Saturday, 29 May 2010

What’s too private to share on a blog?

I think it’s important that a blog is representative of the writer. Readers form relationships with blogs and because of the nature of my work, and style of my writing, it’s easy for perceptions to be formed about me. Yes, I have incredible experiences with spirit, but I’m more than those experiences.

I tend to share personal information about myself with clients and groups I’m speaking to. This builds trust, and I feel it’s more appropriate to talk about myself than someone else. Also, I’m the product, the healing experience happens with me. I’m more comfortable wearing jeans and a tee-shirt than a suit. I don’t like shaving, I like to have a beer with dinner; complete transparency is essential for a healer.

Here’s my dilemma though, how much information is too much. Everyone deserves to have a private life, but I don’t want people to perceive me to be someone I’m not.

One of my missions is to break down stereotype beliefs around healing. Let’s call this the Jesus myth. One of my clients was a principal of a Catholic school, and I mentioned that Jesus was standing beside him. He thought about this for a while, and then politely said that he didn’t believe so, because if Jesus was standing there he’d be able to feel him. He then said that he had attended world youth day with tens of thousands of young people, and he felt that the energy he experienced there was Christ’s energy. If Jesus was standing beside him, that’s what he believed he’d feel. I glanced at Jesus; he shrugged, and then smiled.

So what do you think, how much information are you comfortable sharing? Is there something you want to know, or not know, about me? If you’re a blogger, do you also have this dilemma?

I’m also thinking of changing the name of this blog to, Simon Hay Healer.

Here’s some more New Zealand photos.

We didn’t do this, and the beach was empty

Multi tasking

The stable is now a Food-store

Where’s your dog?

The ugly side of travelling in NZ

Entrance to treaty grounds, Waitangi

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