I often ask myself this question. Since I have practiced Reiki (which is very much apart of me) I noticed I wouldn't tell people that often exactly what I did. I would just say "healing" or energy work. Some people still don't understand or are afraid of Reiki because of the lack of knowledge or they think it's some religion. Over the years Reiki has gradually become somewhat "acceptable" or mainstream if you will.
Although Reiki has been re-discovered in Japan, recently I have been doing research and found something extraordinary! You see, Reiki has been around for thousands of years in Egypt. Although I was unable to uncover the depths of this history, because it was lost or smuggled out of Egypt, nonetheless, it has made a huge impact of "who I am" and why I am practicing Reiki. The name was not called Reiki, but rather "Sekh Em" which is the energy from the five elements -- earth, air, fire, water and spirit. It was used to heal the earth and it's inhabitants. It was not so much physical healing, but more individual awakening and enlightment. Further research has revealed to me various pictures of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses with their hands in Reiki position. This amazed me and immediately I felt this really close connection to it all.
All of this discovery has given me the power to be proud of what I do, to talk more about what I do with a confidence I didn't have before. More importantly, it has given me such a sense of connection and belonging. Yes, I can now "Dare to be Known for Who I am"! It's a beautiful practice and heck, my ancestors practiced it! I have been chosen to be this vessel of light to others and I welcome that in my heart and soul.