What is the principles of Reiki all about, you may wonder? If you are suffering from anxiety, stress or self-doubt there is an easy and effective way to restore balance and peace to your life with added healing benefits. You can do this by applying the 5 principles of Reiki on a daily basis. We will now explore what Reiki is and how applying the principles of Reiki can help you with your Anxiety and a good deal of other health-related issues.
Reiki – What is the principles of Reiki? Where does it come from? What does it mean?
What is Reiki?
Reiki falls in the alternative medicine category and is basically a “laying on of hands” and working with energies and life-force, or “chi” (Chinese) or “ki” (Japanese). It is known to cure many health ailments with much success and many claims it to be a gift from the God Almighty himself!
Although there is no such thing as a “typical Reiki session”, one can generally expect a relaxed environment, perhaps with some relaxing music playing in the background or silence, if you prefer. The therapist will lightly touch you on a series of locations on the head, abdomen, and back. This will lead to optimal energy flow throughout your body and this promotes healing, relaxation, and wellbeing.
The touch is very light and some practitioners don’t even touch at all but prefer to hold their hands just off the body. Feel free to tell your Reiki therapist exactly what you prefer. This will only help you reach your goal of ultimate relaxation.
A bit of History
Although Mikao Usui is popularly credited as the founder of Reiki, research has proved that there were, in fact, four other styles of Reiki already in practice in Japan at the time of Usui Reiki’s development. With the earliest form developed in 1914 and Usui’s only in 1922. What set this style out above the rest was his discovery of the healing aspect of the art. Usui Reiki also outlasted the other forms during World War II, remaining in practice and becoming more popular and used to this day, where the other forms fell out of practice and their popularity plummeted.
Reiki – Does it mean anything?
The word Reiki, commonly pronounced as “Ray-key”, is made up of a combination of two Japanese words. “Rei”, meaning a higher intelligence or God, and “Ki”, meaning the non-physical energy that creates life.
The 5 Principles of Reiki
There are 5 principles of Reiki that are all centered around the idea of “Just for today”. This provides immense freedom and ease of pressure on yourself to apply these principles effectively, especially when you are just starting out. “Just for today” allows you to try again and start afresh tomorrow if you were unable to apply all of them today. Everything takes practice, and with time, and by applying and living these principles, they will become second nature to you.
- Just for today, I will not anger.
- Just for today, I will not worry.
- Just for today, I will be grateful.
- Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
- Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.
I will not Anger
Instead of submitting to anger, and giving it power over you, why not rather take a look inside at what drives the anger and what triggered it and why?
Many things start to make sense once you know why they are happening and you can use this knowledge to your advantage because it will allow you to understand your anger and you will be able to release any power it may have over you. You will feel calmer and in turn, might even diffuse the whole situation as approaching an aggravated person with a calm demeanor tends to calm them down too.
I will not Worry
For the Anxiety sufferer, this is a difficult, but necessary, principle to apply. Worrying is almost second nature to most anxiety sufferers, however, it is crucial that we do not worry as it just worsens the anxiety and is a complete waste of your time and energy.
Worrying does you no good and no amount of worrying will ever change a situation or experience, whether it happened in the past or it’s lingering in the future, if it needs to happen it will and there are always things to learn from everything you go through. It’s much easier to stop worrying and just enjoying the moment.
Focus on what makes you happy, rather than worrying constantly about things you most probably either have no control over or can no nothing about.
I will be Grateful
We often forget to be grateful. There are many people out there right now who would do anything to be living the life you’re living right now. To have the same privileges or freedom as you.
If you have a roof over your head and food and water for your body, then you are truly one of the luckiest people in the world. Add electricity and you’ve got it made big-time!
Just for today, take the time to appreciate and be grateful for everything that you come across, even the small things.
I will do my work Honestly
This is something I’m sure most of us strive towards – approaching every task with as much honesty as possible. Take the time to be mindful of this. Weigh every action and when it’s time to work, put in your all. Put in an honest day’s work and then go home and relax. Treat and approach every situation with honesty and integrity to the best of your ability. Nobody is perfect and there will be times when you may make mistakes, but at least you will know that you always acted in honesty and nothing was intentional.
I will be kind to every living thing
This is AnxietyPanda’s favorite principle! Being kind to others not only benefits them, it also benefits YOU.
Nothing beats the warm fuzzy feelings you get when you can truly see appreciation when you did something to help someone or even an animal. You will be surprised what a confidence boost and feeling of purpose you get from making somebody else happy.
Everybody and everything deserves to be treated with utmost kindness, regardless of their flaws. Try to remember this as you go about your day.
Reiki can help your Anxiety
Reiki is great for anxiety because it helps you to relax and release negative energies and thoughts from your body and mind. You will find that by applying the 5 principles, you will start to feel more fulfilled in life and you will be able to focus on things other than your anxieties. What will getting angry get you? Nothing. What will worry solve? Nothing. These two states are great triggers for anxiety. So why waste your time on them? Reiki helps you to let go of those feelings and worries.
Applying the last 3 principles will certainly make you a better person and you will feel fantastic for it. Be grateful for what you have, and you will find that you have more. Always be honest or have good intentions and remember that being kind to all living things include being kind to YOURSELF.
Not only does this practice ease your tension and anxiety, it also helps you sleep better, heal infections faster and reduce inflammation. Most importantly, it removes energy blocks which prevent your body from healing.
If you should choose to have a Reiki session with a Reiki practitioner, please be sure that you choose an accredited practitioner. You can find registered Reiki practitioners in your area by visiting iarp.org (International Association of Reiki Practitioners)
Applying the 5 principles of Reiki is a free and easy way to aid you with your anxiety and we hope that we have sufficiently answered your question to What is the principles of Reiki and how it can help your anxiety.
Have you ever had a Reiki session? What are your thoughts and feelings about this practice? Have you applied the principles of Reiki to your daily life? How has it affected you?
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