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The Tao of Reiki Ryoho, S1E1

This and subsequent podcasts are intended to inform and engage fellow Reiki Ryoho practitioners:

  • Those who want to live their Reiki practice rather than put on the Reiki Ryoho “shirt” when they feel it’s necessary.
  • Those who want to deepen their understanding of Reiki,
  • Those who want to awaken their inherent abilities to influence Reiki through consciously engaging the Reiki Ryoho model,
  • And those who want to intuitively embrace the information of the Universe through the lens of their soul, letting their life experiences be a reflection of their hearts’ guidance through the practice of Reiki Ryoho.

The Usui Reiki Ryoho Gokai (Principles)

As I re-do this particular blog, I must note that the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gokai will be seen written differently in many publications than in the form I teach. When learning my first level of Reiki Ryoho, I was taught the Principles as:

Just for today, do not worry.
Just for today, do not be angry or anger another.
Honour your parents, teachers and elders.
Earn your living honestly.
Awake with joy in your heart and give thanks for all that comes your way.

Here are some other representations I’ve found during the years of reading books on Reiki and the research done by others.

From Hiroshi Doi, a Japanese Reiki Master and founder of Gendai Reiki Ho:

The Secret Method to Invite Happiness
The Miricle Medicine for All Diseases
~For today only, do not be angry.
~Do not be anxious and be grateful.
~Work hard and be kind to others.
Gassho and repeat them in your mind
at the beginning and the end of each day.
Usui Reiki Ryoho – Improve your mind and body.
Founder, Usui Mikao

From the book “Essential Reiki” by Diane Stein:

Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings.
Just for today, I will not worry.
Just for today, I will not be angry.
Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
Just for today, I will be kind to my neighbour and every living thing.

Pamela Miles in her book, “Reiki, A Comprehensive Guide”, presents her version:

Just for today, do not be angry and do not worry.
Value your life and make the effort necessary to actualize your life’s purpose.
Be kind.

From the book “Spirit of Reiki”, by Walter Lubeck, Frank Arjava Petter and William Lee Rand:

Just for today,
Don’t get angry.
Don’t worry.
Be grateful.
Work hard.
Be kind to others.

From Tadao Yamaguchi’s book, “Light on the Origins of Reiki”:

Just for today
Do not be angry
Do not be worried
Be grateful
Do your duties fully
Be kind to others

From my first manuals:

Just for today, I worry not
Just for today, I anger not
Just for today, I honour myself, my elders, my teachers,  my parents
Just for today, I am diligent in my work
Just for today, I live in gratitude for all that I experience

James Dean at has some good articles on the origins of the Gokai, its many translations and how some of them could have come to be.

See this link for the Japanese correlation of characters to the English pronunciations of the Gokai.

As I replied to a question from a student recently on the different translations or interpretations;

 “Now you begin to see the crazies I’ve gone through for many years. Every time I opened a book on Reiki Ryoho, I would find a different translation or interpretation of the Gokai or 5 Principles. I’ve even taught about 3 different ones myself, before contacting Frank Arjava Petter about the interpretation and a correct pronunciation (in Japanese) of the Gokai. So I’ve settled on teaching as per his reply. And as I’ve practiced with it over time it feels like it resonates in a more harmonious fashion with me.”

Regardless, it seems that for the most part (I won’t get into the more esoteric of the interpretations I’ve encountered) however the representation of the Gokai is presented, we can still recognize the five principles in them. I have used at least 3 representations of the Gokai over the past 20 years, and I realize that I am most comfortable and resonate deeply with the one I now present in my Shoden manual;

The secret method of inviting blessings, the spiritual medicine of many illnesses
Just for Today,
    Don’t get angry
    Don’t worry
    Be grateful
    Fulfill your duties
    Have compassion, for yourself and others
Mornings and evenings sit in the gassho position and repeat these words out loud and in your heart
For the improvement of mind and body
Usui Spiritual Healing Method
The founder, Usui Mikao

When I recite the Gokai for myself, I personalize it thus;

Just for today
I don’t get angry
I don’t worry
I am grateful
I fulfill my duties
I have compassion, for myself and others

My take on learning the Gokai and practicing it (not only the saying while in Gassho, but being the embodiment of the principles) would be:

We all have to find our own Michi (“Way”).
Learn more than one way and determine which resonates more with you, then use that, until one of greater harmony finds you.

