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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.
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. you will learn to do only with the 3rd symbol. If you can. 2nd symbol (the moon) and 3rd symbol (the sun) . You need to let go of all the symbols in the future and this is your first step toward that direction. Practices and techniques for reaching self-establishment (Exercising love and harmony. They are very useful but you do not need to depend on them forever. Symbols are useful and effective but are something you have to let go of eventually. You will learn to do without symbols. you have learned 1st symbol (the earth). Usage of the integrated symbol 1. After having learned the meaning and the usage of 4th symbol (the universe). Ki = works on the mind and body) 3. learn to use the 3rd symbol for healing and the 4th symbol for spiritual growth 2. 3. having extra wheels for support helps. 3. Assists in one’s awakening (Healing is the result of one’s choice through awakening) Integrating symbols Symbols integrated 1. integrates. a barometer for one’s spirituality) 2. you will learn to work with only the 4th symbol for healing. First. transcends and represents all the other symbols. Second. You have that ability from the beginning.• Your soul will be purified and you will grow spiritually. The symbols work in a similar way. anyone can execute distant healing safely and with confidence. At level 3. 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. Use the 4th symbol (or the image of uniting with the light) for everything. It integrates the1st and the 2nd symbols and can provide the functions of these by itself. At level 2. you can skip the first step above. 4. 4. The 3rd symbol (the sun) has the function of healing beyond time and space. Letting go of symbols 1. You will be freed from fear and able to get closer to a more stable and higher state. 5. It incorporates. depending on your level of recognition. You will develop more power in Reiki healing. 3. Do not misunderstand the function of symbols and keep looking for newer and more effective symbols. Goals in level 3 Re-understanding the nature of Reiki healing Reiki Healing 1. When you first practice riding a bike. 2. With the help of the symbol. 2. 4. 5. Art of healing (Rei = works on the nature of the person. Migrate from the use of individual symbols to the use of integrated symbols. their meanings and usage. .
they will ascend to the higher dimension – the state of the happiest. The core of Reiki-ho is considered to achieve ultimate relaxation. freeing you from phenomena and emotions in everyday life. After completing the learning. we do not talk about reincarnation but we will learn to live comfortably. the 4th symbol exists for going beyond reincarnation 3. a. departing from all the illusion (wrong recognition that phenomena are reality). Once you are in this state of mind. everyone has lessons to learn and goes through many lives until he/she completes the learning. 2. silence and happiness. you can keep doing what you are supposed to be doing if you come to know the earth will disappear tomorrow. words and deeds and practice a way of living that would not cause any new karma. In Gendai Reiki-ho. b. For those who believe in enlightenment. cleanse them and make them disappear.Learning the master symbol Learn the role of the 4th symbol 1. 3. 2. 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. we will try to grow spiritually and to become part of the universal consciousness by boosting our vibration. keeping complete peace of mind to the last moment. c. Even for those people. 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. For this purpose. In spiritualism. According to this. Some people does not believe in reincarnation and think anyone can have only one life. It is important to make efforts as a person but as for the results. Making use of the master symbol in Gendai Reiki-ho 1. Understand the truth of karma and exercise the control of your mind. . This state of mind is called enlightenment. seeking for the enlightenment reached by Usui-sensei: The whole purpose of life is to learn to live peacefully. which means transcending reincarnation and entering the dimension of eternal peace. 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. Exercise the self cleansing technique to recognize your past karma and trauma. Some people have gone through severe training to reach that state. Purify your thoughts. we should leave them to the universe and learn to be in complete peace without having any worries.
Any part of a healer’s body can emit Ki and light while eyes. Reiki Ryoho is a unique healing technique using Reiki based on Reino in the universe. 2. negative printing and negative vibration from the past b. He said “The great Reiki filling the great universe exists within the human body too. the stronger the Reiki within becomes. He explained that Ki and light are radiated from the whole body of a healer bringing healing. Keep your mind and body healthy and live a peaceful and joyful life. Reach to the state where you do not need symbols any longer. Heal your heart first and make your body healthy. 4. . Resonate with super conscious energy transmitted by the being in higher dimension and utilize it. Live a peaceful and joyful life while you heal others in need and promote happiness of you and others all together. Reiki Ryoho is a spiritual healing technique and an energy healing technique at the same time. Cleansing and resolving trauma. Live in resonance with the universe and realize a creative life (self establishment) 2. The core of Reiki-ho by Usui sensei Usui-sensei’s perception of Reiki 1. Steps for realization a. 5. Learn to use the master symbol for everything with results. Accept yourself as the way you are (self acceptance) c. mouth and hands emit them most. Issues to be resolved at the same time a. Reiki-ho is a technique for utilizing the conscious energy of the great universe through the Reino (mysterious and noble working) in the universe. 3. 6.Making use of Reiki vibration in everyday life Steps for making full use of the master symbol 1. At the same time heal others sick in their mind and body with Reiki and promote the happiness of yourself and others all together. 2. 3. It will make people strong and healthy and promotes healthy thoughts and a joyful life. (you become symbols) Path to self-establishment through spiritual growth 1. without any exception. Spiritual healing and energy healing are integrated into Reiki Ryoho. Transform yourself into who you should be (self transformation) d. He clearly stated that Reiki-ho is a healing technique utilizing Ki and light. Everything in the universe (any existence) holds Reiki." Try to remember that the further you grow spiritually. Creating a life style for preventing these negativity's any more. Know who you are by looking at yourself (self recognition) b.
But the symbol has its value in the function of connecting to sacred being and becoming part of it. draw the master symbol in the air. I will grow in all aspects and be in harmony. The source (higher dimension) represented by the symbol is honourable but the symbol itself is just a tool. While feeling the vibration with your eyes closed. Lower the energy to Tanden with your hands." Ko-Myo is a symbol for wisdom which is light that breaks the darkness. 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. Say the kotodama (mantra) three times. Do Kenyoku. say the kotodama (mantra) three times. Do Kenyoku. The highest symbol in Reiki-ho. Dai Ko Myo means "Great (Dai) . Receive guidance by your higher self all day If you have any specific religion you believe in. 2. 1. you can choose to use what you believe in instead of the higher self. say the kotodama three times.) Before you go to bed at the end of the day 1. After getting up in the morning 1.” (You can use any other affirmation of your choice. 4. 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. balancing all the chakras. Feel the Reiki flow in through your hands. Light radiated by Buddha (Ko-Myo). . The 4th symbol has the function of transmitting subtle vibration of love. move your hands and place them on the top of your head and on your chest. draw the master symbol in the air. Stand relaxed after doing ‘kenyoku’ and draw a 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. The Reiki filling your body will turn into radiating aura surrounding your whole body and expand all around you. putting your whole body in harmony. Sound (Jumon) Dai Ko Myo The meaning and functions The whole universe is made of vibration/light. cleanse the aura and return it to the sky. healing and harmony for all beings by resonating with conscious energy in a higher dimension. 3. This is considered to be a very sacred symbol and given the highest expressions like “God inviting symbol”. For activating 7th chakra.Empowerment (Master) Symbol Types and characteristics: Symbolizes the entire universe. 2. Hold your hands up and connect to the light from the being in the higher dimension. “The symbol for guiding spiritual awakening”.
Anytime. Hold your hands up and connect to the light from the being in the higher dimension. I am progressing and more in harmony. exercise the light breathing and feel you are with your higher self. anywhere When you are faced with negative emotions or unpleasant events. Accept and be thankful for the event as a necessary experience for your progress.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.
almost lost in the mists of time. 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. The intention was that in time you could leave the symbols behind and then work directly with the energies that they represented. At the birth of the physical and the spiritual world. The kotodama represent the forces of the universe. and they do not believe in them. but it seems that Usui used other Waka poems. the other main way being meditations. They appear within Shintoism and Buddhism as mantras for meditation. are tools to use to contact the energies. the new religion developed by Onisaburo Deguchi. only one was taught symbols. There are historical accounts of kotodama being used to stop armies. an associated of Usui and mentor of Morihei Ueshiba. within Martial arts like Aikido.. and within Reiki. and U split into two opposing forces: A and O. and they take us back to the earliest of Japanese spiritual traditions. the indigenous animist religion of Japan. But this took a long time. They come from Shintoism.Kotodama Kotodama are very old. and with familiarity with the energies. 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.taught kotodama that were inspired by Onisaburo Deguchi’s new Omoto-kyo religion. . and they were introduced into Reiki jointly by Usui and Eguchi in about 1923. The word means 'word spirit' or 'the soul of language'. Kotodama thus predate the use of symbols within Reiki. to heal and to kill. Modern Japanese people do not understand the kotodama. This developed into U. Please note that Usui’s use of kotodama is ‘classical’ kotodama. There are barely a handful of kotodama Masters in the whole of Japan now. chosen because they contained kotodama.. They are seen as ancient Shinto practices. too. Of Usui's surviving students. The founder of Aikido – Morihei Ueshiba . there was the kotodama suuu.as teaching tools to help students capture the spirit of their teachings. The Gakkai use a list of 125 of the Meiji Emperor's tens of thousands of Waka poems for study and meditation. Kotodama were one of the ways that Usui taught his students to connect with the different energies. these too can be left behind as you come to access the energies directly.symbols. They were designed as tools that you could use to access the energies. not any new interpretation that may have come through Omoto-kyo. is by pearl divers: the girls who would undertake the dives would use the kotodama 'su' to still the waters before the dived in. though. The 'doka' poetry of Ueshiba was used in a similar way that Usui used Waka poetry . and there are a collection of 75 kotodama which turn up in many aspects of Japanese life. One example of their use. The kotodama. and – for maybe four students . Interestingly. three years before Usui died. the Waka poetry chosen by Usui actually contain kotodama within them.
