Monday, 2 December 2019
Dr Usui, founder Reiki, offered us some principles to assist living a happy, healthy life. I find them especially useful at Christmas!
Just for today do not worry There can be lots of worries at Christmas: who to spend the Christmas holiday with, what presents to buy, what food to eat, if the weather will be OK for travelling. All this at a time of year when what I feel most like doing is hibernating! So how do I not worry about all these things? I have found the solution is in my Reiki practice. Treating myself or receiving treatment reduces the stressful feelings and in a more relaxed state of mind I am able to find creative solutions to the apparent problems more easily. With a calm mind I can think of the perfect gift for my loved ones. Self-treatment also helps me to tune into the needs of my body, helping to make food decisions.
Just for today do not anger – While it is often lovely to spend time with people at Christmas it can also be frustrating and irritating. It can also be a time when we confront our history. Each family has its own culture, with unspoken assumptions and rituals. These Christmas rituals can be comforting but they can also be difficult when they do not fit with the person I have become. My Reiki practice has helped me to become more conscious and aware of my responses and rather than behave according to unconscious programming I have a choice about how I respond. So when someone makes a comment that angers me, I take a deep breath, give myself Reiki and look for the underlying causes of my pain. More peaceful relationships are often the result!
Honour your parents, teachers and elders Putting the needs of others first to show respect to elders is imbued in Japanese culture. Takata saw that this was not a cultural understanding when she started teaching Westerners, so added this principle. As I come together with older people in my family this principle reminds me to show them respect – and also to be deserving of the respect of those who are younger by respecting them too!
Earn your living honestly has been useful around the question of money. Buying Christmas gifts, I have often gone into of debt because I wanted to buy more than my financial situation could really support. I have realised that this was a kind of dishonesty – pretending to myself that I had more income than I had because I didn’t want to look bad in front of others. However, some of the most appreciated gifts I have given were not the most expensive, but the ones that were the result of recognising the need of another and finding something that would address that.
Show gratitude to every living thing is a particularly relevant principle at a time of growing consciousness about the effect we are having on our planet. I spend a moment before eating the Christmas feast being grateful for the living things that provided the meal. I am also grateful for the living things that surround me: the people who are important in my life.
Thank you for being connected with me through Reiki. I wish you a happy, healthy and peaceful time at Christmas and for the year to come.