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Reiki Rules

Article by Rinku Patel

For any Reiki channel, the joy and pleasure of healing others is indescribable. When our client or anyone we are healing is healed and gives positive feedback, the joy is priceless. The miracle of healing past and future is simply amazing. Amidst this joy of healing family, friends, clients and situations, we need to remember and follow some basic rules of Reiki.

1. Do not develop the attitude of arrogance
2. You are not a doctor
3. Do not force Reiki on anyone
4. No free Reiki
5. Do not get attached to the result.
6. Be ethical

1. Do not develop the attitude of arrogance.

Remember, you are not a healer, you are just a channel. Instead of developing the arrogant attitude, always follow the attitude of gratitude. Gratitude to Universe, God, Angels, Masters and Guides for empowering you and choosing you as a channel to heal others.

2. You are not a doctor

Do not ever discourage your clients or family to consult a doctor. Always be clear with your clients about what to expect without giving false hopes. Do not diagnose. You are a channel to heal, leave diagnosing to doctor. Yes, scanning the aura to check blockages and impurities is must, so that we can heal the related organs and chakras. Though Reiki can heal most disease, do not ask your clients to stop medications.

Reiki Rules

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3. Do not force Reiki on anyone

If someone doesn’t want Reiki, they say no to it then do not give them Reiki. Let them decided what is best for them and what is for their highest good. If they refuse and you still give Reiki, their soul and higher-self will not accept the healing. It is like someone closing door on your face and you cannot enter. In case of emergency, you can take permission from their higher-self and soul to accept the healing.

4. No free Reiki

You cannot give free Reiki, unless of course there is some emergency. It may end up accumulating karmic debt for both healer and the client. The circuit is only complete when you give and receive. Generally, things given for free lose its value and importance. So respect Reiki and always ask for energy exchange.

5. Do not get attached to the outcome

Just give Reiki with pure heart and pure intention. Do not get attached to the result. It may cause doubt in your mind and your subconscious mind starts wondering if you will get the positive outcome or not. Best is, give Reiki and have faith that it will work for highest good at the right time. You are a Reiki channel, you have a power of healing but when and how is decided by the Universe.

6. Be ethical

As a healer or a teacher, follow ethics. As a healer it is your duty to be honest with your clients and not to give them false hopes. It is your duty to tell them what to expect and show the right direction. As a teacher, just do one thing: TEACH FROM HEART. Teach in such a way that your words and guidance stays with your students forever. Ditch the attitude of jealousy and competition.

Just for today, I will follow rules ☺

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Rinku Patel
Rinku Patel

Rinku Patel is a Reiki Master Teacher, Doreen Virtue certified-Angel intuitive, Fairyologist, Realm Reader, Crystal healer, Angel card reader, and Indigo card reader. Other than that she is a Certified Tarot card reader and spiritual writer. Rinku can be reached via her email address reikithemiraclehealing@gmail.com and on Facebook at Reiki The Miracle Healing

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  • Piyusha June 11, 2015, 6:52 am

    Great article again !! Very informative !!

  • Shubhada June 11, 2015, 7:10 am

    Perfect & Precise…

    Thanks Rinku

  • anne apfel June 11, 2015, 4:41 pm

    I’m sure the Buddhist Monk Reiki energy that is being tapped and channeled to heal from the Universal Conscious would be delighted to know they shouldn’t give free Reiki anymore…

    • Kathi June 12, 2015, 5:49 am

      Dear Rinku:

      Lovely article, although I do not agree with one point: That one should not give Reiki freely. I am a nurse, and when I have a dying patient, I am constantly giving Reiki to my patients freely. Not only when they are dying, but also when they are healing after surgery, or ventilated and not breathing on their own. I am one to constantly and consistently offer Reiki healing energy freely to my patients, as charging them for my service would be unethical and illegal.

      I’m also sure that Dr. Usui, who rediscovered Reiki on that mountaintop in Japan, would roll over in his grave knowing that he indeed should have charged a fee for Reiki! Initially in Japan, before it was hijacked to the United States by Hawaya Takaka, there was NEVER a fee attached to Reiki! It was ALWAYS given freely, consistently, and honestly.

      Thank you for your article!

      Divine Reiki Blessings to you!

      • Deb August 22, 2015, 1:35 am

        Well said! Love & Light!

      • Patti August 25, 2015, 5:06 pm

        I also had a reaction to the “fee” comment, but then i thought fee doesn’t have to mean money. Then my reaction softened it could be an exchange of energy, love, or appreciation.

