Personal Growth

What is Emotional Energy

By Albert E PerryJun 06, 2022

Working with Emotional Energy

Hi, my name is Al Perry. I work with emotional energy every day. Talk therapy is not my modality. What I do is one-on-one work with the body (a little like a massage – except  the client is clothed). My modality is clinical Medical Qigong. It’s one of the 5 branches of Chinese Medicine, similar to Acupuncture, except no needles are involved.

Rather than using acupuncture needles, that cannot give or receive any information, I search for blockages with my fingers in the channels called meridians. Unresolved emotions can show up in the body and manifest as what may feel like a knot in a muscle. I work on those as well, but a muscle knot is usually caused by thickened connective tissue called fascia.

The “emotional energy knot” will not respond to “conventional” techniques used for muscle and soft tissue issues. Therefore, one must palpate the area, and simultaneously ask questions to the client. Often, a story will arise that’s linked to an emotion. Depending on the area of the body, and the story told, we discover what kind of emotion may be stagnant or depleted.

Meridians and Emotional Energy

Each of these meridians are part of a system, or phase. It’s called The 5 Element System. It is one of the basic principals of Daoist or Chinese Medicine. Each phase has emotional energy that is associated with that particular element or phase.

There are constructive emotions that have energy we can use to accomplish things appropriate for that particular emotion.

Then, there are emotions that are destructive. If unresolved, they can get stuck as stagnant energy and become a source of those “emotional energy knots” as well as pain or disease. Addressed early on it can be easily resolved. However, if allowed to fester, the emotion can explode later, or worse, start affecting the associated organs in the phase where it is stagnant.

The 5 Phases and Their Emotions

5 Elements

The 5 Elements or Phases are: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. Emotions of the Wood phase are Anger as the destructive emotion and Courage as the constructive one. Fire has Anxiety as the destructive emotion and Joy as Fire’s constructive aspect. Earth’s are Worry as destructive, Patience and Concentration as constructive. Metal’s destructive emotion is Sadness or Grief, and the constructive is Optimism. Water’s are Depression and a feeling of not being good enough, in balance the constructive emotion is Endurance and Willpower.

Flow Versus Stagnation In Assessment

Flow is what I look for in treatment. When blood, qi, lymph and digestion flow, the emotions have a better chance to be balanced as well. If one will listen to a person’s words while also noticing subtleties in their speech, information about the person’s issues are there to ascertain. As they walk into your presence, take note of their posture and countenance, skin color and if their eyes are clear. If their pain is difficult to determine I check the tongue and pulse.

All of these observations hold clues to the flow of energy. If there is a blockage, it will show up in some physical trait. Maybe there is something in the person’s gait, or body temperature, how they hold themselves, if you observe the body, it will show you.

Traditional medicine is all about blood work now. I always have a personal an annual check-up with my doctor. However, for me it is a validation that I’m doing the right things for my vehicle. I’m always amazed when my doctor is so much more interested in what the blood test results are, than how I appear.

My doctor is a good person. He follows what he’s taught. Our doctors are not getting taught how to “see” into a person’s vehicle (body), to get clues as to what’s going on with their patient. It’s a little sad for me, but all I can do is try to pass on what I know before I leave my vehicle and move on to the next phase, whatever that holds.

Worry vs Patience

I don’t allow myself to worry about when or how this journey will come to an end. Worry, to reiterate, is stagnant Earth energy. When one worries, they put their focus, and thus their energy into the future. When this occurs for any of us, our energy is not here in this present moment where it can help us. With the Earth element, it’s energy helps process the nutrients we take in to give us our daily Qi. The symptoms of worry are digestion issues, Gerd and stomach ulcers. Worry also affects our intuition and our self-image.

When the Earth energy is flowing and not stagnant, we know everything is OK. We have the patience and concentration to do our day. We only need to take care of one day at a time. Earth’s season is Late Summer, Harvest time. There is abundance everywhere, no need for worry. Worrying about the future is a waste of precious Qi.

Take your time to allow a situation to unfold. Worrying is different from preparing. Preparing is an action you take in-the-moment. Worry is a non-action that just makes you sick to your stomach, which is, by the way, the Yang organ of the Earth phase. It’s important to know that everything, even during your greatest challenge, can be used for your benefit.

Earth Element and Worry Video

Anxiety vs The Joy of Life

Here is a blog that I’ve written about anxiety, so I won’t go into great detail here, other than Anxiety is a Fire phase emotion when it is stagnant and when flowing you can experience the Joy of being alive!

