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  • Deborah Fowler

Thoughts on Living the Reiki Precepts

Updated: Jan 19



Just for Today: Be Honest in Your Work

There are a variety of interpretations of the precepts. They’re in Japanese and apparently each kanji (a system of Japanese writing using Chinese characters) can have several meanings.


One interpretation is to be True to Your Way. You may be wondering at this point what I’m talking about when I say that Reiki is a path to finding your true self…and now I mention being True to Your Way.


We are born with one an intensity of spirit energy. Consider it a great, bright light. Mikao Usui used the metaphor of lampshades to illustrate how we go out into the world and the world begins to cover our true light (true self) with lampshades. As more and more lampshades are placed on us (through shades of judgments, expectations, anger, worries, depression, anxiety, etc…) our true self (our great light) becomes hidden. Our journey then is to begin lifting those lampshades off, shade by shade, until we find our original light, our true self.


It’s a long journey and that’s why I find the precepts so important. If we practice them diligently, I believe we'll remove more lampshades and brighten our path to true self. In going forward today, consider the many shades that you’ve allowed to shade your light. What are your truths? Question all you hear, learn, and think as you go about your day. How much of it is based on someone else’s belief system or prejudice?


Make a healing place in your heart for your true self and begin uncovering your shades by being honest with yourself.


“Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.” - Mother Teresa

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