Reiki Free in Texas
Two Reiki organizations
in Texas are trying to make it a law that only people trained by them
can practice Reiki in Texas.
In December of
1998 the Texas Reiki community was given a wake-up call in the guise
of the awareness of a bill to be introduced into our legislature upon
it's convening January 12, 1999. This bill, numbered HB 367, and entitled
"The Reiki Practitioner Registry Act" was written by a Reiki
Master from the Houston area named Judy-Carol Stewart (AKA Julia Stewart).
Her organization "Reiki Touch Institute of Holistic Medicine, Inc."
claims a close affiliation in the bill with "The Reiki Alliance."
The bill limits who may practice and teach Reiki in the state of Texas
to an elitist group who must be approved by a board set up by the Texas
Department of Health and controlled by Reiki Masters who have been trained
exclusively by these two organizations and who, consequently, have spent
three years in apprenticeship and paid from $10,000 to $22,000 to these
organizations for their training.
The bill sets application, certification and renewal fees to be paid
to the State of Texas along with penalties congruent to a Class B misdemeanor
for using the name "Reiki" in association with any practice
not approved by this board, or being in noncompliance with any other
part of this multifaceted proposed regulation.
The bill is being sponsored in the Texas House of Representatives by
the Honorable Debra Danburg, a Democrat from the Houston area. You may
contact her State Capital office at 512-463-0504, or write her at Room
1N5, Capitol Building, Austin, TX 78701 with your comments regarding
this issue. She has requested that Texas residents also contact their
If you are interested in helping to kill this legislation and keep government
out of our spiritual practice you can see a copy of the bill in full,
track it's progression through the legislative process, and find your
representative's address at the Texas Legislature Online website, http://www.capitol.state.tx.us.
In addition to contacting the Honorable Debra Danburg, we are asking
that you contact the following committee members with your opinions.
Keep your letters and calls short, heart centered and to the point and
be sure to include your name, address and phone number, otherwise they
will be considered anonymous and be trashed.
You may write to any Texas House Representative at:
The Honorable Representative ___________
Texas House of Representatives
PO Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
Chair: Patricia Gray 512-463-0588
Vice-Chair: Garnet Coleman
Clerk: Pam Crowley 512-463-0806
Diane White Delisi 512-463-0630
Harvey Hildebran 512-463-0536
Glen Maxey 512-463-0552
Ruth Jones McClendon 512-463-0708
Carlos Uresti 512-463-0714
If you have additonal
questions or information, please contact Lynda Akin, Reiki Master Teacher
at The House of Healing, 903-356-5250 and LyndaA@aol.com.
Please do not contact
the Center as we have no additional information.
Other sites of interest and information:
http://www.indigosun.com - Reiki
Articles on HB 367
- News group
http://www.create.org/bbs - Message
- Reiki -Related article in Houston Press 1/14/99