My 22 visits to Mt. Kurama
by Jessica Miller
Mt. Kurama is the mountain near Kyoto, Japan, upon which Mikao
Usui once meditated for 21 days and received the Reiki energy.
I had visited Mt. Kurama in 2000, but in the fall of 2001, I decided
to make a 21-day thank you pilgrimage to Mt. Kurama as part of
a Reiki research trip. I even went a 22nd time.
It was fantastic to really get to know the nature of Kurama.
The mountain is a whole series of sacred spaces. Every day I would
feel called to meditate in a different location. It was such a
luxury to be able to truly get to know the place; the patterns
of day and night, the feel of different areas. It was very different
than the usual tourist experience of seeing a sacred site once,
and thinking it is understood.
One of my favorite places to meditate was by the taller of two
waterfalls. At the top of the waterfall is a shrine to Mao son,
one of the three deities of Kurama. The waterfall is really more
of a water feature with a thin ribbon of water which steadily
pours down. When I meditated there, I discovered the water had
it's own rhythm, and seemed almost alive and talking. The quantity
of water waxes and wanes and pulses every few minutes with no
discernable cause, yet seemingly in response to my thoughts.
I spent an evening in front of the main Buddhist temple building,
watching the sunset and the stars come out. Inlaid in the temple
courtyard is a large mandala. I felt tingles in my feet as I stood
on the triangle at its center. The mythology of the mountain says
standing there is a way of connecting to heaven and earth.I spent
an afternoon lying among the roots of a tree near the Mao son
shrine, which many suspect to be the area where Usui meditated
for the 21 days. The roots seemed to hold and welcome me and invite
me to stay as long as I wished. I wondered if Usui might have
sat in this very spot.
A PLACE OF STRONG ENERGY
Mt. Kurama is a place dedicated Reiki practitioners may want to
experience in their lifetime. The energy of the place is complex,
subtle and broad reaching. Kurama has many different frequencies
and patterns of energy. Many of these energy streams seem connected
natural features of the water, stones, or trees.
A CANDLE LIT FOR YOU
As part of my pilgrimage I lit numerous candles and incense at
the various shrines and temples on the mountain. I would often
light them in threes: one for the world, one for the lives of
those touched by Reiki, and one for my own growth. As you are
reading this, know that a candle and incense were lit on Kurama
for you, as part of a Reiki thank you to the Mt. Kurama, and the
discovery of Reiki.
I have been shifted by my 21 days on Kurama in ways I cannot
completely explain. My energy has broadened and deepened. Even
after 21 days I do not feel complete with this mountain. I already
feel called to return and I will be spending more time there in
the future, including bringing tours of other people.
All Reiki people who feel called to personally experience the
mountain where Reiki began will undoubtedly cherish the experience.
Jessica is an ICRT Licensed Reiki Master teacher. For more about
her experiences on Mt Kurama, including pictures, see her personal
web site www.ReikiMastery.com.