I’m thinking about communication these days. A lot.
I monitor Reiki in the media, and for each mention that is respectful and accurate–and there are definitely more and more of those–there are many more articles that refer to Reiki in ways that are hard to take seriously. And some that are outright derisive.
What’s heartbreaking is that the Reiki community itself is the source of most of the less credible information about Reiki.
How can we communicate Reiki in a way that communicates — that goes to people’s wants and needs and doesn’t scare them off with what looks to the public like New Age goobledygook? (Of course if you are presenting Reiki in New Age communities, that would be a plus rather than a minus.)
Many Reiki practitioners aren’t New Agers. We chafe under the New Agey-ness that’s been wrapped around Reiki. We yearn to share our practice with friends and the public, without embarrassment.
But when we open our mouths or our fingers hit the keyboard, something else takes over. You’ve been there. So have I.
It is admittedly a huge challenge to find the balance of passion and practicality that moves people to consider what we are saying. Yet when you love something as much as we love our Reiki practice, and when you see how quickly it relieves people’s suffering and reconnects them to their best selves, you can’t stop trying.
What is the hardest part of Reiki for you to communicate? Please share in a comment below. I might have an idea that can help you.
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