page is one of a series where I give my ideas on aspects of Reiki
energy work. The pages are intended to give some "food for
and some are only my viewpoint. While a number of facts may be
you should decide for yourself how much (if any) of the content feels
In late 1994 during my very first
class - a 3 day weekend of teaching
Reiki 3 and Reiki Master - I received an interesting comment from
one of my students.
He said he had attended a Reiki share the previous evening at which
master student Barbara Brown was attending. At one point Barbara
told him she found it curious that all the Reiki she felt from the
seemed rather weak; except for his energy which seemed quite strong. I
wondered at this as I had been told that all Reiki energy was the same,
and that with the first attunement we had access to all of it.
Variations of a Flavour
Then as I began to receive
different Reiki Masters, and as my own ability to sense energy began to
I noticed that much of the Reiki from my various teachers felt
different in some
way to me. I was also doing graduate Awakening Light Body and Conscious
Channeling training, so my own ability to sense energies was growing
and becoming more refined. It was as if each Reiki energy was a
variation, much like a slightly different type of chocolate, yet all
having the same energy base.
Years later, I was approached by some practitioners who said they had received distant attunements from a former student of mine. They felt they had what I called Threshold Reiki energy, yet as I checked their energy I could tell they did not resonate with the same Reiki energy I use. Something had obviously changed in their reception.
In early 2011 I taught Gendai Reiki Master level to a person who had already received this style training in his home country. He was concerned as to whether he had been given all the same information I had when I worked with Mr. Hiroshi Doi, it's founder. Not only was he surprised that I had more material to share and that it was more correct, but he was very concerned to discover my distant Gendai Reiki attunements felt much stronger than his in-person attunements from his former teacher. I then wondered how many other Gendai students were experiencing this as well.
Over the years I would sometimes
get comments from readers about their concerns about attunements
received, especially distant ones. Some Reiki Masters go as far
as to discount the validity of distant attunements, yet I had always
found them to work equally as well for me as in-person ones (see
my article "Do Distant
Attunements Work?") It appeared that many Reiki
only seemed to do a half-hearted job when giving attunements or reiju,
especially distant ones.
But I feel it
is not really their fault. They may simply not understand how an
like any other ceremony or ritual, can be improved on in order to give
someone the best possible experience. It is no wonder that
some schools will say that distant attunements are not part of their
teachings, but I feel the problem lies also with in-person attunements
or reiju,. Some sort of support or understanding along the way
has been missing in some Reiki training methods.
Increasing the Focus and Strength of the Signal
Years ago in my own Threshold
classes I began to teach my ideas on helping
the new Reiki Master become more focused and stronger with his or her
Reiki energy. I developed a way to teach them to be able to
present specific versions of an energy, rather than just blending them
all together. I call this my Threshold Reiju Workshop.
After all, if you are taking training like Gendai Reiki where founder
Mr. Hiroshi Doi focuses only on the Reiki he received from former URR
Gakkai president Mrs. Koyama (repeatedly over 6 years),
most likely you would wish to experience exactly what he shares in his
own classes, not some blending of other Reiki energies along with
I find that for potentially a really good energy awakening or transfer, one needs to be extremely well focused on the recipient, extremely well focused on the energy, and of course be able to hold that energy to a greater degree than the recipient (which isn't always possible.) This of course holds true for any attunement or reiju, given by distant means or in person. This may seem a bit of a challenge for some, but after a time it just becomes habit.
My biggest lesson in being able to hold an energy was in 1999 when I gave a simple open ended attunement to a 35 year veteran Chinese Qigong master. The process I used involves measuring how much the recipient accepts and I would thus stop the flow when it felt like he was no longer receiving - usually this is less than a minute. However, I discovered he could hold much more energy than I could handle. As I attuned him I felt like I was transferring energy from one warehouse to another. Eventually I halted the attunement as I couldn't flow anymore without falling over - I was just too saturated with energy. His reaction? He just smiled and said it felt "nice."
Have you ever seen one of the old analog stereos with the different meters on them? One meter was for signal strength, to tell you how strong the radio signal was being received. The other meter was a tuning meter, to tell you how close you were to being exactly on station (with no off-station static).
In energy work, the highest
would normally be what it's originator could connect with and then make
available to others. Producing an exact copy of that energy would
be like being in the exact center of the tuning meter of the stereo.
Assuming we received a good copy
energy, I find that for most of us, the individual strength in an
comes with constant use, much like the ability to handle a larger
of wine or spirits, or to handle certain types of new food. The body needs
to get used to it over time. This integration period is
different for each of us. As we integrate it, and even after it
is well blended, we can build
our potential to hold more by simply working with this energy as much
as we can. A really good way to call on and hold a lot of
energy is to offer frequent
or to simply give yourself a self-attunement or self-reiju from time to
time. Another way is working with and flowing extreme amounts of
healing energy, as in the case when offering these
to very sick people.
Each new energy, especially if it is quite different
from others we have experienced, may require retraining
this ability with that specific energy
from time to time. It's kind of like that old fashion
receiver with it's signal strength meter. Note that in the URR
Gakkai, their form of reiju is given to all members at each
This is a practice I have been trying to encourage with Reiki Masters
who conduct Reiki shares, circles or exchanges. After all, what
better way for you the Reiki Master to experience many
attunements/reiju at any given time.
The ability to remain focused simply means that
you are not allowing yourself to
be distracted during a process. Usually the normal Reiki ceremony
takes care of that in person, but
even there a person can become distracted. So when you begin a distant attunement or
might be best to firmly imagine yourself in the exact same place
and time as the recipient. In this way you are going beyond time
and being in the same moment as the recipient. (many
scientists now say there is no real time and space.)
When I am in that attunement/reiju space with the person, I also channel or blend with my own guides and theirs, and have them set up a protective space to keep out any distracting energies (for the recipient and for me.) Channeling their guides is also what allows me to attune the person to a boosted level of their own Highest Ki (note that each one feels different to me. See my article on Reiki and Highest Ki.)
Right on Station
And finally, you should try to be right on station with the energy you are intending. It's like that old fashion analog radio, working with it's tuning meter, tuning it right onto the station without any of that off-station hiss. This means you are then sharing exactly what the teacher shared with you. It often helps to imagine yourself once again in the same space with your teacher, receiving the energy at its strongest that you can hold (this will increase each time you do this and then work with it), and then intending this energy to be what you are using in the attunement. I do this for each energy, including the symbol energies.
The real challenge in a distant
attunement or reiju is not so much working with experienced and gifted
energy workers, for they
can usually reach out and lock onto the energy you originally
intended. The real
with those who do not have this ability, those who are new to energy
need to be guided through the process, gently. This can be true
an in-person attunement.
Update: July 2012:
In the past year I added another simple, yet powerful, addition to the
process of Reiki attunements and healing sessions, whether in person or
distant. Students of mine are reporting finding an increase in
their own success rate when using these ideas all these together.
I now teach these in my Threshold Reiki Master class and my Threshold
If you have comments or suggestions, Contact Me. I will try to answer them all.
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