Reiki Principles

Reiki PrinciplesWith the rise and understanding of holistic medicine, Eastern philosophy, Yoga and natural healing remedies more and more people are seeking our healing methods beyond going to the doctor and getting a prescription for your physical or emotional ailments. While healing may often relate directly to something physical, either internal or external people are starting to understand that healing can also go beyond what the eye can see and exist within energy fields in and around your body. Guided meditation, understanding of Chakras and energy bodies are becoming more popular topics of research and conversation. Within the field of understanding energy healing, the practice of Reiki has become more prevalent for people looking to balance their energy bodies and heal through alternative methods.

Reiki was created as a spiritual practice and developed by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui in the early 1920’s. There are two main branches of Reiki, commonly referred to as Traditional Japanese Reiki and Western Reiki. If you’ve seen people moving their hands across, or around a body with their palms faced down, hovering a few inches above the body- that was likely a Reiki practice. The idea behind Reiki is that you are healing and transforming the energy in and around the person, transmuting dark to light, negative to positive and healing ailments that may be attached to a person that is physically suffering. The transferring of energy starts with the healer, to give their light and healthy energy to the person that needs healing. Giving the energy happens through their palms and generates heat around the subject. The idea is to create a state of balance and self-healing.


The Traditional Reiki healing vs. the Western Reiki vary but most commonly the difference is the Westernised forms use systematised hand-placements rather instead of being guided by their own intuitive sense of hand-positions. The Japanese Reiki branch uses their sense to “feel,” where the person may need healing and they guide their hands to that specific area. They operate based on a “pull,” or the feeling of heat around specific areas of a persons body that needs to be healed.

Dr. Usui created affirmations and mantras for Reiki practitioners to access before healing a patient, or subject to keep the energy positive and enhance their ability to heal. The affirmations were intended to be a meditation that helped guide the healing and be used as a mantra while the healing took place. Dr. Usui says,

“For today only, do not anger, do not worry.
Do your work (meditation) with appreciation.
Be kind to all people.

In the morning and at night, with hands held in prayer,
think this in your mind, chant this with your mouth.

The Usui Reiki method to change your mind and body for the better.

Mikao Usui “

Another common affirmation for Western Reiki practitioners, used by Hawayo Takata, also referred to as the “Grandmother of Western Reiki,” is:

Just for today, I will not anger.
Just for today, I will let go of worry.
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.
Just for today, I will honor my teachers.

The Reason for the Main Principles

  1. To not be angry: When healing or giving energy to a patient, the practitioner has to set aside any anger or unresolved feelings in their own heart as to not transfer negative energy during the healing. If you have blocks in your own energy, it’s nearly impossible to clear blocks from another person’s energy.
  2.  To not worry: Fretting over the future only adds negative energy. Worry is an all-consuming thought and can pervade throughout an entire body. Once you are able to let go of worry and your patient can do the same, you create space for new positive energy to take place in the body and in your life.
  3. To be grateful: If there is one energy that is powerful enough to transform darkness into light, that’s gratitude. It’s nearly impossible to find disharmony, anger, or fear if you hold gratitude in your heart and look through the lens of thankfulness. When you begin to see the world this way and operate from that place, you are able to see only goodness, only healing, only truth. Radiate gratitude through your smile, be gentle and be kind.
  4.  To do work honestly: When you live a life of honor, that means you are doing right to others and also to yourself. By being honest, humble and hardworking you are creating a peaceful environment for yourself and harmony for the world around you. When you live with honor you bring abundance into the soul, honor to your family and respect to your life and body.
  5.  To be kind to every living thing: This one is pretty self explanatory. “Kindness brings love into will.” If you are living a life of pure kindness, you carry light in your own spirit and are more capable of giving and receiving light.

When you start any affirmation with “Just for today,” you are able to start with a simple intention to focus on in the present. By focusing on a “daily,” intention you start changing your brain and the way you see, behave and engage in the world, therefore changing your experience long term.

Alternative methods of healing first start in the mind and in the heart. As Carolyn Myss says, “Biography equals biology.” If you are holding hate, or resentment in your heart, if you are driven by fear and worry you start to manifest all of those negative emotions physical. This manifestation can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stress-related disorders, anxiety, depression and beyond. The simple practice of these Reiki principles helps to soften the internal dis-ease that we may carry with us and can prevent years of unhappiness or illness.

‎”The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly”. Buddha

“A spiritual practice is not just about being relaxed or feeling less pain
in a damaged knee or how to do a hands-on healing on someone. A spiritual practice is about discovering who I am and how I relate to the universe and how the universe relates to me. It is about finding my true nature; my great bright light.” Anonymous

Whether you are a practitioner of Reiki, or simply seeking to understand the meaning and principles of Reiki, the main principles can be applied in your daily life, mentally with or without practicing the Reiki itself. By transforming your mind, you transform your energy field. If you’re seeking healing in your physical, emotional, or spiritual body try carrying one of the Reiki principles with you first for a day, or an hour, moment to moment and see how you feel and how your transform. From there, you can begin to integrate all of the principles into your daily dealings, with that filter in your mind you have now entered into an entirely new way of seeing the world. All of your experiences transform, thus transforming your health and your body.