Exploring the Reiki Precepts
It is most likely that the very first thing that you learn on the Reiki path are the Reiki precepts. These 5 ideals are what every initiate should strive for on a daily basis and are concieved to not only encourage self improvement, but also as a means of being able to more effectively practice the Reiki healing techniques be that in a casual manner, self healing, or working with clients.
I feel it wise to note at this point that the 5 Reiki precepts are NOT a set of spiritual ”rules” in the way that the Ten Commandments are, for instance, but they ARE a set of common sense guidelines that allow us to stabilise our minds in readiness for giving, or recieving, Reiki.
Here are the 5 precepts as I was taught them.
JUST FOR TODAY:
- I will let go of anger
- I will let go of worry
- I will give thanks for my many blessings
- I will do my work honestly
- I will be kind to my neighbor, & every living thing
At first glance we can see that the precepts are more, or less, self explanatory but as we look at them a little deeper, and live with them over time, they take on more significance. So, let’s take a more enquiring look at the precepts by way of my own interpretation of each of them.
“I will let go of anger” - Anger is, in my opinion, quite possibly the most destructive of human emotions. It can affect us not just emotionally by blinding us to cause and effect, but physically and spiritually too. Such a negative feeling that visibly alters the world within, and around, us does nothing more than alienate the indivdual from those that need us the most. Trying to heal while in a state of anger is near impossible, and even if it were possible would do nothing more than put those who wish to be healed in a state of high anxiety which is detrimental to health on many levels.
“I will let go of worry” - Worry, stress, anxiety, are in essence one and the same thing. Excessive worries, or stresses, can when left unchecked, and unresolved, be completely consuming. Not only is this mental consumption crippling at times, but can lead us to false conclusions, and expectations which further, and deepen said worries. By allowing ourselves to let go, or resolve, our worries we can unburden our minds and help facilitate the same in others.
“I will give thanks for my many blessings” - This precept is probably the simplest in terms, yet the most difficult to interpret. This lies in the fact that it is purely based on the individual and what is important to them. Having said this though I believe at the heart of this precept is the thought that we should be gracious, and show humility, when both recieving, and giving, in every day life.
“I will do my work honestly” - We can apply this precept to any type of work we do not just when practicing Reiki. If we implement this precept then we can almost unconsciously stop our ego from becoming over inflated and allowing arrogance to show through. By being honest in our endevours we acknowledge our own limitations enabling us to push past them through learning and developing a larger knowledge base while also gaining the respect of our peers and those who depend on our skills.
“I will be kind to my neighbor, and every living thing” - The 5th, and final, precept is another self explanatory one. By being kind we show that we care. By caring we can develop empathy for anothers suffering. And when we understand anothers suffering we can help heal that suffering and this is what being a Reiki practitioner is really about: healing.