Frequently Asked Questions for practitioners

Q. Do you have to register with an independent regulator?

A. No. Regulation of complementary therapies in the UK is voluntary (unless your therapy is covered by statutory regulation – which Reiki isn’t). This means it is entirely your choice.

Q. I was initiated/attuned over 10 years ago to level 1 and then to level 2. I have a lineage and paper work. When I trained, there weren't any regulatory bodies for this. How would I register without going through the expense of re-initiation/attunement with an accredited Reiki Master?

A. Registration is to do with the acquirement of skills you need to possess to handle clients and run a practice, together with a recognisable lineage to Mikao Usui, having been attuned/initiated face-to-face and having given a minimum of 75 treatments to other people 5 of which have been observed and having received at least 100 hrs of Reiki via self-treatment or treatments by others in order to enter the registration process. You do not need to have an 'accredited' teacher or be re-attuned/re-initiated. If you have the lineage and the paperwork from an Usui Reiki teacher, then that is sufficient. Any persons suggesting this are acting in a misleading manner.

Q. What is the value to me, as a therapist, in registering with a regulator?

A. In the long term, the more people that register with an independent regulator, the more it will reflect the professionalism of practitioners. At the moment, associations both represent practitioners and have to deal with any complaints about them. In the future, the associations can act in the best interests of their members and support them in the unlikely event a member of the public made a complaint to a regulator.

Q. I don’t belong to an association, can I still register with a regulator?

A. Yes, but it is likely to cost you more.

Q. Is there one regulator?

A. No. At the moment the only regulator accepting Reiki is the GRCCT. This may change in the future. So currently there are at least two, if not three regulators for complementary therapists. The Reiki Council believes it is up to the practitioner to choose where to go.

Q. How would I choose a regulator?

A. If you practise Reiki, you may choose to evaluate them on the Reiki principles: which regulator fits in best with Reiki’s ethos. You may choose to look at costs. You may choose to take the advice of your association, if you belong to one.

Q. What is the point of regulation?

A. Regulation is always said to be about protecting the public. A lot of the impulse towards regulating complementary health springs from the tragedies which come to light from time to time in the medical profession. However, it must be remembered that complementary therapy and the medical profession are worlds apart. While complementary therapies in general are very safe by their nature and Usui Reiki in particular has no contraindications, there may have been a tendency to project these fears onto complementary therapy. With complementary therapy, the issues tend to be more about professionalism and boundaries.

Q. Does Reiju attune to Reiki?

A. There has been much confusion in Reiki world regarding reiju. There are three key points:

1) Where does Reiju come from
2) Is it an authentic Reiki practice
3) Does it connect students to Reiki?

While teachers teach in all good faith, here is some more information about 'Reiju' that may clear up misunderstandings and be helpful.
The term and techniques of 'reiju' came to the fore in Reiki in the west through Hiroshi Doi sensei and we are fortunate to have first hand evidence of what Doi meant by it. Hiroshi Doi had first studied Reiki in Japan with Mieko Mitsui whose lineage was from Barbara Ray (a student of Hawayo Takata). Mr Doi's training included levels of what he calls 'traditional' Reiki with the Gakkai. In 2000, his book Iyashino Gendai Reiki Ho was translated into English in Canada.

On page 134 of the English translation of 'Iyashino Gendai Reiki Ho', Doi sensei states 'The ceremony that opens up channel of Reiki flow called 'Denju'. In Western Reiki it's called 'Attunement' or 'Initiation'.

On page 77 he states that 'Your pathway for Reiki is opened by attunement and you become able to perform healing to yourself and others.' He also states that four attunements are given. The clear implication of this is that Denju corresponds to an attunement process and for him, reiju is a different process. The four attunements are the same number as used in the standard Western attunements.
This is made clearer on page 135 where he states that the way to build strong Reiki is to 'Receive Reiju. Reiju is a form and developing method for intuitive power, which is given by the teacher..... If you receive many Reiju, Reiki inside of your body gets stronger'. These reiju, he states, on the same page, are given at the regular 'training seminars' ie regular meetings where people come together to train during the regular hatsurei-ho meditation. The only kind of comparable gathering in the west would be a Reiki share run by a teacher as Reiki development training for his/her students on a regular basis. A Reiki share is a very different gathering to a Reiki degree level training, So it is clear that reiju is being described as a way to boost Reiki for people who are already attuned to it.

