Incorporating Reiki Principles into Healing from Trauma

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“Just for today, I will let go of anger. Just for today, I will let go of worry. Today, I will count my many blessings. Today, I will do my work honestly. Today, I will be kind to every living creature.”  ~ Dr Mikao Usui (1865 – 1926)

I am always learning and I think that is essential to any healing that one must do. I have found that a practice of mindfulness is a very healing structure that can be done. Since this site is set up for discussions around the recovery from bullying or other traumatic events in our lives, I believe that, as I discover new healing methods, I should share them here, with you, at whatever point you need them.

I do believe that a good self-healing process starts with training your brain to focus on the now, not your past when the damage happened or the future that you can’t predict what will happen. As I have incorporated “living in the now” or better known as mindfulness into my life, I have found that I am much less stressed and worried and can focus on what is really important to me…that which I can currently affect through my present actions.

No, it was not an easy journey and I had to train my brain to think like this. Most of us bring the stress of worry about the future or the pain of the past with us, like weights tied to our backs. We don’t have to do this, though, and science says it is possible to train our brains, instead of letting our brains lead us.

In my continued journey to find the best ways to live a more mindful life and let go of a painful past as well as live my dream of helping others, I came across the Reiki Principles. Of course, like many things in my discovery, these are not new and in fact were developed over 100 years ago. Sometimes it takes a while for things to get around to us.

These principles were developed originally by Dr. Mikao Usui sometime around 1890 in Japan. As more modern countries find out that many of the Asian self-help practices actually work in scientific experiments, this is just another good psychological method to create mindfulness. It is beautiful in its simplicity, but like all good things, it must be put into a life practice to make the big difference for you. That said, here are the five principles, much like all mindfulness. The question is, can you put it into your daily thought practice.

1 – Just for today, I will not be angry.

Anger at others or oneself or at the whole world creates serious blockages in one’s energy. It is the most complex inner enemy.
Think about the power you can have by controlling your anger. Being angry affects your blood pressure, stress levels, feelings of inadequacy and maturity. The only one that can make you angry is YOU. If you remember that, maybe you won’t get angry as often.

Letting go of anger. brings Piece into the Mind.

2 – Just for today, I will not worry.

While anger deals with the past and present events worry deals with future ones. Although worry is not always a negative phenomenon, endless worries may fill one’s head, and each one bores a small hole in one’s body and soul. While anger requires a focused Reiki treatment to remove obstacles, worry requires the energy to be spread throughout the entire body.
Worry stems from your own self-beliefs. You have control over these beliefs and you can change them. It takes a lot of work, but it can be done. Worry has the same health affects as anger.

Letting go of worry brings healing into the Body.

3- Just for today, I will be grateful.

Be grateful from your heart inward. Inner intention is the important element in this principle. Simple things as thanks, forgiveness, smile, good words, gratitude can improve others life and make them happy.

When you are grateful for what you do have, you give up the idea that you deserve more. There is always someone who is worse off than you and accepting with an open heart and mind that you are okay brings health effects such as a positive “can-do” feeling and peace to yourself. These are major health and mind benefits.

Being thankful brings Joy into the Spirit.

4 – Just for today, I will do my work honestly.

Support yourself and your family respectably, without harming others. Earn a respectable living, live a life of honor.
When we are not honest in what we are doing, we are violating our own beliefs. Is this really what you want? How do you think it makes you feel to work at something and not do it with honesty? If you don’t feel guilty about harming others and don’t believe this is a problem, then you are not truly looking for a peaceful and mindful way to live. You have to live with empathy and be able to be a compassionate human being. We are all in this together.

Working Honestly brings Abundance into the Soul.

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

Honor your parents, honor your teachers, honor your elders.
Kindness, what a concept? Basically, without the above five concepts embraced, you will find this one an impossible chore. But why shouldn’t we be kind and honor others? How do you want to be treated? Hopefully, that’s how you wish to be treated.

Being Kind brings Love into the Will.

And there they are, the five Reiki principles. I’m sure you have seen these in other forms, but this is them. If you are practicing mindfulness, these should always be in your thoughts. If you are going through a hard time, read these and remember that you have the ability to rise above your circumstances. I believe in you and to live with these principles in mind, you must embrace that and believe in yourself as well. And you can.

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About Alan Eisenberg

Alan Eisenberg is a Certified Life Coach, Bullying Recovery activist and author of "A Ladder In The Dark: My journey from bullying to self-acceptance" and "Crossing the Line". He has been writing and speaking to various audiences about the issue of C-PTSD and Bullying Recovery. Mr. Eisenberg has been featured on several print, radio shows and podcasts on this issue, including NPR and in the Boston Globe. He is currently working toward his Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling.
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