The Online Publication of the Reiki University
IMPORTANT!! Sample Letter to NY
State Elected Officials
Please write in opposition
to two very poorly drafted, costly (to taxpayers and recipients of Reiki
and alternative healing) New York State bills, A8704 and S4857.
New York legislators are particularly sensitive to
input from New York State constituents (voters), but since these bills
are "models" for other states and internationally, respondents
from other states and countries around the world are urged to write to
our New York State elected officials.
Please get all of your friends, those in your healing
practice to act in opposition to these bills by writing letters to elected
officials detailing your concerns, as follows:
Albany, NY (zip code)_____
As a healer and consumer of alternative healing, I
strongly oppose the following very badly drafted bills which are being
considered in the New York State legislature, namely A8704, and S4857,
which seek to regulate a 'catch all' of unlicensed, non medical
healing modalities, including "but not limited to" Reiki spiritual
laying on of hands healing, along with an extended list of specified
and unspecified healing arts, including "folk practices,"
"food," "water," "heat," and "cold,"
the use of which are never defined in these bills.
As you are a New York State elected official, I need
to know your position regarding these bills. If you have supported
either A8704 or S4857, I strongly urge you to withdraw your support and/or
sponsorship immediately and to state this in your answer to my letter
and in a public announcement.
According to (even the) supporters of A8704 and S4857,
the NYNHP (quoting from their website), "there has never been a consumer
complaint about the quality or efficacy of a modality" which is being
considered in these bills. Therefore, from their own admission,
this legislation is unnecessary! Non medical healing modalities
do not require regulation as if they were medical modalities capable of
causing harm, or constituting "malpractice."
These bills would constitute a nightmare to administer,
as these modalities are undefined and in many cases are unfamiliar or
unknown to the "State Health Commissioner" who would be in charge
of drafting "enforcement" policies, which could constitute a
"witch hunt" against excellent teachers and practitioners of
alternative healing modalities. This legislation
would cause unnecessary expense to the taxpayers of the State of NY, of
which I am one and to which I strongly and particularly object, in these
times of austerity and recession.
These bills would subject practitioners and teachers
of these healing arts to possible disciplinary actions (including felony
charges, subpoenas and confiscation of personal property, violation of
privacy rights, etc.) for practicing spiritual healing arts. A number
of these healing arts, such as Reiki and native American healing, Christian
Science and Anthroposophy (Rudolph Steiner methods) are protected under
the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees the right
to spiritual practices of any person's choice, or as part of native American
treaty rights which the administration of these bills would violate!
Sufficient laws already exist on the books covering
"practicing medicine without a license" and allowing for the
punishment of any practitioner (or person) who might abuse anyone through
litigation and complaint under previously established New York State law.
I respectfully insist on keeping my right to affordable
healing empowerment and alternative care, the right to transmit G-d's
healing energy (which can do no harm) through laying on of hands without
interference of the state, as dictated by my conscience to all those who
request my teaching, empowerment or healing skills without unnecessary
prosecution or persecution by the State of New York.
I insist that other spiritual healers and alternative
healers as specified and unspecified in these 'catch all' bills also have
this right and that the people of the State of NY also have these individual
and inalienable rights, as we are law abiding citizens and there is no
evidence of any demonstrated need for any such regulation.
with gratitude and respect for your help in this matter,
Sincerely (with peace and healing),
FILL IN THE FOLLOWING:
YOUR PHONE #________________
YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS___________
Please send us a copy (Xerox) of your letters, this will help us in
organizing strong vocal opposition to A8704
and S 4857.
Send your Xerox(es) to:
NY State Healer's Empowerment Coalition
P.O. Box 754217
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Then, please voice your strong opposition to New York State bills A8704
and companion bill, S4857, stating how these bills will limit your right
to practice and/or receive affordable self empowerment and Reiki healing
and other non licensed alternative healing:
Regarding S4857 and A8704, please urge Governor Pataki's opposition to
these bills, write to:
Gov. George E. Pataki
Albany, NY 12224
Hon. Joseph Bruno, NY Senate Majority Leader
909 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 11247
Hon. Sheldon Silver, NY Speaker of the Assembly
932 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248
To find your New York State Senator and his or her mailing address, go
to the following url (and follow instructions):
To find your NY State Assemblyperson, and his or her mailing address,
go to the following url (and follow instructions):
The sponsors of this legislation should be contacted to let them know
your opinion of these bills:
A 8704 is being sponsored by:
Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (of Astoria, Queens)
Assemblywoman Vivian Cook (of Queens)
S4857 is being sponsored by:
Senator Kemp Hannon (of Nassau County, Long Island)
Thank you very much for your concern and for your effort to defeat this
very bad piece of legislation.
NY State Legislation - bad bill for
healers & consumers
Note: You may wish to access the actual bill, A8704, from the NY
State Assembly legislative website: http://www.assembly.state.ny.us
You may wish to access the bill, S4857, from the NY State Senate legislative
When you get to the "home page" of each website, just type in
the bill number in the appropriate area and this will take you to the
bill (all 13 pages of it) and you can read it for yourself.
Thank you very much for your concern and
for your effort to defeat this very bad piece of legislation.
with peace and blessings, Ellen
Ellen Louise Kahne
for the: NY State Healer's Empowerment Coalition
(founder) Reiki Peace Network and Reiki University
Note: You may wish to access (view) the
actual bill, A8704, from the NY State Assembly legislative website:
You may wish to access (view) the bill, S4857, from the NY State Senate
When you get to the "home page" of each website, just type in
the bill number in the appropriate area and this will access the bill
(all 13 pages of it) and you can read or print it out.