By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki in Sequim, WA
FIRST OF ALL – A BIG HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO MY NEWEST REIKI II GRADUATES!!
They may now call themselves Reiki Practitioners and charge money for their Reiki services if they so chose. Most people chose to practice a bit before they start charging or charge by donation. But, sometimes you get students who are already working in the healing field, as I had in this class.
This is a very talented group of women, most of them already working as healers in some way. We had a massage therapist, a Donna Eden Energy Medicine Healer, a Social Worker who advocates for women in dire situations, a professional Psychic and two students new to healing but with natural abilities and wanting to take their Reiki farther – all in this one class.
I absolutely love to teach current healers how to incorporate Reiki into what they are already doing. Reiki easily adapts to anyone and any career you already have.
However, not everyone successfully adds Reiki on to their current career.
Adding Reiki to other Healing Careers
I have seen this many times, a massage therapist, cranial-sacral or some other type of body worker who works full-time at their field, takes a Reiki class and then doesn’t use it. I talk to many of them after the fact, it goes something like this, “Yeah, I took the Reiki class but haven’t done much with it. I feel it turn on sometimes while I’m working on someone, but most of the time I forget it’s there.”
Reiki as the Perfect Compliment to ANY Other Healing Modality
It makes me sad to hear comments like this one, because I know deep down in my core how great Reiki is and how it can be the perfect compliment to any healing modality. Sometimes people tend to box Reiki up in a nice little package of “healing physically” or “healing stress” without really understanding within them what that means.
Others get so wrapped up in the information they receive in Reiki I but don’t successfully create a daily practice to bring Reiki into their lives. the process of Reiki is incredibly simple, but the discipline is hard. Reiki brings Divine miracles into our lives, but only if we practice it.
Reiki Power, Protection & Support
I talked in last week’s blog about how Reiki brings you Divine Power, Protection and Support to your every day life in a spiritual/non-religious way, but also to healing situations in particular. Here is a link to that blog to refresh yourself on what power, protection and support mean to you during a healing.
Here is HOW you can practice a few important steps to incorporate Reiki into your healing path.
TIPS To Successfully Incorporate Reiki Into Your Healing Practice!
- Make the Choice to Invite Reiki into your life as the spiritual base that helps, guides, and supports you through all your healing work, personal and professional. Because Reiki is from YOUR personal Divine Source, it would benefit healers of all kinds to bring in the Reiki first, before they do ANY spiritual work, before they do
ANY client work. Being a caregiver/bodyworker/healer is a challenge and to do it for years can be very difficult on your physical, emotional and mental bodies. Reiki helps to ground you and cushion you from taking on the issues and energies of the client. Whether you are a healer, a manicurist, a hairdresser, a tattoo artist, a nurse, any kind of career where you have direct interaction with clients can cause this kind of energy interaction and wear you out over time. Burn out in these ‘helping’ careers is quite common. This is less apt to happen when Reiki is with you every day. This will help you to have more energy at the end of the day, end of the week and be able to continue your healing work without getting burn out. Plus it helps you to have a more positive outlook every single day. Again, a win/win.
- Practice with only the Reiki – I believe when adding a new healing modality it’s important to work ONLY with that modality to get a strong connection to it. I don’t mean stop working, I mean in your time off from work, practice some sessions on people JUST with Reiki. This is the only way to truly feel the Reiki energy and what it brings to your practice and client all by itself. Tell your practice clients that you are new and ask them for feedback. This will give you confirmation of how the Reiki is helping them.
- Do self Reiki every day – Reiki is so simple, some people just don’t get it. When you make Reiki a daily practice you will very
quickly and easily feel the effects that Reiki can have in your life. You will be connected 24/7 to that Divine flow of spiritual power, protection and information support I was talking about in the other blog. It makes daily life less stressful, go more smoothly, and easier with fewer worries. But, it also heals you and connects you to Reiki in a powerful way, one that you won’t be able to dismiss.
- Build a relationship with Reiki – Reiki is a direct connection to YOUR Higher Power. We are not working with out own life force energy here, we are working with Divine and Intelligent healing energy. The more we work with our Reiki ability, the more we have that direct connection to our Higher Power, even when we aren’t working. The more I feel connected to my God, the more hope I have for human life and the ability to be successful at it. This then translates into my work life, helping me to have more energy to get through a day, helping me to be more patient in working with clients, helping me to have strong grounding and boundaries so I don’t take on other people’s old energies and make me sick. This relationship with Reiki can support us in all of these ways, but most of all, it helps me to KNOW I am doing deep and important spiritual work for me and my client both. To me, it doesn’t get more important than that.
- Review any ethical issues with your Reiki teacher about adding Reiki to your career and HOW to do this without disrespecting your client’s wishes and boundaries. We need to have our client’s permission to do Reiki. If you are in a career where asking for this permission is not possible, then how can you still work with your Reiki to enhance your experience? I will write a whole blog on this issue and refer the link back to this one when it’s done so you can read that too. Meanwhile, talk to your teacher, ask your Reiki guides for help or think outside the box as to how to do this with the highest ethical standards.
If you are working to incorporate Reiki into your healing career, I pray this has helped you to get some ideas. If you have ideas that have worked for you, please share them with us in the comment section. I am thankful for all of us working together to help each other be successful at whatever healing modality we are working with. They all have the same goal in my opinion, healing on a higher level, ultimately.
Reiki Blessings to you all for reading and sharing your love,
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4 thoughts on “Adding Reiki Successfully to other Healing Careers”
Great blog post! Thank you!
Thanks Sharon, glad you enjoyed it. So glad you are reading and commenting. Please feel free to continue. Josslyn
Thanks Josslyn, I am a massage therapist will start applying Reiki in my practice.
Blessings Indramala, Thanks so much for reading. I’m so grateful when I can help people with ideas on how to work with their Reiki more in their lives. Massage is the perfect compliment to Reiki. I’ll be writing a blog soon on how to do this ethically, without invading people’s boundaries. We must have the client’s permission to run Reiki on them. If they will not give permission or you do not want to ask, then you may work with Reiki on yourself, the space and the oils or lotions you use, but not on the person. This allows Reiki to be all around and if the person’s higher self (soul self) chooses to take the Reiki in the space, they may. But, we are not invading their boundaries or forcing our own intentions and healing on them. Start with that and let me know how it goes. I have many massage therapists who successfully add Reiki to their practice. In Love and Light, Josslyn