Reiju is an empowerment process that connects the student to the Reiki source, strengthens this connection, and thus enables deeper and stronger Reiki flow. It is the student who has the most important role in his development. Reiju enhances the Reiki channel, but the student must keep it developing by practicing various Reiki techniques, e.g. Hatsurei Hô and other self development techniques.
The English translation of the Japanese word, Reiju, could mean requesting a spiritual gift, giving a spiritual gift or accepting a spiritual gift depending on the the kanji used for ju. It has also been translated as giving of the five blessings.
The five blessings are:
- The blessing of faith (confidence)
- The blessing of zeal (energy, effort)
- The blessing of mindfulness
- The blessing of meditation
- The blessing of wisdom
Receiving Reiju strengthens the connection to the Reiki source and allows for more Universal Lifeforce Energy to flow through the recipient. It also helps to develop a sensitivity to energy and to develop intuition. Receiving regular Reiju is beneficial for practitioners of any level of Reiki (Level 1, 2 and Master Level).
Preparation before receiving Reiju (via distance or in person):
To make it easier I have created a music file that can be downloaded. Tingsha tones indicate when to move to the next step in the exercise (indicated in the instructions below). The entire track is 34 minutes long and can be used for receiving Reiju or for general meditation purposes.
Receiving Reiju in person:
- Perform Hatsurei Hô (Centring, Kenyoku hô, Jôshin kokyû hô and Seishin toitsu).
- Sit on a chair or in Seiza*, gasshô** and close your eyes. Breathe slowly and deeply while the Reiki Master performs the Reiju. The Reiki Master will signal you when the Reiju is complete.
Receiving Distance Reiju:
- Perform Hatsurei Hô.
- Sit on a chair or in Seiza*, gasshô** and close your eyes. Breathe slowly and deeply.
- Set the intent to receive the Reiju being sent by… [the Reiki Master] …and allow yourself to experience the flow of energy. You should feel the energy streaming in for 5 to 20 minutes. Stay in a meditative state until you feel the energy tapering off. This can take 5 to 20 minutes or even longer (±20 minute – from fifth tingsha tone to sixth tingsha tone if you follow the downloadable mp3 file).
- Gasshô** and give thanks.
- Open your eyes.
- Centring and Setting the intent.
- Kenyoku hô
- Place your right hand on the left shoulder (where the collarbone and shoulder meet). Breathe in and on the out breath sweep diagonally down from the left shoulder to the right hip.
- On the in breath place your left hand on the right shoulder and on the out breath sweep down diagonally from right shoulder to left hip.
- Breathe in returning your right hand to the left shoulder and on the out breath sweep diagonally down form left shoulder to right hip.
- With the left elbow against your side and with your arm horizontal to the ground, place your right-hand on the left forearm. Breathe in and on
- the out breath sweep downward along the arm to the fingers.
- With the right elbow against your side and with your right hand horizontal to the ground, place your left hand on the right forearm. Breathe in and on the out breath sweep down along the arm to the fingers.
- Breathe in and with the left elbow against your side and with your arm horizontal to the ground, place your right hand on the forearm. On the out breath sweep down along the arm to the fingertips.
- Jôshin kokyû hô
- Place your hands in your lap, palms facing upwards.
- With each in breath feel the energy coming in through the nose, moving down to the hara and filling the body with energy.
- On the out breath expand the energy out of the body, through your skin and continue to expand the energy out into your surroundings.
- Repeat steps (3.2) and (3.3) of Jôshin kokyû hô until finished. If you begin to feel dizzy then finish the exercise and slowly build on the amount of practice time.
- Seishin toitsu
- Place your hands in the gasshô** position.
- Focus on your hara. On the in breath begin to bring the energy into your hands. Feel the energy move along your arms, down through your body and into the hara.
- On the out breath visualise energy moving from the hara back up through the body and then to the arms and out through the hands.
- Repeat steps (4.2) and (4.3) of Seishin toitsu until finished. If you begin to feel dizzy then finish the exercise and slowly build on the amount of practice time.
- (Optional) Recite the 5 precepts.
- Gasshô** and give thanks.
* Seiza, or correct sitting, is a traditional Japanese style of sitting on top of the ankles, with the legs folded underneath and the back?erect. To sit in seiza the legs bend at the knees and the left knee is placed on the floor. The right knee is place about 20cm from the left. Now the feet are positioned onto the floor so that the big toes just touch each other. The buttocks are lowered until they rest on or between the heels. If the legs tire or fall asleep then the practitioner must slightly rise up of the knees to allow better circulation. A pillow can be placed behind the knees to help lift the pressure off the heels. The more it is practised the easier it becomes and the longer the seiza position can be sustained.