Key Words & Concepts in Seiki
Gyoki is the main core practice for developing perception of Ki, in Seiki. Referred to by Kishi as “breathing by hand”, it is a movement meditation which focuses the attention in the space between the hands, as we breathe. The body and mind become quieter and more sensitive to feeling the Ki. It prepares for exchanging Seiki and it helps to recognise alignment (and misalignment) in posture and movement.
Hara is a Japanese term for a specific area in the abdomen, considered the centre of being within a person. It is a term that describes that part of Japanese culture stemming from Zen Buddhist and Shinto practices which encourage our being and doing from an alignment of nature within our human nature.
Katsugen is the name given to spontaneous movement that can occur during the Seiki session. It is a stage of the process of healing, where the autonomic nervous system (ANS) invites the body to make involuntary (internal or visible) movements to eliminate stagnant energy and toxins. Depending where it is needed, elimination can stem from physical, psychological and/or spiritual levels. In Seiki, Katsugen is also a fundamental practice which helps to balance the autonomic nervous system and all the physiological and neuro-immune functions it co-ordinates. The practice of Katsugen consists of a practice of simple dynamic movements and breathing, which can be performed individually or in pairs. It is a system of healing in its own right, developed by the renowned Japanese health practitioner Haruchika Noguchi, and popularised in the West by Kishi.
Ki is often translated from Japanese as “energy”. It includes several meanings, depending on the contextual use: source of all things, vital force, it describes the movement and the state of mind, it is invisible and yet it can be sensed and detected and it relates to the process of breathing. In Seiki, as I understand it, it indicates the way that we as individuals relate to our life as we live it. When Kishi was asked “what is Ki”? he would reply “Ki is resonance, resonance is Ki”.
Kotodama, or the “the spirit of sound”, is a practice that involves vocalization of certain Japanese vowels that resonate and harmonise all centres of our being (similar to chakras in yoga). It can be performed in combination with hand gestures and/or movements and it has an effect of calming, enhancing Ki perceptivity and developing resonance.
Waraku is a form of martial art developed by Maida Sensei, who was a contemporary colleague of Kishi.