September 13, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene
Imagine a nation of people who no longer know where their center lies. That’s what Japan has become in recent decades.
One of the major casualties of the Japanese language’s rapid and ongoing evolution is the diminishing use of body-related phrases — a phenomenon that reflects how Japanese people’s once-visceral connection between their bodies and minds is these days rapidly attenuating.
Within the Japanese teachings of the system of Reiki we work with the hara. This is the area known as the tandien or tanden in China and is a few finger widths below the navel, inside the body. It is the energetic center of the body and the foundation Reiki technique hatsurei ho is based upon the hara.