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USUI REIKI RYOHO
Shinpiden Training Manual
2006 Infinite Harmony Randall Hall San Antonio, TX Phone 210.410.4980
Mikao Usui Founder of Usui Reiki Ryoho
Essence of Shinpiden
Shinpiden means "the deep mystery" or “mystery teachings” The purpose of Reiki-ho Accomplishing the purpose of life (Reaching higher level of spiritual dimension) • Establishing “self” (Becoming aware of the true meaning of life and being part of the universal life ) • Exercising love (Spreading the vibration, mingling with people, growing together) • Exercising harmony (Raising your level of vibration, contributing to the world peace and the happiness of human beings) The current status of the earth
• There is serious air pollution and environmental destruction from human-created vibration. • We are facing a crisis of existence for human beings and other living things. • An increase in people’s consciousness level (spiritual growth) is necessary to prevent the destruction.
The current status of human beings
• We are hurting ourselves by the vibrations we have created. • We are hurting others by trying to control them. • We are hurting the earth, our common foundation for existence, by destroying the environment.
Need of awakening
• Most people are not aware of the fact that the destruction is caused by the vibrations they have created. • Those who are aware of it feel they cannot do anything about it alone. • The truth is that changes can be brought by increasing the consciousness level of everyone.
Everything is a wave (vibration)
• The universe is a wave and everything in existence is made of waves. • Consciousness is also a wave and works to the rules of waves and resonance. • Increasing the level of peoples' vibrations helps purifying and revitalising things.
Everything contains the root memory within
• The sea and mountains, people and animals, all retain the root memory (vibration) inside. • If you vibrate at a higher level, you will resonate with the root memory and can recover it. • You can extend the resonance to the universe level.
Using the 4th symbol
• The highest symbol in Reiki-ho (master symbol) • Helps connect to the higher consciousness and to bring light • A valuable symbol that acts as the key to true self-establishment
The key phrase for level 3 –
Increase the conscious wave level and live creatively • By connecting to the consciousness in the higher dimension and growing spiritually through everyday life, you will be awakened to be the true self which is in essence the same as the higher being. • You will learn the meaning of your existence and the mission you should accomplish.
a barometer for one’s spirituality) 2. integrates. you can skip the first step above. transcends and represents all the other symbols. 4. depending on your level of recognition. After having learned the meaning and the usage of 4th symbol (the universe). Goals in level 3 Re-understanding the nature of Reiki healing Reiki Healing 1. You will be freed from fear and able to get closer to a more stable and higher state. 3. At level 3. you have learned 1st symbol (the earth). At level 2. If you can.• Your soul will be purified and you will grow spiritually. having extra wheels for support helps. you will learn to do only with the 3rd symbol. 3. you will learn to work with only the 4th symbol for healing. You will learn to do without symbols. anyone can execute distant healing safely and with confidence. You can further grow to use the image of the sun for the 3rd symbol and the image of uniting with the light for the 4th symbol. The symbols work in a similar way. First. their meanings and usage. It integrates the1st and the 2nd symbols and can provide the functions of these by itself. With the help of the symbol. 5. The 3rd symbol (the sun) has the function of healing beyond time and space. 4. Art of healing (Rei = works on the nature of the person. 5. The 4th symbol (the entire universe) represents the vibration as the base for existence and is used to connect to the enlightened sacred vibration sent by the being in a higher dimension. learn to use the 3rd symbol for healing and the 4th symbol for spiritual growth 2. You have that ability from the beginning. You will develop more power in Reiki healing. Use the 4th symbol (or the image of uniting with the light) for everything. Usage of the integrated symbol 1. Practices and techniques for reaching self-establishment (Exercising love and harmony. Symbols are useful and effective but are something you have to let go of eventually. 3. 4. When you first practice riding a bike. They are very useful but you do not need to depend on them forever. . Ki = works on the mind and body) 3. It incorporates. Do not misunderstand the function of symbols and keep looking for newer and more effective symbols. Migrate from the use of individual symbols to the use of integrated symbols. Assists in one’s awakening (Healing is the result of one’s choice through awakening) Integrating symbols Symbols integrated 1. Letting go of symbols 1. You need to let go of all the symbols in the future and this is your first step toward that direction. 2. Second. 2. 2nd symbol (the moon) and 3rd symbol (the sun) .
words and deeds and practice a way of living that would not cause any new karma. After completing the learning. Making use of the master symbol in Gendai Reiki-ho 1. departing from all the illusion (wrong recognition that phenomena are reality). which means transcending reincarnation and entering the dimension of eternal peace. In Gendai Reiki-ho. . Some people have gone through severe training to reach that state. you can keep doing what you are supposed to be doing if you come to know the earth will disappear tomorrow. In spiritualism. This state of mind is called enlightenment. we should leave them to the universe and learn to be in complete peace without having any worries. Understand the truth of karma and exercise the control of your mind. they will ascend to the higher dimension – the state of the happiest. the 4th symbol exists for going beyond reincarnation 3. The lessons to learn are different depending on individuals but the goal we have in common is to learn the truth of our existence and to unite with the universe. Exercise the self cleansing technique to recognize your past karma and trauma. c. According to this. our souls are reincarnated on the earth many times to do the necessary learning to clear the clouds of the soul in the past and grow spiritually. everyone has lessons to learn and goes through many lives until he/she completes the learning. seeking for the enlightenment reached by Usui-sensei: The whole purpose of life is to learn to live peacefully.Learning the master symbol Learn the role of the 4th symbol 1. cleanse them and make them disappear. we do not talk about reincarnation but we will learn to live comfortably. For those who believe in enlightenment. Once you are in this state of mind. 2. a. b. The core of Reiki-ho is considered to achieve ultimate relaxation. silence and happiness. Purify your thoughts. the 4th symbol works to make them aware of the reason of their existence and has a role and a function of guiding them for leading a worth-while life. Some people does not believe in reincarnation and think anyone can have only one life. keeping complete peace of mind to the last moment. 3. For this purpose. It is important to make efforts as a person but as for the results. 2. Even for those people. freeing you from phenomena and emotions in everyday life. we will try to grow spiritually and to become part of the universal consciousness by boosting our vibration.
2. Resonate with super conscious energy transmitted by the being in higher dimension and utilize it. Accept yourself as the way you are (self acceptance) c. He said “The great Reiki filling the great universe exists within the human body too. (you become symbols) Path to self-establishment through spiritual growth 1. without any exception. Reiki Ryoho is a unique healing technique using Reiki based on Reino in the universe. He clearly stated that Reiki-ho is a healing technique utilizing Ki and light. Live in resonance with the universe and realize a creative life (self establishment) 2. It will make people strong and healthy and promotes healthy thoughts and a joyful life. Issues to be resolved at the same time a. 6. negative printing and negative vibration from the past b. Everything in the universe (any existence) holds Reiki.Making use of Reiki vibration in everyday life Steps for making full use of the master symbol 1. Creating a life style for preventing these negativity's any more. 3. Heal your heart first and make your body healthy. Any part of a healer’s body can emit Ki and light while eyes. 5. Steps for realization a. 3. At the same time heal others sick in their mind and body with Reiki and promote the happiness of yourself and others all together. He explained that Ki and light are radiated from the whole body of a healer bringing healing. Cleansing and resolving trauma. . 2." Try to remember that the further you grow spiritually. Reiki Ryoho is a spiritual healing technique and an energy healing technique at the same time. Live a peaceful and joyful life while you heal others in need and promote happiness of you and others all together. Keep your mind and body healthy and live a peaceful and joyful life. Learn to use the master symbol for everything with results. Transform yourself into who you should be (self transformation) d. Know who you are by looking at yourself (self recognition) b. the stronger the Reiki within becomes. Spiritual healing and energy healing are integrated into Reiki Ryoho. The core of Reiki-ho by Usui sensei Usui-sensei’s perception of Reiki 1. 4. mouth and hands emit them most. Reach to the state where you do not need symbols any longer. Reiki-ho is a technique for utilizing the conscious energy of the great universe through the Reino (mysterious and noble working) in the universe.
But the symbol has its value in the function of connecting to sacred being and becoming part of it. Light radiated by Buddha (Ko-Myo)." Ko-Myo is a symbol for wisdom which is light that breaks the darkness. Receive guidance by your higher self all day If you have any specific religion you believe in. draw the master symbol in the air.Empowerment (Master) Symbol Types and characteristics: Symbolizes the entire universe. cleanse the aura and return it to the sky. After getting up in the morning 1. I will grow in all aspects and be in harmony. “The symbol for guiding spiritual awakening”. Do Kenyoku. How to make full use of the master symbol Self cleansing with light It is said to help receive support from a higher dimension if you exercise this before healing sessions or practicing various other exercises. Do Gassho while feeling the vibration and say the affirmation “Today I will do what I should do right with the guidance and healing by my higher self. Do Kenyoku. putting your whole body in harmony. move your hands and place them on the top of your head and on your chest. you can choose to use what you believe in instead of the higher self. Stand relaxed after doing ‘kenyoku’ and draw a master symbol in the air. 4. This is considered to be a very sacred symbol and given the highest expressions like “God inviting symbol”. say the kotodama three times. healing and harmony for all beings by resonating with conscious energy in a higher dimension. The highest symbol in Reiki-ho. say the kotodama (mantra) three times. The source (higher dimension) represented by the symbol is honourable but the symbol itself is just a tool. The 4th symbol has the function of transmitting subtle vibration of love.) Before you go to bed at the end of the day 1. Hold your hands up and connect to the light from the being in the higher dimension. 2.” (You can use any other affirmation of your choice. For activating 7th chakra. Lower the energy to Tanden with your hands. 2. Sound (Jumon) Dai Ko Myo The meaning and functions The whole universe is made of vibration/light. . Feel the Reiki flow in through your hands. draw the master symbol in the air. Hold your hands up and feel the Reiki vibration flow into your body and you are becoming part of the great universe. 3. Dai Ko Myo means "Great (Dai) . The Reiki filling your body will turn into radiating aura surrounding your whole body and expand all around you. While feeling the vibration with your eyes closed. balancing all the chakras. Say the kotodama (mantra) three times. 1.
exercise the light breathing and feel you are with your higher self. Hold your hands up and connect to the light from the being in the higher dimension. anywhere When you are faced with negative emotions or unpleasant events. .2. Do Gassho while feeling the vibration and say the affirmation “I am thankful that I’ve been with guidance and healing by my higher self. Anytime. Accept and be thankful for the event as a necessary experience for your progress. I am progressing and more in harmony.
