In the original Reiki systems like Usui Ryoho Reiki, there are energy balancing meditation techniques which form part of the foundation of Reiki. These techniques are easy to learn, simple to practice, and yet they’re very important and they bring many benefits over long periods of self-practice. In this post, you will learn the Joshin Kokyu Ho meditation.
Joshin Kokyu Ho – Grow Strong Roots
Joshin Kokyu Ho has at least two important effects. First, it can be used to improve the way you channel Reiki energy by opening and cleansing your energy channels. With time and practice, your skills of channeling Reiki become stronger. Second, this meditation is an important grounding practice that will build a foundation for your further spiritual development. You cannot build a house by starting with the roof – you have to build the foundation first. The very same thing applies to any spiritual practice – you have to build a strong connection with the Earth and physical world so that the winds of spiritual forces won’t blow you away.
The Practice of Joshin Kokyu Ho is a way to strengthen your connection with Reiki. Through this practice, you cleanse and strengthen the primary energy channel, through which Reiki flows to you and through you. Thus, regular practice makes you an even better Reiki practitioner.
The Hands And Hara
At least two elements are important in this meditation and they need to be explained – first, the mudra of balance, and second, the region of your body known as Hara or the first Tan T’ien. The Tan T’ien is a term used in Chinese magical systems and Taoist philosophy. There are three of such Tan T’iens, one in your navel, another one near your heart, and the third one within your head. They are connected by two energy channels, creating something that is called a “ microcosmic orbit”.
The Mudra of balance is quite popular in Buddhist practices. While it is not the mudra of grounding, it symbolizes the balance, harmony between the physical and spiritual realm. Something that Joshin Kokyu Ho promotes.
Another important element is the Hara region – also known as the first Tan T”ien. It is a region few centimeters below your belly button, and another few centimeters inside your body. According to the Chinese school of thought, this is a place that governs all life energies, or Chi. It promotes a healthy physical body, and deep connection with the ground.
With this knowledge, you’re ready to begin the practice.
The Practice of the Joshin Kokyu Ho
This meditation is based on direct work with Reiki energy and intentions.
1 – Sit down in a comfortable position It can be either Seiza or Lotus position.
2 – Form your hands into the mudra of balance in front of your Hara region.
3 – Close your eyes, open yourself to the flow of Reiki.
4 – Start to breathe through your nose. Breath in and while you do, intend the Reiki energy to flow into your body through the tip of your head, and flow down into your Hara. As you breath in, your tongue touching your palate just behind your upper teeth. Hold your breath for a second. Breath out and intend the Reiki energy to expand from your Hara into your entire body. Breath out with your tongue relaxed. Hold this intention in your mind for a second. Make sure that your breath remains calm, natural and comfortable. Do not force things.
5 – Continue to breathe Reiki in for another fifteen minutes.
6 – After fifteen minutes, place both of your hands on the Hara – physically touch the are below your belly button. Focus on your Hara, and remain in this state for another five minutes. Do not breath Reiki in any more, just focus on your Hara.
7 – When you’re done, close the flow of Reiki, open your eyes and stand up.
This completes the Joshin Kokyu Ho meditation. An important aspect of this exercise is the final focus on the Hara region. While you can expand the primary meditation for longer periods of time, the final focus should always be present, but it doesn’t have to take longer and five minutes if you do not wish to.
You should practice it at least twice a week for the next few months after your initiation to the first level of Usui Ryoho Reiki, but if you wish, then no matter what level you’re on, you can come back and practice this meditation. You can practice it especially when you feel you’re losing ground under your feet and if you feel you’re falling into the spiritual world too much.