I began several books today. It’s raining here and my plans to hit up Barne’s and Noble’s big comfy brown chair went awry.
I got a hard lesson from the stacks of books that clutter my bookshelf. I learned that I need to be wowed, and that some of my books would make better paper mache’ projects.
I truly see the beauty in everything. And, I have such appreciation for the books I’ve read through the years. But, since moving to LA from Chicago, and losing most of my book collection — I realize that my shelves are now full of mediocrity.
There are books I bought on the sale rack, the used book store ones that were given to me by friends and clients who thought I’d appreciate them. They were right. I did. Darn me for finding the gifts beneath the boringness.
I couldn’t even stomach the book about Indigo Children. I wanted to. Really I did. I love and believe in the concept. But another book that classifies our kids into little boxes? It wasn’t written with enough umph, you know? Then, I picked up a book on Shamanic Healing that went right back on my shelf after 20 some pages of talking about sacrificing (as in sacrificing lives as ritual). Sure, maybe it’s fact — but, I still believe there’s a way to tell an interesting story.
You see, It’s not that I don’t have high standards. I do. In fact, yesterday, a Facebook friend mentioned that she wanted to buy the book I read. and I found myself thinking — “no no no.. why waste your time? I did it already and there are so many better books you could read. “
Half the books on my self are below my own writing standards. I’m not trying to diss anyone here.. but it’s time to step up to the plate. I’ve decided to clear my shelves, even if it makes people think I’m illiterate. I must make room for the wow books.
The book I chose for today was the fifth one I opened and perused. “Using Reiki Techniques with Children” By, Mary Riposo, PhD was given to me by one of my Reiki teachers, and I never actually read it. Now, I am a Reiki teacher, so I decided that it was a good option. Most likely my best option considering I didn’t want to slosh through the rain and get soaked today.
I don’t recommend this book either. It’s not bad at all. It goes over a brief description of what Reiki is and how you can use it for children and yourself. It made me focus on how easy it is to feel Reiki and use this beautiful healing art. I use Reiki daily with my family — including Reiki-fying the food we eat, our apartment, our situations, our health etc. Mary Riposo describes how you can do that and how it works.
I suppose authors, especially doctors and professionals, have to be really careful in this country when they are writing about alternative treatment. So, I felt that even though she appears to deeply believe in the power of Reiki, she held back.
The book was informational, and it held my attention to the end. I’m not new to Reiki so, I learned nothing new. My Reiki teachers did not specifically teach all of the techniques in this book, but they are things I have found to be useful in our home and family with my own practice.
Now, time to get wowed!