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Thanks!

I just wanted to thank everyone who filled out my poll in this post. I really appreciate all the uplifting comments and encouragement. For anyone who was concerned, I don't plan on changing the way I do things too much around here. I just felt, with having a blogoversary, hiatus, and a lot of new friends, it was the perfect time to do some reflection and see if I'm fulfilling the intentions I've set for myself here.

I'll also admit that I'd been looking for a good excuse to make a poll since I got a paid account. And I loved seeing what has called different friends here. The poll has pretty much confirmed what I already thought - that most of my friends share several interests with me, and somewhere each topic is resonating with at least a few people. I was actually kind of surprised to see that so many folks were interested in things like FLYing and Mission 101, which I half way expected everyone to be "Shut up about it already!" about. lol I'm really excited to see what people would like to see more of. I love room for further exploration.

I've decided to try to work a bit more on my commenting. I'm not going to worry as much about reading *every single* entry on my f-list, like I have in the past. I just can't keep up. I'm going to try to do more acknowledging comments, just to let everyone know I'm still around. ;) I've also been wanting to work on my profile, but I'm not sure where I want to go with that. What stands out in a profile? Do you have a friend or community whose profile really called to you, or shone out brightly? Let me know - I'd love to check it out as I muse over ideas.

Thanks again! And if you haven't filled it out, I'm going to leave it open for a while. I enjoy constructive criticism just as much as compliments, and appreciate your contributions.

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mrdixon
Oct. 11th, 2006 03:40 am (UTC)
It's tough to comment as much as I would like. But I do have to say, I love your posts, you are refreshing and uplifting, even when you are down.

ahavah
Oct. 11th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you think so. I'm having a problem keeping up with commenting myself lately, so I know how that is! (PS: I'll do my best to stay up more.)
kali_kali
Oct. 11th, 2006 04:05 am (UTC)
Not to toot my own horn, but I like the layout of my profile - gets everything together very succinctly. Take a look at it if you feel so inclined for inspiration.

And oh - I'm not personally interested in Reiki, but my roommate is doing a project on Reiki for her Health and Wellness class and I told her I'd ask you if you could recommend any reading materials for her. Thanks :)
ahavah
Oct. 11th, 2006 12:50 pm (UTC)
Hey, Kali! Always feel free to toot your own horn here. :) I do like your profile. I should really maybe streamline mine. I think I want to play with making banners or something, because I really need color in mine to break it up. And maybe my marque thingie, too. Yours is really clear and easy to read though (although I don't think I would have pegged you as a Slytherin, but then what do I know about HP...LOL)

As for Reiki, I'd love to make some suggestions. I really like Diane Stein's 'Essential Reiki', although I feel you really need to read it with a discerning eye. She does a lot of great work in that book, and I really commend her for printing the symbols and not subscribing to the 'elitism' that a lot of Reiki schools seem to share (symbols are secret! Protect them from the un/wrong-initiated!). I also think she did a great job of researching some of the myths of the Reiki lineage. When Mrs. Takata brought reiki to the west, she really...stretched the truth in places to make it more acceptable to the Judeo-Christian world, claiming that Usui Sensei was a minister, studied in America, etc...and DS really looked deeper, not taking the stories on face value, and truly clarified some of the reiki urban legends.

However, I think she brings a lot of her own personal religious dogma into reiki, where it has no belonging. Obviously reiki can enhance any religious beliefs and experiences, but I feel DS has just a bit too much 'this is True' when she's speaking more of her personal Wiccan beliefs as opposed to reiki. For instance, she speaks a lot about needing 'personal protection' so that you don't draw 'negative' energies or take on symptoms from your clients. This is completely unnecessary with reiki energy. Unlike Wicca, reiki is non-dualistic and can't be used for harm. The thing that really differentiates reiki from other energetic healing practices is that the practitioner's own personal energy is *not* used - so you don't feel drained or 'take on symptoms'. The meta-message for 'protection' is really doing a bit more fear-spreading than necessary when it comes to reiki. She also mentioned someone who used so-called reiki to place a 'psychic attack' on her, and that sort of thing really only muddles the true teachings of reiki and is rooted, I believe, in her wiccan upbringing. She's also pretty adamant that the symbols *must* be done a certain way, in a certain order, or they won't work...which is also untrue (I draw my symbols differently than she does, with a great deal of success) and I think stems more from the ritualistic aspects of Wicca.

