Thursday, March 21, 2013

FREE Reiki!?! Are You Insane?

I am a participant in a Reiki forum through a group of Reiki Professionals.  Recently one of the members asked a question that was very near and dear to my heart.  This Reiki Practitioner was asking how to go about offering a Volunteer Reiki Clinic for those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The question of "free" Reiki was met with a tremendous amount of opposition.  In the field of Reiki Professionals, asking for free Reiki would be like asking your Physician to treat you for free or asking your dentist for a free root canal.  I am aware that there is a need for some form of "energy exchange" for services, whether it is financial compensation for the Practitioner's time or some sort of barter for goods in exchange for services.  I agree that everyone must make a living somehow, for money is what makes the world go 'round (for now).  But believe it or not, there are still Physicians and Dentists that do volunteer work in addition to their financially-compensated practices.  Giving "free" Reiki to a particular group of people in need would be great advertisement for a new practice, or for developing a Reiki practice in an area where the benefits of Reiki are not well-known.

There is a level of philanthropy involved in being a "healer".  After all, by definition a "philanthropist" is someone who has a deep desire to promote the welfare of others, particularly by giving something of financial value.  Why else would a Reiki Practitioner choose Reiki as their profession?  Why else would a Physician choose to go to medical school?  Okay, so maybe someone might choose to be an M.D. for the money and that was not such a good example, but there must have been a deep desire to help others involved at some point in the decision to be a professional in any "healing" field.

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If the only reason why I chose to be a Reiki Practitioner was for the money, I would have chosen a different profession! I double-majored in college, but the Universe had other plans for me.  I took a quantum leap off the path I had chosen and ended up in Reiki class.  Talk about a major hiatus!

Why?  Something really, REALLY bad happened to me and left me with PTSD.  All the Therapists, Physicians, and Specialists I visited couldn't seem to fix the problem.  After I was attuned to Reiki, my symptoms decreased by exponential levels!  Yes, I still have trouble, but I am not afraid to go outside and talk to strangers like I used to be.

Reiki gave something to me that I cannot put a price tag on.  Yes, I paid for my Reiki classes, but my self-treatments will be free for the rest of my life.  Reiki has given me a closer relationship with God as well . . . and that is DEFINITELY something that cannot be valued monetarily.

Call it my way of giving back.  I offer Reiki for free to others with PTSD.  Most of the "free" Reiki is from a distance, and what I get in return is feedback.  I get to see what kind of progress the "client" is making.  It also gives me something to write about, as most of my "free" clients give me permission to write about their sessions and include their feedback in the name of anonymity.  So there is an "energy exchange" . . . though not in the form of dollars and cents.  I get to fulfill my deep desire to help others, to raise awareness of the healing benefits of Reiki, and to raise awareness of PTSD.  The universe sees to it that I am cared for . . . that is my payment.

So what do I do for money?  I am writing a book, an I am also an artist. I am getting great exposure as an author and artist through my website.  My "free" clients are going to get me published . . . and their stories of healing are incredible!  I'm just here to be a vessel to help them, and in return I am helped.  Helping others get through PTSD and other personal battles through Reiki is way better therapy than any Professional I have ever paid.  And as an artist, my artwork has thus far supported my website at the very least (and art has incredible therapeutic benefits).

I am not suggesting that anyone should "jump ship" on their current treatment programs and climb on board the Reiki Cruise-line, I am simply saying my treatment program wasn't working for me!  Anyway, my "free" clients get Reiki, and I get Reiki by being the vessel through which healing energy flows to them.  There is an energy exchange involved . . . it just doesn't have a price tag.

When it is time for my Reiki Practice to grow, it will grow.  Word-of-mouth will make it grow.  And when the universe decides it is time for me to be "paid" for Reiki, it will happen. It may be through the book I am writing, it may be through donations, it may be through teaching others how to be Reiki Practitioners once I work my way through my Reiki Mastery (I am Reiki II now).

Eventually, I will consistently receive payment for my time during Reiki sessions. But I will not lose my roots . . . I will not stop giving back what has been so freely given to me.  One thing I learned at a very young age is that in all things, whether spiritual "success" in the form of healing or financial "success" . . . timing is on God's watch, and He always provides . . . even if it is just "in a nick of time".

I don't need a lot of "things" . . . what I need is for the world to be a better place, with less pain and suffering and more of people helping people without expecting "things" in return.  That, my friends is what love is all about.