      • Kat February 6, 2016, 7:55 am

        Master Usui did charge for Reiki healings, he started out not charging but people were taking the healings for granted he charged a small amount for healings and teaching. This was so people respected and listened to advice from him.
        Its important to be respectful and know what Master Usui wanted for Reiki he would love it that people what to heal others with this loving energy. But he would cry at how some people have “cheapened it” by thinking learning about Reiki and attuning could be done over the internet. Master Usui always taught in person and attunded in person as he felt that there needed to be a special connection between the student and teacher this can not be replaced by a computer or book.

      • Kat February 6, 2016, 7:58 am

        This article is some incorrect information, the one that steps out the most is “cumulating karmic debt” this is so wrong. If a person decides to charge it is between the healer and client if a person decides to not charge that is for them. But there will not be any karmic debt from either, anyone that knows about Master Usui knows he didnt charge at first but did later.

      • Jolene November 19, 2016, 1:00 am

        I agree with you. I just earned my Reiki 1 and I am just happy for anyone to allow me to practice. Being a nurse like you, I would freely give Reiki to any patient I felt compelled to. That rule is puzzling :-/

        • iamfermanagh November 19, 2016, 11:34 am

          I believe we have to give freely from the heart, I have received many blessings in my life and this is one small way that I can repay some of those kind considerations that I have received. I do not have a problem with someone charging, I just don’t think it should always be about the money. There are many ways of paying for a Reiki treatment, as long as it comes from the heart.

    • Skye July 17, 2019, 10:33 pm

      There is an exchange of sorts …. alms food & good merit

  • Ashwini Chube June 11, 2015, 6:18 pm

    Wow..crisp and clean
    Well explained and extremely relevant for all practitioners and clients!! Thanks For sharing
    God bless u
    Loads of love!!

  • Zino Athens June 11, 2015, 6:40 pm

    Great article Rinku!! And I too don’t believe in Reiki being a one way thing. There has to be some form of energy exchange whether food, gift or money that depends on the relationship between receiver and healer.

  • Rewansh June 11, 2015, 6:50 pm

    Awesome article as always, Rinku mam. This surely is a good read and the most sensible approach with pillars of practicality, true faith and principles. It seems lot of folks are misuing the universe’s gift to them, they need to wake up. Anne not sure about the kind of reiki you talking about but I think as a basic princple of Usui and other associated reiki forms there has to be energy exchange and it can be anything, definition is up to sensibility of the healer. And just in a wider case any person or a monk {religion no bar} also has an energy exchange with the universe by improving the karma account while healing or helping anyone. So the concept of free healing is grey by that logic. Will be grateful if you could please enlighten us all on this concept.

  • namrata June 12, 2015, 3:51 am

    Hello Rinku
    Very nice article!!keep writing such crispy and precise and very informative articles …it really encourage new bees like me. 🙂

  • Melinda July 26, 2015, 2:41 am

    I disagree with the not giving free. I never charge rescues for any animal that needs it. I receive love back. Some times people put conditions on things. As that is their opinion

  • Lois July 26, 2015, 10:11 pm

    I, also, believe I can offer Reiki freely. There is always an opportunity to give and receive. You offer Reiki, you receive love. You offer Reiki, you receive gratitude. You offer Reiki, you receive so many intangible gifts you may never realize. Never let the constriction of “I have to have something in return” stop you from offering the gift of healing and universal love. How can that be measured out or withheld? We are all here to love, help and heal one another, by whatever means we are able. Respectfully yours.

  • Shaye August 2, 2015, 3:37 am

    I was taught that Reiki isn’t our OWN energy, but the energy of unlimited unconditional love of the Universe. We are filled, and the “client” receives the overflow. When we Reiki others, we are getting it, too. So how is this “exchange and receive” when it’s not our own personal energy to begin with? I’m not saying NO ONE should be paid for their time, and I do realize that people disrespect and take for granted things that are offered too freely. But I don’t agree that you shouldn’t give it freely if your spirit is leading you too. So only rich people should receive Reiki? What about the poor, the homeless, or the ill? If a friend is in a coma and can’t say “thank you”, let alone give me a few dollars for Reiki, does that mean I shouldn’t do it for them? I don’t think that’s a good attitude. Especially on a website that freely posts the sacred (secret) symbols to “spread knowledge freely.” Forcing practitioners to charge/demand something for Reiki seems counter productive.

    • Paula August 21, 2015, 6:46 pm

      I agree with you one hundred percent. Reiki is from the Divine Source flowing freely around us and everywhere. Usui was on a spiritual journey when rediscovering Reiki, he was not seeking a healing technique. Life force energy has been around as long as there has been life. I am not saying no one should charge,(within reason) but there is also nothing wrong with sharing with the poor or ill for free. It is up to the practitioner. Love is free, life force energy is free.

