The weekly waka
Great migrating geese
Have taken up their journey,
Heeding nature’s urge
To find a warm winter home
Before the north winds bring snow.
A regular roundup of news about Reiki from around the world
Many thanks to all those who responded to last week's post on practicing during challenging times. We asked, and Patsy Guglielmo replied in an email with the subject line "Keeping your head when all about you are losing theirs" (quoting Rudyard Kipling):
There haven't been many of the classic reporter-gets-a-Reiki-session stories out there lately, but there have been plenty of press releases. So this week, we do a roundup of those, which might provide some inspiration to professional Reiki practitioners and teachers who'd like to get the word out to potential clients and students without paying for advertising. Because a press release is part of public relations, i.e., free advertising.
2.2 million: That's how many adults in the United States are estimated to have ever used Reiki, according to the newly updated Backgrounder on Reiki from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a division of the National Institutes of Health. That 2.2 million estimate is extrapolated from a 2002 survey which found that 1.1 percent of the more than 31,000 survey participants had ever used Reiki for health purposes.
In his day job, Jim Ewing writes editorials for the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi. But he's better known as Jim PathFinder Ewing (Nvnehi Awatisgi), Reiki practitioner and Spiritual Elder for the Southern Cherokee and Associated Bands of Texas, and he's just published his fourth book, Reiki Shamanism: A Guide to Out-of-Body Healing. One of his co-workers interviewed him in advance of his upcoming book signing. All of which makes him this week's Celeb-Reiki. And it makes us want to read the book. . . .
What a challenging week it's been so far!
I was sorting through the to-be-recycled pile last week when I happened across a pleasant surprise: there on page 258 of the September 2008 issue of Better Homes and Gardens was a brief mention of Reiki. Yes, it was in an article headlined "Massage as Medicine," and yes, it was illustrated with a photo of a naked client receiving a massage (not Reiki), but other than that, it was accurate, and most welcome -- especially considering the fact that BH&G has a circulation of more than 7 million readers! Not that all 7 million would have read all the way to page 258, but still. . . .
This week's Celeb-Reiki is Ohio-based actor and Reiki practitioner Mary Faktor, who got a nice write-up in her local newspaper, the Bedford Times-Register.
Sure, you know Reiki. You took a Level 1 class several years ago, maybe even a Level 2 class. You've got a certificate in a drawer or a dusty frame. You gave a treatment or two to a friend or family member right after the class, and for awhile you used to do a little hands-on self-care at bedtime. But you never got into the habit of using it daily, and you forgot a lot of what you learned. Recently, however, something reminded you about Reiki, and you'd like to get back in practice.
The Reiki Digest proudly introduces our first official correspondent: Michael Swerdloff, a Reiki practitioner and English teacher living in Cheonan, South Korea. His first article for us, however, is from Osaka, Japan, where he recently spent a few days.
Bhopal, India: Rini, the cancer-stricken white tiger at Van Vihar National Park who was receiving both chemotherapy and Reiki during the past few months, died last Friday shortly after her 18th birthday. We first reported on Rini's story in early August, when she was our first feline Celeb-Reiki. Subsequently, park officials said that the Reiki treatments seemed to have brought Rini some relief, and last week her veterinarian said there was hope she could recover. The results of her autopsy have not yet been released.
Congratulations to Australian cyclist Lindy Hou, a massage therapist and Reiki practitioner, who just won a silver medal in the Beijing Paralympics, taking second place in the women's pursuit blind and vision-impaired class, along with her pilot, Toireasa Gallagher. Earlier, the tandem-cycling team won the bronze in the 1-kilometre time trial.
Editor's note: When frequent contributor Pamir Kiciman published this article a few days ago on his blog, we thought it would be good for even more Reiki practitioners to read (and maybe even discuss) this topic. Thanks, Pamir!
1. Communicates about non-ordinary states of reality.
2. It’s both a noun and a verb.
3. It’s derived from a linguistic system based on ideograms.
4. It has a set of presuppositions and perceptions attached to it.
Portland, Oregon: In the market to buy a New Age boutique? Reiki Master Judy Pattee, owner of Spirit Feathers boutique, is looking to sell the shop in order to devote more time and energy to her Reiki practice, according to an article in The Bee.
It's Fashion Week again here in New York: the models take to the runway beginning tomorrow to reveal the Spring 2009 collections.