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The Ten Rules of Reiki: in one paragraph…

Some of you may have been following my “Ten rules of Reiki” posts in recent weeks, but for those who haven’t, if I was going to try and sum up the ten rules of Reiki in just a few sentences, I would say this: to get the most out of your Reiki, I recommend that you make a commitment to yourself to work on yourself daily in some way as your top priority, but not beating yourself up if you miss the occasional day. Use energy exercises, self-treat, focus on the precepts regularly and drip-feed mindfulness into your daily… Continue reading

The Ten Rules of Reiki: Rule #10

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Ignore silly rules and restrictions

Another problem with thinking too much is that we can start to overcomplicate something that is a very simple and a very safe way of helping ourselves and helping other people to change things for the better. And if we think too much, and particularly if we start to worry too much – and I have to say that there is something in the Reiki precepts about worry – we end up with people speculating about potential dangers, imaginary dangers, problems that have no basis in anyone’s experience, and we start to limit our practice… Continue reading

The Ten Rules of Reiki: Rule #9

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Trust your intuition

Along with doubts about whether people are fooling themselves when they notice the flow of energy, come doubts about a person’s intuitive ability.

Am I really feeling drawn to that part of the body or am I fooling myself? I heard a word or phrase in my head, or I saw an image, is this all in my head? Am I making it up?

Did my hand really feel like it was being pulled like a magnet to the person’s knee, or is this only because I know that they had an injury there?

You need to… Continue reading

The Ten Rules of Reiki: Rule #8

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Don’t try to puzzle out why

We’ve seen that the best state of mind to have when treating someone is to be empty and neutral, merged with the energy and merged with the recipient. We are in a mindful state, just being, not forcing things, letting it happen. If our mind wanders then we just gently bring our attention back to what we were doing, and bliss out on the energy.

And it would be nice if we could bring that lovely, centred, unconcerned state into other areas of our life, too, particularly when it comes to seeking answers or… Continue reading

The Ten Rules of Reiki: Rule #7

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You don’t need to be perfect

Along with the need to be relaxed and laid-back and light-hearted about your Reiki practice, certainly not trying too hard, you should also make sure you’re not beating yourself up for not being perfect.

Now, there is a precept that deals with this: just for today I will be compassionate towards myself and others, and that means forgiveness amongst other things: forgiveness for others and forgiveness for yourself.

Believing that you need to be perfect in everything that you do is an insidious belief and something that should not apply to your practice of… Continue reading

The Ten Rules of Reiki: Rule #6

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Don’t try too hard

While we do need to commit ourselves and work with the energy regularly if we are to gain the greatest benefit through our connection to Reiki, working with mindfulness, focusing on the precepts and doing self treatments and other energy exercises as we can during our week, we also need to make sure that we aren’t trying too hard at all this: it’s supposed to be an enjoyable journey, not a big hard slog!

So we shouldn’t take ourselves or our practice too seriously: Reiki is best enjoyed in a light-hearted fashion, in a gentle and… Continue reading

The Ten Rules of Reiki: Rule #5

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Commitment is the key

I’ve already spoken about the benefits that can come through the regular practise of Reiki, making working with the energy a regular part of your routine, trying to use the energy in some way each day.

The benefits of Reiki build up cumulatively, and sporadic and irregular practice won’t be as effective in bringing you the very best that is possible for you through your Reiki.

Like many things, you’ll get out of your Reiki what you are prepared to put into it, and Reiki deserves a little of your time each day. If you plug… Continue reading

The Ten Rules of Reiki: Rule #4

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Work on yourself daily

To get the most out of your Reiki, you need to have a regular practice of using the energy on yourself.

You’re not going to gain the greatest benefits from this wonderful system that we all have if you just pick up Reiki once in a while, do something with it, and then put it down again for whatever period. So if you are looking for consistent benefits through Reiki then you need to have a consistent practice.

The precepts start by saying “just for today…” and we can extend that by saying, “Just for today… Continue reading

The Ten Rules of Reiki: Rule #3

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Practise mindfulness

Although mindfulness is something that doesn’t tend to turn up very often on most Reiki courses, it was actually a very important part of the system that Mikao was teaching, dovetailing with the precepts and the energy work to create a powerful method for self-healing and personal development.

And as you will have heard earlier, the practice of mindfulness is hidden in the Reiki precepts, hidden inside the phrase “just for today…” which for me is the most important part of the precepts: the phrase from which the other precepts flow.

So what is mindfulness?

Well mindfulness is… Continue reading

The Ten Rules of Reiki: Rule #2

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Base your practice on the Reiki precepts

It’s interesting that whereas in the Judaeo-Christian tradition we are given a list of things that we shouldn’t do: “thou shalt not kill” etc, in Buddhism, followers are given a list of precepts or rules to live by that seem to be framed in more of a positive way.

And in Mikao Usui’s system, he also provided his students with a simple, or apparently simple, set of precepts to follow, which seemed to be a way of distilling the essence of Tendai Buddhist principles into a form that anyone could understand. His five… Continue reading

The Ten Rules of Reiki: Rule #1

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Reiki is all about you!

Although in many circles, Reiki is seen as basically a hands-on healing system, a complementary therapy, something that you do to other people, it hasn’t always been like that and if your Reiki is mainly about working on other people then you really are missing out on a system that has the potential to transform your life in so many ways!

If we go back to the origins of the system and Mikao Usui’s original teachings, treating other people didn’t feature a great deal at all: it was all about working on yourself.

We know… Continue reading