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Attunements in Japanese Reiki

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Attunements (also known as reiju) are one of the five basic elements of Traditional Japanese Reiki

(1) Developing Spiritual and Mental Focus 

Spiritual and mental focus is the most important part of your journey. The development of spiritual and mental focus is achieved through contemplation and use of the Reiki precepts, meditation, and chanting. The precepts are one of the tools to help build the mental focus and spiritual development that lead to finding “true-self.”  By working with the Five Precepts of Reiki, you start to embody them. They start to become part of your everyday life. 

(2) Meditation Techniques

During each of your Reiki classes you will learn meditation techniques to help you develop a stronger mental focus. Each class builds on these techniques and tools, and encourages you to develop a daily practice.

(3) Hands on Healing

In Shoden Reiki Level 1 you will learn techniques of hands on healing of self and others. At the Shoden level you are just beginning on the path of self-discovery. It is through this self-discovery that you develop the tools to heal others.

(4) Mantras and Symbols

In Okuden Reiki Level 2 you will learn three mantras and three symbols, along with their descriptions and uses, that aid in the focus of energy. At this level you will start to discover inner qualities such as your Earth, Heaven, and Heart energy. In Shinpiden Reiki Level 3 students gain a deeper understanding of these symbols and mantras.  The symbols and mantras are yet another tool to help you on your journey of discovering “true-self.”

(5) Reiju/Attunements/Initiations

Traditionally, Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki, performed reiju (a spiritual blessing or offering) when he taught Reiki to others. These reiju would be performed by Usui sitting directly in front of the student, merely sharing space, being the “bright light,” and meditating together with the student. 

Usui found that for some students to be able to fully recognize or receive a reiju, a laying-on of hands was necessary.  However, a reiju can come in many forms. The reiju were meant to help awaken the student’s own innate abilities, reminding us that we all have our own “great bright light.”  It is a meeting of two energies, and a reminder that we are all one.

About the author

Teri Calandra

Teri Calandra Dipl.Acu, MSTOM, L.Ac., LMT, RMT

Teri began her studies in energy medicine as part of her own personal development journey, and continues to to learn and integrate that knowledge into her practice. Teri is the founding practitioner of Calandra Center for Health & Wellness in Schaumburg, Illinois. She is licensed by the State of Illinois in acupuncture (L.Ac.), and board certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

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