Living The Principles Of Reiki, Just For Today
Reiki principles are essential to the practice and understanding of Reiki. Do not forget that Reiki was and still is a powerful tool, not only for healing but also for personal and spiritual growth. Although Reiki is a non-denominational and is enjoyed by people of all faiths (or none) to get the best Reiki experience, if this is to give or receive Reiki, you should aspire to live by the Principles of Reiki. Reiki is a way of life, a spiritual journey in, and of, itself.
There are five principles of Reiki, which are thought to originate in the philosophy of the Emperor Meiji of Japan in the 1800's and adopted by the father of Reiki, Dr. Mikao Usui. There are different schools of Reiki, but they are all from the original teachings of Mikao Usui, and have these principles (or versions that are similar in meaning) at their core:
Just for today, not anger.
Just for today, do not worry.
Just for today, honour your parents, teachers and elders.
Just for today, earn your living honestly.
Just today, to show gratitude to every living thing.
Just today, I do not anger:
We all feel angry sometimes, this principle is to understand that anger can be transformative. This is not to eliminate anger, that would be destructive and also counter productive, suppressed anger tends to resurface stronger and more powerful than ever. Anger often hides other emotions like fear, so realizing what we are angry about is important, we may feel trapped, perhaps we are afraid for ourselves or the security of others or perhaps someone has hurt our feelings, etc. When we recognize what anger looks like in ourselves and think about what it means, it can be the first phase of using your anger positively. changing our anger from an automatic negative reaction that we have little or no control over, into a calm and deliberate action constructively requires practice and perseverance. It will not happen overnight but we can follow the rule of "just for today" and one day at a time change our thoughts and behaviours.
Just for today, do not worry:
Firstly, most of the things we worry about do not happen! Second, worrying does not help. Worrying shows a lack of trust, a hypothesis that things will not go as we hoped or expected. This is not surprising, because from an early age we are taught to compete with each other and fight to "make ends meet" - which creates a lack of trust in the world around us. Oddly enough, worrying drains the body of the energy it needs to deal with injury, accident or disaster. Therefore, take appropriate steps to reduce anxiety, then "just for today" let it go. The worry is usually fear of the repercussions of the events of the past or fear of how things in the future could harm us , then let go of the past, trust in the universe to predict the future and live "just for today"
Just for today, honour your parents, teachers and elders:
kindness and respect for yourself and others is the starting point of any spiritual journey. Accepting, learning and embracing that the path of each person is their own, creates freedom and understanding. As children, we are taught to "look up to" listen to and respect our teachers, parents and / or elders, and sometimes as we grow, we forget this simple rule. So, "just for today" listen and remember ... it may be surprising to see what we learn.
Just for today, earn your living honestly:
Employment is a big part of interaction with each other, working with integrity, then is essential for us to be at peace with ourselves. Earning an honest living can be defined as being honest with the employer and the customer. "An honest days work for an honest days pay" is a phrase you might have heard growing up, but it can also refer to being honest with ourselves about our own chosen path. Is this the right job for me, is this where I want to be? The answers to these questions, shed some light, but if the answer is "yes" or even (maybe especially) if it is "no", today, this is the work we have, so "just for today", we will give our all , be positive and as good as we can be. When it's time for change, trust the universe to help us follow the path chosen.
Just for today, show gratitude to all living beings:
In this commercial world that encourages us to want more and more, we often forget to give thanks for what we really have. Deciding to change our life from being obsessed with "please can I have" to "Thank you for what I've got" - is a revelation. An "attitude of gratitude" is said by some to be essential for happiness, by others is regarded as the path to riches. For certain, living this principle, just for today, goes a long way to living them all. Life is a blessing, so appreciate it, recognize it and say thank you for it, just for today.
The key to living the principles of Reiki, is the first part of each statement: "Just for today" ... Today is now. Living responsibly now, yesterday is already gone and tomorrow is yet to come, Dr. Usui tells us to live in the today, do not spend all your time to looking back and wishing for the future that is not here, embrace the present and live life delighting in the wonderfulness of today.
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