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(Habit Treatment)
Copyright © 2003 James Deacon
[Modified Aug 29. 2006]

Seiheki Chiryo Ho is a method for transforming bad habits or inclinations & for 'setting' positive intentions - such as focussing ones energies towards a specific objective.

The process is similar to Nentatsu Ho in that it works by planting a thought, idea, or suggestion into the client's (or for that matter, your own) subconscious.

The main difference between Nentatsu and Seiheki is that the latter technique involves use of the shirushi (Reiki symbols).

As with most Reiki techniques, there are several slightly different versions currently being taught.

A 'Japanese' version:

Close 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.

For 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.

When you are ready, perform gassho and make a statement of intent (much as one does prior to starting hatsureiho) - something to the effect of: "Seiheki Chiryo begin", or " I start Seiheki Chiryo now"

Draw the CKR on the client's occipital ridge (the protrusion where the skull meets the spine) and cover it with your dominant hand, letting Reiki flow.

When you intuit it is time to move on to the next stage, draw the SHK at the same point and then also draw the CKR again.

Once more, cover it with your dominant hand, but this time also place your non-dominant hand on the client's forehead (at hairline).*

Let Reiki flow, and at the same time (silently) repeat an appropriate suggestion or affirmation. (The nature of the issue to be worked on/intent to be set - and the precise wording of the suggestions/affirmations is something which should be decided upon in discussion with the client prior to treatment).

Continue this silent repetition for a few moments until you intuit it is time to desist.

End by performing gassho once more.

The effects of Seiheki Chiryo are cumulative in nature, and a series of treatments at frequent intervals is usually advised.


* In some versions of Seiheki Chiryo Ho, after drawing the first CKR, the practitioner places their hands on both the occipital ridge and the hairline, then, after drawing the SHK and second CKR, they place both hands one over the other hand on the occipital ridge.

While Takata-sensei did not use the term Seiheki Chiryo Ho, she did of course teach the practice - often referring to it as the "Habit Treatment".

The version she learned from Hayashi-sensei was different in several ways to that described above.

For example, it involved writing the SHK first - on the centre of the head (rather than occipital ridge), followed by CKR - which was only used once during the process. (Of CKR she said: "Because it is a very powerful symbol, we do not use it many times.")

She taught that you must make positive suggestions concerning the habit the individual wishes to change - your statements should help to inspire and convince them to change or get better. And, beyond the treatment session itself, if the client makes any reference to issues they are seeking to resolve, you should take such opportunities to reinforce the suggestions and be supportive of their desire to improve their situation.

Takata-sensei stated that the Habit Treatment should be given for fifteen minutes each day until the person is well.
That they will begin to notice a change by about the third day or so.

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