A translation of the above reads as follows:
The secret method of inviting happiness
The wonderful medicine for all diseases (of the body and the soul)
Just for today
Mornings and evenings, sit in the Gassho position and repeat these words out loud and in your heart. (For the) improvement of body and soul, Usui Reiki Ryoho Usui Spiritual Energy Healing Method Chosso Usui Mikao The founder, Mikao Usui
With Reiki comes spiritual awakening. Healing involves the mind as well as the body. Self-healing is very much a part of the practice and reflecting on the five Reiki Principles allows us to work with the conscious and sub-conscious mind.
There is no self-punishment attached to the principles. Just for today – don’t worry about yesterday or tomorrow. Concentrate on the present.
Repetition on a daily basis allows the principles to become ‘second nature’. Reflecting or meditating on the principles gives us a chance to think them through. We can invite happiness into our lives, for example, by having gratitude. Take a look in any bookshop at the self-help section. These principles are represented in many of the books on display in one way or another. Over the next few days, I’ll be looking at each principle in turn.
A good introduction to Mikao Usui can be found on the pages of Reiki Guild
Here is an extract:
Mikao Usui rediscovered the system of Reiki in Japan at the end of the 19th Century following a lifetime of study, effort and dedication.
His life-changing experience came through a meditation retreat on Mount Kurama near Kyoto in 1922. From this he developed the simple system of Reiki that we know today.
Following the huge 1923 earthquake which ripped through Tokyo causing firestorms and destruction on an almost unknown scale, Usui and his students gave Reiki to countless suffering people. Their dedication and compassion meant that his Reiki system became known to many people who studied.
Through Mikao Usui’s teaching career, he taught many people Reiki. They in turn, passed this system to their own students.
For people particularly outside of Japan, Reiki was spread through a retired naval officier – Chujiro Hayashi who was a prolific teacher. One of his students, a Hawaiian Japanese lady called Hawayo Takata who was a widow and single mother, was singlehandedly responsible for the spread of Reiki from Hawaii to the US and from there around the world.
With the enormous popularity of Reiki today, this life-enhancing system has been taught to millions of people worldwide in various forms. This is partly due to the huge popularity and hunger for Reiki that spread across the Western world and led to many variations in the way Reiki was taught.
The Richard Ellis School of Reiki
has a profile of Mikao Usui that includes the links with Buddhism that lay the foundations for the more secular spiritual practice of Reiki followed in the west today. Mikao Usui asked all Reiki practitioners to say The Reiki Principles in Gassho (hands pressed together in front of the chest) in the morning and in the evening of each day. There are many translations and I use the following:
Just for today:
Be full of gratitude
Work hard on yourself
Be kind to all people
I will be discussing these principles in more detail in future blogs.