Mental Habits

Within Okuden Level II we find the mantra Sei Heki. In many teachings it is referred to as meaning ‘mental habits’; thus when we work with the mantra, we clear these mental habits. In those teachings the mental habit may be seen as addiction to smoking or drinking, to our fears, or to some ‘thing’ that we can’t seem to quit, to stop doing, or to let go.

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Desire for Happiness - Insights into Sei Heki

Within Okuden Reiki Level II, we learn about three symbols and mantras. One of these is called Sei Heki.
Okuden means ‘inner’ or ‘hidden’ teachings, which means that the tools taught within this level are for your own spiritual development. These tools - symbols and mantras - are to help rediscover what is hidden inside of your self. What is this hidden inner element that needs to be rediscovered? It is your innate great bright light - your inner happiness.

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The Deeper Layers of “Distance” Healing

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…

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The Hidden Meaning of the First Symbol

Recently, as part of my 3 week training in Japan, I spent 5 days on Mt Omine, which has been a training ground for Shugendo for 1300 years.
The main temple, Ominesanji, is at the top of the mountain, 1720 meters high. As I stood in front of the temple, I noticed a pillar with a kanji on it and thought, “It looks very similar to the first symbol taught within the system of Reiki.” I was intrigued.

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Deeper Insights Into Choku Rei 直霊 (Nao Hi)

When we want to know what Mikao Usui had in mind with his teachings, we need to look not only at traditional Japanese teachings as a whole, but also at what other serious Japanese teachers were teaching at the time.
In this blog, I compare one aspect of Mikao Usui’s teachings to the teachings of Masahisa Goi (1916-1980.)

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The Non-Dual Nature of Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen

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.

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Symbols and Mantras the Japanese Way

Many symbols and mantras are used within traditional Japanese spiritual teachings. By looking at these traditional Japanese spiritual practices, we can start to see how Mikao Usui used the symbols and mantras in his teachings.

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Be Like A Lighthouse

On my recent teaching tour in the USA, I was driving with a student along the coast of California and noticed this amazing lighthouse.
We stepped out to look around and take some pictures. I noticed that the lighthouse was falling apart and not working anymore, and realized that this was a wonderful metaphor for our spiritual practice

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