Guides and girls
An increasing number of Hong Kong women are searching for spiritual enlightenment at a younger age. Many educated and driven women who have achieved material success now wonder, 'Is this all there is?'
Spiritual healers visiting the city are booked out in advance and business is booming at wellness centres offering courses in self-awareness and personal development.
'I have definitely seen an increase in the number of younger women trying to [find] a balance in their lives or make sense of why such and such a thing is happening,' says Pervin Clasper, a reiki master and co-founder of the Shakti Healing Circle.
'Many younger women are experiencing stress and stress-related diseases, and want to deal with them. In the past six to nine months we have noticed the average age of our clients has fallen from the late 30s to early 30s.'
As for the new 'gurus' popping up everywhere, Clasper says that women in search of spiritual answers must find one who is qualified to guide them.
'Just because something has worked for someone else because they read it in a book and swear by it, doesn't mean it will work for you,' says Clasper. 'A trained and qualified healer or coach will know how to listen to your story and then shape the session or programme to suit you and your values and purpose in life.'