Step into your true calling with confidence

So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and step into the role of professional Reiki Treatment Practitioner. You’re excited about moving beyond personal practice and you feel called to offer Reiki beyond family and friends. You’re taking it to the next level!

Your family and friends have all reported that they ‘can definitely feel something’ when you provide Reiki and you know that energy flows right? You know the power of Reiki because you’ve experienced it for yourself. What an amazing service to be able to offer others.

Except when we move beyond our comfort zone and embrace the ‘business’ of Reiki the dream of taking our spiritual and healing practice to the masses suddenly looks a little shaky.

Now instead of the encouraging noises from friends, complete strangers are asking pointed questions. But how does it work? What does Reiki actually do? Where’s the evidence? How do you pronounce Reiki? Do I have to take my clothes off? Who ‘invented it’? Will you be able to cure my irritable bowel syndrome? Do you share my notes with anyone? What happens if I injure myself at your clinic? What are your qualifications?

Whoa … you can see how it can all get a little overwhelming very quickly. I have had all of these questions at one time or another over the years and believe me if you’re not prepared with the answers it can shake your confidence! This in itself would be a crying shame because each and every one of us know Reiki works and we know how beneficial – and well – just amazing it can be when applied to our daily lives.

In order to feel confident in your abilities, and present a professional ‘shop front’, it’s vital to invest a little bit of time and energy into bringing your ‘business’ brain up to speed. 

By business brain, I’m talking about balancing your ‘positioning’ with your ‘responsibilities’ as a ‘professional’ service offering to the public.

In terms of ‘positioning’, the number one challenge Practitioners report is that they worry about a lack of ‘credibility’. Those Reiki Practitioners who step up to the plate in a professional scenario have a real desire to be seen as a trusted, credible practitioner – whether in their own clinic or in a medical environment.

Regardless of where you physically ‘practice’, you have specific responsibilities to your clients. These responsibilities cover everything from creating a safe, clean and hygienic space for a Reiki session to take place, to secure record keeping, insurance and even first aid.  

This can all seem a little daunting when you consider you simply want to help people – but if you truly feel called to help the public it’s important to put appropriate building blocks in place.

Here at Reiki Australia we understand the old dichotomy between ‘business/money’ and a ‘spiritual practice’, but the reality is you need to have some awareness of your responsibilities to be in a position to promote the benefits of Reiki in a professional capacity.

We realised support was needed in this area so we created a certificate course in professional development for Reiki Treatment Practitioners.  The course covers six key areas – you could say – the six building blocks to a successful, ethical spiritual and healing business.

The great thing about this particular course is that it’s been developed by qualified educators and Reiki professionals – exclusively for our community.

The depth of insights, first-hand experience and the knowledge-share across all six units provides a real business advantage to Reiki Treatment Practitioners in the professional setting.

Instead of worrying about a lack of credibility, imagine ‘knowing’ with certainty you are equipped and qualified to build a thriving Reiki Treatment Practice?  Imagine knowing you are supported and backed by Australia’s leading Reiki organisation. By doing the groundwork, having a sound knowledge base and systems in place, you will feel empowered on a business and professional level, giving you the confidence to step into your true calling on your spiritual and healing path.

Want to know more about Reiki Australia’s a certificate course in professional development for Reiki Treatment Practitioners? Visit Take your Reiki Practice to the next level’ for more information.

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Reiki Australia – fearless by design

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Fearless by design Reiki AustraliaReiki Australia – fearless by design

Most of you will have had a chance to look around the new website and will now be getting used to the new look and feel.

The design of a website does not happen by chance and has to be a carefully thought out process. For example, you need to ensure that design elements on one page can be carried over to another. You also need to be across modern trends (such as ‘icons’ and ‘interactive’ elements).

Best Practice web design principles were applied throughout the build. but what does that actually mean?

The main elements under consideration when it comes to Best Practice are as follows:

Purpose 

Good web design always caters to the needs of the user. That is, you! So, it’s important to understand whether you are looking for “information” or “entertainment” – this has a major effect on how the website looks. We at Reiki Australia want to provide you with information, yes, but the website is also a platform for a spiritual and healing community.

Communication

My previous experience was very much in print. I love paper and I love print. The rules of writing are very clear in print. But along came the internet and changed all the rules. People do not read content on a website the same way they would a book or newspaper. People scan the first few lines of text and generally move on. This means you have to keep things brief – to the point. Have all your important information at the start of an article. Forget your “beginning, middle and end’ to your story – your audience will have gone by then. You will see going forward, new posts and pages will reflect this.

