Last year I received a call from a volunteer planner who asked me to participate in a Wellness Day as a Reiki practitioner for The Clubhouse—about ten miles away from my home. I agreed because friends of mine were doing yoga & Indian chanting. Why not? So I packed my massage table in the back of my car and off I went. I arrived at a nondescript –two-story beige block of a building. We had to sign in at the front desk, which seemed quite official. Then I hauled the table with my wonderful, magical transporter into the space they had allotted for it.
Lions, giant tortoises, herds of wildebeest, eland, kudu & zebra as well as parades of elephants roam the dusty, semi-arid landscape of Addo National Elephant Park. Just an hour east of the coastal town of Port Elizabeth in the southeastern part of South Africa, it seems an unlikely place for any species to thrive. Indeed, it’s the home to the endangered dung beetle. During my visit I didn’t think to offer Reiki to the beetles, but I did have an opportunity to offer Reiki to one animal in need.
A few of my Shinpiden students have been called to teach recently, and they’ve asked me to help them develop their courses. Apart from reminding them to teach the Usui Reiki Ryoho techniques at the core of the class, I’ve had to take some time to find what I wanted to share, from my own experience, about this important choice and its challenges.
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