The 5 Principles Of Reiki

Let's approach the Universe with care and serenity

Reiki (or Usui Shiki Ryoho) is a method of personality development as well as being a therapeutic practice.
The word "Reiki" comes from the Japanese meaning " Universal Life Energy ". The "rei" refers to vital spiritual energy and universal spiritual energy and the "ki" is life-force energy, the energy that is in every living being. 
Reiki balances all aspects of the Human Being: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
The universe is created by this Life Force Energy, which has different names according to various traditions:
- In Chinese, this is the Chi as in Tai Chi or the energy present in acupuncture
- For Hindus, it is the Shakti, the Kundalini energy, the Prana.
- For other esoteric schools, it is the Cosmic Force
- Others may call it universal consciousness, the breath of life ...
Reiki is not a belief system, nor a religion and can be practiced by everyone, since it is part of a strain of spirituality such as meditation and the Buddhist tantra. Reiki is both a meditation and visualisation, a sensing of energy through the laying of hands on or above the body, as well as an inner transformation, conducted by a Reiki practitioner or a Reiki Master.

Origins
It was Mikao Usui who formulated the basics of Reiki in Japan in the early twentieth century. Some believe he was a Christian theologian teaching at a university and that his students asked him what exactly the healing technique was that Jesus Christ used, to perform the miracles related in the Gospels. He spent many years studying the healing miracles of the great spiritual masters in the history of mankind. He also learned of an ancient Buddhist Sanskrit manuscript and after spending many years of study in various monasteries, he founded the Usui Reiki System of Natural Healing and devoted the rest of his life to teaching.
Chujiro Hayashi, was born in Tokyo in 1880, joined Mikao Usui’s clinic in 1925 and continued after the Master’s death. He then went on to form his own Clinic and Spiritual Energy School. In 1937, Reiki was introduced to the West, firstly in Hawaii by Hawayo Takata, who had treatment in the Hayashi clinic (which had opened in Tokyo) in order to get treatment for respiratory and abdominal problems. Delighted with the results, she studied the technique under Hayashi, then opened her own clinic. She created 22 Reiki Masters. The technique then began to spread into many Western countries. Nowadays, there are several schools of thought in Reiki. Some claim to be under the purest esoteric tradition, others advocate a more open way of thinking and even reveal the secret symbols in mainstream books.
Principles Mikao Usui has developed five principles. These rules aim to guide life followers of Reiki. 

The 5 principles of Reiki in detail
Do not get angry
When we experience anger, we often refuse to accept that its origin is within us, preferring an external "culprit" to blame it on. Thus, we maintain the role of the "poor victim" with all the advantages that this entails. Anger maintained, fed and "ruminated upon" is at the origin of many diseases. So, what is the trigger for this anger inside you? It only has a meaning if it brings us to discover this wounded part in us, to then heal and release it.. 
Do not worry
Worry and fretting are related to fear. Let us not let fear rule our lives. Fear is sterile, it blocks and prevents us from moving forwards. Worrying is useless and changes nothing. It only feeds the negativity of a situation. Realizing this is already part of the path to liberation.
Express your gratitude to others
To welcome in the blessings of life, without judgment, just by opening the heart, that is gratitude. Let us be thankful for each being, each situation, each thing for what it brings us as experiences. There is always something to learn from everyone. It's up to us to choose the best elements and make these a concrete factor in our lives.
Work and live honestly
Living with honesty means being aware that each of our actions affects others. If we create harmony within ourselves, we are helping to create harmony in the world. So in a way, honesty is contagious. We do not encourage, neither by laws, religions or political parties, but by example.
Be good to all living things
All forms of life are interconnected in the universe. Respecting and honoring all living things, comes first of all from respecting oneself, to recognize this unity. It is impossible to win if someone has to lose for it. This win/lose concept that reigns in our society reveals a profound imbalance. Kindness towards others is therefore the best way to attract the graces of life to us.

