feeling starting at the lower back and then movement. Tingling in arms/shoulders. quiet serenity. detachment. Metal Taggart Cool. Scalp tingling/standing on end. cool gentle pulsing in hands Karen Something going on in the eyes (?bladder meridian). calm unforced breathing. not aware of breath. Christine Energy passed to third eye and throat and became ice cold. analytical. flowing down back and out through feet. progressive heaviness in chest cavity and main part of abdomen. warming of the lower back. then feeling on cheekbones/tightening. Was 'in' the energy. Need to go to the loo. tingling/cold from the knees down. something totally alien. shallow breathing. not at all familiar. aware of nose/teeth/tongue. just there . fast shallow breath.Hazel Prickly. woozy (not unpleasant). No feeling of sinking down. Karen Cold nose. feeling between the shoulder blades. 2002.take it or leave it. Water Taggart Heaviness in lower abdomen.

not nurturing: contained life. and a feeling of constriction in the chest. Feeling of physically swaying. soles of feet tingling. Suspended: not thinking. incisive. Janet Smooth. A straight rod going through spine. softness. sedated breathing because of great load on chest. no fears. everything in the world is fine. 2003 47 . deeper breathing (not as deep as earth). Feeling of wanting to take control. Came out of it easily. Not pleasant: not unpleasant but not pleasant. heel and foot more in contact with the ground. pain in hairline. but not comfortable either. Symbol cut me down the middle. balance. calm. Being part of everything. Circular movement in Dantien area. and four lines radiating off each side of the diamond. Soft. Absence of colour. feet fixed to the ground: rooted but not heavy… not pressure. energy going out through the base of the spine. Sense of suspended time. Hardened attitudes. breathing relaxed.Cold. calm. Pleasant. Hands cold. Yellow/orange. immovable. Hazel Dependable. Peace. Full of life. being overbearing. Saw a symbol: vertical diamond with small square inside it. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. Something close to face. no anxieties. 2002.a gentle. Safe. Wood Taggart Contented happiness. Cutting to the essence. Inner strength. Very relaxing and gentle energy. blowing gently in the breeze. Downward movement from the knees to the feet. Christine Beautiful. giving life. Karen#2 Tingling from the knees to the feet. Tip of nose 'went'/pulsated. A very compressed energy. Soothing. Christine Distinctive smell of metal filings. heaviness or dull feeling in liver area. cold. Very aware of a feeling in the crown (one of the points coming down). incisive. head wafting like a stem in a breeze randomly for a while until balance was achieved. sharp. grounded but in contact with the universe. straight-laced. Hazel Sharp. cutting. shallow breathing. but not vibrant . heavy. command. Not like earth though. Frozen. suffocation. 'inner smile'. Energy went to solar plexus and gently flowed. Feels 'sharper' afterwards. top of body was more organic and flowing. or the point of what is going on. Not threatened. Took a long time before I felt anything. Karen Very relaxing. Odd. capable of giving out. calm breathing. Drifting off to sleep. toes and fingers tingling. Cuts through the crap. is going to be fine. Gentle flowing resting at ears. Janet Rigid. flexibility. sensation in abdomen. Drifting off. gentle warmth (not heat).

I could see young trees with my inner eyes. activating and energising my kidneys” Stefanie. Germany Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. it felt like a hot water bottle on my lower back. strange. I then channelled Metal.“I started with wood. it started activating my kidneys. very nice and warm. and my heartbeat increased. I felt a slight pressure on my heart. 2003 48 . it was a very comfortable. I changed to Earth. light. This activation became very strong when I finally channelled Water. the energy went into my stomach and was very calming there (I am having a lot of digestion problems at the moment. which felt kind of cold. Then I switched to fire. After that. nurturing feeling. and wow! I felt like I was surrounded by huge flames. 2002. warming me very quickly and completely. due to a change of my diet).

2002. 2003 49 .Section 3: Working on Your Self Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001.

starting with the expansion and new growth of spring and moving on to the intensity of summer. 2003 50 . Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. Summer leads on to the 'pause' of Indian Summer. We will follow this order: 1. and will not exacerbate the imbalance. Say to yourself "I am now going to bring my elements into balance". drawing its energy into the element's organs. 2. In our self-treatments. Wood Fire Earth Metal Water This sequence follows the flow of the seasons through the year. I see Five Element self-treatments as gently nudging the elements into balance.Five Element selftreatments The five element energies can be used for self-development and balancing. which are just a small part of what each element represents. the energy will put your body in a space where it can dissipate the energy. Your intention here is to receive sufficient energy to produce balance in your elements. 4. by the energies boosting any elements that are depleted. 3. Your intention is that the energies will bring into balance all the various correspondences of each element. Your intention is that if there is too much Chi in an element. palms uppermost. bringing each element into balance on all levels. 2002. we will be going through each element in turn. which the leads to the contraction of autumn and the still waiting period of winter. not just the physical organs. and then going on to send the energy deeper and deeper into each element and its correspondences. 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. We will follow that sequence through our bodies by using the five element energies in that same order. 5.

Fire 1. In your mind's eye. The energy keeps on flowing. 4. representing the source of that energy. 3. Imagine cascades of energy/light flooding down into your crown. Rest your hands on the Liver/Gall Bladder area. 2003 51 . continually renewed. Rest your hands on the Heart and the Small Intestine. 2. 3. Maintain this focus for several minutes. 2002. and flooding into your Heart and Small Intestine. Maintain this focus for several minutes. draw out the Fire symbol in the air above you. 2. and flooding into your Liver and Gall Bladder. In your mind's eye. 5. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. passing through your shoulders and arms. representing the source of that energy. Have in mind the Triple Heater and the Heart Protector too. The energy keeps on flowing. Imagine cascades of energy/light flooding down into your crown. continually renewed. to the right side of your abdomen on the lower part of your ribcage. 6. 5. passing through your shoulders and arms. 4.Wood 1. draw out the Wood symbol in the air above you. by placing one hand to the left side of the midline of your chest (heart) and the other between the navel and the solar plexus.

passing through your shoulders and arms. continually renewed. 3. Maintain this focus for several minutes. so you treat the other lung and the other side of the large intestine. the energy will also be connecting with the other lung. Half way through this self-treatment. Rest your hands on the Lungs and Large Intestine: place one hand on the lung area on one side. draw out the Metal symbol in the air above you. 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. have in mind that you will be connecting with the whole organ. Metal 1. Rest your hands on the Spleen/Pancreas and Stomach area. Maintain this focus for several minutes. Imagine cascades of energy/light flooding down into your crown. Imagine cascades of energy/light flooding down into your crown. In your mind's eye. draw out the Earth symbol in the air above you. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001.Earth 1. passing through your shoulders and arms. 4. 2002. 4. In your mind's eye. The energy keeps on flowing. The energy keeps on flowing. and the other hand to the other side of the lower abdomen. and flooding into your Lungs and Large Intestine. 2. 2. and flooding into your Spleen/Pancreas and Stomach. representing the source of that energy. 5. 2003 52 . and when you are treating the large intestine. 5. Have in mind that when you are treating one lung. 3. swap hands. continually renewed. representing the source of that energy.

