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

Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION ........................................................................................................................................ 4 SECTION 1: BACKGROUND INFORMATION ..................................................................................... 5 BASICS OF TCM .......................................................................................................................................... 6 Breadth of TCM...................................................................................................................................... 6 History of TCM....................................................................................................................................... 6 Basic Components of TCM ..................................................................................................................... 7 THE FIVE ELEMENTS ............................................................................................................................ 10 BASICS OF THE FIVE ELEMENTS ................................................................................................................ 10 Interconnectedness ............................................................................................................................... 11 The Nourishment Cycle ........................................................................................................................ 11 The Control Cycle................................................................................................................................. 11 Diagram: How the Elements Interconnect ........................................................................................... 12 The Complexity of TCM........................................................................................................................ 12 The Complexity of TCM........................................................................................................................ 13 The Simplicity of Five Element Healing ............................................................................................... 13 The Meridian System and 'Organs'....................................................................................................... 13 Diagram: Organ Locations in the Body ............................................................................................... 15 Five Elements Correspondences........................................................................................................... 16 The Emotions of the Elements .............................................................................................................. 16 The Correspondences of the Organs .................................................................................................... 21 Other Correspondences of the Elements .............................................................................................. 29 Table: Correspondences of the Elements ............................................................................................. 33 MYTHIC TAOIST ORGAN JOURNEY ............................................................................................................ 34 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS .............................................................................................................. 37 SECTION 2: EXPERIENCING THE FIVE ENERGIES ...................................................................... 38 FIVE ELEMENT SYMBOLS ................................................................................................................... 39 THE FIVE-ELEMENT SYMBOLS................................................................................................................... 40 The Fire Symbol ................................................................................................................................... 40 The Earth Symbol ................................................................................................................................. 40 The Metal Symbol ................................................................................................................................. 41 The Water Symbol................................................................................................................................. 42 The Wood Symbol ................................................................................................................................. 42 FIVE ELEMENT ENERGY MEDITATIONS........................................................................................ 43 Introduction .......................................................................................................................................... 43 Technique ............................................................................................................................................. 43 Feedback from 'Guinea Pigs'................................................................................................................ 44 SECTION 3: WORKING ON YOUR SELF............................................................................................ 49 FIVE ELEMENT SELF-TREATMENTS ............................................................................................... 50 'HANDS ON' SELF-TREATMENT ................................................................................................................. 50 Wood..................................................................................................................................................... 51 Fire ...................................................................................................................................................... 51 Earth..................................................................................................................................................... 52 Metal.................................................................................................................................................... 52 Water .................................................................................................................................................... 53

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

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

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

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Section 1: Background Information

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Traditional Chinese Medicine
Basics of TCM
What follows is a very general overview of the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is designed to show the breadth of its theories, and its application in a wide range of therapies and techniques. For those who would like to investigate this subject in more depth than can be achieved here, we provide a reading list at the end of this manual.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

