Did you know that it could cost up to $10K for a Reiki Master level training? $10K is a lot of money to me. But can you imagine how much $10K was equivalent to back in the 1970s?
Cray cray right? Well, some may say it’s quite reasonable. After all, the price of a Reiki education is priceless.
As you may already know, Reiki started off in Japan. When it was brought to the U.S. by Takata Sensei in the 1970’s, she charged all the Master level students she trained a fee of $10K.
Takata also taught her Master level students that $10K was a required fee, and if they did not charge that amount, they “would not be teaching Usui Reiki”. Pretty hard core huh?
In a 1970s interview, Takata said she wasn't always a picture of health. When she was 35, she suffered from several illnesses, particularly asthma. She entered a hospital in Tokyo for an operation and from there learned about Reiki.
After recovery, she remained in Japan for one year and mastered the art of energy healing. During the 39 years of practicing Reiki in Hawaii, she acquired clients from all corners of the world.
When Takata brought Reiki to the U.S., the cultural revolution of the 60's wasn't completely dead. She worried that people would become Masters and try to take advantage of those who were honestly seeking spiritual lessons for improving their lives.
The $10K wasn’t based on the length or quality of training she provided, as no apprenticeship was included. It was said that her Master training lasted only a few days.
The actual length of her Master level training was not allowed to be documented by her students. They were not allowed to take notes and simply learned the old fashion way...via oral tradition.
At the time, Takata said the fee was a means of weeding out those who were looking for a method of power over others, and would ensure that those who truly heard the calling of spirit would achieve the Master level. Thus maintaining the validity of the healing art.
Ultimately, the high fee was to instill respect for the Master level. However, the high fee combined with Takata’s Master students not teaching many others, caused Reiki to spread very slowly.
This all changed when Iris Ishikuro, one of Takata’s Master students, started to teach at a lower fee. After Takata Sensei passed in 1980, Iris decided that she would follow her own inner guidance and teach for a more reasonable fee.
However, it was said that Takata’s other Master students continued to charge the high fee for Mastership.
The traditional cost list typically is:
Level 1 Reiki $250
Level 2 Reiki $500
Level 3 Reiki $10,000
Eventually more Reiki Masters agreed that as society progressed along it's spiritual path, so should the requirements of Reiki. I think I speak for many of us...thank goodness for that!
Today, many Masters are trying to change with the times. There are still Masters who insist on the $10,000 fee, but then there are some who are more interested in the spiritual aspects of the student seeking this level of healing commitment.
These days, weekend long Reiki workshops look something like this:
Level 1 Reiki $150
Level 2 Reiki $250
Level 3 Reiki $300
We are all born with the power to heal ourselves.
Many different people are drawn to Reiki. They may seek Reiki to heal physical imbalances or when searching for answers to life’s mysteries.
Regardless of your reasons for pursuing Reiki, you will benefit most from this healing modality by being open to it. Fears and doubts can create blocks that prevents a clear view of what is possible.
When you are ready to work with the universal life force, it is key to realize as with every profession, there is a need to first practice and master the skills associated with healing.
With time, practice and experience you can master the skills and techniques.
Treat the early months as a learning experience as this allows you the time you need to develop your confidence and skills. The more you work with Reiki, the more intuitive you will become. You allow your vibration to be raised and will experience a more balanced lifestyle.
Healing emotional, physical and energetic imbalances.
By incorporating Reiki into your busy lifestyle, to include your self-care routine, you can achieve emotional and physical wellness…even if you only have minutes to spare.