There are many wonderful Reiki practitioners in today’s world. And, it is important that you select the right Reiki practitioner for you. As a Reiki Master, and a licensed clinical social worker for many years, I am a firm believer in finding a professional with the personality that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed, and is the right match for you. Those in the healing professions have the skills and expertise to facilitate healing – but, no one professional is the right person for every client!
To select the right practitioner, the first step is to compile a list of Reiki practitioners in your local area. You can do this by using the “word of mouth” method – ask your friends and co-workers if they know, or have heard of, an experienced Reiki practitioner. You can also search the internet, by googling Reiki with your town’s name; or use an online directory of Reiki practitioners.
You may want to consider if you want to find someone who also has expertise in another professional area, such as counseling, massage therapy, other alternative modalities, health care, etc. Or, you may want to work with someone who has developed strong intuitive abilities, which often happens with Reiki practitioners.
The second step is to develop three or four questions that reflect what is important to you. For example, you may want to work with a Reiki Master who also does Reiki trainings, just in case you decide to pursue training in the future. Or, you might want to hear how a practitioner became involved in Reiki, or how long they have practiced.
The third step is to call, or email, the Reiki practitioners on your list and ask each the same list of questions. Their answers will help you to ascertain their approach and understanding of Reiki. How quickly you hear back from someone also gives you information about their work style.
Then, reflect upon these answers and connect with your own guidance – whether that is through meditation and prayer, or simply listening to your gut. One practitioner will stand out from the rest – and this is the right Reiki practitioner – for YOU!