Kotodama were one of the ways that Usui taught his students to connect with the different energies. They appear within Shintoism and Buddhism as mantras for meditation.taught kotodama that were inspired by Onisaburo Deguchi’s new Omoto-kyo religion. Modern Japanese people do not understand the kotodama. an associated of Usui and mentor of Morihei Ueshiba.Kotodama Kotodama are very old. One example of their use. chosen because they contained kotodama. The founder of Aikido – Morihei Ueshiba . and within Reiki. The intention was that in time you could leave the symbols behind and then work directly with the energies that they represented. . The word means 'word spirit' or 'the soul of language'. Please note that Usui’s use of kotodama is ‘classical’ kotodama. Of Usui's surviving students.symbols. and – for maybe four students .. There are barely a handful of kotodama Masters in the whole of Japan now. The 'doka' poetry of Ueshiba was used in a similar way that Usui used Waka poetry . to heal and to kill. There are historical accounts of kotodama being used to stop armies. within Martial arts like Aikido. though. and with familiarity with the energies. and there are a collection of 75 kotodama which turn up in many aspects of Japanese life. the Waka poetry chosen by Usui actually contain kotodama within them. are tools to use to contact the energies. too. The kotodama. Japanese people of earlier times believed that words had mystical power and that the fact of saying something could make it so since each syllable or kotodama could be thought of as divine aspects of creation. They were designed as tools that you could use to access the energies. They are seen as ancient Shinto practices. The kotodama represent the forces of the universe. is by pearl divers: the girls who would undertake the dives would use the kotodama 'su' to still the waters before the dived in. almost lost in the mists of time. only one was taught symbols. these too can be left behind as you come to access the energies directly.as teaching tools to help students capture the spirit of their teachings. But this took a long time. not any new interpretation that may have come through Omoto-kyo. and they do not believe in them. and they take us back to the earliest of Japanese spiritual traditions. and U split into two opposing forces: A and O. The Gakkai use a list of 125 of the Meiji Emperor's tens of thousands of Waka poems for study and meditation. three years before Usui died. there was the kotodama suuu. the new religion developed by Onisaburo Deguchi. At the birth of the physical and the spiritual world. the other main way being meditations. They come from Shintoism. Kotodama thus predate the use of symbols within Reiki. Some of the "New Religions" in Japan from the Meiji era to the present have diagrams that show how each sound in the Japanese language creates and sustains the universe. This developed into U. Interestingly. and they were introduced into Reiki jointly by Usui and Eguchi in about 1923. but it seems that Usui used other Waka poems.. the indigenous animist religion of Japan.
Harmony SeiHeKi corresponds with the 'Harmony' kotodama. and to be expedient in practice to the last. is to have a mind bent towards enlightenment. to be motivated solely by compassion. The kotodama are said to access the energies in a more focused way than the symbols. allowing them to be ‘reborn’: reborn in the sense of creating a place within that is ‘what we originally were’. so the idea that ChoKuRei represents a 'power' symbol seems to be a Western misconception or misunderstanding: the main effect of the 'focus' kotodama is to produce physical healing. regenerative energy. In original Usui Reiki there is no conception of the 'focus' energy being a 'power' energy. Ki that emanates from the earth is heavy. the energy of rebirth. The way to achieve this. a fourth Kotodama was introduced: the empowerment Kotodama. The harmony kotodama is heavenly Ki. ultimate being. Dainichi Nyorai is literally everywhere and everything. . The empowerment kotodama represented creative energy. Great Shining One). a state of mind of ‘oneness’. Connection HonShaZeShoNen corresponds with the ‘Connection’ kotodama. which represents the energy of the Usui Master symbol – DKM. The Usui Master symbol and the corresponding empowerment kotodama are related to the Japanese deity Dainichi Nyorai (Mahavairocana. Heavenly Ki increases intuition. Oneness is one of the goals of Usui’s system. But treating another person is an expression of oneness too. as Usui’s Shinto students would have done. firm and powerful. Ki that emanates from heaven is light. It produces a state of mind in the practitioner. All the other Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are various emanations or aspects of his love. it says. It grounds the body and mind. Earth Ki is forest green in colour and links the body to the earth. compassion. The energy was the essence of earth and heavenly energy.The Kotodama Energies Focus ChoKuRei corresponds to the 'Focus' kotodama. This kotodama does not produce an energy. source. Through his life force he maintains the creation and operation of the Universe and all things emerge from and are nourished by him. The idea here is that when Reiju is carried out it connects the recipient to the energy. it is earth Ki. A side-effect of oneness. is the ability to send Reiki to another person ‘at a distance’. and SeiHeKi represents the same energy. the Great Buddha of Universal Illumination. This kotodama produces earth energy. psychic ability (psychic awareness) and mental focus. Heavenly Ki is golden in colour. the state within the ovum when we were Divine essence in complete connection to the universe. an energy that reminds you who you are. and ChoKuRei represents the same energy. white light. Great Sun Buddha. The core teaching of the Mahavairocana sutra is that Enlightenment is simply 'to know one's mind as it truly is'. giving mental and physical strength. and chanting this kotodama. totality and reality. This kotodama produces heavenly energy. etherical (relates to the etheric body) and is passive. great light of the Universe. Empowerment At Master level. Dainichi Nyorai is the embodiment of Illumination (enlightenment) and represents the Universe in its ultimate form. wisdom and other activities. helps you along this path. an extrapolation of the idea. This energy can be seen as a physical healing energy.
Through daily practice. and had experienced the blend of the two energies again and again through long meditation. With time. if any. which would have been chanted again and again. Distance Healing Distance healing was not taught overtly. We can echo this tradition. . With time and experience you might learn to blend earth Ki and heavenly Ki. which they would chant daily. To carry out distance healing you would hold in mind the recipient and chant the kotodama. and to experience the state of mind that is generated by using Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen. either out loud or in your head. used meditations over a prolonged period of time to learn to become the energies that we would recognise as Cho Ku Rei and Sei He Ki. by way of a mantra used for meditation. I prefer to use them three times. as far as the vast majority of Usui’s students were concerned. Reiki Kotodama in Context We need to keep reminding ourselves that treatments were not emphasised in Usui’s system. Breathe the kotodama out of your whole body. In fact the ability to treat others is also an expression of oneness. becoming familiar with one energy at a time over many months. and students would have accepted that this is something that could happen easily. either three times. So the kotodama were used not because they were useful in treating others – though of course they are – but because they represented energies that you needed to ‘become’ again and again during your path of self-healing and spiritual development. when this felt the right thing to do when treating someone.Kotodama Meditations Usui’s students got to grips with the energies by carrying out meditations or working with Kotodama. more detailed. The kotodama would be used one at a time. But this would only have been done after several years of practice at second-degree level. Some students. Then fall quiet and experience the energy. and see what you experience. and not combined. and use them together intuitively. Do this regularly and you will be echoing Usui’s practice. at the sort of level when you were about to start your Master training. because it was a side issue. or endlessly like a mantra. Why not chant the Kotodama. the students learned to ‘become’ each of the energies. If they had a Shinto background then they would be given the kotodama. It is a side-effect of oneness. learning to become the energies (and experience the state of mind) that they represented over a long period. Practical use of Kotodama Treatments To use the kotodama when treating others you would let your intuition decide which of the kotodama you would use. They were something that it was possible for you to do. The kotodama would be intoned silently. focusing on one energy at a time for many months. so Usui's original way of using the Reiki energies did not involve mixing energies as is done a lot in Western Reiki. your individual ‘picture’ of the energy will become more distinct. not treating others. but the system was about your selfhealing and spiritual development. and more profound. Basically you would connect to and use only one energy at any one time. and let the energy flow. if they had a Buddhist background. let them resonate from your Dantien.
Remember these are all from Japanese traditions so called bija-mantras (short and meaningless words-syllables). So.How do you pronounce Kotodama As is the case with most mantras. be careful to pronounce them as it is shown below: A E I O U KU KI HO ZE NE KO YO as in ah as in hey as in ee as in nose as in blue as in too as in see or tree as in go or throw as in may or play as in play may or as in so or go as in go or throw There are three respective Kotodama used in Usui Reiki Okuden Level: Name Focus Harmony Connection Empowerment Symbol Cho-ku-Rei Sei-he-ki Hon-sha-ze-sho-nen Dai-ko-mio Kotodama ho ku ei ei ei ki Ho a ze ho ne a i ko yo Pronunciation hoe koo ey-eeee ey-ee ey-ee keee hoe aah zay hoe neigh aah ee coe yo . one has to be careful to pronounce the syllables correctly. filled with high vibrations.
The receiver is sitting in a chair. Place the fingertips between the shoulder bone and the neck (the soft spot there) and add a little bit of pressure. but do not do this on a bone. editing by Richard R. 15. do one side of the body and then go around to the other side and do that side. Apply Reiki to the shoulders (or shoulder joints). rubbing Reiki into the edge of the scapula.Sensei Hiroshi Doi. Bring your hands down and all through the following treatment send Reiki energy with the intention of peace and harmony. hands in their lap. If you are using one hand. 10. Using the first two fingers of each hand. With your right hand or palm. Purpose: A method of combining the major Okuden techniques into one application. You can do this anywhere there is a soft spot. 3. 16. 18. or a single hand. 12. Stroke the air above the whole body of the receiver with both hands. and in one continuous movement. Apply Reiki to the top of the head and the mouth. create an image that the whole spine is in correct position and working properly. send Reiki into the body. This treatment is actually Ketsueki Kokan-ho and uses the full body process. Next do Oshite Chiryo-ho. 2. Hanshin Koketsu-ho. 8.Gendai Techniques A Combined Treatment Source: Essence of Gendai Reiki ho . Tom Rigler. Using your index and second fingers of each hand. Intend Reiki to flow from the palm into the area being worked on. Repeat with on the left side. 6. Do the right side of the spine and then the left side. as well as the half body process. Drag your thumbs down the sides of the spine to the sacrum. rub in circles down the right side. 17. Apply Reiki to the sides of the neck. 4. Once the back is done. Method: 1. With your thumbs at the bottom of the back of the head (top of the spine). You can use your fingertips if you can't use your palms. Raise your hands up and connect to the Reiki energy. begin lightly tapping in the shoulder and back areas. Zenshin Koketsuho. Then shake the arm a bit and finally stroke the complete arm several times. Do this 3 times. Apply Reiki to the receiver's forehead and back of head. then just your index finger is fine. Rub in the Reiki energy throughout the spine area. Now do Uchite Chiryo-ho. It is done from head to toe or from left to right of the body. you can tap with more pressure on the shoulders. If you have large fingers. from top to bottom. Next. 11. follow the Usui hand positions for the head: 7. First do Aura Cleansing: 5. Next. Do this 3 times 14. Take the left arm and massage in circles. do the same thing. . Using both palms. Rivard. Use the ball of your hand. Apply Reiki to the sides of the head. Hanshin Koketsu-ho: 13. Gassho. 9. translation by Yukio Miura. Next do Nadete Chiryo-ho 19. or do both together. about 10 centimetres away from the body.
