Keep Reiki Free
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The value of Reiki as an alternative/complementary healing method is becoming more and more apparent to the general public. In fact, it seems like just about everyone either has Reiki or has heard of a friend or other acquaintance that has it or has heard it mentioned before. Not only is this causing an increase in the use of Reiki by independent practitioners, but it is also fostering the increased use of Reiki in hospitals and clinics. While there is no statistics available as far are I know, from the communication I have received over the past, Reiki is being offered in hundreds if not thousands of hospitals across the country.
This increased use especially in professional settings has brought the question of government regulation of Reiki to the attention of many people and groups. Some have started to think of Reiki in the same way they think of other medical practices and have suggested that it needs to be regulated and licensed. In addition, the current medical practice act that was passed in most states many years ago is so broad that technically, Reiki is considered a medical practice and therefore requires that it be practiced only by licensed health care providers. Note that this law is currently in place, but rarely enforced. However, the fact that it exists places all Reiki practitioners under an unnecessary threat that could be used if someone chooses to do so. This has happened with a few other alternative/complementary practitioners with devastating results.
Remember, the purpose of a law is to protect the public from harm. Since Reiki does not cause harm, there is no need to create laws requiring that Reiki be licensed or regulated by the government.
Because of this and the fact that the medical practice act does already exist, and since other groups are considering creating government licensing of Reiki, something must be done to protect ourselves from this threat.
Several states have
passed laws exempting alternative/complementary practitioners including Reiki
practitioners from the medical practice act. These laws are beneficial to Reiki
practitioners as they prevent the government from harassing us and make the practice
of Reiki without a license a legitimate legal activity. The legislation recently
passed in California is a good example of this. I suggest you carefully read this
short bill as it is a good model for legislation that protects Reiki practitioners
and also protects the client. Please click here to read this short bill: http://www.californiahealthfreedom.com/californiah/htdocs/documents/
Many states are working to keep Reiki and other alternative/complementary healing methods free of unnecessary government regulation.