our sexual drive. then this would be the time when we would start the day with some deep breaths. which are all related to the accumulation of and getting rid of waste products through the skin. menstrual disorders. the warmth of the sun and the feeling of the earth and plants. lack of balance and dizziness can represent a Water imbalance. If we were to get up with the dawn. disk problems in the lumbar area. This power shows itself in supple body movements. some types of watery diarrhoea. and constantly cold hands and feet. a silky shine to the hair. The time of day for Water is 1500 hrs . impotence. strong bones and healthy teeth. sexual potency. and the Small Intestine's sorting functions. 2003 32 . In fact a lot of sexual functions depend on balance in Water: the health of reproduction and the workings of the testicles and ovaries for example. The results may be a general weakness. lumbago and bladder infections. flexible joints. on hearing. though we have already spoken about the effect of Fire. 2002.1900 hrs. Psoriasis and rashes would be connected.can unfold when the organism is flowing freely. insomnia. loss of hair. fresh and clean inside. boils and pimples.the lungs. as well as middle ear infections. vitality. Balance within Water depends on the relative strengths of the yin and yang Kidneys. as would acne. the sacro-iliac joints and the back of the legs (along the course of the Bladder meridian). sciatica. or by avoiding contact with them. When the yang Kidney is dominant then you may find a person who is constantly in a hurry. but more Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. then the will to live. The time of day for Metal is 0300 hrs . and it is not uncommon in Western medicine to see skin problems like eczema (skin problem) associated with asthma (lung problem). in the fresh air. It represents the vitality with which we master life.called Zhen . We are 'in touch' with nature only as long as we enjoy the sensation of the wind. a tremendous urge for action and activity. bone diseases. Water: The elemental spirit of Water is our will power. or when the yin Kidney is relatively strong. This rigidity shows itself mainly in the lower back. and a healthy ability to adjust to the demands of circumstances. and when the hormonal system is functioning effectively so the metabolism is finely tuned.0700 hrs. we show our attitudes towards other people by allowing them to touch us. A person with a Water imbalance might feel that this time of day is their best. kidney and urinary tract infections. our will to survive. In these circumstances power and vitality can develop. Energy cultivation techniques like Tai Chi would be done in local parks when the sun is rising. Water is more related to the sense organ itself and the semicircular canals. For this reason vertigo. and sexual drive decrease. Symptoms of this rigidity are such things as hollow back. frigidity and paralysing fear. and defecation would take place quite naturally during these 'Metal' hours. the coolness of water. When the yang energy is weak. good hearing. Other signs of a Water imbalance are kidney stones. or a person who exhibits rigid behaviour and body movements. This spirit . In a wider sense. The Ears are connected with Water. when they feel more alive than usual.

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. Table: Correspondences of the Elements Correspondence Organs Wood Liver Gall Bladder Anger Green Spring 2300-0100 (L) 0100-0300 (GB) Fire Heart Ht Protector Sml Intestine Tr Heater Joy Red Summer 1100-1300 (H) 1300-1500 (SI) 1900-2100 (HP) 2100-2300 (TH) Bitter Ears Perspiration Tongue Hot Laughing Blood Vessels Complexion for Sadness and Grief Scorched The Spirit Earth Spleen Stomach Sympathy Yellow 'Indian Summer' 0700-0900 (S) 0900-1100 (Sp) Metal Lungs Lge Intestine Grief White Autumn 0300-0500 (L) 0500-0700 (LI) Water Kidneys Bladder Fear Blue Winter 1500-1700 (B) 1700-1900 (K) Emotion Colour Season Time of Day Flavour Orifice Fluid Secretion Sense Organ Climate Sound Body Parts External Physical Manifestation Power: the Capacity … Smell Life Aspect Sour Eyes Eyes Wind Shouting Tendons and Ligaments Nails. 2003 33 . 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. 2002.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Comparing one element with another and moving on. this process can be more fluid and flowing. Scanning Hover your hand over the Hara. Don't dither: just decide and move on. you can thus decide which element has the greatest excess of chi. This approach again focuses you on the element with the greatest excess and the greatest deficiency of Chi. then there is likely to be an excess of Chi in that element. or an up-draught of wind perhaps. but scanning with a specific purpose in mind. 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. If you keep prodding and poking too much you will 'lose it' completely and it will all feel like porridge. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. noticing what is going on in your hands/fingers. 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. noting the stronger and weaker areas. rather like riding on a carpet. and you will not be picking up things in the chakras. and feel for differences between the different elements/areas. or the greatest deficiency. and you can use this approach to back up what you felt when you were palpating the Hara. Your intervention will start to alter the Hara presentation. In effect. and try not to analyse things too much. Now move on to the remaining element. of Chi. comparing two areas. or some sort of bright fizzing or tingling or pulsing. When the elements are in balance you can feel a uniform energy. so you need to decide quickly. Again compare its quality of kyo or jitsu with the most jitsu and most kyo elements that you have found so far. and cannot really be used to discern more subtle gradations of imbalance. Your intention is important here: you will not be picking up physical problems in the body below you. When you are feeling the energies though. moving from one area to another and noticing whether there are any differences in the quality of the energy that you are feeling. feel for empty holes within the ‘carpet’ layer. Find the two areas where there seems to be the greatest excess. 2003 65 . and which element is most deficient. and you can drift quickly from one area to another. maybe you would feel coldness there. You can follow the same sort of routine that is described in the 'palpation' section above. Intention Firstly. Your intent is focused on diagnosing five element imbalances in the Hara. A 'hole' or a feeling of dullness or emptiness would indicate that there is insufficient Chi in that area. If you feel heat. 2002. you are scanning. 5.4. As you are scanning. and then moving on to a new area which is then compared with your earlier findings.

