An Introduction to Reiki Level 1 Attunement

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Reiki has helped change my life, and the lives of my friends, family and patients. But the number one question I get on a daily basis is, “How do I learn to heal myself using Reiki?” The journey to learn is simple and straightforward, if you are willing to put in the time and effort. The very first step you will take is going through a Level 1 Attunement, which is open to ANYONE willing to learn it. Learn about Level 2 here. Best of all, it’s FREE, and will let you get started immediately to eliminating the negative energy inside you and heal yourself. The studio should only ask for donations.

If they are charging you anything, KEEP LOOKING! The true Reiki masters share and teach because they love to, without looking for a profit.

What is Reiki Level 1 Attunement:

Reiki Level 1 Attunement Journey

Level 1 is the starting point for all students, practitioners and enthusiasts who are looking to use the Reiki powers for themselves or others. On its fundamental basis, Reiki is a holistic approach to healing that uses the energies present in the universe from all living beings. In Reiki terminology, this is called “Life Force Universal Energies.”

The common myth with Reiki healing is that it takes years to learn, after a hard fought journey in which you do an extensive amount of soul-searching and meditation. This could not be further from the truth. Reiki is all about getting started now, and making an impact today. In Level 1 Attunement, the Reiki healing energies are transferred from the Reiki master to the student, not taught. The Reiki master is able to transfer the universal life force energies that we mentioned earlier, through the process of Attunement. Attunement is a spiritual experience in which energies are channeled and transferred, which then begins the cleansing process of the mind, body and spirit.

What happens during a Level 1 Attunement?

The focus of the Level 1 Attunement is opening the channels for energy to flow through the cosmos into the crown of the head. For that reason, Level 1 Attunement is usually referred to as the physical level. The crown of the head is the entry point for all universal energies. Think of it as your Reiki hub. Once the energy reaches the crown of your head, it then flows internally to your heart and hands. You may even feel a cold, warm tingling sensation in your hands after your first attunement. It’s perfectly normal, and actually quite awesome!

I personally have not experienced this, but some other Reiki friends of mine have even felt a slight onset of psychic abilities after their Level 1 Attunement. Whether this is a placebo effect is beyond me, but I know that the Level 1 Attunement is a step in the right direction. The focus of this attunement is to open the whole person and begin the cleansing and healing process, simultaneously.

Reiki: Focus on Yourself

During Level 1 Attunement, the focus should always be on yourself. You want to heal yourself internally and prove to yourself that this process works, before you begin to heal others. As a student, you need to work through your own obstacles first. Use the positive inflow of energy from Reiki to get rid of the doubts, fears, blockages, obstacles and negativity that lies internally within you. It is vital that students work and heal themselves, before taking on additional patients.

In the process of healing yourself in Level 1, you will learn about the hand placements for various types of Reiki healing. You will also learn the hand placements to heal the 7 chakras of the body. Additionally, you will get some more insight into the history of Reiki, where it originated and the different types of Reiki (Usui, Karuna, etc.). You will experience first-hand the difference between the vibrations that are held by negative feelings versus positive feelings. For some, the Level 1 Attunement is just one session. For others, it’s an ongoing process. STICK WITH IT! It is not a race. You want to make sure to go through the process correctly, and respect it.


The Level 1 Attunement process is your first step to dive into the world of Reiki healing. I process you that it is a fulfilling experience, and you will get as much out of it as you put into it. Anyone is allowed to learn and go through the first stage. The focus is yourself, and you want to make sure you truly master the hand positions, the energy flow, and cleansing process. Your life is about to be changed forever. Make sure you treat your body with the respect it deserves when performing Reiki on yourself.

As always, Happy Reiki-ing!

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