5/14/2017 Anya Van Til

Would you like to study the precepts in a simple way to get a better idea of how Reiki or our True Self is depicted in the precepts?

The translation of the precepts used for this purpose is the following:

Do not bare anger for anger is an illusion
Do not worry, fear is a distraction
Be true to yourself and your being
Show compassion to yourself and others
As this is the center of Buddha nature (=our True self)

Look at these precepts and try to form a question at the end of every precept.
What would it be?
What would you like to clarify after having read each precept?



Wouldn’t you want to know WHY anger is an illusion? It feels pretty real…
Wouldn’t you want to know WHAT worry and fear distract you from?
HOW can you be true to yourself and your being?
WHAT is compassion to yourself and others?

So where do we look for answers?
What if we try to connect the precepts, to see them not as separate statements or instructions but as a flow from one precept into the other.

The question “Why anger is an illusion” brings you then to the next precept.
Anger is an illusion because your anger is actually not anger but fear or worry of something.
If i get angry at my child or a partner or a colleague or anybody else often it’s because i am afraid something could happen to them or to me or i worry what the others may think…
Just think of a situation when you had been angry recently. And be honest to yourself about what kind of fear or worry initiated your anger.

The second question: What do fears and worries distract you from?
Yes, the next precept. Being true to yourself and your being.
Fear and worry distract you from being true to yourself and your being.

How can you be true to yourself and your being?
The following precept is giving the answer: Show compassion to yourself and others.
Being true to yourself and your being is showing compassion to yourself and others.

What is compassion to yourself and others?
It is the center of Buddha nature = your True nature/self
So showing compassion to yourself and others is your True nature/self. 
It is Reiki.

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