The Reiki Principles

To change one’s situation in life there has to be a change in Attitude.

What you think, so you are. We choose our thoughts.

If we therefore project only thoughts of love and gratitude, we will create a life filled with love and abundance!

Sometimes all we need are a few little sentences that encourage us first thing in the morning to set a more positive tone for our day ahead. Meaningful words that when read or written down can adjust our thinking, or shift our focus (if needed).

Five simple sentences that can help lift stress dissolve anger, worry or negative thinking. Five refreshing sentences that when read or meditated on, can bring us closer to a more connected and inspiring way of life. The Reiki principles are also referred to as affirmations, as well as ideals. Reiki Masters and Practitioners are committed to living these principles.

These principles were introduced by Dr. Usui and taught to his students as their first spiritual teachings and were to be followed and be a guide in his/her life. By practicing these principles one would embark on the path of self healing.

The Original Affirmations

Dr. Usui's affirmations are intended to be a meditation, which should be done daily in the morning and in the evening, and combined with hand positions and breathing techniques to greatly enhance the ability of the Reiki Practitioner or Master. His original affirmations are:

"The secret of inviting happiness
The spiritual medicine for all illness
Just for today, do not get angry
Do not worry, Express your thanks
Be diligent in your work (Do your work (meditation) with appreciation.), and be kind to others
In the morning and at night, with hands held in prayer,
think this in your mind, chant this with your mouth.

Do gassho and repeat them in the mind at the beginning and the end of each day.

The purpose of the Reiki principles is to help the Reiki practitioner add spiritual balance to his/her work as a healer. The practitioner must strive to improve self, thus healing the spirit. This is a crucial part of the Reiki healing experience. Just as the client must accept responsibility for his/her healing, the practitioner must also commit to personal improvement on a daily basis. This is necessary in order for the healing to have lasting results. Sometimes as students and as teachers, we may take for granted our understanding of these principles.

The five REIKI principles assist us to choose our thoughts so that we become filled with gratitude towards Reiki source

Just for today, I will live the attitude of gratitude

Just for today, I will not worry

Just for today, I will not anger

Just for today, I will do my work honestly

Just for today, I will show love and respect for every living being

I - Just for today, I will not be angry.

Anger at others or one or at the whole world, creates serious blockages in one’s energy. It is the most complex inner enemy. Reiki is an excellent tool to remove anger blockages which have accumulated in the body over years, but it cannot remove the residue of current anger which occurs daily. Letting go of anger brings peace into the mind. This principle of Reiki is also quite easy, as long as everything is going well. Be mindful anytime that you feel anger arising in your heart. Watch it like you would keep your eyes on a mean dog; be kind to it, don’t turn your back on it and don’t threaten it, but be very alert to its danger. With true understanding, anger and fear no longer need to exist. Ultimately, catch your anger arising before it converts into words; disarm it before it becomes full-blown action. True understanding penetrates to the root of every cause. Anger indicates some deeper aspect of your perspective of life. It may be rooted in righteous indignation, unrecognized fear or banal prejudice. Observe and understand the politics of your anger. Decide for yourself if these are an essential part of your being, valuable feelings by which to know the truth of your soul, or dangerous automatic reactions that are sabotaging your peacefulness. Mindfulness through meditation will greatly assist you in this process. The venerable Zen Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh describes how to recognize irritations with a few attentive breaths to transform it into something more positive such as understanding or love. He explains that anger and worry are destructive energies. Whether you are talking about science or spirituality, energy cannot be destroyed. All you can do is convert it into something more constructive. Forgiveness, like love, is a constructive energy. So when you find yourself angry, it’s like a beacon telling you to learn how to forgive. You can hold onto your anger if you choose, based on the rationale that anger is as natural as anything else. Indeed, anger, fear, resentment and jealousy naturally exist within all of us. The work of meditation is to generate keen awareness of all feelings. With mindfulness, you generate fine awareness of all feelings, not just the nasty ones. The difference being that positive feelings are healthy and nutritious, whereas negative feelings are destructive. Wholeness comes when you work with all aspects of yourself, transforming destructive energies into something positive by looking deeply into the nature of your feelings and overcoming ignorance.

II - Just for today, I will not worry.

While anger deals with past and present events, worry deals with future ones. Although worry is not always a negative phenomenon, endless worries may fill one's head, and each one bores a small hole in one's body and soul. While anger requires a focused Reiki treatment to remove obstacles, worry requires the energy to be spread throughout the entire body. Letting go of worry, brings healing to the body. Don’t worry! Easier said then done. To arrest anxiety requires strong mindfulness during the process of worrying. Observe the movement of your thoughts carefully during your meditation and mindfulness practice. Each time a worry arises, identify it and understand its nature. Be kind to your worries; don’t chase them away, deny or suppress them. Rather, seek to understand the nature of your worries and how they influence you. Your worries exist in your mind for some purpose. At one time, your worries may have served you very well in terms of security or identity. The question remains, are your worries serving your best interests, or are they hangovers from an earlier time in your life? Watch your worries and discern which ones are redundant and which ones are beneficial to your well being. Determine if your worries are your own, or if you may have inherited them from your culture or family. Mindfulness practice supports you to know your worries well without falling prey to them.

