Learning the Usui Principles was a key to a better life for me. Along with doing daily self reiki, they also helped to improve my self worth and ultimately self esteem. It was suggested by Mikao Usui to hold your hands in the prayer position (Gassho) and repeat these principles each day as you let each one settle in to your being.
Here is a personal interpretation of the five Usui Principles, where physical and emotional self-care are concerned as well as self esteem. Every one will have their own interpretation of what the Usui Principles mean to them according to their level of spiritual growth. There are many wonderful Reiki practitioners around the globe. We are all practitioners and should consider ourselves practitioners no matter the level we have completed. If our hearts are honest and centered in our practice of Reiki, then more bountiful is the energy that passes from our hands.
1. Just for Today Do not Worry:
People with good spiritually based self esteem don't feel the need to worry much, nor for very long, since they have faith that things will work out as they should. This is not to say that they don't worry ever, but, they can evaluate sooner how important it is to worry about a certain situation. A positive attitude is more likely to attract a positive outcome than a fear based attitude. There is a difference between worry and healthy concern which is necessary for safety issues. Still the positive attitude, even when there is need for concern, will help the situation more.
2. Just for Today Do not Anger:
It is unnatural to never get Angry. Anger can be a necessary emotion to set healthy boundaries when someone has crossed them, attempted to invade your space or as a song says "done you wrong". What is healthy and healing, is to reasonably address anger either directly if you can to the person, writing about your anger in a journal or by talking to a trusted friend. Anger is a natural emotion. Holding on to anger beyond its usefulness interferes with your sense of self and self esteem. It can also settle in your body as dis-ease. So if you find you anger easily, think about why you allow people to push your buttons so much, and learn ways to release your anger in healthy ways. Self Reiki, as I mentioned above, also helps you to set boundaries when anger producing situations arise. Those who are practicing self Reiki meditation will avoid or deal differently with known anger producing situations, when they can, as a way of keeping peace in their lives. If someone has upset you, another way of coping is to say a prayer for them to take the sting out of your hurting. Saying a prayer helps to turn the situation over to the brilliance of the universe.
3. Just for Today Be Grateful:
Nothing turns around a bad day or negative feeling easier or faster than Gratitude! When you start your day and awaken with joy it is easy to be grateful. If you awaken and your mind is like a dangerous neighborhood to live in, you can reverse that mind to a great neighborhood to live in, with a gratitude list and positive affirmations. When we are lonely, tired or sick, the old tapes can come creeping back and try to sabotage your self-esteem work. You want to cancel these false entrances appearing real, with a good dose of Gratitude! Start with little things if you need to, things we take for granted that are not so little like our ability to see, walk, hear or breathe. People who have lost these abilities would remind us, to not take them for granted.
4. Just for Today Be Kind to All Living Things:
Be Kind. Smile at someone today that could use a smile. Open the door for someone if you both have reached that door at the same time. You might have just given them the kindest gift they have received in awhile. Or if someone opens the door for you or does a little act of kindness, say thank you. Common Courtesy can be a by-product of high self-esteem. Kindness means being kind to you also. Spread Joy!
5. Just for Today do an honest days work:
Each day take an honest look at yourself. What can you do to be a better version of you that day. Now here is a huge building block for self-esteem: Admit when you have made a mistake and apologize. People with good self esteem are not afraid to admit when they are wrong since they know an apology coming from them is not going to crumble their sense of self.
Are you honest in the business side of your Reiki practice? Not everyone needs or desires to have a business side to their Reiki practice, which is great no conflict of spiritual interest there. If you do, then represent the true essence of Reiki practice and be honest about your classes, your training and with your income. Dishonesty is a huge block to self-worth and self-esteem. Clean up your side of the street.
We are not perfect beings we will mess up from time to time. The goal is progress not perfection. You have free will to judge yourself here on earth. Be easy with you as you grow, treat yourself the way you would a dear friend. If you get rusty on a Reiki principle fix it and do better the next day.
When we work at achieving high self-esteem, it does not mean 'we think we are all that' (ego), 'we know that we are all that' (self-esteem). We know, because we have done and continue to do enough spiritual work, to know that our gifts are just on loan to us. We are aware that our Universal Divine God is in those gifts and shining brightly.
Marybeth McKinnon Lang RN
Traditional Reiki Master