Within the system of Reiki there is a practice which is commonly called “distance” healing. Many modern Reiki schools teach that you do this by “sending” something to someone - by using a pillow or stuffed animal, by placing your hand on your leg, by making a bridge, etc…
Within Okuden Reiki level II, we learn the symbol/mantra Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen 本者是正念.
Literally this mantra translates as; “My original nature is a correct thought”. Or in a direct way we can say it means; “I am right mind” or “I am right mindfulness”.
The “I am” in this case is not the ego “I” but our True Self, our original nature.
For me the system of Reiki is about rediscovering our True Self, which we also could call our True Nature. Our True Nature indicates that we need to realign ourselves with the natural elements.
Within the system of Reiki there are many stepping stones, however the first few are all about ourselves. Shoden Reiki I is foremost about meditating on the precepts, practicing the meditation practices like joshin-kokyu ho and seishin toitsu and hands-on healing on yourself. It is out of this that comes hands-on healing on others.
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As taught at Okuden Reiki level II and emphasized at Shinpiden Reiki Level III, “distance healing” is not really about (mentally) crossing a distance. It is more about annihilating distance in a momentum towards unity. And HSZSN (the 3rd symbol/mantra as taught in Okuden) is like the knot you would tie in your handkerchief to remember this.
What does inner happiness mean?
Not relying on outer circumstances to make you feel happy.
When we feel inner happiness we start to feel alive: an aliveness which brings joy, a smile on our face, and a freedom we haven’t felt before.
But how do we create this within our practice of the system of Reiki?
During a recent teleclass, How to Perform Reiki Treatments, a student asked me to elaborate on byosen reikan ho. Since we believe this question is of interest to many of our readers, we decided to write an article about it.