Put your hands down slowly and place your hands on your knees with your palms down. translation by Yukio Miura. translation by Yukio Miura. imagine pure water in the sacrum and visualise the water move up in the pipe to the third eye area. Purpose: The Hado Breathing Technique. Now do Aura Cleansing. Tom Rigler. You may use the energy of the symbols as required. fixing the disorder in your spinal cord. washing and cleansing your body inside out. Walk around to the front of the receiver and bow. Retain this sensation of Reiki shower all through the exercise.Sensei Hiroshi Doi. then the front and back together. Sekizui Joka Ibuki-ho Source: Essence of Gendai Reiki ho . paying attention to the comfort of the receiver. 23. Then sweep the right leg the same way. meditate in silence. (Maximum 7 cycles. . Close your eyes and focus your light attention to your third eye. When we are surprised. Comments: After completing the Ibuki-ho practice. 25. preferably by way of the integrated symbol method. Gassho and shake your wrists. you will be filled with the universal life force in vibration. Then do the right arm the same way. As you breathe in with your nose. Keep your backbone straight and close your eyes. Sweep the left leg from the thigh the tip of the feet several times. melt the dirt from the crown to the coccyx. it is assumed you are sitting on a chair. making the cells of your whole body healthy. 5. 4. wash the dirt out of the body. we often stop breathing for a moment. then the back. when we are nervous and worried. editing by Richard R. Hold your hands up and feel the vibration of Reiki falling down onto your whole body like a shower. 3. Method: 1. This method uses Ibuki-ho to cleans the spinal cord with your breath.20. 6. Repeat (4) and (5) for 3 to 7 cycles. On the other hand our breathing becomes faster and more shallow. Everyone knows that breathing changes our mood. our breathing becomes slower and deeper. Tom Rigler. Imagine your backbone is a long pipe from your crown to your coccyx. Focus your attention onto your tanden and breathe naturally. 22. and finally the front. editing by Richard R. (For explanation purpose.) 2. Imagine you are breathing through your skin. 21. Comments: Take your time as you give this treatment. sweeping the sides together. The Japanese character for ‘breath’ can be broken down as ‘own self’ and ‘heart’. All of your cells will be charged with Reiki energy Hado Kokyu-ho Source: Essence of Gendai Reiki ho . Rivard. 24.Sensei Hiroshi Doi. You can stand up or sit down. Through this technique. Rivard. Purpose: Ibuki-ho is a breathing technique to cleanse karma with Reiki. counting 5 breaths a cycle. Spinal cord cleansing is necessary for purifying karma completely. once a day – therefore 15 to 35 breaths). When we are mentally and physically in a calm state. according to Koshin-do. Perform Aura Cleansing from top to bottom. You need to cleanse the spinal cord to extinguish your wrong deeds from the past. Warm up the outside of the pipe with your hot breathing in of Hado breathing. God stays in peoples' spinal cords where all karma is recorded.
Doi-sensei was amazed by the great power that his methods created when Doi-sensei attended his class. A breathing technique has been practised by ‘Ko Shin Do’ (a Japanese religion). You only need to pay attention to the breathing sound of ‘Haa’. and breathing is also made of waves. be comfortable. however it has also been known to change our mood and can become like a switch to control our subconscious mind. but he would die in a few minutes if he stopped breathing. Sit or stand. Generally meditation is done to calm and relax the mind and emotions. then set up his own research clinic. I will describe the sitting position). • Raising the energy level. Frequencies created by the breathing can change ones own waves. (For this explanation. After that he developed his own breathing technique and also a meditation technique. which is controlled by the motor neurons. • Your metabolic rate will improve. Method: 1. He had practiced serious exercises such as Za Zen (religious contemplation). In Gendai Reiki Doi-sensei has introduced this breathing technique of using the ‘Haa’ sound. Doi-sensei developed the Hado breathing technique by gaining some useful knowledge and ideas from Mr Minoda’s breathing method. He organises a study group into Ki (the Japanese word for energy). Remove your shoes and ground yourself by making sure that the soles of the feet are touching the floor. or can live without water for a few days. and also teaches a breathing technique using the ‘Haa’ sound. Endocrine and Immune System. Mr Minoda who offers Balance Therapy for relaxation created this breathing technique.Man can survive for a few weeks without eating anything. Every existence is composed of waves. We breathe involuntary and this is controlled by the autonomic nervous system. The fact that our breathing changes with our feelings sends information either way between the subconscious and conscious minds. The Hado breathing method also improves the function of each Chakra. • Improve the function of Autonomic Nervous System. fasting and Taki Gyo (praying under a waterfall). however when Doisensei experienced his method he felt that a powerful energy ran through his body. also we breathe voluntarily. the same as practicing abdomen breathing. There is some spiritual power in the sound as it synchronizes with the universal energy. • Bringing about deep relaxation and calming the mind. When you are accustomed to practising this exercise. which creates precise vibrations. . According to Mr Tsuda the sound of ‘Haa’ is a basic breathing sound from antiquity before man started using words. Doi-sensei also came across Mr Fujiwara who is an expert at Aikido ( a Japanese martial art). you will even be able to do this whilst standing in a busy train holding on to something. The Hado breathing technique is done by breathing out and making the "Haa" sound at the same time. Also it creates synchronisation with conscious vibration and so creates a new dimension. These are as follows: • Functioning of the internal organs will improve by moving the diaphragm up and down. his name is Mr Tsuda. It is a simple exercise yet very effective. • The circulation will be improved by inhaling more oxygen. Later Doi-sensei had the opportunity to know a teacher of meditations combined with breathing techniques. 2. The function of breathing is to exchange gas. It creates precise vibrations which have the ability to synchronise with each Chakra. You may also practice before you sleep and as you awake lying on the bed. in the Hado breathing technique to develop the abilities. becoming like a tuner to meet and synchronize with the higher dimension. Hado (waves) breathing method creates various physiological effects. and you can practice anywhere.
The key point in Hado meditation is to carry out Hado breathing while you are feeling Reiki vibrations in your palms. The Hado meditation technique is based on the Hado breathing technique (Hado Kokyo-ho). can become out of control. editing by Richard R.Sit with you legs slightly apart. The Hado breathing protects you from the problem of your mind floating away. translation by Yukio Miura. and will bring you even more powerful life force energies. and the methods of breathing have been firmly restricted within those forms and have not been allowed to change. The important factor is to breath in and out as smoothly as possible without causing any tension. For example. Meditative techniques have their own particular forms in Za Zen and in similar practices. At first you may last for only about 10 seconds. The Hado meditation method uses this breathing technique. 3. do not use a back support and do not have anything on your lap. This is why strict forms of meditation are taught to prevent this possible dangerous occurrence. Release the tension from the hardened abdomen. Then listen to the ‘Haa’ sound. you will be doing deep abdomen breathing naturally anyway. Hado Meiso-ho Source: Essence of Gendai Reiki ho . Our aim for the breathing exercise is different. but in Hado breathing we do not do this. postures. Therefore as long as you follow the correct method you should not need to be concerned about any problems. Cover the mouth with your other hand. The powerful energy. Comments: It is important to make the ‘Haa’ sound until you master the basics of Hado breathing. 7. at the same time your inhalation will feel so easy and natural. if not practiced properly. Next. 6. You should not try too hard to succeed at this exercise. Breath out from mouth with ‘Haa’ sound as if you are feeling relieved. and be able to raise the soul level by activating life energy. neck and shoulders. but it will gradually become easier. 5. There is a method that teaches that you stop breathing for a moment between inhalation and exhalation.Sensei Hiroshi Doi. Make yourself calm and relaxed. There is a possibility that mental breakdown could occur if the person’s vibration is influenced by low vibrations during the meditation. The Hado breathing method is one of the foundation techniques for developing and increasing the ability to raise your vibrations. Close. . After you have practiced the Hado breathing technique for a while. The Hado breathing itself has the effect of moving you into a meditative state. or half close the eyes. Try to hold the sound-breath for 30 seconds. the sitting styles. Tom Rigler. Purpose: A meditation that makes use of Hado breathing. which exists deep in the subconscious mind. and to cleanse yourself. which has a great power. The precise vibration waves will change our consciousness and lead us to a deep meditative state. Do not worry about doing the abdomen or Tanden breathing. Later on you will only need to imagine the sound and this will create the same good results. 4. By carrying them out one can contact our deep unconscious mind and cleanse our soul. cover one ear by using the palm to fold the ear forwards with one hand. Palms on the lap facing upwards. eyes. open the mouth widely and try to vibrate the ‘Haa’ sound throughout the mouth. with the final aim being to hold for 40 seconds. Concentrate your mind only on the ‘Haa’ sound as you breath out until you reach your limit. and continue to hold the sound-breath for as long as you can. Release the tension from the forehead. These meditations can be quite dangerous. You can also listen to the ‘Haa’ sound in the bathroom. At the beginning. Rivard.