Enjoy your practice!!

…on my teaching Usui Reiki Ryoho

What I bring as a Teacher

I have been a Usui Reiki Ryoho practitioner since November 1997, received my Master/Teacher certification in  October 2001 and have been teaching Usui Reiki Ryoho since then. I am also a Registered Massage Therapist (since March 1996) and have studied other ‘energy healing’ techniques such as PhysioEmotional Release, Quantum Touch, Matrix Energetics, Polarity Therapy, and life experiences (always the toughest, and best teacher).
What I bring to the seminars is the experience, knowledge and intuition of a full-time in practice massage therapist of 20 years, 18 years practicing Usui Reiki Ryoho, and teaching for 15 years.

The ‘style’ of Reiki that I learned, practiced and taught is known as “Usui/Tibetan Reiki”, as practiced and taught by William Lee Rand, Diane McCumber, Arthur Robertson, et al.  As I practiced, studied and taught, I noticed many discrepancies in the stories of  how (what is called) Reiki came into being, how and what Usui Sensei taught and what had been added by Dr. Hayashi, Mrs. Takata, and others. To this end, I began researching the history and development of what is known as Reiki and found that the huge amount of information available on the internet and in books was often contradictory or did not fit together.
I have since modified both the curriculums and my style of teaching to be more in line with the style (I believe) in which Usui Sensei taught. Continued research by Frank Petter, Hiroshi Doi, Frans and Bronwen Stiene, Walter Lubeck, Dave King and others has brought forth greater understanding (contextually) of the life experiences, time and place of Mikao Usui’s development of what he eventually named “Usui Reiki Ryoho” (Usui Sacred (or Spiritual) Energy Healing Method). I’ve dropped some of the items in the seminars as I was taught when I learned they were not originally of Usui Sensei’s teaching, but add-ons from the North American models. I also dropped the seminar Level 3 or Advanced Reiki Training as most of that curriculum is also add-ons and not of the Usui Reiki Ryoho style. In the past few years, my reading of quantum physics materials has given me a greater understanding of ‘energy’; that everything is energy, frequency, vibration and has brought me to the realization that the statement “Reiki is a system or method…” is incorrect. I now realize that Reiki is simply a term used in an attempt to describe the energy matrix from which everything is generated. The formed and the formless; limitless, immeasurable, inexhaustible. Other terms or labels can be “God, Creator, Great Spirit, The Divine, Universe, etc”.  So everything is Reiki, even that which we may judge not to be.


What that leaves us with is to more appropriately label the healing method developed and named by Mikao Usui, “Usui Reiki Ryoho” (Usui Sacred (or Spiritual) Energy Healing Method). In light of this, I continue to research and study. I strive, in my practice and teaching, to emulate as much as possible a style similar to Usui Sensei while being open to other ways and methods which I can incorporate into my practice. As a mentor of mine remarked, “You’ll take what you know, blend it with what I teach you and create your own mosaic healing method.” I believe Usui Sensei did this as well.

Be Reiki, every day!

Usui Reiki Ryoho Support

For my students, I have a private FaceBook  Group page and a private Student’s Forum. This is part of my support to those who have offered me the honour of being their teacher. We also host a monthly Sharing Time for my students where we gather for group sharing of experiences, questions and practice.

 Four Tenets

The workshops and seminars I facilitate hold four central tenets, that they be Informative, Insightful, Experiential and Transformative.

