• Paul Dunn

Being true to your way

“Be true to your way, and your being” is a precept of the system of Reiki, but what does it mean?

We can think about truth in relatively simple terms, don’t lie, be honest. This concept in itself can be difficult for some, for various reasons, and it is the corner-stone for social morality in our daily lives. But what does it mean to be true to ‘your way and your being’?

When we look a the precept in Japanese:

“Gyo o hageme” which often has been translated as “work hard”, “work honestly”, or “practice diligently”. However, there is a wonderful depth to the word gyo 業. Gyo can mean work, patience, karma and pure experience. This pure experience means knowledge derived from the direct experience of our True Self. - Frans Stiene

When we can sit in the direct experience of our True Self, we are free from the worry, fears, attachments, and expectations that can cause us to compromise what is it that we truly need in our lives to feel whole, to go about our business in our “way”, that flows, and truly feels right to us. When we live our lives in this truth of who we are, we can just “be”.

“Being” is a natural state. It’s a state of pure experience, no act of doing something. It does not mean that there is no action taking place, but that the activity is free from the worry, attachment, and self-judgement. This freedom defines the pure experience of being, of being our true self.

We can see or have experienced situations in our daily lives where we make decisions purely to avoid conflict or not to want to hurt another person. We stay in jobs or relationships that are no longer healthy. We choose safety and security, even if at the cost of personal growth and happiness. Yet, deep inside, we yearn for the freedom to live life without boundaries, to choose paths that honour ourselves and those around us.

When you live your truth, when you express your authentic nature, you are showing yourself compassion, you are permitting yourself to be whole. It is also an act of compassion for others, because you are a working example of this direct experience, and you give others in your life an opportunity to see it in action, a reflection of their magnificence.

I’ll admit it’s not always easy to do this. It takes work, as in the above quote, “Work hard, work honestly, practice diligently”, but it is honest work, it is work of which you can be passionate and proud. It’s life-affirming, and it leads to a space of wisdom and grace, which is of benefit to all sentient beings.

Keep up the good work!

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