Dr. Oz’s endorsement of Reiki on his popular tv show kindled interest among an entirely new segment of the population. Now what?
Think of the people in your (extended) family who are most different from you — and put aside how many times you tried to talk to them about Reiki in the past.
Thanks to Dr. Oz, Cousin Vinny is now encouraged that maybe this Reiki thing will relieve the pain in his arthritic joints. Aunt Sally has been suffering from insomnia for years and hopes Reiki treatment will help her sleep.
They turn to the internet to learn more. Do they see anything that speaks to them?
Reiki credentials aren’t credible
But they trust Dr. Oz, so they soldier on.
Now they are standing in front of the community bulletin board at the local health food store, a store they may be visiting for the very first time, looking for a Reiki practitioner, and they see a number of listings. They wonder how to know who is credible. Common sense helps, but still, they’re losing confidence and wishing they had more to go on…
The public expects healthcare professionals to have meaningful credentials, but Reiki practice is not regulated in that way. (And I’m not saying it should be, just that we need to be aware of people’s expectations.)
There are no agreed upon standards for Reiki training or treatment. Some people become “instant powerful Reiki masters;” others take longer training, but start charging for their services without having any supervision or professional training.
How can people new to Reiki know who is credible?
And without meaningful credentials, how can serious Reiki professionals distinguish themselves in their communities?
Connecting with credible Reiki professionals
And without meaningful credentialing in the field, how can serious Reiki professionals distinguish themselves in their communities?
Here’s the current situation. We have three groups in need of help:
- The public needs help finding credible Reiki professionals.
- Credible professionals need help connecting with clients.
- Reiki practitioners need help developing themselves as credible professionals.
I made a short video that can help all three groups. Click here to view it on my Reiki video page.
If you agree with the criteria I mention, please share the link. If you find the video helpful, you are welcome to add the video to your site.
Meeting the credibility challenge as a diverse community
Let’s pool our collective wisdom and experience to meet the credibility challenge. We need to raise the credibility of our practice if Reiki practice is to be available in the mainstream.
We can address this challenge as the diverse community that we are. Meeting this challenge in a respectful, inclusive way, will inspire Reiki practitioners of all practice styles to raise the credibility of their Reiki practice before the public.
Maintaining Reiki diversity is important. Offering the public diverse Reiki practitioners makes it more likely people will find practitioners that are a comfortable fit for them.
If Reiki practice is to be respected by the public, Reiki practitioners need to maintain high professional standards. And isn’t that what we want to do anyway, out of our own self respect?
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INTRO to MEDICAL REIKI recorded training
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