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Exploring Life & Business with Jona Genova of Reiki Collective

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jona Genova.

Hi Jona, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
My father once told me that it was my job to figure out what gifts God has given me and to use these gifts. I never thought I would be an energy healer or develop an energy healing modality. For years, I did not talk about being a healer but people just kept finding me.

I wondered why they wouldn’t accept my referrals to other healers and I was forced to take a serious look at what I was doing differently. Intuition, in many forms, has always supported me. This intuition was fine tuned when I experienced complex traumas as a teenager. Clairaudience, remote viewing, clairsentience, and clairvoyance were all tools that I used to predict market trends as a co-creator of restaurants and nightclubs in NYC, organizational politics when I worked in finance and personal relationships. In 2010, something different happened during my daily meditation. I was told that I would be gifted a healing modality. I didn’t know what to expect but I did as instructed and returned to the cushion every morning for the downloads. About that time, my entire body changed. I could no longer tolerate consuming animal products and my hands would ache if I drank alcohol.

A few years later, I was invited to give energy healing to clients at a premier residential treatment facility for adolescents with co-occurring disorders. The outcomes from these sessions surprised everyone, most of all, me. We saw that trauma therapies like EMDR were enhanced when clients met with me right after their trauma work. Clients who were “resistant” to talk therapy seemed to trust sessions with me. Building this trust seemed to warm them up to try other forms of therapy. Thousands of clients responded positively and wanted more of it.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Moving past the cultural conditioning of what is real or considered a prestigious career is a real challenge. I’ve changed quite a bit. In college, I thought I wanted to be a neuroscientist and actually did brain research. Now I realize I’m too intuitive for that. I recognize that there are serious issues with research today being conducted on primarily WEIRD (White Educated Industrialized Rich Democracies) populations and polluted with what white supremacy privileges like logical knowing. The funny… more truthfully, the enraging piece is that when people hear I also work with super high achievers in professional sports, their ears perk up. Now my work is interesting and valuable because of my proximity to the household names. In my eyes, all of my clients are human beings first. They are all worthy of care and have unlimited potential.

For some reason, God decided to give me the gift of helping people. Whether that’s making shifts in really obvious harmful behaviors and beliefs or mirco-adjustments like fine-tuning an elite athlete, I’m healing the pre-verbal. Pre-verbal is a term I use to describe what’s unspoken or unspeakable. I’m attuned to that frequency. Functioning in a world, healthcare, where nearly everyone has bought into these problematic systems and ways of thinking is also a challenge. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super careful about my work. Since 2016, we’ve been doing extensive trauma informed care training, inclusion training, anti-bias training, gender sensitivity training – because these limiting beliefs are ways we harm one and other. In fact, this kind of training for healthcare workers is radical even though it shouldn’t be. The last thing I want to do is harm someone.

We’ve been impressed with Reiki Collective, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Reiki Collective is a premier alternative healing service provider bridging the gap between energy medicine and western healthcare systems. Reiki Collective treats clients in residential, PHP, IOP, and outpatient programs who are suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma-related issues, disordered eating, and substance abuse. Out of my work with this population, I developed the Samadhi for Peace Healing Method, a modality specifically for clients with complex traumas that also enhances other therapies clients are engaged with in treatment. Reiki Collective healers are the only Reiki practitioners trained specifically to work with clients in treatment for mental health challenges and co-occurring disorders. Since 2015 we have worked with thousands of patients in treatment facilities, gaining unparalleled experience in the field.

Most Reiki Practitioners and even Reiki Masters receive their certification through a few clicks of an online course or a day long class, without ever having client contact, addressing their own unresolved traumas or establishing that they can safely hold space. This is dangerous for both the healer and client. Reiki Collective healers commit to a rigorous Internship modeled after that of other clinical professions and receive ongoing learning centered around seeing others in their deepest dignity as well as licensed support for managing triggers that arise during sessions. How can you distinguish healers with drive-through credentials from those who are truly gifted, sufficiently trained AND safe to work with? Currently, there’s no governing body for Reiki so we decided to create the bar. And raise it pretty high.

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