Andrew Bowling's REIKI HISTORY Archives

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From 1998 through 2006 Andy Bowling presented a web site detailed with Reiki History and facts.  When he discovered original teachings of Mikao Usui shared by Chris Marsh, he began to focus more in that direction.  In 2007 Andy decided to stop his Reiki History pages but gave me permission to host this archive at my web site. I hope you enjoy this original contribution to the Reiki world.

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May Peace and Harmony be your's.

Slight changes made November 2002 to clarify the original method of Usui.

I can recommend that you try this wonderful technique for yourself.

Hatsurei-ho contains the following techniques...  Kenyoku....  Joshin kokyu-ho....  Seishin Toitsu

'Hatsu' means "to generate" something. 'Rei' means "spirit and soul" "energy", "ki" 'Ho' means "method"


This technique was not taught by Usui in total the only techinique known to have been taught individually were 'Dry Bathing/ Kenyoku'. 24 July 2001

This technique was very widely used by other healers of the time, before and after Usui.

Hatsurei-ho is a way to enhance your energy channel and help you grow spiritually.

It should be practised DAILY. 

When practised in a group it is called.. ‚€œShuyo ho‚€

NOTE: The term 'Gassho' is used several times in this paper, please read this page (Gassho) first for an understanding of this term.  GASSHO

First: clear one's mind by singing Gyosei.


"Me ni mie nu kami ni mukaite hajizaru wa hito no makoto no koko ro nari keri"

You have a right pure soul 

If you have nothing to be ashamed of

In front of God 

Whom you cannot see.

1. Kihon Shisei (standard posture)

(Seiza) Sit on the floor in zen style or chair. 

More info.

Relax and close your eyes. 

Place your focus onto Hara-line (3-5 centimetres below navel.) 

Put your hands on your lap with palms down.

2. Mokunen (Focusing)

Say in your mind "I'll start Hatsurei-ho" to your sub-consciousness.

3. Kenyoku (Dry bathing or Brushing off)   (Removing of stagnant energy.) 

Note - The brushing of the arms from shoulder to hand is an addition by H. Doi, it was originally just brushing the wrist to tips of fingers.

(An interpretation from Japanese - Kenyoku - Imagine sacred bathing before you meet god, which is done by Shinto priests at some ceremonies to clear/purify body and spirit.)

Brush either in the aura or with bodily contact.

a) Place the fingers of your right hand near the top of the left shoulder, with the fingertips over the indentation just in from the edge of the shoulder (where the collar bone meets the shoulder). The hand is lying flat.

b) Draw the flat hand down across the chest in a straight line, over the "V" of the sternum (where the rib cage meets) down to the right hip. 

c) Repeat this procedure on the right side, using the left hand. Draw it flattened from the shoulder, in a straight line, across the sternum, to the left hip.

d) Repeat the procedure again on the left side.

Place the right hand on the edge of the left shoulder top of arm, fingertips on the edge pointing outwards.

e) Draw the right hand, flattened, down the outside of the arm, all the way to the finger tips, all the while keeping the left arm straight and at your side. 

f) Repeat this process on the right side, with the left hand on the shoulder and drawing it down the right arm to the fingertips.

g) Repeat the process on the left side again.

4. Joshin Kokyu ho (Soul Cleansing Breathing) 

Meditation focusing on Hara.

(1) Put your hands on your lap with your palms up and breath naturally through your nose. Focus on your hara line and relax.

(2) When you breath in, visualise that white light coming in through your crown chakra and palms of your hands, into your hara line and expand to whole of your body, melting all your tensions.

(3) When you breath out, visualise that the light filling up your whole body expands out of your body through your skin onto infinity in all directions.

* Repeat (2),(3) for a couple of minutes or as long as you like.

5. Gassho

Put your hands together holding them in front of your chest (like praying hands) a little higher than your heart. Also hold this position for continuing the meditation.

6. Seishin Toitsu ( Continued Meditation-Concentration)

Keep the Gassho. Imagine that you are breathing through/between your hands.

(1) When you breath in, visualise that the light flows in between your hands, onto your hara line, your hara being filled with light.

(2) When you breath out, visualise that the light gushes out through the palms of your hands and radiating out through the skin of your body.

* Repeat (1), (2) for a couple of minutes or as long as you like.

You now continue with normal meditation. This is sometimes called 'Gassho Meditation'.
This is when Reiju may be given by teachers.

7. Gokai Sansho - say 5 Affirmations aloud three times.

Do not anger - Do not worry

Be humble

Be honest in your work

Be compassionate to yourself and others


Put your hands back on to your laps with your palms down. Say in your mind that "I've finished Hatsurei-ho" to your sub-consciousness.

Open your eyes and shake your hands up/down/left/right for a few seconds.

Imperial Palace Gardens - Kyoto