Ki that emanates from the earth is heavy. it says. All the other Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are various emanations or aspects of his love. The Usui Master symbol and the corresponding empowerment kotodama are related to the Japanese deity Dainichi Nyorai (Mahavairocana. and chanting this kotodama. Empowerment At Master level. the energy of rebirth. Oneness is one of the goals of Usui’s system. Great Sun Buddha. Connection HonShaZeShoNen corresponds with the ‘Connection’ kotodama. an extrapolation of the idea. Dainichi Nyorai is the embodiment of Illumination (enlightenment) and represents the Universe in its ultimate form. A side-effect of oneness. This kotodama produces earth energy. The energy was the essence of earth and heavenly energy. The kotodama are said to access the energies in a more focused way than the symbols. It grounds the body and mind. This kotodama produces heavenly energy. Through his life force he maintains the creation and operation of the Universe and all things emerge from and are nourished by him. This energy can be seen as a physical healing energy. compassion. Dainichi Nyorai is literally everywhere and everything. is to have a mind bent towards enlightenment. great light of the Universe. In original Usui Reiki there is no conception of the 'focus' energy being a 'power' energy. to be motivated solely by compassion. a state of mind of ‘oneness’. which represents the energy of the Usui Master symbol – DKM. Heavenly Ki increases intuition. firm and powerful. Heavenly Ki is golden in colour. But treating another person is an expression of oneness too. The way to achieve this. it is earth Ki. Ki that emanates from heaven is light. Earth Ki is forest green in colour and links the body to the earth. regenerative energy. psychic ability (psychic awareness) and mental focus. as Usui’s Shinto students would have done. a fourth Kotodama was introduced: the empowerment Kotodama. 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. source. and SeiHeKi represents the same energy. wisdom and other activities.The Kotodama Energies Focus ChoKuRei corresponds to the 'Focus' kotodama. The harmony kotodama is heavenly Ki. ultimate being. an energy that reminds you who you are. The empowerment kotodama represented creative energy. is the ability to send Reiki to another person ‘at a distance’. It produces a state of mind in the practitioner. . the Great Buddha of Universal Illumination. totality and reality. giving mental and physical strength. and ChoKuRei represents the same energy. The core teaching of the Mahavairocana sutra is that Enlightenment is simply 'to know one's mind as it truly is'. the state within the ovum when we were Divine essence in complete connection to the universe. and to be expedient in practice to the last. helps you along this path. white light. This kotodama does not produce an energy. allowing them to be ‘reborn’: reborn in the sense of creating a place within that is ‘what we originally were’. Harmony SeiHeKi corresponds with the 'Harmony' kotodama. etherical (relates to the etheric body) and is passive. Great Shining One). The idea here is that when Reiju is carried out it connects the recipient to the energy.
and had experienced the blend of the two energies again and again through long meditation. 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. either out loud or in your head. It is a side-effect of oneness. Some students. learning to become the energies (and experience the state of mind) that they represented over a long period. Why not chant the Kotodama. as far as the vast majority of Usui’s students were concerned. With time and experience you might learn to blend earth Ki and heavenly Ki. I prefer to use them three times. and see what you experience. We can echo this tradition. and students would have accepted that this is something that could happen easily. They were something that it was possible for you to do. not treating others. and to experience the state of mind that is generated by using Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen. To carry out distance healing you would hold in mind the recipient and chant the kotodama. But this would only have been done after several years of practice at second-degree level. 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. more detailed. becoming familiar with one energy at a time over many months. Breathe the kotodama out of your whole body. either three times.Kotodama Meditations Usui’s students got to grips with the energies by carrying out meditations or working with Kotodama. . which they would chant daily. and use them together intuitively. Basically you would connect to and use only one energy at any one time. Reiki Kotodama in Context We need to keep reminding ourselves that treatments were not emphasised in Usui’s system. If they had a Shinto background then they would be given the kotodama. the students learned to ‘become’ each of the energies. With time. The kotodama would be intoned silently. Through daily practice. when this felt the right thing to do when treating someone. because it was a side issue. at the sort of level when you were about to start your Master training. so Usui's original way of using the Reiki energies did not involve mixing energies as is done a lot in Western Reiki. The kotodama would be used one at a time. if any. your individual ‘picture’ of the energy will become more distinct. if they had a Buddhist background. Distance Healing Distance healing was not taught overtly. and not combined. focusing on one energy at a time for many months. let them resonate from your Dantien. and more profound. but the system was about your selfhealing and spiritual development. Then fall quiet and experience the energy. In fact the ability to treat others is also an expression of oneness. 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. or endlessly like a mantra. Do this regularly and you will be echoing Usui’s practice. which would have been chanted again and again. and let the energy flow.
How do you pronounce Kotodama As is the case with most mantras. Remember these are all from Japanese traditions so called bija-mantras (short and meaningless words-syllables). So. one has to be careful to pronounce the syllables correctly. 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 . filled with high vibrations.
Bring your hands down and all through the following treatment send Reiki energy with the intention of peace and harmony. Using both palms. Apply Reiki to the sides of the head. rub in circles down the right side. Do this 3 times. Use the ball of your hand. Rivard. or a single hand.Gendai Techniques A Combined Treatment Source: Essence of Gendai Reiki ho . Hanshin Koketsu-ho: 13. . 10. Raise your hands up and connect to the Reiki energy. Do this 3 times 14. Tom Rigler. Then shake the arm a bit and finally stroke the complete arm several times. and in one continuous movement. Next. This treatment is actually Ketsueki Kokan-ho and uses the full body process. Take the left arm and massage in circles. from top to bottom. 6. begin lightly tapping in the shoulder and back areas. Rub in the Reiki energy throughout the spine area. Do the right side of the spine and then the left side. With your thumbs at the bottom of the back of the head (top of the spine).Sensei Hiroshi Doi. then just your index finger is fine. With your right hand or palm. Next. 4. you can tap with more pressure on the shoulders. First do Aura Cleansing: 5. translation by Yukio Miura. Next do Nadete Chiryo-ho 19. Zenshin Koketsuho. Place the fingertips between the shoulder bone and the neck (the soft spot there) and add a little bit of pressure. about 10 centimetres away from the body. Purpose: A method of combining the major Okuden techniques into one application. 3. Using your index and second fingers of each hand. If you are using one hand. Apply Reiki to the sides of the neck. follow the Usui hand positions for the head: 7. Stroke the air above the whole body of the receiver with both hands. hands in their lap. Intend Reiki to flow from the palm into the area being worked on. You can use your fingertips if you can't use your palms. 18. Apply Reiki to the receiver's forehead and back of head. Repeat with on the left side. 11. create an image that the whole spine is in correct position and working properly. do the same thing. 8. rubbing Reiki into the edge of the scapula. Hanshin Koketsu-ho. It is done from head to toe or from left to right of the body. send Reiki into the body. If you have large fingers. do one side of the body and then go around to the other side and do that side. 17. Now do Uchite Chiryo-ho. Apply Reiki to the shoulders (or shoulder joints). You can do this anywhere there is a soft spot. 16. editing by Richard R. but do not do this on a bone. 9. Apply Reiki to the top of the head and the mouth. as well as the half body process. 15. 2. The receiver is sitting in a chair. Gassho. Drag your thumbs down the sides of the spine to the sacrum. or do both together. 12. Next do Oshite Chiryo-ho. Using the first two fingers of each hand. Once the back is done. Method: 1.