Typefaces

San Serif fonts are easier to read on line. So, you won’t find ‘fancy flourishes’ or decorative finishes on our site. Ideally you should use size 16px and use a family of 3 typefaces for a streamline design.

Colours

The palette is one of the most important factors of good web design and strong branding. Colours create emotions and you have to be aware of how certain colours affect the audience.

Reiki Australia uses the pantones from the logo itself with a couple of accent colours (this is referred to as triadic in design circles) but generally, you will find the colours in line with spirituality, healing, wellbeing and trust.

  • White: You will see lots of white space on the site. White is the colour of trust, virtue, simplicity, cleanliness, purity and spirituality.

  • Blues and greens are all about calm, safety, openness, health and healing and communications.

  • Oranges and yellows which you may see pop up from time to time are all about happiness, enthusiasm, friendliness, energy and uniqueness.

So, you can see the use of colour plays an important role in website design and doesn’t just happen by chance.

Images

The use of white backgrounds in images and vibrant, bold images are also deliberate as vibrancy shows Reiki Australia is fearless (in standing up for Reiki as a spiritual and healing modality), full of life, and optimistic. White images and white backgrounds in images give the audience space to breathe. White images and white spacing is also a contemporary representation of spirituality – away from the old, heavy, ‘quirky’ purple swirly patterns of spiritual pages of old.

Navigation

The purpose of the website and the scale of content/number of pages dictates navigation. There are pros and cons for one-page design and sub menu navigation design. Reiki Australia uses sub menu navigation because of the number of pages and sections. A one-page website generally has less than 25 pages – Reiki Australia has over 65. Drop down menus guide you through the content easily and quickly.

 “F” Pattern design

This alludes to one of the points I mentioned previously about how people read online compared to how they read in print. There have been many studies conducted which show we read in an F shape online. This means you have to ensure all your important content (and design) falls into that shape where possible.

So that’s your crash course in Best Practice web design. Hopefully this provides some background as to why some decisions have been made on the Reiki Australia site – particularly if you are finding the design radically different – or you are concerned it doesn’t represent your idea of a traditional Reiki or spiritual page – quite the opposite. We have gone to great effort to ensure Reiki Australia is not only established in terms of professional reiki practice – but also – just as importantly – considers your needs in your own very personal, private Reiki and Spiritual journey.

In the meantime, if there is anything you would like to see more of, or would like me to explain further, please do get in touch with me, Evie at marketing@reikiaustralia.com.au

Namaste x

Get excited! Your new website is here…

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Reiki Australia Fighting for Reiki StandardsAt last. The new-look Reiki Australia website is here!

Hello everyone. We’re just a little bit excited today. 

Here at Reiki Australia, we’re celebrating the launch of our new-look website. In fact this is the very first post shared on this new platform. What do you think? Do you love it?

We know it looks a little different from our old site but we wanted to face the future with a bold, vibrant confidence worthy of Australia’s leading Reiki membership organisation.

It was time for a change. While we give thanks for where we came from, we are excited by the path that lies ahead. We asked you what you wanted from your membership with Reiki Australia and we were listening.

As you scan through these pages and visit our social media platforms you may read a lot about about ‘taking your reiki treatment practice to the next level’. This sums up our philosophy in bringing you this new website – taking Reiki Australia and our membership base to the next level. 

However, this is not just a place for ‘professional’ practitioners – this is your Reiki community no matter where you are on your Reiki journey.  Yes – we care about raising the benchmark on professional Reiki treatment standards but we are equally committed to supporting you in your personal spiritual practice too.

 

Design
You will see lots of ‘white space’ on the website. While it’s great we are in line with Best Practice website design, we were more concerned about being true to our spiritual and healing roots. White is the colour of purity, spirituality, openness and trust. So while you won’t see the more traditional spiritual ‘purple swirly images’ on here, you will feel as though you have entered as modern, spiritual space. After all, that’s what each of us hope with Reiki – that it be as part of the modern world today as the traditional world of our predecessors. You will also see lots of bold, vibrant images which inject energy and positivity into your day. These images show we are ‘fearless’ in our quest to bring the benefits of Reiki to a wider audience.

