In this video Ryōjun Shionuma is talking about the precepts of the system of Reiki. Here you can see how the essence of Mikao Usui’s precepts are very common in Japanese spiritual practices.
Do not be angry
Do not worry
Practice this diligently
Show compassion to yourself and others
Below Ryōjun Shionuma explains the word Gyo which in the precepts of the system of Reiki is often translated as “work” but in reality is more like practice.
“I would like at this point to reflect on what “practice” or “gyō” means in this context. For some, gyō means a special period of time of one-hundred or one-thousand days, but for others gyō is more of a life-time activity or, more precisely, a way of life. Furthermore, for some, gyō is undertaken with the aim to reform oneself, and thus is seen as a self-centered activity. In contrast, others understand gyō as being performed for the benefit of other sentient beings, and is thus seen as an altruistic activity. In short, there are many different ways to understand what gyō really is. “
“I am fully aware of all these points of view; however, as I have performed all kinds of gyō, I must confess that what is most important for me about gyō is not so much that “I” am performing or accomplishing something but, more essentially, that “I” am graced by the gift of being able to perform or accomplish an ascetic practice (gyō).”
“For mountain ascetics, gyō is to live according to the spirit of that precept.”
“The fundamental justification for doing gyō is nothing more and nothing less than that simple act of sharing.”
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.