Do this just once at the beginning of the meditation. Next open your arms so that they are straight out from your shoulders. 10. do not use a back support and do not have anything on your lap. Then Gassho. what is the ‘Meditative State’? It is the state of harmonization with your super consciousness and making contact with the universal life force. always move your hands in all directions and clear your mind really well. Sit or stand. 6. This indicates that you have entered a very deep meditative condition. 8. then you might reach a state of deep meditation. Move your hands upwards to just above the forehead. . However. 7. Should you experience any difficulty then shake your wrists in all directions and tell yourself ‘I have completed the meditation. As you experience these sensations maybe you should have your eyes half closed. 4. Method: 1. Sit with you legs slightly apart. Bring down the hands. Keep still and feel the movement of the energy inside your body. push both hands down along the sides of the body to prevent your hands from hitting your knees. Make yourself calm and relaxed. feeling the light vibrations. This will stop any movement. be comfortable. and have moved onto a higher state. Therefore one can say that getting into a meditative state is not only a change of consciousness. Then bring your hands together in to your chest with the palms facing down. (When you are seated. Remove any tension from the hands and move them slowly down as if following the edge of your aura downwards whilst breathing out. but you should not feel excited or fascinated by them. Gassho.So. When you finish the Hado meditation. 5. Do these exercises 3 times. Due to the activated energy. 9. Palms on the lap facing upwards. (Just feel where the energy is moving). do not try to stop the movements as you need to allow the body to react naturally and for you to experience the wonderful life force energies. The super consciousness exists in an even deeper level to the subconsciousness. This is important as you will be carrying out deep vibrational energy breathing. following three Hado meditations as number 6.’ Then open the eyes. you may experience that your body moves. While you are doing the Hado breathing with the ‘Haa’ sound. As long as you keep carrying out the Hado breathing you should be able to control your mind so that there is no danger. and then resume normal breathing. The subconscious exists deep within the conscious. Here I will explain the sitting position: 2. Whist you are breathing-in raise the hands again then bring them down with Hado breathing. however after you have carried out the Hado meditation you may often notice that you have not been breathing for a while. Remove your shoes and ground yourself by making sure that the soles of the feet are touching the floor. 3. You can practice number 6 as many times as you wish. When you breath out.) Notice the hands movement and feel the stagnated energy moving down and leaving the body. When you become accustomed to these practices. and calm the mind. The super consciousness is a higher dimensional consciousness and connects to the universal intelligence. fully relax your abdomen then the air will flow-in naturally. but it greatly widens your consciousness. whilst you breath in. I think it will also bring about the possible condition that you will be healed and you will reclaim your true inner self. After a while. stop the movement by your will. Hands up as high as possible. Straighten your back. Comments: You do not stop breathing by your conscious mind. and feel the vibrations of the light showering into the whole of the body. If you see some vision or colors you can enjoy these phenomena and continue meditating calmly. push both hands down to move your body energy downwards.
Rivard. People who have not received the symbols. Stand. use the 4th symbol. (If there is any imbalance in the body. editing by Richard R. By doing so you will feel your consciousness rising. Use this solar image training for practicing use of images instead of symbols. Gassho.Reiki Meditation Source: Essence of Gendai Reiki ho . translation by Yukio Miura. 7. your fingers should be straight up. and enjoy the interchange with the higher dimension. apply the dominant hand which was on the lap. Apply either your left or right hand to the heart. and give an affirmation 8. Should you feel any tension anywhere. (As your meditative state becomes deeper. (For this explanation I will explain the sitting position on a chair) 2. Now both hands are on your lap. Feel that your whole body is enveloped by the energy 4. Tom Rigler. to fill and surround yourself with high vibrations.) . Method: 1. Make yourself comfortable. Feel the sensation of Reiki flowing throughout your body and merge with the energy emanating from your palms. cleanse yourself with the Reiki shower. palm upwards with the fingers curled-up loosely. Use them as an antenna to contact the universe. Feeling the vibration of light in the palms. therefore you are protected and will be within a peaceful atmosphere.Sensei Hiroshi Doi. (If you are left-handed. editing by Richard R. Visualize or imagine you are contacting the universe. sit or lie down. then Gassho. In this position you visualize that you are breathing in and out from the tips of your fingers. However. Place your right hand on your lap. should any of these happen. This way is more affective. (If you wish you can make a ring with your forefinger and thumb on each hand. to that area. Draw them in the air and repeat their name 3 times. However add the Reiki symbols before you start. your hands might drop down to the mouth or the hands may become wider apart and relaxed. Raise your hands above your head. translation by Yukio Miura.) In this position feel the universal love and merge with it. 3. use the 1st symbol. Solar Image Training Source: Essence of Gendai Reiki ho . Learn to use the image of the sun in place of the 3rd symbol. Purpose: When you have been practicing meditation. Gassho. Comments: This practice should be carried out with positive affirmations. Close the eyes. Enjoy the sensation of the universal energy running through the body. palms facing the sky. Hold your hands up becoming a symbol of light and connect to the light of Reiki. bring the hands down to the face. Feel you are merging into the universal energy with your breathing.) 5. When you have completed Level 3. the brow chakra. loosen-up to relax. and out from the other hand.) 6. Send Reiki energy to your higher self and say an affirmation. then open the eyes slowly. Rivard. This creates an environment that low vibrations cannot penetrate. (Keep your eyes closed or half closed. with the palm upwards. Purpose: This is an application of integrated symbols. every morning and evening.Sensei Hiroshi Doi. Also. The middle fingers to be at the forehead. Tom Rigler.) this position is for breathing in the universal energy through the raised hand. Method: 1. apply one hand to the forehead and the other to the back of the head. your thumb is placed 3-5 cm away from the tip of the nose. there is no need to pay any attention to them. Move the raised hand down to your lap. carry on in the way that you are used to. do the opposite. Raise the left hand a little higher. When you have completed Level 2.
exercise the healing by holding your hands in front of your chest facing your palms to each other. 3. 5. Visualise that the tanden and the sacrum are completely inside the sun. Try to feel the sun in your hands when you place your hands on or hands above the recipient. . In healing with the master symbol. Continue to move to cover the heart. visualising you are holding the sun between your hands. tanden and sacrum. 4. For distant. use the color of blue or water color. Take your hands off and relax. counting 10. facing your palms to each other. past. imagining the sun to be cool). future healing. moving your hands to the sides of the neck. If you have a high blood pressure. Face your palms to each other and visualize the red or golden sun between your palms counting to 10. place the image of the target object into the sun between your hands. Keep counting another 10. close your eyes and feel the energy from the sun is expanding. Hold the head between your hands and visualize the sun come down into the head. feeling the vibration and glow of Dai Ko Myo between your hands.. Comments: Before you start healing hold your hands up to connect to the light then hold your hands in front of your chest. upper stomach.2.
put the hand on the chest again. calmness. honour. 4. 4. (You may not be able to feel the difference at first but will develop various sensations – comfort. It should feel different depending on which hand is one your chest. In order to reach that state you should “believe in the universe and be with it” and “learn to be in sync with the rhythm of the universe every day”. Say in your mind “My higher self. 2. security.Additional Gendai Reiki-ho Comments How to make a contact with higher-beings Getting in touch with pioneer’s vibration You can contact the vibration of pioneers who have reached the highest state. ultimately getting out of agony through Usui-sensei’s teaching and the use of Reiki-ho. Hold your hands up and connect to the great universe. The purpose of life is to reach true happiness Usui-sensei also sought for the purpose of life and came to the conclusion that it is to achieve great peace in mind and reach true happiness. a fortune and an ideal family and everyone knows that these are fragile and can be corrupted in one moment. you remain unstable and will not be able to achieve the great peace of mind. my soul” three times as you breath slowly. focus your attention onto the whole of the hand on your chest and concentrate on the sensation within yourself.) • If you feel sensations only in one hand. Gendai Reiki-ho is aimed at achieving calmness. Breath naturally. The step for making full use of Reiki At level 3.) • Do Gassho and give thanks before finishing. 5. But unless you put it into right use. • If you feel sensations in both hands. eventually. for measurement of happiness. People are always worried about their future. Just having the key does not mean you can grow . The light in a higher dimension emitted from the hand will cleanse whatever is preventing the higher-self from glowing. warmth. sense of satisfaction or sense of happiness. Close your eyes and place your dominant hand on your chest. 2. As long as you value status or phenomena. Draw the master symbol in the air and say the mantra three times. • If you do not feel anything in both hands. following Usui-sensei’s teaching. etc. You can have social position. put your non-dominant hand on your chest. 3. peace and happiness. the door to the great peace of mind will not open. vibration. He taught to become part of the great universe through one’s enlightenment. Be calm and try to feel the subtle sensation within. 3. Get relaxed and receptive. Do kenyoku and calm your mind. like property. The milestones to enlightenment Definitions in Gendai Reiki-ho The enlightenment we are trying to achieve is to get ultimate relaxation. (Relax and enjoy the subtle signals. Getting closer to the state of the great peace of mind. It is OK if you do not feel anything. • Calm your mind and communicate with the higher self through the hand. Everyone wishes to be freed from fear and agony and to live happily with a peaceful state of mind. Switch to the other hand and do the same. 1. you obtained the key for escaping from the agony of human beings through the guidance of the light of higher dimension (Dai Ko Myo). You will eventually. Communicating with higher self 1. put the hand with better sensations on your chest.
3. You learn these to introduce Reiki into everyday life and to be with the universe. In this sense. To believe in the universe and seek for self realization through the guidance of it. 2. leave it to the universe. trying to be in resonance with the universe. To live in resonance with the rhythm of the universe. select and determine these subjects freely. 2. The basic idea In short. You are what you fully express through the free selections. take or get away from them at your own will. peace and happiness. preparing for the next step. 5. Self-expression is made with thought. As for the result. And your subjects to learn are all the problems you face. the enlightenment in Gendai Reiki-ho means a. Think right. Put Usui-sensei’s teaching in action 1.spiritually or just having learned healing and its techniques will not take you to enlightenment automatically. When emotion is involved here. 3. b. 3. feeling you are part of the great universe and let live by it. “Now” is when you learn and “here” is where you learn. 2. How we should practice what Principles 1. You can judge. seeking for the spiritual growth. 4. Exercise Usui-sensei’s five Reiki principles in everyday life as a Reiki practitioner. The accumulation of your selections determines the result of your learning. verbal expression and actions. Mind control within is especially important. you are now starting to make true use of Reiki energy. along with the five Reiki principles. Keep always in mind to try to raise your conscious vibration level so you will not be in tune with the vibration of disorder. 6. At this moment you are expressing yourself through the free selection and producing the cause of self realization. You can deny. To reach ultimate relaxation and achieve self realization in calmness. 5. Practice Hatsurei-ho and self-cleansing technique to become part of Reiki vibration and light. Vibration of past disharmony do exist and should be made to disappear regardless of who created them. abnormal selection can be made. c. . Try to recognise the energy of past disharmony and cleanse and extinguish it. Create a field of peaceful vibration in resonance with the universe and maintain the rhythm in everyday life. talk right and act right so you will not cause new disharmony. What and How 1. You are eternal life and the earth is the place for learning.
