A Bunch of Old Promos…

I remember the first time I gave a radio interview back in 1997. I was just getting into my stride as a teacher of Reiki (‘Reiki Master’ they call it… at least those with egos and those who need to look up the word ‘Master’ in the Oxford English, do). Reiki was pretty new in my stretch of the woods back in 1997. My stretch of the woods being the little market town of Rugby, in Warwickshire.

So Reiki being new, I got to appear on a local BBC radio show, with one of my students, to talk about Universal Life Force energy. I was scared stiff, and I fluffed it. You can probably tell that I fluffed it, and you don’t have to listen too hard between the cracks. You can tell.

Since then, having gone on to write a book about Reiki, having created an epic failure of a global peace project called ’12seconds for Peace’, having bummed around Sudan working on another book that eventually didn’t happen, I have appeared all over the place in magazines, and on the web and done a whole bunch of radio interviews. I don’t crap myself at the thought anymore.

But all that stuff was scattered. All over the place. Dusty nooks of once Big-Time websites such as BlogTalk Radio (does anyone use that anymore?), fish and chip wrapper newspapers, and forgotten blogs that haven’t been updated in years.

It was time to pull it all together and put it here on my own, just out of the box website. Why waste all that good promo stuff? So you can find everything that I have managed to scrounge up so far here: In the Press. There’s more. Mostly sitting in a box in the roof space of my house, back in the UK. When I can get my hands on it, I will put that up too.

I guess, I just started to realise, it’s time to get real and push my work out there more. Now I finally kicked the dreadful school-teaching habit. So please go check out some of my interviews. Dip into my past, and try not to listen too hard between the cracks.

Steve

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About Steve Gooch

Steve Gooch was born in March 1962 in Rugby, Warwickshire in England and grew up there with his two brothers and sister. He moved to Corsham in Wiltshire and attended Bath Academy of Art, where he studied sculpture and printmaking, before going on to work on projects for the artists Joe Tilson and Nick Pope. He also helped with the publication of a limited edition folio of Paul Eluard’s poetry. Steve moved to London to study for a postgraduate teaching certificate and then worked as a teacher of art in the UK. He gained his MA in Education with the Open University and also studied the discipline of Reiki with his Reiki teachers in Newcastle upon Tyne. His daughter Marianne was born in 1994. For a period of time, Steve devoted himself to teaching Reiki in his hometown of Rugby, before moving to Egypt, where he resumed his career as an art teacher, becoming the Head of Art in a prestigious British International School in Cairo. He continued to teach Reiki, introducing the discipline for the first time to Egypt. He also wrote extensively on the subject for various Egyptian English-language magazines. Returning to the UK, Steve’s son Sam was born in 2004. Not wanting to go back into the teaching profession, Steve took a job as a chef in a vegetarian restaurant and wrote his first book ‘Reiki Jin Kei Do: The Way of Compassion & Wisdom’. It was the world’s first book on that particular tradition of Reiki and is still considered to be the standard reference work on the subject. Steve them moved to Sudan, where he was again Head of Art at the prestigious Unity High School, and built an online living history for the school, called 'The Unity High School Archive'. It was in the process of building this archive that Steve uncovered a major scandal involving senior members of the Anglican Church, local dignitaries, and members of the faith communities. As a consequence, he got to know the head of the Secret Police in Khartoum quite well and then promptly left the country. Steve moved back to Egypt and took up a post as Head of Art in a school in Alexandria. Very much involved in the Reiki community in the UK, however, he founded the national organisation ‘Reiki Jin Kei Do UK’ and became the editor of ‘Focus: The Journal of Reiki Jin Kei Do UK’, and then set up the global ‘Reiki Jin Kei Do International’. He also set up the global video-arts project '12seconds for Peace'. The concept grabbed the attention of a number of big names in the peace movement, including Nobel Peace Prize nominees, and threatened to go viral. Circumstances (revolutions and social unrest) put it on the back-burner. Likewise, a major peace initiative called the 'Global Concert for Peace', scheduled for the summer of 2013, which would have been the world's biggest musical event, also went on the back-burner. Steve moved to Saudi Arabia for a little over a year in 2014, before returning to Egypt to take up a senior management position in another British International School in Cairo. Finally, after a year of professional purgatory in which he realised that there is no such thing as a good British International School in Egypt, he decided ‘enough is enough’ and quit the teaching profession for good to focus on his writing, art and Reiki classes. He is currently living in Cairo and writing ‘The Temple of the Djinn’, which is loosely based on the events that he uncovered during his time in Sudan. He is also teaching Reiki and working freelance for a variety of Egyptian magazines. He misses the UK and is looking forward to spending more time in his home country with his children. He'd also like to find time to paint and make sculpture.
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