by Dr. Ichak Adizes

Some time ago I took a course in Reiki which is a method for moving energy in the body for the purpose of healing.
I wanted to see if I could get any insights for the work we do in moving energies of companies and by doing so in healing them.


Reiki says that all of us human beings have a destiny. How do we know what is our destiny? By listening to “the call”. By not turning away from the “call”.

How do you know what “the call” is?

It is more simple than one can imagine.

When you respond to the call, you get energy. When you do something else, you lose energy.

To be “inspired” is to be “in the spirit”, which means to be “integrated”. When you respond to the call, you accept your destiny, your purpose in life. You are inspired. You are integrated with whatever is bigger than you, that absolute consciousness which people call God.

When I was studying for my PhD, I had to choose which field I would specialize in. At that time, Operations Research was in vogue.  Management as a field of study was in decline – not enough rigorous mathematical modeling. It was too soft. Everyone recommended that I keep away from it. “ There are no jobs teaching management, “ I was told. But in my heart, I knew that is what I love. That is what keeps me awake at night and gives me pleasure, thinking about “why” and “how” things happen in organizations. I followed “my call” and did what my heart told me to do – not my head.

And I did the right thing. I have not “worked” ever. I am always in wonder that people are willing to pay me for having the pleasure to help them solve their problems. When I lecture or write or consult I have more energy at the end of the day than when I started. It is as if God rewards me for serving a purpose I was born to do.

It is as if a machine is used for the purpose it was designed.  When you are not following, your destiny, it is as if you are misusing the machine. You are using a vacuum cleaner to clean your pool, not your carpets.

I lose energy if I have to do accounting or deal with peoples problems in my company. I like to observe, study, write and lecture about management; but do not ask me to actually do it. I am like an art critic. Do I have to be a good artist too?

Rules of Reiki

The five rules of Reiki:

Just for today, do not worry
Just for today, do not be angry
Honor your parents and teachers and elders
Do your job with integrity
Have gratitude

Do not worry

Worry is future oriented. It is what you want to happen, but you do not expect it  to. That is why you are worried. But the future has not happened yet and your worries might not be realized. . .

Worry is also past-oriented. “I should have done something, and I did not.” “I should not have smoked but I did.”
You can not undo the past. So what need is there to worry? Learn form the past and apply what you learned to the future.
Do not ask yourself why something happened. Ask yourself “what for” did it happen. This question will prompt you to learn.

Worry takes energy away. It is “internal marketing.”  No worry means to have faith: a) I can learn from my past ; and b) I can handle the future when it arises.

Interesting to note that truly religious people of whatever religion are more peaceful: “ God will provide” and “ God will forgive”

Those who are not religious, carry a terrible burden to forgive themselves and to handle all the problems that come their way by themselves. Omnipotence is a good feeling, but also a great burden.

Now note that Reiki does not say: Don’t worry. It says “Just for today, do not worry. “ Hmmmmmm. If every day you say “Just for today, I am not going to worry,” then you will never worry; because there is nothing more permanent than continuous temporary. Just take one day at a time and have the discipline to repeat your commitment. First you are not commiting for a life time but you are acting for a lifetime. One day at a time, Salami approach: one bite each time. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

Do not be angry

Anger is caused by fear.
Think about it.
Each time you are angry ask yourself what is it that you fear? And if you remove the fear you will remove the anger.

Some time ago I was walking with my dog on the beach where there were many other dogs. I had him on a leash. My friend told me to free him off the leash. “ But he will attack other dogs” I said.
“Just the opposite “ he said. “ “ When a dog is on a leash it is weak and scared; and when another dog approaches, out of fear of getting hurt, it will  attack first to be sure to discourage the other dog from attacking it.”

Hmmmm….I said to myself.   That is why the prophet Daniel could walk into a lions cage and nothing happened to him. He had no fear. He had faith in God.

When we fear we attack proactively to defend ourselves. That attack is called “anger”.

So rules 1 and 2 mean to  have faith and to have no fear and just for today. And if you do it every day, guess what? There is nothing more permanent than continuous temporary; so you will never be angry or worried.

Honor your parents and teachers

This is also one of the ten commandments.

The Hebrew language has two different words for respect: honor and value.

Honor is how you behave – not what you think. Value is what you think.

The word “honor” comes in Hebrew from the word “heavy”, (Kaved for “heavy” and Kavod for “honor”). To honor  means to recognize someone’s weight.    When a woman loses her honor, it is as if she lost some weight, but not physically;  it is more like losing her good will. A dishonorable man is one who does not hold to his word. It is as he has no anchor to hold his  ship in place, nothing to hold on to. He is too light. You cannot rely on such a person. When a family defends its honor, it is defending its brand name, its good will, its assets in the market place.

So what does it mean to “honor your parents”? It means to recognize the assets they are giving you. You did not start from zero. You belong to some brand. They gave you something. You are the continuation of that something. You are starting where they are ending; so can you recognize and be thankful? That is why you bow when you honor and hold your palms together. You are thanking and recognizing what you recieved. The same applies to teachers.

Teachers and parents “teach” you, which means they try to “change” you; and that is painful. It is tough to accept pain and still value it.

Thus, neither Reiki nor the Bible ask us to think whether or not we value our parents. It commands us to behave in a certain way.  Honor our  parents and teachers regardless of what we think; whether we value them or not, we should behave as if we do.

In the PAEI code, it is (A) behavior that is being prescribed here, not (E) or (I). And it fits with my experience. In the methodology, I insist that people behave as if they respect each other even if they do not value each other’s contribution. You do not know what value they give you until the discussion is over, and even then it is not clear who in their disagreement a priory is right. Therefore, it does not make sense to discount the value people give you.

Why does neither Reiki nor the Bible say “Love your parents”?
Because love is an (I) phenomenon, no one not even God can make you love anyone. But, you can honor. You can behave respectfully. It is form that creates the function rather than relying on the function to create the form.

If you behave as if you believe in God, you will end up believing; because for a believer there are no questions. Whereas, if you wait for proof that God exists, you will wait for a long time; because for a heretic there are no (sufficient) answers.
Behave honorably–at all times and in all cases. Do not prejudge whether others deserve it not.

Do your job with integrity

Again, it has to do with no internal marketing.  When a person has integrity there should be no difference between what they do and what they believe they should do. When you have integrity, you are one: what you want, what you should do and what you do is one and the same. No doubts. No frustration. No sleepless nights. You are at peace with yourself.

Have gratitute

That is Reinforcement in Adizes language. It also is final integration. You are thankful for whatever happens to you. No rejection… denial, anger, worry …

These five rules are eliminating internal marketing in a person.

Why? Disease is caused by disintegration. “Heal” means to make one “whole”.

Disease uses energy; the sick system loses energy. Healing requires bringing energy from the outside or releasing it from where it got stuck; so a healer gives energy to the sick person.
The more energy the healer can give, the better he is as a healer; Whereas any energy lost on internal marketing makes him less of a healer.

When you have no internal marketing, you can give love-and love heals.

Jesus was a great healer apparently because he had no internal marketing whatsoever. The same is true of Buddha.

Implications for being a better Adizes Certified Associate

Before you go to work with a client: meditate for twenty minutes. Get yourself together.

Next, remove all worries and fears.

“Doing your job with integrity” means: that if you do what you should do and want to do, than what you are doing will not create disintegration between your mind and your emotions.

“Honor your teachers” means give credit  to whose work you are using. Do not usurp brand or IP.

And last, show gratitute to your profession no matter what happened. Being an Adizes Associate should be a calling, not a job. Have gratitude that you are doing that which not only heals your clients but which also gives you energy.

Be one to help others become one.