I have had a whirlwind couple of days recently. First,someone in our community in Wisconsin has written an article in a major publication stating that you do not need to be attuned to Reiki to do Reiki or use it's symbols and snidely making comments about our over charging for the training. Obviously this person is grossly misinformed and possible a little jealous ?? There was a lot of nasty coming from her article. You could say venomous. YIKES! What the heck is that all about?
To publish something like this to a very broad audience is extremely reckless and dangerous, and I find it hard to believe that the editors let it go through (obviously clueless). Several of us Reiki Master Teachers have done what we can to write to the magazine to let them know how disturbed, offended and down right pissed off we are that this happened.
First of all, YOU CANNOT CHANNEL REIKI UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN PROPERLY ATTUNED BY A CERTIFIED AND QUALIFIED REIKI MASTER TEACHER! NO IF'S AND'S OR BUT'S!!!! PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reiki is a particular vibration of energy that requires an attunement (a sacred ceremony performed by a Reiki Master Teacher) to connect you to the energy so that you can channel for yourself and others. You cannot use it or it's symbols if you are not attuned. If you set out to channel Reiki and use it's symbols without an attunement you are tapping into God's know what energy (unquestionably a low vibrational one) and you are asking for BIG trouble, number one.
Secondly, you will more than likely be using some if not a lot of your own PERSONAL energy, which will deplete you eventually (sooner if not later) leading to disease and early death. Your life force energy is finite - use it up like this and that is what you get.
Telling people that they can channel Reiki/use it symbols without an attunement is harmful and dangerous to the public and yourself. This person is doing that and not charging for it (another message here folks - we charge for Reiki because we know that it has value - the public does not find value in what they get for free!)
Yesterday, I just heard about Reiki/Wine parties happening down south. Drinking lowers your vibration people (as does smoking, gambling, and taking drugs). You cannot mix the high vibrational energy of Reiki with the low vibration of drinking alcohol and think "it's all good." You are deluding yourself if you think you can. I am just speechless about this one. BIG NO NO!!
Obviously, there is some lower vibrational stuff going on out there in the world around Reiki and that saddens and troubles me. Many lightworkers have felt that we are under attack lately - car accidents, pet deaths, cancer, being kicked out of our apartments, marriages endings, lots of health issues. Get your protection up and clear your home and space regularly! Do LOTS of self-Reiki!