New features
We have packed so much into the new site now making it even easier to get involved with your Reiki community

  • Online Store bringing you our professional development courses and a range
    of products with discounts available for members
  • Advertising packages to suit all budgets
  • Donation – making it even easier to support Reiki Australia as it evolves to meet its growing membership base
  • Supporters, volunteers & professional partners can all get involved at whichever level suits
  • Our new Blog – keeping the website content fresh and up-to-date. Do comment where you feel moved to do so.
  • Social Media sharing – now you can share directly from our website to your social media platforms
  • Members Portal dedicated to our Member’s needs.
  • If you haven’t seen them already, check out our ‘Meet the Team’ videos on the Footer Menu. We hope to bring you many more videos in the future.
Of course we have carried over some of the features from the previous site including the Directory, Research pages

This is your website so we hope you’ll get involved whether it’s joining our community conversation on our blog, attending Reiki Share Days, or perhaps even volunteering your time and skills to Reiki Australia.

Throughout the coming months, we will be adding to our Research Library, to provide the resources you need when it comes to promoting the benefits of Reiki to others.

We hope you love the new look and added functionality. Let us know what you think. Simply email Evie at marketing@reikiaustralia.com.au. We may even feature some of your comments on social media. Similarly, if you have any questions at all about how you can get involved with Reiki Australia, send them to the same email address and I’ll make sure your enquiry gets to the right people.

In the meantime, feel free to take a look around, share some content and get involved in the conversation. Check back in from time-to-time to see what’s new, whether it’s the latest Reiki-related research or Industry news on Best Practice.

From all of us here at Reiki Australia – enjoy!

Voices of Reiki – Gendai Reiki Ho

GendaiReiki Australia honours Reiki branches which have a lineage traceable to the founder of the system of Reiki, Mikao Usui. We are delighted to present Gendai Reiki Ho in Reiki Australia’s ongoing series “Voices of Reiki“.  The author of this article, Yuki Tamura, is the Australian representative for Gendai Reiki Ho and it’s founder Hiroshi Doi.

Gendai Reiki Ho – Beautiful Harmony with effectiveness of Western Reiki and Spiritual growth of Traditional Reiki. Gendai Reiki Ho was founded by Hiroshi Doi, a current member of “Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai” a society created by Mikao Usui. Hiroshi Doi first learned Reiki I & II in 1993 with Mieko Mitsui, a Radience Technique Reiki master living in N.Y.,and he experienced its high effectiveness. Not long afterwards, in October 1993, he accepted an opportunity to become a member of “Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai”, and received training in this Japanese form by Kimiko Koayama, the 6th president. Hirosho Doi realised the high spiritual orientation of Koyama sensei’s teaching and found some differences with Western Reiki. Also around that time, many valuable documents about Usui Sensei and Reiki had been gathered to him, so he compiled them as Gendai Reiki Ho. Hiroshi Doi published his first book “Iyashino Gendai Reiki Ho” (Japanese) in May 1998 which was translated into 7 languages. This book was revised and published in English as “A Modern Reiki Method for Healing” and was so popular it sold out. The long-anticipated reprint will be released in a new edition at the “Gendai Reiki Ho International Gathering” in Madrid/ Spain in October 2015. Hiroshi Doi lineage Mikao Usui (Founder of Reiki Ryoho) Kanichi Taketomi (3rd president of Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai) Kimiko Koyama (6th president of Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai) Hiroshi Doi (Founder of Gendai Reiki Ho) Gendai Reiki Ho is a harmony of Western Reiki and Traditional Reiki (Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai). The aim of Gendai Reiki Ho is to attain “Anshin Ritsumei”(Enlightenment) by resonance with Reiki through practising of Reiki healing, self-purification and self-growth techniques with Gokai. The Gendai Reiki Network (GRN) provides materials and information worldwide. Learn more about GRN Video: The analysis of the effect of new Electroencephalogram EEG technology for Gendai Reiki treatment
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A New Health Regulator for Victoria

On February 1st 2017 Victorian health practitioners, including Reiki practitioners, became the most recent subjects of the National Code of Conduct for Non-Registered Health Practitioners.

Victoria has formally implemented the Health Complaints Act and has appointed a Health Complaint Commissioner, Ms Karen Cusack.

The National Code is already implemented in NSW, SA and Qld.

The vast majority of health service providers are ethical, take client dissatisfaction seriously, and do their best to rectify complaints. Unfortunately, some health providers are not safe, through negligence, incompetence or impropriety.

