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Second Edition, completed in September 2003

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

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

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

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

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Section 1: Background Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 2003 12 . 2002.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2003 33 . Spicy Nose Mucus Nose Dryness Weeping Skin and Body Hair Skin and Body Hair to Cough Rotten Salty Urethra and Anus Saliva Ears Cold Groaning Bones and Bone Marrow Head Hair to Create Trembling Putrid Willpower and Ambition Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. Table: Correspondences of the Elements Correspondence Organs Wood Liver Gall Bladder Anger Green Spring 2300-0100 (L) 0100-0300 (GB) Fire Heart Ht Protector Sml Intestine Tr Heater Joy Red Summer 1100-1300 (H) 1300-1500 (SI) 1900-2100 (HP) 2100-2300 (TH) Bitter Ears Perspiration Tongue Hot Laughing Blood Vessels Complexion for Sadness and Grief Scorched The Spirit Earth Spleen Stomach Sympathy Yellow 'Indian Summer' 0700-0900 (S) 0900-1100 (Sp) Metal Lungs Lge Intestine Grief White Autumn 0300-0500 (L) 0500-0700 (LI) Water Kidneys Bladder Fear Blue Winter 1500-1700 (B) 1700-1900 (K) Emotion Colour Season Time of Day Flavour Orifice Fluid Secretion Sense Organ Climate Sound Body Parts External Physical Manifestation Power: the Capacity … Smell Life Aspect Sour Eyes Eyes Wind Shouting Tendons and Ligaments Nails. Hands and Feet for Control Rancid Spiritual Faculties Sweet Mouth Saliva Dampness Singing Muscle Flesh for Belching Fragrant Ideas and Opinions Pungent. 2002.likely it might be the time of day when the person feels at their lowest ebb. There may also be an urgency to urinate during this period.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Once I got these two methods under control it was possible to confirm with dowsing.” Ellen. Metal 0. Fire 0. 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. England “I am really excited! Have done another 'detecting' on a new 'guinea pig'. It all tied in with what is going on in her life.” Jeannie. 2003 71 . Her Wood was 100% excess . She is going through emotional upset and having trouble with her eyes. England Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. Obvious statement really. Those who have just come for relaxation tend to be less strong in their imbalance. She was Wood -10. but she confirmed so many things. Some of them show a strong imbalance others less or minimal. She also had excessive Earth (20%) and excessive Water (60%). but is amazing to have it confirmed by their readings. It is incredible and I said to Paul 'this really works!' and there is also far more to it (far reaching) than I ever thought. 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. Joanne.” Jeannie.“I have been working with detecting energy imbalances and have found it quite amazing especially when the results became consistent.5 elements book had come in. and understood a bit more as the Acupuncture . I've noticed that the clients showing a strong imbalance tend to be those who have come with a specific ailment that they want me to concentrate on. No problem with feeling the energies because for a couple of years now my hands vibrate naturally when detecting energy imbalances in treatments and distance healing using intent/scanning. 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. I am absolutely blown away (and so was she!) it's as if you can read the actual person like a book! I didn't really know anything about her before along these lines. Water +20. Earth -10. England “Another client said she felt as if I had given her a whole bodywork like a massage.” John.never before had I associated anger with her but when we discussed it she admitted to having a lot of anger buried deep inside. from a 'starting point' of view.” Ellen. England “I am now doing 5eH imbalance detection on all of my clients. 2002.

” Maurita. or a couple who were completely balanced. When I started to try it out on family with more problems (parents mainly!) results were much more obvious. most more than once. England Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 2003 72 . The results have been quite astonishing. 2002.“I've practised diagnosis on 11 people. 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.with healthy friends I was getting very minor imbalances.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2002. Rest the other hand on the upper abdomen. which is to use the five energies intensely. on the upper abdomen. a nice way to bring things to a close. Slide the other hand slightly underneath the lower back. Intend that you are connecting with the other kidney at the same time. swap over half way and contact the other kidney. Spleen is on the left side of the recipient's torso. and eventually you will learn to be able to do this 'at the click of a finger'. where the rib cage stops. flushing them through the corresponding organs. Balancing the elements is an intermediate stage. It works to balance the chakras. Alternatively. Rest one hand on one side of the lower abdomen. Stomach is to the left side of the recipient's upper 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. Channel water energy into the kidney and bladder. and bladder. and the other hand hovers over the opposite lung. Using the Five Element system you can balance someone's elements in a few minutes. Rest one hand on the centre of the lower abdomen. 2003 93 . then you can progress to the main part of a five element treatment. where the ribcage stops. But once someone has balanced elements. so you would expect it to have an effect on elements too. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. and producing more long-term balance. sending the energy deep to balance all the associations of each element. 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. Now swap over. (3) Channel earth energy into the stomach and spleen/pancreas. Rest both hands. and on it's own is unlikely to produce a long-term effect. Channel metal energy into the lungs and large intestine. (4) (5) Perhaps finish the treatment by resting your hands on the feet/ankles for a while. slightly overlapping each other.Rest one hand over the heart (or hover your hand in the case of a lady).

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

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

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

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

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

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