The precepts within the system of Reiki are the most important element; they are the foundation of the system. Without understanding the foundation the whole system will crumble, like a house without a good solid foundation.
Many people just stick the precepts on the wall, recite them a few times a day and that is about it. Some teachers even insist that you must always perform the initiation/reiju/attunement in front of the precepts which hang on the wall. Merely hanging the precepts on the wall doesn’t bring them into your heart.
The real reason the precepts are there is for us to learn to embody them in our hearts. We can only do this by embodying all of the other elements within the system of Reiki. How do we embody them? By meditating upon them. Simply repeating them three times is not enough; we must contemplate what they mean and what their inner secret is. This is not always that easy, so Mikao Usui also added different tools within his teachings to help us to bring the precepts in our hearts. These tools are: meditating on the mantras and the symbols, meditating with the hand positions, being in a meditative state of mind while performing and receiving the initiation/reiju/attunement, and meditating with techniques like hatsurei-ho and joshin kokyu-ho.
If we get too attached to needing the precepts on the wall to recite or when we do a initiation/reiju/attunement, then we cannot take the wisdom of the precepts out into the big, wide world. If we go out we are not always carrying the precepts on a piece of paper with us. But when we carry the precepts in our hearts, we are always ready to BE Reiki with others. And to perform real Reijus/Spiritual Blessings, we need to embody the precepts in our hearts.
The real secret of the system of Reiki is therefore meditation, and it is by practicing these meditation techniques that we start to bring the precepts from the wall into our hearts, where they really belong.
Based in Holland, Frans Stiene teaches in North America, Europe, UK, Australia and Asia.
Frans is also the author of Reiki Insights, it is the continuation of his previous book The Inner Heart of Reiki, taking your personal practice and understanding of the system of Reiki yet another step deeper.