03 June 2003

The principles of Reiki

The founder of Traditional Usui Reiki, Dr Mikao Usui, gave us certain principles to live by.


The founder of Traditional Usui Reiki gave us principles to live by and these are in my words, as follows:

  • To be honest at all times in thought and in action
  • To have clear intent at all times in thought and in action
  • To be open to new and different ways of thinking in order to see things from a different perspective
  • To be merciful and compassionate
  • To be empathetic and a good listener
  • To speak the truth at all times without judgement or blame
  • To allow others to form their own values and belief systems
  • To place greater value on learning from your own experience and inner guidance than on just following the techniques of an authority. Always verify results
  • To be an open channel for the higher purpose to use
  • To take personal responsibility for the circumstances we find ourselves experiencing
  • To use positive and negative experiences for growth and healing assisting yourself in spiritual evolvement
  • To express unconditional love to all of creation
  • To honour others no matter who
  • Give grateful thanks daily
  • Bless someone today
  • To endeavour to further your knowledge always
  • Assist others who are less fortunate than you

‘Just for today, do not worry
Just for today, do not anger
Just for today, honour your parents, teachers and elders
Just for today, earn your living honestly
Just for today, show gratitude to every living thing.’
Dr Mikao Usui

[This article was written by Beverley Marsden a Reiki Master and therapeutic reflexologist at The Universal Healing Sanctuary in Johannesburg. For more information on reiki, contact her on (011) 656 5401 or e-mail her at]


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