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The Reiki Creed: Create your own

"Just for today, I will let go of anger.
Just for today, I will let go of worry.
Today I will count my many blessings.
Today I will do my work honestly. 
Today I will be kind to every living creature."

One of the first things most Reiki students learn is the Reiki Creed.  Unlike a creed that belongs to a religion, or a personal belief creed like the one I declared a few weeks ago, the Reiki creed speaks to everyone, universally.  Instead of declaring beliefs, it instead sets an intention for how to live day-to-day life.

The Reiki Creed does something really fantastic:  It purposely does not speak of forever.  It is not a be-all or end-all sort of statement.  Instead, it takes things one day at a time.  Just for today.  For me, this is HUGE.  It also grounds me in the here & now.  Just for today.  Just for this moment.  Just for right now.

Just for today, I will let go of anger.

Just for today, I will release feelings of anger.  I know that they do not serve me, my energy, or my spirit.  I know that anger is something I feel by choice, not something that someone else makes me feel. I know that anger does not solve problems.  

This does not mean that I will never feel angry.  On the contrary, it means that I will honor my feeling of anger, I will honor myself, and then I will let the anger leave, as swiftly as an exhale.  

Everyone feels angry.  When asked if he ever feels anger, the Dalai Lama said, "Oh, yes, of course. I'm a human being. Generally speaking, if a human being never shows anger, then I think something's wrong. He's not right in the brain." But, as the Dalai Lama points out, "Anger or hatred is like a fisherman’s hook. It is very important for us to ensure that we are not caught by it."

The key is letting it go.

Just for today, I will let go of worry.

This is my favorite line from the Creed, and it seems to really resonate with others.  When my Reiki students reflect on the Reiki Creed, this is usually the line they comment on as something that they want to integrate into their lives.

Worry and fear are two things that I personally struggle with.  I notice that when I am worried, the actual act of worrying usually does not benefit me.  The worry does not change the outcome of a situation, and most often, it is not even warranted.  The worry does not serve me in any way.  Instead, it brings my energy down and causes unnecessary suffering.  

So, I let it go.  This letting go feels more like a deep sigh than a simple exhale...it is heavy.

Today I will count my many blessings.

There is magic and power in the art of gratitude.   If I'm ever having a bad day, I flip through my gratitude journal or pull out a pen and write down 20 or so things that I am grateful for.  When we see the good in spite of the darkness, the dark parts have some light shed on them and don't seem so frightening.

When we count our blessings instead of our misfortunes, we approach the world in a more positive way.

Today I will do my work honestly.

This one really resonates with me and I truly make it my intention to live this concept to the fullest.  Every day, I am lucky enough to be able to do what it is that I feel is my calling.  I am able to be honest in my work.

Even if you feel like your job is not a part of your life's purpose, can you do your work honestly?  Can you integrate your honest work into your day?  

Today I will be kind to every living creature.

What if everyone was kind to everyone else?  Imagine a world where there is compassion instead of road rage, a smile instead of a scowl, a hug instead of a cold shoulder.  When we are kind to each other, I think we feel better about ourselves, too.  

Here is is important to remember to be kind to ourselves, too.  I truly believe that one of the most important things you can do for yourself spiritually is to be kind to yourself.  When you are kind to yourself, healing can begin.

I believe that anyone can make their own creed or guide to follow.  Here's how:

1.  Jot down what you would like to invite more of into your life.  Write down feelings, attitude shifts, practices, etc.  

2.  Next, circle the five items in your list that stick out the most to you.  Perhaps there's one that seems overwhelming or frightening.  Be gentle with yourself here.  Remember the idea of "just for today."

3.  Plug your items into the template below:
Just for today, I ___________________________________________
Just for today, I ___________________________________________
Today I will _______________________________________________
Today I will _______________________________________________
Today I will _______________________________________________

4.  Write your creed down on a piece of paper, or better yet, a sticky note.  Put the creed some place that you can see.  I like to put mine on my computer monitor.  You may wish to put yours on your altar, bathroom mirror, or in your car.  

5.  Remember:  Just for today.  Just for this breath.  Just for this moment.  


Are you interested in learning more about Reiki and energy healing?  I offer both Intuitive Reiki Healing Sessions & an online Reiki Training.  

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