The Single Hardest Obstacle To Starting A Reiki Healing Practice

Everyone deals with it!

by Reiki Training Classes in Healing With Reiki
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“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 Reiki II training program, 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 stepI’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.

Reiki baby

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.

Pink ball of 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.

  1. Linda says:

    Thank you so much for your info on following your passion and your dream. I am a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner and about to start my level 3. I do try to practice on myself everyday and have done lots of “freebies” for people, however taking that next step and putting out my shingle is another story. Yes, I agree, it is all about fear, either of rejection or criticism. Thank you for your inspirational words and yes, I am now encouraged to take the next step and put fear behind me, because if I don’t I will never realize the wonderful result of success.

    1. Reiki Training Classes says:

      Awww, Linda I am so happy to hear that you’re taking the next step in your Reiki! Thank you for your comment, you are so right. If we never try, we’ll never know, right?

      I love this writer Steven Pressfield who in his book The War of Art says that the more you want something, the bigger the fear is. Especially at the end when you are just about there to your goal. And especially if it relates to part of the reason you decided to come here and your unique contribution.

      Wishing you the best of luck with Reiki 3 and everything you will do with Reiki!


  2. Emily says:

    I am Wiccan too. I want to start a small practice called Rei of Ki. I have very little money and am surviving on benefits. I had to leave job due to bad arthritis and depression. REiki really helped me. Fear that I won’t get clients and I will fail. Trying to snap myself out as I am sending that negative energy and that’s what I’ll get. BTW REiki can be used to bless saltwater and to cast the circle. I power up my dominant hand withCKR.BB)0(

  3. Vickie says:

    Hi, I am in my 3rd year of starting my own practice, I am a reiki mobile practice, and I work primarily with animals, which I love, it has taken me many many hours of reiki to get my level 3 and master, and more recently level 2 in equine, which is when I moved my speciality from humans to animals, the difficulty I have found is marketing, as Reiki is such a gentle modality hard-hitting marketing smacks me in the face as totally wrong, also because this is connected to my spirituality (wicca), so I am here reading about how each of us began our business, I am still finding hard to be in business, when I am so passionate about reiki, and it really doesn’t feel like work !!! Blessed Be

    1. Reiki Training Classes says:

      Hi Vickie,

      Thanks for sharing your feelings! I totally get that feeling of it being difficult to market yourself as a Reiki practitioner. I definitely am not a natural when it comes to marketing either and it has been something I’ve had to work with, not so much learning the ins and outs but getting past the idea that I have to “push” anything on anyone. I’ve had that done to me and it always turns me right off.

      I’ve found, though, that honestly the more I practice self-Reiki as well as Reiki on other people and animals, the brighter I become and it’s like I’m a magnet and naturally attract the right people to me. When you are so passionate about the benefits and effects of Reiki – which you obviously are! – when you are offering your practice to the world, people always pick that up.

      Something that’s really helped me is reminding myself that the more financial freedom I have, the more people I can reach with Reiki. I feel like we have in the past (other lives, perhaps?) been persecuted for sharing our gifts. Especially since you practice Wicca. And maybe that has carried over into this lifetime and there is some resistance about fully putting everything out there for the world to see. But in this time, this lifetime, this is when all our talents and skills and gifts will be celebrated! This is the life to shine as bright as you can. And when we let fear stop us from reaching as many people as we otherwise could, we do them and us a disservice. People want you to share your expertise and light with them. I’m sure that if you do your marketing in a way that feels right to you (through vets or doggie day cares or stables) that people will feel your authenticity.

      Good luck with everything Vickie! : )

      Take care,


  4. Natalie says:

    Hi Brooke,

    I was recommended to you by a good friend and co-worker of mine (Tanya) who took your online Reiki courses and loved them. I am very interested in taking a personalized Reiki I course with you. Please let me know what you need from me to go forward with this. Thanks, Natalie

    1. The Reiki Master says:

      Hi Natalie,

      Aww, that is so nice. I love Tanya! I am honored that she recommended my Reiki training; I have to email her and thank her.

      Let’s see, I have a Reiki I online video course, and you can read all the information about it here:

      I also have an Animal Reiki online video course, which you can read about here:

      My Reiki classes are video-based, which means you log in online and can watch the videos, read the content and download the materials whenever works best for you. You can also go back and review as many times as you like. Once you go through the training, we can talk on the phone or over Skype if you like so I can answer any questions that may come up.

      I’m not teaching one-on-one personalized Reiki classes right now like I did with Tanya because I am finishing up the Reiki II and Reiki Master Teacher online video courses.

      Please feel free to email me if you have any questions at all!

  5. Wendy Lynn says:

    Hi I would like to thank you first of all. Like you said in your email, when you started I don’t feel any energy so it feels nonsense. What do you think help to start feeling believing or practising in the Reiki while pretending? Or until i don’t feel the five Reiki principles it won’t work?

    It would help if you put some hand position pictures. I don’t understand inches and foot type of measures as i work in meters and centimeters.

    Best regards,

    Wendy Lynn

    1. The Reiki Master says:

      I think the idea of “fake it until you make it” is so true when it comes to Reiki. For me, even though I couldn’t necessarily feel the healing energy coming from my hands, I saw the effects in that my stomach felt better, or this person fell asleep, or something very synchronous and out-of-the-ordinary happened. Or I had intense dreams or felt really good (or really bad!). Or old “stuff”, that garbage that we hold on to would come up.

      If any of those things happened, I knew that something was happening. And we don’t necessarily have to know how the Reiki is working, but I saw it was working somehow. For me, a big lesson was trusting that everything would be and always is okay!

      I think working with the five Reiki principles is huge too, because if you really meditated on them and thought about them (even just for a minute or so) each day, they will start to change your perception of reality and your belief system. The first Reiki principle, “Just for today, do not worry”, I change into the affirmation, “Just for today, I trust in the Universe.”

      If we really trust 100% in that whatever is happening is perfect, we wouldn’t care whether or not we can feel the energy. We wouldn’t need “proof” if we had complete trust. Which is easier said than done, I know!

      Regarding pictures, in my online Reiki I video course, I do add pictures and have guides to the traditional Reiki hand positions and the benefits of each one.

      Hope that helps, Wendy!


  6. Kacey Crawford says:

    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 :)

    1. The Reiki Master says:

      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.


  7. caroline mullin says:

    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

    1. The Reiki Master says:

      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

  8. Angela says:

    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.

    1. The Reiki Master says:

      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!

      Reiki Master Teacher

  9. Amelia says:

    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

    1. The Reiki Master says:

      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!


  10. Adriana says:

    thanks for sharing! fear is such a big obstacle that’s not always talked about.

  11. Parker Myers says:

    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.

  12. Jason Torres says:

    Great to meet you, I found reiki training classes via Google and you have a lot of good content. Take care. Jason

  13. Francine Egan says:

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

    1. The Reiki Master says:

      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!

  14. Ahmad Conditt says:

    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.

    1. The Reiki Master says:

      Will do, Ahmad!

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