The Five Reiki Principles

The Five Reiki Principles (Kyogi)

This week I want to talk a little about The Five Reiki Principles that are an important part of our Reiki training and continuing self development both as Reiki practitioners and more importantly as everyday human beings. The five principles form the Gokai which was written by Mikao Usui as a set of precepts that his students recited in Gassho and could govern their lives by. Written in Japanese in Usui’s own hand above, the original Gokai when translated into English goes something  like this;

MIND AND BODY IMPROVEMENT
USUI REIKI HEALING ART
TEACHING PRINCIPLES
MYSTIC ART TO INVITE HAPPINESS
MIRACULOUS MEDICINE TO CURE ALL DISEASES
TODAY ONLY
DO NOT ANGER
DO NOT WORRY
WITH THANKFULNESS
WORK DILIGENTLY
TO OTHERS BE KIND
MORNING AND EVENING IN GASSHO
HOLD THIS IN YOUR MIND AND CHANT

When reciting the principles it is customary to do so whilst performing the Gassho Meiso meditation….This involves sitting quietly and placing the hands in Gassho (Prayer Position) over the heart and concentrating on the breath. Whist breathing in, we are mindful of drawing energy from the Universe into the Hara (Belly). Whilst we breath out we concentrate on the energy generated in the hara and watch it flowing out through our heart and manifesting in our hands and body. On it’s own the Gassho meditation is a powerful way to prepare yourself for the phenomena of Reiki prior to self healing or a treatment to another. When coupled to The Five Reiki Principles, we have a wonderful reminder of the importance of remaining centred and balanced.

When we look at the principles we can  see that there is a natural order to them. Releasing anger and worry can only be done by bringing our mind home into the present moment.  Gratitude is a natural by product of being present in the now. We can begin to notice how many gifts there are in our life when we open our eyes to look for them. When we have a grateful heart, we can get on with our work diligently enjoying a sense of contribution to the whole. Kindness to others is natural when we realise how interconnected everything is and that also happens when we become mindful of the now.  We cannot hope to be kind to others until we have released the anger and worry within ourselves and reside in a grateful heart that wishes to contribute to the greater good.

As a hypnotherapist I studied the efficacy of repetitive suggestions and I am very aware of the positive effects they can have. One of the rules of suggestion is that they are stated not only in the positive but also progressively. The old adage is, If I say to you “Don’t think of a blue elephant”, you can’t carry out the instruction without first having to imagine a blue elephant. So in terms of the Five Reiki Principles, by asking you, “Just for today do not worry”, I am in effect asking you to focus on your worry. Due to this I have struggled over the years with the principles and it has motivated me to rephrase them in a way that would be acceptable to my own conscious mind without losing sight of their original intent. I know some people may say, they still focus on worry and anger etc.. But to me, they are more progressive and allow me to accept and take responsibility for the feelings I am experiencing today (after all we are human). I then have the choice available to me to release them and that I find very empowering.

So here you go..

JUST FOR TODAY
I RELEASE MY INVESTMENT IN STAYING HURT AND ANGRY
I RELEASE WORRY AND STAY MINDFUL OF THE PRESENT MOMENT
I AM GRATEFUL AND APPRECIATE THE  WONDERS AND BLESSINGS IN MY LIFE
I DO MY WORK DILIGENTLY AND WITH LOVE, EVEN THE SMALLEST TASKS
I SHOW KINDNESS TO ALL LIVING THINGS


7 thoughts on “The Five Reiki Principles

  1. “We cannot hope to be kind to others until we have released the anger and worry within ourselves and reside in a grateful heart that wishes to contribute to the greater good.”

    Nice! I like the focus on release in that sentence and your rephrasing of the precepts. I think “I will not…” feels a little negative, like we have this problem (worry) and we must not give in to it. It feels a bit like fighting sin, which I am not a big fan of.

    “I release” acknowledges the existence of worry etc but gives us something positive and useful to do with it…release. This, for me, is the heart of Reiki.

  2. Sometimes i get angry
    Sometimes I get excited
    Sometimes I feel lonely
    I have found that when I accept these emotions, whether I like them or not, which can be extremely hard and uncomfortable!! I have a choice… To stay with that feeing or to find a way to change it.
    I love the order of the principles, if I start with the acceptance of anger,because everyone gets angry at times and it really is ok to feel that,i can go on to not worry about that anger feeling and maybe change it, next i can be thankful that i didnt ignore my feelings and have a choice to change them, then with some time I begin to be present, now im in a better frame of mind, it will enable me to be kind to others.

    Reiki rocks my world xxxxxx

  3. I like the re-phrase because it puts the emphasis on choice, something we all forget we have. It is all too easy to live life feeling a victim of circumstance or a hostage to one’s thoughts. When we realise we have choice there is a realisation that we also have power because one does not come without the other. And with power comes the realisation that we can create ourselves and our world as we would like them to be.

    Thank you Richard.

  4. Natalie, I really like what you wrote, I never looked at it like that before. Its so simple. sometimes there is no need to complicate things and Reiki does not need to be complicated. Well done.

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