What Is Reiki Attunement and Why You Need One

Last updated on January 30th, 2023 at 12:26 pm


If you’re about to practice Reiki, the word “attunement” may be thrown at you soon.

And when you hear it, not knowing the first thing about it might make you feel uneasy. While your Reiki masters, Reiki teachers, or Reiki gurus (licensed Reiki professionals) will hone your ability and gear you up with knowledge throughout the attunement process, being a step ahead will work to your advantage.

In this article, let’s cover everything you need to know about Reiki attunement. In addition to helping you understand Reiki attunement, it’ll also help you make the most of your Reiki practice.

The Basics of Reiki Attunements


A definition of attunement is a kinesthetic and emotional sense of other people. It’s about knowing and understanding the scope of their energy — and their rhythm, influential factors, and unique, personal experiences. 

Learning essential elements about them then mastering the art of how to sharpen these elements is also part of the deal.

For example, you’ll learn what affects a person’s specific behavior (like their urge to keep items organized). And upon learning this, you’ll find ways how to help the person use their specific behavior for the better.

Here are more facts about Reiki attunements:

  • In every Reiki training course, there’s a willingness to learn how to sharpen your universal life energy. The process is often called tuning induction. After Reiki Level 1, you can practice Reiki on your own, as well as treat your friends and relatives to Reiki classes. 
  • The attunements are enjoyable and simple. They provide subjects with a quick experience that happens in conjunction with Reiki masters and students. 
  • Reiki has different levels of attitude. The different levels in Reiki can help one connect more deeply with the Reiki energy. Attunements enhance physical healing spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically. 
  • What a Reiki master, teacher, or guru hopes to achieve in Reiki attunement is to be their student’s skin, metaphorically. They aim to go beyond empathy to be able to create a two-person journey that involves an unbroken feeling of connectedness.
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Why You Need Attunement to Practice Reiki


A simple way to describe Reiki attunements is to think of the process as an initiation ritual or a rite of passage. A person’s first Reiki attunement enables the initiation of a connection between the Reiki energy and all of humanity through its universal nature. 

In this case, students — attuned students — who underwent attunement move on to become means of transmissible energy. And only once they’ve accomplished attunements could they freely practice Reiki or be a self-Reiki teacher, and master training to be a qualified Reiki practitioner. And only once a certified Reiki master, teacher, or guru has helped them go through the attunement process are they capable of successfully transferring Reiki healing energy.

Here’s a closer look at why Reiki attunement matters:

  • Attunements make Reiki unique – They’re what sets Reiki apart from all other forms of healing touch and energy work. And regardless of Reiki level, attuned Reiki practitioners can guarantee Reiki is absolutely safe.
  • Many students prefer the Japanese way- In the Japanese culture, a Reiki teacher performs reiju (rayjoo) ceremonies in each class to open up and expand the main energy channels of the student body. Then this allows universal energy (called QiChi /Ko) to be absorbed into the body.
  • Masters may use different teaching approaches with a common goal –Although some components in each Reiki level are unified, Reiki professionals have different methods of teaching Reiki. It is common to learn reiki in three (sometimes 4 or 5) levels, Reiki, after all, is a central practice that revolves around teaching, educating, and practical applications.

Concerns of Reiki Students


According to the father of Reiki, Mikao Usui, Reiki attunement is a sacred and spiritual ceremony. Before attunement or receiving a Reiki mastership, a student practitioner needs to commit time to preparing. 

Here are some common questions people ask:

How Can I Prepare for Reiki Attunement?


The days following Reiki sessions are best spent peacefully. Keep away from being angry. It will help your energy move freely. The increased feeling can improve during the attitude.

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What Should I Remember during and after Reiki Attunement?

Don’t worry if you may feel a bit inconvenient during a Reiki class. Light-headedness, itching sensations, and numbness are a few symptoms that the body is under attunement.

And be informed, every person’s reaction to Reiki attunement is subjective. 

Others may not experience any side effects, at all. Meanwhile, there are some people who may feel queasy and to them, it’s apparent that their body is undergoing attunement.

Here are actions to take to counteract the effects of attunement:

  • Drink a lot of water at room temperature
  • Avoid eating much of what is mostly meat-based foods
  • Get sufficient rest

Can Attunement Be Done on Your Own?


Unfortunately, you can’t attune yourself or go through the Reiki attunement process on your own. A certified Reiki master needs to be present. Otherwise, you’ll go against the basic definition of attunement. 

Practicing the art and science of Reiki at home is one method that will make your life better. Traditionally, Reiki dictates that if you desire to practice a Reiki treatment, you need a Reiki master to initiate your own spiritual practice.

So, Is a Reiki Practice Right for You?


Practicing Reiki is incredibly beneficial for your wellness. It nurtures your ability to tap into your universal life force energy and send healing energy to your own body. It also gives you unparalleled clarity and a sense of balance.

One of its best benefits is it helps your body recover. With a qualified Reiki practitioner by your side or if you’ve undergone Reiki attunement, you can make the most out of it — have more vitality and be less susceptible to diseases. 

When you are able to use your healing hands for your body, you begin reducing your vibrations. This helps you eliminate toxic, unwanted, and residual energy. Ultimately, this encourages you to optimize your recovery through self-care.

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How to Do Spiritual Energy Transfer Through Touch?

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