Getting rid of the static or “Can you hear me now”?
The Reiki Attunement seems to be that mysterious little ceremony in which you don’t quite know what to expect. Even after an explanation you can still be left wondering. In the dictionary we are told the word attuned (verb -be attuned) has the meaning, to make receptive or aware also to make harmonious. I like to keep things simple, so let me explain it this way. Imagine you (the Reiki student) are a radio. You are “on” and all we can hear is static. Someone comes along (the Reiki Master/Teacher) and starts to tune in the channel for better reception. You can also think of it this way, imagine you are a cell phone. You are trying to make a call and only have one bar. You move around to different spots and then finally get five bars. Perfect reception! This is what happens during a Reiki Attunement. The Reiki Master, using symbols and the breath enables you to be more receptive to the Reiki Energy. The energy in your body is literally changed and becomes more harmonious with the Reiki energy.
Students usually ask, “Can’t I channel Universal Life Force Energy anyway? Why do I need an attunement?” I answer this way. “We all probably to some extent do channel Universal Life Force Energy. What the attunement does is get rid of the static, in doing so the Reiki Energy can flow more freely through you.” A great way to get rid of the static is to do Reiki often. Remember the “Chocolate milkshake”? Every time you give Reiki you get Reiki. The more Reiki Energy you have flowing through you the more attuned you become.
Simply do Reiki and “get rid of the static”.
You may have heard of the Reiki truth “When you give a treatment you get a treatment”. This concept was introduced to me during my Reiki Level I training by my Reiki Master and Teacher Kathleen Wilk. It was explained in this way. Imagine the Universe is a huge chocolate milk shake and you are a straw. You are giving a Reiki treatment. The person receiving the treatment is drinking the chocolate milkshake. As they draw through the straw the straw is getting coated with the delicious shake. In the same way, as you give someone a Reiki treatment the Reiki energy is flowing from the universe (the milk shake) through you (the straw) to the one receiving the Reiki. You are getting coated with healing Reiki energy. Thus, when you give a treatment you get a treatment!
I am often times asked “aren’t you tired after giving a Reiki treatment ?” My response is “No, it’s quite the opposite,I feel great!” I believe it is this coating of the Reiki Energy which fills me with renewed energy, heightened senses and a sense of wonder and joy at what is all around me.
How could we extend this idea of giving and receiving beyond our Reiki sessions and into our daily lives? How much more enriched our lives and the lives of others could be! As we seek balance in our lives lets not forget the universal truth “Give and you shall receive”.
REIKI CHALLENGE: Every day for one week give something. This could be a smile, giving up your place in a long line, a donation to a charity, volunteering your time, Reiki, a prayer. You get the idea. Then be open to and aware of receiving in return.
What have you given? What have you received? How has it made you feel? As you enrich the lives of others has your life been enriched in any way? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you.
Dr Hyashi a disciple of Mikaio Usui (the founder of the Usui Method of Natural Healing, Reiki) used the metaphor of “the muddy stream” to explain how Reiki sets in motion the body’s natural healing process.
He explained that just as the sediment will surface in a stream when it is disturbed making the waters muddy, Reiki will stir up stagnant energy in the body bringing it to the surface to be released. Often times this results in a healing reaction or symptoms temporarily getting worse. Over time continuing to bring sediment to the surface and removing it will result in a crystal clear stream. So too with Reiki, as the stagnant energy is removed the body’s energy becomes clearer and clearer. Healing takes place.