Reiki and Meditation

Reiki and Meditation

by  Laurelle Shanti Gaia*

Creating Time and Developing Focus
When teaching Reiki classes I often speak of “my Reiki meditations”.  This stirs questions and comments from many of the students.  Frequently students exclaim “I just can’t meditate”, “My mind is always wandering”, “I don’t have time to meditate”, “How do I use Reiki to help me learn to meditate”, “I’ve meditated for years, why do I need to use Reiki?”
It wasn’t until I began incorporating Reiki into my meditations that I began to feel like I was really accomplishing something.  I happen to be a Gemini with an Aquarius moon, talk about mental chatter! So if I can learn to meditate with the help of Reiki, I believe anyone can!

The purpose of meditation
First, let’s consider the purpose of meditation and the forms it can take.  Meditation is the art of creating a quiet mind and listening to the sound of silence.  Where prayer is the act of talking with the Divine, meditation is the act of listening and truly hearing what God has to share with us. This can take place during special sacred moments that you set aside specifically for the purpose of meditation, or spontaneously. Activities when spontaneous meditations often occur are while brushing your teeth, in the shower, hiking, running, washing the dishes, mowing the lawn and yes, we have all had those auto-pilot moments while driving the car.

Creating time
Now, what about that challenge of making time to meditate?  This is a challenge for nearly every person on the planet.  Multi-tasking is a way of life for so many people, and time seems to be moving faster every day.  So how does one make time? Simple… just DO it!  Our communion with the Divine through prayer and meditation is THE single most important thing we can do each day. NOTHING holds more urgency for the development of our day, the events in our life and the growth of our soul.  The most important relationship we have is our relationship with God. The quality of all our other relationships is influenced by our ability to commune with God as we would with a friend.
The best way I have found to create time to meditate is by starting my day earlier, and the first thing I do is my prayer, meditation, and distant Reiki practice.  Whatever the schedule of my household is at the time, I arise at least an hour before everyone else.  This is MY precious time.  These are sacred moments and they are just for me.  You deserve precious, sacred moments to commune with and develop a relationship, a friendship with God and with the healing love of the Reiki energy.

Creating Focus
Usui Sensei taught his students the first pillar of Reiki, the Gassho meditation.  Gassho means “two hands coming together”.  Dr. Usui taught his students to place their hands in the Gassho position every morning and evening.  Gassho teaches the art of quieting the mind and creating single pointed focus in meditation. One basically places their hands in prayer position, closes their eyes, and brings all their awareness to the tip of the fire (middle) finger.  When the mind wanders, gently press the fire fingers together and refocus. This technique is detailed in “Reiki the Healing Touch”.
I begin my daily sessions with Gassho, and then I offer prayers for myself, for others and the planet.  Next, I send distant Reiki to all who have requested it.

A 21-Day Reiki Meditation Program

I have used the following 21-day program to learn more about Reiki, develop the ability to focus, to empower my prayers, goals and visions; and to receive answers.

Days 1-7 – Begin by creating an intention or a question. Draw the Usui power symbol in front of your body and with your hands, move the energy into your solar plexus.  Breathe deeply, imagining that you are breathing in the essence of the symbol.  As you exhale allow the energy to permeate every cell of your body, and expand out into your emotional body, your mental body, all the way into your spiritual body.  State your intention or ask your question. Sit quietly with this energy for 5-15 minutes.  If your mind wanders, simply invoke the name of the power symbol three times and visualize it.  When you finish, acknowledge that you are holding the full light of the Reiki energy and it will be with you through your day. Write notes about your experience in a journal. Include any thoughts, words, images or feelings that came to you. Do this even if there seems to be no logic to it.  Often Reiki and the Divine speak to us in symbols, or with pieces of a puzzle that will come together later by reflecting back on your journal.

Days 8-14 – Begin by creating an intention or a question. Draw the Usui mental and emotional symbol in front of your body and with your hands, move the energy into your heart.  Breathe deeply, imagining that you are breathing in the essence of the symbol.  As you exhale allow the energy to permeate every cell of your body, and expand out into your emotional body, your mental body, all the way into your spiritual body.  Imagine any unhealthy mental or emotional patterns being rewoven into healthy thought, feeling, and response patterns. State your intention or ask your question. Sit quietly with this energy for 5-15 minutes.  If your mind wanders, simply invoke the name of the mental emotional symbol three times and visualize it.  When you finish, acknowledge that you are holding the full love of the Reiki energy and it will be with you through your day. Write notes about your experience in a journal.

