Copyright © 2003 James Deacon
of the spirit')
Ho is a practice - a 'ceremony' if you like to see it as such
- to awaken your intuitive ability to discern energetic imbalances
in a person's body/aura.
Apparently, in Usui-Sensei's day, the ability to sense disturbances
in this way was a requirement before a student could progress
to level II training.
To perform Reiji Ho:
or sit up straight (comfortably so).
Rest your hands, palms down, on your thighs / in your lap.
your eyes and 'hara-centre'
yourself: focus your awareness on your seika
tanden - an area deep inside your body mid way between
your navel and the top of your pubic bone.
a few moments, simply 'be' - silently and restfully 'watching
the breath': loosely focussing on the natural rhythms of your
breathing. There is no interference with the natural process -
no seeking to consciously breathe - merely to be aware that you
are breathing effortlessly.
Perform gassho and, consciously aware of Reiki, perform
joshin kokyu ho - releasing or transforming all negative
stresses and tensions.
Focussed in seika tanden, 'see' and feel the Reiki pervading
and permeating your entire being - know that you are one with
the phenomenon that is Reiki - part of it. For a few moments,
simply 'be' in this awareness. Then, when you are ready, bring
your hands up to your forehead in the gassho position.
ask / pray for healing and wellness to manifest throughout the
person's entire being.
comes next is both easy and difficult.
Trust in the phenomenon that is Reiki. Totally detach yourself
from seeking after possible outcomes.
Invite and allow Reiki to 'call' (i.e. guide / draw your hands
automatically - spontaneously) to any areas that may be in need
Allow your hands to move where they are drawn - let go - trust
- resist the urge to 'do'.
When it comes to letting Reiki guide you, different people may
receive their guidance in different ways. Some may simply experience
pure spontaneous movement - as if being 'pulled' magnetically;
some may experience images in the mind's-eye of where treatment
is needed; others may 'hear' where Reiki is needed, and so on.
nothing seems to happen - if you are not aware of 'receiving
guidance' (and when first performing Reiji it isn't always necessarily
that obvious) recall the precepts: '...'don't worry...' It will
come in time - and when it does, you will know.
Reiki will guide you.
Reiki will flow - and as usual, the flow will taper off when the
area has taken sufficient treatment - and then your hands will
be 'called' to the next area.
there are no more areas requiring treatment (or, as is sometimes
the case, there are no areas at all requiring treatment) your
hands will be guided to rest, palms down, on your thighs / in
Conclude Reiji Ho by once more performing gassho.