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Reiki Attunements

Accepting Healing Energy
Reiki Masters use a very special method to initiate students for the flow of healing energy. Once a student has been opened for healing, they're open to Reiki for life. Typically the Master will gather the student or students in to a special area designed for the intent of conducting a spiritual ritual of initiation. The student will sit, back straight, eyes closed and hands together in front of the body as if in prayer. The Reiki Master will pass in front and behind the student going through their secret ritual of initiation.
There's no real mystery to an initiation, the Master is simply following an ancient tradition and ritual that helps the student open up to divine energies. But I feel there is something much more spiritual happening during these attunements. It's much more than just a ritual of initiation. A Reiki Master is really acting as an escort, or maybe even a witness, to the students acknowledgement and commitment to the Divine. Becoming a Reiki Channel is similar (but I'll agree not the same) as becoming a spiritual Minister. In both cases the student is making an agreement with his or her God, to be in service for Divine spirit.
So for me, the initiations or attunements are elaborate meetings between student and Divine forces. A time for the student to state the intent of wanting to be a channel for healing, to acknowledge the responsibility of this role and to define their comment as a channel.
Dividing the initiations between Reiki I and Reiki II allows the new Reiki channel to get used to the new energy flowing through their body and to build up a tolerance to it. Reiki I and Reiki II classes are given to an individual typically 6 months apart. During this time, the new Reiki I healer is learning how to feel the energy they are providing and the techniques to deliver it successfully. After the 6 months, the average person is ready to make the additional commitment to the Divine. They are also ready to physically handle the full force of Divine energy.
So the long winded view for me, is: the initiations are the means in which the student declares their commitment and intent to use the Universal Divine Life-force energy for the betterment of others. And to prepare their physical beings for the acceptance of 50% and then 100% of that energy so as not to cause ill affects by overwhelming their own body.

Source: 1, h5, h6, h7, h8, h9, h10
Created: 03/28/1999       Updated: 03/10/2008


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