Reiki and Starfish
Last week New York Times columnist and social activist Nicholas Kristof gave a presentation across the hall from our monthly JCC Reiki Clinic. As the clinic wound down, I ducked into the balcony for a few minutes.
Someone had just asked Kristof — who frequents places of profound suffering such as Darfur — how he holds it together in the face of so much suffering. He spoke about focusing on the good, on the people that are helped, and referred to the old starfish story, the one about how one person can make a difference.
The old starfish story? I hadn’t heard it either –
After a storm in Hawaii, the beach is littered with starfish.
A boy picks up the starfish, one by one, and throws them back into the ocean. An adult strolling on the beach sees futility in the boy’s efforts, and pauses to ask why he bothers. “When there are so many starfish, how can one person make a difference?”
The boy picks up another starfish, throws it in the ocean, looks the adult in the eye, and says, “It sure made a difference to that one.”
Every time we practice Reiki, it makes a difference.
And we make the greatest difference in this world when we practice daily self-treatment, and practice consistently.
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