Reiju is a ‘spiritual empowerment’. Spirituality in this case means connection to the Reiki energy. Through these training sessions and their own practices. depending on their progress. Reiju is used in original Usui Reiki and a version of it is also used by the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. The word Reiju has also been translated as the 'giving of the five blessings'. The student works on and develops that enhanced connection by practicing energy exercises daily. The first information that we received in the West concerning Reiju came from Hiroshi Doi. The five blessings are given by each of the five hand positions/points that are held after the crown has been opened. though Doi’s method is basically sound. After the last step of Hatsurei Ho. You can write "Reiju" in two different ways using Japanese kanji. and more intuitive. I have seen other Masters in various parts of the world comment on their experiences of using Reiju and the general consensus is the same. one way meaning "accepting the spirituality" and the other meaning "giving the spirituality". increasing the strength of the student’s Reiki. As far as the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai is concerned. as passed on to Chris Marsh by his surviving students. and in the Gakkai students work on and develop this potential by practicing Reiji Ho. The blessings include the following. and his technique seems to have been based on his personal experience of receiving the empowerments repeatedly. Reiju enhances the student’s spiritual development. students would meditate for a while. 2. This aspect is enhanced through energy exercises also. Doi has explained that students attend weekly training sessions called "Shuyokai" where they practice "Hatsurei Ho". and they come through Mikkyo teachings (Mystical Buddhism): Hands .Reiju empowerments Background Reiju is the way that the ability to channel Reiki is conveyed. the students' Reiki channelling power (or ability) would advance. We now know that Usui's Reiju differs a little from the method that Doi has reconstructed.knowledge: part of going through spiritual evolution is remembering A further interpretation of the word Reiju is ‘the unity of mind and Ki’. One of my Master students – who had already been teaching using attunements – said to me that her ‘Reiju students’ were ‘flying’! . and we know that it comes from Tendai Buddhism. in Seishin Toitsu (concentration).wisdom (hands in gassho is a symbol of wisdom) Heart . New Reiki levels were given to the students by the teachers. of course. rather than by him having been taught it specifically. moving the student along his/her spiritual path. The Reiju that we teach is Usui's original method of conveying the ability to channel Reiki. allowing students to be more sensitive to the energy right from the word go. Receiving Reiju empowerments on a regular basis is the key to maximizing intuition and sensitivity to the energy. when compared with my earlier experiences in teaching Reiki using Westernstyle attunements. He taught a version of the Gakkai’s Reiju. it is not just a mini-attunement: it is much more than that: 1. the five powers. That is when the teachers would give Reiju to each one of the students in meditation. My experience of Using Reiju on my courses during the last 2 ½ years is that they are really something special. 3. Reiju connects the student to Reiki and continually reinforces that connection.
no matter how many students you will be empowering. connecting you to them and creating sacred space. imagining that as you do this you are bringing energy through your crown. 4. Return your hands to your Dantien point as before. The hands overlap but do not touch each other. The above could appear to be the reverse of something called Shaou Gong. Then you will be making three repeated movements that expand your energy to include or engulf the people who are going to receive Reiju from you. Maybe you can feel a strong bolt of energy through your crown. The individual empowerments for each student. Hold this position until you feel a real sense of connectedness with the energy. and can be used out of context in these situations: • As part of Western-style Reiki Attunements • Before you are about to start Reiki treatments You will be making one movement that opens you up to Reiki and brings Reiki into your Dantien (Tanden. 9. 1. with your palms facing away from you. straight out in front of you. or you may feel changes in your Dantien. to achieve the same 'connecting position' that you learned in Hatsu Rei Ho. flowing through your arms into your torso and your Dantien. Feel energy or light cascading down into your hands. Self-Empowerment Stage The self-empowerment stage of Reiju is described below. 5. each time finishing with your hands hovering in front of your Dantien. 8. 7. a closing down exercise used at the end of a QiGong session. This is done only once. This movement is done only once. with the dominant hand closest. Bring your hands slowly out to the sides. and the non-dominant hand hovering further away. . Finish this movement by hovering your hands in front of your Dantien. filling your hands. Move your hands away from your Dantien.How to Give Reiju Reiju empowerments consist of two stages: 1. Bring your hands slowly out to the sides. It also seems to be similar to a QiGong exercise called Parting the Clouds. palms facing the floor. your hands may heat up or fill with energy. You have now surrounded yourself with energy and brought the energy into your Dantien. flooding the energy over your body and passing this energy through your body to your Dantien point as you lower your hands. at the start of the Reiju session. Hara). moving your hands forwards and upwards to above your head. 2. Raise your hands to connect to Reiki in the way that you learned as part of Hatsu Rei Ho. just like before. and we follow this with three repeated movements… 6. Repeat this 'expanding' sequence two more times. with palms uppermost to the sky. so the above can be seen as opening up the person to energy. 3. 2. this time imagining that as you do so you are expanding your energy to engulf the people you will be empowering. A general introductory stage where you open yourself to the energy and create sacred space.
1. at which time your hands will be close to the recipient's knees. ritually grounding the energy without touching the floor. Reiju empowerments are usually given as part of the Hatsu Rei Ho sequence at the Gakkai's weekly training sessions. 3. move your hands sideways past the knees and move them downwards towards the floor. intending that you are opening the energy centres as you do so. with the other fingers floppy and relaxed. When it is their turn to receive Reiju. though. holding their hands in the Gassho position and with their eyes closed. they receive their empowerment and then you can bring the hands down into their lap again. Stand in front of the recipient. with your palms face down. the student will simply meditate with their hands in the Gassho position while they wait for their empowerment. ENERGY PATH: Move your hands down a little and join together the first two joints of your index fingers. and feel energy coming down into your hands from above. as in the illustration below. relaxed. . Move your hands high up above you. 6. 2. rest your hand on their shoulder as a cue for them to put their hands together in Gassho. In one continuous movement. if they are not already doing the meditation that follows the Seishin Toitsu stage of Hatsu Rei Ho. 5. 4. move your hands down in front of the recipient. Keep on tracing the energy path until you are pointing at the base of the spine.Individual Empowerments The recipient should sit on a chair. so what you can do is this: and after carrying out Seishin Toitsu for a while. Touch the recipient's shoulder to indicate that they should place their hands in Gassho. and trace an energy path down the centre of the body. without Hatsu Rei Ho being practised by the recipient: the student sits with their eyes closed and their hands in their laps. Splay your fingers out. palms down. The empowerments can also be given on their own. and draw down a line of light which enters the crown. Move your hands to the sides as you stand up straight. In Japan they would do Gassho and bow one time. Part your hands and.
Rather like cupping your hands round a big cup of Cocoa on a cold evening! Let energy flow through the recipient's hands: flood the hands with light. 11. and in front of. Each palm faces the side of the recipient 's head (at about the height of the eyebrows). THROAT: This is an intermediate step that does not come from Hiroshi Doi. so you do not have to lean forwards uncomfortably. one over another. Each position should be held for a count of at least ten seconds. but from Usui’s surviving students. This is said to be the symbol of the sun. with the other fingers splayed out. Your palms are facing their face. and in front of. 8. and flood the throat with light.7. Open the crown. Hold the hands behind. Hiroshi Doi says that the intention here is that you are expanding the energy path so that the student's entire body is being flooded with Reiki. HEART: This is an intermediate step that does not come from Hiroshi Doi. If because of the positioning of the recipient’s hands you cannot place your hand in between the hands and the heart. the throat. you may want to stand to one side of them. Touch the recipient's aura above their head using your dominant hand. the heart area. but from Usui’s surviving students. the temples. and flood the heart with light. move your hands to the front of the recipient's face and make a triangle with your index finger and thumb tips. move your hands down and around the recipient's hands. and this is said to help the third eye to function more sensitively and to connect with higher-level consciousness. Now you are going to be holding a number of hand positions where you will be flooding an area with light or energy. If the recipient has long legs. and hover your nondominant hand over your dominant hand. TEMPLES: Following the outline of the aura. 10. HANDS: Touching together the tips of your first three fingers. Hold the hands behind. Hiroshi Doi's interpretation is that this stage helps to 'clarify the energy body' and attune the energy body with the cosmic rhythm. 13. cupping round their hands. It does not matter which hand is in front or behind. CROWN: Stand up and move your hands down so that they are hovering. Hiroshi Doi says that the intention here is that you are flooding the third eye with light. Hiroshi Doi's interpretation is that the intention here is to connect "the centre of the student" and "the . above the recipient's crown. 12. THIRD EYE: Again following the outline of the aura. simply direct Reiki into the heart with your palm further out from the hands. Hold the centre of the triangle in front of the recipient's third eye. 9. Direct energy down the energy path that you traced with the previous hand movement. slide your hands to both sides of the recipient's head. without touching their hands. palms face down.
