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

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

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

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

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

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Section 1: Background Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2003 70 .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.

” Ellen. I've noticed that the clients showing a strong imbalance tend to be those who have come with a specific ailment that they want me to concentrate on. England “I am really excited! Have done another 'detecting' on a new 'guinea pig'. She was Wood -10. Obvious statement really. Those who have just come for relaxation tend to be less strong in their imbalance. England “Another client said she felt as if I had given her a whole bodywork like a massage. It is interesting to see that people who are more focused and 'spiritual' and practise healing in some way or another tend to be more balanced than those that aren't. but she confirmed so many things. It all tied in with what is going on in her life. but is amazing to have it confirmed by their readings. Earth -10. 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. Some of them show a strong imbalance others less or minimal.never before had I associated anger with her but when we discussed it she admitted to having a lot of anger buried deep inside. and understood a bit more as the Acupuncture . No problem with feeling the energies because for a couple of years now my hands vibrate naturally when detecting energy imbalances in treatments and distance healing using intent/scanning. 2003 71 . Joanne. 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. 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. from a 'starting point' of view. England “I am now doing 5eH imbalance detection on all of my clients.” Jeannie.“I have been working with detecting energy imbalances and have found it quite amazing especially when the results became consistent. She also had excessive Earth (20%) and excessive Water (60%). Fire 0. England Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001.5 elements book had come in. Her Wood was 100% excess .” John. She is going through emotional upset and having trouble with her eyes. Once I got these two methods under control it was possible to confirm with dowsing.” Ellen.” Jeannie. 2002. Water +20. 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. Metal 0.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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