Gassho is a Japanese word meaning “two hands coming together”. Sensei Usui taught us to meditate in this way – with our hands together, fingers touching in front of our heart and with closed eyes we focus our attention on our middle finger. He instructs us to do Gassho Meditation every morning and evening for 15 to 30 minutes.

When I meditate in this way I feel centered and balanced with a beautiful flowing Reiki energy of peace and tranquility connecting my heart with my hands.  I also use this posture before I begin a Reiki session. With my hands in Gassho I ask Reiki to bless my hands and heart and to make them instruments of healing love and that the person about to receive Reiki will find it’s love, comfort and healing.

This is the gesture of Gassho, a gesture of prayer, greeting, gratitude and reverence.

I hope you will decide to practice Sensei Usui’s Gassho Meditation and that you come to feel Reiki’s loving presence in your heart and hands and in turn be compelled to share that presence with others.