Making a Vocation of Energy Healing

Learn about things to consider regarding making a vocation of energy healing such as Reiki or Seichim.

A former Reiki student sent me an email asking how to go about making a vocation of Reiki, a method of energy healing. In thinking about the whole subject, I decided I'd answer her here, because this is a question that's come up repeatedly.

First off, let me say that my experience is that people who make a vocation of doing energy healing often end up with many of the same difficulties as both doctors and ministers combined. I suggest that anyone considering a career in energy healing think about this long and hard before they commit themselves to that path. Are you prepared to possibly be sued for charging someone for healing and them or their family not being happy with the result? Are you prepared to deal with people of faiths differing from yours possibly calling what you do "the work of the devil" in public? Are you willing and able to do energy healing enough times during the week that you can earn a living from doing it? Are you willing to do the ethical and proper thing for your clients no matter how you feel about it personally? Are you willing to watch people die as well as be apparently healed? These are just some of the things that crop up when doing full time energy healing work. It's not enough just to feel a calling to make a career of energy healing. You must also be able to handle the day to day details of doing it for a living.

Second, are you marketable as an energy healer of some kind? While I know that certification is merely a piece of paper, just as a college diploma is, that certification carries a great deal of weight when it comes to one's ability to market themselves in this field. Is your certification of a high enough level that it's viable that you can practice your chosen energy healing as a career? I believe that a sincere Reiki 1 practitioner can channel the energy as effectively as a less sincere Reiki Master can. Again, though, if you want to make a career of energy healing, people will want to see on paper that you are acknowledged to have a high level of skill. Also, do you have complimentary skills that would help you in energy healing as a career. Certification or other training in psychology, first aid, medicine, ministry and other areas can greatly add to your ability to market yourself. If you don't feel that you are marketable yet, find ways to become so.

Third, find your niche in the energy healing field. If you like working with adults of all ages, but dislike working with children, then it's likely in everyone's best interest that you find a place to work that doesn't require that you work with children. Do you have the financial ability and personal flexibility to start a practice of your own? If not, working in a group setting might be an option for you. Or you might want to start out part time.

Fourth, is it legal to practice energy healing for money in your area? What licenses and credentials are needed? If you don't know, find out ahead of time! An attorney can tell you the legal stuff, although you may be able to get casual information from other practitioners in your area or the local Board of Nursing. You can also look up Reiki or alternative medicine in the Yellow Pages. Find all this stuff out and comply before you start practicing energy healing as a career or you might find your career coming to an abrupt, unpleasant end.

Fifth... finding a place to practice. Unless you can afford advertising and supporting yourself while your business takes off, I don't see how you can start full-time in a practice of your own. That means you'll likely want to look for a clinic or health center that you can work in. Again, checking with the local Board of Nursing or "alternative medicine" in the Yellow Pages can be a start.

I hope I haven't painted a bleak picture of energy healing as a vocation. I just know that it's easy to get caught up in the energy side of it and forget that like any other vocation, energy healing as a career is a business.

©1999 to present Robyn A. Harton


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