The Reiki Attunement Process - Things You Need To Know Before Getting It
Attunement to the Reiki energetic frequency is how you are "initiated" into Reiki and become a "channel" for Reiki. Reiki's healing ability is permanently developed through attunement, unlike other healing methods. The actual process is kept secret until a Reiki Master is taught the Master Symbol and the attunement procedure for each of the three levels of Reiki.
The attunement given in a Reiki class is a gentler and less powerful version of Dr. Usui's spiritual empowerment on Mount Kurama. It creates a sacred space between the student, the Master, and the Reiki energy.
When the Reiki Master "brings in" the energy to begin the attunement, the space around the Master and student(s) changes, becoming filled with Reiki to provide a protective environment. The room seems to be bathed in violet light when performing a Reiki attunement. Some students also notice this afterward.
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Although each attunement contains the same elements, each Reiki Master determines how the attunement should be performed, which may vary depending on the Master's preferred teaching method. Certain Masters prefer to teach one-on-one and thus perform the attunement process on a single individual.
Other Masters teach groups of students, and as a result, they will typically gather all of the students together, seated in a straight line, a circle, or a horseshoe formation. Even if the Master teaches a group, he or she may prefer to perform the entire attunement on one student at a time, in which case the remaining students in the class are asked to wait in another room and take turns receiving the attunement.
Whichever method a Master prefers, they will usually arrange the room to their liking, frequently including candles and incense burning and possibly a small altar with crystals and other sacred objects. While none of these additions are required, they all help emphasize the attunement's unique and sacred nature.
After a Reiki cleanse of the room to assist in creating a "sacred space," students will be invited to take their seats. Before beginning the attunement, the Master will typically explain what to expect and then ask the student(s) to place their hands in the prayer position (called Gassho in Japanese) with their thumbs pointing to the center of their chest. They will then be instructed to close their eyes and maintain them closed for the procedure duration. Generally, the attunement occurs in silence, though appropriate soft background music may be played.
After the students have settled, the Master will begin by quietly "tuning in" to the Reiki vibrations and then connecting with and channeling into the self-sufficient Reiki energy necessary to perform the spiritual empowerment. The Master initiates the process by standing behind the student, then in front, and finally behind the student again. At various points throughout the process, the student's head and hands may be gently touched, and the student may be asked to raise his or her hands above the head for a few moments, but everything is gentle, supportive, and restful.
The attunement is a profoundly meditative experience, and the silent contemplation with closed eyes is carried out for two reasons. The first reason is self-evident: as a sacred and spiritual ceremony, the procedures must be kept secret until an individual student trains to become a Reiki Master. The second, less obvious reason is that when someone closes their eyes, they reduce external distractions, stilling the mind and making it easier to maintain an appropriate meditative state, leaving them more receptive to and aware of mystical experiences.
Initiation into Reiki is a transformative spiritual experience, though how it is experienced varies from person to person, as the Rei, or God-consciousness, guides the entire process, tailoring it to the unique needs of each individual. Students frequently describe their wonderful spiritual or mystical experiences following the attunements, such as "seeing" wonderful colors or visions of beautiful healing places. Others report receiving profound healing or personal insights, sensing the presence of spirit guides or angelic beings, or simply experiencing an overwhelming sense of peace.
The attunement permanently opens a channel in your energy body for the flow of Reiki (and only Reiki). The Master "seals" the channel at the conclusion of each attunement, at which point you will have your direct connection to Reiki and will no longer require it to be channeled through the Master.