In order to keep the rituals sacred and cherished by the Reiki Master and their students, the student is asked to keep their eyes closed. This also allows the recipient being Attuned to go inside and focus on the experience and helps the Reiki Master concentrate on what is a complex set of procedures.
During the initiation, the Reiki Master uses the ancient sacred symbols and mantras (holy words that activate and direct certain energies) rediscovered by Dr. Usui to connect the student to the Universal Life Force.
Dr. Hayashi described it to Madam Takata beautifully when he said, “The Universal Life Force is so big we cannot measure it, so deep we cannot fathom it; therefore in Japanese we call it Reiki.” He continued “It is comparable to a radio station, broadcasting radio waves everywhere. There are no wires connecting the radio station with your home, yet when you turn on the receiver and tune into the radio waves from the station you receive what they are sending. Likewise, the principles of Reiki are the same. The energy is everywhere; it travels through space without wires. Once you have been connected to the energy it flows automatically, forever. It is a universal and immeasurable energy and its power is unlimited.”
What Happens After Initiation?
Your psychic, intuitive and creative abilities will be raised by between 50 to 80 percent. By raising your vibratory level you will begin a transformational process on all levels and aspects of your life.
We all live in an extremely stressful and hectic world, which can influence our total being. Reiki helps control how our mind body and spirit responds both internally and externally to the often negative and destructive external stimuli from our world. If applied regularly, Reiki will reduce the extreme highs and lows of life, gradually leading to a new balanced existence.
When you receive your first Attunement during the initiation ceremony, energy will start to flow through your hands at the thought of healing. You will also start a 21 day cleansing and detoxification cycle through the chakras. The Reiki attunement has a powerful healing influence on the mind body and spirit, activating the seven major chakras, beginning with the root, and ending at the crown chakra — each one taking approximately twenty-four hours. This happens three times.
You may not be aware of this depending on how fit and healthy you are and your level of mindfulness. Your body is preparing you for healing. When the toxins are out of your system your body can work at its ultimate level for healing. Your whole system will be readjusted and re-balanced. You may experience symptoms of physical cleansing and detoxification such as a running nose, headaches or diarrhoea. The more toxic you are the more symptoms you may notice. There is no need to be alarmed. The body is simply flushing out the toxins. Place your hands on any aches or pains you may experience and allow Reiki to ease your discomfort and speed up the healing process.
The healing energy works on all levels of the mind body and spirit. This process can be quite emotional and exhausting at times as the Reiki energy works on the emotional and physical blocks, scars and baggage that your body has collected and stored throughout your lifetime. It’s a good idea to spend more time resting over the twenty-one day period. Use the time for self-healing and reflection.
Reiki is like a rebirth. Reiki’s wisdom will do whatever is needed to release you from the fears and barriers that prevent you from leading a happy fulfilling life. If you find yourself getting emotional and wanting to cry, scream or shout, let it happen. The old saying better out than in is so true and therapeutically beneficial to your being. Release the ties that bind you to your old habits and lifestyle. You can cleanse your mind body and spirit and start again. Trust in the healing power of Reiki.
Some reactions may seem unpleasant but by accepting them as part of your personal healing process and not attaching a great deal of importance to them, they will soon pass. You may also find yourself dealing with certain issues in your dreams; it can be helpful to keep a record of them in a dream journal. Then you can meditate on them when you have time.
[There are also two extremely good techniques for unravelling the meanings of dreams and how they relate to your life. Though I have not personally used these specific methodologies, they come highly recommended. The first is ‘Dreamwork’ which is a form of Gestalt therapy developed by Dr Fritz Perls. It is simple and easy to understand. You are shown how to conduct conversations with your dreams. During these conversations your unconscious mind will unlock and reveal the true meaning of your dreams to you. There are many good books on this subject including The Red Book of Gestalt by Gaie Houston.
Professor Eugene Gendlin also developed a technique for working with dreams called ‘Focussing’. This subtle yet profound skill teaches you how to get in touch with the wisdom of the body. Ann Weiser Cornell’s excellent book The Power of Focusing is a practical guide to using Professor Gendlin’s techniques to unravel the meanings of your dreams.]
The Attunements ‘switch on’ an extra surge of power which fuels all life. The more you use Reiki the stronger it becomes. Establish the habit of giving yourself Reiki before you fall asleep at night and when you wake up in the morning. Remember, once you have been attuned to the universal life force you can begin channelling the healing energy of Reiki to yourself and others.
Reiki is never sent; it is always drawn through the channel. This is one of the major differences between Reiki and magnetic or spiritual healing. Because the energy is drawn through the channel by the recipient as opposed to being directed by the healer, the Reiki practitioner will never feel drained or take on the condition of the patient. On the contrary, the practitioner is also receiving a self-treatment as the Reiki energy flows through them to the recipient.