Five Principles of Reiki
1. Just for today, don’t
It may seem impossible in our stressful,
chaotic lives that a day could pass without getting angry at
something. There’s no advantage in denying that we feel
angry, but we can certainly change our attitude to that anger.
Anger is a warning system. If we see it as such, we will listen
to it, and try to uncover its message. This involves acknowledging
that it exists, expressing it in some appropriate form, exploring
its origins, and taking responsibility for it. Finally, it means
letting it go.
Underneath all anger is a pain that needs
to be healed, a need that wants to be satisfied; an action that
demands to be carried out. Once the energy behind the anger
is turned into a meaningful action, the anger stops.
Most of us don’t do this. We feed
our anger, we rage at feeling out of control and blame others
for our sense of powerlessness. So the anger never goes. It
is merely stored away, unchanged, in our memories, our energy
systems, and the cells of our bodies. There to wreak its havoc.
The first principle could be written:
For today, don’t just get angry. Do something with that
anger. Transform it, use it. Explore that anger, understand
it; use Reiki to heal it and release its energy. Aggression
dwells in the root chakra; using Reiki to heal and develop the
root chakra can open up a source of an enormous amount of power.
Many of the principles include the phrase
'Just for today'. This means that we should be trying to live
in the present, in the Now.
2. Just for today, don’t
At times, all of us have difficulty in
expressing our emotions. We don’t realise what is causing
us to feel anxious or upset or unwell. Sometimes, there is a
part of us that knows, but the other parts stop this knowledge
from reaching full consciousness.
Often, underneath anxiety is the fear
of rejection and abandonment, yet these feelings of self-doubt
and lack of self-worth are often the hardest of all to admit,
even to ourselves. We go to great lengths in order to deny and
bury these feelings. Many anxieties are rooted in childhood,
when we were indeed vulnerable and powerless and unable to control
events. To change these deep-seated beliefs about our own powerlessness,
which persist in many cases unchanged into adult life, we have
to accept those parts of us which have retained the memories
of those fears and hurts. We have to accept that we have been
hurt. We need to heal the past so that we can free the present.
None of us are free from stress. We all
have worry and sadness and hidden pain. We all have unresolved
emotional issues: fear that we can’t cope, that we are
not good enough, or that what we want will never happen. These
anxieties and self-downing beliefs create negative energy patterns.
It is therefore of great importance that we develop a positive
self-image and release all negative thoughts and feelings from
Work with this principle helps to heal
the second and third chakras, with their underlying issues of
personal power and relationship to others.
3. Be grateful.
This principle advises us to be grateful
for what we have, and to trust that the Universe will provide
what we need, when we need it. To appreciate the beautiful things
in life produces a sense of positivity and joy, which helps
to counteract our own doubts and negativity. Spending time in
nature, doing relaxation and meditation and practising Reiki
are simple ways in which we can become more aware and appreciative
of the world around us. This principle is associated with the
development of the third eye, the ability to see clearly and
understand what we see. Often we do not fully appreciate what
we have until we lose it.
4. Work hard.
By working on ourselves we can change
some of the habitual thought processes and behaviour patterns
that prevent us from directly contacting our higher self. Once
we have overcome this resistance, we can begin to take more
responsibility for our lives and start to realise more of our
Working hard means making the most of
our opportunities to learn and grow. Working on our own personal
development, healing ourself. It also means resting adequately
and relaxing. Life today is complicated, therefore all of us,
at times, need to be able to say no to external distractions
and find time for quiet contemplation.
5. Be kind to others.
Being kind is an expression of love.
Compassion is an understanding that we all face similar problems
in our attempts to achieve self-knowledge. However, in order
to truly love others, we must first love ourselves. We must
first be kind to ourselves. Not judging and criticising ourselves.
To love ourselves, we must know and accept ourselves. This includes
an honest appraisal of our own motives. Being kind means not
just doing something because we want to appear nice, or be liked
by others. It might involve saying something that we feel needs
to be said, although others would rather not hear it. Above
all, it means acting and responding authentically.