Inner Happiness - Being Alive

Bronwen and Frans StieneArticles, English 8 Comments

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What does inner happiness mean?
Not relying on outer circumstances to make you feel happy.

When we feel inner happiness we start to feel alive: an aliveness which brings joy, a smile on our face, and a freedom we haven’t felt before.

But how do we create this within our practice of the system of Reiki?

The first step is taught within Shoden Level I — a meditation to help you focus on the hara/tanden. This is an important step, as without this foundation it is difficult to awaken the flow of energy that triggers this inner happiness. By practicing this meditation daily, the seat of our original energy – our hara – is stirred.

Practicing the methods taught within Okuden level II then takes this awakening a step further. The initial Okuden practice of meditating on the first symbol/mantra stimulates the earth connection through the hara even further. After establishing a good connection with the earth energy you move on to work with the next symbol and mantra which symbolises heavenly energy, associated with your head. After both the heaven and earth energy are in perfect harmony something begins to shift within your inner energy system.

Most Reiki practitioners will at some stage feel some heat in their hands, but if we start to practice the above meditations correctly and with the right guidance we begin to feel this heat in our hara. When our heaven and earth energy is in balance the heat from the hara rises all the way to the head. This in turn melts  the heavenly energy in your head, which in turn drips down through your central channel and into your heart. The inner heat rising is called Ri Goma in Japan and is a fundamental practice in all Japanese spiritual teachings.

It is then time to begin to meditate with the third Okuden symbol and mantra: related to all that is associated with your heart. The energy which drips down from your head into the heart continues dripping down into the hara. There is now a continual flow of energy from the hara to your head and back down again. Some practitioners might experience this as rain falling down through them.

Usui-san, the founder of the system of Reiki, pointed this out already in the kanji of Rei, from the word Reiki. Rei is traditionally translated as ‘a shaman praying for rain and the rain falls down into the three bowls on the altar’. This kanji describes the mystical process of our inner universe creating rain. The three bowls into which the rain falls are our three energy centres; the hara, heart and the head. The rain nurtures these three energy centres so that they can begin to blossom. This rain is like a blessing and is called Muso-Sanmitsu Kaji (a formless blessing from the three mysteries of the universe).

This blossoming of the three energy centers stimulates an inner blossoming of happiness. The more we work with it the more inner happiness blossoms and spread through the entire body. Initially, you might begin to feel a gentle inner heat and a tingling sensation flowing through you. This is enhanced by meditating on the Shinpiden Level III symbol and mantra bringing the blossoming to fruition.

Heat or tingling is a common sensation for many Reiki practitioners, ideally the aim of the system of Reiki is to feel this heat and tingling through the whole being, 24 hours a day.  In many traditions this is called inner bliss–a sense of aliveness coming deep from within ourselves.

The flowing is a simple metaphor to help you to understand this concept of real aliveness.

Imagine a wire, stripped of its plastic coating but not connected to the power supply. Nothing happens when we touch it as there is no energy running through it. This is a dead wire.
Yet, when we insert the wire into the power point and then touch it, we feel the energy of the electricity. This is known as a live wire.
So, to be alive we need to be like the wire, feeling the energy moving through us all the time. When we feel this movement of energy creating inner happiness and joy it makes us want to announce to the world: I am alive!

This is one of the inner or hidden meanings of the system of Reiki from a spiritual perspective, but can only be experienced through personal practice.

Comments 8

  1. Avatar of Andy Quan
  2. Avatar of Frans Stiene
  3. Avatar of Susan

    Hi, Frans,
    Great reflection to get the ‘juices flowing’ on a cold day here in New Jersey.  We Reiki practitioners are lucky to have a practice that warms us up, mentally, physically and spiritually.  Such a clear and simple metaphor about the wire.  Went out for a walk this morning, which always wires me into the Power Source and listened to Bill’s audio from class on the ‘Stupa’ meditation that you taught.  I have been using that meditation and finding it to be a form that keeps me ‘connected’.

  4. Avatar of Frans Stiene

    Hi Susan,
    If we understand the mechanism behind the teachings we get a much clearer picture.
    The deeper we go within the clearer this becomes.
    Glad you are enjoying all the teachings.

  5. Avatar of Seema

    So true…when our thought process changes and hence stance of life changes and begin to see things as they are .. whether they are happy or painful etc..
    Our thought process and mind changes when the direction of boat changes destination also changes…
    when we start to feel alive like this even in the hardest time of our lives.. the joy is like when a rain drop is ready to merge with river…
    but change takes time patience and practice..and every day we have to pick ourself up for that 🙂
    Thank you Frans for this really timely nice article !

  6. Avatar of Michele

    Hi Frans,
    A wonderful article.  It really made me think about some of the experiences I have been having since I started with a daily practice.  I have noticed that often times it will almost feel as though the energy is flowing through me as if I was giving a hands on session.  I thought maybe either I was pulling healing energy without actually stating an intent to do this or that someone else was pulling it without me realizing it.  The first couple of times, to be honest it freaked me a little.  To have my whole being sort of heat up and to experience a surge of peace or maybe that is joy also.  When I learned Western Reiki I was warned to protect myself so that people couldn’t draw energy without me knowing.  It was all fear based and I had to realize that for what it was.  If I am working in a daily practice to step into my bright white light doesn’t that mean that Reiki will be flowing through me with or without my intention?  That others will be able to draw it too?  This article helped me see that it is a natural opening and that my previous training’s protection warnings was still coloring my current practice.  It was good to become aware of it and to sit with it and really feel where I am at.

  7. Avatar of Frans Stiene

    Hi Michele,

    The need for protection is fear based. Being open and bright like the sun is freeing.
    This is why Usui-san used DKM as the level III symbols/mantra as it has the kanji of the sun and moon in it. They just shine and everything takes from it what it needs, completely open.

    When we go deeper into our practice we Be Reiki, so it is there all the time, flowing freely.


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