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Everything we Say and Do and Think…

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It’s the little things we do often that makes the biggest difference in our lives!  

Over the years as a Nurse and Therapist, I’ve noticed peoples mind and bodies become a reflection of their thought patterns and habits…  Even those little habits or patterns of behaviour, that some of us don’t even realise we do… Positive or negative, everything we say, do and think becomes our way of living each day, our daily lifestyle.  Over time they effect our whole way of being… our mind, body and soul.

The ancients civilisations knew that mental unrest leads to physical unrest or diss-ease, and that physical disease can lead to mental unrest.  Good health is not merely the absence of disease or its symptoms, but a sense of wellbeing that requires the active participation of the individual.

This was also something Mikao Usui Sensei  noticed when people first started to come and see him for Reiki treatments.  Reiki healed people with all sorts of physical and psychological diseases… Yet some people would come back, with the same health issue or something similar.  Usui Sensei realised he needed to help people change the way they think!

It was their own thought patterns and habits that were causing people to be diseased… 

So Usui Sensei created the Gokai; the five principle for health and happiness… Here they are, translated into English…

Just for today… Do not be angry, Do not worry, Be grateful, Do your duties fully, Be kind to others.

Being a Jikiden Reiki practitioner I know saying the Gokai in Japanese, at the beginning and end of each day, whilst doing Gassho meditation, makes a positive difference to my health and wellbeing whilst calming my over thinking active mind…  And as I sit, Reiki radiates through my whole being triggering the relaxation response; restoring peace and harmony from with.

But why say the Gokai out loud in Japanese?

The sounds that the words make when spoken out loud resonate throughout our whole being!  In Japan there is a belief that some words have good healing energy; Kototama.  Usui Sensei chose the words in the Gokai with great care, so that they would have extremely positive Kototama.

Contemplating these words in English, in my heart and mind… Simply reminds me to let go of destructive behaviours; anger and worry…  To focus on positive ways of living with gratitude; as even those obstacles offer me an opportunity to change, each day… Perhaps the simplest of all to remember, is to be kind to others.  Spiritual growth can be measured by how well one incorporates these simple words, into ones daily life.  As Jikiden Reiki practitioners we are encouraged to LIVE the Gokai… not just say them!

True inner peace and happiness comes, when what we think, say and do are in harmony.

Many people tell me they experience this calm and tranquil mind during a Jikiden Reiki Treatment… But if you would also like the chance to learn these positive daily techniques and make a big difference to your life, then why not join a one of our Jikiden Reiki Shoden Level courses here in Cornwall?

 

 

 

 

Gassho Meditation

Gassho Meditation

Gassho meditation is part of the “secret method of inviting happiness” that was developed by Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki.  It is a lovely part of my daily life as a Jikiden Reiki practitioner.

Gassho is a Japanese word that translates as “2 hands coming together” with our palms and fingertips meeting.

Science today tells us that when we place our hands together, palm to palm, it balances both the right and left hemispheres of the brain… Bringing harmony and inner peace to our whole being, if we do it long enough.

As with all meditation techniques… we begin by getting the posture right.

Let yourself be sitting in a upright position, back straight so the body can relax around an erect spine.  Imagine a thread is gently pulling the top of your crown up to the sky.

Hands together in front of the body, they should be high enough so you can feel the breeze from your out breath over the finger tips… so a bit higher than in the picture above.  Just let the weight of your arms drops down to the elbows, so they are not resting on your body… then breathing is not constrained in the chest area.

Breathe in through your nose and out through the mouth… Belly breathing.  Its what we used to do as a baby, its the most natural breathing pattern for us.  Just let the breath come and go… come and go…

So what makes Gassho Meditation different to any other meditation technique?

The simple answer is Reiju.

Reiju is our gift from Usui Sensei, who developed the system of Reiki following many years of religious training and his enlightenment on Mt. Kurama… The gift is, we do not have to undertake years of religious training, to be able to transmit the healing energy of Reiki.  Receiving Reiju opens and activates our natural healing ability, reconnecting us with the divine energy of the universe; reconnecting us with Reiki.

So is that the secret part?

The secret part, is that we all have this innate ability… it lies dormant in many of us.  Our modern busy lifestyles have got in the way… Our connection has become blocked… Once a person has received Reiju they will be able to transmit Reiki too.  Gassho Meditation… Enhances the flow of Reiki and increases our awareness of Reiki as it radiates through our body… our minds become still and the body heals itself from within.

At the Jikiden Reiki Shoden level training, Gassho Meditation is taught on the first day…  Along with other techniques to enhance the sensitivity of your hands for giving Reiki treatments to self and others… So that from day one, you can practice this simple self healing Reiki technique… As often as you wish.

 

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