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The Origins of Gassho

Gassho is the simple act of putting your hands together with the palms facing each other and the hands extended slightly in front of you. Gassho can be used when greeting or acknowledging a person of respect and is often accompanied with the phrase Namaste. It is also used in meditation like during the 6th stage of Hatsurei ho or when making your silent prayer of intention prior to starting a Reiki healing session.

Gassho is mentioned many times in the Lotus Sutra. For example, in Chapter 3 of the Lotus Sutra (Simile and Parable), we read:

At that time Shariputra’s mind danced with joy. Then he immediately stood up, pressed his palms together, gazed up in reverence at the face of the Honored-One, and said to the Buddha, “Just now, when I heard from the World-Honored One, this voice of the Law, my mind seemed to dance and I gained what I had never had before.

Shariputra feels joy because the Buddha had announced his attainment of enlightenment in the previous chapter. The act of putting his hands together and facing the Buddha means that his body (his hands) and his mind (gazing up at the Buddha) are now united as one. It also means that all of the causes he had made in studying with the Buddha for 42 years have now culminated with the effect of his enlightenment. The act of putting his hands together in a single moment represents the simultaneity of cause and effect and the fact that there is no difference between ordinary people and the Buddha. If you have read my blog on the meaning of Lotus Reiki, you will see that this is also the meaning of the Lotus Flower. That is why the Great Sage Nichiren says that Gassho is another name for the Lotus Sutra! (Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, p. 45).

The next time you perform Gassho, remind yourself that you are a Buddha. If you are about to start a Reiki session, acknowledge that your patient is also a Buddha and have appreciation that your patient is allowing you to fulfill your mission as a healer. Silently thank them, smile with joy, do a little dance and then let the energy flow.

The Hui Yin Technique

There are 2 main energy channels that surround our bodies called the Functional and Governor channels. The Tao views these 2 channels as the main psychic energy channels that connect all of the energy centers in our body. The Functional channel rises up from the Hui Yin (Chinese for perineum), moves under the pubic bone and continues up through the center line on the front of the body. The Governor channel also starts at the Hui Yin, moves back to the tip of the coccyx and then rises up through the spinal column. It continues up along the surface of the brain to the crown, descending through the middle of the face and ends up at the palate at the top of the mouth.

It is important for the Reiki healer to learn how to complete this energy circuit so that more Reiki energy can be directed out of the palms and towards the patient for healing. When I use the Hui Yin technique, I feel that my Reiki energy output is increased by at least 50 percent.

Step 1 – Locate and shut the Hui Yin.

The Hui Yin (pronounced Who Yin), is located between the anus and the reproductive organs. You can close the Hui Yin by contracting the anus and then drawing the muscles up and in. Practice holding the Hui Yin until you can do so for 15 minutes and it becomes second nature. Don’t contract too hard as it will abort your intention with spasms and disconnect you from your intention.

Step 2 – Complete the Circuit

To complete the energy circuit, shut the Hui Yin and then touch the tip of your tongue to the palate at the top of your mouth, right behind the top teeth.   This will close off the energy channels and complete the circuit. You can breathe in through your nose and out through either your nose or your mouth but try not to move the tongue out of position when opening your mouth.

You should try to use the Hui Yin every time you use Reiki. When you begin a Reiki session, as the Reiki begins to flow, gently remind yourself to do the Hui Yin. Experiment and try to feel the differences in energy output when you are doing the Hui Yin Technique and when you are not. Also ask your patient if they feel a difference. I am sure that you will both notice a big difference right away.

Leave a comment below and let me know your experiences with Hui Yin.

Reiki I Workshop

Reiki I Workshop

The goal of Reiki I is to learn how to feel, use and transfer the Universal Life Force Energy called Reiki to improve your own life and the life of others. In this 2 day workshop you will learn how to give Reiki treatments to yourself and others with lots of hands-on practice. In addition you will learn: The History of Reiki and How it Heals, How to Detect and Repair Energy Imbalances, A Simple Technique for Seeing Auras and Past Lives and How to Supercharge your Creativity and Problem Solving Abilities.

At the end of the workshop, each student will receive a professionally printed workbook, A DVD that contains video of the treatment techniques learned in class, 2 CDs with Reiki music and mediations and much more.

Friday, April 9 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday, April 10 from 11 am to 4:30 pm

The Yoga House of Long Island

$175 including materials

The Reiki workshop will be taught by Reiki Master, Ned Robinson. Please contact him at 631-662-3004 or
ned.robinson@yahoo.com for more information and to register.