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This is from a course in "Psychic Self-Defense" I am working on. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. As always, your mileage may vary.
When you begin your training as a Level 1 Reiki healer, you are taught the "5 Principles of Reiki," which are a spiritual guideline set down by Mikao Usui, the originator of the modern system of Reiki healing. Whether you are a practitioner of Reiki or not, I believe that these five guidelines are of vital importance when talking about Psychic Self-Defense, so am sharing them with you here.
NOTE: There are many different versions of these five principles published in books and on the Internet. This is the version I prefer to work with, but I do not think any version is the "right" version or that any version is inherently better than any other.
The 5 Principles of Reiki
Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings.
Just for today, I will not worry.
Just for today, I will not be angry.
Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
Just for today, I will treat others with kindness and compassion.
In the full translation of this text, Usui describes these principles as "the secret art of inviting happiness; the miraculous medicine of all diseases" and advises his followers to pray and chant these five principles every morning and evening. As a Reiki practitioner myself, I believe in the wisdom of these five principles and can see how focusing on them every day can have a profound effect on your ability to both live a happier life and improve your level of psychic defense. Let's look at the principles individually and see why.
- Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings.
This principle is strongly rooted in the Law of Attraction and the Universal laws of cause and effect that we discussed earlier. According to these rules, whatever energy you put out into the Universe will be returned to you. If you live with what I call "lack mentality," always focusing on the next tragedy waiting around the corner, bemoaning your empty bank account or even planning your next million dollar business deal, you are telling the Universe that you believe "there is never enough." In response to your belief, the Universe sends you situations that make that belief come true.
On the other hand, if you focus on gratitude, giving thanks to God, the angels, the Universe or your own personal deity, focusing on all the wonderful things you already have in your life, you are sending the message that the world is eternally abundant and that "there is always more than enough." When you maintain this mindset, the Universe responds by presenting you with opportunity and abundance of all kinds.
I believe this principle is important when discussing Psychic Self-Defense because when you live in "lack mentality," it spawns stress and worry, it promotes overwork and lack of joy in your life, it inspires you to believe that you are "not good enough" or prompts you to place your material needs well ahead of all other needs in your life. All of these things lower your energy, making you a vulnerable target to active Psychic Vampires and intentional or spontaneous psychic attack.
But, the amazing thing about gratitude is that it can change this energy instantly. If you find yourself mired in worry, thinking that there isn't enough, beating up on yourself for not doing enough or working hard enough or not providing enough or otherwise find yourself trapped in negative thought patterns, stop what your doing IMMEDIATELY. Take a few deep breaths to calm and center yourself and then make a list of at least 5 things you are grateful for in your life. It could be that the sun is shining and it's a beautiful day or that a child who has been struggling in school finally got a passing report card or that you are going on vacation with someone you love. Anything you can be grateful to have in your life at that moment will do. Just this simple act of focusing on what you HAVE instead of what you DON'T HAVE will change your energy and encourage the Universe to send more positive energy and opportunities into your life. It will also make you a calmer, more joyful person, thus raising your energy vibration and making you a much more difficult target to attack.
- Just for today, I will not worry.
The same way that living in "lack mentality" calls negative energy into your life, so does worrying. When you worry, you expend a huge amount of energy thinking about what might happen, what you don't want to happen, and what you perceive to be wrong in your life. All of that energy goes out into the Universe, telling it, "I really love thinking about these things in my life! Please send me more of that!" The Universe then responds by sending you what it thinks you are asking for - flat tires, traffic jams on the way to work, sick children, cutbacks at your job and all manner of worrisome life situations to keep your worried mind occupied all the time. And all that worrying lowers your energy, leaving you more vulnerable to psychic attack or interference.
But, as with "lack mentality," you can change this pattern in your life and raise your energy to a healthy level. One very effective method to derail worry in your life is to write down all of your worries - every single one of them! - and turn that worry into a positive affirmation. As an example, the worry "I'm worried I won't have enough money to pay all my bills" can be turned into "I always have enough money to pay all my bills and have enough left over to enjoy my life." Once you have your list of affirmations, make several copies on note cards or pieces of paper. Keep one with you all the time - in your desk drawer, in your purse or wallet, in your car, hanging on your refrigerator or wherever you go throughout the day. Whenever you find yourself worrying, pull out your list of affirmations and read them over. Some people insist you must read your affirmations out loud, which does help, but is not essential if you are somewhere it would seem odd for you to start reciting affirmations to yourself.
