I first learned about the Reiki Precepts (Reiki Gokai) or 5 Reiki Principles as they are often called, during my 2nd degree Okuden level Reiki certification training. My teacher (a Reiki Grand Master) trained in Japan, India, and USA and was familiar with both Eastern and Western Reiki, but very much aligned to the original Eastern Mikao Usui teachings. I went on to complete my Reiki Master Shinpiden Teacher level with her as well.
I was greatly moved by how uncomplicated and simple the words of the precepts were, yet how profound a meaning they had. They were an integral part of Usui’s training to his students and to be practiced daily while sitting in gassho (prayer hands). They are words to remind us to live in a compassionate and loving way. They are the very core of what Reiki truly is, the roots of what Reiki was founded on and grew from. They were meant to support Usui’s students on their spiritual path, and a direct method to self love and self healing. They are also something I think most people tend to strive for in their daily routines. They are about creating harmony within ourselves and with others.
The precepts, or principles, immediately resonated deep within me when I first heard them. I began practicing them daily and dutifully at first, sitting in gassho, while saying the words, at some point they became a heart felt prayer that I started each morning with simply because I wanted to keep an awareness close in my heart and consciousness, as I went about the day. I cannot say how many times, these very precepts, allowed me to react with compassion and love instead of anger, or agitation and truly began to change the way I perceive things.
I will explore the 5 Reiki Precepts below, and what they mean to me personally. I would often times contemplate them in my own thoughts as I would say them and would even state why it would be beneficial to follow them. I invite you to do the same with each one, as we travel through their meaning, reflecting on what significance it has for you, and how you can use them in your daily life to become more attuned and aligned to your highest self. Always remember to use them in a positive connotation.
Now let us begin Exploring the Reiki Precepts.………..
When you state these 3 little words, it immediately brings you into the present. Not thinking about what happened yesterday, nor worrying about what will be tomorrow, but simply living today. It allows you to say, if need be, that I can do this for one day, or how hard is it to commit to one day of practicing these principles???? It is the proverbial “one day at a time” or “one step at a time” because truly…today in this moment, is the only real existence. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not come yet, but today, right now…is here.
This is a reflection of what the Reiki precepts mean to me. They may have a different meaning to you in your life or circumstances, but simply even just saying the words, will always invoke a feeling of peace and harmony within you. I use them to this day, especially when I have ended a rough day and wish to refocus and rebalance my inner spirit.
Wishing you all……Shanti, Shanti, Shanti,
The Reiki precepts are a beautiful way to bring respect, harmony and love into your awareness. I invite you to experience them, contemplate the deeper message, and try to honor their meaning even if just for one day…….