Defining Discipline & Commitment Within Reiki

Take a deeper look into the Reiki Precepts and you will find discipline and commitment.

The Reiki precepts in Japanese (with English translation)

Kyo dakewa (today only)

Ikaru na (do not anger)

Shinpai suna (do not worry)

Kansha shite (be grateful)

Gyo o hageme (practice diligently)

Hito ni shinsetus ni (Show compassion to yourself and others)

Practice diligently

Discipline and commitment can have many meanings to many people. To me they are the embodiment of diligence. Gyo o hageme, to practice diligently, it is your practice. It is unique to you. It is through your own discipline and commitment that you rediscover true self. In today’s fast-paced world people have a tendency to rush. They want things yesterday. It takes discipline to allow yourself to slow down. To find the meditation in something as mundane as washing the dishes. When you practice diligently you will find that you do not bear anger, and you are no longer worried.

The precepts seem like simple things, and you may want to read them once and move on. However, when you allow yourself the joy of delving into each individual one you start to discover so much more. Why do people fear going back to the basics? Does a dancer not practice the simple movements they learned as a child? Do football players not run the same drills?

This is true for everyday life. Do not shun the basics. They only help to advance you further. Discipline and commitment are the soil in which seeds grow.

Teri Calandra Dipl.Acu, MSTOM, L.Ac., LMT, RMT

Teri began her studies in energy medicine as part of her own personal development journey, and continues to to learn and integrate that knowledge into her practice. Teri is the founding practitioner of Calandra Center for Health and Wellness in Chicago, Illinois. She is licensed by the State of Illinois in acupuncture (L.Ac.), and board certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).