A Reiki attunement is the process by which a person receives the ability to give Reiki treatments to themselves and others. Reiki is a very simple technique to learn and is not dependent on one having any prior experience with healing, meditation or any other kind of training. It has been successfully learned by over one million people from all walks of life, both young an old. The reason it is so easy to learn that it is not taught in the usual way something is taught. The ability to do Reiki is simply transferred from the teacher to the student through a process called an attunement that takes place during a Reiki class. As soon as one receives an attunement, they have the ability to do Reiki and after that whenever one places their hands on themselves or on another person with the intention of doing Reiki, the healing energy will automatically begin flowing.
A beginning Reiki class (Level One) is one day long.
Level 1 is a practitioner’s initiation into Reiki and is open to anyone. The focus during Level 1 is on opening the energy channels on a physical level, allowing the practitioner to connect to the universal life force energy, which flows from the cosmos through the crown of the head and down to the heart and hands.
As a Reiki Master Teacher, I emphasize self-Reiki as the goal of the Level 1 designation, encouraging students to focus on practicing Reiki on themselves, thereby working through their own obstacles although you can practice on others.
Along with the attunement, you will learn the history of Reiki, the hand positions, how mind/body/spirit affects the body, and how you can utilize the Reiki energy force to help those in need, and how to give a Reiki session (to yourself or another).
The attunement is administered by the Reiki Master Teacher during the Reiki class. During the attunement, the Reiki Master Teacher will touch the students head, shoulders, and hands and use one or more special breathing techniques. The attunement energies will flow through the Reiki Master Teacher and into the student. These special energies are guided by the Higher Power and make adjustments in the students energy pathways and connect the student to the source of Reiki. Because the energetic aspect of the attunement is guided by the Higher Power, it adjusts itself to be exactly right for each student. During the attunement, some students feel warmth in the hands, others may see colors or have visions of spiritual beings. However, it is not necessary to have an inner experience for the attunement to have worked. Most simply feel more relaxed.
As stated above, Reiki Level One is designed for self-treatment but once you have received the attunement, you can treat yourself as well as others including babies, children, plants and animals, the food you eat, the liquids you drink and the environment you are in.