Five Interactive Emotions
By Michael Turk
Several years ago my office manager slumped into work with red-rimmed eyes on a gray, rainy day and announced, “I just came from the vet. Snoopy’s been hit by a car and he’s critical.” She sobbed, “I can’t work, but I hate to leave you in the lurch. I’m afraid I won’t be able to talk to patients without crying.”
“That’s understandable,” I replied. “How about an ear needle for your emotions?”
“Ooooh, good idea,” she said with a sigh.
Mary had a strong fire energy, which meant she came from her heart. That made her a great office manager. She ruled the front office with awareness of the patients and their needs while at the same time managing the therapists and her demanding boss.
Mary was always happy and spoke with a melodic tone in her voice. She knew when to worry about a situation and when to let go. But now Mary had deep emotional tension; she feared losing her dog.
I needled the lung and kidney points for grief and fear to harmonize them with the heart point (her basic nature) to calm her distress.
As I was inserting the ear needles, I said, “Let’s talk about the patient schedule and who might cover your shift. That’ll take about five minutes—enough time for the ear needle to do its magic. Then if you still want to go home, I can handle it.”
Five minutes later she exclaimed, “I feel good. I think I’d rather stay—there’s nothing I can do about Snoopy, and I’d rather keep myself busy until I hear from the vet.”
I smiled, “Sounds good.”
Then she asked, “What did you do? I am still concerned but I don’t feel stressed anymore. So I’m curious; how does it work?”
I directed her, “Look at this chart of the five elements. It has the corresponding colors, viscera, and emotions. Notice the arrows pointing clockwise; they show the order of production and the arrows forming a star inside show the order of control.”
I continued, “To harmonize your emotions I inserted the ear needles in your ear’s kidney and lung points. Grief, the emotion of the lung, produces fear, the emotion of the kidney. The adrenalin from the gland above your kidney produces the feeling of fear. Fear then controls and inhibits joy in the heart. Reduced joy in the heart fails to control the feeling of loss produced by the lungs. Fear, joy, and loss become a vicious cycle easily harmonized with ear needles.”
I happened to be teaching a class on understanding the five emotions and invited her to sit in. In my class for nurses, acupuncturists, and massage therapists, the five elements and yin/yang principles are used to understand human emotions and how this knowledge applies when treating clients and patients. Why don’t you, dear reader, join me for my next five emotions class? Contact Michael Turk at 530-213-3332 or see ad in this issue.