Article by João Antão Marques
Those who practice Reiki know that distant healing is a reality so, distant attunements should also be a reality and, in fact they are. Those with the Master/Teacher Level know that we can attune others using the distance symbol, the problem, for me, is the attitude involved.
The way I think and feel about Reiki, leads me to consider that distant attunements (as well as online Reiki courses stating that you will be attuned if you attend them), are like “fast food”, it’s “fast Reiki”, almost like “do it yourself and became a master in 3 days”.
An Attunement is certainly a very special, and sacred moment, and should be treated as such, moreover, care should be taken when selecting a Master to perform it (if you are very careful when selecting a doctor, why are you not careful when selecting someone to handle you Energy Body?).
When you decide to receive an attunement, you give authorization to a “Master” to handle your energy body and perform the attunement. Most probably, in a distant attunement, you never saw (or will see) the “Master” before and the contact you had with him was certainly by mail or phone. That is a dangerous thing to do because, most probably, you will know nothing about his or hers experience and credibility.
As far as I know, never Mikao Usui Sensei, Chugiro Hayashi or Hawayo Takata, have performed distant attunements the same applying to Frank Arjava Peter, William Lee Rand and Walter Lubeck, three of the most important (at least for me) of the more recent Reiki Masters, and to whom we should be very grateful for what they gave us regarding the knowledge of Reiki, its roots and history.
So it seems that distant attunements have never been performed by those who really developed Reiki, studied it and respect it.
Mikao Usui Sensei, was attuned by the Masters during his Satori, and certainly did not perform a self-attunement, as I’ve already seen written by someone trying to sell self-attunements and so on.
Those interested, know that Spiritual Work involves lots of effort and, quite often, proves to be a very difficult path. Without hard work, and perseverance, you risk to fail your goal. Remember that “Attitude and Commitment lead to Excellence”!
One of the basic principles, in life, is respect, and when you decide to enter the “World of the Reiki Energy” it is expected that you will respect the energy you decided to work with.
You will certainly agree that someone who performs or receives a distant attunement is not respecting the energy – let’s see why.
- It’s certainly a bore (and I agree with that) to sit, during two days (that’s the duration of my first level courses), listening to someone speaking about Reiki. It’s much better to stay at home, receive the attunement and have the rest of the day free. With this behavior, those receiving distant attunements show that they are not committed to the energy.
- In a distant attunement, the “Master” fails his duty as a Master. He may produce fabulous papers and videos (which I doubt) but, he will not correct wrong positions, neither will clarify doubts on the spot nor will transmit his knowledge and experience (for me a Reiki Master that has no clinic or does not practice Reiki healing others, should not attune others. It’s good, for himself/herself, to have the Master degree but, we do not need “parrots” teaching).
- The fourth principle of Reiki reads “Just for today I will work hard” or, in other way, “just for today I shall earn my living with integrity” and, in a third version, with similar meaning, “just for today I shall do my work honestly”.
It’s quite obvious that those receiving a distant attunement are not working hard, nor the master is earning his living with integrity or doing his/hers work honestly, because if he/she was being honest, he/she would never lead you to fail the fourth principle.
Moreover, we have to consider the strength of the attunement – which is stronger in person, or distant or, are they equivalent? In order to clarify this question, the Reiki Forum (France), asked clairvoyant people to check the strength of the attunements and the unanimous conclusion was that the distant attunement is weaker. This eventually may be related to the fact that the global energy, in a group, is higher than the sum of the individual energies in place.
If you ask me if I have already performed a distant attunement, I will answer yes, I’ve already done it, in a very, but very, special situation (a girl, living in Azores, and with a Reiki level 1 course, was looking for an online Reiki course for Level 2 as she wanted to better treat her mother who had a breast cancer), and with the promise that the in person attunement would take place as soon as possible. I’ve never issued a certificate for distant attunements and, I’ve already lost clients because I refuse to perform them.
For me, Reiki is a sacred energy and I try to treat it, and respect it, as such, and I deeply regret to see the overall picture that goes around. Honesty should prevail – not greed, nor making a fool of others.
Of course, if you have been properly attuned, there will be no harm if you attend online reiki specialization courses, that’s perfectly ok and is a good way to increase you knowledge.
Enjoy and respect that marvelous energy from above.
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João Antão Marques, a retired chemical engineer, is an Usui Tibetan Reiki Master/teacher living in Lisbon, Portugal, with training in Jikiden Reiki, Karuna® Reiki and Seichim, Lotus Light Jewel, Tibetan Bowls Massage and Therapy of Past Lives. Works as a volunteer with elder people in a Daily Center of the Portuguese Red Cross and has also worked with drugs and alcohol addicted. Recently undertook a study of the effects of Reiki in people affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis. João can be reached by mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.