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The 5 Precepts of Reiki


  • Published: 2009-01-16 (Revised/Updated 2010-06-25) : Author: Tyzarm KLard
  • Synopsis: The five Reiki precepts have been handed down from Reiki master to student since the start of Reiki.

The five Reiki precepts have been handed down from Reiki master to student since the start of Reiki.

Just For Today, I Will Not Worry.

Just For Today, I Will Not Anger.

Just For Today, I Will Earn My Living Honestly.

Just For Today, I Will Honor My Parents, Elders, and Teachers.

Just For Today, I Will Show Gratitude For Everything.

To me it almost sounds like they could have come from a 12 step program, but I have to say that there is wisdom in these words. Taken all together and lived every day can lead one to live a beautiful life.

What you read above was the original version I was taught. For my own self I have changed the wording slightly to eliminate the negative. Every time we say "I will not", we are fighting the "will" and thus it is more difficult to accomplish whatever it is we wanted to accomplish!

Just For Today, I Will Not Worry.

Today, I Am Worry Free!

Here, I am not willing myself to do anything, I am declaring that I am worry free! There is no fear of worry, there is nothing negative in the statement.

The word "Just" adds limits and if we are reminding ourselves of these precepts all the time, the "Just" just doesn't fit!

If I am "just worry free today", that means I can worry tomorrow! The subconscious is always listening and picks up on these things. Words are very powerful and should be used wisely!

Just For Today, I Will Not Anger.

I Am Happy Today!

Again, I drop the "Just", I leave the "Will" out of it and drop the two negatives, "not" and "anger". Recite those two sentences aloud and see which one feels better.

Just For Today, I Will Earn My Living Honestly.

I Am Honest And Fair In All My Undertakings!

This one makes me laugh, does it mean that yesterday I was dishonest and tomorrow I can rob a bank

Just For Today, I Will Honor My Parents, Elders, and Teachers.

I Respect, Honor, and Love My Parents, Elders, and Teachers!

There are variations out there in which the parents, elders and teachers get reduced to neighbors, not a change I am in favor of, for our Parents and Elders should not be reduced to being neighbors and all in the world can teach us something! Our Parents and Elders are to be held in the highest esteem, along with our teachers.

This statement encompasses every person in our lives!

Just For Today, I Will Show Gratitude For Everything.

I Am Thankful And Grateful For All The Good In My Life, For All Good I Have Been Given And All The Good That Is Coming To Me! We are to be grateful everyday! Not "Just" today! And we need to be grateful for everything that touches us, and not just as a "Show"!

Yes, the 5 precepts in themselves are good starting points, but you must make them yours in a way in which they are truly yours.

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