Reiki and Gratitude

Reiki is all about essential energy from the universe, from Spirit and our connection to all living and growing things. Gratitude is one of the Five Principals of Reiki as taught by the founder of Reiki, Dr. Usui.

The five principals of Reiki taught by Dr. Mikao Usui are:

  • Recognize and release angry feelings
  • Recognize and let go of worry
  • Practice gratitude
  • Recognize your own consciousness
  • Practice kindness

In this post we focus on the third principal, Gratitude. Other posts will focus on the other principals.

Gratitude, thankfulness, or gratefulness, from the Latin word gratus “pleasing, thankful”, is a feeling of appreciation felt by and/or similar positive response shown by the recipient of kindness, gifts, help, favors, or other types of generosity,[5] towards the giver of such gifts.[1]

The experience of gratitude has historically been a focus of several world religions. It has also been a topic of interest to ancient, medieval and modern philosophers, and continues to engage contemporary philosophers. [2]

The deepest gratitude we can feel is for ourselves, what, and who we are. What we feel inside is what we express to the greater world. But gratitude goes deeper. What, and who we have around us is the next most important part of being grateful. We have attracted material assets and by working hard for what we have. Life often has a way of leading you to acquire things that don’t immediately seem to be useful, but which turn out to be in the future, right when you needed those things the most.

When you have been a good friend and helper to others, we feel their hands in ours as they help and support us. We can be grateful for their help.

Daily blessings can be seeing the sun rise, or sunset, feeling the warmth of the summer day at lunch time. Thank your Reiki guides, for these things and what they have brought into you, in your soul, and how they have helped you. 

Sit quietly before you go to bed. Cover your heart with your hand and tell yourself you are grateful for being the person you are and what you have learned and are grateful for that day. Believe in yourself, and that the next day will be as good or better.

A wish scroll is a piece of paper on which you write what it is you want to manifest. What you want can be material such as wealth, a new vehicle, money in the bank. It can be a better relationship, a new relationship or a change in an existing one.

It is best to write what you want to manifest by hand, pen and ink or pencil, whatever is convenient for you. Make the wishes simple and clear. I usually roll up the paper into a scroll and write the date on the outside and then put an elastic band on the paper and put it away. I look at the scrolls later, maybe six month later, to see what has manifested.

Another way is to have a jay or a box, can be a shoe box, in which you put pieces of paper carrying your messages of manifestation. 

If you are attuned to Reiki you can use the Reiki Symbols you are attuned to. Draw the symbols in the air over the completed scrolls or pieces of paper.

When you have manifested something, write that down on a piece of paper and match it with a piece of paper carrying a message from the past of what it is you wanted. A scroll will require you to tick off what it was you wanted to manifest.

Anything on the scroll that is not ticked off, or a piece of paper in the box or jar should remain there.

Gratitude can bring the small things in life. Being able to sit on transit for a long journey that normally does not make room for you to sit. Having a weekend or an evening with people and friends that give you good feelings. Things that sometimes are overlooked, such as a bird singing on a gold but sunny winters day. 

Reiki attunement and what you learn in the process will help you appreciate your life and all that is in it. You will be happier, more joyful and loving in how you conduct your life, and how you treat others.

Gratitude is not the same as indebtedness. While both emotions occur following help, indebtedness occurs when a person perceives that they are under an obligation to make some repayment of compensation for the aid. The emotions lead to different actions; indebtedness can motivate the recipient of the aid to avoid the person who has helped them, whereas gratitude can motivate the recipient to seek out their benefactor and to improve their relationship with them.[3]

Lastly, be grateful for the small things in life, do not spend energy searching for and hoping for the large things. There is a lot of beauty in our lives appreciate all of it and let Reiki help you, guide you and teach you to look for all the good things you have in your life.

Bibliography “Gratitude.”

[1], “Gratitude,”

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid.

The Five Principles of Reiki are described in our Student Manual, Link below.

This post is taken from our Reiki Level II Student Manual

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