Fast becoming one of the most recognised holistic therapies in the world, Reiki is the process of channelling universal energy - which anyone can access - through the practitioner’s palms to help with both healing and the development of a better, more balanced state of mind.
Created by Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist, in 1922, Reiki has developed over the years, particularly to accustom more Western requirements. However, it is always taught that aside from the learning of how to channel the universal energy, you can lead a more peaceful, enjoyable life by following the five precepts - or principles - set by Usui.
Something that everyone can see benefit from doing, not just those actively practicing Reiki, the following details the five precepts and how, as an individual, you can benefit from following them in your everyday life.
1. Do not anger
Being angry is often seen as an unnecessary use of energy, as it could be used in better ways than expressing it through frustration, such as by channeling it into positive emotions which are more productive.
Helping you to stay as stress free as you can be, by removing anger from your life, you’ll not only feel happier in yourself, but you’ll be likely to produce a more positive aura to be enjoyed by those around you.
2. Do not worry
Something that can be particularly difficult to follow in today’s world where stress seems to be a part of everyone’s daily lifestyle, making a concerted effort to remain as worry free as you can will help you mentally by ensuring you can think clearly and concisely.
Aiming to turning any potential concerns into obstacles that you have to overcome, as worry very often leads to stress and stress itself can lead to health complications, by removing it from your life, you can essentially begin to live a more healthy lifestyle.
3. Be humble
Today, we take far too much for granted. From easy communication methods and the ability to get food 24 hours a day to receiving a regular monthly salary and being happy with our friends and family, they are all parts of our life we should be grateful for, but which we’re very often not.
To be humble isn’t difficult and it doesn’t require as much forethought as refraining from being angered or worried does. It’s simply something that many appear to have forgotten about, but by being humble and grateful for those things you receive and for the people around you, it’ll be found that you naturally feel happier and more content with your life.
4. Be honest in your work
Whether it’s work in the formal sense of being employed or simply daily workings that you carry out in your life, it’s important that you’re honest. Diligent. Thoughtful and reliable, too.
We are all guilty of little white lies, but honesty is always the best policy in every single respect.
5. Be compassionate to yourself and others
Kindness and politeness are two of the most inexpensive virtues any human being can possess, yet they’re two that are so easily forgotten about or overlooked in favour of other traits that are generally less beneficial to both you and those around you.
Being kind to yourself and anyone you interact with is simple. It doesn’t require training and it doesn’t need you to completely change the way you live - it’s very often just a matter of you remembering what you were taught as a child, which is that you need to treat others as you would like to be treated yourself.
Looking through these five Reiki precepts, it can seem that they are nothing more than basic principles that the majority of people already adhere to. However, although they are exactly just that - basic principles - when you analyse your lifestyle and truly question your thoughts and actions, it can very often become apparent that whilst you think you’re, for example, humble, the truth may be you only are on a few very rare occasions.
Your life is to be lived, not to be trudged through from birth to death and you need to ensure you’re doing your utmost to make it as enjoyable, fulfilling and peaceful as it can be, something that can be achieved by following the five Reiki precepts set by Mikao Usui a century ago.
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