The Precepts or Hands-on Healing?
For me the precepts within the system of Reiki are the foundation; without the precepts the whole system of Reiki would collapse. They are...
Do not anger
Do not worry
Be true to your way and your true self
Show compassion to yourself and others
However, some teachers see hands-on/off healing as the foundation and thus spend more time focusing in their classes on this specific element within Mikao Usui's teachings.
Let's see if we can get a clearer picture of the difference between the precepts and hands-on/off healing.
Imagine; what if everybody in the world would practice the precepts and take them to heart and no one did hands-on/off healing?
Imagine; what if everybody in the world would do hands on/off healing but did not practice the precepts and take them to heart?
In which world would we feel safer, more compassionate, and content? And in which world would you like to live, and bring up your children?
If we practice and/or teach the system of Reiki, then these questions are very helpful to contemplate to get a clearer insight into Mikao Usui's teachings and what is important in his teachings.
I would prefer to live in a world in which everybody would practice the precepts and take them to heart, a world of no anger, worry and fear. Imagine living in a world in which we can be grateful for everything that comes our way, in which we can be true to our way and our true self, a world filled with compassion to ourselves and others.
A world in which everybody only practices hands-on/off healing doesn't necessarily mean one in which everybody is taking the precepts to heart. We might still be very angry and worried. We might find it hard to be grateful and be true to our way and our true self. We might not feel very compassionate to ourselves and others.
Of course if we practice hands-on/off healing long enough on ourselves and others, we might get to the point of taking the precepts to heart. But why wait? Why not start straight away with the precepts?
In essence we can not see the two elements as black and white as I am pointing them out in this article because by taking the precepts to heart, we might start to feel like doing hands-on/off healing on ourselves and others. And by practicing hands-on/off healing, we might start to embody the precepts.
But just think about it for a minute or two. Which world would you like to live in? Although both elements are intertwined, which one do you see as your foundation? When we contemplate questions like these, we get to go into the inner heart of the system of Reiki.