Reiki and Money
Money for Reiki? Money in exchange for universal life energy? This seems inappropriate to many people because each of us has a bit of the idealist inside of us. The theory is that the energy is freely available so how can one charge for it?
On the other hand, some people are practical minded and assess how much time and money they invest in their Reiki activities. It takes a practitioner plenty of deliberation to finally arrive at a price he/she is comfortable taking from the client. Reiki courses, Reiki treatments, Reiki instruction–all of this costs money.
To become a healer one spends lots of time learning the art. A healer goes through lots of self healing and spends money on books, trainings, material costs such as certificates, seals, stamps, print cost, CD's, membership fees in Reiki organizations and taxes. Generally, it is not a common practice to set prices based on the financial capacity of a prospective client. The prices are the same for all clients unless the practitioner wants to lower them for a client who can’t pay the sum in question.
Somewhere between these two extremes is a middle ground. That is the Universal Truth. Namely that money is symbolic of Energy.
Still, how much do you accept for a Reiki healing session? For a second degree course? For training a master? It is different for every Reiki Master. For many practitioners, these are difficult questions. It is difficult to measure the value of what one gives with Reiki. In the search for the absolutely perfect solution, the best thing for a practitioner to do is to follow the course of the Grand Masters themselves.
There are many versions of stories about how Dr. Usui, Dr. Hayashi and Mrs. Takata developed the Reiki System of Healing. Among the stories, Dr. Usui is said to have practiced Reiki healing in the slums of Kyoto to treat the beggars and help them lead a better life. He spent many years there treating many illnesses. Over a period of time Dr. Usui began to notice familiar faces. When he asked why they were back in the slums instead of beginning a new life, he was told that it was easier to beg than work. Dr. Usui was disappointed in them but realized that by giving Reiki away, the value of his efforts had diminished. The importance of an exchange of energy became clear to him. He realized that people valued things more if they had to give something in return.
Money is the physical accumulation of energy of an individual and can be used as an exchange or fees. Mrs.Takata is said to have charged $10000.00 for the Reiki Master Attunement. Sometimes Mrs.Takata took a small amount of money as part of her fees in addition to a new client that her student would bring to her.
This society puts value on that for which it pays out money. The fees is a worldly means of expressing true gratitude and with it, true respect for what one has received. When we truly appreciate and respect the treatment and/or training received, this also opens us psychologically and spiritually to receive the full benefits of the gift of the phenomenon that is Reiki.