Eventually, through the process of derailing your worried thoughts, you will find that you worry less and less and that your thoughts are replaced with a sense of calmness and serenity as you release all of that stressed energy and unnecessary fear. This release of stress will begin to raise your energy levels and will serve to help protect you from outside psychic influences.
- Just for today, I will not be angry.
Remember when we talked about attachments like darts and hooks? You may not have realized it, but even healers and light workers can send out these negative energies if they allow themselves to give in to anger and resentment. In order to avoid sending out these energies, it is important to avoid anger whenever you can. This can be especially hard when you know that someone has harmed you intentionally or when you are clearing yourself of negative energy and you realize you have been heavily attacked by someone close to you. Remember that responding in kind is both irresponsible and unwise. The Universe will respond to your angry, negative energy in the same way that it will respond to the one you are angry with and will return that negative energy to you.
If you are an angry person by nature or someone who finds that you frequently hold grudges against people, now is the time to learn new strategies for dealing with people. You may find seeking out a qualified therapist to be a great help in learning to deal with these powerful emotions. Or, you may find it helpful just to realize that you are angry with someone and choosing to let that emotion, and whatever happened to create it, go.
I have found that, as I work as a healer, I tend to see people more and more through eyes of compassion rather than through eyes of self-preservation. This has allowed me to look beyond unkind words, thoughtless actions and other hurtful experiences and avoid becoming resentful of with the person who caused that anger and hurt. Yes, anger is something that I still struggle with every day. Anyone who tells you that they don't is either lying to you or lying to themselves - or both.
If you do find that you've become angry and sent negative energy to someone else, you can recall that energy to you. At the end of each day, you may find it beneficial to ask if you have sent negative energy in the form of psychic darts or cords using muscle testing or a pendulum. If you have sent negative energy, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and envision calling that energy back to yourself. I tend to visualize this process as reeling in the cords or as red and black energy streaming back toward me, turning into loving, white light as it crosses through my auric field.
- Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
Let's face it, cheating is wrong. Cutting corners instead of doing your job properly is wrong. Not dealing with your co-workers or customers in your business fairly is wrong. All of these actions are sending negative energy out into the Universe that will rebound back on you eventually. Lying, cheating, backstabbing and using underhanded tactics to get ahead eventually backfires on everyone, even people and organizations that appear on the outside to be above reproach. Just ask all of the charities who got caught stealing money after 9/11 or any member of the clergy who has been caught harming children.
Working dishonestly, no matter what work it is you are doing, causes stress, anxiety, worry and fear in the liar - and it causes fear and distrust in those who have been lied to. It causes us to embrace our ego self, which is based in fear and self-importance rather than in love and gratitude. It damages our core integrity and prevents us from reaching our true life purpose. I believe that this principal was important to Mikao Usui because, before he was a healer, he was a businessman. He knew that being dishonest was simply bad for business.
Whether you run a business or not, it is important to deal with people in an honest, forthright manner, especially as a healer or light worker. When people come to us for help, they are in a very vulnerable position - one that many so-called psychics, mediums and healers have been taking advantage of since the dawn of time. Not working with people honestly damages not only your own reputation, but the reputation of every other healer or light worker that person will ever deal with. It may even prevent them from seeking help if they are ever in need again.
- Just for today, I will treat others with kindness and compassion.
For me, this principal ties all of the other principals together:
- If you treat others with kindness and compassion, you will also begin to treat yourself with kindness and compassion, thus allowing yourself to be more open, joyful and grateful for the gifts you have in your life.
- If you treat others with kindness and compassion, you begin to become involved with them and their lives and will realize that your worries may seem incredibly small and petty compared to those of another person who may be facing challenges far beyond those you thought were so important in your own life. After all, your lack of the latest new techno-gadget or shiny new car seems very small and petty indeed when you are asked to work with someone who is dying of Cancer or when you meet someone who has lived through a natural disaster and is left with nothing.
- If you treat others with kindness and compassion, you will begin to look for the reason behind someone's hurtful actions and may come to understand them in a whole new way. You may see that their actions were inspired by fear, hurt, past trauma or even out of a misguided need to defend themselves. When you see the hurt beneath the anger, you will begin to find it easier to forgive and to release your own anger.
