The words come with subtle variances based on where you get the translation, but the Reiki precepts are fairly simple:
- Just for today, do not anger
- Just for today, do not worry
- Be humble
- Be honest in your work
- Show compassion to yourself and others
Today, as I try to avoid watching cnn with more news of riots and protests, like bad news delivered in the dark was meant to bring light, I meditate on the precepts.
Just for today, do not anger.
Friends, choose today to be peaceful. Choose today to be joy-filled. Please do not think that I don’t want to be upset. The point is that I am choosing not to. If I am moving in anger, I am not moving in love.
Decide not to worry. Anxiety is when we live in the place in between the present and the future. If I am worrying, it is because I have not plan, am not confident in my plan, or because I am taking no action at all. Even choosing to be still is an action step, and should therefore cancel out worry or anxiety.
Humility is having a clear perspective and respect for one’s place in context (wikipedia, forgive me my academic peers). Be clear on your place in society. No matter what the invisible “they” might think, you are a king. You are a queen. Act as such.
Honesty is easy. There is nothing to remember. You bring the best to you because you give your best. The extra that you deserve will come to you. Do not try to reap what you have not sown.
Show compassion for the ignorant; they know not what they do. They may be conscious of their actions in the physical realm, but absolutely no spiritual perspective with which to analyze their own behaviors. They are unaware of karma. They do not realize what they are building. We must show them compassion and forgive them, and ourselves, unconditionally. This does not mean let them walk over you. It means see them with love, for the ignorant walk blindly.
So, what does that all say in English, you ask? Breathe, go to Spirit. David took care of his duties as a shepherd (spiritual practice- he went to God) before fighting Goliath (evil). Do not break down. Rise up.
Be the peace. I have to choose peace. I do not like how I am the other way. War begets war. Peace begets peace. The same mind that created a problem cannot create the solution, as Einstein said. So, change your mind. Peace.