Nathan Chang’s new book, Seven Interviews: Reiki Healing * interviews seven prominent Reiki Masters and gains their thoughts and opinions about Reiki Healing. Seven Interviews: Reiki Healing is part of the Seven Interviews * series.
I asked Nathan a few questions about his book to find out more and see why it takes such a different approach to other Reiki books.
How did You come up with the idea?
The idea for this book stems from my first book ‘Seven Interviews: Hypnotism and Hypnotherapy’. To give an idea of why I wrote that book, I was battling smoking addiction. I came across hypnotherapy and researched about it online. I had many questions about it at this time, and sure enough, these were being asked by many other people across the internet. I decided to create a book that gave the introduction I was looking for, along with something that was entertaining and different to what was already available.
My first book was well received. The contributors were happy; customers were reviewing it well and emailing me telling me how much they enjoyed it. I also enjoyed reading it and putting it together myself and learned a considerable amount about the subject. I decided I wanted to continue to work with the same format.
This brought me to this book on Reiki. Why Reiki? It is relatively close to my first book in several aspects. First of all, it is a well-being and self-improvement sort of topic. People think about both hypnotherapy and Reiki when thinking about making improvements in their lives. I enjoyed working on a topic that was about helping people, and I wanted to continue this theme.
Secondly, there are many people who practice hypnotherapy also practice Reiki. There is a crossover both in the practitioners and in the potential audience. It didn’t make sense to go off on a completely unrelated tangent, so I wanted to take the next step in a familiar space.
Thirdly, the hypnotists were a pleasure to work with and a pleasure to interview. The topic was filled with immensely positive energy from those working in the field. People who were genuinely wanting to help others and were passionate about their work. This passion showed in their interviews, and I think that’s what made my first book such a success. I consider Reiki a similar topic. Those working with Reiki have a genuine desire to help others and a passion about what they do. If I’m spending a lot of time putting together a book I want it to be with positive people, and I want them to be passionate about what they are discussing.
Finally, I think life has a way of planting the seeds of ideas in your head. There are places I want to visit just because I heard the name mentioned once or twice and find it fascinating ‘just because’. I want to visit Luang Prabang in Laos for this very reason, and also Shenzhen in China. There is no real logic behind why I want to visit them except I crossed these place names briefly in conversation, or somewhere I read, and it stuck in my head. Reiki as a topic seemed to crop up in my mind repeatedly as I looked for the topic for my second book. My friend Reyna from Bolton in the UK is a Reiki master, and I think this is partly what planted the idea in my head. Also, I live in Chiang Mai, Thailand, an open-minded city where Reiki is popular, and all sorts of spiritual beliefs and pursuits are thriving.
Why did you choose to use an interview format?
I chose the interview format because it is powerful. It’s also one I enjoy. I will love reading, watching and listening to interviews, it’s a very entertaining and insightful way to gain new information just like in a biography you are drawing from people’s personal experiences. With an interview, you can target the questions to seek the answers you are looking for. There’s value in all book formats, but with this, I wanted to bring something different.
Another problem these days, especially on the internet is an inherent lack of trust. People don’t trust what others say; you assume they are always trying to push a product or an agenda. You can hardly blame them. By having 7 different people with different opinions, you can eliminate this bias to a large extent. You are presented with a broader perspective which allows you to make your mind up on what you believe. I don’t add any editorial to the book apart from a brief introduction, so you know you are getting information right from the source.
So far the feedback from readers has been excellent. People love the interview format and the clean and straightforward proposition that Seven Interviews represents.
How did you select who was interviewed?
For this book and the hypnotism book, I used some methods. I search for bloggers, authors, and people with authority on the subject. Some may have a Wikipedia page, have presented on radio etc. A lot of people in both Reiki and hypnotism do quite a lot outside of their immediate day to day work. This means they are often producing new content, engaging with others in the field. This does make it a bit easier to find people to interview. Another source is by finding practitioners directly on Google and narrowing them down to those who have the best reviews. If I can see a practitioner who has tons of 5-star reviews from customers, I will undoubtedly shortlist them for inclusion in the book.
However just selecting the interviewees is only the first step. Some of these people do not respond later on, or their interview response is just too short or lacking in material. Fundamentally the book is about the readers, so if one of the interviewees gives a lazy or bad interview, I cannot include it. This is a little frustrating as I am grateful for even these short contributions, but I have to make sure the book is of high quality. If the book would start getting bad reviews because of one or two low-quality interviews, no one is going to read it, and no one is going to benefit from the book.
Who should read this book?
The book is primarily aimed at beginners. However, this does not mean it is limited to this audience. The questions are quite general and introductory and represent what someone new to the subject might be asking. However, the interviewees can go into as much depth as they want. As a result, you are going to learn something from this no matter your experience level. If you are a Reiki Master already, you may very much appreciate the experiences of other practitioners. The feedback so far certainly suggests that the Reiki community appreciates the book.
So if you are involved in Reiki already, or new to the subject, the book is going to be very beneficial, and you are going to learn a ton of information and read some great accounts from the people practising Reiki every day!
Did you learn anything new about Reiki while completing the book?
I learned a huge amount about Reiki from this book. I was a novice to the subject before I started making this book. Now I can meet someone and chat about Reiki. Before my only experience was talking to people in casual conversations and having a friend back in the UK who did it and fundamentally my knowledge was minimal. Creating this book forced me to engage with all of the questions I had about the subject.
I’m incredibly grateful to have learned what I have done from writing this book. As a result, I will be involved with Reiki in the future, and I am looking at local events here in Chiang Mai to meet more of the Reiki community in person. I hope putting this book out there is going to make more people interested in the subject so they can experience how Reiki can help them in their lives.
Did you find anything surprising from the responses?
To an extent, I approached this book with an open mind, and I knew I was going to be exposed to a lot of new ideas and opinions. However, I think what surprised me the most is how strongly practitioners believe in the power of Reiki. What I mean is that it’s more than just saying Reiki can make you feel better. It’s talking about real transformations using the power of Reiki. It wasn’t just isolated to one interview; this was a theme throughout the whole book that Reiki has massive healing power. I was expecting it to be talked about in a more nuanced way. But the passion and belief held by Reiki practitioners are strong and very evident from their responses here. I think that inspires a lot of confidence in anyone looking into the subject for the first time.
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