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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 2003 12 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 2003 33 .likely it might be the time of day when the person feels at their lowest ebb. Hands and Feet for Control Rancid Spiritual Faculties Sweet Mouth Saliva Dampness Singing Muscle Flesh for Belching Fragrant Ideas and Opinions Pungent. Spicy Nose Mucus Nose Dryness Weeping Skin and Body Hair Skin and Body Hair to Cough Rotten Salty Urethra and Anus Saliva Ears Cold Groaning Bones and Bone Marrow Head Hair to Create Trembling Putrid Willpower and Ambition Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. There may also be an urgency to urinate during this period. 2002.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001.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. 2002. 2003 55 . There is one bar chart for each element. The first 'reading' shows the state of the elements before the daily self-treatments began. lasting 15 minutes at each session.

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

'no' and 'stupid question' responses. or for a different purpose.3. you do not have to have the subject in the same room as you. and then you can start your self-treatments. it is common for the dowser to have some sort of 'witness' . I found fast-spinning third eye chakras in a counsellor. hold the pendulum so that it dangles over the crown chakra. than you have before.for example a lock of the person's hair. throat etc. 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 see what the pendulum does. all the way to the root chakra. which ties in with inability to express oneself and current/long term emotional issues respectively. In fact. say to yourself 'show me the state of the crown chakra'. You do not have to go through this procedure every time you use a pendulum. Dowsing Chakras Dowsing the state of someone’s chakras is not something that you do when carrying out Five Element Healing. you can happily dowse the chakras standing by the person's side. 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. research chemist. I have not felt the need to do this with Reiki clients. 2002. heart and solar plexus chakras to be closed. 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. Before you start a treatment. You can do this using the method described below… Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 2003 57 . so you can dowse the state of their chakras before they arrive for the appointment! Within dowsing. so I believe that Reiki and intent is connection enough. by way of making a definite connection with the person about whom they are seeking information. a molecular geneticist and web consultant. only when you are intending to use a pendulum in a different way. Then move on to the third eye. but it is a useful exercise to carry out in order develop your skills with the pendulum. 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. the responses are my 'yes'. dowsing to see your elemental status each day.

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

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

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

2002. 2003 61 .Section 4: Detecting Energy Imbalances Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001.

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

2003 63 . 2002. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. or feel the energies for too long. and if you palpate for too long.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 are better sensitised to begin with than people on Shiatsu courses who have not been attuned to Reiki! With both of these approaches. in one of two ways. You will be able to tell if there is too much Chi in an element. It can take some practice before you feel completely confident with this technique. By palpating the Hara you can feel imbalances in the five elements. it is important to go along with your first impression. so you will need to persevere. A different area of the Hara represents each element. If you start thinking too much you will 'lose it'. 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'.

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

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

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

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

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

2002. but give an impression of the relative levels of excess or deficiency. Fire controls Metal. The order of the elements shown is Wood . What emotional states might this person be experiencing? What states of mind might they be exhibiting? What parts of the physical body might be affected in some way? Example 2 & 3 . 2003 69 . which gave the presentation shown overleaf.Metal -Water. controlling or failing to control. strong. fire seemed to be the most 'dull' or 'empty' . but since Fire was so depleted. which raged uncontrolled.see next page for bar charts I started a series of treatments on J. I palpated her Hara and got the impression that the softest/dullest area was in Fire. History taking What you know of the person. tense. Water was in balance.Visual facial diagnosis Knowledge of Oriental diagnosis may give visual clues that may reinforce your original impression. fierce. Maybe Metal was so strong that it depleted its controlling element: Fire. emotions.Fire . These interpretations are just speculation really. so it was not supporting Earth. or what you can glean from what they say about their thoughts. it seemed to be the most bright. Fire was depleted.Earth . When I went on to hover my hands over the Hara. and that the most rigid/resistant area was Metal. Metal controls Wood. based on what you know of the various correspondences of each element. and Metal was very strong so Wood was suppressed. though visual facial diagnosis is beyond the scope of this course. it could not control Metal. but we can see in the above example how the different elements connect with each other. The numbers relating to 'excess' or 'depletion' are purely subjective. Case Histories Example 1 . and I also recommend a few books on this subject. It is displayed as a Bar Chart. Then I went on to use an intuitive technique. physical problems etc. supporting or failing to support.there seemed to be a 'hole' in the Hara 'carpet' in that area. When I hovered over Metal. may help to reinforce your original impression.see next page for bar charts Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. See the recommended book list at the end of this manual for further reading. This manual gives an overview of the each element's correspondences. which was also down a little.