22. 21. Close your eyes and focus your light attention to your third eye.) 2. Comments: After completing the Ibuki-ho practice. Spinal cord cleansing is necessary for purifying karma completely. The Japanese character for ‘breath’ can be broken down as ‘own self’ and ‘heart’. making the cells of your whole body healthy. 5. Purpose: The Hado Breathing Technique. translation by Yukio Miura. When we are mentally and physically in a calm state. Then do the right arm the same way. Purpose: Ibuki-ho is a breathing technique to cleanse karma with Reiki. Everyone knows that breathing changes our mood.20. Method: 1. translation by Yukio Miura. Repeat (4) and (5) for 3 to 7 cycles. This method uses Ibuki-ho to cleans the spinal cord with your breath. (For explanation purpose. we often stop breathing for a moment. When we are surprised. once a day – therefore 15 to 35 breaths). editing by Richard R. editing by Richard R. As you breathe in with your nose. paying attention to the comfort of the receiver. Keep your backbone straight and close your eyes. 4. it is assumed you are sitting on a chair. when we are nervous and worried. 24. 23. preferably by way of the integrated symbol method. Tom Rigler. Hold your hands up and feel the vibration of Reiki falling down onto your whole body like a shower.Sensei Hiroshi Doi. Sweep the left leg from the thigh the tip of the feet several times. then the back. Imagine your backbone is a long pipe from your crown to your coccyx. Rivard. Now do Aura Cleansing. Retain this sensation of Reiki shower all through the exercise. according to Koshin-do. Perform Aura Cleansing from top to bottom. Comments: Take your time as you give this treatment. washing and cleansing your body inside out. Through this technique. fixing the disorder in your spinal cord. Gassho and shake your wrists. and finally the front. 6. On the other hand our breathing becomes faster and more shallow. Walk around to the front of the receiver and bow. counting 5 breaths a cycle. our breathing becomes slower and deeper. Imagine you are breathing through your skin. Rivard. Sekizui Joka Ibuki-ho Source: Essence of Gendai Reiki ho . . You can stand up or sit down. you will be filled with the universal life force in vibration. Then sweep the right leg the same way.Sensei Hiroshi Doi. meditate in silence. You need to cleanse the spinal cord to extinguish your wrong deeds from the past. Put your hands down slowly and place your hands on your knees with your palms down. God stays in peoples' spinal cords where all karma is recorded. sweeping the sides together. 25. (Maximum 7 cycles. You may use the energy of the symbols as required. Tom Rigler. melt the dirt from the crown to the coccyx. wash the dirt out of the body. 3. Warm up the outside of the pipe with your hot breathing in of Hado breathing. All of your cells will be charged with Reiki energy Hado Kokyu-ho Source: Essence of Gendai Reiki ho . imagine pure water in the sacrum and visualise the water move up in the pipe to the third eye area. then the front and back together. Focus your attention onto your tanden and breathe naturally.
In Gendai Reiki Doi-sensei has introduced this breathing technique of using the ‘Haa’ sound. the same as practicing abdomen breathing. however it has also been known to change our mood and can become like a switch to control our subconscious mind. According to Mr Tsuda the sound of ‘Haa’ is a basic breathing sound from antiquity before man started using words. You only need to pay attention to the breathing sound of ‘Haa’. A breathing technique has been practised by ‘Ko Shin Do’ (a Japanese religion). We breathe involuntary and this is controlled by the autonomic nervous system. Later Doi-sensei had the opportunity to know a teacher of meditations combined with breathing techniques. • Bringing about deep relaxation and calming the mind. I will describe the sitting position). When you are accustomed to practising this exercise. Hado (waves) breathing method creates various physiological effects. Generally meditation is done to calm and relax the mind and emotions.Man can survive for a few weeks without eating anything. and you can practice anywhere. also we breathe voluntarily. Doi-sensei developed the Hado breathing technique by gaining some useful knowledge and ideas from Mr Minoda’s breathing method. The function of breathing is to exchange gas. his name is Mr Tsuda. . Sit or stand. however when Doisensei experienced his method he felt that a powerful energy ran through his body. or can live without water for a few days. Remove your shoes and ground yourself by making sure that the soles of the feet are touching the floor. The Hado breathing technique is done by breathing out and making the "Haa" sound at the same time. • Raising the energy level. but he would die in a few minutes if he stopped breathing. 2. These are as follows: • Functioning of the internal organs will improve by moving the diaphragm up and down. Endocrine and Immune System. Every existence is composed of waves. • Improve the function of Autonomic Nervous System. which is controlled by the motor neurons. Doi-sensei also came across Mr Fujiwara who is an expert at Aikido ( a Japanese martial art). Doi-sensei was amazed by the great power that his methods created when Doi-sensei attended his class. • Your metabolic rate will improve. Frequencies created by the breathing can change ones own waves. you will even be able to do this whilst standing in a busy train holding on to something. There is some spiritual power in the sound as it synchronizes with the universal energy. becoming like a tuner to meet and synchronize with the higher dimension. The fact that our breathing changes with our feelings sends information either way between the subconscious and conscious minds. • The circulation will be improved by inhaling more oxygen. fasting and Taki Gyo (praying under a waterfall). (For this explanation. After that he developed his own breathing technique and also a meditation technique. and breathing is also made of waves. The Hado breathing method also improves the function of each Chakra. which creates precise vibrations. and also teaches a breathing technique using the ‘Haa’ sound. You may also practice before you sleep and as you awake lying on the bed. It creates precise vibrations which have the ability to synchronise with each Chakra. It is a simple exercise yet very effective. in the Hado breathing technique to develop the abilities. He had practiced serious exercises such as Za Zen (religious contemplation). then set up his own research clinic. be comfortable. Method: 1. Mr Minoda who offers Balance Therapy for relaxation created this breathing technique. He organises a study group into Ki (the Japanese word for energy). Also it creates synchronisation with conscious vibration and so creates a new dimension.
open the mouth widely and try to vibrate the ‘Haa’ sound throughout the mouth. Next. Cover the mouth with your other hand. Our aim for the breathing exercise is different. 4. at the same time your inhalation will feel so easy and natural. The Hado breathing method is one of the foundation techniques for developing and increasing the ability to raise your vibrations. Meditative techniques have their own particular forms in Za Zen and in similar practices. These meditations can be quite dangerous. Hado Meiso-ho Source: Essence of Gendai Reiki ho . which has a great power. and the methods of breathing have been firmly restricted within those forms and have not been allowed to change. eyes. There is a method that teaches that you stop breathing for a moment between inhalation and exhalation. Close. which exists deep in the subconscious mind. and will bring you even more powerful life force energies. and to cleanse yourself. The powerful energy. Do not worry about doing the abdomen or Tanden breathing. with the final aim being to hold for 40 seconds. cover one ear by using the palm to fold the ear forwards with one hand. Concentrate your mind only on the ‘Haa’ sound as you breath out until you reach your limit. Tom Rigler.Sensei Hiroshi Doi. Palms on the lap facing upwards. The important factor is to breath in and out as smoothly as possible without causing any tension. and continue to hold the sound-breath for as long as you can. You should not try too hard to succeed at this exercise. You can also listen to the ‘Haa’ sound in the bathroom. or half close the eyes. At first you may last for only about 10 seconds. do not use a back support and do not have anything on your lap. The precise vibration waves will change our consciousness and lead us to a deep meditative state. the sitting styles. Release the tension from the forehead. The Hado breathing itself has the effect of moving you into a meditative state. neck and shoulders. The Hado meditation method uses this breathing technique. Comments: It is important to make the ‘Haa’ sound until you master the basics of Hado breathing. 6. but it will gradually become easier. if not practiced properly. Release the tension from the hardened abdomen. editing by Richard R. The key point in Hado meditation is to carry out Hado breathing while you are feeling Reiki vibrations in your palms.Sit with you legs slightly apart. and be able to raise the soul level by activating life energy. After you have practiced the Hado breathing technique for a while. 5. 3. There is a possibility that mental breakdown could occur if the person’s vibration is influenced by low vibrations during the meditation. This is why strict forms of meditation are taught to prevent this possible dangerous occurrence. can become out of control. Try to hold the sound-breath for 30 seconds. Purpose: A meditation that makes use of Hado breathing. Therefore as long as you follow the correct method you should not need to be concerned about any problems. At the beginning. Then listen to the ‘Haa’ sound. The Hado meditation technique is based on the Hado breathing technique (Hado Kokyo-ho). you will be doing deep abdomen breathing naturally anyway. postures. For example. . translation by Yukio Miura. 7. but in Hado breathing we do not do this. Make yourself calm and relaxed. Rivard. Later on you will only need to imagine the sound and this will create the same good results. By carrying them out one can contact our deep unconscious mind and cleanse our soul. Breath out from mouth with ‘Haa’ sound as if you are feeling relieved. The Hado breathing protects you from the problem of your mind floating away.
10. and feel the vibrations of the light showering into the whole of the body. 7. Do this just once at the beginning of the meditation. If you see some vision or colors you can enjoy these phenomena and continue meditating calmly. fully relax your abdomen then the air will flow-in naturally. and have moved onto a higher state. do not use a back support and do not have anything on your lap. You can practice number 6 as many times as you wish. 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. 4. When you finish the Hado meditation. feeling the light vibrations. 6. whilst you breath in. Hands up as high as possible. This will stop any movement. Here I will explain the sitting position: 2. As long as you keep carrying out the Hado breathing you should be able to control your mind so that there is no danger. Sit or stand. 9. Whist you are breathing-in raise the hands again then bring them down with Hado breathing. but it greatly widens your consciousness. Remove your shoes and ground yourself by making sure that the soles of the feet are touching the floor. When you become accustomed to these practices. Gassho. When you breath out. As you experience these sensations maybe you should have your eyes half closed. After a while. however after you have carried out the Hado meditation you may often notice that you have not been breathing for a while. This indicates that you have entered a very deep meditative condition. Due to the activated energy. The super consciousness exists in an even deeper level to the subconsciousness. Method: 1. and then resume normal breathing. Do these exercises 3 times. Next open your arms so that they are straight out from your shoulders. be comfortable. push both hands down to move your body energy downwards. Then bring your hands together in to your chest with the palms facing down. (Just feel where the energy is moving). Move your hands upwards to just above the forehead.So. always move your hands in all directions and clear your mind really well.) Notice the hands movement and feel the stagnated energy moving down and leaving the body. However. push both hands down along the sides of the body to prevent your hands from hitting your knees. Make yourself calm and relaxed. Sit with you legs slightly apart. 8. 5. following three Hado meditations as number 6. then you might reach a state of deep meditation. stop the movement by your will. Bring down the hands. you may experience that your body moves. Keep still and feel the movement of the energy inside your body. (When you are seated. and calm the mind. Should you experience any difficulty then shake your wrists in all directions and tell yourself ‘I have completed the meditation. The super consciousness is a higher dimensional consciousness and connects to the universal intelligence. Therefore one can say that getting into a meditative state is not only a change of consciousness. Then Gassho. This is important as you will be carrying out deep vibrational energy breathing. but you should not feel excited or fascinated by them. what is the ‘Meditative State’? It is the state of harmonization with your super consciousness and making contact with the universal life force.’ Then open the eyes. . Straighten your back. 3. Palms on the lap facing upwards. I think it will also bring about the possible condition that you will be healed and you will reclaim your true inner self. The subconscious exists deep within the conscious. Remove any tension from the hands and move them slowly down as if following the edge of your aura downwards whilst breathing out. While you are doing the Hado breathing with the ‘Haa’ sound. Comments: You do not stop breathing by your conscious mind.
