Thanks for the offer, but I’m not asking for distant treatment.
Nor am I hiring Reiki practitioners.
But this is a call to serve. To serve Reiki, and to serve yourself. The two go hand-in-hand (pun totally intended).
Reiki needs help putting on a new public face, a face that invites everyone — not just the New Age community — to follow Dr. Oz’s advice and “Try Reiki!” (The Dr. Oz Show, January 6, 2010).
The unveiling of Reiki’s new public face might happen at any time — during lunch with a colleague, while Skyping with a friend on another continent, or as you respond to an online article or blog.
Of these opportunities, the online one is trickiest. When we are interacting directly with people, we have so many cues as to their level of interest, and how they’re receiving what we’re offering.
Online, we have none of that, plus people can stare wide-eyed and scrutinize our every word, imagining implications we never intended. The mere thought of communicating online can be enough to make you hit Delete!
And who cares what you have to say, anyway?
You may be surprised. I certainly do. So do the people who could have learned about Reiki from someone who would have made sense to them (you), instead of what they would have to wade through if they googled Reiki.
That’s what people do now when they want to know about something. They google. Have you tried it lately?
I just googled Reiki and 8,470,000 sites showed up. I won’t get to all of them before you read this, but while I was writing my book REIKI: A Comprehensive Guide (published in 2006), I looked at a thousand sites, just to see what was out there. It wasn’t encouraging.
Maybe you’re not ready to make your own website. Maybe you’re just thinking of scheduling a Reiki treatment with a professional, or a friend. If something you read makes you uncomfortable, realize that statement is more about the practitioner than it is about Reiki. There is nothing bizarre or unsafe about Reiki treatment, but each practitioner weaves the story according to her own understanding and perspective (including this one).
Your Reiki Website
If you are a Reiki professional, or a student moving in that direction, I’d like to help you organize a website that showcases a credible face for Reiki.
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