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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2003 12 . 2002.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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hands and Feet for Control Rancid Spiritual Faculties Sweet Mouth Saliva Dampness Singing Muscle Flesh for Belching Fragrant Ideas and Opinions Pungent. There may also be an urgency to urinate during this period.likely it might be the time of day when the person feels at their lowest ebb. 2003 33 . Spicy Nose Mucus Nose Dryness Weeping Skin and Body Hair Skin and Body Hair to Cough Rotten Salty Urethra and Anus Saliva Ears Cold Groaning Bones and Bone Marrow Head Hair to Create Trembling Putrid Willpower and Ambition Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 2002. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Water +20. 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.never before had I associated anger with her but when we discussed it she admitted to having a lot of anger buried deep inside. 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.” Ellen. 2002. She is going through emotional upset and having trouble with her eyes. Joanne. Metal 0. Obvious statement really. 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.” Jeannie. but is amazing to have it confirmed by their readings.” Ellen. 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. Those who have just come for relaxation tend to be less strong in their imbalance. Fire 0. 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.“I have been working with detecting energy imbalances and have found it quite amazing especially when the results became consistent. from a 'starting point' of view. England “Another client said she felt as if I had given her a whole bodywork like a massage.” John. Her Wood was 100% excess . England Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 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. 2003 71 . Once I got these two methods under control it was possible to confirm with dowsing. It all tied in with what is going on in her life. Some of them show a strong imbalance others less or minimal. Earth -10. England “I am really excited! Have done another 'detecting' on a new 'guinea pig'.” Jeannie. and understood a bit more as the Acupuncture . but she confirmed so many things. England “I am now doing 5eH imbalance detection on all of my clients. She also had excessive Earth (20%) and excessive Water (60%).5 elements book had come in. She was Wood -10.

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

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

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

I had an idea what to look for in the aura. I first palpated. When should I stop practicing the 'detecting imbalances' on people? You are looking to get to the stage where the three approaches generally agree.. I was quite happy I finally found something when sensing the aura!" By starting with the approaches with which she felt more comfortable. and maybe one result is different: go with the two that agree if you feel confident in them. In this way. she has learned to sense the imbalances.. 2002.because if you progress to the advanced level of this system then you will be using your intuition more. so for example when Metal is up. 2003 75 . and then sensed the aura. Over time you should get consistent results though. and noticed that the elements that were low in chi (according to the other two approaches) felt like holes where my hand sunk in. and the correspondences of the elements.Changing the order of Palpating. so she persevered. or where you are confident that you know where the greatest imbalances lie. then dowsed. It is important to end up feeling comfortable with the pendulum . even though they weren't apparent earlier on in her practice. 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. because Metal controls Wood etc.. Wood is down. You will not always get 100% agreement. and in that case you go with the result that feels comfortable for you. 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 . it is interesting to see how a person's imbalances tie in with what you know of their physical.. I changed the order in which I used the three methods. on the basis that you should not expect your students to do anything that you have not gone through yourself! I recommend that you keep on practicing the three 'detection' methods even when you are carrying out stage 3 (self-treating and meditating on the energies. Also. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. mental and emotional state. Sometimes you will get two definite results. If you are going to get to the stage of teaching other people then you do need to have gotten to grips with all approaches yourself. This is what she said: "Last week. The elements that were high in chi felt strong. Many times what you find will 'make sense' but don't worry too much if it doesn't always make sense. All we do is simply accept the state of the elements and take action based on what we find. but what made a difference to her was to change the order of detecting. 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. Here are some students' experiences of imbalances that made sense in terms of the correspondences of the elements. like pushing my hand back. So don't blow your mind trying to understand 'why': simply accept what you find and move on.

