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Friday, May 22, 2009

Reiki Roundup

Ankara, Turkey: Ali Bardakoğlu, head of the Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs, made headlines this week with his controversial statement that "meditation, yoga and Reiki may lead people to extremism" -- a statement that was quickly contradicted by Islamic scholars (Turkey's population is 99.8 percent Muslim), yoga teachers, and others. 

Dehradun, India: A Reiki teacher writes in the Times of India about his own blend of Reiki meditations. Unfortunately the article is illustrated by an unrelated photo, showing a person clad in a towel receiving a massage with oil. For the record, Reiki is not massage, and Reiki clients keep their clothes on during treatments. 

Petaluma, California: A Reiki master, graduate student, grandmother and community activist talks to a reporter about her busy life.

Springfield, Illinois: A nun and longtime Reiki practitioner and teacher is no longer allowed to practice Reiki at the facility where she's been offering it for years.

Norwalk, Connecticut: A Reiki practitioner is named nurse chaplain at Norwalk Hospital.


Blogger Reikijoy said...

In Reiki round up,Dehradun India, your comments give an impression to the reader that the picture of a lady receiving Reiki clad only in towel is contributed by the author where as the fact is that no pictures are published in the Speaking tree column of TOI nor are they contributed by the writer. Being a Reiki Master/Teacher, I am fully aware that Reiki is not a massage and clients receive the treatment fully clad.

It is only on the site that pictures, sometimes not exactly illustrating the theme, get posted by the team of the newspaper-- may be just to make the story look more attractive to the readers or simply inadvertantly.

I think it is the content that should be given the importance it deserves.

11:29 PM  

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