Carry out the empowerment with the intention that the recipient is permanently connected to Reiki. people would then have access to regular Reiju. 14. . First Degree Empowerments The Reiju empowerments that you have read about above can be used as an alternative to Reiki First Degree attunements.rather as if you were scooping up water from a stream. when they have received Reiju they could keep their hands in Gassho and when they have all been empowered. If you are empowering a group of people who have been practicing Hatsu Rei Ho. pointing your fingers towards the centre of the recipient's body as if you were scooping up the energy and returning it to the sky. move your hands sideways past the knees and down towards the floor.centre of universe". As your hands reach towards the sky. that they should receive what they need. How many you perform during your course is down to your personal preference. This could be in person (preferable) or at a distance. and with the side of your palms touching along their length also . 16. and to integrate left energy and right energy. Smoothly separate your hands and. I provide both: each week at a distance. Move your hands up and over the recipient's fingertips. and bring your hands down towards the knees (your three fingertips are still touching at this stage). Ideally. releasing the little finger contact toward the end of the movement. 15. palms facing away from the floor. bring your hands together just above the floor. It is nice to do a few. from the arms to the palms. I do three because it fits in nicely with my schedule. create an ‘energy path’ from the shoulders to the arms. open your arms. Quickly move your hands up. You make contact with the tips of the two smallest fingers of each hand. with your palms face down. bring them all back together. starting to ‘scoop’ round in a circle. because this helps to enhance intuition and spiritual development. In Japan they would do Gassho and bow. With the intention that you are 'scooping up' excess energy and returning it to the source of Reiki. returning the energy along the energy path that you traced at the beginning of the empowerment.
The Shinto. They would focus on one energy at a time for many months before moving on to the next.Second Degree Empowerments We should not be surprised that Usui did not have one standard way of connecting his students to the energies and moving them from one level to another. While carrying out the empowerment. the students would use regular chanting of the Kotodama in order to learn to become earth Ki. and oneness… the ‘Buddhist’ meditation approach. one empowerment representing each of the three energies/states that are taught at Second Degree level. Students carried out various meditations to experience the second-degree energies/states. What he did with them depended on their background. Once this had been done. and at second-degree level allowed them to fully experience earth energy. Alongside this. ‘Buddhist approach’ One way of dealing with things was to carry out plain Reiju at all levels. to become heavenly Ki. ‘Shinto approach’ But this was not the only approach. flooding the recipient with one energy during each separate empowerment. or Kotodama. intone the 'connection' Kotodama. You could carry out plain Reiju. We have already seen that at Reiki1 and Reiki2 levels you might use just ‘plain’ Reiju with the intention that the recipient should receive what they needed. but with a different intention: you intended that the recipient be enabled to learn to transfer energy (the ability). either three times or endlessly. there would be three empowerments. and to experience oneness. intone the 'harmony' Kotodama. While carrying out each empowerment. This is how it was done… At second-degree. This has the effect of giving the empowerment the 'flavour' of that energy. This has the effect of giving the empowerment the 'flavour' of that energy. flooding the recipient with that energy during the empowerment. Master Level Empowerments Again. . The alternative was to carry out empowerments that flooded the student with the essence of the three kotodama. Reiju #1 Reiju #2 Reiju #3 intone the 'focus' Kotodama. you would intone the empowerment kotodama silently to yourself. At Reiki1 and Reiki2 levels the intention was that the recipient should receive what they needed. heavenly energy. one empowerment for each of the three second-degree kotodama. either three times or endlessly. the student would carry out the various meditations that were designed to enhance their awareness of their hara (a preparation for second-degree). Usui had different approaches. Well at Master level there were a couple of choices too. version of this would have been to give the empowerment while intoning the 'empowerment' Kotodama. you would intone the kotodama silently to yourself. and one of Usui students – who followed Shinto – carried out empowerments in conjunction with the Reiki kotodama.
you can use the kotodama to direct the energy. ‘becoming’ it. You were not attuned to the symbols by Usui at all. These few students would have to have learned to become the energies using symbols rather than using meditations or kotodama chanting. and the symbols are training wheels: they connect you to an energy that would have been thoroughly familiar to you already. experiencing it. The kotodama are training wheels. for the benefit of a few of his students who could not get to grips with the more traditional meditation/kotodama approach that Usui used with his Buddhist and Shinto students. It seems that the widely held Western view that the symbols are useless unless you are specifically attuned to them is incorrect. as we do in the Western tradition. I have been using the Reiju/kotodama combination at second-degree level since Summer 2000. In fact. You would spend months meditating on each energy in turn. and you can use intent to direct the energy. They were introduced in maybe 1923 and taught to the three naval officers and one of Usui’s surviving students. of course. which doesn’t use symbols. .Where does that leave the Reiki symbols? The Reiki symbols were experienced by only four of Usui’s students. with no kotodama and no symbols entering into the process. So the symbols are a bit of an afterthought. not the symbols. And with time and experience you could dispense with the ‘training wheel’. I have been using Reiju in my Reiki courses since Spring 2000 and they work brilliantly. and the energies would have been worked individually. his system was established. There were no short cuts. through your meditations. through your long chanting of the kotodama. I have found that symbols given to such students work in the same way as if they had been 'attuned' to them. because Usui had been teaching his system since at least 1915. Despite the fact that one is not 'attuned to the symbols' by this process. You can use the symbols to direct the energy. without them. through again and again experiencing the characteristic energies of each individual symbol. and then you might work with it when treating others. but Reiki is the energy. Eguchi. But in Usui’s system you used the energies once you had become thoroughly familiar with them. So with Usui you were not attuned to the symbols in order to be connected to Reiki. That was the first stage. if through long practice you could fully ‘become’ the energies. I believe that once you are connected to the energy than *any* symbol will push the energy in a particular direction. They do not turn up in the connection rituals. introduced jointly by him and his senior student. they even work at First Degree level using 'plain' Reiju. not mixed together. to work with the energies direct. His students were simply given them and they were used to represent different energies/states. it would have still been a long process. You were connected to Reiki using Reiju. up and running. You could dispense with symbols and you could dispense with the kotodama. If you are attuned to Reiki then the symbols represent the energy in much the same way that the Kotodama represent the energy.
I know a Reiki Master who .Reiju Variations Western ‘experiments’ Reiju variations have been developed by some people who are using the method to attune people to symbols in the 'Western' system. with impressive results seemingly. Alternatively. by simply intending that the recipients would receive the empowerment. This seems to have worked fine. This time he again did three Reiju empowerments. with the intention that it be received by any existing Reiki person who wishes to 'tune in' to it any time on a Monday. For Reiju #1 he visualized CKR passing into the third eye (as before) and visualized CKR passing into the hands while he cupped his own hands around them. and for Reiju #3 he visualized HSZSN there. For Reiju #1 he visualized CKR passing into the third eye while holding the 'triangle' there. I used this technique to attune the children of a friend of ours. and in Reiju #3 he used HSZSN. we are just essential bystanders… making the introductions. because we do not actually attune someone. Again. I experimented for a while by using two Reiju empowerments and one Western-style attunement at Reiki1 level. he says that this worked well. That has been experienced powerfully too. Later that day. one for each symbol. for Reiju #2 he visualized SHK in the same place. This Master had also used Reiju empowerments with symbols at Reiki2 level. He says that this works powerfully too.before we learned about the kotodama . He has also used Reiju at Master level. Again. I have had an empty chair in front of me and imagined that the person I am sending the empowerment to is in front of me. this was before we knew about the kotodama. it was Reiki! We should not be too surprised that this works. I send a Reiju 'broadcast' every Monday. When I have done this. if not more in fact. Self-Empowerments Distant Reiju It is perfectly possible to arrange for another Reiki Master to send you distant Reiju. For Reiju #2 he used SHK in this way. I now use three Reiju empowerments on my Reiki1 courses. It worked fine. one Reiju for each of the three symbols. so to speak. and I find that students notice just as much. than using the Western methods. He has tried giving people Reiju without physically doing anything to them. sending DKM into the third eye and hands. the young lady felt her hands tingle and when she 'treated' her mother. or the empowerment energy. . and people seemed to be noticing more than they would normally notice on the average Reiki1 course. when carrying out the 'self-empowerment' stage of Reiju (see above) I have imagined my energy expanding to engulf the other person at their home.used Reiju three times at Reiki1 level.
They then do the empowerment on their energy body. without using the 'prop' of someone imagined outside her. See yourself go through the self-empowerment stage.Distant Reiju on yourself You can. the energy then being grounded. Then sit yourself down with your hands in Gassho. at the appointed time. . and receive the empowerment that you sent out earlier. She simply visualizes a line of light entering her crown and opening her energy centers down to the base of the spine. Some people have tried sitting in a chair. or rather feels or experiences energy flowing through her crown down that energy path. A Further method Reiki Master Carly Horbowiecz in the Netherlands takes another approach. do distant Reiju on yourself. So she experiences the energy's effects on herself. drawing the energy into the appropriate areas. Or you could intend that the empowerment be received by you when you sit down and request to receive it. and then see yourself performing the empowerment on you. and imagine that you are standing in front of you. imagining that they have left their 'energy body' or 'etheric double' behind in the chair. and then they get up. Sit in a chair with your hands in Gassho. Using your 'Energy Body' A variation of the distant Reiju that can be used on other people is to imagine yourself doing Reiju on yourself. Then she imagines. Other people have experimented using a mirror. with the intention that the empowerment will be received at whatever time you decide upon. of course. She finds it very effective. then into her third eye and so on. then into her temples.
