Be true to your way and being

The five precepts of reiki are:

For today only:

Do not be angry.
Do not be worried.
Be humble.
Be true to your way and being.
Show compassion to yourself and others.

Together, they are a philosophy for living and for every day.

While they seem simple, I think they’re quite profound, and are cover all the bases for a content life pretty well.

To tell the truth, however, I’ve always been a bit murky with ‘Be true to your way and being’. The others seem simpler to me, and make more sense. Let go of anger. Let go of worry. Be humble. Show compassion to yourself and others. I can do all of these, and I can picture myself doing them. But I’m not as sure with the other precept.

So, I went back to my teacher Frans Stiene’s blog from a few years ago:

Be True To Your Way and Your True Self

He wrote about this precept, though applied it more to how we teach reiki to others. It’s a good read, particularly if you are teaching reiki yourself or studying reiki.

He also explained in the post that this precept is closely linked to the others. So, not only in teaching or learning about reiki, but in our daily lives, what would it be like to live, do and make decisions without anger and without worry? And then, by being humble, can we act without ego: the ideas of who we think we are or the ways we worry about how others perceive us?

Would this be the way to act according to our true self, our inner self, the great, bright light that is inside of us, that we are?

It also helps me to think about this precept in the contrary. Not being true to myself would be to act to try to please or not offend others, or to do something because I think someone else wants me to do it, or that I’ll look better in their eyes. Or it would be to react to a situation, because of anger or worry that would block my clarity. So, perhaps it’s easier for me to think about this precept from this perspective. As there is no one ‘truth’ or ‘true self’ nor one way to be ‘true’ to oneself, I can start by making sure I am not false with myself and act accordingly.

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