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(written May 2, 2017)
Until yesterday, I didn't feel much of a connection with the Reiki precepts.
That's kind of a big deal because I'm a Reiki practitioner!! And I love Reiki!!
A lot of Reiki teachers and practitioners emphasize the importance of verbally affirming the Reiki precepts daily (in English or in Japanese), and I often felt like an odd duck for not having a deep connection with the precepts. 😬 🦆 I just felt a much stronger connection with actually working with Reiki energy.
Here's one common way of phrasing the precepts in English: "Just for today: do not get angry, do not worry, be grateful, work hard, be kind to others."
While I appreciated the general ideas presented by the precepts, some of the phrasing felt limiting to me. For example: Shouldn't I acknowledge anger as it arises, rather than not feeling it? What if anger acts as an indicator that I must be an ACTIVE PARTICIPANT in the world? (I'm not saying that a person should necessarily have angry actions, but that anger can be an indicator of a deep drive to help the world become a better place.) And besides, shouldn't I be affirmed what I want to work toward, rather than saying, "Don't do this"?
After hearing Frans Stiene from International House of Reiki speak at the 5th annual Celebration of Reiki Conference yesterday, I have much greater appreciation for, connection with, and understanding of the Reiki precepts.
I now truly and deeply feel that the Reiki precepts encourage self-awareness, compassion, and staying in the present moment.
I now see the Reiki precepts as encouraging and empowering. They provide a basis from which a person can make healthy and informed decisions in life. They are loving and ask you to be your best self.
As Frans said, I now believe the precepts encourage us by what the words imply:
✨ Step into the fullness of your being! Shine the light that inherently resides within you! ✨
🦉 💚 Bonus: Frans suggested chanting the precepts in Japanese, rather than just saying the words. Wow, it makes a difference to chant them in Japanese!
GYO O HAGAME
HITO NI SHINSETSU NI.
Had you ever heard of the Reiki precepts? If you're a Reiki practitioner, did you always feel connected with the precepts?
If you are not a Reiki practitioner, what is your initial impression of the precepts?
Other questions and thoughts? Comment below :)