by Conscious Reminder
Mikao Usui is the founder of a form of spiritual practice known as Reiki. It is a complementary therapy for the physical, emotional, and mental ailments. Usui taught over 2000 people of which sixteen continued their training till Shinpiden level, equivalent to a Masters’ degree.
Usui was an ardent follower of Emperor Meiji’s literary work. He was inspired by Meiji’s works so much that he set a few ethical principles, which came to be known as the Five Reiki Principles. These were based on Buddhist teachings which asked an individual to abstain from killing, thievery, sexual misconduct, lying, and intemperance. Reiki teachers have to abide by them.
1. No Anger
Anger is the fire that sets everything ablaze. It affects our physical and mental well being. It stems from our inherent desire to control things. The moment things deviate from our plan, we get angry. Thus, it is a destructive emotion which is based on unnecessary exaggeration. In Japanese and Chinese traditions, anger said to be the emotion of Spring. This may be due to the chiaroscuro of light and shade that affects the human temperament.
The first task is to identify the root of the distress. If you find yourself blaming everyone else but never finding faults in your own conduct, be assured it is all in your head. If you are calm and composed, no amount of chaos can disrupt your mental peace. Try to look at others as allies and not sworn enemies, positivity lies in the process of thinking. Next time you find your temper rising, try walking to soothe your mind.
2. No Worries
Worrying is definitely your worst enemy. It takes away time, drains energy and makes you a bundle of nerves. It causes restlessness, agitation, mental uneasiness, foreshadowing, anxiety, and uncertainty. Constantly stuck in the maze of “To be” or “not to be”, worrying makes you an emotional wreck and eventually leaves you feeling empty. You crave constant reassurance, become needy and are at the edge of hysteria.
Asthma, rashes, itching, hives, raising blood pressure, blood clotting, an increased risk of heart attack and stroke along with headaches, back, and body aches. Constant worrying also leads to stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas or heartburn. It makes you extremely weak and disease prone. Try to calm yourself through meditation for relief.
3. Be Grateful
You should be grateful for the small things that you have without fretting over what you don’t. This will give you a happy life and better physical health. Diseases thrive on negative emotions and lack of energy. Being humble and grateful will give you a balance. Learn to let go and count your blessings.
4. Be Honest
You can lie to the entire world, but if you’re not honest with yourself, you won’t learn a thing. Do what you love and love what you do. If you are clear about your thoughts and your relationships, life will be bereft of unnecessary drama. Know what you want she strive for it. Respect others and don’t mistake rudeness with honesty. Be honest in your professional commitments and connect with your inner being.
5. Be Kind
Compassion is the crux of a happy life. It is the most important virtue in relationships with others and also yourself. It must be accompanied by depth, vigor, and passion. Once you are empathetic, you make much more rational choices and have a better understanding of other people. Golden Rule that one must follow in life: Do to others what you would have them do to you.
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