As a corroboration of this meaning, Rick Rivard, a Canadia Reiki teacher, who was involved in getting Doi's book translated and printed in Canada, states in his 'Reiju workshop' manual of 2001: 'Doi-sensei only uses his Reiju as a Shoden level of empowerment at each of his Reiki gatherings, and sometimes between attunements in Shoden class, so he did not teach us how he would use it if in Okuden or Shinpiden. (although he does not use it that way.' This clearly implies that there is a difference between attunements and Reiju and their individual purposes for the person who first introduced these processes to the West.

It is interesting to note that Doi is very honest that what he shared and taught and what has become the 'reiju' process in the west is actually guesswork. Rick Rivard reports in the same Reiju workshop manual 'The Reiju that Doi Sensei described is not exactly what was used or taught by Usui Sensei or Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakki. This Reiju method was developed by Doi Sensei with the help of his students, emulating the real Reiju given by Koyama Sensei [a former head of the Gakkai] to Doi Sensei. Doi Sensei was not allowed to see the Reiju process when he received one.'

We therefore have first and second hand evidence that reiju is not an attunement method. It is puzzling why teachers have chosen to use what is a boosting process as an attunement. Hawayo Takata is reported to have taught 'booster' attunements to her early student teachers though these are not well known in the West. It is reported that they are not the same processes as reiju. Since Doi Sensei is member of the Gakkai, which has a very strict policy of not sharing with outsiders, he is required to maintain the secrecy and silence with regard to other techniques and attunmenets. The reiju used by the Gakkai is different to Usui's reiju process. Usui's reiju was no used to attune/empower to any level of Reiki. The Gakkai founders studied Reiki with Usui at the same time as Hayashi.

From all this, the evidence is clear that the standard Reiki attunements are needed to connect with Reiki. This does not invalidate any of the training that has been given, it simply means that in order for Reiki to flow the standard four attunements are required on top. It is also straightforward logic that a teacher who has not themselves been attuned in the standard way will not be able to pass on something they do not have. A However, the attunement processes for these that are valid are still the ones that were taught to Takata by Chujiro Hayashi. A reasonable version of the standard four attuenements which have been used effectively since the 1930's is available, though not on the internet. For more information please contact us.

If you have been given reiju only, what can you do? The first question is to ask a teacher if he/she is giving reiju is if he or she received attunements originally or Reiju, and if the former, to ask them to carry out the standard attunements. If the latter, then they themselves could consider referring back to their teacher until they find a teacher in that same line who has received attunements in person and request the standard attunements as it could be said they have a responsibility for the situation in which a student may find themselves.

Hiroshi Doi, from his own book, only uses reiju as boosters. It is clear from his book that he uses standard attunements for training. Therefore those trained in person by Doi sensei will have Reiki.It is not clear why some teachers, once Doi sensei's reiju's became known, choose to use them in place of the standard attunements that he notes in his book. Doi sensei has a number of lineages, both via Hawayo Takata and via other teachers. What is termed Western Reiki originated from someone who was Japanese in origin: Hawayo Takata. Hawayo Takata tended to translate terms into English for ease of understanding. So, for instance, the 'Japanese' technique of 'nentatsu ho' was taught by her as the 'De-programming technique'. Hawayo Takata also focused on the Tan Dien as a key energy centre as can be easily referenced. She learnt directly from Chujiro Hayashi and passed on the standard four energies to her students.

People wishing to retrain and who approach them asking to find appropriate teachers may find sympathy and assistance from organisations that form part of the Reiki Council.

Q. How is Reiki different from other natural systems of healing?

A. Reiki when attuned/initiated and taught according to Usui systems, has no known contraindications, can only do good, and the practitioner does not take on the energy of the person. From its inception up to the current time there has always been a process of attunement/initiation. One cannot receive Reiki by asking a 'higher power' for it, nor by receiving a treatment.
The Reiki Council is very clear that Reiki is not a form of spiritual healing and nor is it comparable to other systems such as pranic healing and Qi Gong.

For instance, in Pranic healing according to a statement by its founder, there are certain areas e.g. men ming, that are considered forbidden areas that are unsafe. The tenets of pranic healing, according to the Reiki Council's understanding also include certain practices and rituals that if not done, would lead to a practitioner taking on a person’s energy. There are also no attunements/initiations.

Qi Gong, as a second example, commonly has two forms, a) martial arts versions and b) medical qi gong. Medical qi gong is associated with and related to Traditional Chinese Medicine, a separate discipline. There are also no attunements/initiations.

Therapeutic Touch can function as a third example. This does not involve attunement either and is taught as an ‘off the body’ technique. Reiki, by contrast has been primarily taught as a touch technique, although it can also be given with hands near the body and from a distance.