Updated: Sep 27
Reiki is special because it's not just learned from books or classes. Instead, a Reiki master "shares" it with a student in a special process called an "attunement." This process links the student to the main source of Reiki energy. Once you've had this attunement, you become like a human channel, able to use and share this energy to help yourself and others. While you can read about it or learn the techniques, until a master has passed it onto you, you can't truly do Reiki.
There are so many incredible benefits to getting attuned to Reiki and practicing.
Increased Sensitivity to Energy: Many newly attuned Reiki practitioners report heightened sensitivity to energy. They may feel more in tune with the energy around them, and may perceive changes in the energy fields of themselves and others more keenly.
Physical Sensations: Some report feeling warmth, tingling, or cold sensations in their hands. This is often interpreted as a heightened ability to sense and channel Reiki energy.
Emotional Releases: It's not uncommon for individuals to undergo emotional releases following an attunement. This might manifest as bouts of crying, feelings of euphoria, or a resurgence of past memories or emotions.
Vivid Dreams: An increase in vivid or symbolic dreams is a common report. This is sometimes seen as the subconscious processing the attunement experience.
Deepened Intuition: Some practitioners find that their intuition is enhanced after the attunement, making them more attuned to their own needs and the needs of others.
Spiritual Growth and Insights: For some, the attunement can spark a period of rapid spiritual growth and introspection. Individuals might have new insights about their life path, purpose, or spiritual beliefs.
Changes in Relationships and Circumstances: As one's energy and perspective shift, it's not uncommon for relationships and circumstances to evolve. This might mean outgrowing certain relationships or being drawn to new ones, or experiencing changes in one's career or life circumstances.
Increased Healing Abilities: The primary purpose of the attunement is to enable the practitioner to channel Reiki energy. Many find that their ability to promote healing — both for themselves and for others — is enhanced after the attunement.
Sense of Peace: Many practitioners describe a deep sense of peace and well-being following an attunement.
Detoxification Symptoms: Some believe that the Reiki attunement process can kickstart a detoxification of the body. Practitioners may experience symptoms like headaches, stomach upsets, or feelings of being unwell. Drinking plenty of water, resting, and practicing self-Reiki can help manage these symptoms. (see the list below for more info)
When you have a Reiki attunement, it's like your body and spirit go through a "tune-up." Sometimes, this can make you feel a little weird or different afterward. Think of it like a car after it's been serviced – it might act a bit differently until it settles in. Here are seven things you might experience and some simple advice on how to handle them: (Note that these symptoms are temporary)
Fatigue or increased energy: You might feel unusually tired or, conversely, feel a surge of energy.
Lower back pain: Our body has energy spots, and the lower back is linked to one called the Root Chakra. After Reiki, this spot can be more active, causing discomfort.
Changes in appetite: Some people may not feel like eating, while others might eat more than usual.
Upset Stomach: Our gut is quite intelligent and responsive. With Reiki, the energy around the stomach area can shift, leading to tummy troubles.
Minor physical discomforts: Flu-like symptoms, aches and pains, or skin irritation are possible.
Increased sensitivity: Sensitivity to light, sound, and environment can increase.
Consult a doctor as you see fit.
Emotional releases: Buried emotions might come to the surface, leading to bouts of crying, sadness, or feeling irritable.
Mood swings: Rapid changes from feeling euphoric to feeling down.
Another Awakening: gifts may pop or a dark night of the soul situation can occur.
Vivid dreams or nightmares: Dreams can become more lucid or carry profound messages.
Clarity: A clearer understanding of personal and life issues.
Overwhelm: Feeling mentally overwhelmed or having racing thoughts.
Memories: Recollection of past events or traumas.
Heightened intuition: An increased sense of intuition or "knowing" things without a logical reason. Your gifts start to come online even stronger.
Enhanced meditation experiences: Deeper or more profound insights during meditation.
Connection with spirit guides or angels: Some individuals may feel a heightened connection with the spiritual realm.
Feeling more in tune with nature and other beings.
Changes in Relationships:
Relationships might be re-evaluated, with some growing stronger while others fade. This is part of aligning oneself with individuals that match the new energy or vibration.
Tips to Care for Yourself After an Attunement
Consult a doctor if you feel pain or as you see fit.
Hydration: Drink plenty of water to support energy flow and detoxification.
Rest: Prioritize sleep and relaxation to allow energy integration.
Grounding: Spend time in nature, walk barefoot, or use grounding meditation techniques.
Balanced Diet: Eat light, nourishing foods, and consider reducing caffeine or alcohol.
Journal: Write down experiences, feelings, and any insights.
Meditate: Helps process energy and maintain inner balance.
Limit Stimulants: Avoid excess caffeine, alcohol, or sugar.
Self-Reiki: Practice daily self-Reiki sessions.
Avoid Negativity: Limit exposure to negative environments or people.
Baths: Take salt baths to cleanse and restore energy.
Avoid Over-activity: Give yourself time, avoid rushing or over-scheduling.
Seek Support: Connect with your Reiki Master or group for guidance and shared experiences.
It's essential to note that everyone's experience with a Reiki attunement is unique. While some may experience several of the above symptoms, others might feel only a few or none at all. Always consult with a Reiki Master or practitioner if you have concerns about any post-attunement symptoms.
Remember, any odd feelings after Reiki may be signs that your body is adjusting. Embrace the journey and keep shining bright! 🌟