Reiki is a Japanese healing technique resting on the principle that universal energy (called Qi) flows through the universe. You can receive Reiki from any nearby practitioner to improve your life. However, to provide reiki healing, you must get initiated into Reiki through the attunement process.
Reiki attunement is when 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 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 about reiki attunement, its three levels, and how to prepare for it.
What Is Reiki Attunement?
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 send this energy to others and heal them. What’s great about the attunement process is that it imparts energy you can store and use for the rest of your life.
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Reiki attunement opens your crown and heart chakras at the top of your head and your heart area. It may also involve your palm chakra since you will use your hands to transfer the energy you receive from your teacher. Once initiated into Reiki, you can also use it to heal yourself and resolve any physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual issues you might face.
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 it would be best if you progressed further than that.
The Three Levels of Reiki Attunement
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 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 the 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 more spiritually and may also find their calling in life.
How to Prepare for Reiki Attunement
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 things you must 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 connected with them because bonding will help the process go smoothly.
Regarding your diet, you should avoid having any meat products, especially those from marine animals. If you’re a smoker, consider reducing 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 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 machinery.
The (Side) Effects of Receiving Reiki Attunement
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” result from 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 you once held. 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. The spiritual answers you seek will slowly reveal themselves as you sit still.
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 can 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 with various benefits. You’ll need to prepare for it ahead of time.