I didn't mean to say rich, but definitely middle class. I'm sorry, it's my social worker training coming out! If this healing is supposed to help everyone why make it cost so much that a portion of the population can't access it. What I mean is, I know you worked hard to take those classes. But I'm also betting you have basic necessities like housing and food taken care of (for the most part, all of us, unless we are Paris Hilton, have to worry about a bill or two from time to time). I'm also betting that people who have to worry about these things would really benefit from learning a healing system like reiki to take back to their friends and family. I'm not trying to attack you at all, and I hope I don't come off like that. My point is just that, at the price point a lot of these classes are, one has to already have a certain standard of living in order to even think about going to them, saving up for them. But people below that standard of living should be able to learn too. Ok, enough of my philisophical ranting.
Oh no, and I'm not planning on being rich! I don't think anyone chooses one of these two fields to be rich. Like I said, I want to use it as an auxilliary tool to talk therapy. I think it could really help some of my shut-in clients with pain levels, and help them heal overall.
while I understand what you are saying and I agree that many systems are way over priced (including and especially the mainstream health care system), I would like to lovingly point out a few things to you that also are not at all meant as a personal attack but certainly food for though...first of all, as for me personally (without giving my entire life story LOL), all I can tell you is you could not be more wrong! With the exception of a few non-consecutive years, I have lived at or below poverty level my entire life. As a matter of fact, the year I completed my Reiki Master's initiation I had been homeless for four months prior to it. This was my point to you in the previous post...being poor does not keep anyone from their calling, as a matter of fact it is often a catalyst to it!
Secondly, yes being attuned to Reiki I (or more) could potentially help you as well as the people you hope to work with as a social worker. The whole drive behind Reiki is to give people access to a way to self treat pain and have personal input into their own healing path. Something you are going to find sooner or later though is that there are actually a great many people who do not want to be responsible for their own destiny, so even giving Reiki away free (in the sense of treatment sessions or initiations) does not solve the fundamental issue of people wanting a "magic" cure for whatever their problems are physically, mentally, or emotionally. The term "magic" here meaning something that takes absolutely no personal investment of time, money, or energy whether it be in the form of a pharmaceutical, a shaman, or a winning lottery ticket. All Reiki really does is put a person in communication with their Higher Self to affect their own healing...if we don't want (for whatever reason) to affect change in our life it's not going to happen and sometimes our HS says it does want change and the results can feel cataclysmic to the person involved. (think Tower moment)
Even though you know going into social work that you are not going to get rich, you do know that you have a reasonable expectation that the time and money and effort you have invested will garner you a paycheck that will hopefully provide you a livable wage. You have earned the right to that expectation through the blood, sweat, and tears of your education. (rhetorical question alert!) So why then do you feel it unfair or unjust that others who have spent a great deal of time, effort, money on their own education and honed their healing craft (whatever it may be) should have the same expectation? You said somewhere that the people you help as a social worker don't have to pay you and that is patently untrue. Perhaps specific individuals won't have to pay, but as a society we are all paying taxes to provide these programs and that includes those who receive the benefits of many social programs that are available.
I have to say here that it truly does bother me that as someone going into the field of social work, you seem to have an erroneous belief that being poor is a disease in and of itself, rather than a symptom of the systematic failure of our society as a whole to work as One for the benefit of the people who live within the society. You speak as though anyone without money (or what you personally deem an "acceptable amount" of money) must be completely inept, incapable, and unable to obtain their dreams or have any hope of even having dreams that put them somewhere other than where they are currently in the social strata strictly because they do not have "the money". I truly don't believe you feel this way, but I hope you will examine your own beliefs about money, how you speak about money, and how narrow your box is for those with an "acceptable amount"...reading your words I have felt like a am reading the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, where some is too much, some is too little, but 'this' amount is just right. tra-la-la-la-la
Of course that person lives in Springfield! I just moved from Kansas City : ). Oh well, I've gotten very clear messages that I'm supposed to work on reiki HERE in Ann Arbor, so I specifically didn't start anything in KC. I will do my best to find someone though I'm not sure how! I really thank you for your input wildchilde, you made me think about this issue a little more deeply, and your love for healing shines through in your post. Thank you!
There is a great deal of healing work, and healing workers, all over the place including in Michigan!! Open your mind, your heart, and your eyes to it and you will find what you are looking for. My advice would be to look for something called a "healing share", "reiki share", or "energy healing" night offered in your community, usually it will be at a hospital, church, community hall, or a healing center. Generally speaking, this is a group of healers who get together and offer free or love offering only sessions for the public once or twice a month. This is a great way for you to both receive Reiki yourself at low or no cost, and also to get to know some of the people in your community who are doing energy healing techniques. Of course everyone always feels like whatever they do is the "best" way, but don't let personal opinions change your course, you will know it when you find it. (I think you already have )
You are welcome...and I hope you still feel that way after reading this post! Again, I am not meaning this as a personal attack. I am simply hoping to expand your mind and your your perceived possibilities a little bit further. I also agree with you that many of these systems are way over priced, and don't even get me started on the cost of pharmaceutics!, so I'm not trying to say you are wrong to feel this way. I would encourage you though (as Ghandi stated) to be the change you want to see in the world!