Understanding the “Many Blessings”
NOTE: What I’m about to share in this article is something that is a model / concept using which I came to a personal understanding of the Precepts, and why they are the key to the kinds of miracles and manifestations so many Reiki practitioners encounter in their lives. I am going to use some terms and expressions and concepts here that some may find in deep violation of their beliefs. If you are one of those, and you encounter rage or anger or such other reaction in the course of reading this article, I’d like to suggest powerful tools to overcome it: Exercise your choice or freedom, and hit the back button in your browser to go back to where you came from, hit the close button on your browser to close this page, and if you got this article in your email you can hit the delete button to dismiss me and my ideas from your life now and forever 🙂
I’ve written before that, in my personal opinion, the precepts are the key to the miracles and manifestations that many of us Reiki practitioners experience in our lives. Why is that the case? I think that the key is to understand what the “Many Blessings” are.
Some teachers have remarked that the “Many Blessings” are the Reiju, which is a spiritual blessing provided by the teacher to students every time they got together. This is a very reasonable explanation in my personal opinion.
Frans’ take on this matter, was simple, yet profound:
The real blessing for me is the precepts, through practice we get rid of the anger, fear etc.. this is the blessing. Yes Reiju means spiritual blessings but it is not the blessings talked about in the precepts, the reiju helps to understand these blessings. Also if we only keep relying on the teacher for these blessings then we never gain self empowerment.
I wanted to understand more about why being rid of anger, fear etc. are the real blessing.
And one day, this model or concept came to mind, involving the precepts.
Most people are familiar with the concept that we call the ‘Grace of God’ — that mysterious and miraculous aspect of the Divine, that makes anything possible, and causes what may seem impossible to become possible. But the understanding most people have is that they have to ‘pray’, ‘request’, ‘beg’ and even ‘bribe’ God for it 🙂 This is certainly true of Hindu culture that I am quite familiar with, but I have to believe that this understanding is more universal than that, cutting across religions and cultures.
I like to look at the concept of Grace differently.
To me, Grace is like a non-discriminating rain shower that showers over everyone and everything all the time. Whether Grace works in one’s life as such all the time, to produce an experience of that which a person is wanting / needing, is really a function of whether that person has been open to it and allow for its unhindered flow in their life.
There is a very concrete method of having Grace flow in one’s life all the time and make miracles happen. (** Actually, what follows is a simplistic model that explains the concept of Grace. But, this will suffice to glimpse deeper into the secret of “Many Blessings”)
Firstly, learn to UNBLOCK (the entry of Grace in your life):
Do not Anger: Anger is about something that happened in the past. Bearing anger means to have your conscious awareness be stuck in the past. Not here and now.
Do not worry: Worry is about something that might or might not happen in the future. Dwelling in fear means to have your conscious awareness be stuck in a yet-to-arrive future. Not here and now.
Grace can only flow through your conscious awareness here and now. Keeping anger and worry away is a sure fire way to let the Grace enter your being unhindered. With the mind not in the way, the entry of Grace is unblocked.
Secondly, learn to EXPAND (and accelerate the movement of Grace in your life):
Be Humble: Humility to me, is about keeping pride and arrogance away. When you are humble, you are unpretentious. A state of gratitude is a foundation for humility.
The heart (the heart center) expands wide open when you are in this state. And the movement of Grace expands and accelerates through you as a result.
Thirdly, learn to FLOW (and express this in your life in your work and in the way you deal with others):
Be Honest in your Work: Your approach to your work leaves an imprint of your presence in the world. Honesty in your work in this context enables the positive outward flow of Grace in your life.
Be Compassionate to Yourself and Others: When you are kind to yourself, in addition to what we’ve covered before, the impact of Grace in your own being is positive, healing. When you are kind and compassionate to others, it enables Grace to flow outward to others through you, unhindered.
Our attitudes towards ourselves and others and actions in this world govern the flow of Grace through us into this world around us.
To me, it felt that Usui san, through these five-precepts, was indeed sharing with us “The Secret” of “Inviting Happiness” through “Many Blessings”.
The “Many Blessings” is the ever present “Grace”.
The “Secret” part is that Grace can be “invited” into our being by keeping anger and fear away, any time, any number of times. Grace can be permitted to expand and flow in us and through us into the world around us, by living a life of humility (and gratitude), honesty and compassion. An expanded heart is a blissful heart. A fear-free and worry-free mind is a happy mind. We have to consciously choose to do it, and that is why the precept says “Inviting Happiness”, i.e. choosing that which will invite happiness.
Grace is the essential quality of the presence of the Divine / God / Universe in this physical world, and it can said to be of “Spiritual” origin, of course! The living by the precepts causes Grace to precipitate healing in you. Hence the precept says: “The Spritual Medicine”. And given its source, no illness is an obstacle for the flow of Grace, as it flow will heal all illnesses. Hence the precept says: “The Spiritual Medicine for All Illness”.
In simpler, more provocative terms, Usui san has given us the method to invite God’s Grace into our lives, so that we can find the happiness and freedom from illness here, now, in this form.
This is one way I’ve come to understand, why the precepts are the foundation of the system of Reiki, and why the practice of the precepts is key for any practitioner of the system of Reiki. In the precepts are hidden this amazing secret that causes the unhindered flow of Grace in our lives and into the world around us!
Surely the model / concept I present here is simplistic, and surely there will be more depth and more layers here to uncover and learn. However, it seems like one reasonable model / concept to explain why the living of life according to the five-precepts precipitates miracles in our lives. I won’t for a moment even claim that this is THE right explanation. One thing I’ve come really know is that the more I think I know, the further away from the truth I actually am!
I shared this with Frans some time ago, and this is what he had to share with me about this model / concept:
Grace as you say is the rain, it is always raining but people just don’t notice it. The blessings Usui sensei is talking about in the precepts is this rain. The reiju is like a kind of rain as well, but the more we practice for ourselves the more harmonious we become with the natural flow of the universe the more we receive these blessings, thus tapping into the blessings without the need of a reiju.
Fran’s note is amazing, as always, in its brevity and its profundity.
Living life in accordance with the Reiki precepts enables a practitioner to move progressively towards the realization of their True Nature, a state in which Grace moves through them unhindered and undistorted. When I put these insights together to share with friends some time ago, I also noticed that there is a fascinating connection between the “The Law of Attraction” and “The Secret of Many Blessings”.
Sundar Kadayam is a Shinpiden graduate of the International House of Reiki.