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Reiki Level 1 - Step-by-Step Attunement Procedure

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Modalities: Reiki

Purpose of Attunement The main purpose of an attunement or reiju (pronounced Ray-joo) is to raise the student’s energy level to re-connect to the true inner self (soul), plus strengthen the connection to universal spiritual energy.

In Reiki Level 1, the student is attuned through four initiations, to three symbols – the power symbol , Cho-Ku-Rei, the mental/emotional symbol , Sei-He-Ki and the distant/absentee symbol , Hon-Sha-Ze-Sho-Nen.

1st initiation

Energy is utilized through student’s physical body to raise energy vibrational level and to increase healing capacity.  Attunement opens crown chakra to access and channel more universal energy light, plus initiate universal wisdom and purpose to flow

2nd initiation

Energy operates through student’s etheric body (spiritual double located slightly above the physical body).  Attunement opens cervical and spinal column to improve the functioning of entire nervous system, plus open throat chakra to enhance communication

3rd initiation

Balances student’s right and left brain for clearer thinking and action

4th initiation

Influences student’s pineal and pituitary glands, which increase higher consciousness and intuition.  The pineal gland located at the 7th chakra (crown) increases perception of light, plus connects student to the universal source of energy.  The pituitary gland located at the 6th chakra (third eye) is also influenced to balance the endocrine system (see diagram page 19), as well as the brain.  The symbols are permanently sealed into the student’s hands and aura, before the energies between student and Master, are disconnected.  This initiation completes the process allowing the energy channels to remain open.

Preparing Students for Attunement Process (to relax student)

  • Play soft Reiki music
  • Sit with feet flat on the floor, place hands on laps (avoid crossing limbs – this indicates non-acceptance for receiving)
  • Close your eyes, take 3-deep breaths and relax
  • Take a moment to scan yourself
  • Starting at your feet and working upward toward your crown, observe any tenseness and relax each muscle
  • Say to students, “You are safe and secure at all times”
  • Begin guided meditation to relax them (see page 32)

Procedure during Attunement

  • Ring bell/gong 3x’s for student to enter attunement room
  • When student enters the attunement room they will
    • Bow to Reiki Master (to show respect)
    • Bow to picture of Usui sensei (to show respect)
    • Sit on stool with back straight, but comfortable
    • Feet flat on floor (avoid crossing legs – this indicates non-acceptance for receiving)
    • Hands held loosely on lap (avoid crossing hands – this indicates non-acceptance for receiving)
    • Close eyes and relax

(Reiki Level 1 Attunement continued on next page)

Guided Meditation Script to BEFORE Attunement to Relax Student

  • In front of you is a wide, staircase made of clear quartz crystal
  • Walk over to the staircase until you are standing in front of it
  • As I count from 1 to 10, I want you to climb the stairs until you reach the landing at the top
  • 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 5 and 6 and 7 and 8 and 9 and 10
  • You are now standing on the landing and in front of you is a white door
  • Slowly walk over to the door & open it, then step over the threshold
  • Remember, you are safe and secure at all times
  • Before you is a beautiful, serene park, full of lush green trees and fragrant, colourful blooming flowers in all shape and sizes
  • Their heady aroma permeates the air around you
  • In front of you is a slide situated in front of a large pool filled with rainbow coloured water
  • Walk over to the slide and as I count from 1 to 7, climb the stairs – 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 5 and 6 and 7
  • Now sit down on the slide, don’t worry about being fully dressed, just slide down into the water below
  • Relax in the water, feel its invigorating, refreshing, crisp, coolness as it laps against your skin
  • As you float and relax, be aware of what healing colour your body naturally absorbs
  • Above you is the yellow glow of the afternoon sun, beating its warmth over you
  • You feel so relaxed, so peaceful and very happy
  • Stay in the water and enjoy yourself
  • When you hear the bell ring three times, you will be ready to receive your attunement
  • If it’s your turn, slowly open your eyes, get up out of your chair and meet me at the door of the healing room

Guided Meditation AFTER Attunement (Excerpt from page 30)

