WHY BOTHER WITH A REIKI TEACHER - WHY NOT JUST SELF-ATTUNE?
© 2006 James Deacon
ability is something, to quote John Gray (one of Takata-sensei's
master level students), that is passed:
one living person (in whom the ability is already awakened - and
another (who wishes to awaken and develop the ability)
IMO, it is not something you can self-attune to - unless
perhaps, you are willing to go down the whole "21-days of
starvation, prayer and meditation" route as Usui-sensei did
- and maybe not even then.
others have attempted this - both before and after
Usui-sensei - without achieving anything close to the same results...
is more to becoming a Reiki practitioner than receiving attunement
I feel, it is important to remember that originally (and
even in Takata-sensei's day,) attunement - be it to master or
any other Reiki level - was only one part of Reiki Training;
only one element of the process of awakening and developing
the Reiki ability.
somewhere down the line, folk began fixating on this one part,
in some cases, to the almost total exclusion of the rest
of the training - forgetting that in relation to Reiki, the concept
of 'initiation' - in the fullest sense of the word - while
it includes the energetic 'attunement', also includes
the teachings accompanying it [and by teachings, I refer
to more than 'information'].
Often, much of our real 'learning' comes from simply spending
time in the physical company of an experienced Reiki Teacher.
are not merely gaining 'information' [which we could read in a
book/manual], but are also gaining insights, awarenesses,
understandings - in part, via the conscious process of 'observing
and practising' - but perhaps more importantly, subliminally,
as we interact on a subconscious level with the body-language
of one experienced in the Reiki art.
initiation ritual (i.e. the 'attunement' itself), may constitute
the formal aspect of, as it were: 'fine-tuning the student to
the Reiki frequencies'.
beyond the 10 minutes or so over which the actual ritual occurs
-in fact right throughout the entire time we spend with
the teacher during the course of training - we are still
participating (albeit subconsciously) in a profound 'energetic'
interaction that follows on from, and IMO 'rounds out' the effects
of, the attunement itself.