The Five Reiki Principles

As part of his healing system, Dr Usui recommended five principles which should be followed in daily life, to aid spiritual development. Even for those not attuned to Reiki, or not following this particular spiritual path, they are still useful thoughts to keep in mind.

They are:

Just for today I will let go of anger

Just for today I shall let go of worry

Today I will count my many blessings

Today I will do my work honestly

Today I will be kind to every living creature

Due to translation from the original Japanese, sometimes there are variations, but the general meanings are very similar.

Each of the five principles stress the importance both of living in the present and of being fully aware of each moment. We can only really experience 'the now'; the past cannot be changed nor the future predicted. This 'now' is all we have.    To live each moment as it comes in a state of trust and appreciation brings with it a sense of security and peace.

Just for today I will let go of anger

Anger is a destructive emotion. Directed outwards it can make us say or do things to other people which we may later regret. Internalised it can eventually cause illness. It would be impossible never to feel anger, but it is important not to be weighed down by petty annoyances. Should you feel anger, look deeply at its cause. If positive action is needed, think about the best course of action to take then deal with it. Are you expecting too much from other people? If there can be no constructive use for the anger, acknowledge it and let it go.

Just for today I shall let go of worry

Worry can take over our lives, preventing us from living in the present. This does not mean, however, that we should bury our heads in the sand. We all feel concerned about things at times and have to face our worries and look for solutions to the problems causing them. If our worries are based on general fears of the future, what might be or what might have been, it will ruin our enjoyment of life. Have trust in the Divine plan. Know that all things happen for a reason and that life is unfolding as it should. We all have challenges to overcome, but trust that you have the strength and courage to face them.

Today I will count my many blessings

This principle is sometimes translated as "Just for today I will live the attitude of gratitude". To count our blessings and show gratitude for all we have gives us a deeper appreciation of the world in which we live. As we acknowledge and give thanks for every blessing, however small, we automatically attract more positive blessings to us. The things we need may not always come to us in the way we expect them to, but all we need will come to us at the appropriate time.

Today I will do my work honestly

There is greater satisfaction to be found in doing a job well, rather than giving time to it grudgingly. Doing our work honestly and to the best of our ability enables us to move through our limitations, to improve the standards of our work and to find enjoyment in whatever we do. By being honest with ourselves and others we can live without pretence and be at ease with who we really are.

Today I will be kind to every living creature

To be kind and respectful to every living creature, to treat everyone with love and compassion, helps us to realise that we are all connected. We are all from the same source. We must also learn to accept and forgive ourselves and to treat ourselves with love and respect.