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

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Section 1: Background Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Section 2: Experiencing the Five Energies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

that Wood has a 20% excess of chi while Fire has a 60% deficiency etc. You can monitor your own progress more accurately. which elements are deficient. whether it contains too much or too little chi. 2003 58 . To the left you can see a scale running as far as -100. in increments of 10 points. which represents elements that are deficient in chi. in increments of 10 points. and if it is out of balance. You can compare the relative imbalances of all the elements.Monitoring the State of one’s Elements Dowsing your Elements Using a pendulum. it is possible to find out. say. and to what degree. and see how the elements change in relation to each other from one self-treatment to another. which is a vertical line running up the page. Technique Look at the 'Dowsing Grid'. To the right you can see a scale running as far as +100. and the degree to which they are deficient or in excess. You can use this grid to simply and quickly find out about the state of each element: whether it is in balance. By using a semicircular 'scale' – a bit like a protractor .with arbitrary percentages from 0% . which represents elements that are holding too much chi. 2. which you will find below and in the Appendix to this manual. 2002. You can find out which elements are balanced. You can see how an imbalance in one element is reflected in imbalances in the supporting or controlling elements. You can see that there are two scales running from zero. it is possible to find out in detail about the degree of imbalance of all your elements. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001.100%. which elements hold too much chi. 3. This is useful information because: 1.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What emotional states might they be experiencing? What states of mind might they be exhibiting? What parts of the physical body might be affected in some way? Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 2003 70 . 2002.Speculate about the relationship between the elements in these people.

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. 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. She is going through emotional upset and having trouble with her eyes. Some of them show a strong imbalance others less or minimal. Those who have just come for relaxation tend to be less strong in their imbalance.” Jeannie. Metal 0.never before had I associated anger with her but when we discussed it she admitted to having a lot of anger buried deep inside. England Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. but she confirmed so many things. She also had excessive Earth (20%) and excessive Water (60%).” John. Fire 0.“I have been working with detecting energy imbalances and have found it quite amazing especially when the results became consistent. England “Another client said she felt as if I had given her a whole bodywork like a massage.” Ellen.” Ellen. and understood a bit more as the Acupuncture . 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. Her Wood was 100% excess . 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. 2003 71 . Joanne. Once I got these two methods under control it was possible to confirm with dowsing. but is amazing to have it confirmed by their readings. It all tied in with what is going on in her life. Earth -10. Water +20. It is incredible and I said to Paul 'this really works!' and there is also far more to it (far reaching) than I ever thought. I am absolutely blown away (and so was she!) it's as if you can read the actual person like a book! I didn't really know anything about her before along these lines. England “I am now doing 5eH imbalance detection on all of my clients. I've noticed that the clients showing a strong imbalance tend to be those who have come with a specific ailment that they want me to concentrate on. England “I am really excited! Have done another 'detecting' on a new 'guinea pig'.5 elements book had come in. She was Wood -10.” Jeannie. 2002. from a 'starting point' of view. Obvious statement really.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connect to the elemental energy by visualising the symbol over your hand(s) Connect to the elemental energy by imagining the symbol in the air above you 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. 2.1. 2. then using the five element energies can create greater imbalances. Continue until you get the impression that balance has been achieved For the other elements. overlapping each other. 5. Channel fire energy into the heart and small intestine. then they are 'stable'. If you have dowsed in detail. 4. or intent. 3. Once the elements are in balance. and it is safe to move on to flushing five element energies into each organ pair in turn. 4. wrapping round the side of the torso where the rib cage stops. Follow this order: (1) Channel wood energy into the liver and gall bladder. or the elements that we feel need more attention based on what has happened during previous treatments. 2003 92 . What we are going to do is to connect with the pairs of 'organs' that represent each element. then you will know whether each element needs to be boosted or depleted. and getting the elements into a reasonable state of balance first. starting with 5-10 minutes resting our hands on the shoulders to get Reiki flowing and bringing the client into a nice relaxed state. 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. 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. as necessary. Place your hands on the corresponding 'organs'. Place your hands on the corresponding 'organs'. 2002. send the corresponding five element energy through them. This is on the right side of the recipient's upper abdomen. 3. giving a treatment lasting about an hour. If you don't start by finding out where the biggest imbalances are. or creative visualisation. We will take about 50 minutes to complete the sequence. over the liver area. (2) Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. Working on Organ pairs Now we can carry out the main part of the treatment. We will concentrate (spend more time) on the elements that were most out of balance. Rest both hands. withdraw chi from the element/'organs' 5.

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

2002. 2003 94 . 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.

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

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

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

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