Tuesday, 17 April 2012


Reiki Precepts to live by
Gokai - The Five Precepts
Just for today...
do not anger
do not worry
Honour your parents, teachers and elders
Earn your living honestly
Show gratitude to every living thing
The founder of Reiki
Mikao Usui (1865-1926)
Dr. Mikao Usui, the first Grand Master of Reiki, developed the five precepts shortly after he decided to leave the Beggars Quarter of Kyoto. He went there to start sharing Reiki, because he felt they needed it more than others in the world. It was at this time that he became aware of some important aspects of human nature.

The Five Reiki Precepts Emanate from us naturally

The five precepts that Usui taught emanate naturally from a person in his or her proper flow. At the same time, trying to live the precepts also helps put a person in that flow, because, what you think is truly what you are.

Asking for Healing

Usui had begun his healings with the hope of giving the beggars the opportunity to become reintegrated with society. When several of them tried and failed at shouldering the responsibilities of everyday life, he began to realize the importance of a person’s participation in their own life healing process. A person needed to want and then ask for a change/healing to make a real difference in their life. If the help of others was involved, there would also, be an exchange of energy for their time. By just giving away healings, he had further impressed the beggar pattern in many of them. He saw that people need to give back for what they receive, in order to maintain a sense of balance and not to have the feeling of indebtedness. It is not the job of any healer to try and help where healing is not wanted.
Learning Non-attachment
Dr. Usui also learned the importance of non-attachment to the results of his healings. It is possible that some of the beggars needed to live out their lives in the Beggars Quarter in order to learn certain lessons. Who are we to judge this as right or wrong? The same applies to disease. Perhaps people create a disease on a subconscious level to enable them to learn certain lessons, or perhaps, even to die. To a gifted healer, such as Usui was, to try to then interfere with a premature healing might be a real transgression into a persons essential life process. It became very clear to Usui that it was not his job to use his incredible gift to heal the world, but indeed to show people how they might help themselves. It was at this time that he realized that people needed guidelines to help them grow in understanding, and to help them shoulder greater responsibility for their own life situations.

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