Your intention is that if there is too much Chi in an element. passing through your shoulders and arms. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. have in mind that the energy will also be connecting with the other kidney. by the energies boosting any elements that are depleted. and the bladder. 3. palms uppermost.Water 1. 4. 5. 'Hands Off' Self-Treatment Begin by sitting comfortably in a chair with your eyes closed and your hands resting in your lap. When you are treating each individual kidney. draw out the Water symbol in the air above you. 2003 53 . continually renewed. and flooding into your Kidneys and Bladder. and spend a few minutes just experiencing the balance that ensues. Your intention here is to receive sufficient energy to produce balance in your elements. Move your hands back into your lap. Say to yourself "I am now going to bring my elements into balance". Half way through this self-treatment. and will not exacerbate the imbalance. Your intention is that the energies will bring into balance all the various correspondences of each element. so you treat the other kidney. not just the physical organs. 2. on your lower back where the ribcage stops. Imagine cascades of energy/light flooding down into your crown. Maintain this focus for several minutes. 2002. 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. which are just a small part of what each element represents. swap hands. the other hand rests on your bladder in the midline of your lower abdomen. representing the source of that energy. the energy will put your body in a space where it can dissipate the energy. palms uppermost. The energy keeps on flowing.

Maintain this focus for several minutes. In your mind's eye. draw out the Metal symbol in the air above you. continually renewed. 8. continually renewed. The energy keeps on flowing. 20. 14. Imagine cascades of energy/light flooding down into your Spleen/Pancreas and Stomach. 11. In your mind's eye. continually renewed. Maintain this focus for several minutes. The energy keeps on flowing. 12. Imagine cascades of energy/light flooding down into your Heart and Small Intestine. The energy keeps on flowing. 17. 2002. Maintain this focus for several minutes. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. Maintain this focus for several minutes. continually renewed. 2003 54 . 18. continually renewed. 5. draw out the Water symbol in the air above you. The energy keeps on flowing. 6. Have in mind your Triple Heater and your Heart Protector too. In your mind's eye. 15. 19. 4. In your mind's eye. representing the source of that energy. The energy keeps on flowing. draw out the Earth symbol in the air above you. 13. Spend a few minutes just experiencing the balance that ensues. 1. Imagine cascades of energy/light flooding down into your Kidneys and Bladder. 3. representing the source of that energy. representing the source of that energy.In your mind's eye. 7. Maintain this focus for several minutes. Imagine cascades of energy/light flooding down into your Lungs and Large Intestine. 16. 2. draw out the Fire symbol in the air above you. 9. representing the source of that energy. representing the source of that energy. draw out the Wood symbol in the air above you. Imagine cascades of energy/light flooding down into your Liver and Gall Bladder. 10.

Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 2002. 2003 55 . The first 'reading' shows the state of the elements before the daily self-treatments began. lasting 15 minutes at each session.Self-Treatment Case History On the following page you can see some bar charts representing the state of an individual's elements during a daily programme of 'hands-on' self-treatments. There is one bar chart for each element.

'Yes' and 'No' Answers The first thing to do is to find out what your pendulum does to say ‘yes’ and ‘no’. Can I do this? (Am I able to do this?) 2. You can read about dowsing below… Introduction You can use anything that dangles as a pendulum. Try asking ‘am I a man?’ or ‘am I a woman?’. ‘yes’ is a clockwise movement and ‘no’ is side-to-side. I continually swing the pendulum forwards-andbackwards as a 'neutral' position before asking the questions. hold the pendulum away from your body. Should I do this? (Is it right or appropriate for me to do this?) Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. whether it be a crystal. A simple and effective way of doing this is by dowsing: using a pendulum. suspending it between your thumb tip and index fingertip. as follows: 1. rather than holding it still every time whereupon it has overcome inertia every time it answers you.Using a Pendulum If you are going to treat yourself. blank your mind for a few moments. it will be useful if you can see the effect of the selftreatments on your elemental imbalances from day to day. The 'Neutral' position I have found that it is easier for the pendulum to give you answers quickly if it is already moving. 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'. 2003 56 . a ring or a piece of plastic. 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 you! For me. If you try asking ‘what should I do now’ then you may elicit a response which 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. I am not convinced of this. and see what it does. 2002. but it seems to vary from one person to another. In my case. You could ask ‘show me your yes response’ and ‘show me your no response’ and see what happens. However.

or for a different purpose. You can do this using the method described below… Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. than you have before. 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. 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. 2002. Before you start a treatment. a molecular geneticist and web consultant. you do not have to have the subject in the same room as you.for example a lock of the person's hair. by way of making a definite connection with the person about whom they are seeking information. I have not felt the need to do this with Reiki clients. 2003 57 . all the way to the root chakra. dowsing to see your elemental status each day. 'no' and 'stupid question' responses. In fact you do not have to dangle the pendulum over each chakra. Common Chakra 'presentations' I have found that it is quite common for the throat. it is common for the dowser to have some sort of 'witness' . you can happily dowse the chakras standing by the person's side. You do not have to go through this procedure every time you use a pendulum. the responses are my 'yes'. In fact. say to yourself 'show me the state of the crown chakra'. and see what the pendulum does. so you can dowse the state of their chakras before they arrive for the appointment! Within dowsing. but it is a useful exercise to carry out in order develop your skills with the pendulum. If any of the answers are ‘no’ then do not try any more at that time. Practice Practice using a pendulum in this way until you feel comfortable with it. and then you can start your self-treatments. hold the pendulum so that it dangles over the crown chakra. Dowsing Chakras Dowsing the state of someone’s chakras is not something that you do when carrying out Five Element Healing. throat etc. research chemist. I found a closed root chakra in a girl with anorexia and a woman with multiple addictions. May I do this? (simply politeness really) If you get ‘yes’ responses to all the questions then go ahead. heart and solar plexus chakras to be closed. so I believe that Reiki and intent is connection enough. Then move on to the third eye. only when you are intending to use a pendulum in a different way.3.