Anger vs Courage

Anger, of course, is the most volatile of the destructive emotions. When the common irritations and annoyances aren’t dealt with as they arise, they fester and become Stagnant Liver Qi. Suddenly a person erupts, seeming over a very small issue. There’s an example of stagnant liver Qi in action. The Liver is the Yin organ of the Wood phase. Usually someone’s ego is the underlying issue. The ego needs a job to do, otherwise it wants to be in charge of everything, and there is only one task that it does really well that is beneficial to us: Courage. To employ courage is the same strong powerful energy as anger, but it is channeled to get things done that need to be done for us. Courage is the energy that gets us started. It’s season is Spring, when everything starts over.

The Wood Element and Anger

Depression vs Living in Abundance

Depression, I’ve also written about so please check out that blog.

Depression, or the feeling of not being good enough, and that self talk that is always putting you down is the sign of depleted Water element. Most emotions that are imbalanced, that I bring up in this article, are so because of stagnation.

When those energies are stagnant, is when the QI of that particular element is not flowing. With the Water phase, when Water is depleted, it doesn’t flow, like in a drought. Water can be stagnant too, that’s when we see infection. It will show up as damp heat, feverish sweats.

This is not an emotion, it is a disease. Depletion in the Water element is lack, feeling good not enough, not rich enough, not recognized. When water is flowing it is determined, nothing will stop it, any obstacle will most likely get worn down that’s in Water’s path, or Water will find a way around it. Willpower and Endurance are Water’s constructive emotions. Winter is Water’s season.

Here’s a YouTube Video on getting out of depression with a 5 minute Qigong.

Grief vs Understanding and Hope

Grief, and Sadness are of the Metal phase. This phase, also associated with Autumn, is about letting go of what no longer serves you or is available. We grieve when we don’t want to let go. It’s OK to grieve in-the-moment of loss. Cry, and let it go, with gratitude for the time whatever or whomever was in your life.

You now have the lessons and experiences from whomever or whatever you have lost, It is now time to move on and use them to honor the relationship that is no longer part of this physical realm. Continued and prolonged grieving dishonors that person place or thing that is now gone. If you can just let go of the attachment to the physicality of who or what you lost, your life will then be able to be filled with Optimism and Hope, which are the constructive emotions of the Metal phase.

A YouTube video on the Metal element and grief.

We Are Part Of Nature

To conclude, i just want you to notice that Nature and 5 Phase Medicine are synonymous with each other. This medicine looks at our vehicle or body like a garden, or a part of nature, not separated from it. Traditional medicine has become more like a mechanic looking at a machine. Maybe the body is bio mechanical, but it is also tied into our greater environment. Everything that we do to or for our body, affects the whole of Nature. Everything that we do to or for Nature, affects our bodies. I hope this has given some insight. There is a 5 minute YouTube video on the subject as well, on my Qigong4Mindset channel. Here’s the link: YouTube Video on Emotional Energy

To Your Health and Well-being!

Al Perry

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  1. Hi Mr. Perry:

     I think your post is profound and interesting, I have great respect for Chinese medicine, I’ve been aware of a few branches of Chinese medicine , as you mentioned. On my side of the world also known as alternative medicine. I will definitely share this post with my daughter, recently became an M.D. and that is how I came to know about it.  She’s done some acupuncture during her studies leaning now into homeopathic medicine. Undoubtedly Quigong sounds deep into discovering  inner emotions and how they may leave scars if not discovered or treated.

    thanks very much for sharing !!!

    1. Thanks for your comments! I’m happy that the article was useful. I’d love to hear your daughters comments as well. I hope you stay strong and healthy! What a gift to have a doctor as a daughter. I’m sure you made many sacrifices to help her along the way!

      Be well!


  2. Emotional energy is so important. This is something I feel with my partner, this is how I know that she’s the one. This article will help a lot of people who don’t know what emotional energy is. Some of them are going through it but do not know that they are so this article will help them 

    1. That’s great, Daniel, I’m glad this was helpful! Enjoy the wonderful energy you get when your with your partner. 

  3. Hi Albert, what a wonderful read! I love learning about Chinese medicine – the concept of Qi is fascinating to me and the effectiveness of Chinese medical practices like acupuncture and Qi Gong to treat disease are getting confirmed by modern science ever day!

    I consider it a tragedy that so many wonderful human beings today want to do good and live full alnd joyful lives, yet are unable to because of their inability to process stagnant emotions. We repeat hurtful cycles again and again, yet only a few of us have the presence to pause, observe and question our choices. 

