Dragons are the stuff of legends and depending on the part of the world you hail from your cultural perspective and deeper connection with dragons may differ. Are they the nemesis that must be slain, as in the tale of St George? Are dragons more like Smaug, fire-breathing and treasure-guarding? Most dragons in the mainstream media in the West are terrors and evil, with a few exceptions such as Puff the Magic Dragon and Falcor from The Neverending Story.
Regardless of their origins, it is undeniable that dragons are powerful and supremely intelligent ancient creatures not to be dismissed. Some say dragons exist in another dimensional realm and many people work with dragon energy. Whether you believe they are only mystical beings that exist only in fairytales and folklore, you may still consider working with them as archetypes, symbols, Chinese Medicine treatment, Earth work and as transformational and ancient wisdom energies.
Dragons as Archetypes
Caroline Myss, from her myth-travelling, broadly categorizes Dragons as Western and Eastern Archetypes. The Western Dragon is the masculine, the animus, left-brain, winged, cave-dwelling, and fire-breathing. The Eastern Dragon is the feminine, the anima, right-brain, earth-bound, and aquatic in origin. The Western Dragon represents the Fire and Air elements, and the Eastern Dragon, Earth and Water elements.
Existing within us are both Dragons with all their qualities and the four elements. We can thus view ourselves and our consciousness as the fifth element, Space/Ether, the container.
Archetypes are primordial patterns or impulses which pre-exist human consciousness and from which all meaningful drives, desires, instinctive survival reactions to the environment and familiar patterns of behaviour.
If “power is a fundamental ingredient in life” as Caroline Myss says, then working with perhaps the ultimate symbol of power, the Dragon, can have tremendous implications and effects.
Here are some questions we can ask ourselves and observe :
Are your two inner Dragon energies balanced and expressed constructively and creatively? Do the most fitting and useful Dragon appear when we require their help? Or do they just run amok of their accord?
If we take the Fire dragon as an example – Is your Fire Dragon burning down the bridges in your life? Is the passion of the Fire Element been so ignored that your rage and self-judgement are literally and metaphorically incinerating your relationships and environment? Has your beautiful Dragon turned into a monster and how can we rebalance it and direct its monstrosity of a power into purposeful and intentional use?
If we look at the symptoms as a bodily (physical, emotional) manifestation of a disturbance or a disharmony in the consciousness, we can easily use the symptoms as clues to the true underlying illness. Dr Rudiger Dalkhe, author of The Healing Power of Illness, believes that what we call illnesses is but one illness and it exists on the level of the consciousness. Illness exists when there is a disruption or a disharmony, when we polarize our perspective, while demonizing one pole of existence.
If a person, for example, is struggling with skin issues – rashes, hives, and other inflammation, that person can look at this as a fire element disorder, a question of Mars energy, and a lung imbalance as entry points to assess what on the level of the consciousness is out of balance.
The Fire Element
In the case of the fire element, how are we living our passion and our creativity? Are we putting life into action?
The Mars Archetype
The principle of Mars is aggression. What do you think of and how do you feel when you read the word “aggression.”
Aggression has very negative connotations. It brings to mind bullying, warfare, unprovoked and unjustified attack, and brutality. This is but a polarized experience of this energy.
The energy and archetype of Mars and aggression is also being bold, vigorous, confident, and assertive in action and pursuit of goals. Are we able to use this energy to effect what we desire to create in life?
This fiery energy is essential for our health, for example, in the form of a fever that is an immune system mobilization against a foreign substance. Fevers are a natural and important part of the body’s return to homeostasis. Our modern efforts to curb fevers at first sign have suppressive effects. What happens when we suppress our fire? Look around, it is easy to see.
If we take the organ/meridian approach, we can look at the lungs as the skin is related to the lungs. We can contemplate where we are uncomfortable with the interface between our inner and outer worlds. The lungs, with the breath, is about taking in elements from the outside world. What of the outer world are we afraid of? What are we unable to take in and integrate what we need and eliminate what is not useful? It is also about inspiration, taking in life force. Where are we afraid to be in the world, to be visible?
Working with the Elements
In Chinese Medicine, the five elements have many associations and correspondences. There is an order creation and an order of destruction that shows which elements strengthen and which ones weaken other elements. Fire -> Earth -> Metal -> Water-> Wood -> Fire. It is a cycle that continues.
The Order of Destruction is also called the Control Cycle. The easy way to remember this that the preceding element is the Parent of the element. Wood is the parent of Fire. The one before the Parent is therefore the Grandparent. Water is the Grandparent of Fire. In Chinese culture, grandparents traditionally raise and also discipline the child so the Grandparent control the Child. Water can put out the Fire.
Our Eastern dragon (earth and water elements) can therefore overwhelm our Western dragon (air and fire elements). This can happen when we allow our emotions take control of our lives, when we are so flooded that we cannot take actions necessary for daily life. A person in this situation may struggle with depression, lethargy, and sleepiness.