  • You have now received attunement to Reiki level 1 and you will experience this in your own unique way
  • You are feeling very relaxed and very peaceful
  • Feel and know that the energy and power from the Reiki symbols are penetrating the very essence of your soul
  • Feel and know that you are a very loving and powerful channel for the Reiki healing energy
  • Feel and know that you are a powerful healing facilitator who will only perform Reiki for the highest good for self and others
  • Know that your spirit healing team will assist you whenever you call upon their help and guidance
  • Now I am going to count from 1 to 5 and when I reach number 5, you will return to the present time, take 3-deep breaths, open your eyes and you will feel very refreshed, plus invigorated
  • 1…start to come back.....2…..you are slowing returning to conscious awareness…..3….4….. you are almost back……5….you are fully back in the present time…….take 3-deep breaths…..open your eyes……rub your fingers together……you are fully conscious and aware of the present
  • If you feel unsteady or dizzy, take 3-deep breaths, drink some water or touch an inanimate object to help ground yourself.

Attunement to Reiki Level 1 is processed through four initiations.

First Initiation (Energy operates through student’s physical body to raise energy vibrational level and to increase healing capacity.  Attunement opens crown chakra to access and channel more universal energy light, plus initiate universal wisdom and purpose to flow)

Position: Back of Student; Area – Shoulders and Crown
  • Stand behind student and place your right hand on student’s shoulder.  Connect your energy to the universal energy source by raising your left arm with hand facing upward (to receive universal energy) and visualize or draw the Master Symbol Dai-Ko-Myo (pronounced Die-Coe-Me-Oh)  above the student’s crown.
  • With your left arm still raised, place your right hand on top of student’s crown and silently say a prayer or invocation

(E.g. “I ask for universal blessings from spirit and the Reiki healing team to assist this student to become a compassionate, loving Reiki healer who will be filled with humility in order to serve humanity for the highest good”)

  • Cup your hands, like a funnel, over student’s crown, but leave a small opening for a blowing hole
  • Position your tongue, take 3-deep belly/kidney breaths and contract your Hui-Yin.  Visualize white light entering your crown, going through your tongue, down the front of your body to the Hui Yin point, then back up your spine to the centre of your head (Fire Dragon energy)
  • Blow “Fire Dragon” energy into student’s crown
  • As you are blowing, visualize and silently intone each symbol 3x’s

Cho-Ku-Rei 3x’s (Choh-Koo-Ray)

Hon-Sha-Ze-Sho-Nen 3x’s (Hon-Shaw-Zay-Show-Nen)

Sei-He-Ki 3x’s (Say-Hay-Key)

  • See the symbol penetrate into student’s heart, then along their arms to their hands; wait until you feel the process is completed before continuing – use your intuition.  Note: Release your Hui Yin after the blowing is completed

Second Initiation (Energy operates through student’s etheric body (which is spiritual double located slightly above the physical body).  Attunement opens cervical and spinal column to improve the functioning of entire nervous system, plus open the throat chakra to enhance communication)

Position: Back of Student; Area – Both Shoulders
  • Continue standing behind student and place one hand on each shoulder, position your tongue, take 3-deep belly/kidney breaths and contract your Hui-Yin
  • Visualize  and silently intone Cho-Ku-Rei (Choh-Koo-Ray) 3x’s, as you blow “Fire Dragon” energy into each shoulder.  See the symbol move along student’s cervical and spinal column; wait until you feel the process is completed before continuing – use your intuition.  Note: Release your Hui Yin after the blowing is completed

Third Initiation (Balances student’s right and left brain for clearer thinking and action)

Position: Back of Student; Area – Occipital Ridge at Back of Head
  • Continue standing behind student and place your thumbs on and parallel to their occipital ridge (where the back of the head meets the neck), then position your tongue, take 3-deep belly/kidney breaths and contract your Hui-Yin while blowing.
  • As you blow, visualize  and silently intone Cho-Ku-Rei (Choh-Koo-Ray) 3x’s.  See the symbol penetrate the back of the head; wait until you feel the process is completed before continuing – use your intuition.  Note: Release your Hui Yin after the blowing is completed

Fourth Initiation (Influences student’s pineal and pituitary glands, increasing higher consciousness and intuition.  This initiation completes the process allowing the energy channels to remain open)

