As more Lightworkers emerge on the Earth plane and enter the helping professions, it’s important to establish community to provide advice, offer support, and establish guidelines for metaphysical business practices. Even if you intend to operate your business part-time or “on the side,” it will benefit you and your clients in the long run to set things up properly and cover all your bases in the beginning.
If you decide to go into business as a healer, spiritual counselor, Reiki practitioner, massage therapist, psychic medium, or other specialty, you will come into contact with a broad cross-section of a society that is in a lot of pain physically, emotionally, and psychically. You will have clients who pose enriching and rewarding challenges.
There will also be those who break your heart, keep you up at night, baffle, and even anger you. It’s important for professional metaphysical practitioners to speak up to colleagues, clients, and society at large about what we do, why we do it, getting organized, and handling difficult cases.
This article is my offering to fellow Lightworkers from my years in business – including what I’ve learned from my lawyer, insurance agent, colleagues, and teachers. Always work smart and from the heart!
Seek professional guidance in setting up your business.
- Meet with an attorney, CPA, or advisor from a local small business association to find out how to form a corporation, what types of corporations are best suited to your business, and how to limit your liability through corporate organization.
- Does your business require inspection by a state or local health department?
- Obtain information about how zoning laws may affect your ability to have a home-based business.
- Will special permits or zoning variances be required?
- Will you need to modify your home with a sprinkler system, wheelchair ramp, or additional parking spaces?
- Are you allowed to place signage on your lawn or house?
- Will you have to make a proposal to the local zoning commission?
- Do you need to charge sales tax for your services? If so, you will need to obtain a sales tax license, and your business will need a Federal tax ID number.
- Get advice on filing income tax, keeping records of income and expenses, and value of business assets and how to depreciate them.
- Consider website hosting and design, social media platforms, business cards, brochures, and marketing strategies.
- Do you need a license to practice a particular type of healing or therapy?
- Do you need a “license to touch” or a Ministerial Ordination to practice Reiki or Healing Touch?
- What sort of training is required for your profession?
- Do you need certification?
- Meet with an insurance professional.
- Most homeowner’s policies don’t cover losses incurred while conducting business in the home, including injuries to clients or loss of business assets, so you may need a business policy.
- Consider personal liability coverage as well as malpractice insurance, and find out if you’re covered for professional activities conducted off-site at a client’s home or public event space.
- If you have employees, you need Workers’ Compensation coverage.
Defining Your Practice
- Carefully define the scope of your practice. If you want to practice multiple disciplines, be specific about what services you offer.
- Understand what you are legally permitted to do with the license, certificate, or training that you have. Unless you are a medical doctor or nurse practitioner, making a medical diagnosis, prescribing medications, or performing medical procedures such as surgery or wound care are construed as practicing medicine without a license which is a crime.
- The Des Moines Register ran an article recently about an alternative health care consultant warned by the Iowa Board of Medicine that using tuning forks and crystals to diagnose health conditions and prescribing high-dose vitamin regimens was illegal practice of medicine without a license. She could face criminal prosecution. If you are a medical intuitive or receive spiritual guidance about foods or techniques, use caution and always recommend consultation with a medical practitioner.
- In my state, only a licensed massage therapist can give a massage. A reflexologist can only work on certain areas of the body. A “license to touch” (such as a nursing, massage therapy, or chiropractic) or a legally-recognized ministerial ordination is required to perform any hands-on work with clients, including Reiki, reflexology, Healing Touch, and faith healing. It’s essential to know the laws where you intend to work.
- As an animal communicator, I hear, “What’s wrong with my dog? Do I need to take her to the vet?” I can ask the dog what is bothering her and give my impressions of the dog’s discomfort, but I stress that animal Reiki or communication is not a substitute for veterinary examination, I cannot legally diagnose or prescribe treatment, and always see a veterinarian for any questions or concerns!
- The client needs to understand that he or she bears a large part of the responsibility for healing and wellness, and that Reiki, reflexology, or Angel card reading is not a magic pill or an easy fix for complex problems.
