It’s a common question. “So what do you do?” Honestly it has always driven me nuts and I have been a little facetious at times and said things like “Oh you know, I eat, I sleep, I go swimming and sometimes I enjoy long walks in the mountains”. Sorry! But I know that usually what people are actually asking is “What do you do for a living?” “How do you make money?” “What’s your purpose?”
When I made the switch from English teacher to Reiki practitioner I noticed quite a difference in the way people responded to what I do. “I’m a Reiki practitioner” is often met with an awkward silence followed by an “Oh”. I only realised just how misunderstood and misrepresented Reiki is once I started practicing and teaching it professionally. There’s a lot of hogwash on the Internet and it’s given Reiki a bad name. So it got me thinking. How can I present what I do without using the word Reiki? And wouldn’t it be nice if everyone expressed what they did for a living in a way that made people understand what they actually do as opposed to what they’re called.
So what do I do?
“I help people to move towards balance and wholeness by using a simple relaxation technique which activates the body’s natural healing response”.
That sounds awesome. I’d try that.
“I guide people to reconnect with their inner magic”.
I’m intrigued. I’d like to know more!
“I help people to realise that they are so much more than a physical body. As they begin to understand themselves as multi-layered beings a beautiful journey inwards begins and this depth of experience brings great meaning and purpose to life”.
Wow! That sounds incredible. How do you do that?
As you can see there are so many ways to present your profession and it can be enjoyable to be creative in your explanations. Conversations about what we do can be really interesting.
So instead of being rigidly identified with the name of your profession -Reiki Master, Finance Manager, Accountant, Housewife – why not try and describe how you help. What you do is valuable in so many ways if you really think about it.
Be passionate in your sharing. Be proud of how you contribute, no matter how small you think that is. People respond well to passion because it is authentic. As a Reiki practitioner and teacher I have found this to be a wonderful way of letting others know just how much I love Reiki and what people can achieve through regular Reiki practice.
How would you describe what you do without mentioning your job title? Do you practice Reiki for a living? How would you explain what you do without using the word Reiki? Why not share your descriptions below to spread some ideas around our community. Your enthusiasm may even be contagious!
Article by Taryn Walker
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Taryn Walker is a traveling Reiki Master Teacher who wishes to inspire people to realise that they are miraculous! She believes that Reiki can reveal our natural ability to heal ourselves and this empowers us to take responsibility for our lives. She works a lot with distant Reiki and loves the way it allows people to experience the illusion of separation. Taryn is grateful for being able to connect with her Reiki clients even while traveling. She usually lives on a little island in Thailand, where she practices and teaches Reiki, but finds ‘home’ wherever she is. Taryn enjoys yoga, nature, creating art, cooking and finding magic in “ordinary” places. Follow her here: reiki-alchemy.com, and alchemyhealing.