Tomorrow marks the 88th Year anniversary of Usui Sensei’s passing.
He is buried in Saihoji Temple in Suginami-Ku, Tokyo. His students created and erected a large memorial stone next to his grave describing his life and work. In his lifetime, Dr. Usui taught Reiki to over two thousand students and initiated sixteen individuals to Shinpiden or the Master Reiki Level.
Usui Sensei taught The Five Reiki Gokai or Principles, which are pretty simple, but in our modern world they can be so hard for so many to incorporate into daily living. They are a series of mantras or self-affirmations that are recited once in the morning and again in the evening as part of your daily practice:
The daily practice of thinking, speaking, or chanting these Reiki Principles or Reiki Precepts can be truly healing in itself for clients and practitioners alike. Because, it can be so hard to remember to not allow anger to swallow you up. It can be so hard to not get drowned and bogged down by worry. It can be hard to be grateful for your blessings, when your car gets clipped or a loved one gets assaulted. It can be so hard to be diligent in your work/practice, when there are so many different things out there that distract us. And it can be so difficult to remain compassionate to every living thing, including yourself when you feel guilty for accidently stepping on a bug or have committed a great wrong towards a loved one. However, all of these are the Reiki Principles, and doing them “Just for today” makes the difference. The Principles remind us, when we are angry, when we are worried, when we aren’t grateful or paying attention to our work to live in the present moment and find the compassion that exists all around and within us.
We can pause in a moment of anger and really get to the bottom of why we really are angry. In this way, anger can be a great teacher towards self-progression of spirit. We can pause in a moment that we are worried, and can recognize that this worry originates from fear and an attachment to outcome, which is unhealthy. Living a life in fear is no way to live. By recognizing this we can then practice compassionate detachment. This does not mean to say we should not care about certain things, but simply surrender to them, and welcome and release those situations to their natural flow. We can take simple moments and show our appreciation or gratefulness for not only the many conveniences we take for granted such as running water, indoor plumbing, unpolluted drinking water, and Central Air; but for the simpler things like a loving partner, a warm Spring day, or the laughter of children. These moments of humility show us that there are many “good” and “bad” aspects to everything in life, and shows us that we can even be grateful for things that we ourselves may not have but that others do. This teaches us to let go of envy and jealousy and see that there are already so many things to be happy and grateful for in our world. When we catch ourselves in moments where our minds are running rampant, we can calm them with our awareness alone, and sink into a deeper more focused mindset or higher state of consciousness to access spiritual growth, and truly jump in away from petty concerns to do “The Work” as my friend Debbie would say, or “Finish the Important Shit First” as Leonie Dawson teaches at her Amazing Biz, Amazing Life Academy.
Lastly, when we affirm to ourselves to be compassionate and loving we acknowledge the Sanskrit greeting of “Namaste,” which recognizes the same divine beauty and Spirit that is within ourselves is also in all other living things. It also fosters Ahimsa or non-violence. Because if we can extend love and compassion outward, how can we raise a fist or utter a harsh word? If we can recognize the Divine presence of Love in others that is in ourselves we can relate with all creatures, with all people, with all races and religions. We can then in turn show others how we wish to be loved, respected, and treated. And furthermore, we can then extend this appreciation and love and respect in a larger sense for all communities, nations, ecosystems, and planets.
By returning back to the present moment, we can analyze and ultimately accept and understand our anger, our fear, our circumstances, our dreams, our passions, and also those of others. We become transformed, we become wise, we become self-aware, we become healed. We become facilitators of change for others and ourselves.
Photos courtesy of:
- Nomadic Lass