Hello, Pretty Blossoms!
Earlier, I shared a post celebrating a student’s personal break through. (Click here for the post.) She had fallen in love with Crystal Healing, but was having a hard time getting into Holistic Tarot. After trying my Holistic Tarot Workshop for a second time, she came to her own conclusion that the Tarot just isn’t something that resonates within her, and she told me she was planning to leave the group and focus more on what she really loves, which is working with crystals and obtaining her Vibration Crystal Healing Certification. Now, she may have thought that I would be disappointed by her leaving one of my groups, but in fact the opposite was the case. I am SO INCREDIBLY PROUD of her for being able to take a step back from all of the information that I offer, and think about what truly within resonates her! THAT is what holistic self-healing, personal development and spiritual growth is all about, in my view! It is a personal journey that we each take in order to live in a way that feels in alignment with our authentic selves and our truest and deepest desires. During this journey, we must take what resonates with us, and leave what doesn’t.
With all of this being said, I have to be honest about something that I haven’t been open about yet. Although Reiki is a popular energy healing modality that almost everyone has heard about, Reiki is not something that resonates with me.
I have been avoiding this topic mostly because I haven’t wanted to upset anyone who has a love for Reiki, however, if I am going to encourage people to take what resonates with them and leave what doesn’t, I have to lead by example, and while doing so, be more open and honest about my personal journey and thoughts on topics such as this as well.
Fun Fact- I have taken Reiki Classes from two amazing teachers who I love and respect, and I am technically trained and attuned to be a Reiki Master Teacher myself. I think that in order to have a good and solid opinion on anything that is metaphysical or holistic in nature, you need to first learn all you can about it, before you can come to your own conclusion on the subject… With that being said, although I am technically trained in Reiki, I will never practice it, administer it, receive it, or charge others for Reiki sessions or courses, even though I could easily use my training and certifications to grow my team and to make some extra coin… That of course isn’t my prerogative, however, and the practice of Reiki simply doesn’t resonate with me.
- Note~ “Reiki Energy is Universal Love”.
Now, this post is not meant to bash Reiki, the healing practice, or the people who use and love it, so that is not where I am going to go with this post, however, there is one main factor (among many) that has brought me to the conclusion that Reiki is not for me, or for my practice…
In my view, the practice and traditions of Reiki place the Reiki Practitioner/Master in the role of the Healer, not the client. Because of this, I see Reiki as a healing practice that does not empower the client with the ability to self-heal, or continue their healing independently at home, which is (in my view) necessary for the clients long term success. Viewing the Practitioner as the “Healer” does not jive with my personal philosophies of holistic healing, which is why Reiki doesn’t fit. In my view, the client, is ALWAYS the Healer, and the Practitioner only facilitates the space for the clients self-healing to occur, along with teaching the client how they can use holistic tools to practice self-healing on their own.
Empowering clients with simple, proper and effective “Action Plans” are a huge part of my practice, and what I teach to my Blossoms United Students and Holistic Healing Practitioners in training. An “Action Plan” is basically a homework assignment for the client to follow through with, in order to reiterate what we covered in our healing sessions, as well as help them follow through with proper actions that will get them closer to their personal self-healing goals. We can easily do this with things like crystals healing, mood management with essential oils, or personal development with holistic tarot, etc., because we can simply explain the chakra system to a client, and send them home with an oil, or a crystal as a tool they can use to further their own self-healing once their client/practitioner session has ended. This builds a healthy client/practitioner relationship, because the client is taught how they can work to heal themselves, and they are always viewed as their own healer. This way, no co-dependent relationships are formed.
In Reiki, the situation is different. Reiki, is missing the option of offering this crucial “Action Plan” for the client…
A Reiki Practitioner can not send the client home with a Reiki hand position to use on themselves in the following weeks to continue on with their healing, because, according the to Reiki Traditions, only Practitioners and Masters have access to the Reiki Healing Energy (Divine Love), which they receive through a series of “Reiki Attunements”.
In order for a Reiki Practitioner to empower a client with Reiki that they can take home and use for self-healing, they would have to put the client through a Reiki Course (which the client would likely be charged for), and attune them to Reiki 1 or higher. This is not practical, and it is not empowering in my view. Reiki teaches that only people trained and attuned to Reiki are able to use it, which does our client no good, when it comes to them being their own self-healer, in conjunction with seeing a Practitioner… So, what does a Reiki client do, when they see a Reiki Practitioner for their problems? They essentially give their personal power and ability to heal over to the Reiki Practitioner, and they look to the Practitioner to “fix them”. Could Reiki help them short term? Sure. This post does not dispute whether or not Reiki healing is effective, but what happens the next time the clients needs help? They need to go back in to see the Reiki Practitioner for an additional session, or for a distance healing, and it continues, causing the client to become dependent on the Reiki Practitioner whenever they need help or healing. This, in my view, is unhealthy and is not what will set the client up for empowered and independent long term success.
(Book Text Above; Essential Reiki, A Complete Guide to An Ancient Healing Art, By Diane Stein)
As a Holistic Healing Practitioner, Coach, or Counselor, our objective (as Blossoms United Practitioners) is to empower our clients to eventually become their own self-healers, and ultimately learn to be their own support systems and source of healing. We work with our clients and students in the early stages of their self-healing journeys as their guides, mentors, teachers and cheerleaders, but never are he their “Healers”, even though the title “Energy Healer” may suggest something different… From a Blossoms United, and Metaphysical Humanistic Science view, the client is always responsible for their own self-healing, progress and success. This is a part of their personal responsibility, self-acceptance and free will, which naturally leads to self-completeness and a life on equanimity.
The client is the electricity, and the Practitioner is the switch that turns it on.
With Reiki, the message is quiet different, in my view, and that (in general) is why I chose to not use it or teach the traditions.
I have had many students ask me if I will be including Reiki Certification Courses within the Certification Courses that I provide via my team, Blossoms United… After much thought, I have firmly decided that I wont be. Could adding a Reiki Certification Course be something that could potentially boost the popularity and the number of team members who join Blossoms United? Possibly! But, I would not feel good about teaching a healing modality that I don’t personally agree with, believe in, or that I feel would fit into what make Blossoms United Practitioners so valuable to their families, communities and clients. I know that this view wont be popular with everyone, but the size of my team, and the number of my followers is not what is most important to me. Empowering, educating and inspiring people to be their own self-healer is, and by not including Reiki in my certification courses, I feel like I am staying true to my vision, and sticking to what I feel is most effective for people’s long term personal success.
Now, please let me reiterate that this post is not meant to bash Reiki, or discourage people from trying it or taking a Reiki Course. In fact, I would encourage anyone who is curious about Reiki to take a course and come to their own conclusions (as I did), based on their own thought and experience. The point of this post is to encourage people to be free thinkers, and to stay grounded and open minded when learning about anything having to do with Metaphysical Science and Holistic Healing.
Learn all you can about the things that you feel drawn to, take what resonates with you, leave what doesn’t and become your own source of support and self-healing! Once you have found something that works for you, run with it and FLY!
If you are still searching for that thing that lights a fire within you, KEEP SEARCHING! It is out there, and as long as you continue to follow your own intuition and inner compass, you will find it, in your own time. 🙂