A Reiki practitioner emailed recently to ask about medical Reiki training. Not unusual.
I referred her to my next in-person, 4-day Medical Reiki intensives. In case those dates/places weren’t convenient, I suggested the online Introduction to Medical Reiki recorded class. And I directed her to the most relevant blog categories, Reiki Research and Clinical Practice.
That’s when the correspondence took an odd turn.
Her response? She has no time to read blogs (no worries she’s reading this), she already practices at an institution, and she just wants to know where to send her money to get a Medical Reiki certificate.
She offered to send all her other certificates — why, I don’t know.
Reiki Certificate Frenzy
Really, who cares how many meaningless certificates a Reiki practitioner has?
Sorry if that sounds harsh, but when certificates are not issued by an accredited organization, “meaningless” is the correct word. Or we could call them “feel good” certificates.
Except you won’t feel so good when someone knowledgeable questions their validity. Reiki certificates are not backed up by any agreed-upon standards. Certificates don’t tell us what a person has learned, how many hours her training took, or if he practices daily self-treatment. People can print their own certificates. Or have their computer-savvy children do it.
Practitioners in respected professions such as health care invest time and considerable money to earn their certificates. If we want to be seen as respected Reiki colleagues, putting our certificates up with theirs is not a useful strategy. We need to distinguish our services, and ourselves, in other ways.
What Reiki Certificates Don’t Say May Be Most Important
Who are you when you’re not leaning on your piece of paper? Far more impressive than referring to yourself as a certified Reiki whatever is detailing your training and experience, and succinctly sharing your perspective.
Let people know what effort you’ve invested in your Reiki education and development. Let them know you value the practice enough to give yourself a Reiki treatment every day. Let your communication, actions and presence demonstrate that you are a credible Reiki practitioner.
The Reiki Emporer’s New Clothes
Acknowledging publicly that Reiki certificates are essentially meaningless is a valuable step in establishing credibility. It creates an opportunity to educate health care and the public about Reiki values. As Reiki practice moves into health care, it is critical that practitioners with a thoughtful approach to Reiki lead the way.
What might happen if we don’t step up to represent Reiki practice with clarity and common sense? Much of the anti-Reiki propaganda used by the American Catholic bishops to remove Reiki practice from Catholic hospitals in the U.S.was written by naive, well-intentioned Reiki practitioners complete with certificates. What other opponents of Reiki are we giving ammunition to?
What are your thoughts about Reiki certificates?
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