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Byosen Reikan Ho is a technique somewhat similar to the scanning practices taught in some 'western' lineage Reiki styles.

Byosen is concerned with the 'energetic sensation' perceived at areas of dis-harmony or dis-ease.

Whenever there is a dis-ease, dis-harmony or dis-order in a person's energetic makeup (whether or not the individual is aware of it) there will always be an accompanying 'energetic sensation', referred to as hibiki ('resonance') - providing one is aware of what to look for - and providing one has developed the necessary sensitivity skills to perceive it.

Thus, it is theoretically possible to identify and treat such imbalances before the physical symptoms of the dis-order even have a chance to manifest.

And at the other end of the spectrum, it is possible to determine whether or not the patient is really 'cured', as, even when the outward symptoms of a dis-order have been alleviated, the continued presence of hibiki would indicate the likelihood of the dis-order reoccurring in the future.

In an ideal world - it is said that a seasoned practitioner can infer from the hibiki the cause, current status, and amount of treatment required to heal the dis-ease.)

But Byosen is not a diagnostic technique per se, rather is a method of locating and treating the source of illness.

The precise nature of the sensations experienced varies from one person to another and is also dependent on the nature of the manifesting dis-harmony or dis-ease.

Amongst possible sensations picked up by the practitioner may be: pulsing, heat, coolness, 'flatness', numbness, pain, 'prickliness', tingling, 'pulling', etc.

To complicate matters somewhat hibiki sensations, while commonly experienced at the topical site of the person's dis-ease, may actually be experienced in a different area of the body entirely.

For example, a dis-harmony in the stomach may produce hibiki in the forehead, respiratory problems might be indicated by hibiki on the backs of the hands, etc.

For this reason, in order to use Byosen effectively, many people suggest that the practitioner have at least a basic grounding in some form of 'meridian'-based diagnostic-treatment theory as expounded by various practices of TJM/TCM (Traditional Japanese / Chinese Medicine).

Formal Byosen Ho begins with the practitioner performing gassho and praying /intending that the Reiki phenomenon will flow freely through them for the healing and wellness of the client.

Then, beginning at the head and working down the body, the practitioner slowly starts to scan with their hands, searching out the energetic sensations indicative of areas in need of Reiki treatment.


Some hibiki and their common significance

[Note: the intensity of the stimulus perceived can often reflect the severity/depth of the problem]:

Attraction generally signifies a need for treatment at the area of pull

Repulsion indicates a probable long-standing blockage or inhibition of energy flow - something which may take a considerable amount of treatment to alleviate

Pain often indicates an excess or buildup of energy in the given area (due to a blockage, etc). Sharp pain is sometimes considered to be a sign that the 'pressure' in the given area is causing a negative effect elsewhere in the system

Tingling frequently signifies an area of inflammation

Heat sensations in the therapist's hands are indicative of Reiki being 'drawn' by the client

Coldness signifies a deficit of energy in the area (or at least a suppression of energy) - due to blockage,etc


Flux/Flow indicates a positive, balanced state - which will nonetheless still benefit from receiving treatment

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