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The Five Elements & Reiki: Water = Fear

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I mentioned in my earlier post “An Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine” that I have created a Reiki healing system based on working with the “Five Elements” of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). In a series of articles I’m going to be talking about different aspects of the Five Elements and how they impinge on people’s lives: how imbalances in the five elements can show themselves as physical conditions and particular emotions and states of mind.

I have written about how the elements support and control each other through the nourishment and control cycles, I’ve spoken about the meridians and body organs that relate to each element, and outlined the main emotions that derive from Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.

Today we are going to focus in more detail on the emotion of Water…

About Fear

The emotion of Water is fear, which is a healthy and natural response to dangerous situations, a normal and adaptive human emotion. We fear something concrete, recognise the danger in time, and we take action to get away from something that is threatening to us. Fear ensures our survival.

But anxiety and terror are more intense because they are emotional states where the threat can’t be assessed properly, and in fact the threat may be imaginary. Anxiety exists when a threat can’t be judged correctly, or may no longer exist. We develop anxiety when we isolate ourselves and we aren’t in harmony with things and people around us any more. Being able to ‘resonate’ with our environment is a characteristic of Water: to be soft, to surrender oneself and to not offer any resistance.

So a serious imbalance in Water can show itself as panic attacks, paranoia, a persecution complex, fear of the dark, a variety of phobias or even a general amorphous feeling of dread or foreboding, a pervading sense of anxiety about life. We may become rigid, immovable and paralysed by fear.

Fear involves holding on to an anxiety rather than letting it go and, rather like a river that has been dammed; one can feel overwhelmed, inundated, sinking into despair. Only when the anxiety has been released can we move forward.


Interested in finding out more?

I am currently working on a new book: “Five Element Reiki”. You can see a mock-up of the book to the right:

If you would like me to let you know when the book is available to order, send an e-mail to

The book will be available on Kindle, as an eBook (PDF) and as a professionally-printed book.

It will run to about 300 pages, I think.

There will also be live training courses in Five Element Reiki.













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