Reiki Practitioner – How do I find one?

“A practitioner of any spiritual path must have complete confidence that his adopted path is, for him, superior to all others.” _ Prem Prakash, The Yoga of Spiritual Devotion A Modern Translation of the Narada Bhakti Sutras

Reiki Practitioner

Who can perform Reiki?

Reiki can be administered by someone who has been at least trained Reiki level two (Reiki 2), however if it is in a hospital setting, or other health care facility the practitioner may be required to at the level of Master. Some hospital, hospice and medical clinic may offer Reiki as part of their standard of care, If receiving Reiki in that situation you should have no concern about the qualification of the provider as those institutions will ensure that the service is provided by a qualified person. If paying for the service from a private practitioner you must ensure that that person is Master qualify.

Steps to find a Reiki practitioner that best suit you

One of the best ways to find a practitioner is to ask around, usually a satisfied customer will be more than happy to offer a referral. Ask around, anyone that is in touch with the general public may be able to help. Your hair stylist, barber or even your complementary therapist. Check your community resources that deal with chronic issues. Once you found someone make sure you check their credential. A certificate does not always prove the ability to practice. Be careful as there are some unscrupulous people out there that will issue a certificate over the internet for $40.00 to anyone, however the person receiving the certificate may not even be able to do Reiki and they may not even know that. So always ask the appropriate questions.

What to ask?

Look for someone who has been trained over some time. Someone who practices Reiki self-care is important. A professional usually will have a brochure or a website to promote their services and describe their training. Look for answer of the following questions:

  • What is your level of training?  First, Second degree or Reiki master?
    To be able to receive hands-on Reiki that person will need to be at least of level two. However if you are to receive distant healing, you will need a Master practitioner.
  • When were you trained?
    The answer to this question will give you a sense of the practitioner’s experience. The frequency of practice will also be helpful. The more that person practices the better it is.
  • For Level two or Reiki masters: Were you trained to each level in separate classes, and if so, how far apart were the classes?
    In most instances there is a lag of three to six month from level one to level two training. That gives time to practice before being attuned to level two. The time between level two to mater may be even more.
  • What is your experience-to whom have you given treatment, in what settings?
    A professional practitioner is expected to have years of experience giving Reiki, not only to family and friends, but to other people with varying levels of health and wellness. Some Reiki practitioners may have worked as Reiki hospital volunteers before starting their own practices.
  • How do you define Reiki?
    A professional practitioner should be able to answer this question clearly and authoritatively.  Be cautious of practitioners who make claims of curing disease or who ridicule conventional healthcare.
  • Describe your sessions, how long does it take and how much do you charge?
    A professional would be able to clearly describe the process and how the session is structured. This would give you a fair idea of what to expect.  This conversation will happen again your initial appointment.

Now that you know what to ask to make an informed decision, you should be able to find a practitioner to work with you. This relationship can be a long and rewarding one for both of you,

If your community do not have one or you do not feel comfortable with that person please contact me and see if we can work together to restore harmony in your body.


2 Responses

  1. Juan, what a great post. I think that sometimes we take people at their face value, but it’s important to have the right training to help people and give them the best services. Thanks for posing the what to ask questions.

    –Kim Ravida

    • Great post Juan. So important to know what you are looking for. Some of the qualifications and questions I did not know about. Finding someone that you resonate with is very important as well.

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