- THE PRINCIPLES OF REIKI -
Just for today, let go of anger, let go of worry, honour your teachers, earn your living honestly and express gratitude to all living beings.
- Five Reiki Precepts -
The Reiki principles or precepts (Japanese call these gokai, pronounced go-kie) are rules of conduct, which are valuable for teaching you the spiritual discipline of Reiki. They will help you develop and live your daily life in a sensible or suitable way, as well as give you direction for your own spiritual journey.
There are several versions written where many incorporate the words do not, but the version below is preferred. Because your subconscious mind does not recognize the words do not, it will override this statement. (E.g. In the statement: “Do not get angry today”; your subconscious mind will ignore the words do not, but will recognize get angry today and then do just that). You are encouraged to incorporate these principals as part of your daily meditation or repeat them during your daily self-treatment session or while healing others.
Just for today, let go of anger
Just for today, let go of worry
Just for today, honour your parents, teachers and elders
Just for today, earn your living honestly
Just for today, show gratitude to every living thing
Just for today by living in the present moment and being fully aware of everything going on around you, you have the opportunity to appreciate what you are experiencing at this very moment in time. This is also referred to as “living in the Now”.
Let go of anger. Anger is a destructive emotion generated when someone or something fails to meet your expectations or if you fail to meet your own expectations. Because it’s a conscious choice and a response that you have developed, you can choose not to be angry. Let Reiki help you develop forgiveness and understanding of yourself and others.
Let go of worry. Worry is caused from fear – fear of your future, fear of the unknown and is another habit that you have developed. Worrying never achieves or solves anything, so you must learn to let go and to just go with the flow. Let Reiki calm your fears and help you to develop complete trust with yourself and others.
Honour your parents, teachers and elders. You should honour and respect everyone in your life, no matter who they are or what role they play in your life. Everyone in your life is your teacher, because from your soul’s perspective all your experiences, pleasant or unpleasant, contribute to your soul’s growth and development. Let Reiki help you heal past hurts, misunderstandings and also help you to communicate openly with everyone in your life.
Earn your living honestly. You might confuse what you do with who you are and identify yourself with the type of job you have, your prestigious title or position, but all work is of value and to work honestly, you must first be honest with yourself and accept yourself for who you are, not what you do. Let Reiki help you discover your life’s purpose and then you can live doing what you love.
Show gratitude to every living thing. Learn to appreciate the beauty and value of all living things surrounding you and give thanks for these blessings. Become more aware that all living things are a part of you, you are a part of them and that everything is a part of the universal source. By being kind to all creatures, plants and the planet, you are being kind to yourself. Let Reiki help you develop an attitude of gratitude and raise your consciousness to connect you to all forms of loving, nurturing living energy.