Emotional Wind (Gui)
Sensory Characteristic: In addition to a pulse’s regular feel – pulsating up and down – this pulse reflects an additional crosswise wavelike movement, from the elbow toward the palm – like waves or the wind. A pulse that is reflective of an Emotional Wind can appear in a variety of different forms, all of which are characterized by rapid movement and instability.
Associated Images: Waves, a flowing river, wind, a marble rolling on a stone floor.
Emotional Association: Restlessness, confusion, instability, constant movement.
In the Clinic: This pulse can appear at a variety of positions and is common at the LIV and KID positions.
Sensory Characteristic: This pulse’s initial feeling is strong and pulsating, similar to the pulse that reflects cold, but contact is lost when it is pressed downward. Feels unrooted.
Associated Images: A helium balloon, a cloud, a kite.
Emotional Association: Expectation, lack of contact, indifference, shock.
In the Clinic: This pulse is indicative of lack of presence and is typical of unresolved conflict. When you lose your way, you lose your footing.
Comparing an Unrooted Pulse and a Pulse Reflecting Cold:
Both pulses feel pulsating and wide. A pulse reflecting excess yang lacks roots and its bottom part is not felt. In a pulse reflecting cold, the lower part of the pulse is felt.