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.

No Agenda, Just Reiki

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Marcel Duchamp, Portrait of Dr. Dumouchel (detail) from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

“Touching is a very old way of healing and so we try to touch people with the same tenderness that a mother would touch a child with, because what a mother is saying to a child in that touch is: Live.”

Rachel Naomi Remen, in Bill Moyers’ Healing and the Mind
Episode 5, “Wounded Healers”

One of my favorite things about Reiki practice is that there is no agenda. Beyond childhood, it’s rare to have another person’s hands on our body with no preconceived notion of what they’re trying to accomplish. A massage therapist is loosening tight muscles; a chiropractor is adjusting bones; a doctor is feeling for tenderness or lumps. Even a loving partner touches to reaffirm connection through comfort or pleasure, a wordless way to say: you and me.

But in Reiki, we just place our hands and let Reiki do the rest. When I share Reiki, I am not seeking to fix a problem, or to diagnose a condition—I am simply asking Reiki to flow where it is needed. I follow the traditional hand placements as taught to me by my teacher, in the tradition of Reiki Master Hawayo Takata: I gently place my hands on the head, torso and then the back, spending a few minutes in each area.

Do I have an intention when I begin a session?

No, other than for Reiki to flow, which I respectfully request of Reiki before placing my hands. Before we start, I usually ask the person, “How can Reiki help you today?” But sometimes we don’t yet have words for what we need, and that’s where Reiki can really surprise us. It goes right to the place that hungers for life force, attention, juice. It may be physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual; Reiki nourishes that place gently, with no expectations. And things shift, perhaps subtly, sometimes notably. Either way, everything around that initial shift moves a bit, too. A process has begun.

“Open yourself to the Tao,
then trust your natural responses;
and everything will fall into place.”

Tao te Ching,  Ch. 23

How does Reiki work? I don’t know. I know how to practice; I know how I feel after a session; I know how others have described their experiences. But how Reiki works, or maybe I mean why, is a mystery. Since my very first session, this is what intrigued me about the practice. It seems too easy, but a few minutes and Reiki hands are all one needs. A quiet place is helpful, but Reiki can happen anywhere. In our busy, info-packed world, it’s choosing to go agenda-free–for even 15 minutes!–that might be the most challenging task of all.

Orange Flower Healing

I am a practitioner of Usui Shiki Ryoho, a specific practice for sharing Reiki, the Japanese concept of “Universal Life Energy.”

“Ki” is the life force that permeates all things. When it is flowing freely we feel simultaneously energized and rested — present to our life. As luck would have it, the business of daily life often depletes Ki, and our “tank” runs low and needs refilling. That’s when we can benefit from the gentle, powerful experience of Reiki.

Reiki can aid healing and assist in relaxation during any stage of life. I have had the honor of sharing Reiki with infants, children, adults, and the elderly. Likewise I have offered Reiki to people who are healthy, to those navigating wellness crises, and to individuals on the threshold of death. Reiki can be of use in all situations, at any time. I find it both mysterious and profoundly practical.

I completed my First Degree training in June 2013 and my Second Degree training in October 2014, both with Reiki Master Shanti Bernard. I am proud to have been trained in the tradition of Mikao Usui, Chujiro Hayashi, Hawayo Takata, and Takata’s granddaughter, Phyllis Lei Furumoto, the current Lineage Bearer of Usui Shiki Ryoho teaching.