Victoria has now taken a tough stand against dodgy health services and practitioners by:

  1. Expanding the definition of a health provider to include any service or practitioner engaged in assessing or improving a person’s health. This means that the conduct of anyone offering a service, or even working within a service that claims health benefits, are subject to the Code, such as secretaries, practice managers, cleaners etc who come in contact with clients.
  2. Giving the Health Complaints Commissioner new powers to:-
    • receive complaints from anyone, not just the person who sought out, or received the service
    • prohibit a provider from practising
    • ban prohibited providers from other states from practising in Victoria
    • issue public warnings, and the names of providers against whom a complaint has been upheld
    • investigate matters where an official complaint has not been lodged, but there could be cause for a complaint
    • follow-up to ensure compliance with quality improvement recommendations.

Since 2002 Reiki Australia has formally participated in the development of the National Code of Conduct, providing a voice for Reiki, an advocacy for our members, and for the rights of Reiki clients and students.   Our proficiency in describing best practice professional Reiki service has seen Reiki Australia called upon as an expert witness several times by police in three states, assisting investigations into alleged criminal conduct perpetrated by Reiki practitioners. None of the offenders were members of a Reiki organisation.

Reiki Australia supports the implementation of the National Code of Conduct for Non-Registered Health Practitioners.

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Reiki Australia launches a professional development course to support Reiki treatment practice

Accredited Reiki Practitioners Reiki AustraliaAnnabel Muis wrote this on 16th March 2018

Reiki Australia has announced the introduction of a non-accredited certificate course in professional development for Reiki treatment practitioners. The course addresses knowledge and professional responsibilities that are important for all healthcare workers and supports the National Code of Conduct for health care workers, which is a legal requirement for health practitioners in most Australian states.

With an objective of supporting best practice for Reiki treatment practitioners, it is open to Reiki Australia members who have Reiki I and II and are interested in professional Reiki treatment practice.

The course units are:

Unit 1  Codes of Ethics; Codes of Conduct

  • Understand the nature of personal and professional Reiki treatment practice
  • Comply with professional standards

Unit 2  Effective Professional Relationships

  • Communicate effectively with clients and colleagues

Unit 3  Teamwork; Managing Conflict

  • Contribute to effective teamwork

Unit 4  Records, Privacy and Referral

  • Ensure an understanding of client rights and the elements of informed consent

Unit 5  Client and Workplace Safety

  • Implement WHS/OHS requirements

Unit 6  Infection Control

  • Implement and maintain infection control practices

Units are all designed for home study. Each unit will require a minimum of around 12 hours over up to two months, in study and the completion of exercises and assignments. Completion of each unit will earn 10 CPD points.

Apart from Unit 1, which must be completed first, units can be undertaken in any order. A statement of attainment will be provided after completing each unit, and a Certificate in Professional Development for Reiki Treatment awarded on completion of all six units.

Reiki Practitioner members who complete Unit 1 will qualify (conditional on having insurance, current first aid and minimum practice requirements) for Reiki Australia’s Accredited Reiki Treatment Practitioner membership category, which represents excellence in Reiki treatment practice.

To obtain more information, or to apply for Professional Development for Reiki Treatment, please contact Reiki Australia’s Administration Officer by email at contact@reikiaustraia.com.au, or by phone on 07 5476 3331.

Doors Opened for Student of 10346NAT – Certificate IV in Reiki Treatment Practice

Ever since learning Reiki, Annemiek Van de Kamp has longed to see Reiki treatment acknowledged in health care in Australia. In a distinctive way, she took a step in the direction of helping to manifest this vision, by enrolling in 2013 for Reiki Australia’s newly nationally accredited qualification in Reiki Treatment Practice. Annemiek, a Reiki master and practitioner with 20 years’ experience giving Reiki treatments, became the first student to graduate with a Certificate IV in Reiki Treatment Practice.

After beginning formal training in Reiki treatment practice, Annemiek, a Reiki Australia member, was increasingly called upon by nursing staff to provide Reiki at the nursing home where she works as a chef.

“It opens doors”, she said. “Now it’s professional, like massage, reflexology, and other complementary therapies”.

While 10346NAT Certificate IV in Reiki Treatment Practice is no longer available, Reiki Australia is introducing other initiatives to assist the ongoing development of practitioners who aspire to provide a professional Reiki treatment service.  Read more.

Keep your eyes on the Reiki Australia website for new educational opportunities. If you’re already providing Reiki treatments to the public, or you have an existing a health or community service qualification, be sure to ask about recognition of your prior learning (RPL).

