I am not a credentialed expert on addiction; I have not obtained any degrees or certifications on the subject. What I do have is way too much life experience with it, personally and professionally. Addiction and mental illness which are often correlated, have been the bane of my existence practically since birth. I have many family members that struggle with addiction. I have sadly gone to many wakes of deceased friends and family members. As a correction officer, I watched people die of cirrhosis of the liver, AIDS and other drug and alcohol-related diseases.
When we start to integrate the precepts into our daily life, we start to feel more and more compassionate to ourselves and others. This is because we are slowly letting go of our anger, worry, and fears. We start to become more and more grateful, organic, and compassionate.
Often in our normal daily life, we find it very hard to be compassionate to ourselves, let alone others. One of the reasons we find this so hard to do is because our mind, body and energy are like frozen water - frozen with jealousy, fear, worry, anger, ignorance, etc. If a well is frozen, we can not drink from it, let alone share its water with others.
Our True Self is like a beautiful luminous light which has many inherent qualities. But as our True Self is beyond words, it is easier to use metaphors to understand what our True Self really is all about. Therefore, to explore some of the qualities of our True Self, we will use the image of a bright light bulb.
Our True Self is always clear, bright, compassionate and full of wisdom. But often we seem to focus more on our confused mind than on our True Self, due to the habits we have formed over time.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 350 million people around the world suffer from depression. The WHO website states that depression is on the rise and describes some of its symptoms as reduced energy leading to diminished activities and a loss of enjoyment.
Within Japanese Buddhism there are three main precepts, which encompass all other precepts that you can find within Japanese Buddhism. We can see that Mikao Usui, the founder of the system of Reiki, based his five precepts on these three main precepts.
It is very simple yet so profound, and at the same time difficult to embody: Reiki is Compassion. Often we try so much to define what Reiki is or what the system of Reiki is, but in reality we can just say one word: Compassion.