The Reiki Principles
Just for today............................
Do not anger
Do not worry
These principles were introduced by Dr.
Usui for his own students who were
learning his Secret Art of Inviting Many Blessings (Reiki) They are taken from the works of the Meiji Emperor who was a hero of Mikao Usui and considered to by a
very wise man in his day. (Also in Japan the Emperors were thought to be Divine
beings, so that anything they said would have been very important indeed)
These Reiki Principles are the very heart
of Reiki. The intention of
Dr. Usui, in introducing these into his
teachings was to instil mindfulness in his students and to show us how to encourage positivity and discourage negativity in
our lives. In practising the precepts, you are
encouraged to pay attention to now which
is a Buddhist notion, and
still not fully accepted or understood
in the West. The idea that all suffering comes
from attachment and that to detach from
negativity and events in the mundane
world is common to all Buddhist sects. Paying attention to the precepts helps
you not only to gain insight into your own
motivations and behaviours, but can also
help you be rid of aspects
of your own behaviour or expectations
that are unhelpful to your
own growth and maturation.
Some people have interpreted the precepts
as orders, and try to apply them rigidly in their daily lives. Not a good idea! For instance, Do not anger? What never? You would end up with at least an ulcer, if not worse, by trying to repress natural
and justified anger. The principles remind us to pay attention to ourselves,
and that if we DO feel angry..... to think of what it is that we are angry about. Is
it justified? If yes, then the energy of the anger can be used to resolve the
situation - not by punching someone out! But by leaving the scene, or if necessary
removing the other person from the site of the disagreement (no not kicking them... telling them to leave!) Mother Theresa said that it was because of the anger she felt that she HAD to do something about
the poverty in India. If she hadnt felt her anger and realised what she was angry
about a great many people would in much worse conditions today. This is an example of how the energy of constructive
anger can lead to positive developments in our own and other people's lives.
There is another meaning to the precept
Do not anger that isnt
quite so well known in Reiki circles: The idea of not doing anything
to anger anyone else. Japanese kanji and the ideas that they express
can quite often be read in a number of
ways. The character for anger
in this case is also a transitive verb,
which gives a dual meaning to
that particular statement. It also makes a lot more sense than just
ordering yourself not to be angry. Weve all met the passive-aggressive
who can engender anger in others. Do not try to anger others, covers
that pretty well!
Do not Worry.... means really that worry
in and of itself is a pretty useless occupation. If worry ever solved anything
wed be teaching how to do it in universities! Is something worrying you? Yes... then look for the solution. If
you cannot solve the problem, then you need to find a way to live with it. There
is no choice. Just worrying isnt going to make a difference. And it only drains your energy. And in the Buddhist way of
thinking, this life is an illusion anyway. Why worry about something that isnt real?
It may feel real, but all things pass and things too have a way of working out exactly as they should if you let them.
Do not worry: is teaching you to have faith. If you understand that the spirit is eternal - then nothing can harm you
ever. So why worry!
This one doesnt mean you have to run
out and dig ditches. Except if you want to
Dr. Usui meant this as encouragement to work on yourself. Spiritual work,
remember the principles, do your Reiki, meditate, and improve yourself!
In improving your own self, you also
add improvements to the whole world.
Self explanatory I think? BUT it means also be kind to YOURSELF!!
How much better would it be to give out
the energy of kindness to everyone you meet?
Live with the attitude of gratitude.
Whatever you focus on you will get. If you focus on lack, lack is what you will find.
If you trust in the benevolence of the Universe and that you will always be taken care of...... thats what you will
get too! Be grateful for everything, EVEN those hardships or difficulties that
everyone has to endure. It is during those times that we are strengthened. No-one
(sadly!) ever learned anything through softship
Hardship is the only one that does the
job. And we can all, given the perspective of time, look back at that particular
injury, insult, or rejection, and see that if that hadnt happened, we wouldnt be doing this now. I promise! Blessings quite often come in disguise - so the next challenge that comes along?
Be grateful - you will learn something from it and be strengthened by it. Which helps you be even more ready for the
challenge after that!
Reiki IS the Principles. Even without
ever being attuned to Reiki, if you practice the Reiki Principles in your daily life - you are more than halfway there!