5 Reiki Principles for Self-Care

The 5 Reiki principles are useful tools to help anyone improve their happiness and wellbeing. Part of the teachings of Dr. Mikao Usui, the guidelines allow us to live a balanced life, being aware of our internal and external environments and promoting harmony with all.


The best part about the Reiki principles is their pledge to take each day at a time. This removes the judgement we feel when we fall off the wagon after day 5, and reminds us that every day we can reset and start afresh.


1.     Just for today, I will not worry.

Worry and stress are a leading cause of illness in the Western world, and have an impact on physical wellbeing via weakening the immune system. Make a commitment to release worry when it begins to rise, trust in the Universe/Source/God that everything will be okay in the end.


2.     Just for today, I will not be angry.

Anger is a very powerful emotion, and if left unchecked can turn into increased blood pressure, inability to focus, and disconnect from those around you. It can be hard to stop anger rising in the heat of the moment, but take your attention to a calmer thought and try to let go.


3.     Just for today, I will be grateful.

Ahh gratitude, the cornerstone of any self-care journey. If you want to raise your vibration instantly, grab your journal and write a list of everything you are grateful for in your present situation- financial, health, relationships. Do not feel guilty for what you have, it is your birth right, and by keeping in a positive mindset you will attract even more to be grateful for!


4.     Just for today, I will do my work honestly.

At first glance you may feel this is a little obvious, of course you are an honest person! But this principle goes beyond not being dishonest to customers, colleagues, friends etc. I believe what Usui meant here was being honest to yourself in all aspects of daily life. If you have a goal to save money, you’re being dishonest to yourself when you click purchase on that ASOS haul. Self-care means  being honest with yourself about your purpose, look past the fears, and speak your truth at all times.


5.     Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.

Practicing kindness is something that sounds so easy, but is so hard to implement, why is that? Self care means being kind to your body, mind, and spirit, but we often put others’ needs before our own. Try to do one thing each day that makes you happy – it could be Yoga, booking a distance Reiki treatment, creating art, or something completely passive such as watching your favourite show. Anything that brings relaxation, joy, contentment.


The 5 Reiki Principles are a great guide to live a meaningful life with purpose and intent, but the best advice is to remember to take time to connect with yourself and your needs. Do you have any Reiki Self Care tips? Share them below!