Technique Look at the 'Dowsing Grid'. 2002. and to what degree. it is possible to find out. 2. in increments of 10 points. You can monitor your own progress more accurately. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. which is a vertical line running up the page. whether it contains too much or too little chi. which you will find below and in the Appendix to this manual. You can see how an imbalance in one element is reflected in imbalances in the supporting or controlling elements. 2003 58 . that Wood has a 20% excess of chi while Fire has a 60% deficiency etc. To the right you can see a scale running as far as +100. To the left you can see a scale running as far as -100. By using a semicircular 'scale' – a bit like a protractor . and if it is out of balance.100%. You can compare the relative imbalances of all the elements. You can find out which elements are balanced. You can see that there are two scales running from zero. which elements hold too much chi. and the degree to which they are deficient or in excess. in increments of 10 points. This is useful information because: 1. which elements are deficient. it is possible to find out in detail about the degree of imbalance of all your elements. say. which represents elements that are deficient in chi.Monitoring the State of one’s Elements Dowsing your Elements Using a pendulum. which represents elements that are holding too much chi.with arbitrary percentages from 0% . You can use this grid to simply and quickly find out about the state of each element: whether it is in balance. 3. and see how the elements change in relation to each other from one self-treatment to another.

2002. 3. 2003 59 . record the degree of deficiency to the nearest 10 points. or set it moving along the 'zero' line. 2. You have been provided with a ‘Bar Chart’ worksheet that you can use to record the state of your elements. If the pendulum swings to the left then the element contains too little chi. Hold the pendulum with its point hovering over the midpoint of the baseline. See in what direction the pendulum swings. the point from which the 'spokes' radiate. If the pendulum swings to the right then the element contains too much chi. in 'neutral'.This is what you do: 1. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. If the pendulum swings vertically up & down the page. forwards and backwards. record the degree of excess to the nearest 10 points. then the element is in balance. You do not need absolute precision and the numbers are not empirical anyway. Say "Show me the state of my Wood element". They are just a guide.

a couple of weeks ago I had a massive clearing . but just. not unbelieving. England “Couldn't believe it today when I started to detect my energy imbalances I found they were all in balance. balanced chi.” Ipsita.. Such a joy because I have been working so hard towards achieving this.. England “A strange thing. 2002. England “The day before yesterday. England Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. It is fascinating to watch her work and talk to her about the Five Elements. I felt very neutral in many ways and getting near neutrality allowed so much clarity.. I touched zero on all 5 elements.” Ipsita.“After doing Hsin Tao. 2003 60 . my 10th day of self-treatment.” Ellen. Even if I find tomorrow there is a slight imbalance at least I know it is possible! Needless to say I feel wonderful.. and yet wasn't surprised.. I stared and stared.” Jeannie. I was stunned. So I sought the help of an acupuncturist. Using your methods I had already detected major imbalances in my Wood..stared.the worst migraine I have ever experienced. Strange.” Jeannie. on 2 of the elements.. the self-healing technique used by Shaolin monks.e. Earth & Fire which she confirmed. I worked really hard on myself last evening and I touched zero i. It concerned me so much that I knew finally had to get to the bottom of the cause of my migraines/headaches. England “I am in balance! Feels great too.

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or too little chi in water. some based on intuitive techniques. 2003 62 . backed up by clues in the recipient's 'history'. Once we have brought the elements into balance. To begin with you will be using palpation of the Hara. and intuition to an extent. We will comparatively spend more time flushing through the elements that were most out of balance. we can use five element energies to 'flush through' that element's 'organs'/meridians. This needs to be done before the treatment proper can begin. and some based on more of an 'academic' approach: history taking and Oriental visual diagnosis. there is too much chi in fire. there are other ways. However. Once we know that. we can then move on to bring things into balance. There are a number of different ways of finding out whether there are any imbalances in someone's elements. and energy diagnosis focusing on the Hara. On the Five Element Healing Advanced Practitioner Course we will deal further with the intuitive approach. though we will spend some time on each of them. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001.Perceiving Someone’s Elements Introduction The first stage of Five Element treatments is to find out where the imbalances are. for example. On this course we will focus on palpation and energy diagnosis. whereupon the energies will focus on bringing into balance all the various correspondences of that element in our body-mindspirit. Oriental visual diagnosis is beyond the scope of this course. 2002. See the Recommended Reading section for more information about this subject.

You will be able to tell if there is too much Chi in an element. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. it is important to go along with your first impression. 2003 63 . and if you palpate for too long. It can take some practice before you feel completely confident with this technique. 2002. If you start thinking too much you will 'lose it'. By palpating the Hara you can feel imbalances in the five elements. so you will need to persevere.Hara diagnosis Hara diagnosis forms part of Shiatsu. or if Chi is depleted in an element. Since you are already used to experiencing and feeling energy in your hands. You can use direct palpation (touching) and by feeling for energy differences using your hands hovering over the body. you will start to change things and you will 'lose it'. A different area of the Hara represents each element. in one of two ways. you are better sensitised to begin with than people on Shiatsu courses who have not been attuned to Reiki! With both of these approaches. or feel the energies for too long.

and decide which element is now the most kyo that you have yet come across. or the greatest deficiency. say Metal. Comparing Fire and Earth Comparing Water and Wood Here is a suggested routine: 1.Detecting imbalances through touch By palpating the Hara you can gauge whether there is too much or too little chi in each element. say Wood. If Metal feels jitsu. of chi. or a lack of reaction. Fire and Earth. If an area feels hard or springy there may be too much Chi in that element (jitsu). and cannot really be used to discern more subtle gradations of imbalance. Now move on to another element. and decide which element is now the most jitsu that you have yet come across. 2. say. 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. If it is kyo. with the middle three fingertips. Use both hands. 3. then compare it with the element that felt kyo last time: which is the most kyo… remember that element as the most deficient. 2003 64 . Which is kyo and which is jitsu? Rest one hand on one element and the other hand on the other element. 2002. If Wood is jitsu. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. If Metal feels kyo. This approach focuses one on the element with the greatest excess. then compare its quality with the most jitsu element that you have found so far. 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. The abdomen area is touched lightly in the areas corresponding to the elements. Now move on to another element. then compare its quality with the most kyo element that you have found so far.

