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    Reiki training & the Principles/Precepts

    Post by Rlei_ki on Tue Apr 28, 2009 2:25 am

    We are probably all aware that the nature and structure of Reiki training can vary greatly depending on the lineage of Reiki being taught, and also on the teaching style of the initiating master.

    This said, I'm interested to hear how the subject of the Reiki Principles/Precepts was dealt with as part different people's training (whatever level folks are at)

    For example, how much emphasis was placed on their significance?

    Also, in what context were they presented, eg:
    as ethical guidlines,
    as the spiritual core of Reiki
    as a complimentary element of the practice of hands-on treatment
    as 'preventative medicine'
    etc.

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    Post by Violet Rose Reiki on Tue Apr 28, 2009 5:16 am

    Kind of along the same lines, I have seen the precept "work hard" and "earn your living honestly" interchanged. I have read that Usui Sensei had been quoted as saying that "work hard" meant to work on one's self as in saying the precepts and doing self treatment, etc. That being said, is the "earn your living honestly" a misinterpretation or wrong?

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    Post by Rlei_ki on Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:46 pm

    Violet Rose Reiki wrote:.. I have read that Usui Sensei had been quoted as saying that "work hard" meant to work on one's self as in saying the precepts and doing self treatment, etc. That being said, is the "earn your living honestly" a misinterpretation or wrong?


    Well it is certainly an interpretation.

    As to being a misinterpretation well perhaps - perhaps not.

    As to being 'wrong'...

    We must remember that on one level, the Gokai are a 'mnemonic device' - an aid to mindful remembrance.

    In the simple statements of the gokai are to be found a distillation Usui-sensei's teachings - the very essence of his Reiho - his 'Spiritual Method'

    And as such they will of necessity allow for many levels of interpretation

    Perhaps it is also important to be mindful that much can be lost in literal translation.

    As I mentioned in another thread, in Japanese this particular Principle is "Gyo wo hage me"

    This is commonly translated as: "Work Hard"

    However it can also mean 'Study Hard'

    more generally, it can imply
    "Strive to improve yourself"
    (on any and all levels - physically, mentally, emotionally, ethically, morally, spiritually; your skills and abilities, your relationships, your standard of living - your quality of living)

    The general feel behind the statement would seem to be
    "Be diligent in your endeavours"
    - don't be lazy

    Yet another way of expressing the sentiment is:
    "Put your Heart and Soul into all that you do"

    It can also have a sense of "Dedication to the task at hand"

    In yet another sense, "Gyo wo hage me" can tie in with the Japanese concept of giri - duty or (moral/ethical)obligation.

    So, it can also speak to a sense of duty/obligation to, for example. our teachers

    and, also to those who give us employment.

    Takata-sensei often phrased this principle along the lines of:

    "Earn thy living by honest labor"

    which perhaps has as much, if not more, to do with the old adage: "An honest day's work for an honest day's pay - An honest day's pay for an honest day's work"*, as it does with "earn your living honestly", which, IMO, speaks more to earning your living without deceiving others



    *'honest' and 'fair' being seen as interchangeable here

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    Re: Reiki training & the Principles/Precepts

    Post by Reikijim on Thu Oct 22, 2009 2:11 am

    Rlei_ki wrote:We are probably all aware that the nature and structure of Reiki training can vary greatly depending on the lineage of Reiki being taught, and also on the teaching style of the initiating master.

    This said, I'm interested to hear how the subject of the Reiki Principles/Precepts was dealt with as part different people's training (whatever level folks are at)

    For example, how much emphasis was placed on their significance?

    Also, in what context were they presented, eg:
    as ethical guidlines,
    as the spiritual core of Reiki
    as a complimentary element of the practice of hands-on treatment
    as 'preventative medicine'
    etc.

    .
    .
    .

    Hi James,

    I believe that the first teacher gave a 5 minute talk about the importance of reciting the precepts in Gassho daily. His focus was that it "strengthened the connection" I believe.

    My Komyo teacher spent more time helping us in interpretation....more "spiritual core"...."preventative medicine"...focus

    I spent time a while back connecting to the more subtle/interpretive aspects of these 5 lines...I would suggest everyone do this...

    The precepts offer us a direction of growth and self- realization.

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    Post by Pandora on Thu Oct 22, 2009 4:31 am

    My RM certainly presented the precepts as the spiritual core of Reiki, and as something all Reiki people should strive to live by.

    However, he wasn't very good at writing manuals! In my Level 1 manual I offer several versions of the precepts, and my thoughts on each of them, with space for students to record their own thoughts.
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    Post by Silverbolt on Fri Sep 16, 2011 7:09 am

    Even though I don't have a reiki sensei and no precepts or principles of Reiki where instilled in me. I can safely assume that any precept and principles are very and I mean VERY important.

    They are rules and guidelines that strengthens one's ability to perform the task at hand.

    For instance we have the rule in kyokushinkai karate that we have to "work diligently" And with that they mean that I have to train as hard as I can. They form me and empower me in attaining my goal! Strength! (in this case).

    Therefore by repeating the precepts daily just like doing 100 pushups everyday improves one's growth in the goal they want to attain. In some cases this is a specific goal but in other cases it improves, stimulates in your growth in life.

    Therefore, in my point view...say the precepts, principles, creed, code or whatever everyday, once in the morning or just before exercising so that you can perform at you utmost.
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    Post by chi_solas on Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:51 am

    Silverbolt wrote:Even though I don't have a reiki sensei and no precepts or principles of Reiki where instilled in me. I can safely assume that any precept and principles are very and I mean VERY important.

    They are rules and guidelines that strengthens one's ability to perform the task at hand.

    For instance we have the rule in kyokushinkai karate that we have to "work diligently" And with that they mean that I have to train as hard as I can. They form me and empower me in attaining my goal! Strength! (in this case).

    Therefore by repeating the precepts daily just like doing 100 pushups everyday improves one's growth in the goal they want to attain. In some cases this is a specific goal but in other cases it improves, stimulates in your growth in life.

    Therefore, in my point view...say the precepts, principles, creed, code or whatever everyday, once in the morning or just before exercising so that you can perform at you utmost.

    Silverbolt I always tell my students
    to not only recite the precepts, they
    should also practice them study


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