Hold your hands up becoming a symbol of light and connect to the light of Reiki. (Keep your eyes closed or half closed.Sensei Hiroshi Doi. Tom Rigler. This creates an environment that low vibrations cannot penetrate. do the opposite. use the 4th symbol. Place your right hand on your lap. 7. Feel the sensation of Reiki flowing throughout your body and merge with the energy emanating from your palms. then open the eyes slowly. apply one hand to the forehead and the other to the back of the head. Purpose: This is an application of integrated symbols. Rivard. The middle fingers to be at the forehead. Visualize or imagine you are contacting the universe. (If you wish you can make a ring with your forefinger and thumb on each hand. Use them as an antenna to contact the universe. editing by Richard R. palms facing the sky. (If there is any imbalance in the body.Sensei Hiroshi Doi. When you have completed Level 3.) this position is for breathing in the universal energy through the raised hand. Send Reiki energy to your higher self and say an affirmation. This way is more affective.) . (If you are left-handed. and out from the other hand. However add the Reiki symbols before you start. When you have completed Level 2. Raise the left hand a little higher. Solar Image Training Source: Essence of Gendai Reiki ho . your thumb is placed 3-5 cm away from the tip of the nose. cleanse yourself with the Reiki shower. your hands might drop down to the mouth or the hands may become wider apart and relaxed. Feel that your whole body is enveloped by the energy 4. every morning and evening. Method: 1. apply the dominant hand which was on the lap. Also.) In this position feel the universal love and merge with it. Rivard. Gassho. to that area. therefore you are protected and will be within a peaceful atmosphere. Learn to use the image of the sun in place of the 3rd symbol. 3. bring the hands down to the face. translation by Yukio Miura. Stand. sit or lie down. your fingers should be straight up.Reiki Meditation Source: Essence of Gendai Reiki ho .) 6. Gassho. By doing so you will feel your consciousness rising. there is no need to pay any attention to them. use the 1st symbol. Apply either your left or right hand to the heart. Enjoy the sensation of the universal energy running through the body. Use this solar image training for practicing use of images instead of symbols. Now both hands are on your lap. (For this explanation I will explain the sitting position on a chair) 2. (As your meditative state becomes deeper. People who have not received the symbols. Feeling the vibration of light in the palms. and enjoy the interchange with the higher dimension. In this position you visualize that you are breathing in and out from the tips of your fingers. Tom Rigler. carry on in the way that you are used to. However. Raise your hands above your head. Should you feel any tension anywhere. Draw them in the air and repeat their name 3 times. to fill and surround yourself with high vibrations. Comments: This practice should be carried out with positive affirmations. Move the raised hand down to your lap. Method: 1. Close the eyes. the brow chakra.) 5. Purpose: When you have been practicing meditation. then Gassho. Feel you are merging into the universal energy with your breathing. palm upwards with the fingers curled-up loosely. Make yourself comfortable. should any of these happen. loosen-up to relax. and give an affirmation 8. editing by Richard R. translation by Yukio Miura. with the palm upwards.
use the color of blue or water color. imagining the sun to be cool). Try to feel the sun in your hands when you place your hands on or hands above the recipient. past. 4. moving your hands to the sides of the neck. feeling the vibration and glow of Dai Ko Myo between your hands. For distant.2.. future healing. If you have a high blood pressure. facing your palms to each other. . Comments: Before you start healing hold your hands up to connect to the light then hold your hands in front of your chest. place the image of the target object into the sun between your hands. Continue to move to cover the heart. tanden and sacrum. 5. Face your palms to each other and visualize the red or golden sun between your palms counting to 10. visualising you are holding the sun between your hands. 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. 3. In healing with the master symbol. Visualise that the tanden and the sacrum are completely inside the sun. upper stomach. counting 10. exercise the healing by holding your hands in front of your chest facing your palms to each other. Take your hands off and relax. Keep counting another 10.
Everyone wishes to be freed from fear and agony and to live happily with a peaceful state of mind. following Usui-sensei’s teaching.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. security. Getting closer to the state of the great peace of mind. warmth. People are always worried about their future. Switch to the other hand and do the same. put the hand with better sensations on your chest. calmness. It should feel different depending on which hand is one your chest. honour. vibration. The milestones to enlightenment Definitions in Gendai Reiki-ho The enlightenment we are trying to achieve is to get ultimate relaxation. It is OK if you do not feel anything. eventually. Draw the master symbol in the air and say the mantra three times. put the hand on the chest again. You can have social position. As long as you value status or phenomena. 4. my soul” three times as you breath slowly. You will eventually. Get relaxed and receptive. • If you do not feel anything in both hands. 3. you obtained the key for escaping from the agony of human beings through the guidance of the light of higher dimension (Dai Ko Myo). the door to the great peace of mind will not open. Hold your hands up and connect to the great universe. 1. (You may not be able to feel the difference at first but will develop various sensations – comfort. for measurement of happiness. 4. He taught to become part of the great universe through one’s enlightenment. you remain unstable and will not be able to achieve the great peace of mind. focus your attention onto the whole of the hand on your chest and concentrate on the sensation within yourself. a fortune and an ideal family and everyone knows that these are fragile and can be corrupted in one moment. Just having the key does not mean you can grow . But unless you put it into right use. put your non-dominant hand on your chest. The light in a higher dimension emitted from the hand will cleanse whatever is preventing the higher-self from glowing. 3. peace and happiness. The step for making full use of Reiki At level 3. ultimately getting out of agony through Usui-sensei’s teaching and the use of Reiki-ho. Be calm and try to feel the subtle sensation within. Close your eyes and place your dominant hand on your chest. 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. etc. • Calm your mind and communicate with the higher self through the hand. Gendai Reiki-ho is aimed at achieving calmness.) • If you feel sensations only in one hand.) • Do Gassho and give thanks before finishing. 2. sense of satisfaction or sense of happiness. Do kenyoku and calm your mind. 2. Communicating with higher self 1. • If you feel sensations in both hands. like property. Say in your mind “My higher self. (Relax and enjoy the subtle signals. Breath naturally. 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”. 5.
And your subjects to learn are all the problems you face. take or get away from them at your own will. To believe in the universe and seek for self realization through the guidance of it. You can deny. Try to recognise the energy of past disharmony and cleanse and extinguish it. along with the five Reiki principles. Create a field of peaceful vibration in resonance with the universe and maintain the rhythm in everyday life. You are what you fully express through the free selections. . “Now” is when you learn and “here” is where you learn. The basic idea In short. Self-expression is made with thought. 3. Mind control within is especially important. 5. 2. To live in resonance with the rhythm of the universe. You learn these to introduce Reiki into everyday life and to be with the universe. 2. Practice Hatsurei-ho and self-cleansing technique to become part of Reiki vibration and light. You can judge. abnormal selection can be made. talk right and act right so you will not cause new disharmony. peace and happiness. verbal expression and actions. trying to be in resonance with the universe. b. To reach ultimate relaxation and achieve self realization in calmness. seeking for the spiritual growth. Keep always in mind to try to raise your conscious vibration level so you will not be in tune with the vibration of disorder. Exercise Usui-sensei’s five Reiki principles in everyday life as a Reiki practitioner. How we should practice what Principles 1. 3. Think right. you are now starting to make true use of Reiki energy. preparing for the next step. 3. At this moment you are expressing yourself through the free selection and producing the cause of self realization. feeling you are part of the great universe and let live by it. leave it to the universe. select and determine these subjects freely. In this sense.spiritually or just having learned healing and its techniques will not take you to enlightenment automatically. The accumulation of your selections determines the result of your learning. Vibration of past disharmony do exist and should be made to disappear regardless of who created them. You are eternal life and the earth is the place for learning. What and How 1. As for the result. 2. When emotion is involved here. c. 6. 4. the enlightenment in Gendai Reiki-ho means a. 5. Put Usui-sensei’s teaching in action 1.