- If you treat people with kindness and compassion, the idea of being dishonest would never occur to you because dishonesty goes completely against this mindset. Dishonesty can only harm. Kindness and compassion can only heal.
When I went for my Reiki Level 2 training, our teacher told us, "When you send (Reiki) energy, just send love and gratitude." To that, I would add, "send kindness and compassion."
(c) Jessie Matthews, 2011-2012
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What are the Reiki Principles?
The Reiki Principles are a set of guidelines that Dr Usui developed to help people stay focused on the here and now in order to grow and change. All Reiki Practitioners and Masters alike aspire to integrate these ideals into their daily life and practice of Reiki. Even though Dr Usui developed these over 100 years ago, they are as relevant today as when they were first written.
These principles may vary slightly according to each Reiki Master, as the wording has been translated in slight variations at times, but essentially they all are the same at their core. The focus of each priniple is to make small but positive changes in our daily attitude towards certian aspects of life.
The principles are a wonderful guide for anyone, even for those who are not attuned to Reiki to live by, for if we all strived to achieve the ideals Usui put forward the world would be a much happier, healthier and enriching place.
What does Just for Today, Do not Worry mean?
Just for today, do not worry is used to remind us that there is a divine purpose for everything. Often we spend so much time worrying about what could happen that we restrict ourselves and place limitations on what can be done, acihieved and envisaged. However through the practice of focusing on not worrying we are able to remove any blockages and open ourselves up to divine opportunities. Taoist sages declare that ‘any event in itself is neither good nor bad, it simply is’. Worrying also uses energy that could be used for more positive things, By worrying we do not bring change to a situation, we simply stunt the flow of energy and waste it.
Dr. Usui in this principle was reminding people of the importance of trust. We live in a responsive universe and as long as we are clear as to what we want, our needs will be met. It is important to simply trust that things will work out for the best in the end. What is beyond our control cannot be changed and squandering copious amount of our energy on worrying, may only serve to diminish our vitality and cloud our perception.
What does Just for Today, Do Not Anger mean?
Just for today, do not anger is used to remind us that when a situation does not live up to our expectations, we must choose a different response than that of anger. Anger is a destructive emotion when expressed inappropriately. Anger can also be a powerful motivator for change, provided it is possible to become consciously aware of your reactions and take charge of your emotions. It would be inappropriate to feel guilt if anger arises as it is a natural reaction to have, as long as it does not lead us into becoming judgmental which is not helpful to anyone. Anger creates disharmony within the body. Dr. Usui was not asking people to deny their feelings. Instead he was asking them to respond with love.
What does Earn Your Living Honestly mean?
To earn your living honestly means to be honest in your dealings with yourself and others. It is aid that a sage was once asked to explain how it was possible to gauge how prosperous a person was. He thought deeply about this and then replied that the measure of how prosperous a person was, depended upon the amount of peace they could carry in their heart. When a person earned their living honestly, they are not only being honest with others, they are being honest with themselves. They trust in their own abilities to create the abundance they need, to provide for themselves and their families. Such persons would indeed carry more peace in their hearts and would be immeasurably well-off.
Dr. Usui, in creating this principle was aware that dishonesty was a heavy burden to carry and that individuals could align themselves more fully with their life’s purpose and their creativity, if they were to earn their living honestly..
What does Show Gratitude to Every Living Thing mean ?
Show gratitude to every living thing means we should embrace gratitude as it allows us to open to the fruits of the universe and create a conscious awareness that magnetically attracts abundance and repels lack. There is a well known universal principle that ‘like attracts like’.
Dr. Usui knew that feeling and showing gratitude could enable people to bring success, prosperity and happiness into their lives.
What does Honour Your Parents, Teachers and Elders mean?
Honour and Respect your parents, teachers and elders means show love and respect for other people in all that you do and can be extended to every living thing. All living things are interdependent. Man’s inhumanities to his fellow man and to the environment have caused many humanitarian and ecological problems. In order for the planet as a whole to survive, it has become apparent that we must change.
Dr. Usui appreciated that the growth of everything in the universe and the survival of man both depended on loving actions, respect for one another and all living things. He understood that the best way to achieve love and respect for all was to have us focus on our loved ones and those close to us and in time this would resonate out into the wider universe. Taking positive action and responding sensitively with love, warmth and compassion towards our parents, our teachers and our elders and subsequently everyone you encounter from now on, will assist in making the world a place of reduced suffering and increases peace and harmony for all.