Position: Right Side of Student; Area – Forehead and Back of Head
  • Move to student’s right side and place your left hand on the lowest part of the back of their head as you place your right hand across their forehead, position your tongue, then take 3-deep belly/kidney breaths and contract your Hui-Yin while blowing.
  • Visualize  and silently Intone Cho-Ku-Rei (Choh-Koo-Ray) 3x’s, as you blow the “Fire Dragon” energy into both areas (back of head and then forehead).  See the symbol penetrate these areas; wait until you feel the process is completed before continuing – use your intuition.  Note: Release your Hui Yin after the blowing is completed

Final Step of 4th Initiation(Three major symbols are permanently sealed into student’s hands where the energy is accessed automatically from the student’s subconscious level)

Position: Kneel in Front of Student; Area – Both Hands Palms Up
  • Walk counter-clockwise to student’s front.  Kneel in front of student and place both their hands in open hand position (palms open and facing upward) on their lap.  Apply symbols to each hand separately.  Starting with the left hand, cup your hands (like a funnel) over the palm, but leave a small opening in the centre to blow the symbols into
  • Position your tongue, take 3-deep belly/kidney breaths and contract your Hui-Yin while blowing the “Fire Dragon” energy into the 1st hand
  • As you blow, visualize  and silently intone Cho-Ku-Rei (Choh-Koo-Ray) 3x’s.  Then visualize  and silently intone Hon-Sha-Ze-Sho-Nen (Hon-Shaw-Zay-Show-Nen) 3x’s.  Lastly, visualize  and silently intone Sei-He-Ki (Say-Hay-Key) 3x’s
  • See the three symbols penetrate into the hand.  Note: Release your Hui Yin after the blowing is completed
  • Keep the left palm open and facing upward as you repeat the same procedure to the right hand
  • Once the procedure is completed on both hands, with the palms still open, simultaneously with both your hands, gently tap both palms 3-times to seal the symbols in
  • Gently close their hands into loosely-closed fists
  • Criss-cross their hands across their heart and then criss-cross your hands over theirs
  • Hold this position until you feel that the initiation is completed -use your intuition
  • When finished, walk counter-clockwise to back of student, bow to Usui sensei and give a silent prayer of gratitude

(E.g. “I give thanks of gratitude to the Reiki healing team for all assistance received during this attunement – thank-you, thank-you, thank-you”)

  • While at the back of the student, draw the Raku  symbol to ground and seal the symbols into the student’s aura plus disconnect your energy from that of the student’s
  • Ring bell 1-time (or advise student that attunement is completed)
  • Student bows first to Usui sensei, then to Reiki Master Teacher (to show respect), before leaving the room to return to their chair to continue meditating
  • When all attunements are completed, change from your attunement garment, do your cleansing exercise (E.g. dry brush or shower method) and wash hands (for sanitary purposes, plus to cleanse external energies)
  • Return to teaching room and use a guided meditation (E.g. page 32) to bring students back to the present time
This article was written by Margaret Jang
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Margaret Jang 2016-03-20 07:19
Quoting Vinay shankar:
Hi
I heard a reiki practitioner can control other's mind by just thinking about him, in the most unfavorable situation he can turn the situation in his favour simply following few steps of reiki. Is it true?

Vinay


Hi Vinay:

Thank-you for your inquiry.

A Reiki practitioner SHOULD NOT try to control the mind of others or think about others in a negative or unfavourable manner. This is NOT what Reiki is used for, nor is it an ethical practice! Anybody who does this is operating from misguided EGO and will only create Karma for themselves – stay away from them!

Some people (or organizations) think that they can control others through their thoughts, and since thoughts consist of varying degrees of energy, it is possible. However, they mainly pick on people who are weak or vulnerable, or who have no confidence and low self-esteem. Again, this is not an ethical practice!

It is possible for people to communicate through thoughts rather than verbally, which is called mental telepathy. People who heal animals communicate with them by using telepathy.

As a Reiki healer, it is crucial to protect yourself from the energy of others through daily cleansing, grounding and protection techniques.