One of my Master students – who had already been teaching using attunements – said to me that her ‘Reiju students’ were ‘flying’! . New Reiki levels were given to the students by the teachers. one way meaning "accepting the spirituality" and the other meaning "giving the spirituality". That is when the teachers would give Reiju to each one of the students in meditation. 3. students would meditate for a while. when compared with my earlier experiences in teaching Reiki using Westernstyle attunements. The first information that we received in the West concerning Reiju came from Hiroshi Doi. and in the Gakkai students work on and develop this potential by practicing Reiji Ho. 2.Reiju empowerments Background Reiju is the way that the ability to channel Reiki is conveyed. The word Reiju has also been translated as the 'giving of the five blessings'. it is not just a mini-attunement: it is much more than that: 1. the students' Reiki channelling power (or ability) would advance. He taught a version of the Gakkai’s Reiju. The Reiju that we teach is Usui's original method of conveying the ability to channel Reiki. depending on their progress. increasing the strength of the student’s Reiki. though Doi’s method is basically sound. As far as the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai is concerned. 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. This aspect is enhanced through energy exercises also. The blessings include the following. of course. as passed on to Chris Marsh by his surviving students. and we know that it comes from Tendai Buddhism. Through these training sessions and their own practices. Reiju connects the student to Reiki and continually reinforces that connection. My experience of Using Reiju on my courses during the last 2 ½ years is that they are really something special. Spirituality in this case means connection to the Reiki energy. We now know that Usui's Reiju differs a little from the method that Doi has reconstructed. Reiju enhances the student’s spiritual development. Doi has explained that students attend weekly training sessions called "Shuyokai" where they practice "Hatsurei Ho". and more intuitive. moving the student along his/her spiritual path. The five blessings are given by each of the five hand positions/points that are held after the crown has been opened. and his technique seems to have been based on his personal experience of receiving the empowerments repeatedly.knowledge: part of going through spiritual evolution is remembering A further interpretation of the word Reiju is ‘the unity of mind and Ki’. Reiju is a ‘spiritual empowerment’. Reiju is used in original Usui Reiki and a version of it is also used by the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. After the last step of Hatsurei Ho. Receiving Reiju empowerments on a regular basis is the key to maximizing intuition and sensitivity to the energy. in Seishin Toitsu (concentration).wisdom (hands in gassho is a symbol of wisdom) Heart . the five powers. and they come through Mikkyo teachings (Mystical Buddhism): Hands . The student works on and develops that enhanced connection by practicing energy exercises daily. rather than by him having been taught it specifically. allowing students to be more sensitive to the energy right from the word go. You can write "Reiju" in two different ways using Japanese kanji.
Maybe you can feel a strong bolt of energy through your crown.How to Give Reiju Reiju empowerments consist of two stages: 1. Raise your hands to connect to Reiki in the way that you learned as part of Hatsu Rei Ho. The above could appear to be the reverse of something called Shaou Gong. Feel energy or light cascading down into your hands. flowing through your arms into your torso and your Dantien. and the non-dominant hand hovering further away. no matter how many students you will be empowering. 8. Repeat this 'expanding' sequence two more times. 4. Finish this movement by hovering your hands in front of your Dantien. with palms uppermost to the sky. This movement is done only once. imagining that as you do this you are bringing energy through your crown. Bring your hands slowly out to the sides. 2. This is done only once. straight out in front of you. with your palms facing away from you. Move your hands away from your Dantien. You have now surrounded yourself with energy and brought the energy into your Dantien. just like before. connecting you to them and creating sacred space. Return your hands to your Dantien point as before. with the dominant hand closest. It also seems to be similar to a QiGong exercise called Parting the Clouds. A general introductory stage where you open yourself to the energy and create sacred space. Hold this position until you feel a real sense of connectedness with the energy. a closing down exercise used at the end of a QiGong session. 7. each time finishing with your hands hovering in front of your Dantien. to achieve the same 'connecting position' that you learned in Hatsu Rei Ho. at the start of the Reiju session. your hands may heat up or fill with energy. or you may feel changes in your Dantien. flooding the energy over your body and passing this energy through your body to your Dantien point as you lower your hands. 1. 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. so the above can be seen as opening up the person to energy. Hara). moving your hands forwards and upwards to above your head. . The individual empowerments for each student. Bring your hands slowly out to the sides. this time imagining that as you do so you are expanding your energy to engulf the people you will be empowering. filling your hands. 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. 2. 9. Self-Empowerment Stage The self-empowerment stage of Reiju is described below. and we follow this with three repeated movements… 6. 5. palms facing the floor. 3. The hands overlap but do not touch each other.
intending that you are opening the energy centres as you do so. and feel energy coming down into your hands from above. with the other fingers floppy and relaxed. 4. In one continuous movement. The empowerments can also be given on their own. Splay your fingers out. and draw down a line of light which enters the crown. without Hatsu Rei Ho being practised by the recipient: the student sits with their eyes closed and their hands in their laps. the student will simply meditate with their hands in the Gassho position while they wait for their empowerment. 2. 5. Reiju empowerments are usually given as part of the Hatsu Rei Ho sequence at the Gakkai's weekly training sessions. at which time your hands will be close to the recipient's knees. holding their hands in the Gassho position and with their eyes closed. move your hands down in front of the recipient. Move your hands to the sides as you stand up straight. Keep on tracing the energy path until you are pointing at the base of the spine. Part your hands and. Stand in front of the recipient. they receive their empowerment and then you can bring the hands down into their lap again. 1. if they are not already doing the meditation that follows the Seishin Toitsu stage of Hatsu Rei Ho. In Japan they would do Gassho and bow one time. relaxed.Individual Empowerments The recipient should sit on a chair. ritually grounding the energy without touching the floor. 3. 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. move your hands sideways past the knees and move them downwards towards the floor. as in the illustration below. though. ENERGY PATH: Move your hands down a little and join together the first two joints of your index fingers. and trace an energy path down the centre of the body. When it is their turn to receive Reiju. with your palms face down. Move your hands high up above you. 6. rest your hand on their shoulder as a cue for them to put their hands together in Gassho. palms down.
THIRD EYE: Again following the outline of the aura. but from Usui’s surviving students. and hover your nondominant hand over your dominant hand. 9. This is said to be the symbol of the sun. HANDS: Touching together the tips of your first three fingers. Hiroshi Doi's interpretation is that the intention here is to connect "the centre of the student" and "the . move your hands to the front of the recipient's face and make a triangle with your index finger and thumb tips. the heart area. 12.7. cupping round their hands. Hiroshi Doi's interpretation is that this stage helps to 'clarify the energy body' and attune the energy body with the cosmic rhythm. and flood the throat with light. THROAT: This is an intermediate step that does not come from Hiroshi Doi. 13. Your palms are facing their face. TEMPLES: Following the outline of the aura. the throat. move your hands down and around the recipient's hands. so you do not have to lean forwards uncomfortably. 11. CROWN: Stand up and move your hands down so that they are hovering. and in front of. without touching their hands. 10. Hold the hands behind. simply direct Reiki into the heart with your palm further out from the hands. one over another. and in front of. but from Usui’s surviving students. you may want to stand to one side of them. Hiroshi Doi says that the intention here is that you are flooding the third eye with light. Hold the centre of the triangle in front of the recipient's third eye. If because of the positioning of the recipient’s hands you cannot place your hand in between the hands and the heart. the temples. 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. slide your hands to both sides of the recipient's head. Touch the recipient's aura above their head using your dominant hand. palms face down. Direct energy down the energy path that you traced with the previous hand movement. with the other fingers splayed out. Each palm faces the side of the recipient 's head (at about the height of the eyebrows). It does not matter which hand is in front or 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. Open the crown. and this is said to help the third eye to function more sensitively and to connect with higher-level consciousness. Each position should be held for a count of at least ten seconds. Hold the hands behind. HEART: This is an intermediate step that does not come from Hiroshi Doi. If the recipient has long legs. and flood the heart with light. above the recipient's crown. 8. Now you are going to be holding a number of hand positions where you will be flooding an area with light or energy.
starting to ‘scoop’ round in a circle. If you are empowering a group of people who have been practicing Hatsu Rei Ho. Ideally. You make contact with the tips of the two smallest fingers of each hand. . Smoothly separate your hands and. 15. releasing the little finger contact toward the end of the movement. Carry out the empowerment with the intention that the recipient is permanently connected to Reiki.centre of universe". It is nice to do a few.rather as if you were scooping up water from a stream. bring them all back together. I provide both: each week at a distance. As your hands reach towards the sky. and with the side of your palms touching along their length also . I do three because it fits in nicely with my schedule. How many you perform during your course is down to your personal preference. palms facing away from the floor. Move your hands up and over the recipient's fingertips. 16. 14. from the arms to the palms. bring your hands together just above the floor. This could be in person (preferable) or at a distance. In Japan they would do Gassho and bow. move your hands sideways past the knees and down towards the floor. First Degree Empowerments The Reiju empowerments that you have read about above can be used as an alternative to Reiki First Degree attunements. people would then have access to regular Reiju. and bring your hands down towards the knees (your three fingertips are still touching at this stage). create an ‘energy path’ from the shoulders to the arms. because this helps to enhance intuition and spiritual development. with your palms face down. 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. returning the energy along the energy path that you traced at the beginning of the empowerment. that they should receive what they need. open your arms. Quickly move your hands up. and to integrate left energy and right energy. With the intention that you are 'scooping up' excess energy and returning it to the source of Reiki. when they have received Reiju they could keep their hands in Gassho and when they have all been empowered.
