Although I've approached this Reiki Talk with some definite ideas in mind, I want to allow a natural flow of thought and information here, to offer helpful resources to others and hopefully also be guided by others to helpful resources. Perhaps, then, this blog should be renamed Reiki Share
, to illuminate the concept of the discussion I hope we have here. Just as I hope to connect with those who want to learn more about Reiki and healing concepts in general, so I wish to connect with those who can teach me more about Reiki and healing concepts in general.
In that spirit of connecting and sharing, I have some links to share now. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
First, a specific Reiki website that has informed, educated and inspired me on a number of occasions and in a number of ways, including with practical, downloadable tools and information: William Lee Rand's International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT)
This website has so much to offer, from general information for Reiki (and considering) practitioners, to helpful (free) downloadable tools and excellent products to purchase in the webstore. The site must be explored to be fully understood as the wonderful healing resource it truly is. Although it's somewhat specific to those in the US, the site is international in flavour and everyone who is interested in healing can benefit from some part of it. There's even information about Global Healing and a World Peace Project, which I find rather intriguing but have yet to explore fully. I haven't found but would love to see a site map made available prominently in the links, since the navigation structure doesn't truly reflect all that's available at this site... but at least there is a search facility. If one takes the time to peruse, though, there are gems of new and interesting information hidden away everywhere. This site offers much to those interested in healing in a general sense as well as to Reiki practitioners specifically.~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Another link I've just come upon earlier tonight and given the barest of perusals but am intrigued by the potential, is a blog called Unwilting Thoughts : My Beginning
, by Joanna Doane. A recent entry - one of only two I've been able to skim through so far, I'm sorry to say - is about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD). I personally find this very interesting because I've been diagnosed with PTSD twice in my life and have possibly (according to a therapist I worked with on my path to survival after sexual assault) suffered with it for most of my life without realizing what it was. On her blog Joanna also has helpful links for trauma survivors as well as links to her other personal pages and projects, so I believe this could be a helpful resource for all those interested and/or involved in personal healing.
One of the projects Joanna has written about and linked to at her blog that I've briefly visited and am quite excited to introduce here (and explore as the authors develop it) is The Survivor Archives
. The following description is taken from Joanna's Survivor Archives blog entry
:"Our plan is to host a blog that features a new survivor of abuse/trauma each week. Each archive will include the survivors bio, their answers to a series of 9 questions about their healing process, a piece of artwork or literature that they created sometime through out their healing process, and then end it will a therapeutic letter directed toward certain aspects of trauma, such as to their abuser, to themselves as a child, to a child being abused, etc. Kristin and I's hope is to spread the spirit of growth to any survivor who runs across our site. Hopefully it will inspire out survivors to move forward in their their own journeys toward healing, and also give them hope that healing is possible, no matter what the situation is, or the circumstances involved."
You can use the links above to go to either The Survivor Archives itself, or to Joanna's blog entry about the project. I believe this type of connecting and sharing is extremely important and valuable for survivors of all types of trauma, and I'll write more about this project again in future. In the meantime, if you're a survivor too, please have a look at the project and consider contributing to it yourself; details on how to do this can be found at both links above.~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
A healing thought to consider:
"If we ourselves remain angry and then sing world peace, it has little meaning. So, you see, first our individual self must learn peace. This we can practice. Then we can teach the rest of the world."
--The Dalai Lama