Job Title: Energy Medicine (Reiki, Ear Candling, Etc.)
Type of Company: I am currently self-employed. I mainly do the work out of my home, but will travel to other locations if needed. I also go to larger offices of colleagues and teach classes to their clients.
Education: BS, Early Childhood Education, Bridgewater State College Certificates in Reiki 1,2,3,and Master Instructor Certificates in Integrated Energy Therapy Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Master Instructor Certificates in Levels 1, 2, 3, and Master Instructor in Shamballa Multi-dimensional Healing Karuna Reiki Certificate Levels 1, 2 and Master Instructor Certificate in Magnified Healing Ear Candling Certificate Crystal Healing Certificates Levels 1 and 2 Various ongoing education two-16 hour workshops on energy work and spirituality. Currently enrolled in a Mediumship class.
Previous Experience: I ran my own pre-school for 20 years before I made a career change. My previous job didn't quite lead to my current one, but there are qualities that I needed that help in each career: kindness, caring, gentleness and the ability to listen to others, and patience is also a must! I also carried the teaching portion on with me to my current career. I now teach children and adults about metaphysical concepts.
Job Tasks: My job as an masseuse is very rewarding. I usually see instant results. Generally people seek my services if they are stressed or have a medical problem, especially one that involves pain. They generally leave with a healthy sense of well being and peace. Sometimes the pain lingers, but often within 24 hours it is gone. By gently laying my hands on various parts of their body, playing relaxing music and speaking with them about what is going on in their lives, I help them to bring body, mind, and spirit into alignment. The body, when given the time and relaxation it needs, has the ability to heal itself. The work is very peaceful and relaxing for the practitioner as well as the client. The work can involve as much or as little as you like. Some practitioners use crystals, singing bowls, tuning forks, rattles and aromatherapy, while others feel that simple hands-on work is sufficient. Although I believe that everyone has the ability to do this work, I do believe that there is a certain need to be "called" to do it. It is for those who truly wish to be of service to others, not just out to make money. In this instance it is much like my first career as a teacher.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best parts of the job are the relaxed and peaceful feeling it gives you. But helping others feels good too. The worst part of the job is encountering a client who's a little too needy, who wants me to be his therapist, or imagines I have the ability to see into the future. This sort of client can drain you of your life force and leave you depleted.
1. As I said, I feel this career is a calling and not something someone should do because they think it is easy to learn and easy money. Most people find this career after many years of soul searching.
2. It is probably true for any career, but you cannot take one course and hope to be set for life. There is always more to learn and another course to take. You are in this for the long haul!
3. Many new energy workers do this and I am slowly learning not to, but don't try to save the world. Each person must live his own life and find a healing path of his own. You can suggest, but not force the healing.
Additional Thoughts: The most surprising thing about this career is how closed-minded people can be. There are a lot of people who do this work who are a little "out-there" so that contributes to the skepticism, but there are also many down-to-earth, good-hearted people who do the work as well. Little by little, the work is becoming more mainstream and more people are recognizing its merits!
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