About your personal journey
What do you do?
I am an alternative therapist, a healer, a teacher. A Reiki Master and a Crystals Master.
How long have you been in business?
Tell us how you chose or were chosen for your line of work? What experiences led you here to where you are today?
I was a working professional. Banking and Shipping. Reiki was an accident. Somebody mentioned the word Reiki and I decided to take a look...there was no looking back. had amazing success in healing people and I decided to become a Master. It was not easy for it meant big time expenditure. Fees for Mastership courses are not cheap and I wanted to go back to the same school in India so it also meant buying air tickets. But my heart said it was an investment I had to make, not knowing that two years later I would lose my 9 to 6 job and that this would become my full time profession.
There were depressions, frustrations along the way, but there was always a smile on the face. Recognition came. I always had the desire to travel, to spread the word of Reiki and that happened. My first book was published in 2010 and another is in the pipeline.
How has your work evolved and where is it headed?
I have done well for myself. Recognition has been almost spontaneous. While sticking to the basics of Reiki healing, I branched out into Crystal Healing and acquired Mastership. Travel started happening, which I always wanted and I am now in several countries every year spreading the word of what I do. Having done a bit of research on the subject of Reiki Symbols, I published my first book "Reiki Symbols - A Revelation". As I mentioned earlier, another book, "Reiki - Physical Healing & Beyond" is in the pipeline. I intend to reach out to as many people as I could in the years to come.
What are the latest trends, advances and developments in your brand of spirituality?
Different versions of Reiki have sprung up over the years. Karuna Reiki, Tummo Reiki, Angelic Reiki, etc. Most of these are offshoots of the original version.
What are Singaporeans' biggest blocks in embracing your type of spirituality?
Faith(lack of it) and religion often plays a big part in not allowing people to accept this kind of spirituality, and this applies to all the people of the world including Singaporeans. Spiritual awareness in Singapore is there, however, there is a big fluctuation in the energy levels, which I believe is because of the big number of floating population in the city.
Tell us about your understanding of the background of the reiki scene, how long it has been around and where it is headed in the near future?
Reiki, in its present form, was rediscovered by Usui Sensei in 1921/22. Alternative therapies have been in existence for hundreds and thousands of years. Every civilization and culture had it, but was not available to the common man. Usui Sensei received his enlightenment in around 1921 and started his Reiki clinic in 1922. Several other branches of Reiki have come up since then.
Reiki is a science that will always be in high demand. With today's stressful life, more and more people are seeking alternatives to the traditional methods of healing.
How big is Singapore's demand for your services? What changes have you seen over the years in this business in terms of receptivity, enthusiasm and interest in your work?
Demand in Singapore is fairly adequate. Competition has grown over the years but healthy. The spiritual scene in Singapore has waxed and waned which I believe is due to the large number of floating population.
You go on reiki pilgrimages. What have you learnt on your travels and retreats abroad?
My pilgrimage has been to Japan. The memorial stone on Usui Sensei's grave holds an inscription in ancient Kanji language which speaks about Usui Sensei's story. I recently had it translated into English so as to be able to shae with all those who are interested. I have also visited Mt. Kurama in japan where Usui Sensei received his enlightenment. I have had some wonderful experiences there. The calling to return has been always strong and hope to do so soonest possible.
In recent years, you've also enjoyed success at international fairs.
What are the differences between the UK, US and other Asian scenes and the Singapore scene?
The fairs overseas are huge and each with its own flavour. While London does it at places like Olympia or Earls Court which are exhibition halls, the one in Los Angeles is done in the ball room of Hilton Hotel. While the booths in London are typical while boards, the booths in Los Angeles are silk drapes and with chandelier lighting. In Christchurch, NZ, it is a family run show and the walls of the booths are made of corrugated cardboards. The common point they all enjoy is the paid workshops that they do. These are not found in Singapore.
Singapore fairs are much smaller, both in terms of number of vendors and booth size. Ever since Be Magazine closed down in 2002, there has been a big vaccum. A few players have come along since then but much more needs to be done.
What do you think needs to be done to increase the holism market in Singapore?
We need bigger and better holistic fairs, twice a year. It would also pay to bring these fairs to the heartlands, to the atriums of the malls, to create more awareness.
What do you see your role as a member in the holism community?
A channel, a catalyst.
What is your biggest wish for your work in the near future?
To be the personal healer of a King or a President...ha ha (joking). Looking forward to my next book.
How do you hope Singapore will evolve spiritually?
It already has come a big way and I am sure it will grow stronger.
Interview conducted by Sonia Ong