Drivers of Change for the Reiki Community

Current drivers of change for the Reiki community come from peer-reviewed science, the National Code, and the history of Reiki. What does it all mean?

It’s finally happening. Reiki has been recognised! No matter that there’s millions of people all around the world practising and teaching Reiki, and no doubt millions more grateful recipients of this benign healing, soothing, calming and enlightening energy.
Peer-reviewed science has discovered that the effects of Reiki are real. In formal terms, it is now possible to say that Reiki is proven to be effective and that it is useful in clinical and other settings, in conjunction with other health care modalities, and without negative side-effects.
Reiki in fact has been accepted and used increasingly in hospitals and health care contexts in the US, South America, Britain and elsewhere for quite some time now, and it is appearing in some contexts in Australia. However, there are still barriers to acceptance here, a failure to acknowledge or accept Reiki as a valid modality and a consequent refusal to allow patients and clients the benefits of its deeply comforting, relaxing and calming techniques. And there is potential for further benefit – which may capture the attention of administrators – increased well-being, possibly translating into reduced costs of hospitalisation.
Another potent driver of change is the National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers. Agreed by COAG in April 2015, and requiring ratification in each State, it provides an unequivocal basis for minimal standards of practice. It applies to Reiki, as well as to all other health care modalities, and has further implications for the teaching of Reiki. In particular, Master/Teachers need to inform their students of their obligations under the National Code. Reiki practitioners are obligated to comply with the terms of the Code.
Many of the provisions of the National Code are predictable and come as no surprise, with requirements for insurance, informed consent, privacy, records management, infection control, onward referrals, and constraints on practising under the influence of substances or alcohol or whilst unwell, and on the exploitation of patients. Practitioners are not permitted to misinform their clients or to make claims regarding serious illnesses. More challenging provisions include advising patents of possible adverse interactions with drugs.
Of particular interest to the widely dispersed Reiki community, is the requirement that we should maintain competence in our field of practice and adhere to our scope of practice. Herein lies an opportunity for Reiki schools, associations, clinics and individual practitioners to work together to enhance our professionalism, to agree on shared standards across the board and to provide a consistent and reliable approach so that the public can have confidence, not just in Reiki’s proven efficacy, but also in the quality and integrity of Reiki practitioners who meet the legislated bottom line for professional practice.
Reiki has a significant role to play and Reiki practitioners, collectively, could well be looking at how Reiki can be deployed, finding new applications, encouraging its accessibility and use in a range of contexts, and increasing the profile of Reiki as a valid, useful, compassionate and effective agent of social and spiritual support for the wider community. It’s actually really rather exciting.

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