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  1. What is Reiki?
  2. The History and Origins of Reiki
  3. The Reiki Principles
  4. Auras and Colors
  5. Introduction to Chakras
  6. Working with your Healing Guides
  7. Benefits of First Degree Reiki
  8. Hand placements
  9. Healing Benefits of the Hand Positions
  10. Reiki Ethics
  11. First Reiki Symbol and the Healing Session
  12. Preparing for a Reiki Attunement
Preparing for a Reiki Attunement
by Terri

Each of us are on our own level of understanding and have arrived at this point, the decision to learn the Reiki healing method, in our own way. It is because we are all on different levels that the attunements will affect everyone differently, based on your vibratory level --and your level of understanding-- at the time you receive them. In other words, if you have spent time learning, and working towards a higher level of conscious awareness, the attunement will act as a catalyst to an even higher level of awareness. 

If you're just starting out on your path, chances are the attunements will bring out a lot of "emotional baggage" as any stored up negative energy is forced to the surface, and released. Don't be surprised if you seem to be "overly sensitive," or tend to cry at the drop of a hat, during the cleansing process involved with the first attunement. This process takes approximately three weeks, which is why it's a good idea to wait at least that long between Level I and Level II Reiki. 

Some of the possible, and typical, outward signs you may notice as a result of the Reiki attunements may include going through some emotional changes, and some physical changes as well. One of the things I experienced was very vivid dreams, and that I had a difficult time focusing on much of anything for a few days. Others notice an actual detoxification process. Some of the reactions may seem unpleasant, but the best course of action is to simply acknowledge it, accept it and then let go of it. Keep in mind that "this too shall pass."

I suggest that you keep a journal of your progress, and of your dreams. Dreams can be a wonderful tool to use to help get in tune with your subconscious. It's also a good idea to give yourself a Reiki treatment before you fall asleep each night, and first thing after you wake up in the morning.

As I've said, we are all on our own level of understanding with our own personal level of needs and experiences. No two people will experience Reiki in quite the same way. Each will draw, and use, different amounts of energy and use it accordingly. You will discover your own level, and the levels of those you give the Reiki treatments to. 

Focus on the areas of the body that seem to draw the most energy. It is important to remember that you act as the channel for the Reiki energy. Even though all healing comes from within ("within" meaning that we all have the power to heal ourselves), you are not the "healer." Therefore, it is not appropriate for us to view the results of a Reiki healing as something we did, or to make any judgments as to the amount of Reiki energy being accepted by an individual. We may not know the reason for the illness, or the person may not be ready to be healed on the physical level.

The attunements are the very core of the Usui method of healing. It is a powerful spiritual, and personal, experience. Once you have received a Reiki attunement you will have it for the rest of your life, and beyond.

You may want to go through the following purification process (as taught at the Center for Reiki Training) prior to the attunement. This is only a guideline. However, based on my own personal experiences, I would recommend that you do as much of this as possible:

1. Refrain from eating meat, fowl or fish for three days prior to the attunement.

2. Consider a water or juice fast for one to three days, especially if you already are a vegetarian or have experience with fasting. 

3. Minimize your use of coffee and caffeine drinks or stop completely. They create imbalances in the nervous and endocrine systems. Use no caffeine drinks on the day of the attunement. Also, no alcohol for at lest three days prior to the attunement. --

4. Minimize or stop using sweets. Eat no chocolate.

5. If you smoke, cut back and smoke as little as possible on the day of the attunement.

6. Meditate half an hour a day for at least a week using a style you are familiar with, or simply spend this time in silence.

7. Reduce or eliminate time watching TV, listening to the radio, and reading newspapers.

8. Go for quiet walks, spend time with nature, and get moderate exercise.

9. Give more attention to the subtle impressions, and sensations within and around you; contemplate their meaning.

10. Release all anger, fear, jealousy, hate, worry, etc. up to the light. Create a sacred space within and around you.

A Reiki attunement is an initiation into a sacred metaphysical order that has been present on earth for thousands of years. By receiving an attunement you will become part of a group of people who are using Reiki to heal themselves, and each other, and who are working together to heal the Earth. By becoming part of this group, you accept full responsibility for your actions. You will be receiving help from your Reiki Guides and other spiritual beings, who are also working toward these goals.

May your exploration of Reiki be a joyous one!


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