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Reiki, Chi Kung and the Kuji In; Part 1 of 4

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I was told once that the Ninja art of the Kuji In is not so special, that in fact many of the older Japanese practice it all the time without any knowledge of the Ninja arts; I have been told that Reiki is not special either, that its symbols have been around for a long time in Japan.  Practitioners of these arts are surprised to see that the true origin of such things is from ancient India and their practiced use of the energy manipulation techniques associated with the Mudhra.  The Chinese assert their claims to these methods of had positions and patterns, but the source of these type of arts was undoubtedly the Indian monk Bodhidharma.

The Kuji In and Reiki, you would think, are used for entirely different purposes, yet it would be my contention that for either one to be practiced without the other would be foolish.  My chi kung instructor told me many years ago to practice only one energy system at a time.  This was critical, he said.  He was a very opinionated man.  “Practice only open energy systems,” he instructed me.  “Never closed.  We are not separate from the universe.”  He lectured me on the times and seasons of chi kung practice and the necessity of discipline until “freedom,” as he called it, was achieved.  “Many of the most talented chi kung instructors are here now in North America.  We came to the United States and Canada through Taiwan.  I will never go back,” he said.

Our most contentious discussions centered around why I could not practice Reiki (for which I had already achieved my Master’s Certificate) and chi kung at the same time.  He said he would quit teaching me if I practiced one art while learning another.  At any rate, I suspended my practice of Reiki until we had agreed on my course of study with chi kung.  Wall Kung and PQQD were the two areas I settled in chi kung, then eventually, just wall kung.  My understanding is that it is not practiced as a way of life, yet I have stayed with it.

The other area of conflict I experienced with my teacher was that he refused to teach me chi kung if I practiced the Kuji In.   By this time I was getting irritated with his insistence on one energy art only.  It seemed ridiculous to me.

It still seems ridiculous to me, though I obeyed it for many years.

Both Reiki and the Kuji In are energy management systems.  For that matter, so is Wall Kung.  What is the problem with practicing them both at the same time?

Finally, after many years had gone by, I went back and question him again on this topic.  His answer was typical and annoying—”You cannot go East and West at the same time,” he said.  One of those “When you can take the stone from my hand, grasshopper” explanations from seventies TV.  I explained my point but he persisted.  “No,” he said, “you cannot do it.”

By the end of the night, I knew his answers but still could not understand his reasons.

Both the Kuji In and Reiki use the hands and fingers to direct energy.  What was the problem?

Wall Kung and PQQD are the two most stable energy building and management system that I know.  Reiki, Yoga, Tai Chi and practitioners of the Kuji In may disagree, but that is my personal experience.

So I went back to my Chi Kung instructor and asked him again about practicing the Kuji In or Reiki in combination with Wall Kung.  Finally, reluctantly and most likely to shut me up on the topic, he explained that in his experience most practitioners of the Kuji In and Reiki practiced their systems as “closed” energy systems and not as “open” energy systems.  “Practice one or the other only,” he said, “and only one of those.”  Then went on to hammer me about my eating habits.

What is the difference between the two systems- closed and open and why is it so little discussed among ninjutsu practitioners in general and Kuji In practitioners specifically?

In the next article we’ll delve into that.

 

 

 

 

 

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