Saturday, 6 January 2018
A Principle of Kindness
Last January, reflecting on where my Reiki work would be going in the year ahead, I decided I would like a short phrase to express what I hope to offer the world through this work. I had attended a workshop called "Reiki for a Better World" which had got me thinking: what would make the world a better place that Reiki can offer? What I came up with was: kindness. I therefore decided to try to write all my newsletter articles for 2017 with the underlying focus of "Reiki for a Kinder World".
I found that it was not difficult to find many aspects of kindness that come through the practice of Reiki, from the kindness we offer ourselves as we self treat (hopefully every day) to the kindness of giving healing to family and friends. I have also found that the self treatment helps me to be in a calmer state, so that I also move through the world in a kinder way: being less stressful means that I am less irritable. It also allows me to be more sensitive to the needs of others.
I was therefore very interested to read, in the recent Office of the Grandmaster newsletter, articles from both Phyllis Furumoto and Paul Mitchell about a Reiki principle of kindness.
Phyllis, writing during her stay in Japan, talked about how her grandmother had not specifically listed the Five Reiki Principles that we are familiar with, but that each had been mentioned with a story during her teaching. After Takata's death her masters met and acknowledged the 5 principles or Precepts as follows:
Just for today do not worry
Just for today do not anger
Honour your parents teachers and elders
Earn your living honestly
Show gratitude to every living thing
What Phyllis commented on was that in the direct translation of these principles from the Japanese there is also a sentence about being kind to others. Phyllis and Paul both remember this being included in Takata's teachings but somehow this was not specifically included in the Reiki Principles in English. As Phyllis comments, Takata translated not just the words, but also some of the underlying qualities that in Japanese culture do not need to be spoken because they are so fundamental: that of respecting elders and Nature.
So I find it interesting that I had found my way to including this quality of kindness even though it was unspoken, through many years of holding the Reiki Principles as we receive them in English and also my Reiki treatment and teaching practice. I have often observed the kindness of people who meet to treat each other at Reiki Shares. It's easy to take this for granted and forget how in many other groups there isn't this level of trust and consideration. Something about the grace of Reiki helps people to let go of judgement while giving each other Reiki.
So I am interested to hear that this quality of being - of showing kindness to others - seems to have surfaced for more conscious discussion in the Reiki community. I intend to continue to hold it as a focus for the coming year. Our world can benefit from more kindness, even in the smallest act of offering Reiki to another person who is in pain. Will you join me?