comparing two areas.4. Sensing Energies By feeling the energies over the Hara you can also gauge whether there is too much or too little Chi in each element. Your intent is focused on diagnosing five element imbalances in the Hara. and which element is most deficient. and cannot really be used to discern more subtle gradations of imbalance. or some sort of bright fizzing or tingling or pulsing. 2002. Don't dither: just decide and move on. In effect. this process can be more fluid and flowing. This approach again focuses you on the element with the greatest excess and the greatest deficiency of Chi. and try not to analyse things too much. Scanning Hover your hand over the Hara. As you are scanning. then there is likely to be an excess of Chi in that element. 2003 65 . set your intention so that you are going to feel energetic imbalances in the five elements in the Hara area. and you can drift quickly from one area to another. A 'hole' or a feeling of dullness or emptiness would indicate that there is insufficient Chi in that area. By Comparing one element with another and moving on. but scanning with a specific purpose in mind. you can thus decide which element has the greatest excess of chi. When you are feeling the energies though. If you keep prodding and poking too much you will 'lose it' completely and it will all feel like porridge. and feel for differences between the different elements/areas. rather like riding on a carpet. which in this case is Water. Now move on to the remaining element. Again compare its quality of kyo or jitsu with the most jitsu and most kyo elements that you have found so far. Your intention is important here: you will not be picking up physical problems in the body below you. feel for empty holes within the ‘carpet’ layer. and you will not be picking up things in the chakras. of Chi. maybe you would feel coldness there. When carrying out this process you need to go on your first impression. If you feel heat. noting the stronger and weaker areas. and you can use this approach to back up what you felt when you were palpating the Hara. 5. or an up-draught of wind perhaps. You can follow the same sort of routine that is described in the 'palpation' section above. noticing what is going on in your hands/fingers. When the elements are in balance you can feel a uniform energy. Your intervention will start to alter the Hara presentation. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. and then moving on to a new area which is then compared with your earlier findings. Find the two areas where there seems to be the greatest excess. Intention Firstly. so you need to decide quickly. or the greatest deficiency. moving from one area to another and noticing whether there are any differences in the quality of the energy that you are feeling. you are scanning.

are already in balance.if any .Metal . To establish whether the patient needs to have a further Reiki session. then you can move on to the next element. Now you can move on to the next element. which are closed or spinning sluggishly and which are spinning too fast.The use of pendulums I am not an expert in the use of pendulums. and which two elements hold the greatest excess and the greatest deficiency in chi. Starting with Wood: Is Wood in balance? If YES. though I have found one book which seems less preoccupied with these subjects. Use whatever order you like. Ask if Wood holds the greatest deficiency of chi of all the elements for that person. 2002. We dealt with this earlier. Dowsing someone’s Elements Basic method To start dowsing the elements. you could ask these simple questions. so I would recommend that you read up on the subject – not that I have found a book yet that is particularly useful.Fire . To help with the choice of energy to be channelled into the patient on that particular occasion.Earth . Dowsing can thus confirm/verify what you decided upon when you palpated the Hara and felt the energies over the Hara. 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.Water will help to reinforce the nourishment cycle in your mind! Using this sequence you can find out which elements . if Wood is not in balance… Is there too much chi in Wood? If YES. and it is mentioned in 'Recommended Reading'. does Wood hold the greatest excess of chi of all the elements for that person? If NO then Wood must be deficient in chi. Most books on pendulums and dowsing seem very preoccupied with finding underground watercourses and mineral deposits. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 2003 66 . but going from Wood .

and if it is out of balance. It is more of an 'empirical' approach. which is a vertical line running up the page. This will help to build your confidence in using the techniques. not just those two elements that show the greatest excess and deficiency of chi. You can see how an imbalance in one element is reflected in imbalances in the supporting or controlling elements. 4. 5. 2002. 2. which represents elements that are deficient in chi. it is possible to find out in more detail about the degree of imbalance of all the elements. This is useful information because: 1. knowing exactly which ones need to be boosted and which ones need to be depleted. To the left you can see a scale running as far as -100. and to what degree. whether it contains too much or too little chi. and see how the elements change in relation to each other from one treatment to another. You can compare the relative imbalances of all the elements. say. By using a semicircular 'scale' with arbitrary percentages from 0% 100% it is possible to determine. You can use this grid to simply and quickly find out about the state of each element: whether it is in balance.I recommend that you use all three methods in turn whenever you treat someone. in increments of 10 points. that Wood has a 20% excess of chi. which represents elements that are holding too much chi. 2003 67 . Detailed method Using a pendulum. 3. Fire has a 60% deficiency etc. You can see that there are two scales running from zero. which you will find below and in the Appendix to this manual. You can bring the elements into balance with more certainty. Technique Look at the 'Dowsing Grid'. You can monitor the client's progress more accurately. To the right you can see a scale running as far as +100. in increments of 10 points. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. and it is good practice. and to what degree.

2002. If the pendulum swings to the right then the element contains too much chi. Say "Show me the state of Wood for this person". 5. If the pendulum swings vertically up & down the page. You do not need absolute precision and the numbers are not empirical anyway. Moving beyond the Pendulum This will be covered in more detail in the Five Element Healing Advanced Course. or set it moving along the 'zero' line. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. Hold the pendulum with its point hovering over the midpoint of the baseline.This is what you do: 4. the point from which the 'spokes' radiate. record the degree of deficiency to the nearest 10 points. record the degree of excess to the nearest 10 points. If the pendulum swings to the left then the element contains too little chi. in 'neutral'. forwards and backwards. then the element is in balance. 6. 2003 68 . See in what direction the pendulum swings. They are just a guide.

it could not control Metal. tense. so it was not supporting Earth. Fire was depleted. Maybe Metal was so strong that it depleted its controlling element: Fire. controlling or failing to control.Earth .Metal -Water. fire seemed to be the most 'dull' or 'empty' . 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 & 3 . Then I went on to use an intuitive technique.see next page for bar charts Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. may help to reinforce your original impression. Water was in balance. emotions. which raged uncontrolled. fierce. but we can see in the above example how the different elements connect with each other. When I hovered over Metal. which was also down a little. This manual gives an overview of the each element's correspondences. 2002. 2003 69 . It is displayed as a Bar Chart. Fire controls Metal. I palpated her Hara and got the impression that the softest/dullest area was in Fire. Metal controls Wood. and Metal was very strong so Wood was suppressed. which gave the presentation shown overleaf. it seemed to be the most bright. and that the most rigid/resistant area was Metal. physical problems etc. When I went on to hover my hands over the Hara. though visual facial diagnosis is beyond the scope of this course. or what you can glean from what they say about their thoughts. supporting or failing to support.Fire . strong. based on what you know of the various correspondences of each element. The numbers relating to 'excess' or 'depletion' are purely subjective. but give an impression of the relative levels of excess or deficiency. The order of the elements shown is Wood . History taking What you know of the person. Case Histories Example 1 .Visual facial diagnosis Knowledge of Oriental diagnosis may give visual clues that may reinforce your original impression. but since Fire was so depleted.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.see next page for bar charts I started a series of treatments on J. These interpretations are just speculation really. and I also recommend a few books on this subject.

Speculate about the relationship between the elements in these people. 2003 70 . 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? Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 2002.

