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

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

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Section 1: Background Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2002. There is one bar chart for each element. 2003 55 . lasting 15 minutes at each session. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2003 70 . 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.Speculate about the relationship between the elements in these people. 2002.

5 elements book had come in. England “I am really excited! Have done another 'detecting' on a new 'guinea pig'. 2002. Fire 0. 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. Some of them show a strong imbalance others less or minimal. 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. but she confirmed so many things. from a 'starting point' of view. Metal 0. but is amazing to have it confirmed by their readings.” Jeannie. Earth -10. Once I got these two methods under control it was possible to confirm with dowsing.” Ellen. Obvious statement really. England “Another client said she felt as if I had given her a whole bodywork like a massage. England “I am now doing 5eH imbalance detection on all of my clients.” Ellen. 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. She is going through emotional upset and having trouble with her eyes. Those who have just come for relaxation tend to be less strong in their imbalance. England Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. Her Wood was 100% excess .” John. 2003 71 .” Jeannie.“I have been working with detecting energy imbalances and have found it quite amazing especially when the results became consistent. Joanne. and understood a bit more as the Acupuncture .never before had I associated anger with her but when we discussed it she admitted to having a lot of anger buried deep inside. Water +20. She was Wood -10. No problem with feeling the energies because for a couple of years now my hands vibrate naturally when detecting energy imbalances in treatments and distance healing using intent/scanning. It all tied in with what is going on in her life. It is incredible and I said to Paul 'this really works!' and there is also far more to it (far reaching) than I ever thought. I'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. 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. She also had excessive Earth (20%) and excessive Water (60%).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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