What Are the 5 Reiki Principles and How Can They Help You Live a Better Life?

There is a secret art when it comes to inviting in happiness, according to the principles within Reiki. These are:

  1. Do not be angry
  2. Do not worry
  3. Be grateful
  4. Work with diligence
  5. Be kind to every living thing

These 5 principles are unbelievably effective if you can truly grasp onto them and make them a part of your life.

Imagine how peaceful you would feel if you woke up every morning with the simple intention to not worry or to not be angry? What if practicing gratitude became a normal part of your day?

What kind of an impact would it have on the planet if you made a pact to be kind to every living thing? What if working with diligence was your everyday motto?

The 5 Reiki principles were gifted to Dr. Mikao Usui by spirit when he “discovered” Reiki, but they can be utilized by anyone. The five principles may only be suggested guidelines, but they have a universal importance.

Making a pact with yourself to strive for every one of these principles can completely shift your focus and help you live a better life.

What Do the 5 Principles of Reiki Really Mean?

Just for today, I will not be angry.

We all know the emotion of anger is a challenging one to manage. We all have times when we feel angry and frustrated. Anger is a low vibrational energy. Anytime you express it, you run the risk of undoing all of the good work you have previously done to plant new seeds of positivity.

Like other strong emotions, it’s not healthy to suppress anger. Repressing any strong emotion might actually cause it to get stuck in our emotional body. The angrier we get, the more negative energy we create. If we continue to suppress anger, we might eventually explode.

One way to manage anger is to disassociate from it. For example, if you feel angry, you can take a brief moment to express it, then let it pass by. What you’ll start to understand is that you are not your emotions. Your emotions don’t define you. They are simply a passing fancy. Instead of repressing anger, try taking a step back from it and letting the trigger just pass right on by. You don’t have to engage with it. You can simply let it go.

Practicing mindfulness and meditation can also help you manage your emotions in a healthier way.

If you do have a moment and find yourself responding in anger, meditate on it, and ask yourself if there is a lesson to be learned.

Just for today, I will not worry.

We all worry too much. Worry is a useless emotion. It doesn’t really help us achieve anything! Imagine being able to live your life without that incessant worry? It is possible.

When we worry, we are essentially too focused on the future. Worry keeps us from engaging in the present moment. The best way to counteract worry is to find activities to do that keep you focused in the now.

For example, instead of worrying, you can practice some yoga or dance. You could take a walk or do some aerobics. Exercise is a wonderful way to keep yourself rooted in the present moment.

Practicing mindfulness and meditation are also good ways to counteract worry. The more you focus on the happiness of the present moment, the better you will feel every day.

Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings.

Gratitude is so powerful. The best way to get into the habit of expressing gratitude is to take a moment before you get out of bed or before you go to sleep at night to mentally list 3-4 things you feel grateful for. This one simple practice can do more for you than you could ever imagine.

We can even be grateful for the lessons we learn, from negative things. For example, instead of getting frustrated that you ran into traffic on the highway because of an accident, you could feel grateful for the fact that you weren’t in the accident! It’s a simple shift, but a powerful one.

Starting a gratitude practice is simple. You can even keep a small notebook by your bed to record the things you feel grateful for every day. The truth is there is always something to feel grateful for.

Just for today, I will work with diligence.

What does it mean to work with diligence? Diligence is one of the seven heavenly virtues. It basically means you have a good, honest work ethic. It means doing everything with steady, earnest, and energetic effort.

You can use this principle in your life for just about anything. What would happen if you sat down and utilized this ideal for every task in life?

We can all strive to be more diligent. We can make a pact to work persistently towards those dreams and goals we deem important. When we take the time to be diligent, and to put our best effort forth, the universe will reward us.

Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.

This last one is a big one and it may take some effort to engage with. If we strive to be kind to every living thing, we have to let the emotion of hate and anger go. We have to be kind to everyone and everything, even those people, places, or things we don’t necessarily like.

This also means striving to be kind to all plants and animals, including spiders and bugs! It’s a big goal to strive for, but a very important one.

If you are looking for more tips to living a better life and incorporating these 5 Reiki principles into your daily living, learning Reiki with one of our virtual coaches might be exactly what you need. Start by browsing our instructors some of whom are Reiki practitioners. Our online platform makes it simple and easy to find coaches and book 1-on-1 virtual sessions with them all from the comfort of your home, so take a look today!


By Leslie Riopel

Leslie is the creator of PlanetBlessed.org and the co-author of the Bless the Mess Mindfulness Journal: 53 Unique Mindfulness Exercises for Sur-Thriving in a Challenging New World available on Amazon.

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