Today’s Gokai Lesson “Be Kind” is the third precept, or principle from Sensei Usui, Reiki Method’s founder. From the time we are infants to the time of our physical death, we are taught that being selfless and being kind and compassionate to others is of utmost importance, even more important than being kind and compassionate to ourselves. Reiki energy teaches us that philosophy is false, and it is just as important, if not more so, to be kind to ourselves as well as to others.
Personal growth and development is not always an easy process. We all like to think that we are good, kind individuals, which we are, but we also have parts of ourselves which we may feel ashamed of, or embarrassed that we are capable of having negative thoughts and emotions about ourselves and others. This duality, or yin/yang relationship, is necessary for us to continue to grow and experience. This dual nature allows us to tend the garden of our emotional, physical, and spiritual self by systematically and methodically removing the weeds from this garden by using the tools of understanding and acceptance, which leads to kindness and compassion to ourselves, and others.