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The Gokai Blessing Ceremony by James Deacon NOT FOR SALE Copies of this E-Book may be distributed WITHOUT CHARGE to anyone you wish. It may also be distributed WITHOUT CHARGE in printed form - providing it is done so in its entirety (including end-pages). Permission is NOT given to add to, subtract from, or otherwise modify this document in any way, shape or form. [See foot of document for further details re: Use of Materials from this E-book] THANK YOU [Version 1.00] Copyright © 2010 James Deacon http://www.aetw.org THE GOKAI BLESSING CEREMONY [Copyright © 2010 James Deacon] The Gokai - the Five Principles or Precepts - are, at very least, important keys to the system that is Usui Reiki Ryoho. In the simple statements of the Gokai are to be found a distillation Usui-sensei's teachings - the very essence of his Reiho - his 'Spiritual Method' Perhaps it is fair to say that they are not just 'important' but rather 'VITAL' - that they are the very CORE of Usui-sensei's system . Now, although students are usually introduced to the Five Reiki Principles as part of level one training and the Principles are discussed in far greater depth at level two, it seems that a high percentage of students – possibly due to the apparent simplicity of the concepts involved - do not really 'get' the true importance of the Gokai within Usui Reiki Ryoho at all. In fact it is fair to say that a great many (level one) students seem completely uninterested in them, instead, just fixating on wanting to be able to 'channel the healing energy'. The irony of course is that the Gokai form an indispensable part of the Usui healing system, being as they are, essential 'keys' to the deeper realization of true healing, harmony and well-being. The simplistic terms in which the Five Principles are stated, belies their complex, multi-level significance: as guideposts to spiritual development; as jumon: mantric words of spiritual force, with meaning and influence beyond the obvious; as a direct set of moral and ethical admonitions; as strategies to apply to life to facilitate interpersonal harmony; as a 'mnemonic device' - an aid to 'mindful remembrance' and 'living in the moment'; and -on a far more immediate, practical/material level: as therapeutic guidelines which are intended to be applied – by both practitioner and client alike - as basic 'preventative medicine'. _________________________________ James Deacon’s REIKI PAGES - w w w . a e t w . o r g 2 It's no wonder that Usui-sensei himself described the Gokai1 as: "Shôfuku no hihô, Manbyo no rei yaku" "The secret method of inviting blessings, the spiritual medicine of many illnesses” _________ And so it was that I initially (2006) began developing the Gokai Blessing ceremony in response to a perceived need for a means of helping 'align' students to the Gokai on a subtle level - a need for a means to help them connect at a level beyond words. I had in mind a simple ceremony, a ritualised practice, something teachers could integrate into their level one (& two) training courses in conjunction with meaningful in-depth discussion about the Gokai and their multi-level role in Usui Reiki Ryoho However, over time it became obvious that this ceremony, beyond its initially- intended function, actually produced direct therapeutic effects itself. Beyond helping the student connect on a psychological level with the Principles, this “Gokai Blessing” turned out to be an effective healing practice in its own right, something which could be utilised, not just by Reiki Teachers, but also by level 2 practitioners ( – at least ones who were comfortable and confident in working with SHK and CKR, and who themselves had progressed some way with integrating the Gokai into their own lives2 ) - a ceremony they could share with both fellow practitioners and clients alike. The Gokai Blessing involves the use of two Reiki symbols: the CKR and SHK. (Of the CKR, Takata-sensei said "It is very simple, but...remember that it is very powerful. Because it is a very powerful symbol, we do not use it many times". Of SHK, she said:“When you make the Seiheki you are talking to the subconscious mind"). In essence, the Blessing combines elements of a version of the reiju process, with elements of a version of seiheki chiryo ho (the habit treatment), and the practice known as Gokai sansho (reciting the Gokai three times). And I feel it is important to be ever mindful that this is a Blessing. It must never be charged for, not even indirectly.