Saturday, December 29, 2007

Spreading the Word

It's ironic, really. Some religious proselytizers came to my door today, and I politely but firmly turned them away. I'm not going to be one of their success stories. Not ever. So they shouldn't waste their time.

The ironic part (if one would choose to see it that way) is that I find myself trying to win people over to Reiki any time I have the chance now. For instance, we were at a family gathering at a restaurant tonight, with members of the family we seldom see. I started a conversation with the person next to me, (who I know a bit, but we're not close), about Reiki. She looked at me with a pretty vague expression, like I was talking about speaking Hindi or something out of the ordinary realm of conversation. I dropped it for a while.

A bit later, I tried again (why? I don't know). I explained that it's not a religion, and it's real and amazing, and helpful. I activated Reiki energy in my hands, and placed one hand on her shoulder. Immediately, she said, "Oh, wow. That feels really good!" I got happy and told her about my student with the headache (see earlier post Is it Better to be Helpful or Cautious? ).

Before you knew it, we had made a date - I'm sending her distance Reiki tomorrow night at 10. I'm going to call her at 9:55 to remind her, and she promised to email me feedback.

I'm also sending Reiki to my California sister tomorrow morning (8:30 her time - 11:30 mine).

I feel like it's part of my job to educate and initiate people to Reiki's reality and benefits. What would I have said two years ago if I met someone like myself, and that person tried to talk me into accepting a distance Reiki treatment? I'm not really sure - but I like to think I would have accepted, for the heck of it. That's kind of how I started learning about Reiki - like, "why not?" when it was offered to me. So am I like the people who came to my door this morning? I am not going door to door. But I think it could be in my path to continue to bring knowledge of Reiki to people as I continue along my journey.

Something to ponder.


Beth said...

It's hard not to be a bit evangelical about Reiki sometimes, because it does change lives for the better. If it comes up in conversation, I do my best to explain it a bit without sounding weird. I was just trying to explain it a bit to my husband's step-sister over a family dinner, and I hope I did a good job. Maybe next time I'll just ask if they'd like a demonstration. :)

Alice Langholt said...

I agree, Beth! Yesterday it was hard for me to avoid the parallel after I was reflecting on dinner and the unwanted visitors to my door that morning.
I think the demonstration did much more than my faltering words! Still, you never know how someone is going to take the energy.
I sent Reiki to my sister today, her first experience with Reiki, and she wasn't sure that she felt anything at all (my hands tingled the whole time!). C'est la vie! We'll try again on Tuesday.
Thanks for writing. Your comments are important to me!

fred krazeise said...

This is such a great story! I love it!