Copyright © 2002 James Deacon
This is a technique from the Art of Tenchi Seiki
This three-part practice is intended to stimulate harmonious flow
of ki within the system.
should be practiced seated on a chair, stool or bench, or in a
crosslegged posture or in the seiza posture.
with all the basic exercises, choose a time and place where you
are unlikely to be disturbed. Take off your shoes. And ensure
the floor/ground is both comfortable and warm. Do not practice
this on cold floors/ground, do not practice in the cold, generally.
with your hands resting palms down, on your thighs.
and become loosely focussed on the natural rhythms of your breathing
- 'watching the breath'. Do not seek to consciously breathe -
merely be aware that you are breathing effortlessly.
Note: many Reiki practitioners will no doubt recognise the similarities
between the kenyoku 'dry bathing' practice and the first
part of this practice utilised by earlier therapeutic traditions
After a few moments, slowly raise your hands up, bring your palms
to rest high on the upper part of your chest - just below your
move your hands out to each side, close to your armpits, allowing
your elbows to raise as you do so.
to exhale steadily, at the same time brushing slowly & firmly
down the side of your chest, down your torso and along your thighs,
to your knees.
you reach your knees, smoothly begin to inhale again, whilst slowly
raising your hands from your knees in a wide vertical arc up to
chin level, then back to rest high on your chest, to seamlessly
repeat the process:
as you firmly brush down to your knees, then inhaling as you trace
the wide vertical arc back up to chin level, coming to rest on
your upper chest.
an attitude of steady focus, continue the brushing action until
you have completed a total of 18 repititions.
After a momentary pause, ensuring you are sitting up straight
yet relaxed, press gently yet firmly against the inner
corner of each eye-ball (i.e. just above the tear-duct) with the
pad of the middle finger of each hand.
this position for a count of 18 heartbeats, being aware of any
sensations arising in the fingerpads or eyes.
Maintaining the upright yet relaxed position, pause for a moment,
then bring the hands together in the gassho position (the
gesture of prayer) - palms flat against each other.
your shoulders and bring your elbows in close to your sides, with
your forearms/hands pointing forward at a 45% angle.
relaxed, focus your eyes on the tips of your middle fingers, and
allow yourself to be fully conscious of any sensations that arise
in your fingers, thumbs and palms.
this state of awareness for as long as you feel comfortable.
the practice of this particular exercise it is not uncommon for
students to experience 'pulsing' sensations or sensations of almost
imperceptible motion - and not only in the hands.
may experience actual spontaneous movement, such as a mild 'rocking'
is nothing to be concerned about, and - provided the student is
comfortable with the phenomenon - any such mild spontaneous movement
should simply be acknowledged and permitted to 'act itself out'
whilst the student stays with the sensation, maintaining a state
of focussed awareness.]
conclude this exercise, loosely shake your hands out by your sides,
take a few deep breaths, and gently stretch your arms and legs.