I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Have you ever had the feeling of being over-stretched—of having too many commitments and not enough time for them all?

Reiki is my passion. It has been at the heart of many of the most pivotal transformations in my life. I know deep-down that I want to teach Reiki, to share the gift, to pass on the torch that burns in daylight1. The question, though, is when.

Currently my wife and I are planning on building a house for ourselves outside of Bangkok. Part of that house will be a retreat, a sacred space where I will give Reiki treatments and teach Reiki courses. You can be sure that I’m excited about this, but equally sure that the process of turning dreams into bricks and mortar takes a lot of time and dedication. Since we both hold full-time jobs, we need to be practical about how much we can achieve with the limited time that we have.

For now, I’m putting my Reiki teaching practice into hibernation. This gives me the space I need to rest. Cutting back is always a difficult decision, but this time it’s the one that brings peace. Saying no is often the best thing we can do for ourselves and for others.


  1. A parable tells that the founder of Reiki, Mikao Usui, walked around town with a burning torch in the middle of the day. Most people laughed, but some realised that he was bearing something precious, and chose to follow him.

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