The art of Tenchi Seiki Te-Ate is not something which can be learned in a weekend 'workshop' or five-day course.
Traditionally, Japanese 'te-ate' (hand healing) disciplines are taught by means of what might be considered an "apprenticeship" - with the deshi or student learning by observation, by asking questions - and by assisting the Teacher in actual therapeutic practice.
From the outset, the deshi himself receives treatment on a regular basis as a necessary part of the developmental process, and begins to practice various meditative and energetic disciplines to develop the ability to sense and manipulate his own personal seiki or 'energetic field of force'.
is essentially 'experiental' as opposed to academic, this does not lend
itself easily to 'textbook tuition' - however, there are certain aspects
of the elementary levels of training in the art of Tenchi Seiki Te-Ate
which can undertaken in this way.
Aside from receiving treatment and practice of elementary energetic exercises, perhaps the first thing the new student will do is to gain experience in 'listening'. This does not refer to listening in an auditory sense, but to listening with the being.
The student is instructed to touch two tsubo areas - two identical points, one on either side of the patient-clients body. Touch is to be light - no pressure is exerted (the student may be reminded that this is not a pressure-point/acupressure technique). The student is instructed to clear the mind and focus in the here and now - in the moment - there is ONLY this moment. (It is important for the student to develop this ability through practice of the relevant Tenchi Seiki Te-Ate exercises - being 'in the moment' is an essential feature of Tenchi Seiki Te-Ate).
The student is reminded they are not 'giving treatment' - and to refrain from (as is often a common issue with students) the urge or desire to 'do' - to 'try' to intervene, manipulate, change, exert influence, etc.
task here is to 'listen' - to clear the mind, be fully present, be mindful
of any sensations perceived via the hands.
Over time the student must learn the difference between intuitive and illusory perceptions. Initally, when new students (as with people new to meditation in general) begin to practice clearing the mind - copious quantities of 'junk -imagery' will fequently begin to surface - often, in their eagerness and enthusiasm, the student will seek meaning in, or create attatchment to, these images, sounds, emotions etc - not realising them to be simply part of the clearing-out' process.
to such imagery etc will only serve to impede student development.
As the student proves confidence and competence in bodywide 'listening' application, so they will move on to instruction in the initial in-yo balancing technique.
They will by this time have gained initial experience in working with various basic hara-focussed energy-centering exercises, and also be familiarising themself with the rudiments of in-yo therapy theory, (in particular the concept that the dynamic state of flux can be interfered with by, for example, physical or psychological shock - the analogy of a pendulum becoming 'stuck' at a given point in its ark of swing - and the process of facilitating the freeing-up of the pendulum once more, thus restoring the dynamic in-yo balance)
'in the moment', with the in-yo image as a mental focus, the student
will repeat the wholebody 'tsubo-pair' sequence used in the 'listening'
process, still listening as before, but this time with the added intention
of allowing (as opposed to causing) the state of dynamic balance to be
restored (- where it has been interupted) and finetuned.
© 2002 James Deacon