One day before his death, Mikao Usui called for a beautiful sheet of calligraphy paper, and on it he carefully wrote with an ink brush the 5 Reiki Precepts (gokai in Japanese). He called the Reiki Precepts “The secret method to bring happiness,” and “The miracle medicine that cures all ills,” and he instructed that students of Reiki should repeat the words of the Precepts out loud in the morning and evening, and then contemplate them silently in their hearts. For Usui, this was the practice that could bring students great peace and ease, even leading eventually to enlightenment. Yet today these 5 Reiki Precepts are largely overlooked by most teachers and students of Reiki.
Designed for all Reiki students, this ZOOM workshop is both an introduction to the Reiki precepts as a daily practice, and an exploration for students of the deeper meaning of the Precepts. We will present the original version given by Usui to his students, exploring each word of the Japanese to uncover the secrets Usui hid in plain sight for those of us interested enough to look. The practice of the precepts as left for us by Usui is a focusing and meditation method Mikao Usui taught his Reiki students to help them clear their minds and rid their lives of turbulence. We will examine the version Chujiro Hayashi drew on silk for Hawayo Takata, and which was hung in many of the classes she taught in the west, creating for students a link to the tremendous energy of the past. And we will practice writing and repeating the English version we hold dear in Usui Shiki Ryoho today. This simple practice takes only a few minutes per day, and we will practice it together. After attending the workshop, it will be the responsibility of each student to add this method to their daily Reiki routine.
This class is offered online by Zoom.
Students will receive the class handouts in the Zoom chat when the workshop begins. I will teach the history of the different version of the Precepts for about 45 minutes, then we will practice together for approximately 10 minutes. This will be followed by a short Q&A session.