Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master
Have you ever wondered why the attunement process has so many steps? It took me many hours of practice to get all the steps down, in the right order, to prepare for my first class as a Reiki Master. Often, I wondered why it had to be so complicated! Does Spirit really need this whole process to give someone the gift of being a Reiki practitioner?
The answer came to me one day. The attunement process is for the student – and for me – not for Spirit. Spirit does not need it, but we do!
The attunement process is a ritual, and the lives of human beings are filled with rituals. A couple falls in love, spend much time together for months or years, and then expend many hours of planning, and money, for their wedding day. Why? The marriage ceremony is a ritual full of special meaning. A couple declares to each other, and to family and friends, a lifelong commitment to honor and love each other. Similarly, levels of education end with a graduation ritual; employees retire with the going-away party; even our birthdays and anniversaries are marked with ritualistic activities.
Rituals appear in every culture and belief system. Recently, a young client reported to me she greatly disliked the traditional religion of her youth as the service was always the same, long and boring affair. Then, she stated she had found a new pagan practice that had many ceremonial aspects. Soon, she started to laugh, realizing how she had rejected one set of ritualistic practices for another! We continued the discussion, and she recognized there are always beliefs underlying ritual practices. She now practiced ceremony in accordance with her core beliefs. While the rituals had similarities, the reasons for the acts were not the same.
Rituals can be powerful, sacred ceremonies; each ritual generates an unique energy to those participating in it. Rituals mark an end to a particular phase of our lives, and the beginning of a new one. Gone is an old way of being, with many new possibilities ahead of us – that is certainly true of the Reiki attunement process. Gone are old beliefs that healing is not possible, that there is nothing that can change this physical, emotional or spiritual issue. Gone are old paradigms that never worked in the first place.
Many people have asked me what actually happens during the attunement process. My answer, as I was trained to answer, is we keep the process secret, to maintain the sacredness of the event. I reply that the Universe works in opening the student’s channels to energy healing. There is truth in that statement, for sure. Perhaps, the main reason it is a secret is it would be very difficult to explain how a series of steps can have such a large impact on someone’s ability to bring healing to others and self. It is one of those mysteries of life, and it is one of those mysteries that we need to accept, on faith. There is no simple, logical explanation.
That is the true beauty of ritual. This element of mystery is much deeper than our humanistic level of understanding. As always, we express gratitude for the mystery of the Reiki attunement process.
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Deborah Lloyd is a Usui and Karuna® Reiki Master and certified holistic therapy practitioner. She also is a licensed clinical social worker, working with a hospice agency in Asheville, NC. She grew up on a farm in rural Indiana and was stricken with polio at the age of three. To relieve fatigue from post-polio syndrome, she learned Reiki. This complementary technique led her to explore other alternative modalities. Her personal journey, along with life lessons learned along the way, is detailed in her book, Believe and it is True: A Story of Healing and Life Lessons. Reach Deborah at http://www.deblloydhealing.com/, firstname.lastname@example.org and at Deb Lloyd Healing on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deblloydhealing)