The year 2022 marks 100 years since the inception of Reiki, the Japanese energy-healing technique that is loved worldwide. Gwyneth Paltrow even attributed it to helping her heal post-divorce.
In a nutshell, Reiki uses spiritual power points in the body to transfer energy to a recipient and help them heal from the inside out. Alongside the practical technique of energy healing, founder Mikao Usui created 5 simple principles which he felt were the secret to a healthy and happy life. They are considered the fundamental truths of the practice and when used correctly can have a profound effect on people’s daily lives. Usui even referred to them as “medicine for the soul.” Umm.. Yes please?
If you’re just dipping a toe into the world of Reiki, think of the principles like affirmations or intentions. They’re there to encourage immediacy and remind us to be present in the here and now. If that sounds intimidating, don’t freak out. There’s no right or wrong way to incorporate them. During yoga, a meditation session, pouring a glass of wine… Whatever works. You know those days where you’re just not showing up in the way you want to? The 5 principles can help. Keep reading for what they are and how to use them to flip the vibes of your day all the way around.
- Just for today, I will not worry
The key to keeping your emotions stable is to practise non-attachment to the outcome of a situation. Easier said than done, right? This principle is surprisingly good at giving you a moment to chill out and assess whether what’s in front of you is actually worth stressing over, and reminding you that you can’t control the outcome anyway.
- Just for today, I will not anger
Showing anger isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s actually your nervous system and self-esteem kicking in to protect you when a boundary has been crossed. It’s your intuition waving a banner that says “you deserve more”. What matters is what we do with that anger. When visceral, wild anger (you know the one) rears its furious head, stop. Breathe. Think of this principle, and ask yourself where that red hot rage is coming from. Knowing the root cause of something brings more understanding, and that’s never a bad thing.
- Just for today, be kind
This applies to others, and to yourself. It’s a great one for when you catch yourself saying something unnecessarily savage about someone, or to yourself. If you find yourself comparing your life to someone online, or are lashing out at someone that doesn’t deserve it, this is a great little reminder that you can and should be nice. Cut a little slack, give the benefit of the doubt and try and imagine the best case scenario. Just for today.
- Just for today, be honest
Living authentically can be HARD when we live in a world that allows us to constantly compare ourselves to others any time of day or night. We are inherently pack animals, and want to fit in. This is a brilliant reminder to let the true you shine BRIGHT. When you feel self-abandonment creeping in, like agreeing to something you don’t want to do, saying yes when you really mean no, not voicing your true opinion… Activate this badgal and watch how it realigns your thinking.
5. Just for today, show gratitude for everything
You know those days where everything feels off? Your house is a mess, you’re late for work, your partner is being annoying AF. This is a great time to pull the gratitude lever. Yes, everything feels annoying, or you might be moving at a million miles an hour and not concentrating on the small stuff. This is a reminder to take a few and identify the gorgeous side of life. It’s pretty massive when you pay attention.
Say them, chant them, scream them, write them, use one, use some, use all. The beauty of these principles are that they’re there to help you in whichever way you want. Just this, just now, just today.
Article Written by Ianthe Jacob
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