Reiki and Everday Living Part 2 : Be Kind

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.

Many times we inaccurately believe that since we are so “spiritual” and “good”, that we must be failing in our growth process when we have feelings of jealousy, resentment, anger, frustration, lack of control, etc.  That is not the case.  When we are striving to be the best human that we can be while we are here on this earth and experience this life to its fullest, we become more aware of our ego when it rears its head.  Many Spiritual authors, such as Dr. Wayne Dyer and Eckhart Tolle tell us that when those “negative” emotions or reactions arise, we have become disconnected from our higher self.  Because our higher self is the objective, detached self, our higher self does not resonate with the lower feeling vibrations.  The lower feeling vibrations resonate with the ego.  And the Ego sabotages us from staying connected to God/Source/Universal energy.
It is part of our developmental growth that we experience these things, because each time we delve into ourselves and uncover a part of ourselves that has been covered with mud and we shine the light of understanding and compassion onto the muck, our energy resonates at a higher vibrational frequency.
There are many stories and historical accounts of how the Reiki Method began.  One story that the Usui Gakkai, or school, retells and passes down to their students describes that as Sensei Usui was leaving Mount Kurama when his 21 day retreat was over, he stubbed his toe on a rock on the way down and healed himself.  Sensei Hiroshi Doi has confirmed this story, and advises that this is the perfect example and proof that we heal ourselves first.  Daily Reiki practice is a very important factor in keeping us healthy, feeling good, and being connected to higher vibrational frequencies.  The author of the Usui Memorial inscription wrote: “To begin spreading the Reiki system, it is important to start from a place close to you (yourself); don’t start from something distant, such as philosophy or logic”.  That is the primary reason  Reiki teachers worldwide emphasize and reinforce the importance of self-treatment in a Reiki 1 or Shoden class, because when the practitioner is well, he or she will be most effective in treating and teaching others.
Another story widely told, but does have some minor differences, depending on which Reiki School/Philosophy recounts it, is the one related to Sensei Usui’s service of giving Reiki free to beggars in Beggar City.  Sensei Usui selflessly gave Reiki to people who needed it, at no charge.  When he discovered that even though the beggars had been healed and could get jobs to support themselves but continued to beg because it was easier, he changed his mind about selflessly giving away his services because they weren’t appreciated.  There is debate among the Reiki community of whether to charge or donate services because of this story, but the the deeper meaning behind this story really is this:  we cannot drain our resources and reserves in an effort to be kind to others without receiving recognition, reward, or appreciation from them because this is not healthy and is very self-destructive.  By not recognizing yourself and having compassion for yourself damages self-respect.  Setting boundaries and saying ‘no’ to people and situations that do not respect, honor, or appreciate your kindness is an important part of the precept “Be Kind”.
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