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

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

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

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......................................................... 97 Fire Energy............................................................................................................................................................. 95 FIVE ELEMENT HAND-MOVEMENTS ......................................................................................................................................................................... 96 Wood Energy ............................................. 97 Practical examples .............. 96 Earth Energy ...................................DOWSING GRID ................................................................................................................................ 2002........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 97 Metal Energy .................................................................. 2003 3 ............................. 98 Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001................................................................................... 96 Water 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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Together they enable the practitioner to find the exact energetic cause of a patient's problem. for example the concept of 'night' has no meaning without the concept of 'day'. 'up' has no meaning without 'down'. Yin and Yang One of the oldest classics of Chinese Medicine. The Vital Substances Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. Each patient has their own particular balance of Yin and Yang. all things in the universe have Yin and Yang aspects. to consume each other and to transform into each other. To live against Yin and Yang means death. These two fundamental forces of the universe are said to be in opposition yet interdependent.Whichever of the above forms of treatment a person chooses to have. sometimes a person may have relatively too much Yin energy which is not held in check by their Yang. the underlying theory comes from the same root. According to the Chinese view. and they will experience symptoms of Yang's association with water. To live in harmony with Yin and Yang will bring peace. and when people become ill their balance of Yin and Yang will be affected. both aspects will always be present. Yang is associated with fire and the fire may start to rage as it is not held in check by the Yin. 2003 7 . and this root forms the foundation for a unique diagnosis of each individual. We will deal with the five elements in detail later. On the other hand. Basic Components of TCM There are three main components of the theory of Chinese medicine that are used in diagnosis. We do not focus on the idea of Yin and Yang on this course. 2002. and though the balance of Yin and Yang will vary. Nature is seen to group itself into pairs of mutually dependent opposites. To live against Yin and Yang will bring chaos. Sometimes a person will become more Yang in nature. 'The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine' (referred to above) states that: To live in harmony with Yin and Yang means life. 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. obviously. and here we will just touch on Yin & Yang and the Vital Substances.

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

2002. and it can be said to be a rarefied form of Qi. and together they are seen as the basis of our health.Shen by contrast is the most 'insubstantial' of all the substances in the body. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. These latter areas are what this course is all about. 2003 9 . 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. Alongside Yin and Yang and the Vital Substances. giving their practical relevance to Reiki practitioners. 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. Shen. knowledge of the five elements and their twelve organs is important in diagnosis so that we can understand any imbalance in an individual. Qi and Jing are called 'the Three Treasures'. and the remainder of this manual deals with these areas in detail.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When you have completed 7-10 days of meditations using one energy. You can use the meditations in different ways: You can if you like carry out a meditation for about 10 minutes daily. 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. 2002. These are powerful meditations. spending a couple of minutes experiencing each of the five energies.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. working in the order Wood Fire Earth Metal Water Alternatively. Try both approaches and find out for yourself which variation feels more comfortable for you. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. you can if you like spend 5-10 minutes each day working with only one energy. 2003 43 . then spend a further 7-10 days using the next energy. Below you will see described some symbol meditations that you can use on a regular basis in order to ‘become’ or to ‘assimilate’ the five energies. and they have the potential to produce powerful effects within you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If the pendulum swings to the left then the element contains too little chi. 5. Hold the pendulum with its point hovering over the midpoint of the baseline. then the element is in balance. in 'neutral'. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. Moving beyond the Pendulum This will be covered in more detail in the Five Element Healing Advanced Course. record the degree of excess to the nearest 10 points. 2003 68 . record the degree of deficiency to the nearest 10 points. Say "Show me the state of Wood for this person". the point from which the 'spokes' radiate. or set it moving along the 'zero' line.This is what you do: 4. 6. 2002. If the pendulum swings vertically up & down the page. See in what direction the pendulum swings. 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. forwards and backwards. They are just a guide.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2003 88 . and show how the imbalances changed from one session to the next.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. 2002.

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

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

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

We will concentrate (spend more time) on the elements that were most out of balance. then using the five element energies can create greater imbalances. and getting the elements into a reasonable state of balance first. 2002. Follow this order: (1) Channel wood energy into the liver and gall bladder. 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. starting with 5-10 minutes resting our hands on the shoulders to get Reiki flowing and bringing the client into a nice relaxed state. then you will know whether each element needs to be boosted or depleted. overlapping each other. and it is safe to move on to flushing five element energies into each organ pair in turn. 3. Channel fire energy into the heart and small intestine. 4. Place your hands on the corresponding 'organs'. 3. over the liver area. 2. as necessary. Rest both hands. (2) Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. If you have dowsed in detail. Working on Organ pairs Now we can carry out the main part of the treatment. What we are going to do is to connect with the pairs of 'organs' that represent each element. 4. Once the elements are in balance. We will take about 50 minutes to complete the sequence. This is on the right side of the recipient's upper abdomen. send the corresponding five element energy through them. 2003 92 . Connect to the elemental energy by visualising the symbol over your hand(s) Connect to the elemental energy by imagining the symbol in the air above you Using hand-movements. Place your hands on the corresponding 'organs'. 2. 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. or the elements that we feel need more attention based on what has happened during previous treatments. then they are 'stable'. giving a treatment lasting about an hour. or creative visualisation. withdraw chi from the element/'organs' 5.1. 5. or intent. 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. Continue until you get the impression that balance has been achieved For the other elements.

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

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

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

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

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

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