For Today Only:
Do not Anger
Do not worry
Be Honest in your Work
Be Compassionate to Yourself and Others
We all know the Reiki precepts but in this blog we wanted to focus on the deeper aspects of the precept “Be compassionate to yourself and others”.
Generally this precept is considered to be about being kind or loving to ourselves and others, yet this is just one layer of a complex subject.
To discover deeper layers of understanding and wisdom within this precept we need to look not only at what compassion is, but importantly for those practicing the system of Reiki, what the meaning of compassion was in Mikao Usui’s time?
Supreme compassion in Usui’s lifetime focussed on bringing all beings into the Great Bright Light of enlightenment. This Great Bright Light is symbolized by the Reiki Level III symbol and mantra DKM (which literally translates as Great Bright Light).
However, to be able to help to bring others into the Great Bright Light we need to first have discovered that Great Bright Light within ourselves.
Without being in this Great Bright Light state yourself, there is limited wisdom available to help others to achieve this state. And it is within the Great Bright Light state that there exists primordial wisdom; this wisdom to know how to help others.
So, by putting “be compassionate to yourself and others” in the precepts Mikao Usui was pointing us towards the supreme aspects of the teachings; helping you to discover your own Great Bright Light and at the same time finding the wisdom to help others to achieve their Great Bright Light.
This deeper understanding of the precepts also signifies that the system is not just a hands-on healing practice but a serious spiritual practice. This is why Mikao Usui included many meditation practices within his system; meditations on the symbols and mantras, meditation practices like Joshin Kokyu ho, and meditations on the precepts themselves.
This leads us to the realization that the most authentic way to heal others is to help them to discover their own inner Great Bright Light.
No matter the level of your own personal journey you can begin to put the last of the precepts into practice. Firstly; at the beginning of each of your personal meditation sessions set your motivation that you want to realize the Great Bright Light in order to help others to achieve this as well. Then at the end of each practice; set the intent that you intend to help everyone to achieve the Great Bright Light state.
What is interesting to note is that Judith Pennington, author and brainwave researcher, discovered the power of showing compassion to others in her own brainwaves. In the article The Brain Waves of Reiki she states:
I have always been interested in energy healing, especially since 2001, when I discovered in my own brain waves that sending out healing prayers at the close of meditation expands and evolves the mind more than anything else—and in precisely the same way as loving communion with universal Light.
Bronwen and Frans Stiene are the co-founders of the International House of Reiki and co-authors of The Reiki Sourcebook, The Japanese Art of Reiki, Your Reiki Treatment, The A-Z of Reiki Pocketbook and the Reiki Techniques Card Deck. Bronwen and Frans teach in the USA, Europe and Australia. Visit the Courses page to find a course near you.