      • Kris799 August 22, 2015, 2:08 am

        Yes, I volunteer as a Reiki practitioner. It is a place that ensures access to all alternative modalities, and works with a population that does not see doctors regularly. I also work with survivors of abuse and the homeless. Without this opportunity, I would never have grown like I did and had the opportunity to do Reiki on such a regular basis. Also, I know nothing about the clients and it is wonderful to give that energy with literally no attachment. The energy is for all, and I take what I do over seriously.

  • Christina August 21, 2015, 5:13 pm

    Thank you for this well thought out article. It covers so much. The information is relevant! Thank you!

  • Randall Hall August 21, 2015, 5:56 pm

    While I do agree that there should always be an energy exchange, sometimes the exchange is not between the Reiki practitioner and the person being treated. So what might look like “free” Reiki to someone else is not free on an energetic or spiritual level.

  • Paula August 21, 2015, 6:40 pm

    I do not agree with no free reiki unless it is an emergency. I studied with my Reiki Master Teacher for years at level one and went to many Reiki shares where people were given free Reiki. I do not believe this diminishes the spirit of Reiki. Also she gifted my level two attunement to me after years of practicing. People practice Reiki in hospitals without charge. Life force energy is everywhere and I do not see the problem with sharing this gift of life. It does not diminish the power of Reiki or those appreciating being given Reiki. I believe the horror is charging outrageous amounts for this service. I do not understand getting a karmic debt for healing someone. It is up to the practitioner to charge or not charge or even barter, but there is nothing wrong at all with free Reiki. It would be like only loving for money or some type of exchange.

  • Eqbbal Kaur August 21, 2015, 9:37 pm

    I am always thankful and very grateful to the Reiki Rays website. I would confidently say that Reiki Rays is the best website for reiki information and to learn Reiki. My best wishes are there

  • Mukhwinder kaur August 25, 2015, 2:57 pm

    Lovely artical.

  • Celeste December 25, 2015, 12:38 pm

    I do not agree entirely with this article either. We always receive energy of Reiki when we give to another too. Not only that, but Reiki is free since it is a Universal energy.
    There is no such thing as creating a karmic imbalance with this regards unless you are forcing someone or trying to do something with only your own interests in mind.

    I received my second degree and masters degree attunements as gifts from my Reiki master after having practised for a long time and to say ‘ no free Reiki’ is like saying I am now with holding life and love from you because of your inability to pay me or adequately compensate me.
    That’s not how the universe works, only the corporate world works that way, which is developed only in the minds of humans and since it is humans who do not life in synch with the natural world and the flow and divine harmony, whereas the rest of every living thing does, then I would say this teaching is also false.
    I am sure that Usui himself would be rolling in his grave to hear such dis-respectfulness and corporate ideologies being spouted by people who do such things.

    Based upon this premise then that animals, plants, the world itself is bathed in the swathe of Reiki, surely then these things owe us a lot of compensation too? And since they do not work, they are not going to adequately compensate you financially, so what do you do? It is not your choice to withhold anything.
    What about all the times you have sat near someone who needs Reiki and it has automatically come through, should you charge these people too?
    What about the times you have massaged someone and it automatically starts up, not through your intention, but that is because the higher forces are at work, should you add a surcharge?

    As a massage therapist I find that some people need that extra, and I will never hold it back on the ability to pay up or else.
    It is not the way of a compassionate healer and helper.
    It is not also in the way of the Original Reiki teachings either. Buddhist monks have gifted healing for millennia, should they charge people for their time, demand food, clothing or else something to adequately compensate them and their time?

    We do not owe anything and no one owes us anything. We are simply the channel of divine life force, and it is up to us to surrender and allow it to flow within and around us, and to follow that flow, regardless of the ability to pay or not. Yes there are people who will take, take, take. But you use discernment with the types of people you treat. I find people are more willing to give a bowl of soup, or a hot cup of tea or coffee or whatever they have in exchange if you are not trying to scam people £30 for half an hour of Reiki. £60 an hour is offensive even to me, and I would never think that this is a fair exchange.

    This is why Reiki has such a bad name, it’s people all out for the jugglar. I understand you have bills to pay, but get a job, and Reiki is the spiritual practice behind you, not something you ought to be demanding from people huge payments for.

