The field of energy healing is a curious one, in that only a few individuals out of hundreds of thousands of trained practitioners succeed in becoming full-time in the world. Talk to most healers and they are either still in study or have a small private practice than needs to be supplemented with other income in order to meet their financial needs. So, what does it take, to become recognized as a professional energy healer? What are the differences that lead customers towards willingly paying your profession fee for energy healing services versus passing you by for someone else?
Two words: practice, and results.
When I was studying with my Chinese Qi Gong Healing master in the Eighties he was quite clear on Qi Healer training. First, he told us, you must practice self-cultivation: you do the exercises that are known to open up the energy body. For many of us this included Chinese martial arts, in conjunction with guided practices alongside your teacher. Secondly, you had to be able feel the Qi moving, and learn to guide it using the focused intention of your mind. And thirdly, you had to have your personal “Energy Gates” opened. This last part was the vital factor of initiation, a transmission where the Sifu (Teacher) affirms and activates your potential.
Once this traditional route had been followed, results begin to arrive. My primary energy healer teacher in the US, Rosalyn L. Bruyere, clearly aligns with the Asian method. Although apparently more casual (but not any less dedicated) in her long-term approach to training students, Rev. Bruyere has her students building their personal Qi with physical exercises … and activates their potential over many week-long intensives spent with her.
But why do other Energy Healing teachers stress the spontaneous nature of healing work, and downplay discipline, or doing transformation practices? “Just follow what I do, emulate me, and the healings will happen by themselves”, they say. While it is true that such an approach can sometimes work it rarely guarantees an effective healer. That’s the point: easy-does-it healing gives inconsistent results, and consistent results are required to become a professional healer.
After many trainings and workshops are behind you, as the energy healer, the main factor that will change your work from amateur to profession is practice. Along with on-going study of your craft. The most successful healers that I know are always studying something else, always pushing themselves into new practices to open up their energy body, and are learning new skills to expand on what they already know. They spend their spare time with quality teachers, those who see their value and are willing to mentor them. Afterwards, it’s back to work practicing what you do, working weekly with client after client. One of my teachers was asked how many clients are needed before consistent results can be expected. There was a pragmatic pause, followed by the delivery of an ultimate truth: “About a thousand clients … but it depends on the healer. Maybe more than that.”
A scientist may spend decades in the research laboratory in order to make an important scientific breakthrough. An artist will endure similar time spans in giving birth to an art that is mostly ignored, until they suddenly become recognized and famous. Energy healers have to follow a similar dedication, building their effectiveness upon practice, and study. And after that, to continue to practice some more. This spiritual drive brings the healer to a place where consistent results breed success in the world, and it is this that will draw your clients towards you.
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