Reiki is a form of alternative therapy. The word “Reiki” means “life force energy.” Reiki practitioners believe that there is a universal life force energy that flows through all living things, and that when this energy is blocked or low, it can lead to physical, emotional, or spiritual imbalances.
The practitioner, during a Reiki session, channels this universal energy through their hands and directs it towards the recipient, who is usually lying down or sitting comfortably. The recipient remains fully clothed during the session. The practitioner uses various hand positions to channel the energy into the recipient’s body, helping to clear any blockages and restore balance.
Reiki is often used to promote relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety, relieve pain, and enhance overall well-being. It is considered a complementary therapy and is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. It is important to note that Reiki practitioners do not diagnose or treat specific medical conditions, and Reiki should always be used in conjunction with, rather than as a substitute for, professional medical care.
What is Reiki Attunement?
Reiki attunement is the process by which a Reiki master passes on the ability to practice Reiki to a student. During a Reiki attunement ceremony, the master passes on specific Reiki symbols and techniques to the student, which enable them to channel Reiki energy for healing themselves and others.
The attunement process typically involves the student receiving a series of energetic initiations, which are intended to open up and enhance the student’s energy channels, and connect them to the universal life force energy. The process is often accompanied by a feeling of warmth or tingling in the body, as the energy is being activated and flowing through the student.
Reiki attunement is often seen as a transformative and empowering experience, and is usually accompanied by a period of self-reflection and personal growth. Once a student has received a Reiki attunement, they are considered a Reiki practitioner and are able to use Reiki to help themselves and others.
In traditional Reiki practice, there are three levels or degrees of Reiki, each with its own set of teachings, symbols, and techniques. The levels are:
- Reiki Level 1 (also known as Reiki I or First Degree): This level introduces the basic concepts and techniques of Reiki, including hand positions, self-healing, and healing others. Students learn about the history and philosophy of Reiki, and receive their first attunement to the Reiki energy. At this level, Reiki is primarily focused on physical healing.
- Reiki Level 2 (also known as Reiki II or Second Degree): This level builds upon the teachings and techniques of Reiki Level 1, and introduces the use of symbols and mantras to enhance the flow of Reiki energy. Students learn about distance healing, and are taught how to send Reiki energy across time and space. At this level, Reiki is focused on emotional and mental healing as well as physical healing.
- Reiki Level 3 (also known as Reiki III or Master Level): This level is for students who wish to become Reiki Masters, and includes advanced techniques and teachings. Students learn about additional symbols and mantras, and receive a final attunement to the Reiki energy. At this level, Reiki is focused on spiritual healing and growth.
Some Reiki systems may include additional levels or degrees beyond the traditional three, but the basic structure and teachings are generally consistent across different Reiki traditions.