5 Reiki Principles for Living a Centered Life
By Charles Hopkins
Published 11/27/2007 | Alternative Medicine
Reiki is a body, mind, and spirit healing technique that was developed
over 80 years ago by Dr. Mikao Usui. If youve ever experienced a
treatment with a Certified Reiki Practitioner, you know youve
experienced something very special and important that may defy
description or explanation.
Most people come away from a Reiki session with a calm sense of
well being and relaxation, saying its like nothing theyve ever
experienced before. Many even express feeling more relaxed and centered
after a Reiki session than after a full hour of hands-on massage. And
one of the best things about Reiki is that you remain fully clothed and
Dr. Usui believed that in order for anyone to practice Reiki and
transfer healing energy to others, they must first take responsibility
for their own health and well being. The same is true of those
receiving Reiki energy. It is beneficial to conduct your life in a
simple, positive, and nurturing way. With that, he developed the Five
Principles of Reiki.
1. Just For Today, Do Not Worry
This principle reminds you to let go of future events and
circumstances you cant possibly control. You only have the immediate
moment youre in live it fully and in the best way you can. Make it
2. Just For Today, Do Not Anger
Take the time to step back from a situation when you feel yourself
becoming angry. Remember that once hurtful words are expressed, they
can never be taken back. Many times angry feelings really come from a
place of fear. Think about why you may be afraid and then later, talk
about it calmly and honestly.
3. Honor Your Parents, Teachers and Elders
Its important to honor and respect everyone who comes into your
life because they are all there for some reason. The one thing most
everyone wants in life is respect and acknowledgement as a fellow human
being. If you show that respect to each person you encounter everyday,
youll receive respect in return.
4. Earn Your Living Honestly
This principle is about fairness and integrity. No matter what your
work entails, do the very best you can do. There is no job too small or
less important than any other that doesnt require 100% of your
attention and dedication. Treat yourself, those who work for you, and
those you work for with dignity and respect.
5. Show Gratitude for Everything
There are times when life seems difficult, painful, or unfair. This
principle reminds you to stop for a moment and remember all the good
things you have in your life no matter how small. Each experience and
each encounter throughout your day has significance in forming who you
are. Its important to pay attention to those moments and say thank
you. Everything counts.
Dr. Usuis principles remind us to stay conscious and aware in each
moment of each day. This is good advice whether you subscribe to the
practice of Reiki or not.
Living truly in the present moment releases you from the perceived
mistakes and pain of the past and the potential worries of the future.
It allows you to evict thoughts such as if only and what if right
out of your mind. To repeat those thoughts as if they were a mantra can
only lead to frustration, sadness, and even sickness.
Common sense tells you the past is gone and can never be changed,
just as you cant really know what will happen in the future. We wish
sometimes we had those kinds of magical powers but we dont.
To begin living a life thats simple, balanced, and full, start
with the Five Principles of Reiki. Youll see enormous changes come
Keep in mind the words of Buddha, The secret of health for both
the mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the
future, not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment
wisely and earnestly.