     As someone who has dealt with their own stagnant emotional energy, I can write from experience when I say that if we want to change our lives we need to heal ourselves hollistically – mind and body through spirit. Healing ourselves is one of the most important things we can do in this life – second only to loving God and our neighbors as ourselves.

    Thank you for communicating this wisdom, I wish you much success in your practice.


  4. I love this article as I am just now discovering Qi Gong and the effects of energy in the body. Experiencing flow and connection to other vibrations and energies has deeply impacted me as of late and has even helped me through some anxiety. Are there simple practices we can use each day to stay connected and replenished in energy? I am so curious about this ideology and would love any insight on how to start integrating this into daily practice.

    1. Hi Rachel. I’m glad this was helpful! I have a YouTube video that provides an exercise. On my channel, there are several 5 minute videos that should help you integrate a daily practice. Here’s the link to the exercise for depression. Have fun with it. Use your imagination. The imagery breathing and movement retrains your mind.

  5. Whew, working with emotional energy can be a heavy task with some people. I think you are on to something big with the importance you give to the state of flow that the person is in. I have had to deal with an extremely emotionally manipulative person in my life, and they are often coming from a place of personal stagnation when things towards other people get the ugliest. This has added some perspective. Thank you.

    1. I’m happy this was helpful. Coming soon on my YouTube channel are exercises for each element that affect certain emotions. Subscribe and turn on notifications so you know when they come out.

      Good luck with the manipulative person in your life. It can be a burden, foe certain!

      Stay well and strong!


      Al’s YouTube channel

  6. Hi Al. This is very interesting to me. Some years ago I was diagnosed as having anxiety attacks and I went through all the therapies I heard about. I was also dosed with medication and did a lot of massage and reflexology. Because I am not much into taking of pills, my search brought me to treatments like you have described here. Those knots that challenged the masseuse needed a different kind of treatment, that of the energy medicine type where the action is removing of blocks. Where can I get your book to purchase ?

  7. Hi and thanks for sharing this fascinating information. I have had lower back issues since my early 20s that stem from a slipped disc. Now 40 years later I have been getting regular chiropractic care to try to halt the deterioration. It works very well but chiropractic treatment is a comparatively recent innovation. It does have the advantage that chiropractic care is covered in part by my insurance and is widely available. Is the kind of therapy that you do, widely available and if so how would you recognize it? Are there different schools of the techniques that you use? And is any of it covered by health insurance plans in the US?   Sorry to overload you with the questions. Best regards, Andy

    1. Thanks for commenting, Andy! I’m sorry you’re dealing with your back issue. I’m my clinic, I use a combination of Qigong, which uses the same meridian system as acupuncture, and structural integration. This myofascial work uses myofascial release and fascia lengthening through  passive stretching. I wouldn’t say it’s widely available. I bring 10 – 15 modalities to my table. To maintain the health of the back of find a myofascial release therapist near you. I’ll be making a water Element video soon, so subscribe to my channel and ok the notifications. Then you’ll know when I have new content. I’ll leave a video of basic clearing exercises. Be well, and to your health! 

  8. Wow!  This is an amazing article and it covers so much that I have never considered before now.  I like the ways you talk about dealing with negative energy in your video but I’m also very interested in seeing someone about the possibility of my having long-standing stagnation.  I googled clinical Medical Qigong but there is no one near me who does that.  Is it possible to achieve results remotely?  Or is this strictly in-person therapy?

    1. Hi Cynthia, I’m happy to hear you resonated with the article and video. I can meet with you on zoom to chat and see if it’s a good fit for us to work together to resolve you’re stagnant unresolved emotional energy blockages. Usually once we identify where it resides and what it affects, I can give you the Qigongs to do daily with Imagery and Affirmations so you move the energy and reprogram how you respond to triggers.

      What time zone are you living in? We can schedule something I’d you like, no charge for the consult.

      Be well!


  9. Hi, I have several family members who have suffered with their mental health over the past few years , triggers are usually stress and anxiety and they have resisted traditional medication to help prevent further episodes – After reading your post I can see how emotional therapy may be a great alternative in helping to manage on a day to day basis so will certainly be forwarding this link to them.

  10. You are right, everything we do does affect our bodies.  And we only have one, so we need to take care of it.  I believe that emotional energy is a huge factor in how well our body performs or reacts to certain things in our lives.  It’s an ongoing process for me to stay well balanced.

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting. Yes, our emotions affect our bodies as well how we treat our body is reflected in our emotional health. Using our emotional energy to manifest, rather than just spew, will make a happier person and a more balanced world. We create our world that we see.

      Be well, Leahrae, and thrive!


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