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29 Jun 2019 19:16 #340142 by Rex
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Ok so for the sake of argument if we assume that Reiki works, that they should get paid, and that they shouldn't teach the craft to others, at what point is Reiki a career (and how much should they be paid for it) or a hobby/spiritual side hustle?
Is it ethical to even charge for spiritual services in the first place (beyond a bare minimum to keep the services available)? What if someone can't afford Reiki at the prices you charge?

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02 Jul 2019 19:16 #340219 by Omhu Cuspor
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Rex wrote: Ok so for the sake of argument if we assume that Reiki works, that they should get paid, and that they shouldn't teach the craft to others, at what point is Reiki a career (and how much should they be paid for it) or a hobby/spiritual side hustle?
Is it ethical to even charge for spiritual services in the first place (beyond a bare minimum to keep the services available)? What if someone can't afford Reiki at the prices you charge?


Most people I've known to employ Reiki in their profession use it in combination with some other healing modality. Some people hang out a shingle announcing their services as holistic healers, perhaps employing some combination of massage, nutrition counseling, chiropractic, and Reiki in the mix of services they offer. More conventionally, there are a number of licensed nurses who, with willing patients, will administer Reiki to augment conventional medical treatment. In those cases, it's at least a component of a career. Offhand, I can only recall meeting one person who endeavored to rely on offering Reiki treatments as a sole source of income. The demand just isn't high enough to make that a practical course for most.

A number of those same people though quite frequently also provide Reiki services for free to those in need and unable to pay. When the very foundation of a professionally-applied skill rests upon compassion, I would argue there's a mandate for the service to be freely given when it's practical to do so without jeopardizing the healer's ability to meet their own physical needs.

Reiki practitioners who have been attuned to the Master level actually can teach others to apply Reiki, and often happily do so. Early Reiki masters tended to charge huge amounts for such training, but that is no longer the case; someone can take a weekend course in Reiki level one for the cost of three or four treatments, and use it on themself and others for the rest of his/her life.

Personally, I think it's unrealistic to expect people to consistently provide either mundane or sacred services for free. Kindness, empathy, and devotion don't eliminate someone's need for food and shelter. Churches and charities have to ask for money to continue their work; healers face the same conditions. On the other hand, it strikes me as hypocritical for someone using a healing energy claimed to be a conduit for an ethereal form of love to practically bankrupt their clients. The Bureau of Labor Statistics claims that the average hourly wage for American workers in 2019 is about $23.50 per hour. Charging many multiples of that detracts from the client's quality of life as much as it adds to it.
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02 Jul 2019 19:40 #340220 by steamboat28
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I thought I was done on this topic, but Omhu Cuspor brings up another good point: If you charge those who can afford it, and you don't charge those who can't, everyone wins.

Think about it:
  • People who can afford high-cost treatments are more likely to attach value to something they've paid for--it will be worth less to them if they pay less for it.
  • People who can afford mid-cost treatments are more likely to receive benefits that fit into their disposable income.
  • People who can only afford low- or no-cost treatment are subsidized (in the eyes of the practitioner) by those who can afford high- and mid- cost treatments, since the practice of reiki has no overhead.
  • The practitioner still makes enough money to cover the cost of their training and necessities, because the cost of treatment averages out among all clients

It's not a bad system, and that's why I use it.
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05 Jul 2019 11:39 #340273 by Zenchi
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People are paying for an experience, simply put...

It's never intended to replace medical treatment, medication, or a trip to the doctor's office. Your attempt at picking apart why someone should charge in the first place (or if it even exists), is evidence you don't understand what is truly going on during these attunements...

Most Reiki practitioners that I know of who do this partially or full time as a living, invest a decent chunk of money into the experience that goes into these encounters...

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06 Jul 2019 21:25 - 06 Jul 2019 21:28 #340292 by Heiach
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LTK wrote: My friend recently posted that she's now a certified Reiki Master and has started offering sessions for 175/hr.


That's a bit steep? In the UK you'd pay from £40-60.. That's the same whether they're an Okuden or Shinpiden I believe.
I've recently attained Shoden in Reiki so I'm not expert yet.

LTK wrote: Personally, I believe Reiki is pseudoscience, but it got me wondering: if there is this universal healing energy that is accessible to all, do you think it's ethical to monetize and charge for it?



I'm still getting my head around it. I myself believe healing should be free, but I was curious enough to see if healing using Reiki was different and paid for the initiation. It was a fairly spiritual and moving course. The idea behind behind paying is that people will value your healing as much as you do.. so to respect yourself and your abilities, you should charge something. If it was free, then people would take it for granted or think it was fake.. It's a tricky balance and subject to think about tbh.
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08 Jul 2019 16:24 #340322 by Reliah
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LTK wrote: 2) It's probably my own preconceived prejudices but when I read the Bible as a kid, I don't recall Jesus asking for payment when performing a healing service. If Reiki is a healing service shouldn't it be free, even if it takes time?

If it's your living, I can see it's hard to not charge for it, but if it's something you do on the side because of your love to heal others, monetizing it seems odd to me. In my old religion we called it priestcraft if you charged money for using sacred powers to help others.

I can also see not charging anything and instead leaving an option for a donation.


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And sure, I’m positive some of them could argue that it isn’t the same thing enough to satisfy their beliefs but it doesn’t cut it for me. It’s just more of the same hypocrisy and politics as anything else.

To summarize a very large paragraph I just deleted - if someone believes in Reiki healing they’ll be willing to pay someone to do it because learning it takes time and effort - and giving a session also takes time and effort. Even if most people don’t believe in it, the ones seeking it out do and know and understand there is cost involved.

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