Rigid Reiki Rules


This post is probably going to piss off and shock a few people and I’m sure that they will comment, but not being one to back away from stirring up the pot, here we go.

When I was first attuned  in 2002 to reiki level one and level two, I was told I HAD to do some things.

1- I was told that I HAD to hold my hands in a certain way (even through my fingers intuitively spread apart every time) That didn’t change years later by the way.

2- I was told that I HAD to learn the symbols EXACTLY and if I messed up while drawing them in the air, I HAD to erase it and start again. Now for those who DON’T know the first 2 symbols are CAKE, but the 3rd; Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen is a bitch (sorry but there’s no other word to describe it better). It is a BITCH with teeth and claws and even years later I STILL had to have it framed on my wall so that I could do the healings the way I was told I HAD to do them. BTW I was told I COULDN’T ever, under any circumstances, frame the symbols and hang them on my wall….yea, that one I said “screw that” to and framed them and hung them on my wall anyway.

hon sha ze sho nen reiki symbol
hon sha ze sho nen draw it in numerical order.


3- I was told that  I HAD to be attuned to Reiki Master (when I was ready) by the same person who attuned me to Levels 1 & 2. After being attuned in NYC, I moved to upstate NY, then later to Munich Germany and back to upstate NY, I haven’t seen my reiki person since 2002!

So, where did all these rules leave me? After less than 4 years later, I stopped doing reiki all together. Why? Because the symbols were overwhelming, and I had to remember to carry my reiki folder with me with all the symbols and other “paperwork” in it. And because for me…if something doesn’t flow, it needs to go and I thought Reiki needed to go.

But then after about 3 years of NOT doing reiki, I came to realize something.

Reiki is about flowing energy it’s not about stymieing it.

It’s about allowing not pushing against!

It’s about feeling good, not feeling limited.

So? I threw the rules away.

I found someone who I loved and respected to attune to me Reiki Master, someone who had the same mindset as I did. Energy Healing is NOT about rules and restrictions! It’s about allowing and flowing, it’s about doing whatever feels right to you so that your healing can be as powerful as you are. It’s about customizing it to fit YOU and your client’s needs. Because people and animals are NOT cookie cutters, the healing that’s going to help one may not help another, you may have to change it up a bit to meet their needs, you need to flow with your healing like the waters of a great river, over rocks and stones but the power comes from you and just like one river is not the same as another, neither are you.

I threw the rules away and began to customize me healings not only to me and my guides but to each individual being I was sending the healing to.

And I began to get results…off the chart results.

When I used to attune people to reiki master, they would say the same thing to me over and over again.

“I was attuned to reiki level 2 years ago, but I stopped doing it because the symbols became to much for me”

or I’d hear “I started doing reiki but after a few years I would stop because it felt too constricting to me.”

Yea, I get it.

I believe that when I pull away from something it’s either because it’s not right for me at all,  BUT I was drawn to energy healing but NOT in it’s current mode that it was being done that tells me that there were aspects of it that I may be able to use, but I need to take it and make it my own.

So this is what I say to everyone (including the animals) I attune ….. Take what I give you and RUN with it!

Make it your own, customize it for YOU and YOUR clients!

Don’t limit yourself, if it doesn’t feel right to you, it’s not right for you.

I give you the basics, I attune you  to the HIGHEST level of healing and light, my attunements give my students the ability to connect with animals, angels, other worlds and dimensions, to grow and become MORE.

If you’re currently attuned to level 1 or 2 of reiki and you feel like you’re being “held back”, “limited”, “pigeon holed” or “stagnant” or just plan “frustrated” then that’s your cue to know that you need to change how you heal! Here’s your clue if it was working for you…then that’s your sign that it needs to change to something that DO work.

Like I said at the very beginning, some things I’m saying here will piss some of you off, but think about it, if something doesn’t feel like it’s 100% right when you’re doing it especially if your healing someone…then why are you doing it? If the reiki rule book works for you, that GREAT! I’m truly happy for you, but I know that for me, when I was given all the HAD’S I was told to do, it began to take the fun out of healing. And simply put, if I can help ONE person know they they’re not alone. or that they’re not doing anything “wrong”, or to help “rekindle” their role as a light worker for this planet….well that’s really cool with me.