While carrying out each empowerment. and at second-degree level allowed them to fully experience earth energy. and to experience oneness. you would intone the empowerment kotodama silently to yourself. Alongside this. ‘Shinto approach’ But this was not the only approach. there would be three empowerments. Usui had different approaches. Students carried out various meditations to experience the second-degree energies/states. The Shinto. either three times or endlessly. 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. you would intone the kotodama silently to yourself. They would focus on one energy at a time for many months before moving on to the next. either three times or endlessly. Once this had been done. What he did with them depended on their background. or Kotodama. intone the 'connection' Kotodama. Well at Master level there were a couple of choices too. 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. heavenly energy. This has the effect of giving the empowerment the 'flavour' of that energy. . Reiju #1 Reiju #2 Reiju #3 intone the 'focus' Kotodama. the student would carry out the various meditations that were designed to enhance their awareness of their hara (a preparation for second-degree). intone the 'harmony' Kotodama. but with a different intention: you intended that the recipient be enabled to learn to transfer energy (the ability). ‘Buddhist approach’ One way of dealing with things was to carry out plain Reiju at all levels. This is how it was done… At second-degree. flooding the recipient with one energy during each separate empowerment. and one of Usui students – who followed Shinto – carried out empowerments in conjunction with the Reiki kotodama. and oneness… the ‘Buddhist’ meditation approach.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. At Reiki1 and Reiki2 levels the intention was that the recipient should receive what they needed. You could carry out plain Reiju. one empowerment for each of the three second-degree kotodama. the students would use regular chanting of the Kotodama in order to learn to become earth Ki. one empowerment representing each of the three energies/states that are taught at Second Degree level. This has the effect of giving the empowerment the 'flavour' of that energy. While carrying out the empowerment. version of this would have been to give the empowerment while intoning the 'empowerment' Kotodama. to become heavenly Ki.
You could dispense with symbols and you could dispense with the kotodama. But in Usui’s system you used the energies once you had become thoroughly familiar with them. it would have still been a long process. . but Reiki is the energy. So the symbols are a bit of an afterthought. And with time and experience you could dispense with the ‘training wheel’. experiencing it. ‘becoming’ it. The kotodama are training wheels. without them. They do not turn up in the connection rituals.Where does that leave the Reiki symbols? The Reiki symbols were experienced by only four of Usui’s students. introduced jointly by him and his senior student. if through long practice you could fully ‘become’ the energies. They were introduced in maybe 1923 and taught to the three naval officers and one of Usui’s surviving students. as we do in the Western tradition. I have found that symbols given to such students work in the same way as if they had been 'attuned' to them. You were connected to Reiki using Reiju. 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. So with Usui you were not attuned to the symbols in order to be connected to Reiki. through your meditations. and the symbols are training wheels: they connect you to an energy that would have been thoroughly familiar to you already. with no kotodama and no symbols entering into the process. and then you might work with it when treating others. and the energies would have been worked individually. That was the first stage. which doesn’t use symbols. I have been using the Reiju/kotodama combination at second-degree level since Summer 2000. and you can use intent to direct the energy. In fact. you can use the kotodama to direct the energy. to work with the energies direct. through your long chanting of the kotodama. These few students would have to have learned to become the energies using symbols rather than using meditations or kotodama chanting. through again and again experiencing the characteristic energies of each individual symbol. There were no short cuts. If you are attuned to Reiki then the symbols represent the energy in much the same way that the Kotodama represent the energy. You were not attuned to the symbols by Usui at all. It seems that the widely held Western view that the symbols are useless unless you are specifically attuned to them is incorrect. I believe that once you are connected to the energy than *any* symbol will push the energy in a particular direction. of course. You would spend months meditating on each energy in turn. up and running. his system was established. Eguchi. I have been using Reiju in my Reiki courses since Spring 2000 and they work brilliantly. not mixed together. they even work at First Degree level using 'plain' Reiju. His students were simply given them and they were used to represent different energies/states. not the symbols. 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.
I now use three Reiju empowerments on my Reiki1 courses.before we learned about the kotodama . with impressive results seemingly. 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. because we do not actually attune someone. 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. with the intention that it be received by any existing Reiki person who wishes to 'tune in' to it any time on a Monday. one Reiju for each of the three symbols. by simply intending that the recipients would receive the empowerment. for Reiju #2 he visualized SHK in the same place. I send a Reiju 'broadcast' every Monday. Self-Empowerments Distant Reiju It is perfectly possible to arrange for another Reiki Master to send you distant Reiju. When I have done this. it was Reiki! We should not be too surprised that this works. and in Reiju #3 he used HSZSN. Later that day. than using the Western methods. .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. and people seemed to be noticing more than they would normally notice on the average Reiki1 course. For Reiju #2 he used SHK in this way. This time he again did three Reiju empowerments. That has been experienced powerfully too. we are just essential bystanders… making the introductions. He says that this works powerfully too. so to speak. I know a Reiki Master who . sending DKM into the third eye and hands. Again. I experimented for a while by using two Reiju empowerments and one Western-style attunement at Reiki1 level. if not more in fact. He has also used Reiju at Master level. this was before we knew about the kotodama. It worked fine. one for each symbol.used Reiju three times at Reiki1 level. the young lady felt her hands tingle and when she 'treated' her mother. Alternatively. This Master had also used Reiju empowerments with symbols at Reiki2 level. Again. He has tried giving people Reiju without physically doing anything to them. he says that this worked well. This seems to have worked fine. 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. or the empowerment energy. and I find that students notice just as much. I used this technique to attune the children of a friend of ours. and for Reiju #3 he visualized HSZSN there. For Reiju #1 he visualized CKR passing into the third eye while holding the 'triangle' there.
Then sit yourself down with your hands in Gassho. and then they get up. They then do the empowerment on their energy body. then into her temples. imagining that they have left their 'energy body' or 'etheric double' behind in the chair. and then see yourself performing the empowerment on you. Then she imagines. or rather feels or experiences energy flowing through her crown down that energy path. at the appointed time. then into her third eye and so on. So she experiences the energy's effects on herself. A Further method Reiki Master Carly Horbowiecz in the Netherlands takes another approach. She finds it very effective. See yourself go through the self-empowerment stage. do distant Reiju on yourself. of course. She simply visualizes a line of light entering her crown and opening her energy centers down to the base of the spine. without using the 'prop' of someone imagined outside her. and receive the empowerment that you sent out earlier. the energy then being grounded. . with the intention that the empowerment will be received at whatever time you decide upon.Distant Reiju on yourself You can. Some people have tried sitting in a chair. Or you could intend that the empowerment be received by you when you sit down and request to receive it. drawing the energy into the appropriate areas. and imagine that you are standing in front of you. Other people have experimented using a mirror. 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. Sit in a chair with your hands in Gassho.
He recommends it not be given as the first Reiki attunement to a student. 10. You become the symbol of light and connect to the Reiki energy/vibration. Doi-sensei held a special Reiju class where he taught Reiju. as you draw a line of energy down the center of the body. one on top the other. still moving down and to the floor. The index fingers are pointing horizontally over the recipient's head.) 3. at each attunement position. holding hands in Gassho and eyes closed. Continue to move your hands back up in a circle until they are over the recipient's head. Then in one continuous movement. 2. placing them on the edge of the recipient's aura. Join the index fingers of both hands. to the height of the recipient's knees. but adds in a Kikou (Qigong) like focus of the 2 index fingers of each hand. Now flatten your overlapped hands as in normal Doi-sensei Reiju. simple attunement." If their hands are on their lap. The technique follows the standard Doi Reiju process. come around to the front with the 2 fingered hands to point at the forehead or 3rd eye position. Then flatten the palms again. Note: The recipient should sit on a chair relaxed. together making contact of the second joints of your 2 fingers above the recipients head (your other fingers are relaxed). Sometimes Doi-sensei uses it in between attunements in class. but FIRST hold the 2 fingers out again. OPTIONALLY. 7. Join your hands. this time pointing in towards either side of the head as pictured below. Power Reiju and Self Reiju.Gendai Power Reiju – a concentrated Empowerment ceremony At the November. Let Reiki flow into the crown and hold this position for about 10 seconds. Each palm faces the side of the recipient 's head (at about the height of eyebrows). they will raise them into Gassho position (as you have explained to them previously. Join your hands. URRI 2000 Workshop weekend in Kyoto Japan. Power Reiju is his way of giving an intense. Stop here and let the Reiki energy flow into the recipient's head for about 10 seconds. 8. finally facing your palms to the floor. 9. palms face down (dominant hand on the bottom) and then point the combined fingers downward to the recipient's crown (as pictured below). Next bring your hands along to either side of the head. then bow one time. Touch the person on their shoulder and say to yourself "I will begin Reiju now.this may actually feel stronger. you can just point the first 2 fingers of each hand (overlapped) towards the crown) . their hands may simply be on their lap. Move your hands high up from both sides and hold them with your palms open. If they have finished. 6. if he feels the student could use a boost. Hold for about 10 seconds. usually performing the Sei Shin Toitsu part of Hatsurei-ho. one on top the other.. Let the energy flow through both sides of the recipient's head for about 10 seconds. Slowly lower your hands above the recipient's crown. Method: (similar to Reiju) 1. Stand in front of the recipient and do Gassho. 5. move your hands down in front of the recipient. making a "V" with your hands. Release the index fingers contact and start opening your arms to both sides around the knees. following the aura. Hold for about 10 seconds. palms face down (dominant hand on the bottom) and rest them on top of the recipient's aura. 4. . reaching to the ceiling. but it is a good process to use as a Reiki attunement boost. Join the fingertips. Next. Intend to connect the person to Reiki (you can even focus on a specific version of Reiki).
