'Spirit/Soul Cleansing Breath' Copyright © 2003 James Deacon
[A beneficial stand-alone procedure,
Joshin Kokyu Ho
is also a component of the Hatsurei Ho meditation
Kokyu Ho can be practiced either seated on a chair, stool
or bench, or in a cross-legged posture, or in the seiza
with all the developmental practices, choose a time and place
where you are unlikely to be disturbed.
And wherever you are doing this exercise - indoors or out, make
sure (if seated on the floor) the floor/ground is both comfortable
and warm. Do not practice this on cold floors/ground, do not practice
in the cold, generally.
Sit up straight (comfortably so - no need for rigid military-style
posture - this will only impede the technique).
Rest your hands, palms up, on your legs / in your lap.
your eyes and 'hara-centre'
yourself: focus your awareness on your seika tanden - an
area deep inside your body mid way between your navel and the
top of your pubic bone.
a few moments, simply 'be' - silently and restfully 'watching
the breath': loosely focussing on the natural rhythms of your
breathing. There is no interference with the natural process -
no seeking to consciously breathe - merely to be aware that you
are breathing effortlessly.
After a few moments - with the focus of your awareness still
at your seika tanden - in your mind's-eye see and feel
the Reiki energy flowing down from above, as a stream of crystal
clear light. And as you breathe in - naturally, effortlessly -
floods into your crown
, and flows down throughout
your body into your seika tanden.
the moment before your body - naturally, effortlessly - begins
to exhale, be aware of the light: feel it growing stronger and
brighter, radiating throughout your entire body, dissolving and
dissipating all trace of stress and negative tension, and supporting
the positive energetic integrity of your entire being.
your body exhales, be aware that you are emanating the light from
every single pore - from the entire surface of your being - and
the light radiates out in all directions to infinity.
natural breathing rhythm. There is no interference with the natural
process - no seeking to consciously breathe - merely to be aware
that you are breathing effortlessly.
Continue in this 'awareness of the light' for as long as you feel
Allow your body to maintain its own