I especially love the blind auditions, when talented unknown singers are rated on their voice only, singing to the judges’ backs, hoping at least one judge will turn around to mentor them.
This season (only the second I’ve watched), I’m struck by how talented all the singers are, by the richness of their stories, and by how they blossom as they take in their coaches’ advice.
The coaches advise on singing and presentation techniques according to the needs of each singer — don’t get pitchy, engage the audience, etc. Some singers are so bold they get ahead of the music, and need to pull in a bit. Others play it too safe and are encouraged to take a risk.
Know yourself, show yourself
Beyond such individual tweaks, one piece of advice is shared often, in various ways, to singers with wide-ranging styles: Show yourself.
It’s a lot easier to show yourself when you know yourself. Some of the singers are so young they seem to be getting to know themselves on stage. That must be scary.
Thankfully, as Reiki practitioners, we don’t have to get to know ourselves while millions watch. We have a simple, nurturing practice that brings us home to ourselves, a practice we cherish and want to share.
Finding your Reiki voice
Singing in the shower is different than singing on The Voice.
Similarly, practicing Reiki on ourselves is different than practicing Reiki on other people, or even telling other people about Reiki. When we practice on ourselves, we don’t need words. As soon as someone else is in the picture, so are words. Words are the bridge that can lead people to a Reiki experience, or not.
If we express ourselves without taking the time to find words that are comfortable to us, and to practice using them, it’s a bit like thinking we can step from the shower to the stage of The Voice. It’s that unrealistic.
When you get giddy with enthusiasm for your practice, you don’t choose your words well, do you? None of us do. Then we don’t get the response we expected, and then we feel bad. We feel (and are) misunderstood. And we get stuck in defensiveness.
This is as true for home practitioners as it is for Reiki professionals, and it doesn’t have to be that way.
The missing step
All we need is to take a little time to find our words, the ones that deeply resonate with our own experience. Nothing makes that easier than free-writing. And free-writing is very easy.
Cynthia Morris is a free-write coach. She helps people find their words, in the privacy of their own homes. She’s been doing that for nearly twenty years.
I asked Cynthia to help me bring free-writing to the Reiki community, and as part of that project, she recently helped a group of Reiki practitioners from around the world find their words.
The group described their free-write experience as freeing, exciting, enlightening, liberating, easy, and all the other words shown in the illustration. Easy is the largest in the illustration, because “easy” was listed the most.
The experience was part of a webinar to introduce people to our Write Reiki program, and the recording was made for those who registered and couldn’t be with us live. But when I saw how much everyone got from the experience, I was so moved that I wanted more people to benefit, so I shared it with my email list. Then I thought, why stop there? Why not share it with the Reiki community at large?
Why not indeed? So here it is. Just put in your earbuds and click here.
I hope you get as excited about free-writing as we are and that you’ll want to join me for WRITE REIKI, but no worries — the recording is yours regardless. May it inspire you to love writing as much as we do.
The sooner you listen, the sooner you start enjoying your Reiki free-write, so please click here now!
WRITE REIKI program starts October 16. Early fee expires October 8, so register now.