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Healer as iconoclast!,
This review is from: Healing Energies: Understanding and Using Hands-on Healing (Paperback)A truly inspirational book on healing. Wise, humble, irreverent, iconoclastic, erudite. Bruce Way provides a heartfelt and intellectually stimulating foundation for personal development in this entire field. No doubt he has provoked the ire of many Reiki/Seichim practitioners around the world. Well, at least those wishing to maintain the mystique surrounding healing or those who charge astronomical amounts for attunements. Symbols are secret no more! (Well, actually, Diane Stein saw to that before Way.) 'Lineage' is shown to be the redundant concept that it always was. ('My route to Usui is more direct than yours!') And the whole notion of a master with the power to magically attune his/her pupil to Reiki healing is roundly and justifiably pilloried. Way doesn't conclude that, because of these flaws in the overall 'culture' of Reiki, Reiki practitioners are con artists or inadequate healers. Neither do I. To use the old cliche, many of my friends are Reiki-ists! I acknowledge that they heal. And they heal well. I do not acknowledge that they require specific attunements in order to heal effectively. Way is absolutely right when he directs the search for any healing power within. That is the place to start and the place to end up. The moment you place your potential for healing in the tingly hands of anyone else, (especially a self-styled 'master') is the moment that you abdicate a significant part of that potential. The greatest piece of advice that Way gives is to follow the advice of that other great visionary William Blake: "I must create a system or be enslaved in another man's. I must not reason nor compare, my business is to create." I wholeheartedly agree, with the proviso that, having created your own system, you don't then go on to offer your newfound modality by way of a $150,000 four-year degree course and thereby enslave an entire new generation of healers!
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