“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” Buddha.

The Reiki Principles:

Just for today, I will not worry.

Worry is an emotion based on a future we know little or nothing about. Releasing worry frees us to live in the present and simply be.

Just for today, I will not anger.

Anger in itself is a positive emotion in that it indicates to us that someone has crossed a boundary. However, what I believe Dr Usui was referring to was repressed anger. Holding onto anger really holds us back and also prevents us from expressing it appropriately. As the famous quote says “Anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to suffer.”

Just for today, I will do my work honestly.

Live your life with honour. Be honest and take pride in what you do.

Just for today, I will show love and respect for every living thing.

Cherish the people and the environment around you. Appreciate a beautiful day.

Just for today, I will live the attitude of gratitude

Gratitude is one of the most powerful emotions you can have. Every day, show love for the abundance in your life. Even better, write a list each day of what you are grateful for in your life.

The 5 principles themselves are keys or strategies to apply to life. One of the most important aspects of these principles is “Just for today”. Living in the moment, being aware of what is going on around you causes you to live in the present.

By living the principles you will take care of your mental and so too your physical and emotional health. The principles are a spiritual medicine to many problems and a secret way of inviting blessings.


The two spiritual precepts

While the Reiki principles are the very foundation of Reiki and were created by Dr Usui himself from his time working in the slums in Kyoto, he also developed the two spiritual precepts for Reiki.

Dr Usui had cured many people and as he found them returning to the slums, he asked them why they were coming back. They replied that they did not want to live a life of responsibility, that it was easier to remain ill than to live a full life.

This is the first spiritual precept of Reiki – the person who is receiving Reiki has to want to be well. We cannot help someone to heal if they don’t want to take on the responsibility of being well.

As Reiki practitioners, we cannot force Reiki on someone; they have to want it and be prepared to accept into their mind, heart and body.

The second spiritual precept is that there has to be an exchange for Reiki. As human beings we tend to not value most things that we get for free, therefore if there is some sort of exchange (that might not always be monetary, a simple cup of tea can suffice) then the healing will work on a deeper level. He learnt that we can only be grateful for those things we place some sort of value on and respect for.  

Reiki & Spirituality

In the east, people see Reiki as a spiritual practice whereas most westerners see it as a way to heal themselves physically and emotionally. This physical healing is a wonderful aspect of Reiki and if this is as far as we take our Reiki experience, then it will have an amazing and profound impact on our lives. However, if we choose to add Reiki to our spiritual path then that effect is even deeper and more life changing.

So our relationship with Reiki is whatever we want it to be. We can keep it as something that we can do on ourselves or friends and family and still something that remains outside of ourselves. Or we can take it deeper and make it part of who we are, allow it fully into our life so that it supports us as we make positive changes and it loves us as we face our fears.

What’s your relationship with Reiki?

Would you like to make it deeper?

Eight years ago, I made a commitment and a vow to live Reiki for the rest of my life and it has brought me on a wonderful journey of self discovery, healing and learning.

It has also allowed me to be a channel for healing others and there is no other greater joy in my life than helping other people. I would never be without it and every day I give thanks for having the gift of Reiki in my life.

When I was initiated into Reiki Mastership, I made a decision that it would be part of my spiritual practice and since then the effects deepened. I’m no longer as stressed as I used to be, I realise that the “challenges” that I saw in other people were actually my own and that I can be all that I want to be, I am the only person limiting myself.

So how do you live Reiki as a spiritual practice?

There is a number of ways to do this. You can spend a few minutes every morning sending Reiki to your day, the planet, whoever needs it or a loved one.

You can do self treatments on a regular basis. You can study Reiki and start questioning what you believe.

A great beginning is to do the following exercise for 5 minutes every day, morning and evening.

Living the 5 Reiki Principles.

These instructions came from Dr Usui directly and were translated from an original document in Dr Usui’s own handwriting. This appears in Frank Arjava Petter’s bookThe Legacy of Dr Usui.

Shoufuku no hihoo           The secret method of inviting happiness.

Manbyo no ley-yahu         The wonderful medicine for all diseases (of the body and the soul)

Kyo dake wa                    Just today:

1. Okoru-na                   1. Do not get angry.
2. Shinpai suna               2. Do not worry.
3. Kansha shite               3. Show appreciation.
4. Goo hage me              4. Work hard (on yourself).
5. Hito ni shinsetsu ni       5. Be kind to others.

 Asa yuu Gassho shite, hoho-ro ni nenji, Kuchi ni toneyo.

Mornings and evenings, sit in the “Gassho” (see below for more information on Gassho) position and repeat these words out loud and in your heart.

Shin shin kaizen, Usui Reiki Ryoho.    

(For the) improvement of body and soul, Usui Spiritual Energy Healing Method.

Chosso Usui Mikao                                

The founder, Mikao Usui.

Do this daily and you will find that you are in a more balanced state. You will feel more harmony and peace within you which will then be reflected in your experience of your day. You will be deepening your Reiki practise and developing your spirituality.

A position used for greeting, with the palms together and fingers pointing upwards in prayer position; used in various Buddhist, but also used in numerous cultures throughout Asia. It expresses greeting, request, thankfulness, reverence and prayer. Also considered a mudra or inkei of Japanese Shingon.

Wikipedia online Encyclopaedia.

Gassho – “joined-palms”, Anjali in Sanskrit. The Gassho is considered one of the most beautiful of gestures and is the Indian gesture of greeting, farewell, thanks and reverence. In ancient India, there were twelve forms of the Gassho. In Jodoshinshu, the first of the twelve forms is used. It is called the Kenjitsushin Gassho – “steadfast-being-gassho” and is formed by simply placing the palms and ten fingers together at chest level and at a 45 degree angle. It is the symbol of the multitude of different things being, at the same time, One. Among Buddhists the world over, this Gassho is performed with a deep bow from the waist called Raihai. In later centuries, this Gassho was adopted by the Christians as the gesture of prayer.

If you’re level 2 or 3 use the grounding symbol after the above exercise by drawing it on the place that you’re standing. If you’ve not yet been introduced to the symbols, then imagine roots growing from the bottom of your feet all the way down into the core of the earth. In this way you’re being anchored to the planet and to the core of your being.  You’re now ready to go about your day.



Dip Kin, Bsc, RMT