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

Technique Look at the 'Dowsing Grid'. and to what degree. You can monitor the client's progress more accurately. 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. To the left you can see a scale running as far as -100. which represents elements that are deficient in chi. Detailed method Using a pendulum. 2. and if it is out of balance. This is useful information because: 1. knowing exactly which ones need to be boosted and which ones need to be depleted. and it is good practice. 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. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. which represents elements that are holding too much chi. Fire has a 60% deficiency etc. 4. 3. say. it is possible to find out in more detail about the degree of imbalance of all the elements. that Wood has a 20% excess of chi. which you will find below and in the Appendix to this manual. To the right you can see a scale running as far as +100. 5. in increments of 10 points. You can see that there are two scales running from zero. in increments of 10 points. You can compare the relative imbalances of all the elements. which is a vertical line running up the page. It is more of an 'empirical' approach. You can use this grid to simply and quickly find out about the state of each element: whether it is in balance. 2003 67 . and see how the elements change in relation to each other from one treatment to another. whether it contains too much or too little chi. and to what degree. By using a semicircular 'scale' with arbitrary percentages from 0% 100% it is possible to determine. 2002. This will help to build your confidence in using the techniques.

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

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

2003 70 . 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

or the elements that we feel need more attention based on what has happened during previous treatments. 5. Continue until you get the impression that balance has been achieved For the other elements. (2) Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 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. 2. then they are 'stable'. overlapping each other. then you will know whether each element needs to be boosted or depleted. or creative visualisation. over the liver area. If you have dowsed in detail. 2. Once the elements are in balance. send the corresponding five element energy through them. as necessary. withdraw chi from the element/'organs' 5. Follow this order: (1) Channel wood energy into the liver and gall bladder. Place your hands on the corresponding 'organs'. 4. 2003 92 . and getting the elements into a reasonable state of balance first. 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. Place your hands on the corresponding 'organs'. 3.1. 3. 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. then using the five element energies can create greater imbalances. What we are going to do is to connect with the pairs of 'organs' that represent each element. If you don't start by finding out where the biggest imbalances are. We will take about 50 minutes to complete the sequence. wrapping round the side of the torso where the rib cage stops. We will concentrate (spend more time) on the elements that were most out of balance. or intent. 4. 2002. Channel fire energy into the heart and small intestine. Working on Organ pairs Now we can carry out the main part of the treatment. Rest both hands. starting with 5-10 minutes resting our hands on the shoulders to get Reiki flowing and bringing the client into a nice relaxed state. This is on the right side of the recipient's upper abdomen. and it is safe to move on to flushing five element energies into each organ pair in turn. giving a treatment lasting about an hour.

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

2002. 1988 ISBN 0-87040-672-8 Anyone Can Dowse for Better Health Arthur Bailey Quantum 1999 ISBN 0-572-02461-4 How to See Your Health: Book of Oriental Diagnosis Michio Kushi Japan Publications Inc. 1980 ISBN 0-87040-467-9 Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001.Recommended Reading Traditional Acupuncture: The Law of the Five Elements Dianne M Connelly Traditional Acupuncture Institute 1994 ISBN 0-912381-03-5 Macrobiotic Palm Healing Michio Kushi with Olivia Oredson Japan Publications Inc. 2003 94 .

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

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

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

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

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