2. OPTIONALLY. Power Reiju is his way of giving an intense.) 3. Intend to connect the person to Reiki (you can even focus on a specific version of Reiki). Each palm faces the side of the recipient 's head (at about the height of eyebrows). to the height of the recipient's knees. Join your hands. Touch the person on their shoulder and say to yourself "I will begin Reiju now. Join the index fingers of both hands. usually performing the Sei Shin Toitsu part of Hatsurei-ho. holding hands in Gassho and eyes closed. but FIRST hold the 2 fingers out again. Then flatten the palms again. Now flatten your overlapped hands as in normal Doi-sensei Reiju. 7. Join the fingertips. If they have finished. palms face down (dominant hand on the bottom) and rest them on top of the recipient's aura. but adds in a Kikou (Qigong) like focus of the 2 index fingers of each hand. 8. reaching to the ceiling. Next. Join your hands. Stop here and let the Reiki energy flow into the recipient's head for about 10 seconds. 10. their hands may simply be on their lap. Hold for about 10 seconds. Let the energy flow through both sides of the recipient's head for about 10 seconds. 6. 4.this may actually feel stronger. The index fingers are pointing horizontally over the recipient's head. Slowly lower your hands above the recipient's crown. placing them on the edge of the recipient's aura. Sometimes Doi-sensei uses it in between attunements in class. at each attunement position. then bow one time. Doi-sensei held a special Reiju class where he taught Reiju. He recommends it not be given as the first Reiki attunement to a student. . come around to the front with the 2 fingered hands to point at the forehead or 3rd eye position. 5. Stand in front of the recipient and do Gassho.. Continue to move your hands back up in a circle until they are over the recipient's head. but it is a good process to use as a Reiki attunement boost. finally facing your palms to the floor. You become the symbol of light and connect to the Reiki energy/vibration. URRI 2000 Workshop weekend in Kyoto Japan. Power Reiju and Self Reiju. Note: The recipient should sit on a chair relaxed. one on top the other. still moving down and to the floor. Move your hands high up from both sides and hold them with your palms open. Release the index fingers contact and start opening your arms to both sides around the knees. 9. Then in one continuous movement." If their hands are on their lap. following the aura. Next bring your hands along to either side of the head. Hold for about 10 seconds. you can just point the first 2 fingers of each hand (overlapped) towards the crown) . one on top the other. The technique follows the standard Doi Reiju process. palms face down (dominant hand on the bottom) and then point the combined fingers downward to the recipient's crown (as pictured below). they will raise them into Gassho position (as you have explained to them previously. Let Reiki flow into the crown and hold this position for about 10 seconds. Method: (similar to Reiju) 1. together making contact of the second joints of your 2 fingers above the recipients head (your other fingers are relaxed). as you draw a line of energy down the center of the body. making a "V" with your hands. if he feels the student could use a boost. simple attunement.Gendai Power Reiju – a concentrated Empowerment ceremony At the November. move your hands down in front of the recipient. this time pointing in towards either side of the head as pictured below.
as pictured below) and keep the center of the triangle in front of the recipient's forehead/third eye. releasing the little finger contact.12. 15. Let the energy flow into recipient's third eye for about 10 seconds. . 18." 17. bring them together. Let the energy flow through the recipient's hands for 10 seconds. palms facing upward. Change your hands to make a triangle with your index fingers and your thumbs (symbol of the sun. open your hands and face the palms towards the recipient's hands. Now. When they are below the knees. 16. move down to the recipient's hands and point towards them with your 2 fingered hands at the edge of the aura (like you did at the sides of the head. as in normal Reiju. You open your arms. Do Gassho and a bow. Smoothly separate and move your hands outwards and downwards. Hold for about 10 seconds. Your palms are facing the recipient's forehead. Say to yourself " I have finished Reiju. your fingers pointing towards the recipient's body. making contact with the tips of the two smallest fingers of each hand (like a scoop or open cup). Proceed to the next Person . 13. 13. Next. Touch the recipient's shoulder to inidcate to the person that Reiju is over. Quickly move your hands up along the center of his/her body in front as if you were scooping the energy and returning it to the sky. toward the end of the movement.
Invert your fingers so they point downwards toward your crown (see photo below). then bow one time. continue. Do Gassho and a bow. Do Gassho. 9. Self Reiju is his way of giving Reiju to yourself. one on top the other. Tell yourself you are finished with Reiju. Method: 1. 3. Following the outline of your aura. 13. Quickly move your hands up along the center of your body as if you were scooping the energy and returning it to the sky. You open your arms. 7. Power Reiju and Self Reiju. if you feel the need for Reiki. Hold for about 10 seconds. 11. 8. joining them together. . 4. 12. You become the symbol of light and connect to the Reiki energy/vibration. Slowly lower your hands above your crown. 10. move your hands to both sides of your head. and the backs of your fingers are touching. Bring your hands down in front of your heart. At each position. 5. Doi-sensei held a special Reiju class where he taught Reiju. Note: You can do this standing up or sitting down. When you are ready. Intend to attune yourself to Reiki (you can also focus on a specific version of Reiki). Bring your hands to in front of your tanden and hold here if you feel the need for Reiki. If not move down to the Solar Plexus and do the same. Next. 2. letting them flow outwards and back up in a circle to your crown. separate the hands below the tanden. Check to see if you need energy here. toward the end of the movement. Smoothly separate and move your hands downwards and bring them together. Leave them here if you feel a need for Reiki at your throat. palms face down (dominant hand on the bottom) and then slowly bring them down to touch the top of your aura above your crown. bring your hands around to the front of your head and overlap them just as you did over your crown. 6. Let the energy flow through both sides of your head for about 10 seconds. leave the hands there for as long as you like. releasing the little finger contact. Now bring your hands (in the same position) down in front of your throat. reaching to the ceiling. palms facing upward. Stop here and let the Reiki energy flow into your head for about 10 seconds (or as long as it feels appropriate to you). Join your hands. Tell yourself you begin Reiju. Move your hands high up from both sides and hold them with your palms open. this time facing your forehead. Make contact with the tips of the two smallest fingers of each hand (like a scoop or open cup). Then bring the channel of Reiki energy into yourself as you run your fingers down the front of you. As in Reiju. URRI 2000 Workshop weekend in Kyoto Japan.Gendai Self Reiju – a simple way to use his Reiju on yourself At the November.
Dave and his associate Melissa Riggal were allowed to see these notes as well as several written by Dr. After 3 months a student could be promoted to level 2. Their hands are in Gassho (prayer position and at heart level). and the third time. Mr. #4 with the dominant hand over the crown. Hayashi in the classroom) the student would then be taught attunements and be allowed to teach. and would then be allowed to work the upper half of the body. Shoden Empowerment 1. in the second it was the Harmony symbol/energy. 7. As you do so. Tatsumi owned a business that manufactured miso and he would travel to Tokyo to sell this. Place your hands on the student's shoulders for a few seconds with the intent of grounding. Place your non-dominant hand on (or just above) the student's crown chakra and place your dominant hand just above it. Level one practitioners would work the lower part of the body using hand positions devised by Dr. Students could pay for training or work in the clinic 8 hours each week. So only ONE symbol is placed into the hands in any empowerment. This is what he shared with me. Tap the studen't shoulders to indicate they should place their hands in Gassho. the student could then be promoted to level 3 and given responsibilities for a shift in the clinic. Dr. After a two year's further commitment (which involved assisting Dr. given new training. the same empowerment was given for each of the 3 "symbols. He met Dr. Stand in front of the student and open the student's hands. including the origins of techniques used and that of the symbols. the Connection symbol/energy. 5. Hayashi and Mikao Usui. 2. Dr. Tatsumi also gave empowerments to Dave and showed him the attunement process he had learned from Dr. giving Reiki to patients. In Okuden or Reiki 2. Mr. In the first part of Shinpiden or Reiki 3. For each attunement. essentially one a day for each day of the class. 3. Mr. Draw or visualise the symbols (or energies) in order ." such that in the first empowerment. Step back and draw or visual the Empowerment (Master) Symbol in the air (or simply call on the energy) and move it over your own body. with hands in Gassho. the student is sitting in a chair and has feet (usually stockinged) flat on the floor or on a cushion. #3. At this level a student could even receive some monetary compensation. before he passed away in October 1996.The Hayashi Attunement The following attunement process was shown to Dave King by Dr. bow. Notes on the Attunements: In Shoden or Reiki 1 level.#1. This seemed to be his way of duplicating Usui Sensei's method of giving the student an empowerment each time they met (or at each Reiki gathering). #2. Hayashi's possession. focus on opening the Reiki channels. Hayashi. Hayashi's hand. Hayashi had learned it. the Okuden empowerment was used again with only the Empowerment symbol/energy placed into the hands. Tatsumi. Hayashi and enrolled in his training. Hayashi gave the same attunement up to 4 times. Tatsumi explained that part of this training involved copying all of Dr. 6. After 9 more months. Hayashi concentrated on the Focus symbol/energy. as well as those of Usui-sensei's that were in Dr. Hayashi's notes. The notes explained the system of Reiki as Dr. Hayashi's 12th master level student. . 4. Mr. Dave was allowed to trace the symbols that were in Dr. Clear the student's energy by making three descending sweeps of the hands from above the student's head to the ground. Hayashi. The symbols above the crown seem to be just a ceremony for the teacher to connect to all the energies. Standing behind the student.
4. sharp blast of breath to the student's crown. Heaven. 2. This may be done by blowing straight at each point. Take the student's right hand and place it on the student's left shoulder. 3. Draw the symbols in order . Cosmic energy. Also.sexual energy). Step back. Dave had also taught me to bow to the student. Ask the student to share their experience. 9. #4 with the dominant hand over the crown. o The scoop at the end is intended to reverse the flow of energy and thus help revive the student. draw the Master Symbol in the air and move it over your own body. Place your hands on the student's shoulders and `revive' the student. 15.#1. 16. intent and focus that the Reiki channels be opened . directed towards each of the points. #3. 14. Man = Ren Qi. 1. make a single upward sweep from floor to above student's head. your focus here is on opening the Reiki channels in the student. Comments: o The attunement is given 4 times during the class. o The blowing along the line of the joined hands is one continuous blow . mostly Yin. o Again. 'The Three Pure Ones' or 'Three Treasures' Ching (body essence . 11. Higher Self. or by blowing along the back of your hand. Upper Dantien: SHEN. Go behind the student and. Okuden and Shinpiden Empowerments Note: Only one symbol is placed in the hands per empowerment. More condensed than Chi. . Bow. Focus on opening the Reiki channels and hold the position until you feel a good energy flow. 12. o The sharp blasts at the 3 energy centers are associated with the three dantiens.8. Place the student's hands back into the prayer position and blow gently and continuously along the space between the hands. Earth = Di Qi. Take the student's left hand and place it on the student's right shoulder. you are not saying the mantra out loud. Give a short. Stand behind the student. with your hands cupped. while behind the student. you are holding a strong will. although you are drawing the symbols in the air. This still occurs in the society today. Place your dominant hand slightly above the student's hands and your other hand slightly below the student's hands. o Dave King he refers to Level one as connecting to . 13. Chi (life force energy) Shen (spirit) o Lower Dantien (navel): Most important center. #2. As you do so focus on the symbol that you are attuning.Heaven = Tian QI. I usually find that the energy builds to a peak then levels off. 10. when in front of the student. he blew along his hand towards the individual Dantiens. Clear the student's energy by making three descending sweeps of the hands from above the student's head to the ground. o Above the crown. o In a separate attunement that Doi-sensei demonstrated. o Before and after the attunement. heart and dantien (just below navel). Place your non-dominant hand on (or just above) the student's crown chakra and place your dominant hand just above it. Earth. Gassho and bow to the student. Middle Dantien: CHI. CHING. Soul.you will find this is a bit different for each person. Rotate the student's hands whilst doing this.it is used to seal the energy. most likely in an attempt to emulate the process Usui-sensei had of attuning the student each time they came for instruction or a gathering of the Reiki society. going from the thumb side of the palm to the little finger side of the palm.
