By David Herron
Why are some of the Reiki schools a big business? The energy that powers Reiki is free, why do some make it into a big business?
One might also ask this question of some of the religions such as Catholicism which managed, over a thousand years ago, to convert a similar free thing (spiritual experiences) into a big business. Within Christianity the debate over opulence or modesty in churches and religions has raged for hundreds of years. Maybe there is a tendency in human society to convert everything into "big business". "Big is Better" is one of society's memes for a reason.
I can't directly answer this question because I have never experienced a "big business" form of Reiki. If you will indulge me for a moment, here are a few thoughts.
There are a large number of people who have not been trained with Reiki. I'm certain that some people believe that "everyone" should learn Reiki. Those people will see a huge opportunity in offering Reiki Training. Perhaps there are a half million or a million Reiki Practitioners alive today, that's a drop in the bucket compared to the 7 billion fellow humans alive today. Why, there are nearly 7 billion people left to train!
Another way to pose the question is "What's the best way to train Reiki Practitioners?" Should training be conducted by a school that has dozens of teachers traveling around giving classes every weekend? Or should training be conducted in a more direct and personal setting?
Each Reiki Teacher has to choose their own way of offering training, the way that makes sense to them. Some Teachers will envision the training one way, other Teachers will envision it another way.
Likewise each prospective Student needs their teaching in a way that makes sense to them, and should choose a Reiki teacher that fits their needs. Some would like knowing they were trained in a large school that has taught thousands of Practitioners. Others will like personal one-on-one teaching.
Some prospective students don't even have the need to become practicing healers. Instead they need Reiki training for their own or their family's healing. They'll not need training meant for those who wish to become practicing healers.
Let's face one thing squarely: Any person providing a service and being paid for that service is running a business. This is true whether that person is a single teacher/practitioner offering healing and training out of their house, or whether that person oversees a large school with dozens of teachers.
Those prospective students who want to become practicing healers need training not just in using Reiki, but also successful business practices and the legal requirements for offering healing as a Reiki practitioner.
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