The principles are ideals that are simple to learn but difficult to master. Even for a seasoned Reiki Master, these can be hard to remember at times, but if we spend just 5 minutes each day meditating on them they can become easier to integrate.
Dr. Mikao Usui taught that for anyone to practice Reiki and transfer universal healing energy to themselves and others, they must first, take responsibility for their own healing and wellness. As such, he developed the Five Reiki Principles which he began teaching to his clients and students as strategies to apply to their lives.
They are as follows –
Just for today, I will not worry.
Just for today, I will not anger.
Just for today, I will live the attitude of gratitude.
Just for today, I will live my life honestly.
Just for today, I will love and respect all living things.
When I teach Reiki students I ask them to first to do a little research, read books or articles or even have a treatment. You need to see if this is an energy system you can use or work with. Once you feel like you are ready to go ahead, then we can organize a workshop.
Anyone can learn Reiki, and there’s no special knowledge, skills or experience required. You learn Reiki through a Reiki Master who has trained under a Reiki Master themselves and has been educated in attuning individuals to the Reiki energy. If you are not sure about their abilities, you can ask to see their certificates and Reiki lineage, as all Master will have these. This is just to show that each master does have a link back to the re-discoverer of Reiki, Dr. Usui.
Best place to start is always at the beginning, as such students will start with what we call the First Degree, this is where we focus on the basics of Reiki and hands-on treatments. The second degree involves a quick refresher of the First Degree and then we learn distant healing. The third degree is the Master/Teacher training and is the highest level of learning.
In the relatively recent past, Reiki Master training was by invitation only and came at a magnificent cost. However, if you want to teach Reiki many Masters will train you and the cost is more in line with what you can pay. I, myself only charge $550.00 for the Master training, unlike the $10,000.00 that it once cost.
The First and Second degrees can be taught in a day, a weekend, or over four evening sessions each. Master training is usually a 2 to 3-weekend workshop. But with any training, the knowledge is easy to gain but it is the practice that makes you what you are. Daily self-practice is mandatory and giving treatments to friends and family is strongly encouraged. You need to feel the energy and see how it responds to you and those you are treating.
If after reading this you feel you would like to begin your Reiki journey, feel free tocontact us here or contact a Reiki Master in your area. We are all very happy to answer any questions you may have.