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  • Writer's pictureBeth Molaro

Principles to Live By


"Smile, breathe, and go slowly."

~Thich Nhat Hanh

Today I wanted to share with you the "Reiki Precepts" which are so applicable to life for all of us. As Reiki Practitioners, we are given these Precepts as principles to live by. For me, they are an expanded form of the traditional "Golden Rule".



The precepts invite us to be mindful, to let go of worry and anger, and to learn to honor and appreciate the wonder of our lives. I especially love the reminder to live in the moment, "Just for today". Somehow, focusing on the precepts on a day to day basis makes it easier to dwell in the present rather than obsessing on the past or future. I always say, "NOW is what we KNOW we have, this very moment." The Reiki Precepts help me to remember to honor the NOW, and to live a conscious lifestyle by taking small bites instead of looking ahead to all of life where it is easy to be overwhelmed. They remind me to treat others as I would wish to be treated myself. I invite you to take some time with these precepts each day, perhaps on waking in the morning and just before bed in the evening. You could start with one and gradually add on the others. Say the precept to yourself or out-loud. Say it over and over again and feel its vibration in your BE-ing. Use the precepts in your meditation practice. You could use the precepts in conjunction with holding your fingers as we are taught in the practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu to balance the limiting attitudes that dis-harmonize our bodies and support balance and transformation. (For more information on the Jin Shin Jyutsu practice of balancing by holding the fingers, READ THIS.


Just for today, I will let go of WORRY. Hold the THUMB.

Just for today, I will let go of ANGER. Hold the MIDDLE FINGER.

Just for today, I will do my work honestly. Hold the LITTLE FINGER.

Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings. Hold the RING FINGER.

Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing. Hold the INDEX FINGER.


I invite you to see what a difference the Reiki Precepts can make in your life and your ability to return yourself to BALANCE.


“The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.” ~Albert Einstein

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