Interview with Teresa Parrott and Graham Crook,
Initiation Without a Master’
Why did you write the book?
T: Because it needed writing. There are a thousand
books about psychiatry, ten thousand books about complementary
medicine, and untold millions about self-help. There is only
one that we know which combines all three. This is the one.
G: In a nutshell, this is the Do-It-Yourself
manual of ‘Out of pain into joy.’
What authority do you have to write this book?
T: I’m a qualified psychiatrist, currently
working in forensic psychiatry. Both Graham and I are Reiki
and Karuna Masters, and SKHM teachers (pronounced Saykem). Graham
was a consultant physician in general medicine and chest medicine.
G: It’s interesting how many of us, trained
in traditional medicine, are now involved in alternatives. Bernie
Siegel is, perhaps, the most famous, but he’s very far
from being unique.
Who would want to read this book and who would benefit
G: The short answer is anyone – to both
questions. We deliberately chose a language which is comprehensible
to anybody. Unlike most of the other books out there, you don’t
need any inside knowledge to be able to benefit from it. I guess
it would be particularly beneficial to anyone working in, or
receiving treatment from, any discipline involving “energy”
or emotional healing, like Shiatsu, Aromatherapy etc. –
also anyone receiving counselling, psychotherapy or treatment
for depression. But the short answer remains, anyone in pain.
T: Which is, of course, all of us. We’re
all in pain. So much so, we think it’s normal. This is
a way out of that pain. It’s also a way out of abnormal
pain. As a practising psychiatrist, I deal with that abnormal
emotional pain every working day.
The technique described in our book is called SKHM. It was discovered
by Patrick Ziegler, who wrote the book’s introduction.
When I first came across it, I was sceptical.
G: As was I. I think it was natural, having
come, like Teresa, from a background of traditional medicine
and applied science. Our instincts and training both told us
to treat with disdain anything, let’s say, ethereal or
– as we would then certainly have called it – airy-fairy.
T: The first thing that struck me, though, between
the orthodox technique of my training and Patrick’s more
radical one, was not the differences, but the similarities.
I think the war of attrition fought between complementary and
traditional medicine – at least in my field – is
a phoney one. All we’re really doing is emphasising different
words in the same sentence.
G: The key word is joy. Once people have felt
that energy, they will be experiencing a feeling of joy …
T: And love …
G: You’re right. … joy and love
that probably they have never experienced before.
T: And they will find that the experience of
that joy will enable them to respond more quickly and with considerably
less emotional pain – which of course then enables them
far more easily to enter the painful areas that need treating.
How did you come to write it?
G: Two things combined. We were writing manuals
for teaching. In doing so, we started asking one another questions
which none of the text- books were answering. That coincided
with my reading a novel Teresa had written. I was knocked out
by it. I didn’t realise she had that much talent. I suggested
to her that we could put that to good use by writing not just
a manual, but a book on SKHM.
T: The novel, by the way, is still looking for
a publisher. So, if anyone reading this works for a publishing
G: It really is an excellent read.
How did you find the job of co-authoring?
G: (Laughs.) It was a mixture. At its best it
was a wonderful way of clarifying our ideas and simplifying
them. At its worst, we had to use the “energy” the
book talks about not to kill each other. Certainly there were
times when I thought we would never finish it.
T: (Also laughing) If we hadn’t already
have separated, we would have done.
So, you’re ex-partners writing together. How did
T: I think that I just said it. Curiously enough,
though – and being serious for a moment – I think
it brought us closer together. In a completely different way,
of course, to the way we had been when we were living together.
In any relationship it’s the pain that holds you apart
– the pain of all the things you’ve been unable
to express or show your partner about yourself. Working day
after day with that energy there was an awful lot of love flowing,
and we were able to say things we had been unable to express
So, why aren’t you back together?
G: It sounds like a weird way of saying it,
but our love now is deeper than that. It’s gone through
the sexual barrier. We are now able to hear each other’s
emotions and experience them for what they are, rather than
for the implications they might involve for us. In other words,
we want the best for the other person unequivocally, whatever
the consequences to ourselves.
T: And it was the writing of the book that led
us to that. We’d be working on a chapter, say about anger
or fear, and, lo and behold, we’d both find that we had
issues around these subjects which we needed to address. As
people, I mean, or as half of a relationship, rather than as
G: And we had to address those issues before
we could continue. For ourselves. It’s almost as if we
were being tested, as if some divine force were insisting we
should be our own guinea pigs.
Would someone who knows nothing about Reiki be able
to understand the book?
Do you want to qualify that?
G: Not really. Our jumping-off point was that
our readers should be able to come to this book without any
What distinguishes SKHM as a form of
Reiki from any other?
G: SKHM is not actually a form of Reiki. I don’t
want to go back on my word here and become too esoteric, but
SKHM has gone through a lot of developments. At one stage it
was considered by some of its practitioners to be a higher form
of Reiki. It would be more accurate to say that both are separate
branches off the same trunk.
So, I don’t need to be a scientist
to understand it?
Do you want to qualify that?
G: You absolutely do not need to be a scientist
or a healer or have any knoweldge of medicine or complementary
medicine to understand it.
Interview by Greg Dark, author of 'Prophet
of the New Millennium'
The Prophet of the New Millennium is not an alternative to Gibran’s
book, it is a complement to it. Today’s world is very
different to Gibran’s. The political atlas has had to
be modified frequently. The Prophet of the New Millennium provides
the ethical equivalent.