The Five Elemental Chakras of Polarity Therapy ~ The Negative Pole of the Fundamental Field® of Advanced Energy Medicine © 2003, 2010 by Maggie Begley & Richard Metz It has long been held by many ancient traditions of the
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5 Elemental Chakras

by Maggie on July 24, 2011

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The Five Elemental Chakras of Polarity Therapy ~ The Negative Pole of the Fundamental Field® of Advanced Energy Medicine

© 2003, 2010 by Maggie Begley & Richard Metz

It has long been held by many ancient traditions of the world that universal Life-Energy comes from a spiritual source which pervades all creation. This spiritual energy enters and exits the body through the forehead at what is referred to as the “third eye”. It then flows outward and downward into the body, in prescribed pathways, giving it animation. According to Dr. Richard Metz, the pattern which arranges this subtle Life-Energy, organizing matter into the forms and functions of life, is called the “Fundamental Field® (of Advanced Energy Medicine)”This Field has three major Poles:  Positive, Neutral, and Negative. The Fundamental Field of Life-Energy encompasses the entire mind/emotions (both conscious and unconscious), body and spirit of each individual. What is known as Polarity Therapy (developed in the 1950’s by Dr. Randolph Stone) primarily addresses the energy flowing through the body, at its midline. This is considered by Dr. Metz to represent the Negative Pole of the Fundamental Field. All of the information here is based on Dr. Metz’ theory, which has taken Dr. Stone’s vision of Polarity Therapy to the next level.

At the Negative Pole of the Fundamental Field, the energy criss-crosses, creating the caduceus, which in turn houses five distinct Chakra Centers. These Chakra Centers are like large-scale electrons, each with a negative electrostatic charge, and as they spin they create the subtle magnetic fields of the body. In doing so, each Chakra gives rise to a different Element. Each Element then, is a manifestation of polarized subtle Life-Energy vibrating at different frequencies within the body, thus affecting it in different ways.

The Polarity Therapy Elements/Chakras are known as: Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. (They are not the same as the Acupuncture Elements/Chakras: Metal, Fire, Wood, Earth, and Water. Those are part of the Neutral Pole of the Fundamental Field and have different functions/associations). The majority of energy blocks are here in the Negative Pole Chakras, the storehouse of mostly unconscious emotional energy that we’ve developed since conception. This unconscious energy is what drives our Conscious Mind, the Positive Pole, and helps to form the attitudes, beliefs, conflicts and stresses we experience as a result. Any issue (such as abuse, abandonment, need and/or enmeshment) with a person, place and/or thing, can affect any Chakra. We may feel discomfort in our body, mind, or emotions, but most of us aren’t in touch with how they are connected. If we were aware of the deeper causes and connections, we wouldn’t have the problem. The first step is to grasp our issues intellectually and to understand, at least conceptually. The rest will follow naturally as it should in due time, as determined by our system. How much bodywork a person needs usually correlates with how much psychological energy is tied up in the problem. Sometimes the bodywork is done first to get the energy moving in the right direction, and sometimes changes in lifestyle need to come first in order to change the energy. (That would be determined prior to, or upon your consultation/visit).

All five Elements exist within all five of the Chakras. Like a yummy layered cake, each piece of the cake has five levels within in it. So, in each Chakra piece we have a ‘layer’ of each of the five Elemental Levels of energy. Per Dr. Metz’ Fundamental Field Theory:

Ether represents the Level of Psychology.

Air is the Level of Motion.

Fire is the Level of Physiological Motivation.

Water is Level of Biochemistry.

Earth is the Level of Structure.

Every Element exists within every cell of our body (for more information on anatomy/physiology click here); however, the following are some of the predominant reflex associations/reflex areas for each Element:

Ether/#5 Throat Chakra: Communication, self-expression, self-worth, acceptance, acknowledgement, connection with spirit, identity, space, boundaries, time, travel, organization and ambiance. Grief. Pride and jealously. Humility. Expansiveness, openness, stillness, silence. The sense of hearing, the art of music and Feng Shui, the color blue, the gemstone Moonstone. Reflex areas: Neck, throat, mouth, teeth, ears, face, hair, skin, joints, thyroid, body cavities, the midline, thumbs and big toes. Auto-immune system, sensitivity, addiction and sleep disorders. Foods: Blue food, such as Blueberries, as well as uplifting (comfort) food, presented artfully, in a beautiful setting.

