To work with and promote the spirit of Reiki through teaching, healing, fellowship and research, both within the Reiki community and the wider community.
The maintain Reiki as a spiritual practice and the integration of Reiki as a stand-alone therapy, into mainstream health care and community settings.
Today, the Australian Reiki Connection - the Association of Australian Reiki Professionals, has grown to become the leading Reiki Association in Australia. Its major strength stems from the fact that it is run by members for members.
Each year a new Committee of Management is elected at our AGM. All financial members have the right to vote and to nominate for office.
These volunteers, together with the membership, work at supporting national Reiki activities both from a community and professional perspective.
This includes developing suitable policy and procedures, providing networking opportunities and working at governmental lobbying, to name just a few of their actions.
ARC helps raise the profile of our professional members with the general public, through the popular online directory of professional practitioners and teachers.
ARC maintains annual membership fees as low as possible, while continuing to provide a high standard of advocacy. service and support. As a peak Reiki body ARC's membership fees for all categories are the lowest in Australia
ARC is consistently liaising with health and community service representatives, government departments and research institutes as well as the general public, towards the integration of Reiki, as a stand-alone modality, into the mainstream healthcare system.
Towards this outcome. ARC continues to liaise with the greater Australian Reiki community in developing professional standards for Reiki practitioners and teachers.
Since 1997, ARC has constantly pursued for its members and the general public, continual communication with relevant agencies and organisations, for the development of professional standards in line with the needs of Reiki practitioners and their clients, Reiki teachers and their students.
Looking to the future ARC aims to ensure that the system of Reiki remains a respected profession in the eyes of the Australian public.
Most importantly, ARC members today are proud of their association's high profile, its ongoing efforts on their behalf to promote the system of Reiki, and the professionalism that is inherent in ARC membership.
How did it all begin?
In 1996 WendyJoy Smith (founder and first President of ARC) placed an advertisement in a local newspaper, seeking out ‘friends in Reiki.’ There was little response, so WendyJoy carried out more research and started to organize a meeting of like minded people. a flyer was made up and sent to all of the Reiki masters and practitioners who advertised at that time in the Living Now magazine, a Melbourne based publication. All were invited to attend a public meeting on the 30th May in Melbourne. This time, the word spread fast and the response far exceeded expectation. Expressions of interest were received from all over Australia.
Many people came along to the meeting and participated in a, sometimes heated, discussion about the future of Reiki in Australia. From the discussion came the suggestion of the possible formation of an independent Usui-based Reiki association.
A follow up date was arranged for July, and Australian Reiki Connection was born. Incorporation was applied for and accepted in December 1997, and this date was decided upon as ARC’s birthday, which is celebrated at the last gathering of members in each year.
Throughout the years ARC has gone from strength to strength while some Reiki associations have presented themselves and then faded away. There are a variety of reasons for ARC’s unbridled success.
Some of our Accomplishments
ARC is an association that welcomes ‘Independent’ practitioners and master teachers of the Usui system of Reiki and, at the same time, those affiliated with other Usui system of Reiki schools. It is from this whole-of-membership approach that unity was built. Diversity is, therefore, another of ARC's strengths. Not only is there diversity among members, but all are valued and welcome to share their views in the spirit of fellowship. The all-important consultative process is followed in the formulation or review of policies and procedures.
From the very beginning, ARC has been involved in the development of Codes of Ethics and Professional Practice for members. Standards of practice were developed initially by the Masters in ARC then reviewed and ratified by members in 1999. This gradually developed into a Personal and Professional Development Booklet that all professional members annually complete to ensure exemplary standards. A referral system allows these professional members to be reached with ease by the general public.
Over the years ARC has through it's committee of management worked steadfastly and quietly on many major issues, for the benefit of its members and Reiki.
In 1997 founding president, WendyJoy Smith was responsible for a major insurance company providing cover for Reiki practitioners. A few years later, other insurance companies followed this lead.
