Reiki is founded upon two precepts:
i) In order for true and effective healing to occur, a change in conscious and spiritual awareness is required; healing begins with the spirit and within the self.
ii) There must be an appropriate and equitable exchange of energy of some form between participants, the healing practitioner and client which honors the healing that is being given.
Reiki precepts and principles provide the foundation for all Reiki teaching. The traditional principles are offered as affirmations that are repeated either silently in the mind or vocalized prior to or at the beginning of a Reiki session. These affirmations assist in creating a focus and intention in our meditations and for our healing work.
Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings
Just for today, I will not worry.
Just for today, I will not be angry.
Just for today, I will live honestly.
Just for today, I will respect the oneness of all life
Just for today, I will be kind to everyone I meet.
As an alternative to the traditional principles, I use the following “I Am” affirmations:
Just for Today I Am Grateful for All the Blessings in My Life
Just for Today I Am Free of Anger, Doubt, and Worry
Just for Today I Will Be Kind and Respectful to All Sentient Life
Just for Today I Will Do My Work Honestly and With Integrity
Affirmations should always be created and spoken in a positive sense as they assist in creating positive thinking and outcomes. The use of the “I Am” declarations brings a focus into the “self” where all healing originates. Also note that the word “not”, a word that carries a negative connotation, is removed from the affirmations as it is counter-intuitive to an affirmation and creates an undesirable “not” energy.
The emphasis on “just for today” allows us to focus our awareness in the present moment, the “now” of our “being”. The affirmations enable us to release any toxic energies that may have accumulated in our bodies through anger, worry, and doubt. Holding on to these self-limiting e-motions is detrimental to our well-being; they create stress and dis-ease in the body, mind and spirit, a serious impediment to acquiring a healthy “holistically” balanced life.
Following and expressing these principles on a daily basis enhances our ability to achieve inner balance, creates peace and harmony in our bodies, benefiting us with a good temperament and outlook, self-assurance, self-respect, love for the self and others, and ultimately leads us to the realization of better overall health and well-being.
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