Gokai – the five Reiki principles
In the Jikiden Reiki practice, the five Reiki principles are central.
Usui Sensei, the founder of the Reiki treatment method, observed that some people often returned with new health problems after a treatment. He realised that if people wanted to fully recover, they needed to take care of their physical as well as their mental health in the same way. The Gokai (Go = 5, Kai = principles) were formulated by Usui Sensei to promote a healthy mindset and change negative thought patterns. He called the Gokai “The secret method of inviting happiness – wonderful medicine for all diseases”.
In Jikiden Reiki, the Gokai are spoken in Japanese so they retain their original power. In the Japanese language, Kototama refers to words that are said to have linguistic-magical effects. The Gokai are Kototama.
Despite their shortness, of these rules of life have a deep meaning and a centring, power-boosting and purifying effect on one’s own body and mind as well as on the environment.
It is recommended to repeat the Gokai aloud three times everyday in the morning and in the evening, sitting in the Gassho meditation posture.
Kyo Dake Wa
- Ikaru na
- Shinpai suna
- Kansha shite
- Gyo-o hage me
- Hito ni shinsetsu ni
Just for today
- Do not be angry
- Do not be worried
- Be grateful
- Fulfil your duties
- Be kind to others
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Karin Birchler, Jikiden Reiki Institute, Kyoto