ARC was responsible for having a major health fund issue rebates for Reiki treatments for the first time in Australia.
(unfortunately at this time, health funds are no longer offering this cover)
ARC and its members were responsible, for Yellow Pages including a separate sub heading for Reiki.
There have been many other firsts instigated by ARC that now benefit the Reiki community.
Through the ARC INK magazine, and in-person gatherings ARC has given Reiki practitioners the opportunity to raise and address concerns such as, the cost of learning Reiki in Australia, the regulation of Reiki, feelings of isolation and, perhaps more importantly for many, opportunities to share and learn more about Reiki with like-minded people.
The Australian Reiki Connection has members in every Australian state and territory.
ARC is registered as a National Reiki Association with the Australian Securities & Investment Commission.
The association has become a valuable resource for the many who practice Reiki in Australia today, whether professionally or just for self, family and friends. It has always and will continue to, represent the best interests of both members and the Usui system of Reiki.
ARC has played a large role in providing membership feedback regarding the viability and suitability of regulation to relevant bodies interested in Australian Reiki regulation.
In 2006 ARC Committee of Management introduced the Association of Australian Reiki Professionals (AARP) a professional branch for practitioners and master teachers.
The primary aims and functions of the Association of Australian Reiki Professionals are to:
To raise the profile of Professional Reiki practitioners and Master teachers
To encourage professional Reiki practitioners and teachers to pursue ongoing professional and personal development and perform to a high standard of Reiki training.
To maintain an Australia wide register of professional Reiki Practitioners and Master teachers.
To work alongside other professional bodies for the promulgation of the Usui System of Reiki
To work towards the integration of Reiki as a stand alone modality, in the Mainstream Healthcare system
In August 2017, as a follow on from the introduction of legally binding National and State Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers, the Committee of Management agreed, that there was no longer a need for the separate professional branch of the Association (AARP)
It was further agreed to change the status of membership categories
Member category changed to Non Professional Member: thus ensuring that those who only use Reiki for self use were recognised and included in the Association.
Practitioner category changed to Professional Reiki Treatment Practitioner: to ensure ARC members in this category comply with the legally binding National and State Code of Conduct
In 2006 during negotiations on a proposed Certificate IV in Reiki Treatment Practice in Community Services and Healthcare Settings ARC was instrumental in the formation of the Council of Australian Reiki Organisations (CARO) a not for profit national Usui System of Reiki (USR) body that aimed to represent the interests of Usui Reiki organisations in Australia. This was the first time in Australia that Reiki Organisations came together, not to support the aims of a single organisation, but to work together as equals - to speak with a united voice. As that particular proposed Cert IV did not go ahead the need for CARO has ceased.
Since 2007 ARC has been an active participant with State Health departments,in the formulation of Codes of Conduct for Unregistered Health Practitioners and more recently the National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers.
ARC has made a number of submissions to relevant Government departments and Mainstream Health Facilities advocating for the integration of Reiki as a stand alone modality.
To date the Australian Reiki Connection has organised three Reiki Conferences
In 2007 - as part of CARO program ARC organised a Reiki conference - Unity in the Reiki Community.
In 2010 - ARC organised a Reiki Conference -
Integration of Reiki as a Complimentary Therapy into Mainstream Healthcare and Community Settings.
In 2015- ARC organised an International Reiki Conference - The Future for Reiki - Pathway to Wellness.
This conference was a world first as it brought world renowned International Reiki Teachers to Australia to appear on the same stage for the first time ever.(ARC members can view Videos of this conference in the Members Area of this website)
ARC has offered a great strength to the Reiki community by providing a continuity of leadership in the Committee of Management. ARC is honored to have had just 2 Presidents since 1997. ARC would like to acknowledge the efforts of these Presidents (ARC’s founder WendyJoy Smith and the current President, John Coleman) and, naturally, all Committee of Management members both past and present and members, for bringing ARC to the respected position that it holds today.