Many people have asked me over the years why we do not offer correspondence courses in crystal & energy healing and I feel it may be worthwhile to elaborate on this topic. It is my view that one cannot possibly learn how to be an effective practitioner in our field without ‘hands on’ training and supervised practice, for quite a number of reasons.
The main one is that just like doctors, surgeons or acupuncturists, crystal & energy healers need the practical experience that is essential in order to be able to be responsible and effective in practice. Maybe even more so, since the energy field and the systems within it are not visible to the naked eye, nor are the majority of people aware of them! The assessment of the state of a client’s energy field is therefore made without any participation of him/her. To do this, a practitioner obviously needs a certain amount of intuition, which is something that cannot be taught via correspondence. Furthermore, a tutor cannot observe distantly if a student is actually able to assess a client’s energy field correctly.
Once the assessment of a client’s energy field and the systems within it is made, a healer must then be able to choose appropriate techniques and crystals. Since each person is unique and one cannot therefore generalise, this is another subject that can only be taught hands on and supervised practical sessions are essential. Equally it takes quite some time to learn such intricate skills. Client care, the often intense healer development, listening skills and many other subjects can also not be taught distantly.
A qualification in crystal healing allows one to set up a practice, obtain insurance and charge a fee for sessions. Those who look for complementary therapies often include vulnerable and unwell people, who hope to benefit from the therapy and the expertise of the practitioner. I have met quite a number of folk who had completed either short or lengthy correspondence courses in our field and who told me they did not really feel competent enough to set up practice. Chatting with them, I noticed that their doubts were fully justified and could only admire their integrity and point out that they had at least gained some understanding and knowledge for their own personal interest.
Imagine that doctors, surgeons and other health care professionals could obtain their qualification via brief or even lengthy correspondence courses? Would you feel confident to place yourself in their care? If not I suggest you do some research into any complementary therapy you want to try out, including what it takes to qualify in it. Should you wish to train in a therapy, it may be worthwhile to start by looking at your motivation. If it is for self-help or interest then a correspondence course is fine, but if you feel strongly that you want help people professionally, look for quality rather than shortcuts, but that is just my opinion…