The Five Reiki Principles or Gokai (for happiness, healing and self-change)


The Five Reiki Principles (Precepts) or Gokai

Usui Sensei taught five simple principles to support Reiki healing.  He believed in the power of reciting these principles daily.

“Every morning and evening join your hands in prayer.  Pray these words to your heart and chant these words with your mouth.”

Usui Reiki treatment for the improvement of body and mind, the founder, Mikao Usui

The secret art of inviting happiness, the miraculous medicine of all diseases:


Just for today,

Do not anger,

Do not worry,

Be filled with gratitude,

Devote yourself to your work,

Be kind.


Hatsurei-Ho, a Japanese Reiki meditation technique which incorporates the reciting of the 5 Reiki Principles. Any Reiki or non-Reiki-trained practitioner can use the Reiki Principles for self-change.

Here is another powerful version of the 5 Reiki Principles:

Just For Today:

I release angry thoughts and feelings

I release thoughts of worry

I’m grateful for my many blessings

I practice expanding my consciousness

I’m gentle with all beings, including myself




2 Comments Add yours

  1. Cate says:

    Simple and wise counsel, Amira; thanks for sharing it. I appreciate the inclusion of “all beings” — animals and insects as well as people, ourselves as well as others — in the re-stated fifth principle.


    1. That is a great observation. You are right! I removed the “be kind to people” and left it as just “be kind” in the first part. It’s very much in tune with Buddhist teachings, we are all interconnected, kindness includes all life. Thank you for visiting Cate 🙂


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