Usui Sensei taught his students the first pillar of Reiki, the Gassho meditation. Gassho means “two hands coming together”. Dr. Usui taught his students to place their hands in the Gassho position every morning and evening. Gassho teaches the art of quieting the mind and creating single pointed focus in meditation. As Meditation is an ideal way to still the mind and relax the body.
Gassho and Hatsurei-ho meditation
Dr. Usui taught his students that receiving the Reiki empowerments was not all that they needed to do. To progress further on the spiritual path it was necessary to incorporate three things into their lives. These were
To live the Reiki principles
To practice meditation daily
To receive Reiju regularly
Gassho is basically just the beginning part of the Hatsurei-ho meditation and can be used at first when you are learning to meditate. After you are familiar with Gassho and comfortable with the practice you can move on to the Hatsurei-ho if you wish.
Basic Gassho is simple to sit with your hands in prayer position (Gassho means prayer position) and concentrate on breathing in and out slowly. With each in breath imagine that Reiki is entering your crown and filling your entire body - with each outbreath visualise that you are exhaling Reiki from every pore in your body and off out into infinity. This is a simple, but very effective meditation, and can be done as often as you wish. Practice Gassho daily for 10-15 minutes until you are used to it. Then you can maintain the meditation as long as you like.
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