Research suggests that the not-so-active people are smarter and more intelligent that their industrious counterparts. These clever individuals (misconstrued as lazy) are usually positioned on the upper rungs of their professional ladder as leaders and innovators since they choose to work smart, not hard. Can we replicate the same model of healing smart in Reiki?
I had been contemplating on ways to work around healing alongside my routine professional endeavours and family life. And believe me, I have had some tough times – both breaks and breakdowns – while I kept trying to balance the multiple aspects of all that matters to me in life. Sometimes I had to take a break from healing at a stretch while I performed my material duties and other times my material duties led me to some not-so-faraway breakdowns bringing me back to my spiritual quest.
It was one such push-and-pull situation, when I stumbled upon this technique while healing at night. I desperately needed healing while I was required to continue my worldly responsibilities and was left with no energy at the end of the day to even place my hands on my body. In my pursuit, I used to lie down and start hands-on healing from the crown. But the moment I reached my abdomen, I used to fall asleep. And every time I woke up, my hands and abdomen used to intensely vibrate with Reiki while I felt peaceful and fresh at the same time.
Hara Center – The Timeless Qi Point
Hara is an energy point located around the navel, about two inches below the skin – closer to the spine than the abdomen. It is the gateway of the etheric body that connects and surrounds the qi or energy around Earth. This is called the meeting point of qi. With Hara as the middle point, there is a small ball of enveloping etheric energy called tan dien or dantian also known as cauldron in Taoist alchemical texts.
This ball of energy interacts with all organs and especially the intestines where the food is turned into energy. Energy from food is absorbed in the Hara before getting distributed in the body. Furthermore, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners call the navel center as ‘spirit gate,’ the focal point for all of the body’s meridians. Hence, having the Hara center clear of clutter, sludge and impurities is crucial for vitality and health.
The Hara Technique – A Technique for Time Constrained Healers
I empathize with all the healers occupied and engaged in different phases and stages in life leaving them no time or little room to pursue self-care. But there is a smart way out to overcome this huge issue which is common with the majority of the healers in the world. I call this handy and simple technique the Hara Technique because that’s what it is, it’s about healing this timeless energy center.
It is as simple as placing your palms on the Hara center while sleeping in a supine position and activating Reiki. This can be done by either simply mentally saying “Reiki On” or by activating the symbols. I find both equally effective. The Hara technique works perfectly well especially when one is ready to go to bed, when done right before sleeping. The activated Reiki keeps flowing throughout the night or as long as the palms are on the abdomen while one dozes off in this position.
I find this technique the easiest way to practice daily since the Hara center is easiest to access while sleeping. In fact, owing to its simplicity, one of my students call this technique the lazy person’s way to Reiki. Well, be it so if that works. But, the many advantages of the Hara Technique is what makes it a quintessential one for every healer.
Important: It is critical that we protect our aura before the Hara technique since we directly work upon and open the etheric cords in this technique. This can be done with a simple visualization of white light enveloping us or any other protection technique that is a part of your practice.
Benefits of the Hara Technique
This has been the most beneficial aspect of the Hara Technique. Healing this energy center which is most affected by worldly activities, gives an endorphin effect and speedily brings down the survival hormones synthesized by the adrenal gland.
Improves Energy Level
The splanchnic circulation which comprises the gastric, small intestinal, colonic, pancreatic, hepatic, and splenic circulations contains about one-third of the body’s total blood volume. Healing this densely rich pool of circulation, leads to quicker dissemination of the revitalized energy throughout the body leading to feeling fresh and rejuvenated in the morning.
Brings Mental Peace and Improves Mood
This is by virtue of the vagus nerve, the longest and most complex pair of nerves extending between the brain and the abdomen. It has been proven that stimulating the vagus nerve helps manage depression, PTSD and psychological disorders.
The technique by bringing in balance the digestive enzymes and hormones not only helps in resolving common ailments like flatulence, constipation, bloating and acidity but also aids people struggling with overeating and binge eating.
Almost 90% of serotonin and 50% of dopamine are produced by the gut. The Hara Technique can help boost these happiness hormones, thus regulating the stressors causing disorders like diabetes, hypertension, PCOS, infertility, erectile dysfunction etc.
It is sometimes difficult to disentangle our emotions and energies from the people and places we interact with on a day-to-day basis, particularly if you carry the traits of an empath. This is my go-to technique every night to clear off any energetic ties or cords that have got connected throughout the day.
The Hara is the center where most people have Samskaras (past imprints or tendencies), both from this life and past lifetimes, and energetic blockages accumulated. This is the fundamental reason for many automatic responses or tendencies like addictions (to both substance and behaviours).
Harnessing the Power Center
Lying in close proximity with the Solar Plexus Chakra which governs issues around power and control, the Hara Technique helps in balancing this center and eventually any issues which stem from its disparity such as aggression, anger, and hostility.
Lastly, most issues of our 3D experience (instinctual, subconscious and conscious) are located in the lower chakras which are in close proximity with the Hara. Since the Hara is the gateway of the etheric body, it acts as a connecting link for our 3D existence on Gaia. The Hara Technique leads to optimum energy management for the body, in turn helping our consciousness upgrade to our highest possible frequency or Self.
The Hara Technique is a mode of healing where the intelligence of Reiki is the most obvious. Reiki will keep flowing through the night while we sleep as long as it is needed. Don’t be surprised if you feel the vibrations in your palms when you wake up in the middle of the night or in the morning. Finally, I believe that little healing every day is always better than no healing!
Article by Reiki Master Supriya Nair
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Supriya Nair is a Reiki and Kriya Yoga practitioner since 2008. A conduit between scientific and spiritual worlds, Supriya is professionally a researcher and has a fascination for the healing arts. Apart from being Usui Reiki Master Teacher, Supriya is certified as Health Coach and is a practitioner of various integrative medicine modalities. She is the author of "Train Your Brain to Unchain Your Pain."
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