It all tied in with what is going on in her life. Joanne.never before had I associated anger with her but when we discussed it she admitted to having a lot of anger buried deep inside. and understood a bit more as the Acupuncture . England “I am now doing 5eH imbalance detection on all of my clients. England “Another client said she felt as if I had given her a whole bodywork like a massage. Once I got these two methods under control it was possible to confirm with dowsing. 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. 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. 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. Earth -10. She is going through emotional upset and having trouble with her eyes.” John.” Ellen.“I have been working with detecting energy imbalances and have found it quite amazing especially when the results became consistent. England Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. Those who have just come for relaxation tend to be less strong in their imbalance. Some of them show a strong imbalance others less or minimal. but she confirmed so many things. Her Wood was 100% excess . Metal 0. Fire 0. Obvious statement really. England “I am really excited! Have done another 'detecting' on a new 'guinea pig'. but is amazing to have it confirmed by their readings. She also had excessive Earth (20%) and excessive Water (60%). 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.” Ellen. 2003 71 . 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.” Jeannie. She was Wood -10. 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. Water +20. from a 'starting point' of view. 2002.5 elements book had come in. 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.” Jeannie.

When I started to try it out on family with more problems (parents mainly!) results were much more obvious. The results have been quite astonishing. This was a really good comparison and gave me a lot of confidence. England Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001.“I've practised diagnosis on 11 people. 2002. most more than once. or a couple who were completely balanced.” Maurita. 2003 72 .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 .

and in that case you go with the result that feels comfortable for you. You will not always get 100% agreement. Sometimes you will get two definite results. simply see what you notice. Then once more I stopped trying to force a reaction and at that point I started to get results. the sensing.a very strange thing for Reiki people to do . and this is the approach that we focus on more in the advanced course.which is a way of accessing intuition . Simply notice in a detached way what happens. Very quickly I started to get consistent results with Touch and Scanning but I was unable to get much out of the Dowsing Pendulum.who might be a bit distrustful of using a pendulum . and maybe one result is different: go with the two that agree. the intuitive method is what you'll probably end up relying on. I now get fairly consistent results with all three methods.Frequently Asked Questions General comment When you are practicing this stage it is important that you don't try too hard. and you can also practice on the same people on different days.because if you progress to the advanced level of this system then you will be using your intuition more. so relax and be neutral. Just play around with the three methods. I have been doing the tests both before and after my normal Reiki sessions. For some . If you use palpating and sensing too much on the same person . Initially I could sense nothing. 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. 2002. What we are looking for is to get to the stage where the palpating. which is of course the intuitive approach. The experience of one of our students illustrates this point: "I have spent the last few months practising detecting imbalances on my clients. Most Reiki people find the 'sensing' easiest. and the pendulum give similar results. If you try too hard you can almost put a block in the way.having 'real' evidence after palpating and sensing starts to reassure them of the dowsing approach. Try and get as much practice as you can on different people.it all starts to turn to jelly and you can't detect anything: Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. because it is much like scanning really.again and again . I started to get results." Why am I learning three detection methods? I have included three different ways of detecting imbalances because it gives people the best chance of finding one or two (and occasionally three) methods that work ok for them. 2003 73 . Over time you should get consistent results though.and others have more trouble with sensing. It is important to end up feeling comfortable with the pendulum . Some people find palpating very difficult to get to grips with . Prodding your fingers into someone's abdomen is a strange thing for Reiki people to do. In the end. and go on your first impressions. but once I stopped trying to force a response and "let it happen".

Most people seem to find that they get on better with some approaches than others. You need to go with your first impressions and be decisive. you compare it with the previous 'brightest so far' to see which element is now the brightest you have yet come across. so you are only ever comparing two elements at a time. Your intention is that you are detecting the qualities of the elements in the hara. Practice will make it easier. compare it to the previous dull area to see which now is the most dull.you start to change the presentation of the elements through your pressing and sensing. though you won't necessarily get agreement in every case. though your focus is different. but with practice you will get better at all of them! Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. Now you have a baseline 'strongest' and 'weakest'. That should tend to agree with what you sense when hovering your hands over the hara. Sensing over the Hara Partly the solution comes through practice. and you simply drift from one area to another to see which of two adjacent areas is dull or vibrant. who are already tuned in to and more used to sensing energy. but bright and dull. If the new area feels bright. and this is not much different really. and you'll find that the lower area is not always softer than the upper area. Then you move on to sense the energy over a new area. You are already used to Reiki scanning. People who practice Shiatsu can take years to get that stage right. until you arrive at your conclusion as to which two areas are the most full of chi and least full of chi. 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. 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. simply comparing two areas to see which is brighter and which is duller. If it feels dull you compare it with the previous 'dullest so far'. but it is a lot easier for Reiki people. It would be quite difficult to detect more fine gradations of imbalance using sensing and palpating.... 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. 2003 74 . We are not looking for soft and hard. though a few people seem able to do this. If the new area is dull." Palpating when the client has a lot of body fat The degree of fat should not make a difference. 2002.. to see which is now the dullest so far. and not worrying too much or beating yourself up for not being perfect at it right from the word go.

2003 75 . So don't blow your mind trying to understand 'why': simply accept what you find and move on. I changed the order in which I used the three methods. even though they weren't apparent earlier on in her practice. In this way. How do I make sense of the imbalances I'm finding? Firstly I wanted to say that quite often the imbalances 'fit' with the control and nourishment cycles. and in that case you go with the result that feels comfortable for you. Sometimes you will get two definite results. it is interesting to see how a person's imbalances tie in with what you know of their physical. Wood is down. like pushing my hand back. 2002. she has learned to sense the imbalances. and the correspondences of the elements.. It is important to end up feeling comfortable with the pendulum . but that's fine because you don't have to work it all out. and then sensed the aura. You will not always get 100% agreement.because if you progress to the advanced level of this system then you will be using your intuition more. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. I was quite happy I finally found something when sensing the aura!" By starting with the approaches with which she felt more comfortable. This is what she said: "Last week.. on the basis that you should not expect your students to do anything that you have not gone through yourself! I recommend that you keep on practicing the three 'detection' methods even when you are carrying out stage 3 (self-treating and meditating on the energies. I first palpated. so for example when Metal is up. 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. When should I stop practicing the 'detecting imbalances' on people? You are looking to get to the stage where the three approaches generally agree. so she persevered..which is a way of accessing intuition . and noticed that the elements that were low in chi (according to the other two approaches) felt like holes where my hand sunk in. I had an idea what to look for in the aura. Over time you should get consistent results though. Here are some students' experiences of imbalances that made sense in terms of the correspondences of the elements. then dowsed. All we do is simply accept the state of the elements and take action based on what we find. but what made a difference to her was to change the order of detecting. Also. or where you are confident that you know where the greatest imbalances lie.. Sensing and Dowsing One lady was having problems with sensing energy imbalances in the Hara. Many times what you find will 'make sense' but don't worry too much if it doesn't always make sense.Changing the order of Palpating. The elements that were high in chi felt strong. and maybe one result is different: go with the two that agree if you feel confident in them. 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. mental and emotional state.

