Seiki Te-Ate is a healing method utilising both non-contact energy-field
manipulation, & 'hands-on' energywork techniques.*
While the Seika Tanden and general Hara area are perhaps the major area of focus in giving therapy, the head and spinal area are also important. Specific importance is also placed on the fingers and toes in relation to techniques of Elemental Balancing.
Insufflation, ie. the blowing of 'hot' and 'cold' breaths, is a prominent technique, and may be applied to just about any point or area of the body, or indeed for that matter, any point or area of the individuals energy-field.
In giving therapy, manipulations in the client's field are primarily carried out by use of one or more of a set of hand gestures or sweeps, or by 'imaging' the desired manipulations while applying seiki-influence with a static hand.
Commonly, both hands-on and non-contact treatments are given via the practitioner's palms or the pads of the fingers, and the hands are usually held in a relaxed way with fingers slightly splayed.
The drawing/running of energy-flows along given courses in specific areas of the client's body and or field is another primary technique, as is the practice of generating/projecting specific etheric energy-patterns to effect change.
In some instances seiki may be directed/channeled into the client for them to absorb, yet this is not a common practice. It is usually only done when the client is perceived to have a pronounced deficit of energy.
Rather, working with techniques of manipulating/cleansing/harmonising the client's existing seiki is the preferred approach. This may, and frequently does, involve directing/channeling/projecting seiki towards and about the client, but it is in the form of 'energy-radiance' - as a field-of-influence to elicit an energetic response or reaction in the client's field and thereby effect positive change.
Transmission of seiki in this way could be seen as a means of 'jump-starting' particular inbuilt healing processes in the client - a 'triggering' of self-healing mechanisms and - where healing is already in progress to some extent - an accelerating and perhaps deepening/intensifying of the process.
Just as seiki is seldom directed into the client, at no time is seiki taken in/absorbed from them by the practitioner; nor is seiki circulated through the client and back into the practitioner.
Likewise, in transmitting seiki, the practitioner does not transmit his/her own seiki (ie. seiki from his/her own system) to the client. He/she only transmits seiki which he/she has attracted/drawn/gathered/collected from the environment and allowed to flow through or off of him/herself.
The practitioner acts as a conduit for external seiki, and thus is not depleted of personal vital force.
Healng takes place as and how it is needed. It can be a multi-level process, with healing responses occurring on various levels at the same time. In cases of cuts, sprains, strains, wounds, etc. it is usually a simple process of biological healing - (likewise with most cases of acute illness).
However, more often than not, chronic disorders have emotional or psychological roots (psychogenic/psychosomatic), thus healing will tend to take place at that deeper level, often with some form of emotional release/catharsis, followed by the physiological improvement.
Of course, emotional and psychological problems can occur as a result of physiological ailments, injury, disease - be it currently presenting or some old problem perhaps seemingly long-since healed (:on the purely physiological level). Whether or not there is a psyche-cal or somatic cause, in Tenchi Seiki Te-Ate there is a saying: "like water, healing finds its own level."
* However, many would argue that,
technically speaking the 'non-contact' aspects of Tenchi Seiki practice
do not constitute 'Te-Ate' in the traditional understanding of
the term. See 'The Meaning of Teate')
© 2002 James Deacon