Spirituality For Profit: How To Spot A Fake Reiki Master


By Raven Fon for MysticalRaven.com

These days it seems like everyone is an expert or a master in some field, especially regarding spiritual practices.

When faced with a need for spiritual healing or guidance, it’s important to be able to trust the people we turn to. Unfortunately, some people are only out to help themselves.

I was interested in what a legitimate reiki master had to say on the subject, and thought I would share some words of wisdom from .

What ingredients make a Reiki practitioner credible? How can you know if a practitioner is trustworthy and well trained?

Certificates don’t really help because there are no agreed-upon standards for Reiki education. A First degree (beginning level) student might have more training than someone who advertises herself as a Reiki master.

That means Reiki certificates are essentially meaningless.

The lack of meaningful certificates creates a credibility challenge for people who are new to Reiki, and for practitioners who want to showcase their credibility.

If you are new to Reiki, what do you need to you look for?

The following questions will help you gauge a Reiki practitioner’s credibility quotient.

Interviewing a prospective Reiki professional

Most of the questions are a matter of gathering information that needs to be evaluated as a whole; to me, only one is a dealbreaker:

When were you trained to each level that you practice?

It’s optimal for each level of Reiki training to be given separately, with adequate time to practice before going to the next level. You need only a First degree practitioner to give you hands-on treatment.

How many hours was your training at each level?

Eight to 12 hours of a group class is adequate for First or again for Second degree. There is much controversy about Reiki master training. Traditionally, becoming a Reiki master was a serious commitment to teach that was offered to only a handful of senior students. This is rarely honored today. Most Reiki masters don’t even teach, so you really have to consider what being a Reiki master means to the individual, and what’s important to you.

Was your training in-person with a Reiki master?

Internet training does not replace the onsite presence of a qualified Reiki master and her availability to provide you continuing support.

(if they talk about being able to heal pineapples, probably best to move along)

What clinical experience do you have? Have you offered Reiki treatment to people outside your family and friends (and pets, if applicable)?

This question will help you get to know the practitioner better, and provides valuable information for you to factor into your choice. Remember that a practitioner need not be a professional to give you a treatment, but if someone is advertising himself as a professional and charging you, he should have the training and experience to back it up.

What happens during your Reiki sessions?

I’d take it as a bad sign if the practitioner gets all cosmic on you at this point. What you’re looking for here is a down-to-earth description of the experience, that you will lie fully clothed on a treatment table, that the practitioner will place hands lightly and non-invasively, how long the session will last, that you will be receiving a Reiki-only session (no crystals, no massage, etc., unless, of course, that is your choice).

Where will the Reiki session take place?

Expect a professional to have a private, dedicated treatment space and to offer you a choice of silence or soft background music during your Reiki treatment.

What is the fee and how/when is it paid?

Fees for Reiki treatment vary enormously depending on location, the practitioner’s level of experience, and whether she is practices Reiki full time or has another source of income. Keep looking until you find a situation that is financially comfortable for you. Remember you can also forego treatment from someone else, and choose to learn to practice First degree self-treatment, a one-time investment that pays lifelong dividends.

What is your unique perspective as a Reiki practitioner?

This is where the practitioner has a chance to shine and show you how professional he is, or you may watch him dive off the deep end…

Do you practice Reiki self-treatment every day?

Here is the absolute DEALBREAKER. (Did I emphasize that enough?) Daily self-practice is how we develop our understanding of Reiki. Someone who recognizes Reiki as a spiritual healing practice (like meditation and yoga) and who actually practices daily self-treatment is able to support you with greater depth and confidence than someone who regards Reiki merely as a treatment for others, or for when she’s not feeling well. Why would you want to receive a treatment from a practitioner who doesn’t value Reiki enough to use it to protect and maintain her own health and well-being?

Keep in mind that you don’t need a professional to receive a Reiki treatment. You can receive a Reiki treatment from a friend who practices. But if you are paying someone who considers herself to be a Reiki professional, make sure she meets your professional standards.”

Pamela gives us some great advice to follow, and her dealbreaker point is one I absolutely agree with.

Reiki involves a transference of energy, and you are giving someone permission to work with your personal energies. You really ought to be sure the person you are allowing to do something like this is actually knowledgeable with what they are doing. Not only that, but if the person who is fraudulently working on your energy has emotion issues or distress in their life, it can affect you in negative ways as well.