The Single Hardest Obstacle To Starting A Reiki Healing Practice

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“Whether you’re high or low, you’ve gotta tip on the tightrope” ~ Janelle Monae

We’re sure you already know what the obstacle is. Since if you already have a successful Reiki healing practice, you’ve overcome this, and if you are working on setting up your Reiki practice, you’re right in the middle of it!

But we thought we’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: Fear.

Oh, we understand. Trust us, we understand. You’ve successfully finished your Reiki I or II class, 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.

Take that first stepWe’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.

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Even a baby step will do

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

Michael Bernard Beckwith

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.

Healing Reiki energy

Set up your Reiki healing practice, and you just might heal yourself in the process.

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.

15 thoughts on “The Single Hardest Obstacle To Starting A Reiki Healing Practice

  1. Sup. I mainly wanted to let you know I’ve been reading your posts for a while now. Please keep the good information about Reiki coming.

  2. Thanks a bunch for sharing Reiki with all the people! It is quite obvious you really understand what you are speaking about. Bookmarked.

    • Thank you Francine! While we are all works in progress and will undoubtedly continue to learn about this healing energy for the rest of our lives, the time came when we felt we were ready to share our Reiki knowledge. Hopefully you will feel the same after taking some Reiki courses or a training!

  3. That fear will get you every time. It took me three years after my first original Reiki attunement to actually practice on other people. The idea of just starting regardless and learning through practice is a wise one indeed.

  4. I am just getting my feet wet, and though my soul knows no doubt I was directed to this place to find my life purpose as a healer, recent weeks have left me fearful… Thank you for sharing this and reminding me the fear is only my ego!!!!! Much love to you <3

    • Much love to you right back, Amelia! And thank you for commenting on this post; you made me reread it again, something that I very much needed to do : D. The need was for a project other than Reiki, but getting past that stumbling block of fear that can sometimes paralyze us is pretty universal across most areas of our lives, I’d say.

      I looked at your website, and it’s great! Thank you for everything you’re doing for animals. Not to mention for people, too, since I personally believe that the animals we “walk with” in life are such beautiful souls who came here specifcially to help us on our journeys. Their commitment and love for us is so amazing! One of my friends once referred to her dog as her “heart walking outside of her”, and I found that to be so appropo.

      Best of the best of luck with Redondo Beach Reiki!

      Brooke

  5. Sorry but this is pure BS. “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.”

    When you give reiki to someone you are receiving something in return. The ability to do and practice what you love. Because with out that person’s willingness to receive energy from you, you would not be able to perform what should be a heart felt act.

    Now I am not saying don’t charge. But I am so tired of hearing people quote the Universal Law in this way with energy work. To justify why charging. Talk about setting up Karma or as I refer to it energetic attachments.

    Every experience, every exchange there is a give and take. you can’t get around it.

    It is the human brain that sits there and labels it of equal footing exchange. And what is equal to one may not be equal to another. Meaning I may found value in something small where you find the value in something bigger.

    When Jesus healed people do you think he quoted the universal law and said okay now what are you giving me in return? Or how about Buddha and his disciples that followed him around? Or Osho Zen? Or Mother Theresa?|

    The knew what they were getting in return. The ability to share with others and possibility of effecting changes in others which brought them to their heart space and a fullfilling life.

    • Thanks for you comment Angela. I am glad you felt free to express your opinion! I understand what you are saying that every exchange involves some give and take, but I personally do feel that “the ability to do and practice what you love” isn’t quite enough. If I am getting to do what I love every day, which is teaching Reiki and doing Reiki sessions, but not getting compensated for it, then the stress of worrying about how to eat and pay rent and stuff can get in the way of the enjoyment. I might not be as clear a channel for the Reiki, and if worse came to worse and I had to get a job to survive, then my teaching would suffer. So it’s a fine line when it comes to money and how it relates to spiritual services, I think. But I definitely respect your opinion!

      Brooke
      Reiki Master Teacher

  6. Thank you for your blog, I hope it spurs me forward. No more excuses right!! Funny when I do the cards, I keep getting “practice, practice, practice”. I guess they are telling me, as does your blog, that you learn by doing. Love & LIght from Ireland xxx

    • Thank you so, so much for your comment Caroline. I find it fascinating how so many of us tend to think we’re alone in our excuses, or our procrastination, or in thinking, “I will start my Reiki practice when…” and the when never quite seems to happen : )

      I agree with you, I think your cards are saying to “Just begin.” If we are merely the channels for the Reiki energy anyway, what do we really have to “get better at” except for perhaps learning to be a better channel. Which, we can do by sending Reiki and learn through experience. Even though we humans can tend to complicate things…

      Sending you lots of love and the Peace Symbol from Southern California!

      Brooke, one of the Reiki Master Teachers here

  7. What a timely article for me Brooke! I have trained in Reiki, Bowen Therapy & Kinergetics and finding my own inaction so frustrating. I’m so keen to start my healing practice & haven’t been able to work out what’s stopping me. Thank you for the gentle nudge I’ve been needing :)

    • Thank so much for your comment Kacey! You are more than welcome, it’s so interesting how we seem to so easily forget our power and ability to create great change in the world, isn’t it? Good luck with everything, your combination of skills sounds very powerful indeed.

      Brooke

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