“Whether you’re high or low, you’ve gotta tip on the tightrope” – Janelle Monae
I bet you already know what the obstacle is. If you already have a successful Reiki healing practice, you’ve overcome it, and if you are working on setting up your Reiki practice, you’re right in the middle of it!
But I thought I’d call it out, since perhaps saying it aloud will help alleviate some of its power. Yes, the single hardest obstacle to starting a Reiki healing practice is the same obstacle to starting almost anything: F.E.A.R. (False Emotions Appearing Real.)
Oh, I understand. Trust me, I understand. You’ve successfully finished your Reiki I or II course, or perhaps you’ve even become a Reiki Master, and the time has come to get out there.
So what do you do? Why, start practicing on your friends (still for free, of course), doing your Reiki on yourself, and basically setting up a ton of obstacles and excuses for why you’re just not ready to start ‘yet’.
Maybe you feel you need more experience? Or you’re embarrassed to charge for your Reiki sessions because some people are behind the times and don’t recognize Reiki for the powerful healing tool it is. Or you don’t know where to start, how much to charge, etc.
I’ve been there. And now for the good news. While the single hardest obstacle to starting a healing Reiki practice is feeling that fear and doing it anyway, once you start, you will soon be amazed at how you become comfortable with living alongside the fear. All you need to do is take that first step, and it can be very, very small.
Perhaps you charge your friends $5 per session. Or get business cards made and promise yourself that the next time anyone you meet mentions an ailment that could benefit from the healing Reiki energy, you will give them your card. But you must start.
For one, the more you use your Reiki, the stronger it gets. You will also build your confidence and learn along the way. Do you think successful people never made mistakes? Of course they did. They learned from them, that’s all and modified their actions the next time around so they eventually did succeed.
Fall down seven times, get up eight.
– Japanese Zen proverb
Michael Bernard Beckwith, the founder of Agape Spiritual Center in Culver City, CA, spoke the other day about when he first started his spiritual center.
It started as a dream, a desire, that became stronger and stronger inside him until he had no choice but to bring it to fruition. Did he resist with every ounce of his being? Of course he did! That was his subconscious going into survival mode and preserving its limiting beliefs at any cost.
He mentioned that he did everything and anything but start his new spiritual center. But eventually he had to. He said, “Was I afraid? Yes!!! But I did it anyway.”
If you bring forth that which is within you, that which is within you will save you. If you do not bring forth that which is within you, that which is within you will destroy you.
But perhaps the most important reason you must receive something for your Reiki work is that there must be an exchange in order for the Reiki to transfer!
You must receive something in return for your effort. This is a Universal Law of Nature. If you violate a Universal Law, unfortunately you accrue karma that must be balanced at some point.
You are ready now. Now. Start now.
If you were attuned to the Reiki healing energy, have experienced its healing abilities and powers and gone through the healing process yourself, you are ready. You don’t need to wait until you feel confident. Instead, you become confident by practicing and getting out there, learning from your mistakes and making money in the process. You don’t have to have it all figured out. Or anything figured out, really. As Ceelo said in his song, Crazy:
Do you really think you’re in control…?
So, now. Start. Now.
Are you afraid? Yes? Do it anyway!!! We sure can use you.