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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

giving a treatment lasting about an hour. 2. 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. 2003 92 . Rest both hands. withdraw chi from the element/'organs' 5. 3. then you will know whether each element needs to be boosted or depleted. wrapping round the side of the torso where the rib cage stops. 3. overlapping each other. 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. 2. Once the elements are in balance. then using the five element energies can create greater imbalances. or the elements that we feel need more attention based on what has happened during previous treatments. We will concentrate (spend more time) on the elements that were most out of balance. Place your hands on the corresponding 'organs'. We will take about 50 minutes to complete the sequence. If you have dowsed in detail. (2) Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. send the corresponding five element energy through them. 4. Working on Organ pairs Now we can carry out the main part of the treatment. This is on the right side of the recipient's upper abdomen. starting with 5-10 minutes resting our hands on the shoulders to get Reiki flowing and bringing the client into a nice relaxed state. 2002.1. Continue until you get the impression that balance has been achieved For the other elements. Follow this order: (1) Channel wood energy into the liver and gall bladder. 5. then they are 'stable'. If you don't start by finding out where the biggest imbalances are. and it is safe to move on to flushing five element energies into each organ pair in turn. over the liver area. and getting the elements into a reasonable state of balance first. Connect to the elemental energy by visualising the symbol over your hand(s) Connect to the elemental energy by imagining the symbol in the air above you Using hand-movements. Place your hands on the corresponding 'organs'. as necessary. What we are going to do is to connect with the pairs of 'organs' that represent each element. or creative visualisation. or intent. 4. Channel fire energy into the heart and small intestine.

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

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. 2002.Recommended Reading Traditional Acupuncture: The Law of the Five Elements Dianne M Connelly Traditional Acupuncture Institute 1994 ISBN 0-912381-03-5 Macrobiotic Palm Healing Michio Kushi with Olivia Oredson Japan Publications Inc. 1980 ISBN 0-87040-467-9 Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 2003 94 .

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

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

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

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

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