We teach the Reiki principles in our children’s and teen classes, as well as in our adult classes. The wording is changed very slightly for our younger students: “Just for today I will try not to be angry” – with an emphasis on the “try“.
Reiki precepts are ideals. They are not meant to encourage self-condemnation or unrealistic perfectionism. The anger precept is about fostering awareness and a lighter hold on relationships and our expectations. All of the Reiki precepts give us something to strive for each day. This first one can be quite challenging. However, there is a difference between getting angry, dealing with the emotion in a constructive way (without harmful actions for ourselves or others), and staying angry.
Getting angry is a normal human response that is more easily triggered in some than in others. The second phase of noticing our triggers and how we process and handle anger is important not only for our own health and well-being, but also for the children in our care. Children are greatly influenced by our modeling.
The third phase of staying angry is actually more of a choice than we realize in the moment. We can keeping fueling our anger on an emotional level. How many of us have heard ourselves or others repeating an incident over and over again as we gather momentum and shore up our angry feelings.
(It’s important to note that anger can also be a valid, appropriate and important response that gives us impetus for change if handled in a constructive manner. Reiki principles are not about teaching suppression of valid emotions. They are about teaching awareness and thoughtful reflection.)
This short interesting article from Family Circle discusses anger with a simple family story. We found ourselves identifying with each of the people in the story from the child to the parents.
Food for thought – picture a similar scene unfolding in your own particular circumstances. How would you have initially reacted and followed through afterwards? Easy to hypothesize when not in the midst of aggravating situations. :)
What are your thoughts on this 1st Reiki Principle?
Here are the other 4 Reiki Ideals we will be discussing from time to time:
“Just for Today, I will not worry”
“Just for Today, I will be grateful for all my blessings”
“Just for today, I will do the best I can with everything I do.”
“Just for today, I will be kind to everyone and every living thing.”
Feel free to comment. We’d love to hear from you.
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