Days 15-21 – Begin by creating an intention or a question.Draw the Usui distant healing symbol in front of your body and with your hands, move the energy into your entire body beginning by moving the energy from the crown and down through your feet.  Breathe deeply, imagining that you are breathing in the essence of the symbol.  As you exhale allow the energy to permeate every cell of your body, and expand out into your energy field.State your intention or ask your question.
Take a moment to imagine or visualize the symbol taking the form of a bridge of light.  This bridge reaches through time and through space.  Allow the bridge of light to carry Reiki energy back in time as it permeates all levels of your consciousness and the multiple dimensions of your being.
Next, allow the energy to flow forward in time creating harmonious energy in your future.  Now bring the energy into the present moment.  Sit quietly with this energy for 5-15 minutes.  If your mind wanders, simply invoke the name of the distant symbol three times and visualize it.  When you finish, acknowledge that you are holding the timeless healing power of the Reiki energy and it will be with you through your day. Write notes about your experience in a journal.

This 21-day program is designed for those who are attuned to level two Reiki.  Level I practitioners could modify it using level I energy instead of the symbols. It is possible to also extend the program for another 21 days by replacing the symbols with the three Reiki Master symbols, or with the Karuna symbols of your choice.
I hope you find these suggestions helpful, and that you are willing to explore the importance of creating a special time to deepen your relationship with the Divine and the love of the Reiki energy.

In the Light of the Creator . . . We See Only Love

*Laurelle Shanti Gaia,
 since 1989, has been a student, a teacher, practitioner and facilitator of the healing arts. She served as a healer in the National Institute of Health’s Glioblastoma Research project. (a 3-year study on the effects distant healing has on the quality of life for patients with this rare form of brain cancer.)

Laurelle is also a Professional Licensed Reiki Master Teacher and Karuna Reiki® Master Teacher with the International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT). She operates an active Reiki practice, with clients and students in Sedona, AZ., facilitating Reiki training, as well as Reiki Crystal Healing, and Reiki-Sound Healing (ReikiSonics) programs in Sedona, and worldwide.

She has authored Infinite Spectrum Color Healing Course, Sacred Circles, Be Peace Now, Reiki Crystal Healing and The Book on Karuna Reiki. These books and courses help us further understand and develop our subtle energy system, soul level chakras, and how to harmonize with the Earth. Since 1994 Laurelle has served as Director of Teacher Licensing for the ICRT and a regular author for Reiki News Magazine, since it’s inception.

10 Steps to Abundance

By Carolyn Blakeslee. Excerpted from Natural Awakenings

Make a list of what you desire.

List your desires, not wants or needs, which imply lack of, rather than abundance of, something. By saying/thinking/writing. “ I desire (this) or something even better now manifesting for the good of all concerned”, you create room for even greater possibilities.

Remember a situation of abundance.

If you catch yourself wallowing in a bad memory or engaging in “stinkin’ thinkin’”, call up a contrasting memory in which you felt rich, beautiful, accomplished, capable… whatever state of being you desire.

Align with your passions.

By taking even a small step toward a passion or goal that nurtures you, you will fell cleaner, clearer and more energetic, thus opening the way for progress. God has a plan for your life and a deep desire for its’ creation…You…is for you to flourish.

Look forward.

List your most cherished dreams and immediate intentions, Better yet pull pictures from a past happy time and cut out magazine pictures that represent the good things you desire in your future and then paste them in a journal or on a poster board to refer to during moments of reflection.

Streamline your life continually.

Let go of situations and clutter that don’t support your aspirations.

Spend time with positive people.

