The birth of the ethical principles of Reiki


     Usui returned to his monastery but soon decided that he wanted to take this healing into beggar city, which is in the slums of Kyoto. He wanted to send the young ones to the monastery where they would be trained by the monks in skills which would help them earn a living. He worked with the poor for seven years treating many illnesses.

     He began to notice familiar faces as he walked the neighborhood and learned that these were indeed some of the young people he had healed and sent to the monastery for training. They had returned to the slums because they found earning a living much harder than going out to beg.

     Upon hearing this, Master Usui felt himself a great failure and left beggar city immediately. He withdrew to meditate on what had happened. He realized that although he had been successful in balancing the physical bodies of the beggars, he had not paid attention to their spiritual health. At this time he added to Reiki his five ethical precepts:

Just for today, do not worry

Just for today, do not anger

Honor your parents, teachers, and elders

Earn your living honestly

and show gratitude to everything




    Master Usui began to travel throughout Japan teaching Reiki. He would carry a lighted torch in broad daylight to attract attention. When people asked him why he carried a light when the sun was shining, he would invite them to attend his meeting that evening if they really wanted to know about the "light".

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