Reiki Principles 

The Reiki principles are the focus part of any Reiki training, as they represent a spiritual guidance for any Reiki Practitioner (and also for those who do not practice Reiki). The Reiki Principles hold the key for self healing, as applying them in our lives will affect any person’s health and wellbeing. They have the power to positively influence our body, mind and spirit.

Although the wording of the Reiki Principles may vary, the essence never changes. The Principles suggest ways to release attitudes that have the potential to create illness and disease.

Just for today, I let go of anger

Just for today, I let go of worry

Just for today, I give thanks for my many blessings

Just for today I do my work honestly 

Just for today I am kind to my neighbour and every living thing

There are different versions of the Reiki Principles, or Reiki Ideals as they are also known, however none of these versions is better than any other.

When we become a channel for Reiki after your first attunement, every thought, feeling, every choice, every action and thus every moment of our life will be affected by the flow of Reiki . When Usui originally began to formulate and then teach Reiki , he realised that what he was working with was much more than just another Reiki Healing Technique. Thus, he asked his students to live by the Reiki Principles as he considered that working closely with the Principles was and is a valuable part of Reiki practice. Today they still provide a valid means of guidance for all of us on our Reiki journey as we look to integrate Reiki into every moment of our lives.

The Reiki Principles can help and support our process of personal and spiritual development. Meditating upon them is calming and strengthening, in particular if integrated during our self healing sessions.

Here are some thoughts about the Five Principles of Reiki.

Just for Today

This phrase prefixes all of the principles as they are mentioned above, and it is indeed a very important part of each of them. The phrase ‘just for today’ is a promise that relates to today and not forever. This means that if you happen to “break the promise” today, then you can try again tomorrow. It makes this promise more manageable. Also, the phrase “just for today” tells us that we should be living in the “now”, in the present moment and be conscious of what is going on around us. This allows us to bring the energy in the ‘here and now’, the space and time where miracles happen, where we create our reality and indeed, our future. When we do live in present time, or in the “now” then we are more mindful, we are more conscious of what is going on around us and we are effectively more alive and better connected to everything that is.

Eckhart Tolle, author of “The Power of Now”, wrote “Wherever you are, be there totally”. whether is walking down the road, doing the washing up or cleaning your car. Bringing the energy in the ‘here an now’ and becoming more conscious, is the secret to be the master creator of your reality.

There are many ways to be in the “now”, which are also taught as part of ‘mindfulness’: focusing on our breathing, doing gardening, baking bread, listening attentively to someone who’s talking to us. When we are fully present in whatever we do, we say that we are ‘grounded’ ( what is grounding meditation?).


Just for today, I let go of anger

Anger is a conscious response to a trigger signal that involves different other choices that we can make. Often it can be a habitual reaction to a set of certain circumstances arising in our external environment or even as a reaction to pattern within our own behaviour that we do not like.

Anger is frequently linked to responses from the past. We experience anger because our expectations are not being met in some way or often if we are not meeting our own expectations.

We can deal with anger in different ways, and the letting go of anger does not mean suppressing or repressing it. The storing of anger can have a very detrimental effect on health and can also drain a person of energy. It is important to express the emotion but in a responsible manner. If you perceive someone else’s action to be the source of your anger, then there are several ways you can deal with this. You can be passive about it, make no comment about it and just allow it to happen; this is effectively storing the anger internally. You can express the anger as you feel it at the other person. This will probably be seen as aggressive behaviour by the other person (and possibly yourself at a later date) and physiologically doesn’t do either of your any good. The effective way is the middle way; by being assertive. Taking a deep breath and telling the other person how you feel in a constructive fashion will ultimately have a positive impact for both of you. Your own self-esteem is boosted by standing up for yourself and expressing how you feel, your health will receive a boost in the process, and assuming you are expressing yourself appropriately then you are not damaging the other person.

Keeping a diary or journal is also a good way of releasing emotions. Often it is the best way of truly expressing how we feel. The very act of writing something down is effectively a release of energy and thus a positive action.


Just for today, I let go of worry

Like ange, worry is also a conscious choice and again, we can choose to let it go. Worry is simply a fear of the future, the unknown and the fear that we may be unable to cope in the future with whatever may happen. This often focuses around a “what if” type scenario – a future event that hasn’t happened and may never actually do so.  The American author Mark Twain once famously said “I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”

By worrying, we are actually indulging in bad energy management. We are actually projecting our fears (also energy) into the future and we may actually end up creating what it is that we don’t want. We are creative beings and it is important for us to focus on the positive and what we want, rather than the negative and what we don’t want to attract. By letting go of worrying, we start to live in the “now”, and in doing so we begin to manage our own energy that bit better.


Just for today, I give thanks for my many blessings

By developing an attitude of gratitude and actually be grateful for our many blessings, we start to attract more positive experiences into our lives. Most people take a lot of things in their lives for granted, or regret what it is that they haven’t got. Neither is energetically beneficial. Gratitude is also widely regarded of a way to raise your energetic vibration or energy levels.

By focusing on the reality of what we have got and being grateful for it (however little it may be) then we raise our consciousness and start to attract abundance of every kind into our lives. This is something we can easily do at the end of every day; before we got to sleep at night we can quickly review our day, simply being grateful for everything that came into our lives. When we decide to view this from a spiritual “high point” then we can actually give thanks for everything (whether it is good or bad) that comes into our lives. There is a reason and often a lesson in every experience.


Just for today I do my work honestly 

“Work” in this context means much more than your job. Firstly, it also means your purpose (the reason you are on the planet), and in that context it means the whole of our path and all we do, think and feel. Therefore, the most important person to be honest with is you. By being honest with yourself, and thereafter others, you raise your level of consciousness and awareness.

Honesty with oneself also sometimes involves making difficult decisions. Staying in our comfort zones is generally the safe option, and it is only when we venture out of our comfort zones that the real growth begins. Sometimes, the decision to step out of the safe and comfortable takes a lot with honesty with oneself.

Essentially, being honest is the basis for Mastery; whether that is Reiki Mastery or life mastery is irrelevant. It means listening to oneself; the inner voice or the spirit (or whatever we choose to call it) and then to be true to it, even if we may not be overly delighted about the possible consequences. Ultimately, it’s about moving away from the personal and moving into the bigger picture, whether we choose to call that the Universal Plan, Destiny, God’s will or whatever your personal preference is. A relevant spiritual teaching is “Thy will, not my will” and sometimes that takes true honesty to oneself.


Just for today I am kind to my neighbour and every living thing

Being kind to everyone we meet and every living thing, under any circumstances that we may encounter, might seem like a huge commitment. It is not, however, about liking every single person that we meet. It is about respecting everyone we meet and respecting their life path. We may not like someone or we may not like what they are doing but we can honour and respect the fact that their path is different from ours and in no way better or worse; it’s just different. Everyone that we meet is in some way one of our teachers and are offering us some form of lesson, whether we choose or are able to see it or not. It is very important to remember to be kind to ourselves first and foremost, and thereafter to extend this kindness outwards towards every living person and thing.

This principle is based on the Sacred Truth or premise what “all is one” and/or that “We Are All One”, so that whatever we do to others, we are effectively doing to ourselves (or the one).



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