Don’t believe naysayers. You are working to overcome your own limiting beliefs, so why listen to anyone else’s self- limiting negativity?  Step away with kindness.

Select new sources carefully and set a time limit.

Read only thoughtful, responsible journalism, which doesn’t include most TV news. You will avoid wasting time on nasty stories that engender negative feelings and harmful physiological responses. You will feel better for it.

Have the proverbial “attitude of gratitude”.

Count your blessings. Think often of all the good in your life. Say ”Thank you” more than once a day. Contemplate the areas of your life that are working well; take those skills and apply them to what you would like to improve.

Express gratitude.

Thank others frequently, with thank-you cards, expressive emails, gestures of encouragement and smiles. People always appreciate kindness and good manners, especially when civility seems in short supply.


When you answer the phone, put a smile on your face and in your voice. Welcome people into your life, even if it’s just for that moment. Allow them to feel your warmth. When you catch yourself frowning with concentration during a task, pause to lift your brows, pull back your face and smile!

Carolyn Blakeslee publishes the North Central Florida edition of Natural Awakenings.

Charging a fee for Reiki healing or teaching?

I have just read a number of posts on some blog sites offering opinions as to whether or not to charge a fee for Reiki treatments and Reiki teaching.CCHA2006_0630(031)

So here is my opinion.
Personally, I like to work with the idea of healing being the process of achieving harmony in all aspects of our life; physical, spiritual, mental and emotional. And so I believe that the time taken by a person to learn/teach Usui Reiki Ryoho and experience abundance through the consistent incorporation of Reiki in their life should be balanced by the charging of a fee for their services.
Does one appreciate more an object or service for which they have expended no thought and energy or one for which they have had to apply focus and energy to acquire?

This I believe, “There must be an appropriate exchange of energy, one that honours each.”

To charge for Reiki or not to charge for Reiki, either treatment or teaching is a choice for and by each practitioner and teacher.
We enjoy the world (or not) through the choices we make, and to judge another for their choice is to limit ourselves and our ability to influence. We cannot change another, we can only change ourselves, and through our choices offer a model by which others may choose to emulate. Choose wisely, wisdom is not a brain function it is a heart/mind function.
Walk in Beauty.


Different Ways (give them a try)

Last weekend Mary and I were driving back from some errands and speaking about putting on courses and teaching and learning techniques when this little gem showed up.
(I suggest you print this out and add it to your Reiki Manual)

Speak the Usui Reiki Ryoho Precepts (Gokai) out LOUD!_MG_7063

Check for yourself the difference you feel between:

      1. Silently saying the precepts to yourself
      2. Saying them out loud.
      3. Saying them out loud, with emphasis!

Personal Preparation

I recommend you set up your treatment area BEFORE your client arrives so that you can speak your prayers and ‘opening to Reiki’ aloud.


      1. Gokai (3 repetitions minimum) with hands in Gassho.
      2. Opening: “I open myself to the healing power of Reiki” (3 repetitions)
      3. Purpose: “I am grateful that Reiki fills me and flows through me continuously this day to offer harmony and balance to me for my greatest and highest purpose and for the greatest and highest good of all.

Room/Area Preparation


      1. Opening: “I open myself to the healing power of Reiki” (3 repetitions)
      2. Purpose: It is my intention that Reiki fill me and flow through me to create this space (…as bounded by…) as a sacred space for healing/teaching/meeting/meditating/sleeping… for the purpose of…a Reiki healing session/a Reiki teaching session/meditation/sleeping… with______(client name)_____ for their (my – if for yourself) greatest and highest good, greatest and highest purpose and greatest and highest good of all.

Client Engagement and Commitment
To get the client engaged in their own healing and the Reiki session they are about to experience, the following technique is offered.

After the consultation and bathroom visit and before the client gets on the table, have the client stand and look at you and repeat out loud:
             You can say, “Repeat after me…”

I am grateful for receiving Reiki and I am open to receiving Reiki through (___your name_________) in support of my healing intention of (________________) for myself.”