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

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

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

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

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Section 1: Background Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

for example. Triple Heater. the tendons. These meridians will be familiar to those carrying out the microcosmic orbit meditation: The Conception and Governing Vessels. tears. Heart Protector. They each have an emotion associated with them. When we work on the Liver and the Gall Bladder we will be sending Wood energy through those organs. and listed below are the major meridians/organs and their associated element. Heart. part of an overall dynamic energy process. Spleen/Pancreas. These organs are considered to be closer to the surface of the body. intensifying the beneficial effect by making the 'organ' and its meridian resonate at its characteristic frequency. The Lungs support the Kidneys. Each 'organ' functions on all levels of our body-mind-spirit.The word 'organ' does not have the same meaning in Chinese medicine as we would understand in the West when we think of the liver or the heart. We will produce balance in all the various ramifications and associations of Wood: anger. and this in turn nourishes the Lungs. planning. distributing and excreting body substances. There are two other meridians outside the element classification. Usually two organs represent each element. We will we be focusing energy on these organs and we will be sending the organ's characteristic energy through it. Small Intestine. Lung and Kidney. 2002. Interestingly. separating. Large Intestine and Bladder. You can also see them depicted in the diagram on the next page: Earth Wood Fire Liver Gall Bladder Metal Heart Small Intestine (Heart protector) (Triple Heater) Water Spleen/Pancreas Stomach Lung Large Intestine Kidney Bladder The Yin organs are the solid organs: Liver. in the same way that one element supports another in a continuous cycle. storage and regulation of the fundamental substances. to produce balance in Wood on a deep level. in TCM one organ/meridian can be seen as supporting the next. so if we want to work on Wood then we can focus energy on the 'organs' of Wood: Liver and Gall Bladder. Each organ also has a much wider range of associations. one solid organ and one hollow organ. the eyes. functions and influence than the physical organs we perceive in the West. Stomach. On this course the meridians and particularly the 'organs' are important because each organ is allocated to a particular element. The Liver supports the Heart and so on. 2003 14 . and they run down the front and back of the body in the midline. and their associated meridians. and we are going to look at this in more detail later on. These organs are considered to be deeper in the body and are concerned with the manufacture. and so on (see later discussions of the associations of each element). and have the functions of receiving. So the Heart supports and nourishes the Spleen. decision-making. characteristics. one Yin organ and one Yang organ. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. and these nourish the Liver. The Yang organs are hollow: Gall Bladder.

Diagram: Organ Locations in the Body Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 2003 15 . 2002.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John the Baptist speaks of the axe as an instrument of truth. autumnal tone. when the trees lose their leaves. where late the sweet birds sang. into new life. the time of dryness. 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. Reiki Master To give you a slightly different ‘take’ on the elements. and with fire: whose fan is in his hand. 2002. and gather his wheat into the garner. or none. associated with the symbolic death through water of baptism and preparing for the advent of Christ. 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. The element is metal — let’s picture the axe cutting away at things. 1. (Matthew iii. 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.10–12) The negative emotion in this first stage is sadness. do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold. The positive emotions are courage. but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. and cast into the fire. surrender. through the seasons. I indeed baptise you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I. And here we can connect to Shelley's “Ode to the West Wind”: Make me thy lyre. or few. This poem opens us to welcome this autumnal grief and concludes with the famous hopeful line: If winter comes can spring be far behind? Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptise you with the Holy Ghost. 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. We start with the lungs. and he will throughly purge his floor. or grief. autumn. letting go. 2003 34 . This axe can be seen as a symbol of the truth that we’re about to encounter. Sweet though in sadness. Bare ruin’d choirs.Mythic Taoist Organ Journey By Robert-Louis Abrahamson.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

which represents elements that are holding too much chi. in increments of 10 points. it is possible to find out in detail about the degree of imbalance of all your elements. and if it is out of balance. which represents elements that are deficient in chi. and see how the elements change in relation to each other from one self-treatment to another. Technique Look at the 'Dowsing Grid'. To the left you can see a scale running as far as -100.Monitoring the State of one’s Elements Dowsing your Elements Using a pendulum. By using a semicircular 'scale' – a bit like a protractor . and the degree to which they are deficient or in excess. and to what degree. This is useful information because: 1. which elements hold too much chi. You can see that there are two scales running from zero. whether it contains too much or too little chi. You can use this grid to simply and quickly find out about the state of each element: whether it is in balance. which you will find below and in the Appendix to this manual. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 3. that Wood has a 20% excess of chi while Fire has a 60% deficiency etc. which is a vertical line running up the page. To the right you can see a scale running as far as +100. 2. You can see how an imbalance in one element is reflected in imbalances in the supporting or controlling elements. in increments of 10 points. You can find out which elements are balanced. it is possible to find out. 2002.100%. You can monitor your own progress more accurately. You can compare the relative imbalances of all the elements. which elements are deficient. say.with arbitrary percentages from 0% . 2003 58 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Once I got these two methods under control it was possible to confirm with dowsing. It is interesting to see that people who are more focused and 'spiritual' and practise healing in some way or another tend to be more balanced than those that aren't. Of the three methods I found the tactile Hara diagnosis the most difficult but realise it is a matter of letting go and trusting in one's very first impression. Wales “I did a balancing on Caron yesterday (she did Reiki years ago and practices reflexology now) she was the most 'balanced' person I've had yet. 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. from a 'starting point' of view. 2002.“I have been working with detecting energy imbalances and have found it quite amazing especially when the results became consistent.5 elements book had come in.never before had I associated anger with her but when we discussed it she admitted to having a lot of anger buried deep inside. She was Wood -10. Water +20. England “Another client said she felt as if I had given her a whole bodywork like a massage. England “I am really excited! Have done another 'detecting' on a new 'guinea pig'.” Jeannie. Joanne. but she confirmed so many things. She is going through emotional upset and having trouble with her eyes. Earth -10. England “I am now doing 5eH imbalance detection on all of my clients. Some of them show a strong imbalance others less or minimal. Obvious statement really. 2003 71 . Those who have just come for relaxation tend to be less strong in their imbalance. England Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001.” Ellen.” Jeannie. She also had excessive Earth (20%) and excessive Water (60%). Metal 0. and understood a bit more as the Acupuncture .” Ellen. 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. It all tied in with what is going on in her life. 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.” John. Her Wood was 100% excess . but is amazing to have it confirmed by their readings. Fire 0.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The book says that as one develops one's practice of Chi Kung. 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.Wood Energy The hand movements are as follows: • • Stroking with your whole hand away from a central point. To deal with this blockage. Your intention is to draw chi into the affected area. for example 'cupping'. working inwards along the 'spoke' towards the central point. and then abruptly withdraw your hand upwards as if unblocking a drain with a plunger.can be used to disperse blocked and congested chi. Fire Energy The hand movements are as follows: • Press down firmly with your palm to penetrate the area below. like spokes radiating towards a central hub Stroking towards a central point using your thumb. using heated glass bowls. Do this several times.away from the centre . one would be able to do the same thing using the heat of one's open palm. 2002. wood movements . 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. or the tips of a few fingers Making a series of very small circles. chi will flow to the area to provide support and protection but may become blocked as it builds up. The example is given of blood draining away from an area. Metal movements are seen to be useful when an injury or inner disturbance has caused chi to disperse. Fire energy is seen as penetrating but also moving upwards. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 2003 97 . 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. leaving it weak and cold. Chinese Doctors use heat to draw 'poison' from the body.

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

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