The community of believers. February 18, 2014Posted by ourfriendben in Reiki, Reiki wisdom.
Tags: Pope Francis, Pope Francis Reiki lessons, Reiki, Reiki community, Reiki friends, Reiki outreach
“No one saves oneself. The community is essential.”
—Pope Francis @Pontifex
Are you alone in your Reiki practice, on your Reiki journey? Are you surrounded by skeptical siblings, outraged parents, uninterested or derisive coworkers?
Yes, you can still follow the Reiki Way in isolation. There are books, CDs, DVDs, websites, and blogs to help you. This is your virtual community, and we all should participate in it to grow in our practice. But how much better to combine the virtual with the real, to belong to a real-life, real-time Reiki community!
I urge you to stay in touch with your Reiki teachers and fellow students, to join nearby Reiki shares, to make as many Reiki friends as you can. (Shares and classes are a great way to make friends, but don’t overlook holistic health expos, Reiki demonstrations, and the like.) Don’t be afraid to contact Reiki people whose articles, blog posts, websites, or books have touched you; you can begin a dialogue that might lead to a lasting friendship.
In all these cases, the more friends you have, the more connections you make, the more support and advice you’ll get when you hit a bump on the road or are just feeling down after your sister-in-law calls you a whacko or whatever. And it’s just plain fun to get together for lunch or supper or an outing with Reiki friends when you can talk about Reiki along with everything else, or a few of you can gather at a friend’s home to share Reiki and enjoy snacks and a chat.
The community may not be essential, as Pope Francis says, but I certainly understand why he says it. As John Donne said, “No man is an island.” The more we reach out to others on the Reiki path, the more companions we’ll have as we travel on our Way.
Just for today, reach out.