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. 2003 70 .Speculate about the relationship between the elements in these people. 2002.

2002. Obvious statement really. She is going through emotional upset and having trouble with her eyes. 2003 71 . from a 'starting point' of view.” Ellen. England Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. and understood a bit more as the Acupuncture . England “Another client said she felt as if I had given her a whole bodywork like a massage.5 elements book had come in. England “I am really excited! Have done another 'detecting' on a new 'guinea pig'. 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. Some of them show a strong imbalance others less or minimal. 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. 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.never before had I associated anger with her but when we discussed it she admitted to having a lot of anger buried deep inside. Joanne. Fire 0.” Jeannie.” Jeannie. It all tied in with what is going on in her life. Earth -10. Metal 0. She was Wood -10. but she confirmed so many things. 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.“I have been working with detecting energy imbalances and have found it quite amazing especially when the results became consistent. 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. Those who have just come for relaxation tend to be less strong in their imbalance. 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.” Ellen. She also had excessive Earth (20%) and excessive Water (60%).” John. Her Wood was 100% excess . but is amazing to have it confirmed by their readings. Water +20. 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. England “I am now doing 5eH imbalance detection on all of my clients. Once I got these two methods under control it was possible to confirm with dowsing.

” Maurita. 2003 72 . 2002. When I started to try it out on family with more problems (parents mainly!) results were much more obvious.“I've practised diagnosis on 11 people.with healthy friends I was getting very minor imbalances. most more than once. I realised this when I began to practice on family and friends who had more serious problems than friends who didn't . The results have been quite astonishing. This was a really good comparison and gave me a lot of confidence. or a couple who were completely balanced. England Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

the 'movement' of the elements can guide you as well. then you can 'grade' the amount of time that you spend accordingly. The state of your own elements will be unaffected by the energies that you are channelling. 2002.6. but was greatly out of balance in previous sessions. and you might decide to spend more time on that element than the 'snapshot' of the elements on that occasion might suggest is necessary. You will spend more time sending elemental energies into the two elements that were most out of balance. then stay there until the sensations subside (within reason) or until you feel that it is right to move on now. Intuition Finally. in order to 'reinforce' the substantial change/movement that you have seen. or near balance. particularly if you are aware of the finer gradations of imbalance. you will be guided by the presentation of the elements that you diagnose. It has improved a lot over recent weeks. 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. So if an element has swung strongly from being in excess to being deficient. Element 'movements' On subsequent visits. Continue until you get the impression that balance has been achieved On a first visit. If your use of a pendulum has given you more detailed information about the degree of imbalance of each element. 2003 81 . your intention is that the energies will not affect the state of your own elements. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. or vice versa. then you might decide to spend more time on it irrespective of whether it displays the greatest excess or greatest deficiency. you can also let your hands tell you when it is time to move on: if the energy is flowing intensely into one element.

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

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

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

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

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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. 2002. 2003 88 . Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001.

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. This happened after nearly all sessions. 2002. Five Element Healing gave me an altered perspective. but able to look and project outwards because it was existing effortlessly. It feels as if you are treating the problem at source. "After the treatments you feel as if you've had an energy transfusion. a feeling of being very much part of a bigger picture.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. "Standard Reiki treatments gave a boost to my creativity but Five Element Healing was more focused and purposeful. 2003 89 . "Like my Reiki attunements. getting to grips with it. with everything inside running smoothly and in harmony ." Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. "Quite different was the sensation of being a clear glass vessel. There was a feeling that there were no physical limits to what could be achieved.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. more than in a standard Reiki treatment. and you seem to feel flattened and unsettled for a while.

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

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

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

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

2002. 1980 ISBN 0-87040-467-9 Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 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.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 94 .

Appendix Dowsing Grid Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 2003 95 . 2002.

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

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

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

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