Updated: Jan 28
I've come across so many posts from confused and badly trained people that I was compelled to write my post.
You see, I've recently joined a Reiki site to assist newbies with their Reiki journey. I assumed the people were trained by a reputable person and therefore needed a bit of guidance, which I gladly offered.
I was quite astounded by the lack of understanding with very basic Reiki protocol and issues I cover during my instruction. I have suggested the person (on the site) first ask for clarification with their own Master Teacher and wondered why they didn't do so.
Much to my surprise, people posted they couldn't ask their Master Teachers, since"they learned online" or they "read up about it" or they were trained in two levels at the same time! Well-meaning people were duped and therefore believed they were attuned to Reiki, when they actually weren't.
There are studies done to compare "fake Reiki" to those who were actually attuned in person. The healing output from the hands is vastly different.
You can find more info on IARP.org, a worldwide Reiki organization.
Reiki is one of those modalities which requires proper training and in person attunement.
Attunement is the process where a Master Teacher opens the person's healing channel and grounds the energies. It's in person, and not from the internet. Intent and good wishes are not enough to impart the Reiki energy. There are no shortcuts in life and you are doing yourself a disservice to believe there is.
Since I've used Reiki since 1997 and have trained over a hundred people, including doctors, nurses, and lay people, I'm aware of the pitfalls a newbie may come across.