Scrolling through my Facebook feed, I’ve noticed a post by a person who is making Reiki Masters for $47 over the internet. I tried to comment on this post, and found I could not. It would appear that this person does not welcome comments and that many of them could be negative.
I assume he is making a fortune on this. That might be why he turned off the comment section. I myself am truly upset by what he is doing.
He advertises that he is teaching the way Dr. Usui taught, as Western Reiki is “wrong” as taught by Mrs. Takata. Yes, she had many faults, but she taught Reiki the way way it was intended to be taught by its founder, Dr. Usui. In person. And over time. In fact, Dr. Usui took way more time at each Reiki level than any of us do these days. He made very few Reiki Masters too.
You can’t master anything in a few moments. We in the West seem to be stuck on what I call “McSpirit”, the McDonald’s mentality of getting your food, and everything else you want, in an instant. Applied to spirituality, it doesn’t work. It doesn’t even work for feeding our bodies.
Being a Reiki Master is complicated and it’s a skill. You have to have the experience to handle all the things that will come up with your clients and students. And believe me, there is no end to the variety of issues and problems that come up, not the least of which is the “healing crisis” that might occur after receiving Reiki treatments and attunements. Every student/client is different. A Reiki Master must be there for them. You can’t just send some materials and then disappear while your client/student struggles. It’s unethical.
Would you want a doctor or lawyer who had viewed some YouTube videos to operate on you or handle your lawsuit? You would choose the most experienced doctor or lawyer you could find.
Reiki is a serious practice. We are dealing with peoples’ lives. It’s not a frivolous feel good practice. It has a serious ability to heal, reduce stress and pain.
If you want to be a Reiki Master, do the work. Get the experience. Take the time to learn in person. Reiki is becoming more mainstream these days (like in hospitals and the VA) and it’s important to have well educated, experienced practitioners out in the world. That doesn’t come from a YouTube video.
For more information on my Reiki practice and becoming a Reiki Master check out my website.