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

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

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

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

2. One influences the other and they share a closely coordinated energy flow. Using Elemental energies on organ pairs This is the main part of the treatment. and in Five Element Healing we intensify the healing effect further by using energies that resonate at the characteristic frequencies of the organs. 1. there are benefits in working on pairs of organs. send the corresponding five element energy through them. and are described in the book 'Macrobiotic Palm Healing' by Michio Kushi (see Reading List). 3. The system does not involve attunements. into the 'organs' 5. the other has a Yin structure and Yang energy. Working on organ pairs While Teate can be used to direct healing energy into a single organ. concentrating (spending more time) on the elements that were most out of balance. and is based on knowledge of the chakras. 4. and some of Mikao Usui’s surviving students referred to his system as 'Usui Teate'. the organs that represent each element.Treating the Elements Our treatment approach derives from the Japanese traditions of te-ate ('hand application') or tanasue-no-michi ('the Tao of placing hands'). for example. giving a treatment lasting about an hour. Place your hands on the corresponding 'organs' Connect to the elemental energy by visualising the symbol over your hand(s) Connect to the elemental energy by imagining the symbol in the air above you Draw down energy from that symbol. 2002. the meridian system and the five elements. Teate is a way of balancing a person's energy system. 2003 80 . through your crown. but many of the approaches echo techniques used in Reiki. We will take about 50 minutes to complete the sequence. which have been known for centuries. drawing down energy as necessary Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. starting with 5-10 minutes resting our hands on the shoulders to get Reiki flowing and bringing the client into a nice relaxed state. The organs that represent an element are balanced in terms of Yin and Yang: one organ has a Yang structure and Yin energy. through your shoulders and hands. Procedure What we are going to do then is to connect with the pairs of 'organs' that represent each element. 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 organs are associated and complementary. So. Now let the energy flow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

This happened after nearly all sessions. 2002. but able to look and project outwards because it was existing effortlessly. more than in a standard Reiki treatment.to the extent that (this is going to sound as if I have lost it!) I was not aware of being confined in my physical body. After an emotional release the effects of Five Element Healing tend to be more subtle and delayed. "Like my Reiki attunements. with everything inside running smoothly and in harmony . Five Element Healing gave me an altered perspective. There was a feeling that there were no physical limits to what could be achieved. getting to grips with it.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. It feels as if you are treating the problem at source." Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. and you seem to feel flattened and unsettled for a while. "Quite different was the sensation of being a clear glass vessel. 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. "After the treatments you feel as if you've had an energy transfusion. 2003 89 .

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

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

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

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

2003 94 .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. 2002. 1988 ISBN 0-87040-672-8 Anyone Can Dowse for Better Health Arthur Bailey Quantum 1999 ISBN 0-572-02461-4 How to See Your Health: Book of Oriental Diagnosis Michio Kushi Japan Publications Inc. 1980 ISBN 0-87040-467-9 Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001.

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

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

and then abruptly withdraw your hand upwards as if unblocking a drain with a plunger. The book says that as one develops one's practice of Chi Kung. one would be able to do the same thing using the heat of one's open palm. 2003 97 . Fire Energy The hand movements are as follows: • Press down firmly with your palm to penetrate the area below. like spokes radiating away from a central hub Stroking away from a central point using your thumb The idea here is that following an injury or sharp blow to the body. Do this several times. wood movements . 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. 2002. like spokes radiating towards a central hub Stroking towards a central point using your thumb. Your intention is to draw chi into the affected area. Metal Energy The hand movements are as follows: • • • Stroking with your whole hand towards a central point.away from the centre . Chinese Doctors use heat to draw 'poison' from the body. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001.can be used to disperse blocked and congested chi. Reiki people already have hot palms! The abrupt and forceful movement of your hand away from the body can be seen as using a magnet to extract energies blocked under the skin or deeper within the body. for example 'cupping'. Fire energy is seen as penetrating but also moving upwards. chi will flow to the area to provide support and protection but may become blocked as it builds up.Wood Energy The hand movements are as follows: • • Stroking with your whole hand away from a central point. leaving it weak and cold. To deal with this blockage. working inwards along the 'spoke' towards the 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. using heated glass bowls.

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

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