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The Gokai:
The Five 'Principles', 'Precepts' or 'Ideals' of Usui Reiki

Copyright © 2006 James Deacon

Reiki Principles Gokai
The Gokai

"The secret method of inviting blessings, the spiritual medicine of many illnesses (Shôfuku no hihô, Manbyo no rei yaku)

Just for today (Kyo dake wa):

Don't get angry
(Okoru na*)

Don't worry
(Shinpai su na)

Be grateful
(Kansha shite)

Work diligently
(Gyo wo hage me)

Be kind to others
(Hito ni shinsetsu ni)

Mornings and evenings sit in the gassho position and repeat these
words out loud and in your heart (Asa you gassho shite kokoro ni nenji kuchi ni tonaeyo)

For the improvement of mind and body (Shin shin kaizen)

Usui Spiritual Healing Method (Usui Reiki Ryoho)
The founder, Mikao Usui (Chossô, Usui Mikao)
"

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The Significance of the Gokai

Many people believe that the gokai - the Five Principles or Precepts - are an important key to the system that is Usui Reiki Ryoho.

Perhaps it is that they are not just 'important' but rather 'VITAL' - that they are the very CORE of Usui-sensei's system - that the Precepts themselves are:
"The secret method of inviting blessings, the spiritual medicine of many illnesses" spoken of in the introductory statement which comes directly before the Precepts themselves.

The Precepts themselves are 'keys' or strategies to apply to life.

In fact, at least two of the Precepts clearly fall in the cartegory of straight-forward, direct 'preventative medicine'. [See article: Just For Today.. ]

Different versions of the gokai?

As you will be seen below, there are numerous slightly different paraphrased translations of each of the five principles.

In a couple of renditions of the principles, no's 3 and 4 are merged together [1] (and in one case, principles 1 and 2 are also combined into a single principle [2] ), yet whatever the version, these differenty-worded translations still essentially all deal of the same five concepts:

anger, worry, gratitude, work, kindness

"Honour your parents..."

Some people have commented why one version of the principles has 'Honour your parents, teachers and elders' where the majority of others have the 'gratitude' principle

On several occasions Takata-sensei expressed the principles in slightly different wording - in an attempt to clarify the core sentiment for the students present at the time - and this is partly why different people use slightly variant wordings.

It was common for Takata sensei to state the 'gratitude' principle as "We will count our blessings" or "... be grateful for our many blessings" and to qualify this by explaining gratitude included honouring our fathers and mothers, teachers and neighbours - and even our food.

To Takata sensei, the greatest of the five was Gratitude.


"Mornings and evenings..."

The 'user instructions' presented with the formal Japanese version of the principles (at the top of this page) tell us:

"Mornings and evenings sit in the gassho position and repeat these words out loud and in your heart"

And as a result, many people seem to consider the gokai as being something to only use in this way - seeing them simply as a set of 'positive-thinking' affirmations - or alternatively, as some form of, as it were, 'magic incantation'.

Yes, we may practice gokai sansho (repeating the five principles three times) both on rising and on going to bed - and this can help to imprint them on our subconscious - but I feel too much emphasis is placed on chanting them, and possibly not enough on living by them.

Stronger feeling when recited in English or Japanese?

Some people claim to get a stronger feeling whilst reciting one paraphrased English (or other language) version of the principles; yet others, while reciting the 'formal' Japanese version; but in my opinion, the real power of the gokai only truly manifests in the instances of their application in the midst of daily life.


Examples of some of the slightly different paraphrased translations of each of the five principles.

Just for today [i.e. focus in the here-and-now]:

Principle 1 has been variously stated as:
Do not anger
Don't get angry
Thou shall not anger
I will not be angry
I will let go of anger

Principle 2 has been variously stated as:
Do not worry
Don't be anxious
Thou shall not worry
I will not worry
I will let go of worry

Principle 3 has been variously stated as:
Be grateful
Show appreciation
Thou shall be grateful for the many blessings
I will give thanks for my many blessings
I will count my many blessings
Express your thanks
Show gratitude to every living thing
Honor your parents, teachers and elders

Principle 4 has been variously stated as:
Work hard
Study diligently
Devote yourself to your work
Earn thy livelihood with honest labor
I will do my work honestly
Be diligent in your business

Principle 5 has been variously stated as:
Be kind to people
Be kind to others
Be kind to thy neighbors
I will be kind to every living thing
I will be kind to every living creature
Show compassion to every living thing

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A personal phrasing of the gokai
- from my Ajari-yuga Empowerment-Deepening Reiki Meditation:

 

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NOTES:

* The Japanese characters pronounced as okoru can also be pronounced as ikaru 
- so we can say 'okoru na' or  alternatively 'ikaru na'

[1] eg:
Do not anger
Do not worry
Do your work with gratitude
Be kind to others

[2]
Today only, anger not - worry not
Do your work with appreciation
Be kind to people



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