5 Reiki Principles Every Practitioner Needs to Know

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Jane Taylor in Life style

Last updated: 08 January 2020, 10:09 GMT

Universal life energy isn't just everywhere and anywhere; it simply is. Reiki comes from the Japanese Rei, meaning universal life, and Ki, meaning energy. Reiki is a spiritual practice that seeks to direct the flow of energy found within and all around us in ways to promote health and well-being. At the heart of Reiki are 5 positive affirmations. Reiki principles help you to practice the right thoughts and in turn, the right direction.

Habituation Creates Ritual

Rituals serve to keep us focused and stabilized. A ritual is something done repeatedly to serve a purpose. A habit is something done repeatedly for the purpose of performing the behavior. By reciting the 5 Reiki principles during your practice, the guidelines become incorporated by habituation into a deeply satisfying ritual.

What Are the 5 Reiki Principles?


The 5 principles of Reiki help to dissipate the weight of daily negative energy, clearing our minds and bodies to fully embody Reiki energy. Time is reduced to a single construct - just for today. We only exist here and now; there is only the here and now. By considering the 5 principles in that vein, the psychological time known as past and future become disarmed and are no longer as painful. Many of us live in the past and the future and only momentarily dwell in the present. By focusing on just today, we stop traveling to destinations that do not exist. The 5 principles of Reiki are explained below.

I Will Not Worry

Worry is about the future. Worry is emboldened by fear, and fear is about the past. Worry creates anxiety, and persistent anxiety is what erodes the quality and quantity of life. While it is one thing to make plans for the future and to consider tasks needing to be executed sometime in the future, it is another to continuously live in the mental construct known as the future. If the mind is occupied by worry, then positive energy is recycled into negative energy that serves no purpose. Releasing oneself from worry opens the mind to the free-flowing universal life energy.

I Will Not Be Angry

It's true what they say; when there is no desire, there is no anger. What is anger about? It is about the desire for something you do not have, including an opportunity to get even with somebody who said something means to you on social media. Anger increases stress, and the physiological consequences of stress are a drain on one's health. Getting rid of anger dissipates the associated negative energy and opens the mind to the free-flowing universal life energy.

I Will Be Grateful

Everyone is born with the wanting mechanism. Want is the source of all suffering. While no organism can live without want, the want that we speak of is that which occurs when the mind is not satisfied with what it has. The mind sees what it doesn't have and compares what it does have to others. To be grateful for all things, not just material possessions, is a great source of comfort that quiets the wanting mechanism within.

I Will Do My Work Honestly

Doing your work honestly speaks to focus without needing a reward. No one wants to go to a boring job, and no one wants to do the daily chores of washing clothes and cooking food. But by focusing on the task at hand without assigning it a value, is to do the work for the sake of work itself. When you put your heart and mind into your work and when you focus, you can derive a sense of peace and contentment even from the most mundane of tasks.

I Will Be Kind to Every Living Thing

It's true what they say - what goes around comes around. The positive energy in the form of love and unconditional positive regard, when put out into the universe, will eventually come back to you by way of serendipity. Serendipity is that knack of finding something you are not looking for, and if you put forth positive regard for every living thing without expecting the same in return, you may be surprised at where and when kindness comes back to you.

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What Is Reiki?


Reiki is a healing art which teaches that the physical and the spiritual are inseparable. Reiki is more than the placing of hands, massaging, directing chakras, and burning incense. Reiki lets go of the traditional Western thinking that healing is about science only and includes thought, mind, and spirituality in an effort to open the organism to the flow of universal life energy.

Help Yourself and Help Others

Reiki is not about a healer healing the sick. Each individual has the ability to open up and connect with their own positive and transformative energy. Once connected to the energy within and with the realization that what is within is also without (if we are part of the universe we are all from the universe), an individual has the ability to help others recognize the same within themselves.

Reiki as an Intervention

When a person's energy is strong, open, and flowing, they usually feel in a positive state of health. When a person's energy level becomes weak, blocked, or redirected through stress and want, then they usually feel out of sorts and physically or emotionally out of balance.

Training to Become a Reiki Practitioner

Reiki as a practice requires a bit of training that can last anywhere from a few days to a few years, depending on if one wants to stay at the practitioner level or become a Reiki master. Students will study anatomy, psychology, kinesiology, and related subjects.

Teaching also focuses on how to improve one's intuition and become sensitive to the nonverbal messages that can emanate from the body. Students are also taught about energy zones, the chakras, and about subtle bodies, those emotional, mental and soul-type aspects of our being which enmesh within the physical body.

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A Reiki Session


A typical Reiki session will last for about 60 minutes. The client will typically rest their bare feet on a massage table or in a chair. There isn't typically massage involved, although some practices may combine Reiki with a massage. If the client gives consent to being touched, the practitioner will begin with having the client do deep breathing and repeating the Reiki principles.

The practitioner will apply a light touch to the client during the session. There are specific hand positions and body locations that the practitioner will utilize to complete his or her therapeutic intervention. During the session, the client may actually feel a tingling sensation and warmth along with a sense of peace, serenity, and relaxation.

The 5 Reiki Principles Are Free

The practice of Reiki does not restrict the 5 Reiki principles to a fixed program. Each and every principle can be used as an affirmation and an intervention when the energy-draining negativity of everyday life invades the internal environment and blocks flow. The following are 3 examples of how Reiki principles can be used as an intervention to fix a distraction.

Just for Today, I Will Not Worry

If you discover that you are in the habit of worrying all the time, then you may be unable to
benefit from a full Reiki session. If all you can do is practice deep breathing for a few minutes, then that's perfectly acceptable. Once you are able to relax, start repeating “Just for today I will not worry,” until you find your busy mind paying attention to those words.

Just for Today, I Will Not Be Angry

This Reiki principle can serve as an excellent one-line intervention that can be used to break repetitive thoughts related to anger. If you are acutely angry at your wife for example, and you cannot shut off the energy-draining angry thoughts towards her, you can sit down and take a few deep breaths. As the deep breaths flow within and then out, you can slowly focus on and repeat the phrase “Just for today, I will not be angry.”

Repeat it until there is no room in your mind for the cycling of angry thoughts. The mind does not focus on two things at the same time. Being bombarded by many thoughts at once is not about focusing.

Just for Today, I Will Be Grateful

Reiki is not affiliated with any religion or political persuasion. However, Buddhism teaches its students that all suffering arises from the wanting mechanism and the attachments that are created in the perpetual state of wanting. For example, if you find that you are always thinking that the meal you just had wasn't exactly what you wanted and that tomorrow you'll try out the better restaurant, then you are expending energy in a state of want, and this is the energy that can be used elsewhere.

If you have spent time and energy to obtain the lover you thought you wanted, yet you now see someone you want more, then you are diverting energy from an interpersonal reaction to the unbalanced state of want. Think about the people, places, and things in your life that you can be thankful for and satisfied with.

At the Heart


At the heart of the practice of Reiki are 5 affirmations. These statements serve to open the door of your entrapped mind and allow the universal life energy to flow in the right direction - within, without, and all around. The statements can also be used as interventions when the stress and problems of everyday life invade and threaten your peace of mind and well-being. Reiki principles are all about the right thought and right direction.




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