Who guides NAIKAN therapy / What NAIKAN Guides do?
At our Naikan Retreat Centre, our Naikan guides provide and maintain a quiet setting that allows Naikan clients to undertake their introspection without disturbance. They provide a room for Naikan Therapy and meditation, a daily structure, meals etc. They give continued support to the client during their process of introspection. The Naikan guide will visit the client for a short review about eight or ten times per day. During a retreat Naikan guides are available for the client day and night. Every 60 to 90 minutes a Naikan guide visits the client for 5 to 10 minutes to perform a review.
The Naikan guide asks:-
"What person and what period have you examined?"
The client answers:-
"I examined my relationship with ..... when I was ..... years old."
1) "I received ____ from him/her"
2) "I have done ____ for him/her"
3) "I caused him/her difficulties by ____"
The client gives a few examples of what they discovered by asking the three questions of Naikan. If required, Naikan guides give support. Everything disclosed will always be kept confidential.
The Naikan review may appear unusual in the beginning because the Naikan guide just listens to the client. They do not judge or criticise, they do not praise or encourage. They just listen with full awareness and complete attention, they are present with heart and soul for the client.
“It is the familiar that usually eludes us in life. What is before our nose is what we see last.” WILLIAM BARRETT”
― Gregg Krech, Naikan: Gratitude, Grace, and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection