What is the Reiki Attunement?
The Reiki attunement is the way in which the ability to channel the Reiki energy is transferred from master to student. It can be thought of as a metaphysical, spiritual or energetic process, or as a gift that is simply given.
Although Reiki training involves learning about the history of Reiki, the five principles, hand positions for giving Reiki and so on, the actual ability to give Reiki is not learnt. It’s not something intellectual. It doesn’t involve years of practice or meditation. It is simply passed on from the teacher to the student through an attunement or series of attunements. That’s not to say that practice isn’t helpful in deepening our own connection to this amazing healing source.
Becoming Reiki Attuned
Reiki can be thought of as an infinite source of healing, compassion and wisdom. The attunement connects the student to this source. It is something that anyone can do once they are attuned regardless of age, health, beliefs, abilities and so on. Once you are attuned to Reiki, you have this gift always whether or not you choose to use it.
Students receive the attunement sitting with eyes closed in a meditative state. The attunement is channelled by the Reiki Master following an age-old process passed on from master to student.
What To Expect
Attunements can be powerfully healing as they raise the energetic vibration of the receiver. The experience is unique to each person as the Reiki energy knows the changes to make to enable the person to channel Reiki.
A common sensation during the attunement is one of peacefulness, but sometimes people also notice energy moving, tingling and pulsing.
Physical healing quite often happens, particularly for those who haven’t received Reiki before. (It is often a good idea to have a couple of Reiki sessions before learning Reiki.) There may be a temporary speeding up of physical symptoms such as tiredness, headaches, runny noses and so on. This is a positive sign that the Reiki energy is healing the body and helping to bring it back into balance.