Air/#4 Heart Chakra: Love, affection, emotional and mental support, desires of the heart. Passing judgment. Sadness and disappointment. Envy. Compassion, charity and empathy. Movement, gentleness, lightness, quickness, mental acuity (being too “in your head” or “air-headed”). High-pitched, fast sounds, the sense of touch, the art of dance, the color green, the gemstone Emerald. Slender-build/wiry body types. (Gemini/Libra/Aquarius natures). Reflex areas: Tops of shoulders, thymus, mid-back, kidneys, calves, ankles, index fingers and toes. Nervous, respiratory, circulatory and immune systems. Foods: Green food and food that grows 6 feet or more above ground (fruits, seeds, nuts), sour tastes.

Fire/#3 Solar Plexus Chakra: Personal power, control, authority, will. Vitality and enthusiasm. Transformations. Anger, rage, frustration and resentment. Overwork and physical exertion. Forgiveness. Expansiveness, brightness, warmth. Loud and staccato sounds, the sense of sight, the art of painting, the color yellow, the gemstone Coral. Medium-build, muscular/athletic body types. (Aries/Leo/Sagittarius natures). Reflex areas: Forehead, eyes, solar plexus, liver, pancreas, umbilicus, thighs, middle fingers and toes. Metabolism and digestive system (absorption). Stress response (head – Conscious Mind). Foods: Yellow foods or foods growing 2-6 feet above the ground (grains, legumes, seeds), bitter tastes.

Water/#2 Sacral Chakra: Bonding, physical nurturing, home-life/family, being parented and parenting. Attachment and letting go. Lust and gluttony. Creativity, sexuality, sensuality, emotional acuity. Fluidity, flowing, smoothness. Smooth and slow sounds, the sense of taste, the art of cuisine and cooking, the color orange, the gemstone Pearl. Rounded/overweight body types. (Cancer/Scorpio/Pisces natures). Reflex areas: Breasts, chest, shoulder blades, pelvic and sacral areas, bladder, feet, secretory glands, ring fingers and toes. Reproductive, immune and lymphatic systems. Foods: Growing from ground-level to 2 feet (leafy vegetables, melons, cucumber, squash, orange foods), salty tastes.

Earth/#1 Root Chakra: Basic survival (material needs: career, money, food, clothing, shelter, possessions). Fear and greed. Insecurity and worry. Courage and generosity. Slow, steady, secure, grounded, structured, crystallized. Deep, droning sounds, the sense of smell, the art of aromatherapy and sculpture, the color red, the gemstone Ruby. Thick neck, large-build, strong body types. (Taurus/Virgo/Capricorn natures). Reflex areas: Neck, adrenals, coccyx, knees, pinky fingers and toes. Digestive (elimination) and bones/skeletal systems. Stress response (adrenal). Foods: Growing below the ground (tubers and root vegetables), sweet tastes.

So as you can see, even though we categorize things so that we can understand them better, that does not mean they are independent from one another. We often try to break complex things down into parts, but in reality every one and every thing is intra- and inter-connected, as well as intra- and inter-dependent, including our own selves!!

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Jodi April 30, 2017 at 8:48 pm

I was working with a man doing Energy healing workshop in Montréal. This man was teaching Polarity Using reiki techniques…Insisting that is it what you want it to be…Let’s just say..I moved on..He tried convincing me that one can teach without certification. ..All kinds of fraud in Maine Lol This seems alot more legit than what he was selling..✌?

Maggie May 2, 2017 at 2:22 am

Thank you very much, Jodi, for taking the time to stop in and comment. We appreciate your input. Dr. Metz is working hard on his book and seminars to come. He hopes to address the many problems/discrepancies that occur in the healthcare community. He has answers that unify, in theory and practice. He is very grounded in that way.

Dr. Metz has helped me greatly and it’s a privilege for me to be able to assist in carrying out his vision with our work.

Paula Caplan May 31, 2017 at 1:29 am

Hello Dr. Metz and Colleagues,

I wonder if you could clarify some confusion I have. I was taught that the chakras that correlate to the fingers and toes are as you described above (root-little finger or toe; sacral-ring; solar plexus-middle; heart-index; thumb-throat). However, others insist that the proper teaching is as described below.
The fingers that correspond to the chakras are:-

Little finger = Heart chakra.
Ring finger = Third Eye chakra.
Middle finger = Solar Plexus chakra.
First finger = Throat chakra.
Thumb = Sacral / Sexual chakra.
Heel of Palm / Wrist junction = Root chakra.
Center of Palm = Crown chakra.