- Explain to clients how the techniques work, the goals of a session, and the limitations of treatment.
- Make sure that clients sign an informed consent spelling out what you offer and exactly what that means. A parent or guardian must sign if the client is a minor.
- Clients need to understand that you cannot guarantee healing or cure of a particular malady or promise what their results or treatment response will be.
- Explain the possibilities of treatment reaction.
- Know your limitations and define the limitations of treatment. Every form of healing, spiritual work, and vibrational technique has limitations. Many times, a combination of techniques is necessary to achieve the highest result for a client.
- Sometimes, it really does take a village, and one person can’t do it all. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you’re in over your head or feel overwhelmed. Have a circle of colleagues to whom you can refer clients when you need a consultation. Be prepared to refer clients to allopathic physicians and mental health professionals if necessary.
- Respect all disciplines of healing practice that clients may use. A wide array of modalities – including allopathic medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy, psychological counseling, acupuncture, Reiki, reflexology, massage therapy, aromatherapy, crystal healing, sound healing, biofeedback, and more – address different aspects of personhood and dis-ease and use different approaches.
- Whether or not one agrees with all the claims of a specific healing discipline, allow that there are elements of each that offer valid assistance to people. Clients undergoing allopathic medical treatment benefit from complementary therapies to reduce unwanted side-effects, release toxicity, speed healing, relieve pain, promote relaxation, and generally help whatever therapies they are using to be more effective. A trauma victim may desire Reiki or crystal grids to heal energetic injuries to the chakras and subtle bodies, promote emotional release and comfort, and aid meditation – in addition to licensed counseling and medical care.
- Make sure your clients understand what credentials, education, and training you have so that you do not misrepresent yourself, your services, or your abilities.
- You have to determine your comfort level. If there are certain conditions that you don’t want to address, you have to be candid and up-front about that with clients.
Dealing with Serious Illness
Mental Illness: People suffering from mental illnesses absolutely can benefit from complementary therapies for stress relief, pain relief, relaxation, emotional support, and at least temporary mitigation of some symptoms. However, spiritual therapies and energy work should not be regarded as stand-alone or primary treatments for mental illness. These are complementary therapies, not alternatives to licensed medical care and licensed mental health counseling.
Someone who expresses desires to harm themselves or others is in crisis, and you have moral, ethical, and professional obligations to take action on the client’s behalf. If you believe a client is suffering from suicidal depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, or other mental illness, explain that you are not a mental health professional or physician and urge him or her to seek such services immediately for their safety and wellbeing.
You may need to inform a client’s loved ones or family members that the person may pose a danger to self or others. You may have to involve law enforcement in cases of specific threats against groups or individuals. Learn what Federal and State confidentiality statutes may govern your practice and when disclosures of a client’s condition are permitted by law.
Only you can decide how much legal liability you want to assume. If you give someone faulty advice, attempt to go beyond the scope of your profession, or fail to act when told of a threat of violence or suicide, you can be held legally responsible for the consequences.
Contagion Risk: If your work involves touch, and you have a client with open wounds, fresh surgical incisions, or sores, you may want to delay their session or ask them to remain clothed in the affected area. Be prepared to wear gloves and other protective gear, cover your treatment table with a disposable absorbent pad, thoroughly launder linens, and disinfect your treatment space and bathroom facilities.
Don’t be afraid to ask the client if he or she is contagious and if they know their HIV or hepatitis status. Consult with your doctor if you are concerned about potential risks to yourself or family or have questions about an illness. It’s also a good idea to ask your doctor about being vaccinated for hepatitis and other diseases as well as testing for tuberculosis.
If you have clients with colds, the ‘flu, head lice, scabies, or other contagious conditions, you may wish to decline an in-person treatment session until the condition is resolved. You have to decide for yourself how comfortable you are in these situations.
Fear: Seriously ill clients and their families may seek you out in desperation. Be compassionately honest in explaining what your work can and cannot do. Don’t ever make promises or guarantees of cure, remission, or banishment of pain. Work faithfully, coach your client on how he or she can participate, and provide emotional and spiritual support.
