Thank you for your interest in this special eBook!
It’s called The Story of the Hara. This eBook is full of relevant and up-to-date content, and includes a section full of personal practices for your own Hara and entire life.

In Japanese, Hara means “belly.” Hara no aru hito means “the person with belly.” A person ‘with belly’ is a person with a ‘center.’ Lacking a center results in loss of balance.

Having a center brings tranquility, stability, warm-heartedness and a grounded response to life, as well as surety and accurate action.

Located below the belly button and a little way into the body, the Hara is the same distance to the feet and the head. Physically it’s our center of gravity. Because it’s a vibrational center, the Hara is also a spiritual center.

The Hara is a seat of power and vitality and is a natural balancer. We really move from here because the legs are nearby and are an extension of the Hara. The mind has a home here too. The Hara is a place where thoughts cease and the mind becomes unified.


I wrote this book to provide a solid body of knowledge about the Hara. See below for why I’m qualified to pass this knowledge onto others.

Knowledge about the Hara is elusive. Even though it’s an ancient tradition and way of life in the Far East, finding a book or basic information about it is difficult. The Hara is included in several robust meditation teachings, as well as healing and martial arts.

Here’s what you’ll find in The Story of the Hara:

  • Introduction: What is the Hara?
  • The Story of the Hara
  • Physical Attributes of the Hara
  • Mental Attributes of the Hara
  • Meditation Attributes of the Hara
  • Ki: Universal and Personal Energy
  • How the Hara and Ki are Linked
  • The Breath and the Hara
  • The Vertical Hara Line
  • The Past, Present and Future
  • Hara Practices and Methods
  • Locating Your Hara
  • The Natural Breath
  • Remembering the Natural Breath
  • Hara Defining Exercise
  • Golden Hara Meditation

Written in simple language and in a practical way, The Story of the Hara is comprehensive and easy to absorb. Included are links to further reading and learning. I also make myself available to you if you have questions or clarifications are needed. To learn more about me visit this page. See below for why I’m qualified to write this eBook and more about the book itself.

⬇ Sample Pages, click to enlarge but pages are blurred on purpose ⬇

My Qualifications:

The Hara is integral to the Meditation and Healing methods I’ve shared with students and clients for over 25 years. The main way I help people with leading more mindful, peaceful and healthy lives is through training and private sessions in the universal teachings of Reiki. Without getting into too many details about Reiki (you can read all about it on this blog!), Reiki is a practice-based body of knowledge originating with Mikao Usui (Sensei). In his true, Japanese version of Reiki the Hara is a primary focus and orientation.

This is because in Japanese culture the Hara is cultivated and developed by the individual in the wide sphere of meditative, healing, martial, and literary arts, as well as arts such as painting, calligraphy (shodo), flower-arranging (ikebana), paper-folding (origami) and so on.

The Hara is a knowledge base deeply ingrained in Japan’s heritage of various forms of art and spiritual living.

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The Story of the Hara eBook puts everything you need to know in a central place. It’s an easy read, and I made sure that sections are highlighted with color, indents, icons and other elements to enhance reading and retention. See sample pages above.

Items in the Table of Contents are linked to relevant sections, so all you have to do is click.

There are also some links to relevant blog posts on my Reiki Help Blog, in publication since 2007.

Happy Hara!

The Hara: Seat of Enlightenment

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  • 10/31/2011 at 7:59 AM

    Hi, I want to thank you for this post. I have been through a dramatic and profound spiritual awakening which has been unique, and I’m only now looking for a description in the literature that matches my experience. What you write here about the Hara matches my experience very much…so much so that when I read what you have written I had to get up and leave the computer…it felt so strong. Maybe what I’ve experienced can be called a Hara Awakening? But what happened with me was not just an experience of the Hara…it’s like I ‘fell inside myself’, all the way down to the Hara, and it’s where I live my life from now. From the moment it happened nine years ago, it’s been a permanent state for me. I wanted to share this with you because I understand what you are saying SO well. 

    Again, thank you!

    Warm wishes,
    Gabrielle Holmefjord

    • 10/31/2011 at 10:56 AM

      Thank you for sharing your story Gabrielle. Often there’s unseen grace that open doors for us. Yours is a powerful experience and when followed up on, these can be life-changing.

    • 03/27/2012 at 5:26 AM

      Hi Gabrielle

      I am focusing on hara and feeling cosmic energy running through my body. Everything (especially the trees look newly fresh). Does anyone know if only hara centering can lead to enlightenment.


      • 03/27/2012 at 8:03 AM

        ‘Enlightenment’ is a loaded word, and there are many ways for it to happen. Certainly hara focus is very important. It’s a place of oneness.

    • 08/01/2012 at 7:13 PM

      As a student of Aikido, a Japanese martial art where one rests in Hara, and the practice of Zen zazen, I understand and relate very well to what you describe and also have been interested in finding more info.  Unfortunately, there does not appear to be much information in the west about Hara.  My favorite western source is Karlfried Graf Durckheim who was well known in Europe but not in other parts of the world, and who wrote a book called “Hara: The Vital Centre of Man”.  I find the book to be brilliant and Durckheim to have been well ahead of his time, particularly in including the human body in his form of psychotherapy.  I also find Barbara Brennan’s information and practice of “Hara Alignment” to be beautiful and her understanding that the Hara dimension is a layer deeper than that of the chakras to resonate deeply with my own truth.  Some people have speculated that the second chakra is really the Hara, but that has not been my experience.  Anyway, glad to see there is interest and discussion in an area that has been so helpful to me, yet is still largely unexplored in the west and perhaps dying out in the east?

      • 08/02/2012 at 9:53 AM

        Thanks for adding to the conversation Mark. Durckheim’s book is good but not very user-friendly; it’s dense reading using an older way of writing and requires real effort to extract subtleties of meaning. Not at all sure that Hara cultivation is dying in the East. It may be more of a question of not putting that knowledge on display for casual consumption. It’s up to us really to bring the Hara into modern life and elucidate its power, benefits and beauty.

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