Reiki and Baseball

Begging the indulgence of all Red Sox fans—please forgive me, and read anyway…

What the Reiki Community Can Learn from the Yankees

The Yankees received their 2009 World Series rings before the opening game at Yankee Stadium in April 2010. Hideki Matsui was a member of the 2009 championship team, and a hero of the World Series. But after that winning season, Matsui became a member of the Los Angeles Angels, the opposing team for the Yankees’ home opener.

Matsui was called onto the field to receive his ring with his former teammates (now opponents), and the respect and affection of both players and fans brought tears to my eyes. (Now you know what a softie I really am.)

Do I hear you wondering, And just exactly how does this pertain to Reiki practice (other than that we all have to practice)?

Different teams, different lineages

Baseball has different teams, and the Reiki community has different lineages. Baseball players and fans are loyal to their teams, just as maintaining clarity of lineage is valuable.

But when you watch a ballgame, you see the opposing players (even Yankees and Red Sox, the most intense rivalry in baseball) chat it up while one is on the base the other one is minding, just looking for an opportunity to tag him out. Even as each hopes—and plans, and works—to best the other, theirs is a respectful, and often a personally friendly, relationship.

Now, professional ball players’ careers depend on winning, and they compete intensely with one another. But Reiki practitioners simply have different perspectives on the same (or at least similar) practice.

Different lineages, same team

So this is where we diverge. Unlike baseball, Reiki professionals are not in a game in which every time one team wins, another team loses. There are more than enough prospective students and clients to support the number of Reiki professionals.

Relationships among Reiki practitioners are more like the phenomenon that stores and restaurants experience, that when they are clumped together, everyone gets more business. The more Reiki shingles out there, the more the public notices. All we have to do is represent our Reiki perspective accurately so that the public can choose practitioners who are qualified, and a good match for them.

So let’s remember that we are all playing on the same ball field, that even though the details vary, we all love our Reiki practice, and we have so much more in common than the details that separate us. The more each of us shares our Reiki perspective (thoughtfully) with the public, the more everyone benefits.

Perhaps this is a competition in which those who give the most, win—and there are no losers.

And now, just for fun, enjoy the baseball anthem.

MotorCityBaseball

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2 thoughts on “Reiki and Baseball”

  1. This is an interesting and timely subject for me.

    First of all, I am interested in the way we use the word “lineage.” It seems that with only a few exceptions, all of the Reiki experiences I’ve had through various teachers, treatment and reading come through Hawayo Takata. At various points in time since she brought Reiki from Japan, have people in this stream begun new lineages or just changed the practice she taught? What is the difference between different lineages and different forms of practice?

    I am also personally challenged at times by these various different forms of practice. I’ve had friends exclaim that they’d never want a Reiki treatment because they don’t believe in past lives. Just the other day, as I explained my long and rewarding course of Reiki study to a colleague, they said that they never took Reiki seriously because they saw the people could become Masters in a weekend course. Another friend who is now a dedicated Reiki practitioner said that they never took it seriously until they experienced Reiki through my practice. Others teased me about some Reiki fabrications on the cover of a national Reiki magazine. “Reiki Man????” New age soup?

    So, I think it’s more complicated than the idea that more Reiki shingles the more notice is received. Some of this notice I really would prefer not having!

    This blog post has come along at a very opportune time. Right now, where I live, there’s been a large advertisement for a weekend from a “traditional Usui Reiki teacher.” However, it’s now called “Quantum Reiki” and one can become a master in a weekend. In fact, one “has” to become a master in a weekend because that’s the curriculum. I have to say, I don’t like seeing this. I don’t care for this shingle!

    And of course, this brings me back to my practice. I practice daily, I allow it to grow. I pass along what my esteemed teachers have taught and allow others to have their own experience of Reiki.

  2. I recently felt the unexpected sting of another Reiki practitioner’s displeasure at my offer of partnership in joint endeavors. Most unpleasant and served as a warning to me that Reiki practitioners can still have aggressive egos. I was at a lost to know how to respond but then your “Baseball and Reiki” email arrived and I knew it was the perfect message to forward as my response. Thanks.

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