Seiki Te-Ate, as in many other Oriental disciplines, the abdomen or Hara
is seen as the most important area of the body, partly because many of
the internal organs are housed in this region, but even moreso because
of its significance in terms of seiki.
Seiki development in Tenchi Seiki Te-Ate centres around a specific
area of the Hara located midway between the navel and the top of the pubic
bone and known as the seika tanden.
here that the mixing & uniting of two types of seiki occurs.
The 'Tenchi' part of the name Tenchi Seiki Te-Ate means 'Heaven &
Earth'. The energies of Heaven - tenki enter the body via the top
of the head (crown), and the energies of Earth - chiki enter the
body via the perineum. Tenki flows down and chiki wells
up, to meet and unite in the seika tanden, there to form the individual's
personal seiki (jinki or human energy).
Seika Tanden is the 'storehouse' for personal seiki, and it is
through certain breath-regulating practices (kokyo-ho), dynamic,
physical-posture & tension-relaxation exercises (taiso) &
specific concentration exercises, that the practitioner begins to gain
control of, develop, manipulate and utilise this vital force which has
been naturally present in their organic makeup since birth, but which,
in the majority of people is seldom ever developed beyond its natural
actual kanji or ideogrammatic character used to represent the ki
part of the term seiki has traditionally been interpreted as depicting
steam rising from a pot in which rice is cooking over a fire. The implied
meaning being that the nature of ki is something to be felt rather
than seen or heard - that it has an intangible quality - and as such,
each person's experience of (sei)ki will be slightly different.
One's quality of life is seen to directly correlate with the condition,
quality, strength & flow of seiki in the body, and a major
part of Tenchi Seiki Te-Ate is about working to balance and strengthen
the client's seiki by means of a series of both 'hands-on' and
non-contact manipulative techniques, many of which target specific tsubos
or 'subtle-energy focal areas', both on the client's body and in their
above, each person's experience of seiki is slightly different.
Sensations of seiki may be anything from a pulsing or mild tingling
to the experience of extreme heat, or on occasion even extreme cold.
New Tenchi Seiki Te-Ate students often feel warmth in the Seika Tanden
and the palms of the hands when initially practicing the basic development
exercises, with the tingling sensation being most commonly felt in the
fingertips and toes.
When the Tenchi Seiki Te-Ate practitioner has become slightly more advanced
he or she can identify areas of blockage or disharmony (and even areas
of potential blockage or disharmony) by the quality of seiki sensations
when they practice their development exercises.
© 2002 James Deacon