Mikao Usui is the founder of a form of spiritual practice known as Reiki. It is a complementary therapy for physical, emotional, and mental conditions. Usui taught more than 2,000 people, sixteen of whom continued their training up to the Shinpiden level, equivalent to a Master’s degree.
Usui was an ardent follower of the literary work of Emperor Meiji. He was so inspired by Meiji’s work that he defined some ethical principles, which became the five principles of Reiki.
These were based on Buddhist teachings which required an individual to refrain from killing, theft, sexual misconduct, lying, and intolerance. Reiki teachers must respect them.
1. Say “no” to anger:
Anger is the fire that sets everything on fire. It affects our physical and mental well-being. It stems from our inherent desire to control things. As soon as things deviate from our plan, we get angry. It is, therefore, a destructive emotion based on unnecessary exaggeration.
In Japanese and Chinese traditions, anger is the emotion of Spring. This may be due to the chiaroscuro of light and shade that affects human temperament. The first task is to identify the root of the distress. If you find yourself blaming everyone but never find fault in your own behavior, rest assured that it’s all in your head.
If you are calm and composed, no chaos can disturb your mental peace. Try to see others as allies and not as sworn enemies, the positivity is in the thinking process. The next time you get angry, try walking to calm your mind.
2. Cease your worries:
Worry is certainly your worst enemy. It takes time, drains energy, and makes you nervous. It causes restlessness, agitation, mental discomfort, foreshadowing, anxiety, and uncertainty.
Constantly stuck in the labyrinth of “to be” or “not to be”, worry makes you an emotional wreck and ultimately leaves you feeling empty. You constantly need to be reassured, you are in need and you are on the verge of hysteria.
Asthma, rashes, itching, hives, increased blood pressure, blood clotting, increased risk of heart attack and stroke, with headache, back and body aches. Constant worry also leads to stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas, or heartburn. This makes you extremely weak and prone to disease. Try to calm down by meditating to relieve yourself.
3. Invite gratitude into your life:
You should be grateful for the little things you have without worrying about what you don’t have. It will give you a happy life and better physical health. Illnesses develop negative emotions and a lack of energy.
Being humble and grateful will give you balance. Learn to let go and count your blessings.
4. Make honesty your best quality:
You can lie to the whole world, but if you are not being honest with yourself, you will learn nothing. Do what you love and love what you do. If you are clear about your thoughts and relationships, life will be deprived of unnecessary dramas.
Know what you want, life aspires to it. Respect others and do not confuse rudeness and honesty. Be honest in your professional commitments and connect with your inner being.
5. Shine with kindness:
Compassion is at the heart of a happy life. It is the most important virtue in relationships with others and also with yourself. It must be accompanied by depth, vigor, and passion.
Once you are empathetic, you make much more rational choices and understand others better. The golden rule that you should follow in life: do to others what you want them to do to you.