Reiki Masters use a very special method to initiate students
for the flow of healing energy. Once a student has been opened
for healing, they're open to Reiki for life. Typically the Master
will gather the student or students into a special area designed
for the intent of conducting a spiritual ritual of initiation.
The student will sit, back straight, eyes closed and hands together
in front of the body as if in prayer. The Reiki Master will pass
in front and behind the student going through their secret ritual
Initiations can also be called Attuntements. The name is interchangable. But today many Masters prefer the word Initiation.
There's no real mystery to an initiation, the Master is simply
following an ancient tradition and ritual that helps the student
open up to divine energies. But I feel there is something much
more spiritual happening during these attunements. It's much
more than just a ritual of initiation. A Reiki Master is really
acting as an escort, or maybe even a witness, to the students
acknowledgement and commitment to the Divine. Becoming a Reiki
Channel is similar (but I'll agree not the same) as becoming
a spiritual Minister. In both cases the student is making an
agreement with his or her God, to be in service for Divine spirit.
So for me, the initiations or attunements are elaborate meetings
between student and the Divine force in his or her personal life.
A time for the student to state the intent of wanting to be a
channel for healing, to acknowledge the responsibility of this
role and to define their comment as a channel.
Remember Reiki, the energy, moves the individual into a clearer
alignment with the authentic self. To become one with your own
Mind/Body/Spirit connection. A student is given everything they
need to align their being with that of the Divine force in their
life to bring about balance and understanding of their true self.
Dividing the initiations between Reiki I and Reiki II allows
the new Reiki channel to get used to the new energy flowing through
their body and to build up a tolerance to its energy or "power".
Think of it as going into training for a marathon. You don't
start out running 5 miles on your first step out the door. You
build up to the endurance, you learn the proper method of stretching
and getting started with your run. And you learn something new
each time you practice your exercise. You gain understanding
about what works for you, what you're capable of and what is
needed for you to not only enter your first marathon, but to
be successful at it as well.
Reiki I and Reiki II classes are given to an individual typically
6 months apart. During this time, the new Reiki I healer is learning
how to feel the energy they are providing and the techniques
to deliver it successfully. After the 6 months, the average person
is ready to make the additional commitment to the Divine. They
are also ready to physically handle the full force of Divine
So the long winded view for me, is: the initiations are the
means in which the student declares their commitment and intent
to use the Universal Divine Life-force energy for the betterment
of others and their self. And to prepare their physical being
for the acceptance of 50% and then 100% of that energy so as
not to cause ill affects by overwhelming their own body and senses.