Kuji-kiri (九字切り lit. "nine symbolic cuts") is a practice of using hand gestures. It is present in some old and traditional schools ("ryuha") of Japanese martial arts that have ties with ninjutsu. Originally thought to have originated from Taoism and brought to Japan from China by Buddhist monks. Kuji-Kiri is used to attain a higher level of consciousness. It is used to manipulate ones ki through hand seals. The finger motions symbolized the nine levels of consciousness that are essential to the art of Ninjutsu. This technique allows them to feel the flow of their Ki, Tap into the force lines that they perceive all around them and when they have found their center they call the force up from their navel to the top of their head and down through the palms of their hands. Feeling the Third Eye awakening within them. They learn to tap into that power and let it flow through them like water, Be like all the elements combined, air, earth, water, fire, stone, iron and wood. Learn which one to tap into and which to use as a counterbalance to the others.
Nine Levels of PowerEdit
· Rin - Power
· Pyo - Energy
· To - Harmony
· Sha - Healing
· Kai - Intuition
· Jin - Awareness
· Retsu - Dimension
· Zai - Creation
· Zen - Absolute
The meanings have also been interpreted differently.
· RIN - STRENGTH of mind and body
· PYO - DIRECTION OF ENERGY
· TOH - HARMONY with the universe
· SHA - HEALING of self and others
· KAI - PREMONITION of danger
· JIN - KNOWING THE THOUGHTS OF OTHERS
· RETSU - MASTERY OF TIME AND SPACE
· ZAI - CONTROL of the elements of nature
· ZEN - ENLIGHTENMENT
Kuji Kiri and Kuji InEdit
A subset of Kuji Kiri, Kuji-in (九字印 lit. "nine symbolic signs") is the name given to the hand postures that represent each of the nine levels of power.