Hanmi Spiritual Healing
Hanmi Spiritual Practice is rooted in Buddha's teaching of compassion and wisdom. It involves mantra, mudra and visulisation, as the means to practice meditation, movement and healing.
The form of the practice combines the chanting of a mantra, visualising a series of images, and holding a mudra.
A Mantra is simply a phrase which one repeats over and over which has a calming effect on the mind. In Buddhist practice the mantras we chant are in the form of a prayer. Chanting a Buddhist mantra is believed to also create what is called Self Spiritual Light - the life force energy in the person. Chanting a mantra either silently or aloud also helps to harmonise the flow of the life rhythm, such as breath (a form of Prana, or Qi), which aids relaxation.
Mudras are simple hand gestures or body postures, which are used to open the practitioner's energy channels i.e. acupuncture meridians. They are used to encourage the body's energy to flow naturally. Most of practices involve hand mudras, where the hands are held comfortably in different positions whilst the practitioner is sitting comfortably. It is also possible to do these meditations lying down or standing but we recommend sitting for a balance of comfort and alertness.
Visualisation is the mindfulness practice of drawing an image in the mind and it is used to further focus the attention of the mind. When the mind is occupied with visualising a series of images it has to focus as we can only imagine/see one image or scene at a time. Whilst beginners will find that their mind will wander away from the visualisation, with consistent practice practitioner's ability to maintain focus improves.
In addition to practicing mantra, mudra and visualization, the practitioner may also be receiving Abhisheka - a Buddhist attunement, which involves the pouring of a few drops of holy water on a person's crown and/or the chanting of mantra. Once the abhiseka attunement has been received the student's ability to generate Self Spiritual Light is immediately enhanced. Abhiseka may be given for any practice as a blessing but is only necessary as an attunement for Mantric Healing.
The benefits of meditation have been recognized for millennia by the many people who have practiced it in its various forms. In recent times scientific study has been verifying that meditation does indeed illicit a measurable Relaxation Response. This Relaxation Response has been shown to not only enhance emotional well being but through its relaxing effects that it can also reduce the physiological effects of stress on the body.
Hanmi Spiritual Practice also teaches a number of movements, or moving meditations, which are generally performed in a standing position, but can be performed seated if the practitioner prefers or finds it more comfortable. They involve very gentle flowing movement from one mudra to another. For example, such as Prajna Akasagarbha (also referred to as Wisdom Yoga, or Akasha Yoga) involve a series of mudras where the practitioner flows from one posture into the next. These movements involve moving the arms and hands through their natural range of motion and can involve moving the feet from a natural standing position to about shoulder width apart and back to the natural standing position.
The purpose of the practice is to develop focused attention, intention, mindfulness and one-pointed concentration, thus gaining clarity of thought, and insight into our behaviour and habits. A practitioner who has attained to this state of self-knowledge and tranquility is able to focus his will or mind-stream not only to de-stress oneself but to heal others.