13. When they are below the knees. Touch the recipient's shoulder to inidcate to the person that Reiju is over. Change your hands to make a triangle with your index fingers and your thumbs (symbol of the sun. 18. Your palms are facing the recipient's forehead. as in normal Reiju. . Do Gassho and a bow. 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." 17. making contact with the tips of the two smallest fingers of each hand (like a scoop or open cup). 13. toward the end of the movement. You open your arms. Now. as pictured below) and keep the center of the triangle in front of the recipient's forehead/third eye. 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. palms facing upward. your fingers pointing towards the recipient's body. Say to yourself " I have finished Reiju. Hold for about 10 seconds. releasing the little finger contact. open your hands and face the palms towards the recipient's hands. Smoothly separate and move your hands outwards and downwards. Proceed to the next Person . Let the energy flow through the recipient's hands for 10 seconds. 16. Next. Let the energy flow into recipient's third eye for about 10 seconds.12. 15. bring them together.
Next. then bow one time. URRI 2000 Workshop weekend in Kyoto Japan. 12. leave the hands there for as long as you like. toward the end of the movement. palms face down (dominant hand on the bottom) and then slowly bring them down to touch the top of your aura above your crown. move your hands to both sides of your head. Leave them here if you feel a need for Reiki at your throat. Join your hands. Tell yourself you are finished with Reiju. Tell yourself you begin Reiju. separate the hands below the tanden. Make contact with the tips of the two smallest fingers of each hand (like a scoop or open cup). palms facing upward. joining them together. if you feel the need for Reiki. You open your arms. Move your hands high up from both sides and hold them with your palms open. releasing the little finger contact. Stop here and let the Reiki energy flow into your head for about 10 seconds (or as long as it feels appropriate to you). Quickly move your hands up along the center of your body as if you were scooping the energy and returning it to the sky. letting them flow outwards and back up in a circle to your crown. Power Reiju and Self Reiju. If not move down to the Solar Plexus and do the same. 9. Do Gassho and a bow. You become the symbol of light and connect to the Reiki energy/vibration. 11. Method: 1. Intend to attune yourself to Reiki (you can also focus on a specific version of Reiki). bring your hands around to the front of your head and overlap them just as you did over your crown. 4. Let the energy flow through both sides of your head for about 10 seconds. Bring your hands down in front of your heart. Now bring your hands (in the same position) down in front of your throat. Doi-sensei held a special Reiju class where he taught Reiju. Smoothly separate and move your hands downwards and bring them together. Self Reiju is his way of giving Reiju to yourself. 13. Slowly lower your hands above your crown. 3. one on top the other. Then bring the channel of Reiki energy into yourself as you run your fingers down the front of you. Note: You can do this standing up or sitting down. and the backs of your fingers are touching. As in Reiju.Gendai Self Reiju – a simple way to use his Reiju on yourself At the November. this time facing your forehead. Invert your fingers so they point downwards toward your crown (see photo below). 7. 2. 6. continue. Following the outline of your aura. 5. Hold for about 10 seconds. When you are ready. Do Gassho. reaching to the ceiling. 10. Check to see if you need energy here. At each position. Bring your hands to in front of your tanden and hold here if you feel the need for Reiki. 8. .
Their hands are in Gassho (prayer position and at heart level). This is what he shared with me. Clear the student's energy by making three descending sweeps of the hands from above the student's head to the ground. given new training. Place your hands on the student's shoulders for a few seconds with the intent of grounding. Hayashi concentrated on the Focus symbol/energy. bow. #3. The notes explained the system of Reiki as Dr. as well as those of Usui-sensei's that were in Dr. Mr. Dr. Dr. Shoden Empowerment 1. Students could pay for training or work in the clinic 8 hours each week. in the second it was the Harmony symbol/energy. the Connection symbol/energy. #4 with the dominant hand over the crown. Hayashi's notes.The Hayashi Attunement The following attunement process was shown to Dave King by Dr. the same empowerment was given for each of the 3 "symbols. Hayashi and Mikao Usui. In the first part of Shinpiden or Reiki 3. the student is sitting in a chair and has feet (usually stockinged) flat on the floor or on a cushion. the Okuden empowerment was used again with only the Empowerment symbol/energy placed into the hands. Stand in front of the student and open the student's hands. essentially one a day for each day of the class. So only ONE symbol is placed into the hands in any empowerment. with hands in Gassho. Tatsumi explained that part of this training involved copying all of Dr. and would then be allowed to work the upper half of the body. 2. In Okuden or Reiki 2. Dave was allowed to trace the symbols that were in Dr. Mr. giving Reiki to patients. 5. The symbols above the crown seem to be just a ceremony for the teacher to connect to all the energies. Hayashi's hand. Tap the studen't shoulders to indicate they should place their hands in Gassho. Standing behind the student. Hayashi gave the same attunement up to 4 times. As you do so. Dave and his associate Melissa Riggal were allowed to see these notes as well as several written by Dr. Hayashi and enrolled in his training.#1. before he passed away in October 1996. After a two year's further commitment (which involved assisting Dr. Level one practitioners would work the lower part of the body using hand positions devised by Dr. Draw or visualise the symbols (or energies) in order . the student could then be promoted to level 3 and given responsibilities for a shift in the clinic. . Hayashi's possession. Hayashi had learned it. and the third time. He met Dr. At this level a student could even receive some monetary compensation. including the origins of techniques used and that of the symbols. 3. Place your non-dominant hand on (or just above) the student's crown chakra and place your dominant hand just above it. 7. Hayashi. Hayashi in the classroom) the student would then be taught attunements and be allowed to teach. Tatsumi owned a business that manufactured miso and he would travel to Tokyo to sell this. Mr. Mr. 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. 6. focus on opening the Reiki channels. For each attunement." such that in the first empowerment. #2. After 9 more months. After 3 months a student could be promoted to level 2. 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). Hayashi. Tatsumi. Notes on the Attunements: In Shoden or Reiki 1 level. Tatsumi also gave empowerments to Dave and showed him the attunement process he had learned from Dr. Hayashi's 12th master level student. 4.
Comments: o The attunement is given 4 times during the class. or by blowing along the back of your hand. o Dave King he refers to Level one as connecting to . This may be done by blowing straight at each point. 2. Dave had also taught me to bow to the student. although you are drawing the symbols in the air. Also. Place your dominant hand slightly above the student's hands and your other hand slightly below the student's hands. draw the Master Symbol in the air and move it over your own body. 14. 10. o Above the crown. 1. Soul. you are holding a strong will. o The scoop at the end is intended to reverse the flow of energy and thus help revive the student. Go behind the student and. Middle Dantien: CHI. 13. Clear the student's energy by making three descending sweeps of the hands from above the student's head to the ground. Heaven. 'The Three Pure Ones' or 'Three Treasures' Ching (body essence . 16. Chi (life force energy) Shen (spirit) o Lower Dantien (navel): Most important center. Earth. Earth = Di Qi. Bow. while behind the student. I usually find that the energy builds to a peak then levels off. o The blowing along the line of the joined hands is one continuous blow . Stand behind the student. Upper Dantien: SHEN. 11. Man = Ren Qi. This still occurs in the society today.it is used to seal the energy. Give a short. #3. directed towards each of the points. #4 with the dominant hand over the crown. your focus here is on opening the Reiki channels in the student. Take the student's right hand and place it on the student's left shoulder. sharp blast of breath to the student's crown. Higher Self. Place your non-dominant hand on (or just above) the student's crown chakra and place your dominant hand just above it. As you do so focus on the symbol that you are attuning. intent and focus that the Reiki channels be opened . o The sharp blasts at the 3 energy centers are associated with the three dantiens. Ask the student to share their experience. 4. Place your hands on the student's shoulders and `revive' the student. CHING. 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.sexual energy). Okuden and Shinpiden Empowerments Note: Only one symbol is placed in the hands per empowerment.Heaven = Tian QI. mostly Yin. Focus on opening the Reiki channels and hold the position until you feel a good energy flow. o Before and after the attunement. Draw the symbols in order . 3. . Take the student's left hand and place it on the student's right shoulder. he blew along his hand towards the individual Dantiens. Rotate the student's hands whilst doing this. 9. heart and dantien (just below navel). o Again. 15. #2. Cosmic energy. going from the thumb side of the palm to the little finger side of the palm. you are not saying the mantra out loud. when in front of the student. Place the student's hands back into the prayer position and blow gently and continuously along the space between the hands. More condensed than Chi. 12. Step back. with your hands cupped. o In a separate attunement that Doi-sensei demonstrated.you will find this is a bit different for each person.#1.8. make a single upward sweep from floor to above student's head. Gassho and bow to the student.
