If you take a Reiki workshop you would often be taught about the Reiki Principles (Gokai). I will use the next three blogs to explain what these principles are and a bit about each one. The principles are as follows:
Just for today:
Do not anger
Do not worry
Do what you are meant to do
Be kind to others
The principles are a guide on how to live more in the present moment with peace and harmony. Although the words themselves seem straightforward, for most people it would be a life's work to achieve this state consistently. We are human beings and as such we experience a range of emotions from sadness & fear to happiness & joy. Although we would all like to experience an absence of negative emotions, we sometimes need to feel these things in order to keep ourselves safe, to reassess and make positive changes in our lives. It is only when these emotions become stuck, when we cannot learn from them and let them go, where they become an issue. The principles are a reminder to live in the present moment, to work on our personal and spiritual development and to take action and make changes in our lives if lower vibrational emotions start to cause us problems.
Just for today:
This is about living our lives in the present moment. How many times in the day do you find yourself thinking of the past or worrying or about the future? Such thoughts are perfectly natural, yet they can lead to a negative state of mind and stop us from experiencing life as it is now. By not being in the present moment we may find ourselves repeating past mistakes, become stuck in unhelpful patterns, find ourselves acting on autopilot or responding to things reactively .Only in the present moment do we have the opportunity to change things for the better. Jon Kabat-Zinn (1994) says that living in the here & now gives us “greater awareness, clarity and acceptance of present moment reality. It wakes us up to the fact that our lives unfold only in moments. If we are not fully present for many of those moments, we may not only miss what is most valuable in our lives but also fail to realise the richness and the depth of our possibilities for growth and transformation.“
J.Kabat-Zinn (1994) Wherever You Go, There You Are. Pitakus, London. P.