The Mountain Meditation

reiki practice sessionsThis mountain meditation is practised in all Restore Naturally Reiki Level One courses in addition to Gassho and Hatsurei Ho. The later were taught by Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki, to deepen your connection to Reiki.

Mountains are sacred places. They are often seen as the dwelling places of the gods in different cultures. They are places where spiritual teachings are given, for example, when Jesus gave his Sermon on the Mount and the Buddha gave his first teachings to his disciples at Vultures Peak.

They are places of visions and spiritual renewal. To traditional people, mountains were protectors or guardians, father or mother.

In meditation practise it can be useful to use such powerful images, and the qualities they suggest, to encourage our own practise of becoming still. Mountains in particular are symbolic of peaceful strength and stillness.

See in your minds eye, the most beautiful mountain you know of or can imagine. Look at its shape, the lofty peak, the base firmly connected to the earth, the step or gently sloping sides. Note how massive it is, how beautiful whether seen up close or from afar.

Perhaps your mountain has snow at the top and trees on the lower slopes. Perhaps it has one peak, perhaps a series of peaks. However it appears, just sit and breathe with the image of this mountain.

Throughout the day as the sun travels the sky, the mountain just sits. Light and shadow and colours are changing moment to moment, but the mountain remains still beneath the light.

Dawn lights the top of the mountain like fire. Clouds pass across its peaks. Day turns to night, the moon rises and shines on the mountain with silvery light. Stars shine and then night turns again to day. The mountain just sits, simply being itself.

Springs changes to summer, summer to autumn, autumn to winter. The snow falls covering the rocks and trees, this melts and becomes stream and a waterfalls. Flowers push up through the earth, bloom, and then fade away, birds sing, possums play in the trees. Seasons flow one to the another, the weather changes moment by moment and day by day. Sometimes wild storms flash across the mountain with wild winds, then they pass and all becomes quiet. The mountain remains still and calm.

As we sit feeling the essence of the mountain we too can feel our own stillness, the peaceful centre that is always inside.

In our lives we experience constant change, friends come and go, we move house, change school, learn new things. Sometimes we are happy, sometimes we are sad, angry or confused. These changes are like the clouds that pass across the mountain. Our own mountain nature is still and kind and quiet and strong. It is always there.

The mountain depicted above is Mt Kurama, Kyoto, Japan. It is a significant part of the history of Reiki because Mikao Usui spent time meditating and deepened his spiritual practise here.

The photo was generously shared by Jens Schott Knudsen,

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