Practice
The technique developed by Usui is said to have come from a mystical enlightenment experience of Zen Buddhism. The method of healing by the laying on of hands is indeed found in the tantra tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as in the Vedas of Hinduism, but it was not used for therapeutic purposes. Usui and his successor Hayashi therefore opened the door to this type of application.
In practice, Reiki is thus a meditation exercised by a Reiki Master practitioner on a consultant.
A session lasts between 50 and 90 minutes.
This meditation acts through symbolism, that is to say through the Reiki symbols in visualization transmitted during initiations and through the moudra of meditation, the laying of hands on the body.
Before the session, the consultant is asked to remove any personal metallic effects such as jewelry (watch, necklace, bracelet, etc.).
During the session, the consultant is lying on his back and then on his stomach on a massage table. He “enters”, under these conditions, in resonance with the Reiki Practitioner, himself in harmony with this meditation of mental calm and inner peace.
The practitioner uses several positions of the hands, applying light pressure on the different parts of the body:
- First on the head for a few minutes
- Then, on the chest
- And finally, on the back

During the session, the consultant explores his inner being and then witnesses his own faculties of self-healing from his suffering.
During the session, the patient generally reaches a state of great relaxation and, after the treatment, he may have felt carried away in a deep sleep or, on the contrary, have experienced unusual sensations such as colored visual impressions. or the evocation of past lives.

Learning the practice of Reiki
It is possible to become initiated into Reiki through attending seminars and/or by consulting specialized books.
Depending on your capabilities and what you are looking for, there are several levels:
- The 1st degree named Sho Den
Aimed at all those who want to take responsibility in their life, to find their personal evolution and the development of their Consciousness, to give themselves the joys of balance and health.
The initiation of the first degree of Reiki already makes it possible to give Reiki to someone else. But it is above all on yourself that it should be practiced. It corresponds to the body, to the physical form. Accessing this level amplifies the energy that passes through the body to allow it to release areas of tension. This thus facilitates the healing phenomena.
This first part of training includes the presentation of Reiki and its history. From the point of view of the acquisition of techniques to apply on oneself and on others, you will be introduced to the practices of breathing and energy balancing.
This first degree is generally preceded by an initiation phase in four rituals. The ritual allows to open the coronal center, to channel Reiki energy in the hands, to strengthen the nervous and energetic system of the organism, and to permanently install the capacity to capture Reiki energy.
- The second degree named Okui Den
Intended for those who want to have a deeper contact with this Energy following the first level and thus access all the knowledge and specific gifts of Reiki practice.
This second degree of Reiki corresponds to the mental plane. The Reiki initiate can use Reiki at a higher vibrational level. It works on a physical, mental and emotional level.
This is when the symbols of Reiki are transmitted. Reiki training also exposes the technique of distance therapy and various exercises on energy perceptions.
- The Master Degree, named Shinpei Den
This third degree is reserved for those who, after several years of practice and integration of the reiki principles, want to devote themselves to this practice and to teach it while being aware of the responsibilities that this implies in the Gift of Self.
The teaching includes the symbol of the Reiki master, the deepening of all techniques specific to Reiki and others that complement Reiki treatment, such as "energy surgery" and a more important approach to meditation.

Reiki Symbols
Reiki teaches the visualization of symbols from the 2nd degree. These symbols are intended to promote the consultant's concentration.
Chokurei
Chokurei means: "Spirit, be here!"
It is made up of :
• Choku which means "immediately"
• Rei which means "soul"
Chokurei is a way of visualizing and concentrating energy. You can visualize this symbol by laying your hands on it.
Seiheiki
Seiheki, coresponds to an inclination
It is made up of:
• Sei meaning “sex”
• Heki meaning "defect"
Seiheiki is said to bring mental calm by soothing the emotions, thus connecting the physical body to the mind.
Hrih
Hrih corresponds to humility
Hon cha ze chonen
• Hon meaning “Base”
• Sha corresponding to "a person"
• Ze meaning “just”
• Sho meaning “Regular”
• Nen meaning “Thought”
The phrase "Hon sha ze sho nen" serves to transcend time and space. Thought can thus be directed and materialized to bring healing in the past, present and future.
Daikomyo
• dai = large
• koo = radius
• mei = clear
The great shining light or the great ray of light is the symbol of the master. This is why it is normally taught at the third level.
The symbolism leads to discover or perceive rays of infinite light.
The light leads to perceive the origin of everything and here too, the light is a support and not the finality.

The benefits of Reiki
The benefits of reiki are multiple; they are physical, mental and general.
From a physical standpoint, Reiki relaxes muscles, relieves physical pain, speeds up the healing process, reduces anxiety, promotes the elimination of toxins.
From a psychic point of view, like meditation, it increases the feeling of well-being, joy, gratitude and peace. It relieves moral pain, releases pent-up emotions.

In general, it thus allows faster access to healing and promotes relaxation.
Reiki allows us to accept the reality of each being and thus allows us to be positive, creative, open and serene about who we are and what surrounds us.
To practice reiki is to discover yourself.