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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Building consensus

We're putting together a list of proposed points of consensus, things that Reiki practitioners of all styles and lineages can agree upon.

So far we have:

1. The system of Reiki was founded by Mikao Usui.
2. Usui was not a doctor.
3. Reiki is not massage.
4. Reiki is not a religion.
5. Reiki is not a substitute for medical care.
6. Reiki is performed on fully clothed recipients by fully clothed practitioners.
7. Reiki works on mental, physical, emotional and spiritual levels.
8. Reiki can help reduce stress.
9. Reiki is being practiced in a growing number of hospitals and other medical environments.
10. We aren't quite sure how Reiki works.

So far, we've heard no disagreement on any of those. It's time to add five more.

Last week we got this one from Casey in KC: We are not "healers", but a "facilitator" for healing. I agreed with the idea, but thought we needed to word it differently.

Reiki Master Pamela Miles in New York City suggests: "I agree that we all have the capacity to heal, so maybe something like:

A Reiki practitioner functions as catalyst to engage a person’s self-healing."

Pamela also suggests this one:

Reiki is balancing.

Thank you, Pamela and Casey!

That brings us up to a dozen. To those I propose we add:

13. Reiki has no contraindications.
14: Reiki has never been known to harm anyone.
15. There are now many different styles and lineages of Reiki practice all over the world.

Agree? Disagree? Let's find five more points of agreement by this time next week.

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