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

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

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Section 1: Background Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 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.likely it might be the time of day when the person feels at their lowest ebb. Hands and Feet for Control Rancid Spiritual Faculties Sweet Mouth Saliva Dampness Singing Muscle Flesh for Belching Fragrant Ideas and Opinions Pungent.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. which is a vertical line running up the page. which represents elements that are holding too much chi. This is useful information because: 1. it is possible to find out. and if it is out of balance. You can find out which elements are balanced. and see how the elements change in relation to each other from one self-treatment to another. Technique Look at the 'Dowsing Grid'. To the right you can see a scale running as far as +100.100%. You can monitor your own progress more accurately. 2003 58 . whether it contains too much or too little chi. You can compare the relative imbalances of all the elements. which you will find below and in the Appendix to this manual. To the left you can see a scale running as far as -100. 3. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. in increments of 10 points. 2002. and the degree to which they are deficient or in excess. and to what degree. By using a semicircular 'scale' – a bit like a protractor . You can see how an imbalance in one element is reflected in imbalances in the supporting or controlling elements. which represents elements that are deficient in chi. that Wood has a 20% excess of chi while Fire has a 60% deficiency etc. say. You can see that there are two scales running from zero.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 use this grid to simply and quickly find out about the state of each element: whether it is in balance. which elements are deficient. in increments of 10 points. which elements hold too much chi.with arbitrary percentages from 0% .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

” Jeannie. 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. 2002. Joanne. Her Wood was 100% excess . from a 'starting point' of view.” John. Some of them show a strong imbalance others less or minimal. England Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001.“I have been working with detecting energy imbalances and have found it quite amazing especially when the results became consistent. Earth -10. Water +20.5 elements book had come in. Obvious statement really. 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. Fire 0. She also had excessive Earth (20%) and excessive Water (60%). It all tied in with what is going on in her life. She is going through emotional upset and having trouble with her eyes.” Jeannie. Metal 0.” Ellen. but she confirmed so many things. England “Another client said she felt as if I had given her a whole bodywork like a massage. England “I am now doing 5eH imbalance detection on all of my clients.never before had I associated anger with her but when we discussed it she admitted to having a lot of anger buried deep inside. She was Wood -10. 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. 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. 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. and understood a bit more as the Acupuncture . I've noticed that the clients showing a strong imbalance tend to be those who have come with a specific ailment that they want me to concentrate on. England “I am really excited! Have done another 'detecting' on a new 'guinea pig'.” Ellen. Those who have just come for relaxation tend to be less strong in their imbalance. Once I got these two methods under control it was possible to confirm with dowsing. but is amazing to have it confirmed by their readings. 2003 71 . It is incredible and I said to Paul 'this really works!' and there is also far more to it (far reaching) than I ever thought.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2002. 2003 88 . Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 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.

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

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

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

2002. Follow this order: (1) Channel wood energy into the liver and gall bladder. We will concentrate (spend more time) on the elements that were most out of balance. as necessary. or creative visualisation. 5. If you don't start by finding out where the biggest imbalances are. This is on the right side of the recipient's upper abdomen. 2. Place your hands on the corresponding 'organs'. 3. Working on Organ pairs Now we can carry out the main part of the treatment. 3. then you will know whether each element needs to be boosted or depleted. 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. and getting the elements into a reasonable state of balance first. giving a treatment lasting about an hour. or intent. What we are going to do is to connect with the pairs of 'organs' that represent each element. 4. wrapping round the side of the torso where the rib cage stops. Channel fire energy into the heart and small intestine. 4. send the corresponding five element energy through them. Place your hands on the corresponding 'organs'. (2) Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 2. Rest both hands. overlapping each other. 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. 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. We will take about 50 minutes to complete the sequence. withdraw chi from the element/'organs' 5.1. 2003 92 . and it is safe to move on to flushing five element energies into each organ pair in turn. starting with 5-10 minutes resting our hands on the shoulders to get Reiki flowing and bringing the client into a nice relaxed state. or the elements that we feel need more attention based on what has happened during previous treatments. If you have dowsed in detail. then using the five element energies can create greater imbalances. Continue until you get the impression that balance has been achieved For the other elements. Once the elements are in balance. then they are 'stable'. over the liver area.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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