The original Reiki principles were originally taken from a wise Japanese Emperor who lived hundreds of years ago and were incorporated by the founder of Reiki, Mikao Usui because they form a solid foundation to base one’s life, attitudes and actions upon. They were called,
“The secret art of happiness. The miraculous medicine of all diseases.”
The original Reiki “admonitions” are
“Just for today
Do not anger.
Do not worry.
Be filled with gratitude.
Devote yourself to your work.
Be kind to people.
Every morning and evening pray these words to your heart and chant these words with your mouth.”
While their essential truth is eternal, I felt it would be a good evolutionary step to modernize them as we speak in the English language. I have learned not only from modern psychology but also through the teachers of manifestation that when you say to yourself “don’t get angry or don’t worry” the mind starts to focus and look for anger and worry and actually causes you to bring these emotions up. It also creates a vortex of fear around thinking or doing those so called negative thoughts and behaviors. Thus based on our current understanding of how language, the mind and manifestation work, I have taken the liberty to rephrase them, streamline them and express them as simple positive affirmations combined with a body movement or mudra, in order to help integrate them into our body/mind consciousness, thereby avoiding the negative focus effect. So this was my thinking in creating our Sanctuary motto.
So what is the positive of don’t get angry? It is be kind. And what is the positive of don’t worry? Take things lightly like a child. Of course being grateful needs no change so that stayed the same. And being devoted to your work is also positive but I felt it could be more universal by saying be devoted or committed to your life’s purpose or mission. And there we have it. Four simple thoughts to live by. No negative focus and no fear involved, just positive affirmations of how you want to live. And then to help them sink in and feel good doing it, I felt they needed movement of the body. And so I created a movement that expressed gratitude for all that we receive, and another one to express kindness towards yourself and others, another to express commitment to your path, and the last to express lightness and feeling free. And there it is, a positive real, and fun way of affirming your principles and affirmations daily. Try it if you haven’t already. You’ll enjoy it.
- Hands together over your head, the posture of gratitude
- Hands open and outstretched in front of you,a posture of openness and kindness
- Hands making fists to the sides, feeling your strength
- Hands waving to the side, being light, silly, childlike, and free