This item is from the Millennium Edition of the alt.healing.reiki FAQ, by Scott Maxfield (v2.001).
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Charging for Reiki is an ethical choice that has been already covered. Whilst there are many things I can include in this section I choose to focus on this for now: Permission. The following was posted to AHR, Tuesday, 5 December, 2000, under the subject "Re: Permissions":
Let's be realistic. How can you ask a person's higher self, if you can't talk to your own yet. And *if* you can talk to your own higher self, then you will have no questions to ask. We live in an age, where communication is possible. There are phones, letters, e-mail and a bus to the other side of town. Of course you can't talk to a baby or a person in coma. In those cases sending Reiki unasked will be *your* responsibility and *your* karma. In any other case, ask, or leave it be and don't let your esoteric-eager-ego get the better of you. I have yet to meet the person, whose "higher self" didn't say, "Why yes of course, you dear and angelic person........" when the client in question sat right in front of them and said: "Thank you, but no thank you." The first thing a Reiki Practitioner must acquire is RESPECT for a client. A "no" is a "no". And if you don't have the guts to ask and receive an honest "yes" or a "no", then you have no business being a Reiki Practitioner except to treat yourself. Even if a person thinks, he knows, what is best for another, still doesn't give him the right to interfere. And woe to person who gives me the "should I let my baby play with guns?" routine, grrrrrrrrrr......... we are talking of Reiki Ethics, nothing else.
Since Reiki is a hands-on technique, my instructors have taught me that I should ask permission to touch my recipient before actually doing so, though in asking for a Reiki session this permission is implied. However, it would be grossly improper and unethical for one to be touched on certain areas of one's body. Naturally, permissible areas of contact vary from culture to culture so a certain cultural sensitivity is required.
I may, at a later date, call in question the ethics of people who call non-Reiki things Reiki, and those who insist that Reiki attunements must be done in the nude or they're not effective (absolute rubbish!) but I'm hoping you, the reader, will have picked up on that elsewhere.