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

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

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Section 1: Background Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diagram: How the Elements Interconnect The Nourishment Cycle (Moving clockwise round the circle) The Control Cycle (Follow the arrows: one element controls the other) FIRE WOOD EARTH WATER METAL Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 2003 12 . 2002.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2003 33 . Spicy Nose Mucus Nose Dryness Weeping Skin and Body Hair Skin and Body Hair to Cough Rotten Salty Urethra and Anus Saliva Ears Cold Groaning Bones and Bone Marrow Head Hair to Create Trembling Putrid Willpower and Ambition Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. 2002.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. There may also be an urgency to urinate during this period. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Detecting imbalances through touch By palpating the Hara you can gauge whether there is too much or too little chi in each element. If Wood is jitsu. Use both hands. Comparing Fire and Earth Comparing Water and Wood Here is a suggested routine: 1. Now move on to another element. If Metal feels jitsu. say Metal. 2003 64 . 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. then compare it with the element that felt kyo last time: which is the most kyo… remember that element as the most deficient. then compare its quality with the most kyo element that you have found so far. If an area feels hard or springy there may be too much Chi in that element (jitsu). The abdomen area is touched lightly in the areas corresponding to the elements. If Metal feels kyo. Start by comparing. 2002. Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. or the greatest deficiency. This approach focuses one on the element with the greatest excess. If there is too little Chi then the area may feel the opposite (kyo): there will be an empty or sinking quality. say Wood. Fire and Earth. then compare its quality with the most jitsu element that you have found so far. If it is kyo. with the middle three fingertips. Now move on to another element. of chi. and decide which element is now the most kyo that you have yet come across. 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. say. or a lack of reaction. Which is kyo and which is jitsu? Rest one hand on one element and the other hand on the other element. 2.

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

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

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

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

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

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

” John. Those who have just come for relaxation tend to be less strong in their imbalance. but she confirmed so many things.” Ellen. She also had excessive Earth (20%) and excessive Water (60%). 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. Obvious statement really. Of the three methods I found the tactile Hara diagnosis the most difficult but realise it is a matter of letting go and trusting in one's very first impression. She was Wood -10. 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. Water +20. Wales “I did a balancing on Caron yesterday (she did Reiki years ago and practices reflexology now) she was the most 'balanced' person I've had yet.never before had I associated anger with her but when we discussed it she admitted to having a lot of anger buried deep inside. 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. 2003 71 . from a 'starting point' of view. 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. Her Wood was 100% excess . Earth -10.” Jeannie. but is amazing to have it confirmed by their readings. Metal 0. Once I got these two methods under control it was possible to confirm with dowsing. Some of them show a strong imbalance others less or minimal. Fire 0. 2002.5 elements book had come in. She is going through emotional upset and having trouble with her eyes. It all tied in with what is going on in her life. England Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001. England “Another client said she felt as if I had given her a whole bodywork like a massage.“I have been working with detecting energy imbalances and have found it quite amazing especially when the results became consistent. England “I am now doing 5eH imbalance detection on all of my clients. England “I am really excited! Have done another 'detecting' on a new 'guinea pig'.” Ellen. Joanne. and understood a bit more as the Acupuncture . 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.” Jeannie.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2003 94 . 1988 ISBN 0-87040-672-8 Anyone Can Dowse for Better Health Arthur Bailey Quantum 1999 ISBN 0-572-02461-4 How to See Your Health: Book of Oriental Diagnosis Michio Kushi Japan Publications Inc. 1980 ISBN 0-87040-467-9 Five Element Healing © Taggart King 2001.Recommended Reading Traditional Acupuncture: The Law of the Five Elements Dianne M Connelly Traditional Acupuncture Institute 1994 ISBN 0-912381-03-5 Macrobiotic Palm Healing Michio Kushi with Olivia Oredson Japan Publications Inc. 2002.

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

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

Do this several times. and then abruptly withdraw your hand upwards as if unblocking a drain with a plunger. 2002. or the tips of a few fingers Making a series of very small circles. 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. Your intention is to draw chi into the affected area. Fire energy is seen as penetrating but also moving upwards. 2003 97 . Fire Energy The hand movements are as follows: • Press down firmly with your palm to penetrate the area below. for example 'cupping'. 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. using heated glass bowls. 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. The example is given of blood draining away from an area. Metal movements are seen to be useful when an injury or inner disturbance has caused chi to disperse. Chinese Doctors use heat to draw 'poison' from the body. leaving it weak and cold. working inwards along the 'spoke' towards the central point. To deal with this blockage. No guidance is given regarding clockwise or anticlockwise movements. one would be able to do the same thing using the heat of one's open palm. wood movements .Wood Energy The hand movements are as follows: • • Stroking with your whole hand away from a central point.away from the centre . 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. Metal Energy The hand movements are as follows: • • • Stroking with your whole hand towards a central point.

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

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