she complained bitterly that the pain relief was not working and that she didn't deserve to suffer this pain. 2003 76 . I scanned for 5E." "One lady I treated in her home who suffers liver cancer. Her eyes were pure yellow and I was shocked by the anger and bitterness that seemed to spew from her. On the third treatment she was very. that the doctors should sort out her medication better."One interesting example was a friend of mine who when stressed develops a stutter and I found that the Fire element was very depleted. and decided to remove some of the excess energy from the liver and to balance things up." Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. knowing of course of the liver cancer. She was on chemo tablets and she shouldn't need to have the pain as well. 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. But the more energy I removed the more the hatred poured out. The next time I saw them to practice on. 2002. 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. 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. Second visit she started to open up more about her life and her hate/anger/bitterness of her mother. very ill. On the first treatment I did "just" Reiki.

2003 77 .Section 5: Balancing and Treating Someone’s Elements Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 2002.

Connect to the elemental energy by visualising the symbol over your hand(s) Connect to the elemental energy by imagining the symbol in the air above you Draw down energy from that symbol. 3. Try to feel when the element is balanced. Pull energy out of the organs and throw it away from you.Balancing the Elements Using Elemental energies to balance someone's elements Having determined which elements are most out of balance. In both cases. Place your hands on the corresponding 'organs'. If you are treating using two hands. let your intuition guide you… and then check with the pendulum! If there is too much chi in an element then you do this: 1. 2. pull out imaginary strands of 78 Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. depending on whether there is too much or too little chi in the element concerned. you are intending to produce balance that is appropriate for the individual that you are treating. so they are locked together and stable. there are two approaches needed. Connect to the elemental energy by visualising the symbol over your hand(s) Connect to the elemental energy by imagining the symbol in the air above you Using hand-movements. If it is not balanced yet. through your crown. 4. 4. withdraw chi from the element/'organs'. ready for the energy work that follows. you could remove one hand for a moment if you have a pendulum to hand. 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. 3. into the 'organs' 5. If there is too little chi in an element then you do this: 1. the first stage of Five Element treatments is to bring the elements into balance. stay there for longer and draw down more energy from above. To bring an element into balance. Place your hands on the corresponding 'organs'. 2003 . 2002. Now let the energy flow 6. temporarily. 2. through your shoulders and hands. or intent.

and then going on to send the energy deeper and deeper into each element and its correspondences.excess energy. then using the five element energies can actually create even greater imbalances. bringing each element into balance on all levels. Try to feel when the element is balanced. 2003 79 . let your intuition guide you… and then check with the pendulum! Once the elements are in balance. and this will not create greater imbalances. This should be contrasted with the treatment of others. 2002. You can safely draw the five energies into you gently. Balancing the Elements and Self-treatments You do not need to diagnose any personal imbalances first. I see Five Element self-treatments as gently nudging the elements into balance. stay there for longer and intend that more chi is being released. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. or continue with more hand-movements. 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. puncture 5. If someone has too much chi in an element. imagine that the organs have many imaginary 'punctures' that allow excess chi to escape like air escaping from a balloon with a slow. and getting the elements into balance first. your intention is that the energies will not affect the state of your own elements. If you do not start by finding out where the biggest imbalances are. you could remove one hand for a moment if you have a pendulum to hand. and it is safe to move on to flushing five element energies into each organ pair in turn. 'locked' in place like a jigsaw. Please note that when you use the energies in this way. or fast. then you do not want to make things worse by sending even more chi into that element! Once the elements are balanced and stable. where using the elemental energies before you have brought the elements into balance can distort things further. then it is safe to move on to the next stage. If you are treating using two hands. and you do not need to bring the elements into balance before you start 'flushing through' the elements when you self-treat. If it is not balanced yet. The state of your own elements will be unaffected by the energies that you are channelling. then they are 'stable'.

4. 2003 80 . and some of Mikao Usui’s surviving students referred to his system as 'Usui Teate'. 1. starting with 5-10 minutes resting our hands on the shoulders to get Reiki flowing and bringing the client into a nice relaxed state. and are described in the book 'Macrobiotic Palm Healing' by Michio Kushi (see Reading List). which have been known for centuries. and in Five Element Healing we intensify the healing effect further by using energies that resonate at the characteristic frequencies of the organs. for example. Place your hands on the corresponding 'organs' Connect to the elemental energy by visualising the symbol over your hand(s) Connect to the elemental energy by imagining the symbol in the air above you Draw down energy from that symbol. Now let the energy flow. and is based on knowledge of the chakras. through your crown. 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. into the 'organs' 5. the other has a Yin structure and Yang energy. send the corresponding five element energy through them. concentrating (spending more time) on the elements that were most out of balance. One influences the other and they share a closely coordinated energy flow. 3. the organs that represent each element. drawing down energy as necessary Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. Procedure What we are going to do then is to connect with the pairs of 'organs' that represent each element. the meridian system and the five elements. there are benefits in working on pairs of organs. Teate is a way of balancing a person's energy system. 2. The organs that represent an element are balanced in terms of Yin and Yang: one organ has a Yang structure and Yin energy. giving a treatment lasting about an hour. Using Elemental energies on organ pairs This is the main part of the treatment.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'). through your shoulders and hands. We will take about 50 minutes to complete the sequence. Working on organ pairs While Teate can be used to direct healing energy into a single organ. 2002. but many of the approaches echo techniques used in Reiki. So. The organs are associated and complementary. The system does not involve attunements.

It has improved a lot over recent weeks.6. Intuition Finally. 2002. So if an element has swung strongly from being in excess to being deficient. Please note that when you use the energies in this way. Also think about the case of an element that is found to be in balance. or near balance. The state of your own elements will be unaffected by the energies that you are channelling. particularly if you are aware of the finer gradations of imbalance. you will be guided by the presentation of the elements that you diagnose. but was greatly out of balance in previous sessions. you can also let your hands tell you when it is time to move on: if the energy is flowing intensely into one element. Element 'movements' On subsequent visits. You will spend more time sending elemental energies into the two elements that were most out of balance. Continue until you get the impression that balance has been achieved On a first visit. the 'movement' of the elements can guide you as well. then you can 'grade' the amount of time that you spend accordingly. or vice versa. your intention is that the energies will not affect the state of your own elements. then stay there until the sensations subside (within reason) or until you feel that it is right to move on now. in order to 'reinforce' the substantial change/movement that you have seen. If your use of a pendulum has given you more detailed information about the degree of imbalance of each element. 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 might decide to spend more time on it irrespective of whether it displays the greatest excess or greatest deficiency. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 2003 81 .

