What do the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of Maryland Hospital Center, Harvard University::Harvard Medical School Boston and Cambridge, and Columbia University Medical Center in NY all have in common?
They all offer Reiki as an adjunctive therapy to patients who are undergoing medical treatments.
I think it is important to use the word "ADJUNCTIVE" in lieu of the word "ALTERNATIVE". To me, the word alternative implies "instead of", and in the case of serious illness and conditions, it is imperative to involve medical treatments and medical advisement. Therefore, Reiki should be used in terms of adjunctive and/or complimentary therapy.
It has been shown that Reiki assists in the healing process. Reiki has been shown to decrease pain, reduce recovery times after surgery, reduce anxiety and depression, reduce stress, and improve quality of sleep. To learn more about this please read this NIH research study: Reiki Is Better Than Placebo and Has Broad Potential as a Complementary Health Therapy
Now, on to the training bit.
It has been my experience and observation over the years that people will take a Reiki class and then do utterly nothing with it. Not sure why, but I think I have an idea....
It is very common that Reiki Levels 1 and 2 are taught in the the same weekend. That is a LOT to absorb. It can be overwhelming. And I am not sure how much attention and guidance the Reiki teacher is offering the student after their classes in order to support the practice and development of the student on their Reiki Journey.
Whether or not the Reiki student is interested in starting a business doing Reiki for others is irrelevant. The point is that all students need support and guidance in order to develop their own personal healing with Reiki.
Here is where I like to do things differently:
1. I teach Level 1 and Level 2 separately. I put a big emphasis on my Level 1 students developing their own personal healing / personal growth practice with daily self Reiki before they try working on giving Reiki to their friends, family, or pets.
2. At least one month of a daily self Reiki practice is required before they can take level 2 .
3. I offer support to my students between all levels. They can call me, text, or email me with questions.
4. Both Levels 1 and 2 emphasize intuitive development.
Why do I do it this way?
Because I want Reiki practitioners and Energy Healers to grow personally and professionally and to gain the credibility they deserve.
I want them to feel unshakably confident in their abilities.
I want to offer them the support so that they can help others.
My daily prayer is and always will be, "to the God and the Universal Energy that IS.... Guide me and Heal me so that I may be of service to others"