Since Reiki does not have regulated license requirements or reinforced standards of practice, keeping ethics and integrity intact can some times be a challenge. If you are a prospective client, research your practitioner, ask them questions about their training and how long they've been practicing. See if they offer a free consultation so you can get the chance to talk to them before you make any commitments. Trust your intuition: if it feels like a no, it is.

If you are a prospective student, read my article How to Choose Your Reiki Master

Online Reiki Trainings should not be taken in place of in-person trainings. Online Reiki trainings are fine for supplemental education, but are not to be used as a professional certification.

All levels of Reiki should not be given in one weekend. Some weekend trainings include both Reiki 1 and 2, which is fine, but there should always be at least 6-12 months between Reiki 2 and Reiki Master.

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Check Your Reiki Ethics Knowledge


By Karen Harrison, Ed.S, L C P C , L C M F T, A A S E C T
First published in Reiki News Magazine Winter 2015

DO YOU HAVE A REIKI CODE OF ETHICS that guides your practice of Reiki? Have you ever wondered if a situation was an ethical violation? This article is designed to acquaint or update you with Reiki ethics by comparing two Reiki business models in order for you to find the ethical challenges in the first one. You may even find some humor in the challenges with the first business model!

 Ethical guidelines are very practical in that they inform practitioners about the best practices and the standards of care for their profession. Ethics and legal issues are separate but do often overlap. If you have a Reiki business, it is important that you follow the code of ethics for Reiki as well as any applicable laws for your state, county or city. I often refer to the code of ethics as success practices for your Reiki business because it will guide you in being successful. Violating any of the code of ethics is likely to cause you problems. Most practitioners desire to practice ethically, but they are sometimes unaware of the guidelines in the code of ethics or how to implement them. There are gray areas and dilemmas that can arise in practice and occasionally, keeping to one ethical code guideline may seem to violate another. To read article in its entirety, visit KarenHarrison.net