    The Gakkai, teach us that it must be a part of our life, and we should live in Harmony with it. Our precepts teach us to do our work honestly, well I am sorry but charging £30 for half an hour is really not being honest. If you want to live by precepts and rules, then live by the Universal rules and live to harm no one. In this you do not withhold anything. If Reiki comes through while you massage good, allow it, if you find that you have it come through on the bus being sat behind an old lady, talk to her, she might be feeling lonely.
    Healing is not just about the symbols and channelling energy,sometimes the energy is leading you to strike up a conversation with someone, or to just flow in harmony. That is the magick of Reiki as a spiritual practice. It shows you in your everyday life, just how to enact that healing.

  • Caron Gould March 27, 2016, 7:29 pm

    I also agree with the comments made about payments. I freely give reiki to all that I touch as well as charge for sessions when it is requested. The other part of the article that has me confused is how in rule 1 Rinku states “you are not a healer”, and in rule 6 she states “as a healer”…I have always thought of myself as a channel for healing energy to flow through.

  • Jacqui Holloway April 30, 2016, 12:57 pm

    I think the ‘not to work for free’ is referring to an exchange of many. This is not always financial I provide reiki for my gardener in exchange he cuts my grass. In a way I am still getting paid but its an exchange for services. We both benefit yet neither of us part with cash. I have sent distant healing to people without any expectation of payment only to have received flowers as a thank you so again in effect i was paid – with gratitude and a beautiful bunch of flowers. I do have recipients who come to me and pay with money and I am good with that too but I have never and will never hold back from helping another as somehow I get paid – just not always via the conventional way 🙂

  • Jeanette August 17, 2016, 12:48 am

    Without sounding hurtful. This article has many holes in it dear Rinku. I don’t know where to begin. Maybe its best I not. I would though like to say one thing. If we all went through life fearing Karmic Debt and monetary or energetic exchanges for tapping into the energetic flow of Love, Light and healing we would be slaves to its outcome. I don’t know where you got this information about how Reiki cannot be given for absolutely nothing in return. If I may be so bold as to say our Mothers are our first teachers of Reiki. And if that is in fact true… their is no exchange we can possibly make that would even come close to that which they have given us. I guess it all comes down to what you believe Reiki is. If you believe that only those that have been initiated into its use of symbols can appreciate the benefits of the Creator’s love… then there is not much more I can say. But if you believe that we are all born with this gift because God and God’s gifts live within us and all we need is to will and intend it for others … well then thats where the magic begins. Peace to you! I wish for you to see a slice of my world where the gift is in the giving …and the receiving just so happens to be the joy of giving. Namaste!

    • Kate January 16, 2017, 12:29 am

      Love it Jeanette!!!

  • iamfermanagh August 31, 2016, 6:33 pm

    I disagree with some points …
    If I know someone who needs a Reiki Healing, and I know they cannot afford a monetary exchange for this service, I will not turn my back on them. There is such a thing as “Pay it Forward”. I have been blessed with many people who have helped me over the years and if I can pass on something positive to someone else, I feel it is my duty as a Human Being to help another and also to return to the Universe something resembling the many blessings and gifts that I have received. If I help another and they ask me about payment, I explain “Pay it Forward”.

  • Kate January 16, 2017, 12:27 am

    With all due respect to author Rinku and other people’s comments: point 4 for accumulating Carmic debt – does using word ‘ may’ means some will and some won’t accumulate??? In my opinion there is no such thing. Other thing is charging for reiki – we can decide for ourselves to charge or not. How does charging make you a bad person. It is simple exchange of energy. And there is no way to charge a tree for reiki or the people sitting next to you in a bus which suddenly draw reiki unconsciously. Getting attached to the result and thus controlling reiki will not give any result and in my opinion is the only situation when you get carmic debt. But I’m not god so I am not completely sure in the last. Any insight in this is very welcome!

  • Bella Patel May 16, 2017, 1:02 am

    Yup…No more Free…Learned my lesson well. Stop all of them after read your article.Thank You…

  • Bill February 3, 2019, 3:32 am

    I have done volunteer Reiki sessions weekly for a couple of years now. 3 one-hour sessions for clients of the local Cancer Services Center. I DO ask for payment in the sum of 1 Reiki hug! 🙂

  • Christopher Speer February 4, 2019, 5:03 am

    The question is really about exchange and value. People should exchange with each other equally or they become energetically out of balance. ( This is why so many people who inherit money and don’t work and are waited on by others hand and foot are so often very messed up). However there are many other ways of exchanging than money. Regarding therapy in general – people tend not to value what they don’t pay for – and often don’t commit to therapeutic processes. The important thing about reiki is that people are willing to receive it – if not it just hangs around the person but doesn’t go into them.

  • Diana August 23, 2019, 11:08 pm

    I have volunteered Reiki for yrs at various organizations for low income people and homeless do not agree with your karma comment

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