Reiki is a Japanese healing technique resting on the principle that there’s universal energy (called Qi) flowing through the universe. You can receive reiki from any nearby practitioner to improve various aspects of your life. However, if you want to provide reiki healing, you need to get initiated into reiki through the attunement process.
Reiki attunement is a process in which a reiki master transfers the attunement energies to their student. It creates a link between the master and the student, and the latter becomes capable of healing others. Once you are initiated into reiki, you will have it for the rest of your life.
The attunement process can have various psychological, emotional, and spiritual effects on the student. Read on to learn everything you need to know about reiki attunement, its three levels, and how to prepare for it.
Reiki rests on the assumption that universal energy pervades the world. This energy is known as Qi in traditional Chinese culture. Reiki is not taught like yoga or other alternative therapies; it is transferred from the teacher to the student. This process of transferring life energy is known as reiki attunement.
Attunement creates a unique link between the teacher and the student, allowing the student to become a universal energy vessel. This means the student can then send this energy out to other people and provide them healing. What’s great about the attunement process is that it imparts energy that you can store and use for the rest of your life.
Reiki attunement opens your crown and heart chakras situated at the top of your head and your heart area, respectively. It may also involve your palm chakra since you will be using your hands to transfer the energy you receive from your teacher. Once you’ve been initiated into reiki, you can also use it to heal yourself and resolve any physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual issues you might be facing.
Reiki attunement is a cleansing process. It cleans your body and mind so that you can become a vessel. Every student’s experience of reiki attunement is different. Anyone can learn reiki at the basic level. But you need dedication, acceptance, and other virtues to progress further than that.
There are three levels of the attunement process. They can be thought of as beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Each level deepens your connection with the universal energy and gives you more control over its flow. Students progress through different levels as they learn more about themselves and become more proficient at channeling universal energy.
- Level 1. It is the starting point, and anyone can learn to perform Reiki at this level. In this phase, the student is introduced to the concept of universal energy. The main focus here is on opening the channels of energy. This attunement brings the student into the realm of Reiki and its uses. Here, the student works through their own issues and obstacles that may have brought them to reiki.
- Level 2. Attunement further opens your energy channels. Students also receive symbols at this level, and these symbols are the mental symbol, the power symbol, and the distance symbol. They allow you to connect more deeply with universal energy. At this stage, students are considered reiki practitioners, i.e., they can professionally provide healing to others.
- Level 3. Reiki is known to some as the master level. However, some experts see the master level as a different, higher level. Level 3 enhances the ability to channel life energy even further. Here, students work on a more spiritual level, and they may also find their calling in life.
Reiki attunement is a necessary process, and it requires some preparation. Although your teacher will guide you on this topic more thoroughly, let’s discuss some of the things you need to do before receiving reiki attunement.
As a rule of thumb, you should select your teacher carefully. Ask about their experience and even spend some time with them. You should feel some kind of connection with them because a bond will help the process go smoothly.
In terms of your diet, you should avoid having any meat products, especially those from marine animals. If you’re a smoker, consider cutting down on the number of cigarettes you smoke daily. You may also want to go on a juice or water fast a few days before the attunement.
Let’s talk about the day of your reiki attunement. Any sort of stimulation should be kept to a bare minimum. So try to avoid human interaction, TV, radio, and the Internet on the day of your attunement. It would be best to put on loose clothes made of natural fabrics, such as cotton or linen.
Also, you will need to make arrangements to be driven back from the venue. This is because you may experience an energy shift that can knock you out, making it difficult to operate any kind of machinery.
People report all kinds of experiences after attending an attunement session. Here, we’ll discuss some of the most common after-effects you may go through. As we’ve said, reiki attunement cleans your body and mind. And most of these “side effects” are the result of this cleansing.
Reiki opens up your chakras, starting with the heart chakra located at the center of your chest. During the Reiki attunement process, your practitioner will introduce lifeforce energy into your body through your heart, hand, and crown chakras.
You may feel strange physical after-effects immediately after your attunement session. For example, you may experience chest pain, runny nose, diarrhea, blurred vision, or headaches. Your body starts to release toxins in peculiar ways because of the cleansing property of reiki attunement.
If you experience these symptoms, drink lots of water and lie down. It’ll help you power through the detox process. Also, you may want to consider juicing your favorite fruits and vegetables to help the process. Breathing exercises also help you function better in your day-to-day life.
Reiki attunement may also affect you on an emotional level. You may begin to experience emotions that seem out of place, like bursts of anger or weeping for no logical reason. This is because reiki attunement dislodges emotions buried within you, helping you achieve a state of catharsis. Consider practicing EFT or emotional freedom techniques to coax these emotions out of your body.
Another after-effect of reiki attunement is spiritual disillusionment. This could be in the form of you questioning beliefs that you once held to be true. The new energy may even change how you view spirituality. If this happens to you, spend more time in nature. Meditate, do yoga, and listen to your breath. As you sit still, the spiritual answers you seek will slowly reveal themselves.
Reiki attunement will provide you with a spiritual awakening like no other. It will enable you to connect to an infinite universal source that will help you go through life with as little angst as possible. While it is common to experience physical, mental, or emotional side effects, you will also have the ability to heal yourself and others using your hands because the energy will continue to flow through you once you attend an attunement session.
We’ve discussed that reiki attunement is a unique process that has various benefits. You’ll need to prepare for it ahead of time.