Developing the spiritual and mental connection using the 5 precepts.
The precepts were introduced by Usui Mikao to help his students beginning their journey to self healing.
"Precept" is listed in the Oxford American dictionary as meaning "a general rule intended to regulate behaviour or thought." During Usui's early days the precepts were the students first spiritual teachings. They are universal and carry no belief system with them. The precepts are the foundation for Reiki. When you work with the precepts on a regular basis and begin to integrate them them into your life you realise how they relate to many aspects within the system of Reiki.
"If seriously worked with, the precepts no longer become the targets to be reached but are absorbed into the action of each moment, becoming an unconcious law. Their influence on one's mind becomes automatic. Eventually all that one does incorporates the principle "For today only, and the five individual precepts.
Therefore the benefits of practicing gokai, though deceptively simple, resound through all aspects of a practitioner's life.
Japanese Art of Reiki by Bronwen and Frans Steine"
The secret of inviting happiness through many blessings
The spiritual medicine for all illness
For today only: Do not anger - Do not worry
Be honest in your work
Be compassionate to yourself and others
Do gassho every morning and evening
Keep in your mind and recite
Usui Reiki Ryoho - Improve your mind and body
Meiji Emperors Gyosei
The other component of Usui's original teachings was the recitation of waka as written by the Meiji Emperor.
"Usui placed over 125 Gyosei from the Meiji Emperor in the Reiki Ryoho Hikkei (manual used by the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai today in Japan). His recommendation was that all students recite these gyosei as a form of self development. In this way his students would not only be practising energy enhancement with his meditations and techniques but also mind expansion.
The word waka is made up of two parts, wa meaning 'Japanese' and ka meaning 'poem' or 'song'.
The Reiki Sourcebook Bronwen and Frans Steine"
Examples of waka, written by the Meiji Emperor, that Usui included in the system of Reiki. These waka have been translated and are copyrighted to Hyakuten Inamoto.
"While a moon on an autumnal night remains just
the same as ever.
In this world the number of deceased
has become larger."
"As a great sky in clear light green
I wish my heart would be as vast."
These poems never came to the west with the system of Reiki as taught by Hawayo Takata. It is only since the mid 1990's when people have researched the origins of Reiki and Usui's teachings that the west has learnt about the existence of waka and begun to understand the significance of these poems within the structure of the system of Reiki.
Much of the information discussed in this section has been taken from The Reiki Sourcebook and The Japanese Art of Reiki by Bronwen and Frans Steine. These books provide us with an insight into the Japanese apsects of Reiki and are highly recommended reading for anyone wanting to understand the system of Reiki and its Japanese origins.