Hayashi had large quantities of notes in both his own and in Usui's penmanship and some of these remain in Tatsumi's possession. The symbol is given in an attunement called an 'empowerment transformation' which precedes the disclosure of the final symbol. The attunements for first level are intended to 'remind' the candidate that he is connected to a limitless energy system. He calls it the 'connecting transformation'. The original system before Hayashi had seven hand positions. There was never any requirement to maintain an 'oral tradition'. 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. These positions are part of a standard healing pattern in use long before Usui's time. Comments: · As you "lead" the symbols into the palm. Take the student's right hand and place it on the student's left shoulder. . Place your hands on the student's shoulders for a few seconds with the intent of grounding. 8. No symbols are passed in the set of four attunements. 10. It has no connection with teaching the system. Rotate the student's hands whilst doing this. 9. Place your dominant hand slightly above the student's hands and your other hand slightly below the student's hands. It is a ceremony that simply tells the energy to flow along the channels. 7. 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. Stand in front of the student and open the student's hands. Each symbol is given separately in an attunement called a 'control transformation' which precedes the disclosure of the symbol that is being attuned. It is used in everyday life and is not restricted to teaching. 13. Place your hands on the student's shoulders and `revive' student. The 'patient' remains on their back or the whole treatment which follows the 'top-down' rule of traditional medicine. · I was taught to draw the symbols with my hand open. 11. ……… The fourth symbol is for empowerment. Take the student's left hand and place it on the student's right shoulder. sharp blast of breath to the student's crown chakra. Give a short.5. Here are some interesting notes from Dave King's web site: Tatsumi had kept notes of the attunements and symbols. focusing on the flat of my palm. Bow. heart chakra and dantien chakra (just below navel). Ask about experiences etc. Go behind the student and make a single upward sweep from floor to above student's head. just imagine that they are moving into the hand. 12. Draw the appropriate symbol four times with the upper hand then `lead' the symbol into the student's palm. The attunement for the third level is intended to fully empower the candidate. 6.
quiets one's evil passions. 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: . But if we think about only the vital necessities. It involves 21 days of fasting and meditating. He did this meditation at least five times during his lifetime. seeing symbols in bubbles of light. The meditation is included here for your information only. two practice methods stand out. Mrs Takata’s story of Reiki has Usui Sensei going up a mountain for 21 days of fasting. samatha. but do not seem to have provided that ‘eureka’ moment that we are all familiar with. or a moment of enlightenment. When both samatha and vipasyana are successfully practiced. and it is the practice that Usui carried out on Mount Kurama. and the second. The purpose of this meditation is to bring satori. and coming down with Reiki. He seems to have been teaching his system long before he undertook the meditations. 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. The first. Only a handful of people in Japan might know the earlier – longer – version that Usui would have carried out. In that state. the dharma's altruistic goal of helping both self and others is fully completed. and nobody would carry out the full form nowadays in Japan: they are all too busy and it is for the brave or foolhardy. The meditation comes from Tendai Buddhism. sanctioned by the Tendai monks at Mt Hiei. the meditator enters samadhi and receives prajna. is not for the fainthearted. further leads one to deny unwholesome desires. in its full form. though they were encouraged to carry out the meditation at some stage during their training. What you can see below is a modern version of the meditation. apparently there are a multitude of roads." Notes: Samatha stopping. It was not part of the daily practice of Masters. This meditation.Lotus Repentance Meditation The Lotus Repentance meditation is not an essential part of original Usui Reiki. then vipasyana becomes the foundation of prajna. 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. When samatha results in one's winning entry into dhyana-samadhi. vipasyana.
hatred never ends. 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. Kai Yu Mu Shi Ton Jin Chi. hungry ghosts." 3 Method of entering the hall Line up outside the hall. a person who brightens a single corner is a national treasure. fighting entities. Hinayana followers. and to forget myself while doing good for others. Contemplate: Reflecting on my own life. but by repaying with virtue. animals." "Monetary wealth is not a national treasure. heavens. 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. ."Practicing the dharma includes food and clothes." "The height of compassion is to welcome evil onto myself while giving good deeds to other people. cross the boundary into the dharma realm of the true Buddha." "By holding grudges and repaying with hatred. I wish to acknowledge and atone for all. and conflicting emotions. Rather than bearing grudges about the things happening in this long night's dream called the world. professional priests. Recite the Sange Mon (repentance verse) once: "Ga Shaku Sho Zo Sho Aku Go. but in food and clothes the practice of dharma is not found. 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. then move into the kneeling position with hands in Gassho. words and deeds. Ju Shin Go I Shi Sho Sho. mundane life. Issai Ga Kon Kai Sange" Translation: From beginningless time I have generated negative karma through my misdirected thoughts. hatred is completely exhausted. evil spirits. namely the realms of hells.
Don't exhale quickly or slowly. I vow to serve them all. as if in a closed system. Nyorai Muhen Segan Ji The tathagatas are endless. quickly correct it. straight posture. with the tips of the thumbs lightly touching. but continue until you are satisfied. tongue against the upper palate. it should not be loud. Clear the air passages. The backbone should not be curved. Take your seat for meditation… 7 Entering samadhi First. Listening to the sound of the in. I vow to save them all. I vow to accumulate them all. Pull it close to the body. Then with the torso straight and relaxed. Allow the breathing to remain in a natural state. check the activity of the thoughts. The straighten up again. or relaxed and tense states. and the shoulders are thrown back. and through the nose breathe in endless. teeth lightly together. expelling muddy spirits. Twist the body left and right a number of times. let the line of sight fall about six feet in front. There are ten levels of bodhisattvaship until you reach the state of a buddha with the complete realisation of emptiness and compassion. . Goji Busshi Jodaigan" May this seeker of enlightenment fulfil these vows. Mujo Bodai Segan Jo Supreme enlightenment is unsurpassed. puckering or sliding. Close the mouth. random thoughts. completely exhausting them. I vow to attain it. check the breathing. If the posture should relax. releasing stagnant air slowly while leaning slightly forward. Note: The Tathagata means the accomplished one.6 Godai Gan five great vows Recite: "Shujo Muhen Segan Do Sentient beings are limitless. not jerky. Loosen the belt and arrange the clothes neatly so as to cover the legs. If sitting in the half-lotus position.and out-breaths. Homon Muhen Segan Gaku The dharmas are infinite. daydreaming. 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). pure spirit. not gasping or sucking in air. Separate the attention from the breathing and concentrate it at the red field. before he became the buddha. an enlightened being. With the eyes half-closed to reduce the brightness of the outside light. coming to rest in a correct. with the left toes and the right heel equally spaced. Second. Form the meditation mudra with the hands in the lap. Abandon those thoughts outside the practice. in and out three times. such as gross thoughts. Breathe all defects out during exhalation. Exhale with the mouth open. like a buddha. without hurrying. Imagine it entering through the top of the head. right palm on top of the left palm. pulled close under the stomach. place the left leg over the right leg. Fukuchi Muhen Segan Shu Knowledge and wisdom are limitless. check one's posture. I vow to study them all. Third. thoughts about emotional ups and downs. allow the diaphragm to move in tandem with the movement of air through the nose.
not being shaken by thoughts or activities of daily life. Note when the three are not in harmony. rub the pores of the whole body (rub your forearms). Do the same with the other hand. One sits single-pointedly. breath and thoughts. and continually apply mindfulness and recollection to again produce unity and harmony of the body. light incense or recite sutras depending on the time. head. This can be the Heart sutra. the breath and the thoughts. the Ten-verse Kannon sutra. finishing with a flourishing flick as you remove negative energy. Finally. Next. 9 Exiting samadhi First. using warmth to cover the eyes. the sutra of Saintly Fudo. and establish connections and relations. open the eyes behind the palms. portions of the Lotus sutra. "Isshin Chorai Jippo Joju Sanbo" Depart the hall… . each time performing a Grand Prostration. recite sutras. then returning the hand back up the arm. or any other sutra you choose. Then move the hands. move the body very slightly. the neck and shoulder on the other side. Next. from the elbow to the shoulder and on over the neck. then rub the palms together. 10 Method for leaving the hall If there is time. release the mind from samadhi. open the mouth and breathe deeply so as to release the spirit. not even if enveloped in raging flames. You may also chant the Nembutsu and dedicate merit. three times. 8 Dwelling in samadhi Observe the harmony of the Three Mysteries of the body. down over the arms with a sweeping motion from shoulder to fingertip (a la kenyoku). Rely on this practice to cross over. Next. Finally.Note: the red field is what you can see when you half close your eyelids and turn your eyes upwards. Next. recite the San Rai (three prostrations) again.
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