I have attended all of the Celebration of Reiki Conferences thus far and it always feels like I'm coming home! The caliber of speakers and the feeling of community have made this an annual event for me. (Find out more about the 2017 Conference on the Celebration of Reiki website.)
The keynote speaker this year was Frans Stiene of the International House of Reiki (ihreiki.com). Part of the message of his presentation included his belief that "All Reiki is Reiki." This was a message that resonates with me – no Reiki is more powerful or better – that all Reiki is, well, Reiki!
Over the years as I studied various lineages of Reiki, the message of "What is Reiki?" has become more important to me. We all now know that there were inaccuracies about the history of Reiki when it migrated to the West, and we also know that many practitioners incorporate different modalities within their practice.
The responses vary, but I do remember the time when I had one person respond with "Isn’t that when you use crystals?"
I realized that part of my "job" as a Reiki practitioner was to educate others, and in doing so it was very important to me to be able to correct these misperceptions, without being dismissive, or worse yet, inadvertently putting down someone else's practice.
When Elise Brenner and Judy Bousquin presented me with an opportunity to be part of the Reiki Outreach pilot program, I didn't hesitate. (Find out more about the upcoming Reiki Outreach Training Program that came out of the pilot program on the Celebration of Reiki website.)
I was thrilled to be a part of the program. It really helped me craft my message about what Reiki is and it built my confidence in my ability to present Reiki as an evidence-based practice to diverse populations and audiences.
This year I got to stand at the podium and share a piece of the Reiki Outreach curriculum as I spoke on Conscious Communication, and one piece of that was to be a credible voice of Reiki. It is something I endeavor to do in each encounter I have.