Bring your two hands palms together and let your thumbs touch your chest. Close your eyes and concentrate on your middle fingers.

by Yancey Grantham

Greetings, I’m Yancey and today we will be learning some Reiki. Reiki is used the world over with thousands of practitioners enjoying the healing energy. Reiki helps people help other people but the first use of Reiki is for the individual to heal him or herself.

Shukke Rod Gassho

Shukke Rod Gassho

Reiki is a form of energy work that originates in Japan. “Reiki is a natural and simple healing method which allows you to absorb more life force energy.”1

This first Reiki game is a basic practice and has been used by people all over the world for centuries. It is called “Gassho” which means “joined-palms.” The term comes from the thatched roofs of Japan.2

The Gassho meditation was called the first pillar of Reiki by it’s creator.3

Dr. Usui called this technique the first pillar of Reiki and he practiced it twice a day. It is also mentioned on Dr. Usui’s memorial stone where it states: “Mornings and evenings, sit in a Gassho position and repeat these words [the Reiki ideals] out load and in your heart.”4 This is a simple action that can help you increase your power and awareness of your energy.

This is a simple meditation, bring your hands together with all of your finger tips touching. Focus on your middle fingers and keep your attention there. As you mind drifts away gently return your focus to your fingers.5

As a variation on this game I will sometimes bend my head down and rest my index fingers on my lips with my middle fingers by my nose. It helps me focus my breathing because I can feel it. Also, it helps with keeping the focus on the fingers that I’m breathing on.

With the Gassho Meditation, we bring ourselves into a meditative state, a state of oneness with the universe. We clean the house before guest—in this case, Reiki energy. In India, Gassho is called Namaste, which means “I greet the divine within you.” —Frank Ariava Petter6

This is the hardest, easiest meditation to do. Some call the hard part, controlling the “Monkey Mind.”7

Gassho is used to clear the mind, open the chakras and strengthen your energy. It is used on it own for meditation as well as before and after Reiki sessions.8

I also like running my energy from my heart chakra through my thumbs then into my middle fingers where I concentrate it. Gassho is a simple way to focus on the Reiki flowing through you.

Key Points

  • Very simple meditation
  • Focus your mind on a single ideal
  • Concentrates and strengthens your Reiki energy

Self Talk
I am able to center myself and quiet my thoughts. I can feel my chakras opening and my energy strengthening. I can feel the Reiki flowing though me.


  1. Tanmaya Honervogt, The Power of Reiki: An Ancient Hands-On Healing Technique, 1st ed., Holt Paperbacks (March 15, 1998) Page 22, The Meaning of Reiki []
  2. Benjamin Hallett Moore, Owen Andrew Stinger, “Gaijin Bikers in Japan” GaininBikers.com, http://www.gaijinbikers.com/bigben/chubu.htm — accessed 9 July 2009.

    ” To protect their houses against the heavy snows of winter, their descendants developed a steeply slanted form of thatched roof known as gassho-zukuri (literally “joined palms”). In the town of Shirakawa-Go, many of these old houses, several over 400 years old, are preserved.” []

  3. William Lee Rand, Reiki: The Healing Touch, Vision Publications (MI); JRT & Hayaski Healing Guide Edition (November 13, 2000) Current Edition 2005, p. D-2, Japanese Reiki Techniques []
  4. William Lee Rand, Reiki: The Healing Touch, Vision Publications (MI); JRT & Hayaski Healing Guide Edition (November 13, 2000) Current Edition 2005, p. D-2, Japanese Reiki Techniques []
  5. William Lee Rand, Reiki: The Healing Touch, Vision Publications (MI); JRT & Hayaski Healing Guide Edition (November 13, 2000) Current Edition 2005, p. D-2, Japanese Reiki Techniques []
  6. Dr. Mikao Usui and Frank Ariava Petter, The Original Reiki Handbook, Lotus Press; illustrated edition (June 1, 1999) p. 18-19, The Three Pillars of Reiki []
  7. For a great explanation of the “Monkey Mind” visit HumanityHealing.net’s, The Monkey Mind. []
  8. Nina L. Paul, Reiki For Dummies (For Dummies), For Dummies (November 7, 2005), p. 309, Glossary []

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Flora Morris Brown, Ph.D. July 19, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Thanks for sharing these simple techniques. So many don’t get into meditation because they think it’ll be hard or complicated. These activities are very doable, even for people who think they can’t meditate.

Yancey Grantham July 19, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Flora, Thank you for the nice compliment. I write my “energy games” so that I can understand them better myself. Fortunately, that makes them accessible to others.
Flora Morris Brown is on Twitter @florabrown.

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