III - Just for today, I will be grateful.

Be grateful from your heart inward. Inner intention is the important element of this principle. Simple things as thanks, forgiveness, smile, good words, gratitude can improve others life and make them happy. Being thankful brings joy into the spirit. Simple as this principle sounds, it does indeed require practice. Saying grace before meals, bowing to Buddhist, Hindu or Christian images and praying before bedtime are all important expressions of gratitude. Another approach is to write down all the things in your life for which you are grateful. Meditate on these and see for yourself the amazing abundance you have been provided. Finally, meditate on the words and feelings of “thank you” and “gratitude.” At the same time, honor your parents, teachers and elders. This can be done through the Buddhist practice of “sharing merit” which is the sending of loving kindness and compassion to all beings at the conclusion of each meditation session. Do you know the power of grateful consciousness? Japanese researcher Masaru Emoto experimented with the effects of consciousness on water. One experiment in his book The Message from Water involved writing the words “thank you” and “love, appreciation” on pieces of paper that were attached to water samples. The water was then frozen and photographed through a microscope. The resultant photographs showed elegant crystal structures of balance and integrity. In contrast, the same experiment was conducted with the words, “You make me sick. I will kill you.” The crystal photographs of these samples were distorted, dispersed and clearly unhealthy. These experiments show that water responds to human language and consciousness. The experiments with water yield physical representation of the importance of gratitude in our daily lives and in our practice of Reiki. Imagine the influence that your thoughts and words have on a larger scale. I suggest that you review Emoto’s research and photos for yourself to see his spectacular findings. The photographs of crystals may also provide you with a strong visual understanding of quantum physics. Then, you can judge for yourself the power of consciousness.

IV - Just for today, I will do my work honestly.

Support yourself and your family respectably, without harming others. Earn a respectable living, live a life of honor. Working honestly brings Abundance into the Soul. How can you deepen your commitment to this principle? Observe yourself throughout the day to be sure you are acting, speaking and thinking honestly. Continue the observation until you discover any wayward actions or thoughts that fall short of honesty. That is, be honest with yourself anytime you discover a sense of dishonesty. Then, work with yourself and find ways to purify your thoughts before those thoughts transform into dishonest words or actions. Discussing the Sutras of Patanjali in The 8 Limbs of Yoga, Bhava Ram writes, “If we firmly establish ourselves in truth, we no longer need worry about sustaining deceptions... We move further from ignorance and closer to the Divine.” One way to test your own honesty is to observe yourself next time you are criticizing a friend. Catch yourself before criticism leaks from your mouth by reminding yourself, “he may have his weaknesses and flaws, but first, what are my own weaknesses and flaws?” Pausing to ask yourself this question stimulates mindfulness, self-awareness and honesty with yourself. It also helps you be more compassionate with your friend. Similarly, next time you are complaining about government officials, ask yourself, “In what way do I personally contribute to lying and corruption in government?” This is a tricky question. One, it disarms criticism and exchanges it for a personal mirror. It challenges you to check yourself before blaming another. Once you have reviewed your own honesty and integrity, proceed to mindfully evaluate the government or other object of your criticism.

V- Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.

Honor your parents, honor your teachers, and honor your elders. Being kind brings love into the world Will. The fifth principle of Reiki challenges you to open your heart further, to find a kind word and smile for those around you. Speak gently and be mindful of the effects of your words on others. This principle also supports you to consider your diet and whether or not you are living a non-violent life. Eating meat or animal products that are derived from cruelty or death goes against the spiritual practice of kindness and compassion. Look carefully at your diet and see what needs to be removed immediately and what needs to be gradually reduced. Describing the yoga principle of Ahimsa, Swami Kriyananda writes, “it is important to understand that the life flowing in our veins is the same life which flows in the veins of all creatures.” It might be too shocking to become a vegan overnight, but it remains incumbent upon a Reiki healer to consider taking peaceful steps in that direction. Taking vegetarian steps shows kindness towards each animal that you restrain from killing and eating. It also shows kindness towards you by eating food that is optimally suited for human digestion. One by one, remove items from your diet that do not reflect a heart of kindness. Further along, reduce or eliminate eggs and leather as you completely embody kindness at optimum levels. More ideas concerning vegetarianism to support your Reiki practice.

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