Rest the other hand on the abdomen.Follow this order when doing the treatment: Step 1 Channel wood energy into the liver and gall bladder. over the liver area. wrapping round the side of the torso. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. Step 2 Channel fire energy into the heart and small intestine. 2003 82 . Rest both hands. between the navel and the solar plexus. where the rib cage stops. overlapping each other. Rest one hand over the anatomical heart (or hover your hand in the case of a lady). 2002. This is on the right side of the recipient's upper abdomen.

Stomach is to the left side of the recipient's upper abdomen. and the entire large Intestine. slightly overlapping each other. Rest one hand on one side of the lower abdomen. Now swap over. Spleen is on the left side of the recipient's torso.Step 3 Channel earth energy into the stomach and spleen/pancreas. where the rib cage stops. 2003 83 . Rest both hands. 2002. Step 4 Channel metal energy into the lungs and large intestine. and deal with the other side of the large intestine and other lung. Intend that you are connecting with both lungs. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. and the other hand hovers over (or rests on) the opposite lung. on the upper abdomen.

where the ribcage stops. swap over half way and contact the other kidney. Perhaps finish the treatment by resting your hands on the feet/ankles for a while. Alternatively. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 2002. Teate would have been carried out with the recipient sitting. Such treatments would have given the practitioner access to both sides of the body at the same time. 2003 84 . and the bladder. a nice way to bring things to a close. and there were seen to be added benefits in working on the front of one organ and the back of another. Treating in the Seated position While Reiki treatments tend to be carried out with the recipient lying on a treatment couch. Intend that you are connecting with the other kidney at the same time. most likely sitting in 'seiza'. This approach was said to produce a more 'polarised' energy flow. and maybe you might like to experiment with this. Slide the other hand slightly underneath the lower back. Rest one hand on the centre of the lower abdomen.Step 5 Channel water energy into the kidney and bladder.

who was not feeling too good. there was no energy in Metal. heart and solar plexus chakras were closed down. and who could feel discomfort in her throat to solar plexus when she did her daily Hatsu Rei ho. but the first two had opened nicely by the time of the second treatment. she has an enormous emotional release near the end of the first treatment. On the first visit. Case History # 1 The Bar Charts below show the element imbalances for a person who had a series of treatments over consecutive weeks. When she did Hatsu Rei ho in the following week. but then she realised that it concerned a cousin of hers who had died young. the throat. When I looked at her lady's elements. and the loss of a horse. and she felt emotional for the next five days. 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 a few days later I found that all her elements were in balance. This was interesting for me because the information from the chakras and the elements indicated that there was emotional stuff to be dealt with. and show how the imbalances changed . and none of her chakras were closed down. The second treatment was a great deal more restrained and seemed to resolve the problem.A Short Case History Emotional Release I treated one of my Reiki2 students. the emotion associated with which is grief.and improved .over time. but the last week when I have been crying. this disappeared. leaving only a little discomfort in the solar plexus. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. crying and weeping. 2002. most of the discomfort had gone. When I treated her. After the second treatment. and that the emotion that needed to be dealt with primarily was grief. 2003 85 . it has felt like grief." She could not work out what the grief could be to begin with.

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2003 88 .Case History # 2 The Bar Charts overleaf show the element imbalances for a person who had a few treatments over consecutive weeks. and show how the imbalances changed from one session to the next. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 2002.

2003 89 . a feeling of being very much part of a bigger picture. After an emotional release the effects of Five Element Healing tend to be more subtle and delayed. Energy travels round a lot (meridians?) and doesn't limit itself to area where heat/hand is.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. with everything inside running smoothly and in harmony . 2002. "Like my Reiki attunements.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 Healing it cools after a hot start. getting to grips with it. "Quite different was the sensation of being a clear glass vessel. "Standard Reiki treatments gave a boost to my creativity but Five Element Healing was more focused and purposeful. There was a feeling that there were no physical limits to what could be achieved. It feels as if you are treating the problem at source. This happened after nearly all sessions. more than in a standard Reiki treatment. "After the treatments you feel as if you've had an energy transfusion. and you seem to feel flattened and unsettled for a while. Five Element Healing gave me an altered perspective." Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. but able to look and project outwards because it was existing effortlessly.

“I have been practising Five Element Healing on a number of my regular clients and they all notice a marked difference to a regular Reiki treatment. When you start treating people using the five element system you will be looking at the state of their elements at weekly intervals. is not so important.. 2002. The 'ripples' that you produce are not so important: what is important is how the elements change over a longer period. They find it much more intense/powerful.” Jeannie. or from the start to the end of a treatment. 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. You will need to carry out a series of treatments to produce a long term beneficial change in terms of someone's elements.. unless something quite drastic like an attunement or a five element treatment happened. 2003 90 . and the state that they hold after the treatments have finished.Frequently Asked Questions I looked at my client's elements at the end of the first treatment and they are fine. England Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. from one minute to another. From my point of view I find I can get down to much deeper issues. what happens to the elements from one day to another. and I don't have the impression that they flap frantically from excess to depletion from one minute to the next.

What you know of the person. of chi. This approach focuses one on the element with the greatest excess. A pendulum can be used to confirm the result of the above two tests. so they are locked together and stable. you can gauge whether there is too much or too little chi in each element. emotions. and I also recommend a few books on this subject. you are intending to produce balance that is appropriate for the individual that you are treating. To bring an element into balance. based on what you know of the various correspondences of each element. Bringing the elements into balance 3. may help to reinforce your original impression. Diagnosing energy imbalances in the elements 2. This manual gives a good overview of the each element's correspondences. In both cases. and cannot really be used to discern more subtle gradations of imbalance. 2003 91 . Knowledge of Oriental diagnosis may give visual clues that may reinforce your original impression. ready for the intense energy work that follows. depending on whether there is too much or too little chi in the element concerned. 2002.Summary of Treatment Technique The Five Element approach is based on three distinct phases: 1. Systematically sending each of the five energies into the associated organs Diagnosing imbalances Using palpation of the Hara. the first stage of Five Element treatments is to bring the elements into balance. If there is too little chi in an element then you do this: Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. physical problems etc. and can also be used to determine fine gradations in imbalance. and/or feeling the energies over the Hara. there are two approaches needed. Balancing the elements Having determined which elements are most out of balance. or the greatest deficiency. or what you can glean from what they say about their thoughts. See the recommended book list at the end of this manual for further reading. though visual facial diagnosis is beyond the scope of this course.

