about how and when to teach Reiki:
Every Reiki Master gets questions about attuning people at various ages, as well as attuning dogs, cats and other species, as well as objects. In general, for legal reasons, I will not accept a client or student who is under 18 years of age. Although I usually will accept a student above 18, I would feel more comfortable if they were at least 21. I want the person to be able to consent realistically to a full touch modality and to the nature of Reiki training. In addition, although Reiki training can benefit anyone to a degree, in my experience it seems reasonable to limit my students to those who have had a number of life experiences, and an exposure to the basic philosophical questions which will come up in the study of any energywork modality. My views above are not universally shared, with many giving attunements to young children as well as adults.
I have found that students who are over the age of 50 rarely can accept a new form of thinking about life and energy. Those who do accept Reiki training easily are those who have already been dealing with subtle energies in other parts of their life for a long time. Also, students younger than 21 usually do not have the life experiences on which to base additional awarenesses and experience in a way which will constructively integrate Reiki with their past life. The processing of the attunements may overwhelm a child or young adult. In general, and there are certainly wonderful exceptions, the best time to start to learn Reiki is between the years of 21 and 34. Saying that, I must report that the most common ages of Reiki students are between 28 and 45. Also, I have many wonderful students who are a creative exception to these general principles. Also, regardless of the typical ages for best training, I encourage anyone who is interested at any age to learn Reiki. The fact of persistent interest in Reiki indicates a person who is at the right age to begin.
It is a reality of life that those Reiki students who will choose to move beyond Reiki II are very limited, not by me, but by the hesitancy and unwillingness to study energywork that deeply and systematically. It is also usually true that women have an easier time learning Reiki than do men, since our culture teaches men to avoid sensitive and subtle things. This should not dissuade men; it is simply a new challenge for them.
There is another type of person who may have great difficulty with Reiki as a student, even though being a Reiki client may be extraordinarily helpful. That person is someone who is going through a major life change: serious illness, divorce, a death of someone close, psychological difficulties, and change of religion or values will all suggest to me that studying Reiki is best delayed until life "levels out". I usually suggest a series of Reiki sessions, with training delayed. A possible exception is a person who is finding a new path in a mature way. For them, Reiki may provide better questions and an affirmation of discoveries already made.
Although I would note many positive reports about attuning animals and objects to Reiki, this is still experimental, and may depend to a great degree on the Reiki Master involved. Hence, I will not attune animals and objects to Reiki. I certainly welcome more specific questions in this area, since I do not have all of the answers, nor would I try to say that there are no times when exceptions could not be made. Please contact me for additional discussion