There are days when all of us have wanted just to stay in bed. The key is understanding ourselves better so we know when it’s time to slow down for more self-care, when we are pathologizing a condition, or when there truly is a deep imbalance.
In the myths, we vanquish dragons. Zeus defeats Typhon an aquatic dragon with his lightning bolt. St George famously slays the dragon (an allegory of sorts). We are taught to think that Dragons must be defeated. Believing in this polarity and paradigm can mean we are missing out on golden opportunities to come into a true harmony and well-being. What if we worked with our inner dragons in an eternal dance and play of energy?
Dragons in Chinese Medicine
In Chinese culture, the Dragon is revered. The Dragon is a symbol used by emperors past, believed to have had the Mandate of the Heavens to rule. Dragons are also a symbol of healing. In Chinese medicine, practitioners may work with the Internal Dragons and External Dragons when a disconnection exists in the body-mind-spirit. The Internal Dragons treatment is for internal causes of imbalance and the External Dragons are for the external causes.
Internal Dragons are used to clear the seven demons. These seven demons – fear, fright/shock, worry, anger, sadness, joy, grief – are also called the “seven injurious emotions” or the “seven internal causes of disease”. These emotions are related to the five elements.
Fire – Summer – Heart – Small Intestine – Joy
Earth – Late Summer – Spleen – Stomach – Worry
Metal – Autumn – Lungs – Large Intestine – Grief, Sadness
Water – Winter – Fear, fright/shock
First written about in the Han Dynasty, from about 200 BC to 200 AD, this is an important treatment for Five Element acupuncturists. It treats the spirit. With their power, the Internal Dragons purify the body of the effects of trauma, abuse, and loss. The Internal Dragons can also help with genetic information and possession.
Possession includes a broad spectrum of conditions and not just the kind we may conjure in our minds of spinning heads. Possession is a state of being when a person feels controlled. This can be worms and parasites on one end of this spectrum and full-on entity attachment possession on the other extreme end. Possession is traditionally diagnosed by accessing the state of Shen, our spirit. Do the eyes gleam with brilliance? Or are they dull and lifeless? Are the lights on but no one is home? Is the person engaged or unreachable? “I don’t feel like myself” is a strong indication. Other statements include “I was fine until..” and “I feel possessed by..”.
All possessions are energy blockers and drainers and can prevent treatments from being effective. A clearing treatment using the Internal Dragons may therefore be the first port of call.
The acupuncture points for the Internal Dragons are : 1/4” below Conception Vessel 15 (Ren 15M, the master point a teardrop below Ren15) , Stomach 25 Heavenly Pivot, Stomach 32 Crouching Rabbit, and Stomach 41 Released Stream.
Leylines are the earth’s meridians that carry the magnetic field. They are also called Dragon Lines, perhaps from the ancient belief that Earth Dragons reside in the mountains and use these energy lines to travel on. When Dragon Lines meet, vortex and even power spots are created. At these places, many significant structures, from Avebury and Standing Stones to temples have been built. Natural markers include ponds, springs and hills.
Since then we have a lot more electromagnetic radiation and we carry it with us with our phones. This electrosmog effects all of us, whether we are aware of our sensitivity or not. Many gadgets and devices are manufactured for protection, very few for actual transmutation. Is the solution to work with Mother Earth for her to transmute these energies? Can we discharge these energies like we recharge our crystals by burying them in earth?
The research of BioGeometry found that common to all power and sacred spots is an energy founder Dr Karim has named BG3. This energy consists of three frequencies – higher harmonic of ultraviolet, higher harmonic of gold, and Negative Green (first discovered by Russian researcher Scariatin as an integral part of spiritual energy fields). If there were a way to work with this energy? Dr Karim found that BioGeometrical shapes also have BG3.Biogeometrical shapes are 2D or 3D shapes designed to produce balancing effects on biology systems on multiple levels when they interact with the earth’s energy fields. What will it mean if we learn to discern the qualities of energy so we naturally entrain with the biological healthy and spiritually significant energies?
The Dragon Code
Here is the Dragon Code from Devine Miracles3:
1 :: Little seen, gets more done.
2 :: Look for truth in the heart of hearts
3 :: A lie burns both the liar, and the silent listener.
4 :: Be true to the responsibility of the balance.
5 :: Silence and Magick-both are needed.
6 :: Honor your elders-for they carry important, ancient knowledge.
7 :: Evil gives no forewarning, and no pause for relief.
8 :: Dignity speaks well of a messenger.
9 :: You colour your own light
10 :: What happens to one stone, reflects on all.
Treatment Methods in Classical Five Element Acupuncture. Yin Yang House Theory. Read More about Internal and External Dragons and other treatments,
cover photo by Itay Kabalo