Anyone who wishes to practice Reiki and transfer healing energy to others must first taken responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. There are five common principles which are taught to students as strategies to apply to life.
Just for today, I will not be angry
Just for today, I will not worry
Just for today, I will be grateful
Just for today, I will do my work honestly
Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing
Just for today, do not be angry.
Anger can be a vast destructive force. It hurts others as well as ourselves. Anger closes us off from love and compassion.
A student of Reiki must detach from situations that engender feelings of anger. Practicing Reiki does not allow us to simply suppress anger for it to return another time. Anger combats the vital energy force from our systems. Reiki students must remember that anger is not our real nature. It will pass. Acknowledge it, witness it and then let it go. Forever.
Calmness will ensue.
Just for today, do not worry.
As a practitioner of Reiki, worry will be seen creating another great vital energy leak. Worry deals with perceived future events and happenings, most times, over which we have no ultimate control.
The source of worry is fear of change. Be prepared to embrace change. The study of Reiki helps us all learn to open our minds and our arms.
Just for today, be grateful.
As we learn Reiki and practice Reiki we learn to be grateful and show appreciation for the many blessings that can fill our lives. If we can be grateful even when times are difficult we are taking huge strides. If we can be grateful for the present, we can eliminate the worry of the future. It can become a habit – we are grateful for all that we have received, we believe that we will continue to receive these things. And reiki practitioners know, we will attract abundance.
Just for today, work hard.
Reiki teaches us to work to the best of our ability each day. There is no job that is so humble that it does not require our full effort. Through our work we learn and grow.
Just for today, be kind to others.
How many memes on social media have their roots in the studies of Reiki? Our studies of Reiki ask us to honor all living things and be tolerant of the way others choose to live their lives.
One very important part of this principle is that being kind and friendly to everyone must include ourselves.
When you attend a Reiki course taught by Cynthia Jaqua, one of the first things taught is the five Reiki principles founded by Dr. Usui. He first taught these principles to help his students live a good life. These principles are sometimes called Reiki Ideals or Reiki Precepts. They are the foundation of your Reiki Studies.
The original document by Dr. Usui is in Japanese. Because Japanese is a very complex language, you may come across several variations of these principles via different translations. For example, “be kind to people” is sometimes translated as “show compassion to yourself or others”. Or “devote yourself to your work” can be translated as “work hard” or “do your work honestly”. The meaning then is slightly different. Especially in the Western culture where “work hard” for many people means work 70 hours a week, multitasking in a high demand job.
Why does each principle start with “just for today”?
Bite-sized, attainable goals.
JUST FOR TODAY means exactly that. As we study and practice Reiki, we try not not give ourselves big goals of “I will never worry again.” That would be unrealistic. What we do promise to ourselves, is living in the present moment and allowing ourselves to experience the richness of “just today” without worry and stress.
While practicing Reiki, if we find worry, a gentle reminder to let go of the worry just for today may be all that it takes. Taking a small baby step we open up opportunities for ourselves to experience joy, freedom, and peace. While practicing Reiki, it is our goal to experience positive emotions more often.
So, each precept of reiki begins with “just for today.” Each one is meant to be taken in the same stride. It is every Reiki instructor’s desire to see their students live a life according to these five Reiki principles – a more fulfilled life. Our Reiki students will be happier, and even healthier, as living according to these principles reduces stress and tension.
Are you ready learn to practice Reiki?
Reiki is easily learned and practiced as self-care by anyone who is interested, regardless of the person’s age or state of health. Any age, any background and no credentials are needed to receive training. One of the reigning truths of Reiki practice is its simplicity. Our practice is in-person training, generally offered in group class formats.
Our goal is to assist ordinary people to be extraordinary healers through our reiki instruction. We straggly believe that anyone can have healing hands!
Reiki is easy to learn, and works by enhancing the bodies ability to heal itself, and can be used on oneself and others. It is amazing for relieving stress and the severity of stress related illnesses.
Practitioners of reiki can complete their work in formal sessions, like massage or acupuncture. Reiki can also be extremely effective during short work breaks, in a park, before or after physical exercise. Reiki has also been found to be practical help for headaches, stress, phobias, recovery, and improving intuition. So if you have friends and family with these ailments, it may well be worth your time to study the principles of Reiki. Please call to schedule a class or to get our current schedule.
Everyone can benefit from learning this amazing healing energy, Reiki.
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