Thoughts on Living the Reiki Precepts
Just for Today: Do Not Anger
The other day I was mad at my husband because...well, the reason isn't really important. Suffice it to say that I was mad at him and didn't talk to him for most of the day. Later, in the evening, I apologized to him for being mad. He looked at me, seriously incredulous, and responded, "you were mad at me?" I won't go into how much more angry that made me, but I did do some thinking on it later...much later.
Mikao Usui said that anger is an illusion. That's a tough one to understand. My anger sure felt real! But later, when my thinking was more lucid, I realized my anger was self-created. I had made it into something palpable, that crippled my emotions, my feelings, and my physical being for most of the day. I created the thing with my thoughts and allowed it to be fed by more unhealthy thoughts until I was exhausted to the point I apologized.
It wasn't real. In fact, as proof of this, my husband wasn't even aware of it and he was in the room with me for most of the day! So, moral of the story is, I need to apply the Reiki Precepts to my daily life better...or not be married.....hmmmmm....hubby is a sweetheart so I'll practice the Precepts.
The Reiki Precepts are not something to take lightly, although I used this recent experience as a way to make it more "real." It's difficult to commit to a daily practice, even if you desperately want to follow them. Practicing the daily precepts isn't a goal that you achieve in the new year...it's a life-long pursuit and is rarely achieved in a lifetime. However, by practicing the Precepts we become so much more than we ever thought we could be in this lifetime. Will my husband make me angry again? Yep, but the Precepts help set me back on the path of living a life of greater awareness so the next time I get angry I can notice it for what it is and move on with the good life I'm actually living today.