The Gassho Meditation
Gassho means “two hands coming together.” Dr. Usui called this technique the first pillar of Reiki and he practiced it twice a day. It is also mentioned on Dr. Usui’s memorial stone where it states:
” Mornings and evenings, sit in the Gassho position and repeat these words (the Reiki Ideals) out loud and in your heart.”
This is a special meditation to attune one to the spirit of Reiki. It is done as a regular meditation every day. It clears the mind, opens the heart and other chakras, and strengthens your Reiki energy. A wonderful stillness will develop inside along with the awareness of increased inner peace.
This meditation can be done standing or sitting. It is done for 15 to 30 minutes per session.
- Close your eyes.
- Fold your hands in the prayer position with your fingers pointing up and your thumbs touching the heart chakra at the middle of your chest.
- Focus all your attention on the point where your middle fingers meet, and forget everything else.
- If thoughts arise, acknowledge them and then gently brush them aside and refocus on the point where your middle fingers are touching.
As you continue to practice, you will find that you can hold your attention on the middle fingers for a longer and longer period of time without thoughts arising
It is important to accept that thoughts will arise. When this happens, do not think you have made a mistake as this is completely normal. However as soon as you realize you are focusing on a thought, gently refocus back on the point where your middle fingers touch.
When you have reached the end of meditation, take a couple of deep breaths, bring your attention to your eyes, and open your eyes slowly.
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