The word Reiki can be translated from the
Japanese to mean “Spiritual energy”.
The word refers to energy rather than a system or teachings.
A Reiki practitioner who studies the system of Reiki is taught methods that were developed by the founder Mikao Usui in the early 1900s that utilises “Reiki” to heal the self and become whole.
Influences upon Mikao Usui (1865-1926), and consequently upon his teachings (which are known as the system of Reiki today), came from a combination of his Japanese martial arts practice,Shintoism (the traditional Japanese folk religion),
Japanese buddhism (namely Tendai), and
Shugendo (a spiritual mountain practice).
Naturally the Japanese culture and philosophy that was apparent during Mikao Usui’s lifetime was also a great influence upon what has developed as the system of Reiki.
Copyright International House of Reiki
These are the precepts that are the foundation of Reiki, working on these will help you will find yourself.
If you can say the precepts morning and evening daily you will notice that they will have an effect on you.
When said often they have the effect of transforming the mind away from the ego based fear, anger and worry, into a greater focus on your life mission, awakening, gratitude, and compassion to all.
To hear how the precepts sound in Japanese follow this link
and listen to Reiki Principles in Japanese
by Mari Okazaki
THE FIVE PRECEPTS or GOKAI
"The secret method of inviting blessings, the spiritual medicine of many illnesses
(Shofuku no hiho, Manbyo no rei yaku)
Just for today(Kyo dake wa):
Don't get angry (Okoru na)
Don't worry (Shinpai su na)
Be grateful (Kansha shite)
Work hard (Gyo wo hage me)
Be compassionate to all (Hito ni shinsetsu ni)
Mornings and evenings sit in the gassho position and repeat these words out loud and in your heart
(Asa you gassho shite kokoro ni neji kuchi ni tonaeyo)
For the improvement of mind and body (Shin shin kaizen)
Usui Spiritual Healing Method (Usui Reiki Ryoho)
The founder, Mikao Usui (Chossô, Usui Mikao)"