The Hara Line within Your Energy Field

Today’s guest column about Hara is by Kim Lohan. The Japanese word Hara describes both a physical and an energetic location in the human body. Working with hara is not part of the traditional Reiki training, but I’ve been curious to learn more about it since I began studying the Japanese art of Reiki in 2013. Kim Lohan has practiced energy healing from Hara Studio, near Charlottesville, Virginia, since 2012. She describes the Hara Line, and ways to strengthen it.

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The Hara Line is an invisible line that runs down through your energy field. Although it is invisible, you can feel and experience being in hara, and even see it. If you have ever seen what appears to be a remarkable play in football or soccer where the player magically seems to go through every defender and find a small open space on the field to score, this is being in hara. Personally for me it shows up in ways of feeling like I’m in the zone or as if everything is lining up. When I am holding hara I don’t have an agenda, rather I have the knowing it is all working out. You may have experienced it in a workplace environment when every person in the office had the shared goal and participated for the greater good of the team. In hara you do not experience the sharp points of ego. Being in hara is like going with the flow. To describe it with only two words, it is effortless intention.

The Hara Line helps you energetically align with what you want to manifest by focusing on three specific points in the body; the tan tien, the soul seat, and the ID point. The hara line runs vertically through the body. Each point is related to a certain aspect of intentionality: the tan tien to physical manifestation; the soul seat to your longings and desires; and the ID point is your connection to spirit.

The tan tien is about an inch below your belly button and helps you manifest on a physical level. The tan tien allows you to draw up earth energy, and acts as a base by providing stability. When it’s strong you recognize and respond to opportunities as they arise. When it’s distorted you lack clarity and feel stagnant.

Moving up the body we go to the soul seat. This point is above your heart, yet below your throat. The soul seat is where you store your longings or desires: what you feel passionate about, what you would like to create. Often times your soul seat can become muffled or covered up due to criticism, negative experiences, disbelief in oneself or lack of support from your families. When your soul seat is shrouded it is difficult to know what you want in your life.

The ID Point is a few inches above your head and is where you connect to spirit. This point is where you understand your place on the earth and how to bring your gifts into the world. When the ID point becomes obstructed you lack connection to Spirit or God, and it can feel like you do not belong. If you are experiencing any of these scenarios, the good news is that your hara line can be realigned.

Here are some options to strengthen your hara line:

  • Hara Healings
  • Martial Arts – JiuJitsu, Taekwondo, Karate
  • Tai Chi or Qigong
  • Dance
  • Mirror Exercise – stand in front of a mirror and connect into each point along the hara line. Barbara Brennan, founder of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, explains in detail how to do this hara line exercise in her book, Light Emerging.

I haven’t practiced in a long time…

Self-practice is the heart of Reiki: a full self-treatment, every day, helps maintain balance and a relaxed awareness as we go about our lives. But it can be hard to find time for self-practice, since we have to consciously choose to make time.

I sometimes meet people who, when learning that I have a Reiki practice, say: “I took a Reiki class years ago, but I haven’t used it in a really long time.”

Whereupon, I encourage them to start again.

How do we get back to Reiki practice? By placing Reiki hands on ourselves, every day. A few ways to reengage with Reiki, if you haven’t practiced in a while:

– Give yourself a mini self-treatment after hitting the snooze button: press snooze, and then place your hands. Drift back to sleep, letting Reiki flow for the next 8 or 9 minutes. If you choose to snooze some more, you can move your hands—if you started at your head, move to your heart. If you started at your heart, move to your belly.

– Practice for a few minutes before lunch, or after. Place your hands wherever Reiki is called to—if nothing speaks to you, try your belly, and imagine your body digesting well and absorbing all the nourishment available in your meal.

– Go to bed 10 or 15 minutes earlier than you usually do, and practice as you fall asleep. You may experience the best night of sleep you’ve had in a while!

Try practicing just a small amount each day for a month. A full self-treatment, every day, is what you’re aiming for, but if you get off track, don’t worry. Some Reiki is always better than no Reiki. Just notice how you feel: as you practice, when you awaken, during the events of your day, and going to sleep.

Need a refresher on the hand placements for self-treatment? Contact me about getting together one-on-one, or in a group, to practice. Reiki is safe, so simple, and deeply supportive. Once you’ve got it, it never “goes away”—you just have to remember to practice what you already know.