Alternative methods of healing such as Reiki have met a lot of skeptics. Most Reiki practitioners would often complain that doctors and most people are just plain conservative! Well to break it to you slowly: People are generally skeptical.
Because it is true: We want our doctors and other professionals to base their expertise on facts. We want them to give us the most effective remedy to our ailments or recommendations based on quantifiable data and hard-known facts. We wouldn’t want to trust somebody with our health who jumps from one new therapeutic fad into another.
And so with the practice of Reiki.
Skepticism often arises when people venture into an unknown territory. Any person who believes in the health benefits of Reiki is likely to meet skepticism when sharing this to a people unfamiliar with it.
5 Ways to Convince the Skeptics That Reiki Works
1. Educate yourself. A basic Reiki practitioner (the one who receives Reiki from a Reiki master) has limited knowledge and experience than that of a Reiki Master. If you are one, then keep training and practicing until you are comfortable with answering any questions from non-practioners. A comprehensive training program is available to allow you to be promoted to Reiki Master in a more effective way, in a shorter amount of time.
2. Acknowledge your own skepticism. Everyone has his own moments of disbelief. Remember the time when you where new to the concept of Reiki and had doubts over it? What made you change your mind and give Reiki a chance? Let that moment be shared with another skeptic.
3. Speak from the skeptic’s POV. Listen to the skeptic’s side and understand where the doubt came from. They may fear that Reiki includes mystics –which it does not. Or simply Reiki won’t work. Maybe, the reason why this person is still talking to you is that he feels sort of a pain or anxiety that has not been cured by science. Find out where this person’s perspective is coming from so you know how to respond accordingly.
4. Give them facts. Skeptics need facts. Start by sharing your story of the benefits you received from self-practicing Reiki –that it helped you keep calm and positively recharged for the day ahead. Mention true stories of patients on how Reiki helped them become relaxed and alleviate pain or anxiety. Let them know that there is no harm or side-effect in using Reiki for stress reduction. Talk confidently and maintain respectful eye contact.
5. Know when to stop talking. Any professional would inherently practice the same behavior when giving recommendations: Once they present their case, they stop talking. They just let the truth find its way to the skeptic’s mind. Give them a sincere pat on the back or a handshake so they can feel the warmth of your life energy.
Beware of Cynics
You will know if the person you are speaking with is a cynic. Just stop and slowly walk away. You are simply wasting time for a person unready to hear you. You will know the difference between cynics and skeptics. Skeptics on the other hand, are open minded to agreeing with you. It is just up to you to win over the other half.
Sometimes it is not what you tell people about Reiki. It is how they experience it with you. To learn more about practicing Reiki and be a reiki Master, head over to this training here.
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