I first became fascinated with Reiki as a healing practice but as I studied, I soon found that the principles taught in Reiki were actually tools for spiritual growth and development. These principles or precepts were handed down from the teachings of Mikao Usui, the founder of modern Reiki.
What Are The Five Reiki Principles?
The five principles on which Reiki is founded are as follow:
1. Just for today, do no worry.
2. Just for today, do no anger.
3. Just for today, be filled with gratitude.
4. Just for today, be devoted to your work.
5. Just for today, be kind to every living thing.
If you search for Reiki principles, you might find them stated in other forms, but these are the words I use. And I use them in the way that Usui instructed his students. He said that each morning and evening, one should fold their hands in the Gassho position, in the prayer position, and then to repeat the principles quietly and allow them to sink into one’s heart and mind and from there to guide one’s life. I attempt to follow this practice daily in my own life and I encourage you to also.
Just For Today
Each principle begins with the phrase “just for today.” In many ways, this is the most important part of the statements.
Too often, our lives are lives like a seesaw. We fret and feel guilt over the past or our minds are projecting into the future and we find ourselves filled with worry and concern. We spend time wondering “what-if?”
All the while, the wonderful gift that is the present is left unopened. Just for today calls us back to this present moment and offers us the opportunity to make each experience one of joy and delight.
So, just for today take some time to be with yourself. Be conscious of your senses. Or spend some quality conscious time with a loved one or being out in nature. Be present to the experience. Breathe!
Each morning and evening, take time to be conscious and aware and remember you only have to do it just for today.
Originally posted 2012-03-20 07:30:13.