This item is from the Millennium Edition of the alt.healing.reiki FAQ, by Scott Maxfield (v2.001).
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There are two schools of thought on charging money for Reiki: "yes" and "no".
To further explore this subject, there are those, who like myself, have never charged for Reiki, either for sessions or for attunements. In my case, it's not because I would never dream of it (though I don't recall dreaming of it, however, I have had some interesting dreams of late) but because it's something I do in my free time when I'm not working and while the money would be nice, I would feel I had to set up a special little space for paying clients.
Other people are inclined to invoke the magickal "energy for energy" principle and say that money is but a form of energy, though there are other forms of energy that can be used to repay the Reiki practitioner.
Others claim that if one does not pay for Reiki that one doesn't value it, citing the venerable Takata saying that Reiki needs to be valued and "Westerners" tend to value money.
Some feel it would be a travesty to charge money (or anything) for Reiki and accordingly give sessions and attunements for free.
Many from all the above say that it would be wrong to turn away someone who didn't have money with which to pay for Reiki sessions.
As someone who holds to the doctrine of karma/reincarnation/grace, I would tend to argue that I don't know that in giving Reiki I am not repaying someone to whom I am already indebted. I have further argued that healing comes from within, so when sending Reiki I'm not actually doing anything beneficial for anyone else, since they must heal themselves but are instead relying on me, but may actually be interfering with their spiritual growth. To which there is a counter argument that all are manifestations (or, All is a manifestation) of the divine so there is no "me" and "them".