This item is from the Millennium Edition of the alt.healing.reiki FAQ, by Scott Maxfield (v2.001).
The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the author or of the posters to the newsgroup alt.healing.reiki
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Over the years many things have crept into Reiki that were not there originally. Many are of questionable or even negative value, but may be taught by some as being an essential part of Reiki practice. The following are not a part of Reiki:
Crystals, spirit guides, prayers to gods/goddesses, attunements in the nude, segregation of attunement practices based on gender (only different levels have slightly differing attunement processes), chanting, lighting candles, what is erroneously called "psychic surgery" (more accurately termed ethic release), magical ritual, aura cleansing, and others.
This next quote (punctuation amended for my gratification) sums up nicely some misconceptions about Reiki: "I can always tell who has read Stein's book when they come to my Reiki I classes. They are the ones who think that Reiki is about Tibetan Buddhist Space Alien Wiccans, who insert crystals in their vaginas for Christ."
Also, Reiki is not massage. Whilst it may and generally does involve physical contact between practitioner and recipient, it is not a practice based on physical manipulation of the body. It is rare for practitioners to move their hands whilst in contact with the recipients body.
I will also add here that Reiki is not a substitute for qualified medical assistance. As mentioned at the start of this FAQ, seek professional medical advice on medical matters.