© 2003 James Deacon
Byosen Reikan Ho is a technique somewhat similar to the scanning
practices taught in some 'western' lineage Reiki styles.
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.
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.)
Byosen is not a diagnostic technique per se, rather is
a method of locating and treating the source of illness.
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.
possible sensations picked up by the practitioner may be: pulsing,
heat, coolness, 'flatness', numbness, pain, 'prickliness', tingling,
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.
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]:
generally signifies a need for treatment at the area of
indicates a probable long-standing blockage or inhibition
of energy flow - something which may take a considerable amount
of treatment to alleviate
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
signifies an area of inflammation
sensations in the therapist's hands are indicative of
Reiki being 'drawn' by the client
signifies a deficit of energy in the area (or at least
a suppression of energy) - due to blockage,etc
indicates a positive, balanced state - which will nonetheless
still benefit from receiving treatment