Chinese Five Elements theory teaches that the five elements (known as Five Rhythms in Eden Energy Medicine) have relationships with each other that govern how they interact. This graphic illustrates the flow and control cycles.
Around the flow cycle, Water nourishes Wood, which feeds Fire; the ashes support the Earth, which gives rise to Metal, and Metal supports Water.
Around the Control Cycle, Water controls Fire, Fire melts Metal, Metal chops Wood, Wood controls Earth, and Earth controls Water.
When you start to explore the emotional roles the meridians in each rhythm play, you see how balance in the flow and control cycle can aid equilibrium in the emotional world.
Each Element or Rhythm is the realm of two or more meridians, as follows:
Each meridian has an emotional role:
Depression, lack of emotion
Controlling, Rigid, Obsessive
You can find a more detailed description of the emotions in each meridian HERE
I use energy testing to assess the strength of the relationships between the elements in your energetic system. This is a method I choose when people are struggling with persistent emotional issues.
For example, if a client presents with a persistent feeling of anger or resentment, I know that there are issues in the Wood Rhythm. If they are having panic attacks or depression, there are issues in Fire. If they are worrying, over-sensitive or stuck in low self-esteem, there are Earth issues. If they can't move out of grief, or can't let go of an issue that is out of their control, then Metal is involved. If they are avoidant, withdrawing or fearful, their issues involve Water.
With energy testing I will discover which 'flows and controls' are not strong, or which elements are not communicating as they should. I will then use an acupressure technique to balance the rhythms while the client thinks and reflects about the issue, fully experiencing the emotions that are involved. The client may choose to talk about what is going on in their life to provoke these emotions, but that is not actually necessary. Thinking about the issue while bringing balance is usually enough.
As with most of the techniques I use, I will usually give the client some simple exercises they can do at home to reinforce the energetic changes. Usually this will involve simple tapping, drawing figure eights, or holding specific points on the head.
People usually find they have much greater access to their emotional resources after the Flow and Control Cycles are balanced.
Flow and Control work is easy to do by Distance methods, so even if you can't see me in person, you can still benefit from this work!