Following on from Frans Stiene’s talk on the Japanese Art of Reiki he answered questions from the audience. In Part I he talks about self-practice, non-duality and the Reiki symbols and mantras, and Reiki as an offering.
As students of Japanese Reiki, healers and practitioners, compassion is an essential part of what we do. But what is compassion and why is it so important to us and our practice of Reiki? In Japanese Reiki we often find the words “compassion” and “oneness” occurring very closely together. We may notice this happening in class, in discussions and also in articles about the system. Why is this? What is the connection between compassion and oneness in our practice of the system of Japanese Reiki?
It is said that Mikao Usui was a Tendai lay priest. If so, then he would certainly have been familiar with these sutras - if only from his own practice. It is possible to see where elements of the these sutra practices have helped lay the foundation for the teachings of the system of Reiki.
The hara is regarded as one of the most important aspects of Japanese life and of its people’s spiritual practices. But what is it exactly?
Translated from the Japanese hara simply means belly, yet there is so much more to this intriguing word. At a deeper level the word, hara, means one’s true nature; who one truly is as a human being. So it is not just a physical centre in the body but also the centre of one’s true nature.
Excerpt from Mrs. Takata’s diary Dec 10th 1935:
Meaning of “Reiki” Energy within oneself, when concentrated and applied to patient, will cure all ailments - it is nature’s greatest cure, which requires no drugs.
It helps in all respects, human and animal life. In order to concentrate, one must purify one’s thoughts in words and to meditate to let the true “energy” come out from within.
It lies in the bottom of the stomach about 2 inches below the navel. Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, concentrate on your thoughts and relax.
We received a question this week that brings up a number of connected issues.
Q: Hi I just read an article about Reiki and it said that Intention is not a part of Reiki and that Reiki brings a meditative state itself and is unlike disciplines such as QiGong where a practitioner grounds him/herself first.
A: Intent is… everything.
Frans and Bronwen Stiene continue their interview with the eloquent author H.E. Davey - founder and Director of the Sennin Foundation, a Center for Japanese Cultural Arts in California.
Frans Stiene discusses with Jiryo Sensei his experiences with traditional Japanese ways and relates them to the system of Reiki.