These principles are recommendations on how to create a peaceful life and do not call for an in-depth knowledge of Reiki to be effective.
Just for today, I will not worry.
When we worry, it may be that we are creating a mental reaction to something that hasn't happened yet, which means that we are experiencing the emotion before the action.
We all have the ability to create a future in our mind, but this future does not exist until we create it, so when we worry, it is often for something that doesn't exist, but this emotion gets stored in our brain and is then accessed every time we think about that situation.
Once this emotion of worry has been established, it is quite difficult to see the future from a different perspective and because of this, we may find ourselves creating the future we are trying to avoid.
Letting go of worry just for today, allows us to trust that we will be able to handle any situation the future brings us and from this perspective we are able to discover that the only thing that truly exists is the present moment…
Just for today, I will not be angry.
Anger is a reaction to something that is mostly out of our control, which means that, instead of thinking of the situation we are faced with as being different, and reacting to it differently, we have a tendency to judge and use a predetermined response, and if our predetermined response is anger, then we will become angry.
When we react in this way, our mind creates chemicals that gives us the feeling of anger, as a result our body tenses up, our heart rate increases and our emotions become clouded.
Since anger is created in our mind, it is our choice to hold onto it, or just for today, to let it go.
Just for today, I will be grateful.
Sometimes we keep asking for more because we only see what we don't have instead of being grateful for what we do have.
When we become grateful for the very experience of our physical existence, grateful to be alive in this very moment, for the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and all that sustains us, we easily give thanks and forgiveness to others in our lives.
This principle helps us develop a deep understanding that, just for today, everything we need has been provided.
Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
When we do our work honestly and with purpose we feel good about ourselves and more fulfilled about our work, bringing more purpose and meaning into our life.
We should also be true to ourselves and truthful towards others, instead of hiding who we really are from ourselves and others.
Through honesty we can move forward in life without harming ourselves or others.
Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.
By living in kindness we live in a way that is most beneficial to our mental well-being, acknowledging everything that surrounds us as a living object when looked at from an atomic level, so our kindness and respect should be unlimited.
We create kindness within ourselves by understanding that we are all connected and perfect while being at different stages in life. When we are kind, even in times of personal difficulty, then kindness has become a permanent part of our autonomic response system.
How we approach any situation with ourselves and all that is around us, is done making a conscious choice, the one of vital importance is “kindness”.
Even though it might seem a bit overwhelming to live by all five principles every single day, you can always begin today by choosing one that resonates with you now.