With blessings and gratitude,

Margaret Jang
www.margaretjang.com
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Vani 2016-04-05 09:25
I have started learning reiki and have done first level, but I did not feel any sensation or vibration of energy flowing. I am not able to meditate also. My guru taught me to bring reiki powers in my hand. But still I did not feel anything. Am I doing it right ? Is there a problem with me?
Margaret Jang 2016-04-14 07:08
Quoting Vani:
I have started learning reiki and have done first level, but I did not feel any sensation or vibration of energy flowing. I am not able to meditate also. My guru taught me to bring reiki powers in my hand. But still I did not feel anything. Am I doing it right ? Is there a problem with me?



Hi Vani:

For new Reiki practitioners, it is quite common not to feel any variations in energy flow which may indicate that your sensitivity level is low and you just require more practice in order to develop it.

This does not mean that you are applying Reiki incorrectly. If you are using slow deep breathing techniques (not shallow breaths) to “channel” Reiki (or Universal) energy in and out of you, rather than using your own body’s energy, then you will notice your hands and body becoming warmer during the Reiki session. Be sure to stop and re-hydrate with water whenever you become thirsty. Two things move energy throughout your body – your breath and water. It’s also advisable to wear layered clothing so that you can remove clothing as your body becomes warmer. If you have applied Reiki correctly, after the treatment you will feel more awake, more energetic or euphoric. But if you have applied Reiki incorrectly, then you will feel tired or drained.

If you have been taught “hand scanning” techniques to gauge energy flow within a client’s body before and after a Reiki treatment, but you cannot feel any energy fluctuations such as heat, cold, or vibrations, have patience and just keep practicing on yourself, on others or on animals. In order for your hands to become sensitive to energy fluctuations, it requires much patience, lots of practice and endless time in order to develop and build awareness and vibrational sensitivity. Some people are naturally more sensitive to energy fluctuations than others and therefore require less practice time.

This was always a major complaint with my Reiki students in which they would lose patience, confidence and interest. Therefore I switched and taught only “pendulum scanning” techniques which doesn’t require hand sensitivity development and can be learned almost instantly, although it still requires continual practice to become and maintain proficiency. You can view details about pendulum scanning in my Reiki Level 1 Manual posted at VitalityLink www.vitalitylink.com/tutorial-Reiki-224-Free-Reiki-Level-Manual-Tutorial-energy and the pertaining section on pendulum scanning starts here www.vitalitylink.com/tutorial-Reiki-224-Free-Reiki-Level-Manual-Tutorial-energy

With blessings and gratitude,

Margaret Jang
www.margaretjang.com
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Vani 2016-04-14 12:59
Hello Margaret , thanks for the reply. I still have a doubt , how do I meditate? Is it necessary to concentrate on the brow chakra to call reiki ? If it is, I am unable to do so
Margaret Jang 2016-04-18 09:51
Quoting Vani:
Hello Margaret , thanks for the reply. I still have a doubt , how do I meditate? Is it necessary to concentrate on the brow chakra to call reiki ? If it is, I am unable to do so


Hi Vani:

There is no right or wrong way to meditate. Find a method that you are comfortable with, one that is simple and is not steeped in superstitious beliefs nor is too complicated; otherwise chances are you won't do it.

There is no time limit - set aside whatever amount of time you have to spare, but be consistent. It is far more beneficial to meditate 10 or 15 minutes every day rather than 1 hour once per week. Note that 20 minutes of meditation equals 4 hours of solid sleep. Afterwards you should feel refreshed, more energetic and calmer, plus more alert and focused.

A method that I teach my students, plus do myself is the 1-2-3-4 counting technique. Here is a link to an article that I wrote & posted to my website, which explains it in more detail. By focusing on the numbers this helps you to maintain your attention, plus train your thoughts not to wander. Scroll down toward the bottom of the page - margaretjang.com/2014/10/21/loss-energy-giving-reiki-treatment/.

You may find other techniques on the Internet or through books. If a method appeals to your curiosity, try it, and if you feel comfortable with it and like it better than my suggestion, then use it.

With blessings and gratitude,

Margaret Jang
www.margaretjang.com

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