Dr. Usui taught his students that receiving the Reiki empowerments was not all that they needed to do. To progress further on the spiritual path it was necessary to incorporate three things into their lives. These were:
To live the Reiki principles.
To practice meditation daily.
To receive Reiju regularly.
Meditation is an integral part of Reiki and was practiced by Dr Usui's students each time they attended a Reiki class. These meditations deepen and strengthen your connection to the energy, promote sensitivity to Reiki and the ability to channel ever increasing amounts of Reiki.
Usui Sensei practiced Gassho meditation as a part of his personal Reiki practice every day, twice a day. Gassho literally means, “two hands coming together”. He taught his students how to practice Reiki Gassho meditation by placing their hands together in prayer position (hands together in upright position at heart/chest level) with all focus and attention going to the Reiki energy coursing through the hands and fingers. In doing so, this promotes a quieting of the mind, a centering of the heart, a deeper focus inward and a stronger connection to the Reiki energy.
I teach this technique to my Reiki Level One students and we practice for a 21 day period after they receive their Reiki Level One attunements. We sit together (virtually) once a day for five to 15 minutes focusing on the Reiki energy. It is also beneficial to do this every day; even beyond the initial 21 day period.
It is recommended to use the Gassho hand position before and after a Reiki Meditation practice.
To practice Gassho meditation:
1-Sit comfortably with your eyes closed and hands in the Gassho position
2-Breathe quietly and focus your attention where your middle fingers are touching.
3-Relax, forget about your worries and just BE
4-Stay in this position as long as is comfortable
You can practice Gassho meditation every day (after waking up, before going to bed, when dealing with stressful situations…anytime!) as well as before and after Reiki practice.
Joshin Kokyu Ho (cleansing meditation)
Joshin Kokyu Ho is the method (Ho) of breathing (Kokyu) to cleanse your mind (Joshin) as well as increase our ability to channel Reiki energy.
To practice Joshin Kokyu Ho follow these steps:
2-Use the Gassho position to start and then close your eyes
3-Breath naturally and comfortably
4-Lower your arms and put your hands to your thighs with your palms facing upward
5-Concentrate on your breathing, breathe through your nose and imagine the Reiki energy as white light that enters your body from the top chakra (top of your head) and travels down to your belly and to the whole body.
6-visualize the Reiki energy flowing through every cell in your body. With each in-breath imagine that Reiki is entering your crown and filling your entire body - with each out-breath visualize that you are exhaling Reiki from every pore in your body and off out into infinity.
7-As you continue to breathe, feel it flowing into the room and then the residence you are in, filling it with Reiki energy. Feel it intensify as the Reiki energy flows outside onto the property and beyond into the neighborhood. See it filling the region in which you reside and then beyond into the country, then whole globe and finally out into the cosmos.
8-Stay in this position as long as is comfortable.
End the exercise with a Gassho, breathing in and out, letting your mind settle into a peaceful, meditative state.
I teach this technique during the Reiki Level One class.You can do this meditation technique as part of your regular meditation practice or just before performing Reiki. I always use this technique before I am about to do a Reiki session. It is a great way to get your hands flowing with Reiki energy!! If you have not tried it yet, do it! And let us know the results!