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by Ula Moleda

If we want to support each other's inner lives,
we must remember a simple truth:
the human soul does not want to be fixed,
it wants simply to be seen and heard.
If we want to see and hear a person's soul,
there is another truth we must remember:
the soul is like a wild animal - tough, resilient,
and yet shy. When we go crashing through
the woods shouting for it to come out so we
can help it, the soul will stay in hiding.
But if we are willing to sit quietly and wait for a while,
the soul may show itself.'
'The Courage to Teach' Parker Palmer

Most of us who are Reiki Practitioners share one very similar desire, to bring that love and healing Reiki energy to others. Many of us have the desire to bring that compassionate touch to places which so far didn't put that much emphasis on the wholeness of patients. And while other healing arts like western medicine, focuses primarily on the body or mind, Reiki is focused on treating people as a whole human being, the body, mind and soul equally. Patients also request that they be treated as a whole person. They are asking for being seen for much more than 'just a body'. It's time to bridge western knowledge and ancient wisdom, western logic and eastern understanding.

This article is about bringing Reiki healing into the hospitals, Senior Centers, Hospices, Nursing Homes, AIDS and cancer agencies and other places which you feel will greatly benefit from having Reiki. First thing which you need to do is to write a letter introducing yourself and Reiki healing. Before sending it to a hospital, do some research of where reiki healing might be needed, whether there are any departments which are offering already Complementary Care Program or/and Spiritual Help - if yes, check whether they offer reiki as well. Also get the name of a person you are going to send your introductory letter to. It might be helpful. Write a proposal. Be very specific what you can offer and how that can benefit the hospital. Keep open mind to find what will work.

'Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people move our souls to dance.
They awaken us to new understanding with the
Passing whisper of their wisdom.
Some people make the sky more beautiful to
Gaze upon.
They stay in our lives for awhile,
Leave footprints on our hearts,
And we are never, ever the same.'
Unknown author

One day we went to the St. Mary Hospital in Long Beach to gather some information about different modality of healings they offer to their patience. The receptionist, who didn't know much about it, sends us to another person. We went there and again tried to get some information. There was a person sitting quietly there and listening to our conversation. Seeing that we will get nothing again, she invited us to her office. She was an Administrative Director of Cardiovascular Services. She asked us to send her more information about Reiki healing and its benefits. We did. She invited us to give a lecture and demonstration about Reiki. With a great help of my partner, Allan we created a slide show about Reiki history and it's name. We explained what this healing is about and how people can benefit from it. Every time we had a lecture, I made sure that we also have the time for demonstration during or afterwards.

That's another thing - you might prepare yourself for interviews, demonstrations and lectures. When you go for an interview, make sure that you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate Reiki healing. It's very OK to say that Reiki is sometimes hard to explain but easy to experience. Develop a new language. Try to find a common ground and vocabulary so you could express the healing concept in more medical terminology. The concept of Mind/Body/Spirit connection might be acceptable as well as compassionate touch, effective touch therapy, compassionate listening, techniques for stress reduction, energy fields, Reiki as a help to bring an information from subconscious mind to conscious mind, Reiki for increasing people's awareness. However, try to avoid references to auras, guides, angels, channeling.

Most people at the hospital never heard of Reiki - so keep it simple and explain. What is obvious for you might not be at all obvious for many of them. Explain briefly how Reiki might help with pain management, anxiety, fatigue, stress, recovery from illness, relaxation for the body, mind and spirit. Give handouts for them to look at during their spare time. Have some time for answers and questions. I would also suggest to cultivate a 'professional' image by dressing appropriately, having business cards, brochures, being punctual and full of positive energy.

After being invited to have few lectures and demonstrations at the hospital, I have asked the Manager of Senior Center whether we can try to offer reiki treatments to Senior Citizens. She said yes and that was were we started offering reiki sessions. She was wonderfully helpful in giving me a room for the sessions, keeping track on people who would like to get Reiki, advertising it, letting me put articles into her monthly newspaper, which always brought new people who wanted to try Reiki. Clients themselves paid me, not the hospital or Senior Center. At many hospitals, everyone on the Complementary Care Team works on a volunteer basis; however, there are plans of generating financial support for that kind of work too.

If you would like to do Reiki at the Hospice you might first need to finish their Core Training for Hospice. It usually takes 3-4 days and you will get a lot of very helpful information about hospice patience and care givers.
The Hospice usually has a Compassionate Touch Team where they really welcome Reiki Practitioners on the volunteer basis.

Be also very respectful of boundaries and patients confidentiality. This service is very humbling so check your ego every time you are about to see the patient. You are the one who facilitate the healing but the healers are the patients and Reiki and Universe. When you open one door keep your energy high and you see that many other doors will open for you. There are also classes and lectures for community at most hospitals. That might be a great opportunity to share more about Reiki healing. Writing a short article about Reiki Treatments and Benefits for the local hospital's magazine might be an educational and beneficial also.

Few more tips on advertising -
Keep your mind open and change your adverts if you see that there is not result;
Ask yourself questions before creating an add -
'Who is my target market?'
'What language do I need to use to explain them about the healing?'
'What am I offering to those people?'
'What is the problem that I solve for them?'
'Why should they use my skills and my practice?'
'What is the next step or call to action?'
'How can they find about me without feeling obligated to use my service?'
'Can I provide some educational information in my ads so they can learn more?'

Having said all that, I believe that open heart, focused mind and clear intention of what and where you want to be, will place you on the right path. Let Universe helps - knowing that you meet a right person/people at the most right time and place. Yet, do not wait for Universe/God/Creator to do all this job for you. Co-create it with Love, Joy and Passion found in your heart and soul.

I wish all of us the best possible experiences with sharing this beautiful Healing Light.

'There is a light in this world
a healing spirit more
powerful than any darkness
we may encounter.
We sometimes lose sight of this
force when there is suffering,
too much pain.
Then suddenly, the spirit
Will emerge through the lives of ordinary people
Who hear a call and answer in
Extraordinary ways.'
- Mother Teresa -