Gokai - the five principles

Kyo Dake Wa                     Just for today
Ikaruna                              Do not be angry
Shin Pai Suna                     Do not worry
Kan Sha Shite                    Be grateful
Gyo o Hagame                   Do your duties 
Hito ni Shinsetsu ni            Be kind to others

The Gokai (five principles) are one of the most important elements of Reiki. At first glance, they can seem over-simplified, and I have seen many people disregard them as too obvious or of no significance. Yet they are not the rigid orders they may seem to be on first reading and can be used as each person sees fit to help them live a more joyful, simple life. In these five basic phrases is a wealth of wisdom around living life as it can be for all of us.  I have written a simple practical guide to bringing the Gokai into everyday life and you can download a FREE copy here.

You can hear the concepts being spoken in Japanese in this short video by Mari Okazaki, a Jikiden Reiki Shihan in Vancouver, Canada.  If you are interested in seminars in Vancouver, her website can be found www.jikidenreikiwithmari.com/here



In Japan, the concept of kotodama is well known. Kotodama can be translated as ‘word spirit’ and refers to the powerful energy inherent in certain words or phrases and the intention behind them. Anyone familiar with the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto may have heard about Kotodama – his experiments with ice crystals clearly show the effect that words can have on water. As the majority of our body consists of water it is possible to see that words can have a calming and healing effect or a detrimental effect on our body and our feelings.  I find that just saying the Gokai in Japanese feels really good to me and helps me to feel calm and centred when I get up in the morning (not my best time!) or when things around me are scattered or feeling a bit crazy.