Ho is a breath-empowerment technique used as part of the
Usui Shiki Ryoho initiation process, as taught by Takata-sensei.
is also used in some alternative versions of the initiation
process, as a means of 'implanting' symbols, or of 'sealing'
the completed initiation process.
Ho has on occasion been poetically referred to as ‘sweetening
aware of the flow and radiance of the Reiki phenomenon within
and around your own body.
that, while generally Reiki seems to flow most strongly from,
and can be directed by, the hands, it also flows from, and can
be directed with, the breath
your attention to your breathing; relax, breathe naturally.
heart-felt compassion for the student you are initiating.
in gently through the nose, effortlessly taking the breath down
into the tanden area
in the lower abdomen.
the breath momentarily.
doing so, trace the CKR symbol on the roof of your mouth with
the tip of your tongue . (This can take some practice!)
lips pursed slightly, exhale in a focussed and sustained way
- the exhalation should be strong, yet not to forceful.
you do so, be aware of Reiki flowing out with your breath, and
into the student
the Reiki flow, empowered by the CKR; see it in your mind's
eye, at the same time feel compassion flowing from your heart.
Closely related to the initiatorial practice Kokiyu
Ho is the 'breath-healing' practice of Koki
two are often confused.