3. If you don't start by finding out where the biggest imbalances are. If you have dowsed in detail. 2003 92 . 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. 3. 2002. withdraw chi from the element/'organs' 5. This is on the right side of the recipient's upper abdomen. We will take about 50 minutes to complete the sequence. Once the elements are in balance.1. or intent. send the corresponding five element energy through them. as necessary. Working on Organ pairs Now we can carry out the main part of the treatment. Connect to the elemental energy by visualising the symbol over your hand(s) Connect to the elemental energy by imagining the symbol in the air above you Using hand-movements. giving a treatment lasting about an hour. overlapping each other. (2) Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 4. and it is safe to move on to flushing five element energies into each organ pair in turn. wrapping round the side of the torso where the rib cage stops. 5. 2. starting with 5-10 minutes resting our hands on the shoulders to get Reiki flowing and bringing the client into a nice relaxed state. Continue until you get the impression that balance has been achieved For the other elements. over the liver area. Place your hands on the corresponding 'organs'. 4. or creative visualisation. Rest both hands. then using the five element energies can create greater imbalances. then you will know whether each element needs to be boosted or depleted. What we are going to do is to connect with the pairs of 'organs' that represent each element. Channel fire energy into the heart and small intestine. Place your hands on the corresponding 'organs'. then they are 'stable'. 2. 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. Connect to the elemental energy by visualising the symbol over your hand(s) 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 the elements that we feel need more attention based on what has happened during previous treatments.

Balancing the elements is an intermediate stage. But once someone has balanced elements. and the other hand hovers over the opposite lung. (4) (5) Perhaps finish the treatment by resting your hands on the feet/ankles for a while. and eventually you will learn to be able to do this 'at the click of a finger'. on the upper abdomen. Rest one hand on one side of the lower abdomen. Rest the other hand on the upper abdomen. which is to use the five energies intensely. 2002. Channel water energy into the kidney and bladder. Now swap over. flushing them through the corresponding organs. But balancing the elements is only a small part of the picture. slightly overlapping each other. Channel metal energy into the lungs and large intestine. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. so you would expect it to have an effect on elements too. swap over half way and contact the other kidney. 2003 93 . Rest one hand on the centre of the lower abdomen. Stomach is to the left side of the recipient's upper abdomen. Alternatively. Rest both hands. Frequently Asked Questions I have found that Reiki balances my elements Do not be surprised if Reiki has a balancing effect on the elements. where the rib cage stops. and on it's own is unlikely to produce a long-term effect. sending the energy deep to balance all the associations of each element. where the ribcage stops. It works to balance the chakras.Rest one hand over the heart (or hover your hand in the case of a lady). a nice way to bring things to a close. and deal with the other side of the large intestine and other lung. Spleen is on the left side of the recipient's torso. and producing more long-term balance. then you can progress to the main part of a five element treatment. Intend that you are connecting with the other kidney at the same time. Slide the other hand slightly underneath the lower back. (3) Channel earth energy into the stomach and spleen/pancreas. Using the Five Element system you can balance someone's elements in a few minutes. and bladder.

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. 1980 ISBN 0-87040-467-9 Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 2002. 2003 94 .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 95 . 2002.Appendix Dowsing Grid Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001.

These movements are designed to be made through direct contact with the recipient. Each of the hand movements are described in terms of the five elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. and their names are similar to the sort of movements described below. other than to go with what feels right on each occasion. 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. Applying pressure can again be seen as a way of forcing chi to move downwards. No advice is given as to when clockwise or anticlockwise movements are indicated. and are to be used to achieve particular purposes. 2002. as being practised by the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. There are a number of seemingly similar techniques that are mentioned by Hiroshi Doi. for example areas of swelling and pain. 2003 96 . Below I run through the main techniques and how and why they are to be used. The book is about Chi Kung and the hand movements are part of Chi Kung healing. Water massage movements are designed to induce chi to move down and away from areas of congestion. at the end. and. though I believe that they can be done that way with the same intent and that is the way that I use them. The vibrations can be seen as setting up a pattern of vibrations or ripples in a pond. At the beginning of a treatment of a particular part of the body it is like a gentle warm-up. I believe. They seem very effective. away from the area of congestion. 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.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. according to Lam Kam Chuen. a cooling-down. not in the energy field above the recipient.

or the tips of a few fingers Making a series of very small circles. working inwards along the 'spoke' towards the central point. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. Your intention is to draw chi into the affected area. using heated glass bowls. Chinese Doctors use heat to draw 'poison' from the body.can be used to disperse blocked and congested chi. Do this several times. 2003 97 . Metal Energy The hand movements are as follows: • • • Stroking with your whole hand towards a central point. To deal with this blockage. for example 'cupping'. like spokes radiating towards a central hub Stroking towards a central point using your thumb. and then abruptly withdraw your hand upwards as if unblocking a drain with a plunger. wood movements . 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. 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.away from the centre . leaving it weak and cold. Fire energy is seen as penetrating but also moving upwards. Fire Energy The hand movements are as follows: • Press down firmly with your palm to penetrate the area below. one would be able to do the same thing using the heat of one's open palm. The book says that as one develops one's practice of Chi Kung. chi will flow to the area to provide support and protection but may become blocked as it builds up. Metal movements are seen to be useful when an injury or inner disturbance has caused chi to disperse.Wood Energy The hand movements are as follows: • • Stroking with your whole hand away from a central point. 2002. The example is given of blood draining away from an area. No guidance is given regarding clockwise or anticlockwise movements.

Use Earth energy massage 3. Massage the temples using the fingertips. 2003 98 . Use Wood energy massage to disperse excess energy that has become blocked 5. 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. Use Wood and Water massage together in one movement by using vibrating hand movements that radiate away from the affected area 4. Use Water energy massage to help reduce the swelling 4. Use Earth and Water energy massage by pressing and making small circles 36 times 2. Earth energy massage 2. and become blocked and congested. 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. Use Earth energy massage by 'washing' your head and face for a minute Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. Hold hands on either side of the affected part. do this: 1. reduce the pain and the swelling: 1. in a Metal fashion. Finish with Earth energy massage Headaches 1. The following sequence is said to release this build-up of energy. 2002. generating heat. Rest your hand on either side of the affected area for a while 2. Finish with Earthy energy massage Backaches 1. behind the ears to the base of the skull by the neck six times 3.Practical examples Bruises The stagnant blood. to enclose the area in a healing forcefield 2. swelling and pain of a bruise are taken as indicating that chi has rushed to the area of injury. Use Wood energy massage to disperse chi by making strokes from the temples. Start with an Earth energy massage to reduce tension and calm the person's mind 3. To relieve the congestion. Use Fire energy massage to 'unblock' the congested area 5.

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