When reading the Original Reiki Ideals I notice the wording is contrary to the law of attraction. The word “not” doesn’t take away from the focus of anger and worry. You know when You tell someone not to look and they instantly turn their head toward You. I understand and feel the deeper meaning and energy of the Reiki principles. In this article I will share the deeper meaning of the Reiki ideals and my alternate positive wording version.
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Just for today, do not be angry
Do not worry and be filled with gratitude
Devote yourself to your work and be kind to people
Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer,
Pray these words to your heart,
And chant these words with your mouth.
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I teach that the words “Just for today” invite us to be present and live in the moment. Living in the now is an underlying principle applicable to the entire Reiki ideals.
The words “do not be angry” are not to be taken literally. To never anger would be unhealthy and cause us to stifle our emotions, which would result in disease. Instead look for the underlying beliefs and thoughts that lead to anger. If You live present in the moment and accept that things are in perfect order anger is easier to release and harder to come by. A deeper meaning of this principle reminds us that emotions are just guidance. They let You know if You are believing thoughts that don’t serve You.
I think the words “do not worry” encourage You to live in the present. If You are worrying, You are focusing your thoughts on something in the future that You don’t want to happen.
The Reiki ideal “Be filled with gratitude“ acknowledges that appreciation is a high vibrational state of mind. When we are noticing things to be thankful for we uplift ourselves which allows us to feel better. When we are in a state of gratitude the things we love and want in our lives come easily to us.
I like to interpret the deeper meaning of the words “devote yourself to your work” as devoting yourself to your inner work and your spiritual growth. I see it as being mindful in your work and the tasks related to living. Your work is following your highest path and living in integrity with your Highest Truth. Your job is to tend to your alignment between your self and your Higher Self.
The Reiki principle of “be kind to people” brings to mind what about the animals and the other living things on this Earth. I interpret this Reiki ideal to include all living things, including yourself.
I have altered the original Reiki ideals removing the negative wording. The alternate version brings attention more to what we want as opposed to what we don’t want. Those of You familiar with the Abraham teachings on Law of Attraction might recognize some of the wording.
Just for today, I choose appreciation
Just for today, I choose to accept my emotional guidance
Just for today, I trust All Is Well
I devote myself to my inner work while living in integrity
I show love and respect for all Life.
Christy DeArment Martin … September 25, 2010