In Japanese

The spoken word is a very powerful tool, something which is recognised by many spiritual traditions including Christian, Hindu, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. Every word we speak out loud has an impact on the universe just as every thought we think has an impact on our personal world. In recognition of this, spiritual traditions have taken ‘Sacred Sounds’, combined them and made them into Mantras which have great impact when spoken or chanted.

As part of it’s Buddhist heritage, Mikao Usui taught the five precepts and a series Kotodamas or Mantras, all of which required the student to chant them repetitively in order to obtain the benefits. The precept meditation was chanted daily, morning and evening, and was thought to be one of the most powerful tools in assisting the student on their spiritual journey. The Kotodamas or Mantras were chanted to assist the student to contact the various levels of Reiki Energy.

During the last two Reiki Shares I have attended, in an attempt to get closer to Mikao Usui’s original practices, we have been learning and chanting the five precepts in Japanese. I found this video on YouTube of Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei teaching the pronunciation of the Japanese words.

These are the words in Japanese:

  Kyo Dake Wa Just for today
  I Ka Ru Na Let Go of Anger
  Shin Pai Suna Let Go of Worry
  Kansha Shite Be Grateful
  Gyoo Hage Me Be Honest in Your Dealings with Others
  Hito Ni Shinsetsui Ni Be Compassionate to Yourself and Others

We found it a very powerful and moving experience. Try it for yourself.

eunice7

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Reiki Meditation

In the Japanese Reiki tradition, meditation was the central practice, considered essential if anyone wanted to progress on the path to spiritual enlightenment. This continual meditation, which comprised the daily practice of mindfulness and a wide range of energy exercises, by balancing and clearing the student’s energy system made it possible for them to carry out self-healing and treatments on others.

Mikao Usui’s students were taught to meditate daily on the five precepts and it was believed that this meditation alone had a greater effect on the students spiritual development than any of the other traditional practices.

When Reiki travelled to the west with Mrs Takata the emphasis changed from spiritual enlightenment and self-treatment to treating others. The use of Formal Hand Positions together with the Reiki Symbols more or less replaced the meditation practices of the original tradition as a means to connect with the Reiki energy.

Today in Western Reiki, although there is a move back towards teaching the original meditations, the main emphasis is on receiving attunements, practising self-healing and using formal hand positions together with the Reiki symbols to treat others.

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Self-Treatment

When Mikao Usui originally taught Reiki, it was as a self-treatment and personal enlightenment system. Reiki practitioners are taught the importance of meditation, daily energy exercises, and self-healing practices during their first level course and this forms the basis on which they build their practice. The reason for this is that practitioners are simply channels for the Reiki energy and as such they need to maintain those channels in order for the energy to flow freely through them.

Anyone can learn to channel the Reiki energy. The training is available to everyone regardless of whether or not they wish to become a practitioner. Many people study Reiki levels 1 and 2 simply so that they can learn to treat themselves and their families.

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Western Reiki

Reiki was brought to the West by Mrs Takata after she received her training to Master level from Dr Hayashi, one of Mikao Usui’s former students, in Japan during a visit in 1938.

As a result of the political climate at the time of her return to the United States, Mrs Takata modified what she had been taught to make it more acceptable to her Western clients and pupils. Up until the early 1990’s most Western Practitioners and Teachers practiced and taught this modified version of Reiki.

Since then, there has been a revival of interest in traditional Reiki as taught by Mikao Usui, following the discovery of a small group of Usui’s original pupils living and practicing in Japan. Reiki Masters now teach a combination of Western and Traditional Reiki.

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Compassion

Finally, Mikao Usui’s fifth precept, Be compassionate towards yourself and others. Compassion is another old fashioned word. Dictionary.com gives us this definition:

com·pas·sion   [kuhm-pash-uhn]
noun
1. a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.

The first part isn’t too hard, most of us feel compassion towards those less well off than ourselves. But what about those we perceive to be better off than ourselves, do we feel compassion for them when they fall on hard times?

Then there’s the second part – being compassionate towards ourselves! That means not beating ourselves up when we make a mistake, being kind to ourselves when we don’t manage to achieve what we thought we should.

Hmmm…. not quite so easy, is it!

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Be Honest

Mikao Usui’s fourth precept, Be honest in your dealings with other people sounds quite simple. Most of us are honest in our dealing with others aren’t we?

It really depends on how you think about honesty. While not many of us would steal or lie or cheat intentionally, think about how many times we say nothing because we don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings or cause an argument. Think about the times when we agree to do something because we find it difficult to say no, or the times when we turn down an offer of help because we don’t like to be a bother to anyone.

Is that really being honest?

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Be Humble

Be humble, the third of Mikao Usui’s Precepts, a very old fashioned word; and what does it really mean anyway? Dictionary.com gives this definition:

1. not proud or arrogant; modest: to be humble although successful.
2. having a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience, etc.
3. low in rank, importance, status, quality, etc.; lowly: of humble origin; a humble home.
4. courteously respectful: In my humble opinion you are wrong.
5. low in height, level, etc.; small in size: a humble member of the galaxy.

Alright – so now we know what it means, but how do we go about being humble? What does it take to make a person humble?

Possibly one of the best ways to be humble is to be thankful for everything, even the things that are not very pleasant.

What do you think?

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Do Not Worry!

Do not worry, the second of Mikao Usui’s Precepts, is so much easier to say than to do! Many of us quite happily spend several hours a day worrying about the ‘what ifs’ in our lives only to discover a little later that most of what we worried about happening just didn’t happen. What causes worry? In almost every case – worry is caused by fear. Fear of failure, fear of lack, fear of authority …. the list is endless.

Susan Jeffers book Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway: How to Turn Your Fear and Indecision into Confidence and Action suggests that we should look at each fear, identify the worst possible senario that could happen, and face it as a first step towards moving forward.


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Do Not Anger!

Do not anger – the first of Mikao Usui’s Precepts is probably one of the hardest precepts to keep.

Maybe you don’t ever get really angry or shout at people, but I bet you sometimes get annoyed over other people’s silly habits, or get irritated by other drivers on the road! Anger, annoyance, and irritation all create stress within you that does you far more harm than the people to whom it is directed.

It would do us all good to remember these words of Friedrich Nietzsche:

“You have your way.
I have my way.
As for the right way,
the correct way,
and the only way,
it does not exist.”

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Just for Today!

What are you doing NOW this minute? What does it feel like? Are there any particular smells or tastes peculiar to what you are doing? This is what the first line of Mikao Usui’s five Precepts is all about – being mindful or aware.

Most of us travel through life on automatic pilot, blissfully unaware of our surroundings or the details of our actions. When was the last time you felt the bubbles as you washed dishes, or smelt the unmistakeable smell of a clean metal saucepan (we call it the ‘fresh metal smell’ in our house)? Did you stop the car to admire that sunset? Did you even notice it – or were you too busy talking to your friend beside you?

Take a moment right now to stop and look around you – I mean really look. Now listen. Now smell. Take a deep breath and allow yourself to be aware of all the things you have just noticed using your senses. Breathe deeply for a few more moments just being aware, noticing any changes.

This is called being mindful. You don’t actually need to stop what you are doing to be mindful, but you do need to focus exclusively on whatever it is you are doing at any given moment in time.

This book The Miracle Of Mindfulness: The Classic Guide to Meditation by the World’s Most Revered Master (Classic Edition) by Thich Nhat Hanh explains the principles of mindfulness far better than I can.

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