What are the Usui 5 Principles really?




I received an interesting question recently regarding the Usui Principles, asking what I thought about changing the sentences to more positive ones.


“As a hypnotherapist I like positive suggestions:

- Today I am content and equanimous

- Today I am confident and grateful

- Today I am working harmonically

- Today I am gentle and kind to everything and everybody I meet

May I ask you, what you think about this formulation?”


This is a common question when we have been trained in hypnotherapy or NLP and know the importance of words. It is common in therapy to be wary of putting negatives in sentences – for example ‘I will not worry’ gives too much focus on the worry – a bit like when I ask you NOT to think about a pink elephant. The mind will go to the words and conjure up images well before we can force the