"I earn my living honestly" and "Devote yourself to your work" are two interpretations of the Reiki Principles gifted to us by Mikao Usui. I took them literally and lived as an energy practitioner since. So, how do you do it? How can you use your complementary or alternative health skills to live your authentic vocation dream?

One of the challenges that face many an alternative or complementary therapist and practitioner is that most work available out there is self-employed. There are of course opportunities for an employed job. If you are reading this for yourself, chances are that you have a part-time or full-time job or are a home-maker or some other source of income, and want to somehow start working for yourself.

The first piece of advice that I usually give is "Don't burn your bridges". Use what contacts, skills, and experience you have or had before you learned your alternative or complementary health skills. For example, if you used to work at a call centre, approaching the call centre managers that you used to get along with the best may be one route in. Call centres are totally dependent on outcome, the length of a call, the operator's performance and reducing down-time in-between calls. Ask yourself how your newly-learned skills can help with that.

If you are already in employment, maybe your boss would be OK with you having say one day a fortnight where you still get paid the same and still turn up for work but help your colleagues instead. For example, if you have learned massage, you can massage your colleagues who sit at a computer all day and get stiff neck and shoulders. If you do Emotional Freedom Techniques, you can help people get over fear of public speaking or give better presentations. If you do Reiki, you can help your colleagues with a 20 minute chair Reiki that can go towards healing whatever is most needed for the highest good. I knew two people who did just that and did well with it. You never know; if you don't ask, you don't get, as the saying goes.

If you are in employment and do not have capital available to you sensibly, and things like business plans and marketing seem like scary monsters, it may be best to start part-time. Any start is a good start. Perhaps you can start on Saturdays, for example, if you work Monday till Friday. If you work shifts, maybe you can apply to work the night shift, and do your work say, two afternoons a week. There are many possibilities.

Whether you go into the life of a holistic entrepreneur full or part time, you still need to make it work. And to make it work, there are two main components: Business knowledge, and self-worth.

With business knowledge, it is good to get a mentor who has done it already, and learn from them. For a solo complementary practitioner to learn business and marketing skills from a marketing director of a big firm who has never worked with solo entrepreneurs or micro companies, well, that is not really suitable. It is best to learn from people in your field who have already done it themselves.

With self-worth, you may find that there are some issues there. EFT, short for Emotional Freedom Techniques, is the fastest method I know of for turning a low self-worth around. EFT in my experience is closely followed by Reiki with an experienced practitioner, who already has a good track record of shifting solo entrepreneurs' energy mindset to that of deserving and abundance.

To conclude in a nutshell, Business Learning From Experts In Your Chosen Field + Self-Worth Build-Up = Your Successful Business. Good luck with working from the heart. Enjoy the journey as well as the destination!

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© Suzanne Zacharia 2016, passionately spreading the healing news for health, happiness, and success. Want to use this article? You can, as long as you credit me with it and invite your readers to get my Wellness Professional Success Blueprint at http://www.eft-scripts.com/wellness-professional-success-blueprint-a-ste...