Maybe you’ve experienced the power of a Reiki healing and want to bring it into your daily life. Or maybe you’re a reiki practitioner and want to keep yourself a pure channel for the universal life force that reiki channels. But maybe you know the power of your thoughts to create your reality and want a practice that helps you take control of your thoughts.
Traditional Usui reiki has 5 precepts that bring you into the present and focus the mind. Like 12-step programs, it’s about taking it one day at a time, living your best for that day:
Just for today, I will not worry.
Just for today, I will not be angry.
Just for today, I will be grateful.
Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.
These principles aren’t meant to invalidate your feelings or ignore your challenges, but to guide you towards inner peace.
Here are some ways to infuse the Reiki Precepts into your daily routine:
Focus on one at a time
Take a deeper dive into one precept at a time. For example, spend a week exploring the meaning of “Just for today, I will do my work honestly.” Ask yourself, “How can I be more diligent? Am I living authentically? What areas of my life need transparency?”
Start your day by reciting the Reiki Precepts, feeling the vibration of the words. Notice how they impact your breath and body. Return to them throughout the day, even after a moment where you weren’t so worry-free or grateful. You can always start again.
Return to the present
Take time throughout the day to check-in with your mind and heart. Ask yourself, “Am I present in this moment? How am I feeling?” Remember to be nonjudgmental and compassionate with yourself as you practice this exercise. The goal is to simply become aware of your feelings, not to always feel positive.
A gratitude practice is a simple yet powerful way to shift your mindset from negative to positive, and can help you cultivate a sense of contentment and fulfillment. This can be done in many ways, such as writing a gratitude journal or sharing what you’re grateful for with loved ones. It’s also helpful to focus on being grateful for the small things in life, such as a beautiful sunset, a warm cup of coffee, or the laughter of a child. When practiced consistently, gratitude can help you feel more positive, improve your relationships and increase your overall well-being.
By practicing this and all the precepts daily, in both big and small ways, you’ll build the ability to release anger and worry, exercise gratitude, authenticity, and kindness.
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