Reiki is not taught in the way many other healing techniques are taught. The attunement is an integral part of the Reiki training and it is transferred to the student by the Reiki Master during an attunement process. This process opens the crown, heart, and palm chakras and creates openings in the field of the body strengthen the link between the student and source energy (light/universe etc). The Reiki attunement is a powerful experience. The attunement energies are channeled into the student and enables the recipient to permanently open and connect to Universal Reiki energies on mental, physical, emotional and psychic levels. It begins the process for clearing and balancing many important energy channels within the physical body.
When an attunement is received, it opens the receiver up to higher levels of healing and understanding of Universal Source energy. The attunement can also increase sensitivity to the world around you. Students often report experiences involving: opening of the third eye, increased intuitive awareness, and other psychic abilities after receiving a Reiki attunement.
We have all built up beliefs over time of what we believe about how energy works. We’re socially and culturally conditioned into certain understandings that create the frame for how we relate to our bodies, our energy field and to others. If the nervous system is living in any kind of a state of overwhelm, which many of ours are, then we have limited access to higher states of being and consciousness which provide us with enhanced sensitivities and awarenesses of the movement and flow of light energy. The attunement helps bring the receiver back into a state of natural balance as it relates to how we can tap into these understandings.
The attunement process goes beyond the linear mind’s level of understanding. It is a ritual that involves intention, energetic awareness and connection from the teacher, and a basic understanding of the energy centers of the body and sacred geometry. Rituals appear in every culture and belief system. Rituals can be used for celebration and as portals to activate change and transformation. They mark an end to a particular phase of our lives, and the beginning of a new one.
During an attunement the teacher uses symbols which represent various healing energies and intentions, such as the power of love, harmony, balance, and unity that helps to dissolve, over time, the illusions of time, space and relationship as linear ideas. It takes time for this process to move through the nervous system of the body and the energy field. Each level of Reiki attunement takes us a layer deeper into new awarenesses. These symbols are drawn in your field and on your hands and feet. Whatever you experience during this process is exactly what is appropriate for you at the time. Some feel sensations of heat, tingling, of vibration rising up through the spine or flowing down from the crown to the base of the spine or the feet. Your hands may grow hot or you may see colors or flashes of images. And old memories may surface.
We all have Universal Energy flowing through us and around us. It is everywhere and everywhen. The potential of this energy source is limitless as we understand it from a quantum physics perspective. And the Reiki attunement allows us to open up to this energy and learn how to move it through us. It literally attunes us to it. When we first come into the world we are much more in tune with this energy and as we become conditioned a more dense material and social reality, we lose our awareness of it.
After an attunement, many people have a healing response, sometimes referred to as a healing crisis. This can last for up to 21 days (or longer), fluctuating in symptoms and severity. It varies from person to person. Some people have no noticeable healing response at all and others are sick for the first day or two with flu-like or detox symptoms. Afterwards they’ll feel a lot better, with only mild emotional fluctuations for a week or two following. For some, the healing response is almost entirely emotional, with emotions arising and releasing. It may be gentle or not. It is best to simply observe and let the energies pass, journaling and processing as needed. Nearly everyone will notice that their life changes in some way after an attunement and that their responses to things shift.
Each Reiki attunement accesses specific layers of the body. As a general guide people experience the following at each level:
Level I : Physical
Level II : Mental/Emotional
Level III : Deepens the spiritual connection and works within the subconscious or shadow parts on an ancestral and soul level