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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Reiki Teachings for a Reiki Teacher

The Reiki path is one that continues to transform my life on a daily basis. I was recently invited to take a Reiki Master class with world-renowned Reiki expert and pioneer William Rand at his home studio at the International Center for Reiki Training in Southfield, MI. This, my most recent student experience, which came so perfectly about two weeks before my own first teaching, was deeply transformational for me.

Me with William Rand at his Master Class in Southfield, MI

Becoming a Reiki Master Teacher has been a goal of mine since my very first Reiki class almost two years ago. The moment it clicked with me that, yes, this joyful, heart-centered practice was the connection with the universe I had been seeking, I knew that I wanted to embrace it with my whole self and share it with others. That said, the path to becoming a Reiki Master Teacher has not always been easy.

In the small community of Asheville, NC, there are several Reiki practitioners. And to me, this is an exciting, invigorating, and beautiful thing. But, I have found that not all practitioners feel this way. Some Reiki people think that there won't be enough students or clients to go around. They energetically and verbally discourage other Reiki folks in the community from setting up their practice; they put down those who are already in practice; they express frustration at the prospect of other Reiki people moving to our community and taking their business. As a fairly new member of the Reiki community, I have felt particularly challenged by this, especially since my first mentor and teacher was also the first to reveal this more competitive side of Reiki to me. Ouch.

To me, Reiki is the energy of Love and Light, and I have trouble understanding why and how "the business of Reiki" could take precedence to anyone over the essence of what Reiki is. Enter my class with William Rand: I asked him about this very issue, curious to hear his thoughts. He shared with me a crucial yet simple lesson about The Law of Abundance.

In another southern community in Tennessee a few years back, he told me, there were two women who were the main Reiki people in the area. One of the women would print up her brochures and place them in various locations around town, only to come back in the days after and find her brochures were gone and the other woman's were there in their place! Without assuming foul play, the woman emailed the other practitioner, introducing herself and suggesting that she may want to be careful about where she was placing her fliers, as someone had been taking them. She also went on to tell the woman that she believed in The Law of Abundance, and wished her well.

She didn't hear back on her email for months, but when she did, the other practitioner wrote her to say, "Tell me more about this Law of Abundance thing." Wow! From there, the two women went on to create a shared student database, seeking out and inviting other local practitioners to do the same. Before long, they had a large group of practitioners sharing in the database, and all of them were getting more students and clients than ever before... NOT LESS!

What a beautiful story! William also noted that, though it is sad when others act competitively with Reiki (perhaps especially sad when it is one's mentor), all we can do is release their actions completely from us. I have sent a lot of Reiki to this issue, and am feeling brighter and happier and more grounded than ever! Ahhhh... :)


It is one of my goals to bring the Asheville Reiki community closer by hosting Reiki events and building rapport. (I will add a link here to the Meetup page once I create it.) If you are an Asheville-area Reiki practitioner and you wish to be involved in any of these upcoming events, please feel free to contact me! I believe in the Law of Abundance, and beyond that, I believe in the power of Love and Light to transform our realities. My immense gratitude to the source of Love and Light for leading me to Reiki, and for the gentle healing that Reiki unfolds in everyone it touches... that gratitude is without measure. And from that heart space, I extend my hand to you...


  1. Thank you for your story. Isn't it funny how "drama" can be seen in everything; even something that's supposed to be as open, excepting and all that other stuff as Reiki is. So far, I have only been volunteering with my Reiki group with horses and retired folks, along with friends and family here in the Orange County area of Southern California. I have stuck out my big toe into the professional field by building a website and printing up some business cards; brochures to follow. I hope that the journey into a professional practice will not be one of too much "Reiki Drama". LOL! Thanks again, and lots of Reiki Blessings! :-)

    1. Sending good energy for a drama-free unfolding for you, Linda! Thanks for the good words and the laughter:) Many blessings to you and yours! <3 <3 <3