So, I ramble - sorry, I think Essential Reiki is a great resource as long as you take the author's religious biases into account. She does have a great chapter on reiki and buddhism that is worth a look. In fact, though I seem to be nit-picking, I really do feel it's one of the best reiki books out there. I haven't read a *whole* lot, and a lot of what I've found is more basics and they all sound decidedly similar.

Another author I really like is William Rand. I've read several of his articles in various reiki/new age magazines, and he has a great website, The International Center for Reiki Training. And of course, I'm partial to the websites and references of my Reiki Master: Medicine Reiki and The Reiki Spirit. I also have a great worksheet on Reiki & Childbirth, if she's interested in that. ;)

The thing that's important to remember with reiki is that at this point, every different school of thought has their own certain beliefs that aren't necessarily shared by all. I've met and read a lot of folks with the One True Wayism, and if you aren't doing *Our* reiki, you're not doing *real* reiki. (Hmm...sound familiar?) That's just bunk. Take what resonates with you and discard the rest.

But for the love of God, stay away from Wikipedia's reiki entry. That b.s. just flies all over me.... rotflmao
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ahavah
Oct. 11th, 2006 01:02 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo! I miss the occassional revelry in memes, too. Now that I'm trying to catch up on the ol f-list, perhaps I will find some more to share soon. I am working on a 100 Things meme, but that may take years to complete *snicker*. Thank you for the hugs! Always love hugs!

Nice toast.
kathness
Oct. 11th, 2006 06:58 am (UTC)
I *just* friended you, so I don't have much to go on. Reiki, doula-ing, shamanic journeying, personal reflection, personal improvement--those are all of interest to me. I had to look into Fly-ing, and mission 101- I want to know more about those now.
I love that you have a distance-healing list on your profile. I want to join in and do that too. So cool. And I love the Hugs-I sent you a bunch, now that it's become a movement and all. :)
ahavah
Oct. 11th, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
Hello, kathness! Great to meet you! Thank you so much for coming by my blog. And the hugs, of which I can never get enough. I'm so glad to know that we share a lot of interests (and friends), and doubly-glad that you've learned about some new things that call to you. I like to try and introduce people to new things, and if you ever want to buddy up on FLYing, Mission 101, Health Buddies, etc., just let me know. I thrive with partners in crime.

I'm also glad you like my healing list. That is one of my favorite things on my blog, I believe. I have met a lot of new friends that way, actually, and offered service to a lot of old friends. Any time you want on the list, feel free to sign up. And any time you want to contribute, feel free to sign me up. ;) I've contemplated making a community out of it, and I may in the future when I have more time to devote to it.

I'm going to go ahead and friend you back, but I'll warn you that I'm struggling to keep up with my f-list (it practically doubled in size in the last month or two). I'm here, though, and I'll do my best to keep up! I look forward to getting to know you better!
deadlybuzz
Oct. 11th, 2006 09:01 am (UTC)
*feels loved*
ahavah
Oct. 11th, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
*smootch*
deadlybuzz
Oct. 11th, 2006 02:08 pm (UTC)
*blush* oooh yeah! ;)
lanternlady
Oct. 11th, 2006 12:29 pm (UTC)
*smiles*

You rock girlfriend. Just want to see ya back a bit :o)
ahavah
Oct. 11th, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC)
I'm trying like hell! LOL

Thanks, doll, you're pretty slamdacious yourself. :)
simplydorei
Oct. 19th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
Ok, girlie...

Sorry for the delay, but i'm just now getting all caught up from my trip.residency/overwhelming amount of things to do! However, i did go and do your survey now that i've read about it!

Honestly, though i don't really get o comment as often as i'd like, you know how much i enjoy your presence here! :D

ahavah
Oct. 20th, 2006 01:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, dorei! I'm glad you let me know, too, cause I haven't checked the results in a while. lol I have to say that that was some really rewarding evaluation there. I'm definitely glad to find out people's interests, favorites, and thoughts on my purpose here. Thank you so much for your input!

And I enjoy you as well, and I'm glad to see you're back! Sadly, I don't get to comment - or even keep up all the way - as often as I'd like lately. So don't feel bad about that!
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