I appreciate if you could clarify my main question, but if you have time I am also curious about the following questions. Also, if different schools of thought such as Polarity Therapy, EFT, TCM, and so forth were to have different beliefs on what chakra is associated with what, how could that be given underlying energetic realities? Could you help me understand which is proper and how to reconcile when different schools of thought have different beliefs about these things? Also are you familiar with the research that came out of South Korea a couple of years ago that found physical points that basically align with the meridians, supposedly the first time physical evidence of these points was identified? And if so, what are your thoughts about this research? Thank you, Paula

Maggie June 3, 2017 at 4:59 am

Hello Paula, Maggie here. Thank you for stopping by and for your interest in our work. I thought it best to defer to Dr. Metz in answer of your questions. He is indeed very busy at the moment with patients and trying to finish his book, but I had a quick word with him and here is his reply to your question:

“I believe that these inconsistencies stem from the fact that there are two distinct sets of elements in Traditional Energy
Medicine. One set is described by Polarity Therapy and Ayurveda: ETHER, AIR, FIRE, WATER and EARTH (capitalized here only to avoid confusion with the other set). The other set is described by Acupuncture and Jin Shin: metal, earth, fire, water and wood. Many will try and equate one set with the other (i.e., ETHER = metal, or FIRE = fire). These equations are incorrect. When this mistake occurs, one set of elements becomes associated with the elemental patterns of the other set. Inconsistencies are created in this way and are exacerbated as different ways to equate the two sets of elements, causing more confusion. No, I haven’t heard of the South Korean study.”

I would add that it is true that though ETHER does not equal metal, Thumbs = ETHER as well as metal, and Big Toes = ETHER as well as wood, as the energy pathways due overlap. This is why Dr. Metz’ Fundamental Field Theory is unique/revolutionary, in that it recognizes these different disciplines, and shows how they are distinct from one another though linked together and work as a whole…as opposed to, as the analogy goes, just seeing the trunk or the tail of the elephant and thinking it’s the whole animal. (I think it’s a bit like in Western Medicine, which breaks everything into subsets of specialty medicine, and sometimes ignores how one part effects the other). With Fundamental Field Theory/Therapy, we are not diminishing these individual systems, rather we hope the whole lot can be elevated through better understanding of connection. I’m curious about the South Korean study and will see if I can find out what it was about.

You may like to check out my other post, “FF in a Nutshell”, which includes my brief description and a drawing of the Field by Dr. Metz.

Best wishes to you.

Paula Caplan July 14, 2017 at 3:18 pm

Hi Maggie,

I appreciate your response and am sorry for my delayed response. I didn’t see the response until just now. I left the window open and found it here (not sure if I would have seen it otherwise)…my issues with technology…

The South Korean study was cited on the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology’s (ACEP) website. and I just googled it because I couldn’t find it on the site at the moment. Research about the primo vascular system and Dr. Bong-Han Kim’s research from the 60’s came up, along with references the South Korean study. I hope that helps your find the relevant study. I have only a preliminary understanding of the concepts and little time to read all the articles but it’s fascinating. I look forward to continuing to learn more. I will check out the other article you mentioned. Your thoughtful response is much appreciated. Have a great day!

Thanks again!


Paula Caplan July 14, 2017 at 3:20 pm

Hi Maggie,

I included info from one of the articles that came up when I googled the info.

Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Volume 2, Issue 2, June 2009, Pages 93-106
open access
Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Review Article
Bonghan Circulatory System as an Extension of Acupuncture Meridians
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Biomedical Physics Laboratory, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
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Maggie July 14, 2017 at 4:22 pm

Hi Paula,
Thank you very much Paula for taking the time to share this info.

Maggie July 14, 2017 at 4:25 pm

Hi Paula,
No worries. I have my issues with technology as well! I manage my own Blog, but this one’s a little more complicated. I’ll have our webmaster make a ‘notify me’ button for any replies we give…if it’s not there already, or not working.

I love having all this info at our fingertips. But, it is a bit overwhelming in all directions. Lol.
Sincere Best Wishes,

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