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Reiki Precepts and the New National Code of Conduct

From 1st October 2015, the National Code of Conduct for Healthcare Workers will apply to health workers in Queensland. They will join their fellow in NSW and South Australia where the Code has already been implemented. Other states and territories will follow as the Code is rolled out nationally.

Be kind to others. Show gratitude

The Reiki Precepts don’t usually spring to mind when we think about regulation, but conducting your professional practice, in accordance with the National Code, is very much aligned with Reiki values of care and compassion.

Be diligent in work.  Earn your living honestly

The National Code is designed to ensure clients are respectfully cared for in the broadest sense, including their physical, financial, moral and psychological safety. We work diligently and honestly when we abide the laws that apply to us.

Who is to Comply?

The Queensland Code sets minimum standards of conduct for healthcare workers who are:

• not required to be registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law.
• registered health practitioners under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and who provide health services that are unrelated to their registration

How does this affect me?

Reiki Practitioners who provide treatments to the public in Queensland must now ensure they comply with the National Code. We recommend that you self-assess your practice against the requirements detailed in each of the Clauses below. Some Reiki practitioners may have to obtain appropriate insurance, undertake First Aid training, learn how to implement Infection Control, or Informed Consent, or how to make referrals, and more. It may also impact how you advertise your services.

If you are a Registered Health Practitioner who also provides Reiki treatments to clients, you must abide the Code in your provision of Reiki.

Do Reiki Masters have to comply?

The teaching practice of Reiki masters is not subject to this regulation. Reiki Australia and other Reiki associations agree that Reiki masters provide training in a spiritual personal practice and healing art.  However, Reiki masters who provide treatments to the public are required to comply. And Reiki masters, whose students may provide treatments to the public, will want to be informed enough to offer basic guidance to such students. Reiki Australia has the knowledge and resources to support your students.

Does this mean Reiki is being regulated?

No. In fact, the National Codes are likely to be helpful in advancing Reiki as a safe, non-invasive, effective treatment option, by ensuring high standards of client safety and giving credibility to Reiki practitioners.  Plus, the strengthened mechanisms for handling complaints will mean unscrupulous practitioners can more easily be identified and prohibited from practicing.

Where can I get help to ensure I comply?

If you are unconfident to interpret and apply the new Code; if you feel unsure about your responsibilities, or you would like guidance in becoming compliant, we recommend that you consider membership of Reiki Australia. Since 2002 we have actively participated, at state and national level, in the development of the National Code, so you can be assured that you’ll get great support from a knowledgeable team.

As a member you’ll also save on insurance, and get your professional profile displayed in our modern, high-powered online directory, as part of your membership benefits.

Reiki Insurance

Clause 16 of the National Code requires all practitioners covered by this Code, to hold appropriate insurance.  Reiki Australia has negotiated insurance at a great discount rate for Reiki master and practitioner members, including those who practice other modalities.

Recognition

In 2010 Reiki Australia created a specific category, Accredited Reiki Treatment Practitioner, to accredit members whose practice complied with NSW Code of Conduct that formed the foundation of the National Code.

Reiki Australia has developed a comprehensive ”Grandparenting” process that enables Reiki practitioners to be acknowledged for their experience, competency and compliance.

Once you have joined as a Reiki Practitioner member, you’ll have access to the Grandparenting process to become an Accredited Reiki Treatment Practitioner member while ever this option remains available.

What does the Code include?

The Queensland Code includes the following main clauses (further detail is set out in sub-clauses):

Clause 1: Healthcare workers to provide services in a safe and ethical manner

Clause 2: Healthcare workers to obtain consent

Clause 3: Appropriate conduct in relation to treatment advice

Clause 4: Healthcare workers to report concerns about treatment or care provided by other health care workers

Clause 5: Healthcare workers to take appropriate action in response to adverse events

Clause 6: Healthcare workers to adopt standard precautions for infection control

Clause 7: Healthcare workers diagnosed with infectious medical conditions

Clause 8: Healthcare workers not to make claims to cure certain serious illnesses

Clause 9: Healthcare workers not to misinform their clients

Clause 10: Healthcare workers not to practice under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Clause 11: Healthcare workers with certain mental or physical impairment

Clause 12: Healthcare workers not to financially exploit clients

Clause 13: Healthcare workers not to engage in sexual misconduct

Clause 14: Healthcare workers to comply with relevant privacy laws

Clause 15: Healthcare workers to keep appropriate records

Clause 16: Healthcare workers to be covered by appropriate insurance

Clause 17: Healthcare workers to display code and other information

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