Special Needs: Consult a medical professional – such as a physician or nurse – to learn how to properly protect yourself, your family, and other clients from possible infection. If you have a client who is pregnant, has a pacemaker, or has other special needs, make sure you know how to safely accommodate them.
You must set office hours. Clients shouldn’t phone at all hours or expect sessions at the drop of a hat. You can’t be expected to be on-call 24/7, and you need days off. Prepare to direct clients to appropriate resources such as a colleague, an emergency room, or a crisis counseling hotline.
You can’t rescue everyone, and you aren’t expected to. When you enter your work with a loving desire and mission of service, this has to be balanced with your own personal needs and those of your family. If you run yourself ragged, you are not going to be a help to anyone.
Sometimes, we’re asked to do things that don’t feel right or for which we don’t feel qualified.
There may be people who make you uncomfortable. It’s okay to feel someone is not a good fit for your practice, and if you believe they could be served better elsewhere, they will appreciate your honesty. Don’t take on clients or projects that feel wrong; honor your intuition.
Learn the lesson of detachment. Metaphysical therapies are about empowering individuals to enact their own innate ability to heal and access higher wisdom and guidance. The client has to make a choice to get well. Only the client can make the decision to shift his or her energies to a higher level.
You can do a two-hour session and have the client perfectly in balance and harmony, and within five minutes of getting off the table, they are sinking into a lower vibration and returning to their old, destructive patterns. This is beyond your control. You have to release feelings of personal responsibility for the outcome.
Do your work in the best way you can and with the highest intentions, but ultimately, you cannot make another person heal, shift, or make good decisions, so do not hold yourself responsible for that. Some people have made soul contracts to experience certain things. Sometimes the highest form of healing isn’t a “cure” for a physical malady, but a graceful release for the soul and comfort for loved ones.
Our Paths are Lined with Cooperative Spirits
We are engaged in loving disciplines, but they are not easy. Most importantly, we don’t have to do our work alone! Angels, Spirit Guides, Power Animals, and our Divine Source are standing by, ready to help us when we ask. Learn to work both with your own Guardian Angels, Power Animals, and Guides as well as those of your clients.
Archangel Raphael is the supreme healer of the Angelic Realm, and he is a steadfast support and powerful helper for all healers. Archangel Michael not only provides protection to you and your clients, he is brilliant at detaching and dispensing with dark energies and unhealthy forms, and he and Raphael frequently work in concert to assist those in need.
Praying for your clients is a wonderful exercise in love that activates a compassionate Divine response. You can also practice visualization techniques on their behalf and, with their permission, include their names in healing circles you attend.
Ask your Lightworker colleagues for help. I have done joint sessions with other Reiki Masters that generated tremendous power and Light. I have also participated in joint channelings, Akashic Records readings, and teaching situations that have all been magnified through the participation of multiple souls. There are also many organizations for holistic practitioners that offer support and advice.
Lightworkers are desperately needed! Professionalism in our chosen disciplines is important for delivering the highest service to our clients, promoting complementary healing techniques that may not be well-known, and empowering ourselves to work in a healthy and balanced way. As you plan your metaphysical career, energize it on the etheric planes and in the physical world through meditation, listening for guidance, community with other Lightworkers, planning, education, and thoughtfulness.
Elizabeth S. Eiler, Ph.D. is a Reiki Mystic, psychic medium, animal communicator, and Ordained Minister of Wisdom of the Heart Church. She co-owns Seven Stars Healing Arts, LLC and is a spiritual teacher leading workshops and healing events. You can visit her website at www.sevenstarshealing.com.
She is the author of “Other Nations: A Lightworker’s Case Book for Healing, Spiritually Empowering, and Communing with the Animal Kingdom.” Watch summer 2015 for her upcoming book “Swift and Brave: Sacred Souls of Animals,” a deep exploration of the animal soul, animal rights, and how we can live in right relationship.