Lesson 1 The Reiki Principles

Just for today I will not worry.
Just for today I will not be angry.
Just for today I will do my work honestly.
Just for today I will give thanks for my many blessings.
Just for today I will be kind to my neighbor
and every living thing.

The Reiki principles are a way to release the stories that your mind is telling you that create suffering as you go about your day. Most events in and of themselves are not stressful. It is the beliefs that we have about them that cause our stress.

As you unravel and release those beliefs, you will find more balance and peace in your life. It is not possible to live every moment within these principles; however, you can continue to improve how you manage your thoughts and actions day to day, moment by moment.

By focusing on these tenets, your conscious actions over time will become a natural way of being.You may find reading the principles in the morning right when you wake up and evening before going to sleep helpful.

You could also carry them with you or have them visible in a place you visit often or your healing room. The five principles will have a different resonance and meaning for each person and you may find that the feeling you have when you recite them now will be different than how you feel when you recite them tomorrow, next month and a year from now.

You will need to commit time with them to see how they feel and what they mean for you.With the focus of manifesting now being a popular practice, we tend to choose positive statements rather than negative so the traditional principles may not seem natural to you. If you need to reword the principles you can. In a positive frame they could be:

For all of today I will trust
For all of today, I will love
For all of today I will be true to myself and others
For all of today I will give thanks for my many blessings
For all of today I will be kind to my neighbour and every living thing.

You can also focus on the energy of each principle and what it feels like. Holding the intention is more important than the semantics of the principles.

When focusing on the principles, you may choose to be seated or lying down. You will close your eyes, repeating the ideals several times. You can try saying them out loud or in your mind and see what feels better at the time.

Pay attention to the sensations you experience. You may find it helpful to keep a journal with notes on your experiences that you can revisit so you can see how much things shift over time.