12. Place your hands on the student's shoulders for a few seconds with the intent of grounding. 7. Take the student's left hand and place it on the student's right shoulder. 6. The attunement for the third level is intended to fully empower the candidate. Stand in front of the student and open the student's hands. Bow. Rotate the student's hands whilst doing this. These positions are part of a standard healing pattern in use long before Usui's time. The original system before Hayashi had seven hand positions. Go behind the student and make a single upward sweep from floor to above student's head. He calls it the 'connecting transformation'. 11. Place the student's hands back into the prayer position and blow gently and continuously along the space between the hands going from thumb side palm to little finger side palm. The 'patient' remains on their back or the whole treatment which follows the 'top-down' rule of traditional medicine. The attunements for first level are intended to 'remind' the candidate that he is connected to a limitless energy system. Place your dominant hand slightly above the student's hands and your other hand slightly below the student's hands. Give a short. It is a ceremony that simply tells the energy to flow along the channels. There was never any requirement to maintain an 'oral tradition'. Hayashi had large quantities of notes in both his own and in Usui's penmanship and some of these remain in Tatsumi's possession. sharp blast of breath to the student's crown chakra. 13. . It has no connection with teaching the system. The symbol is given in an attunement called an 'empowerment transformation' which precedes the disclosure of the final symbol. heart chakra and dantien chakra (just below navel). Here are some interesting notes from Dave King's web site: Tatsumi had kept notes of the attunements and symbols. Ask about experiences etc. 10. focusing on the flat of my palm. It is used in everyday life and is not restricted to teaching. 8. Take the student's right hand and place it on the student's left shoulder. The attunements for second level are intended to remind the candidate that they have access to the energies that act as 'filters' to the flow given at level I. Each symbol is given separately in an attunement called a 'control transformation' which precedes the disclosure of the symbol that is being attuned. Draw the appropriate symbol four times with the upper hand then `lead' the symbol into the student's palm.5. · I was taught to draw the symbols with my hand open. 9. ……… The fourth symbol is for empowerment. just imagine that they are moving into the hand. Comments: · As you "lead" the symbols into the palm. No symbols are passed in the set of four attunements. Place your hands on the student's shoulders and `revive' student.
Zazen Shikan Taza Outside the meditation hall or spiritual practice area 1 Shikan Zen Yo No Ichi Ge the verse displaying the main point of samatha-vipasyana meditation Recite once: "In the genuine entering nirvana. two practice methods stand out. Only a handful of people in Japan might know the earlier – longer – version that Usui would have carried out. When both samatha and vipasyana are successfully practiced. apparently there are a multitude of roads. ceasing all activity Dhyana-Samadhi meditation trance Vipasyana insight Prajna wisdom Dharma the path/truth 2 Kokoro No Ryo verse on food for the heart/mind Recite once each: . is not for the fainthearted. The meditation comes from Tendai Buddhism. This meditation.Lotus Repentance Meditation The Lotus Repentance meditation is not an essential part of original Usui Reiki. and the second. then vipasyana becomes the foundation of prajna. and it is the practice that Usui carried out on Mount Kurama. and coming down with Reiki. He seems to have been teaching his system long before he undertook the meditations. What you can see below is a modern version of the meditation. He did this meditation at least five times during his lifetime. Mrs Takata’s story of Reiki has Usui Sensei going up a mountain for 21 days of fasting. When samatha results in one's winning entry into dhyana-samadhi. the meditator enters samadhi and receives prajna. vipasyana. seeing symbols in bubbles of light. In that state. and nobody would carry out the full form nowadays in Japan: they are all too busy and it is for the brave or foolhardy. sanctioned by the Tendai monks at Mt Hiei. further leads one to deny unwholesome desires." Notes: Samatha stopping. The purpose of this meditation is to bring satori. but do not seem to have provided that ‘eureka’ moment that we are all familiar with. It was not part of the daily practice of Masters. or a moment of enlightenment. though they were encouraged to carry out the meditation at some stage during their training. But if we think about only the vital necessities. samatha. The meditation is included here for your information only. the dharma's altruistic goal of helping both self and others is fully completed. The first. But the reality is that Usui’s meditations – an established Tendai practice – would have helped him to progress along his own path of spiritual development. in its full form. quiets one's evil passions. It involves 21 days of fasting and meditating.
" "The height of compassion is to welcome evil onto myself while giving good deeds to other people. professional priests." "Monetary wealth is not a national treasure. and to forget myself while doing good for others. Hinayana followers. Rather than bearing grudges about the things happening in this long night's dream called the world."Practicing the dharma includes food and clothes. but by repaying with virtue. I wish to acknowledge and atone for all. hungry ghosts. . but in food and clothes the practice of dharma is not found. evil spirits. namely the realms of hells. I should abandon those heart-states in which bad actions accumulate. Enter the hall… Inside the meditation hall or spiritual practice area 4 San Rai three prostrations Recite three times. hatred is completely exhausted. fighting entities. animals. than lay on ground face down with hands straight out in front of you 5 Ten non-virtuous states of mind the recitation on self-discipline This is done individually. Recite the Sange Mon (repentance verse) once: "Ga Shaku Sho Zo Sho Aku Go. Kai Yu Mu Shi Ton Jin Chi." "By holding grudges and repaying with hatred. cross the boundary into the dharma realm of the true Buddha. hatred never ends. Ju Shin Go I Shi Sho Sho. words and deeds. Issai Ga Kon Kai Sange" Translation: From beginningless time I have generated negative karma through my misdirected thoughts. Contemplate: Reflecting on my own life. then move into the kneeling position with hands in Gassho. and conflicting emotions. each time performing a grand prostration after each recitation: "Isshin Chorai Jippo Hokai Joju Sanbo" Translation: I the penitent come to make amends for my transgressions Great Prostration: Stand in gassho." 3 Method of entering the hall Line up outside the hall. a person who brightens a single corner is a national treasure. heavens. mundane life.
Pull it close to the body. an enlightened being. coming to rest in a correct. Second. completely exhausting them. Abandon those thoughts outside the practice. There are ten levels of bodhisattvaship until you reach the state of a buddha with the complete realisation of emptiness and compassion. expelling muddy spirits. allow the diaphragm to move in tandem with the movement of air through the nose.and out-breaths. Form the meditation mudra with the hands in the lap. puckering or sliding. pure spirit. Twist the body left and right a number of times. thoughts about emotional ups and downs. The straighten up again. I vow to save them all. check the breathing. before he became the buddha. Take your seat for meditation… 7 Entering samadhi First. Separate the attention from the breathing and concentrate it at the red field. like a buddha. check the activity of the thoughts. Third. in and out three times. check one's posture. let the line of sight fall about six feet in front. If sitting in the half-lotus position. and through the nose breathe in endless. but continue until you are satisfied. Close the mouth. it should not be loud. quickly correct it. with the tips of the thumbs lightly touching. . Goji Busshi Jodaigan" May this seeker of enlightenment fulfil these vows. Imagine it entering through the top of the head. Allow the breathing to remain in a natural state. place the left leg over the right leg. Note: The Tathagata means the accomplished one. not gasping or sucking in air. I vow to accumulate them all. The backbone should not be curved. Then with the torso straight and relaxed. such as gross thoughts. releasing stagnant air slowly while leaning slightly forward. without hurrying. Loosen the belt and arrange the clothes neatly so as to cover the legs. Breathe all defects out during exhalation. teeth lightly together. I vow to study them all. If the posture should relax. pulled close under the stomach. random thoughts. Listening to the sound of the in. Exhale with the mouth open. or relaxed and tense states. as if in a closed system. not jerky. straight posture. Homon Muhen Segan Gaku The dharmas are infinite. right palm on top of the left palm. Don't exhale quickly or slowly.6 Godai Gan five great vows Recite: "Shujo Muhen Segan Do Sentient beings are limitless. Mujo Bodai Segan Jo Supreme enlightenment is unsurpassed. I vow to attain it. I vow to serve them all. The buddha himself had several incarnations as a bodhisattva (a being that is completely motivated by the wish to help others and no more interested in anything for himself). Fukuchi Muhen Segan Shu Knowledge and wisdom are limitless. with the left toes and the right heel equally spaced. With the eyes half-closed to reduce the brightness of the outside light. Clear the air passages. tongue against the upper palate. Nyorai Muhen Segan Ji The tathagatas are endless. daydreaming. and the shoulders are thrown back.
rub the pores of the whole body (rub your forearms). the neck and shoulder on the other side. and continually apply mindfulness and recollection to again produce unity and harmony of the body. light incense or recite sutras depending on the time. release the mind from samadhi. the sutra of Saintly Fudo. Next. open the eyes behind the palms. or any other sutra you choose. not being shaken by thoughts or activities of daily life. 9 Exiting samadhi First. recite sutras. using warmth to cover the eyes. and establish connections and relations. Finally. Next. then returning the hand back up the arm. head. recite the San Rai (three prostrations) again. Rely on this practice to cross over. from the elbow to the shoulder and on over the neck. then rub the palms together. down over the arms with a sweeping motion from shoulder to fingertip (a la kenyoku). open the mouth and breathe deeply so as to release the spirit. One sits single-pointedly. each time performing a Grand Prostration. Next. finishing with a flourishing flick as you remove negative energy. This can be the Heart sutra. 8 Dwelling in samadhi Observe the harmony of the Three Mysteries of the body. "Isshin Chorai Jippo Joju Sanbo" Depart the hall… . three times. Finally. Do the same with the other hand. You may also chant the Nembutsu and dedicate merit. portions of the Lotus sutra. move the body very slightly. Note when the three are not in harmony. Next.Note: the red field is what you can see when you half close your eyelids and turn your eyes upwards. the Ten-verse Kannon sutra. breath and thoughts. 10 Method for leaving the hall If there is time. not even if enveloped in raging flames. Then move the hands. the breath and the thoughts.
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