This week is ‘Reiki Awareness Week’ and so I am sharing posts about some different aspects of Reiki – today’s post is about the process of being attuned to Reiki and what the various levels mean.
As I mentioned earlier in this series of posts, although we talk about “teaching” Reiki, the ability to use Reiki cannot be learned simply by acquiring knowledge. It is experiential; that is to say, the ability is passed on from Master to student through an attunement process that is traditionally conducted person to person. This process varies slightly between different lineages but the core of the process is the same – to enable the student to access and offer Reiki. Once that connection is made during your 1st Degree Reiki class, it is yours for life and it is your practice that will determine the depth and breadth of that connection and what it comes to mean to you.
At a Reiki Level 1 (or 1st Degree) class, you learn about the history of Reiki and about the Precepts. I also teach the hand positions that are traditionally used for self-treatment and for the treatment of others. Your personal connection with Reiki is created by receiving four brief attunements – as I usually like to teach over two sessions, there are two attunements in each session. And, as soon as possible, there is practice both of self-Reiki and of offering Reiki to each other.