Reiki Attunement Stories

Reiki Practitioners Share Their Attunement Experiences

Reiki Healing Rays
Hans Neleman / Reiki

Reiki attunement experiences vary from healer to healer. Some people experience a warm or gentle feeling that washes over them, while others will have an extreme reaction. Anything in-between peace and intensity could and has happened during their initiation ritual. Here is a collection of stories shared by Reiki practitioners within the holistic healing community that demonstrates the differences.

Reiki 1 and 2 Attunement 

When I was attuned to Reiki 1, I nearly fainted. I had gold colors going through my head, and I have never had so much heat going through my body. I could feel massive energy surging through me. After a while, it died down, and ever since the attunement, my life has changed and for the better. I have become closer to God and the Angels and I have helped cure some of my parent's ailments. When I had my Reiki 2 Attunement, I didn't feel much, and I didn't have the same energy going through me. I feel that Reiki has given me a new lease of life, it has made me more positive and by self-healing, I feel much better about myself. What I do get now and then, and I have it at the moment, is a cool feeling on top of my head. Has anyone else experienced that? I am not ready to do my Reiki Masters yet but hopefully, in a couple of year's time, I will be ready.  ~mosmith1

Two Experiences, Worlds apart!  

My Reiki 1 was a very gentle peaceful affair which I enjoyed greatly.

I felt quite 'spaced out' for a few hours but after that I was fine. The 2nd attunement was a whole different ball game. 15 minutes before it began, I felt an enormous presence behind me and a lot of activity around my Crown Chakra, I felt this was my Guide preparing me. The attunement itself was delightful.

I had done a lot of preparation for it and the energy flowed in smoothly enough. The after effects have been somewhat dramatic. The cleansing process has just about floored me at times! It feels like the dissolution of my ego and the emergence of the spiritual self. It is a roller coaster ride I'm still on. My whole life has changed. I am drawn to study Shamanism with a force that is almost too much. I know my third eye is opening wider than ever. My emotions are all over the place - up one minute down the next - I'm looking forward to getting to the end of this process! It's great though! ~SamMacLaren

Reiki Attunement and the Tingling Hands 

Had both attunements in the same day. Prior to it, my hands started sweating, which is unusual for me. Then during the Level 1, I saw purple morphing over a sea of black. During Level 2 attunement I didn't feel too much, which disappointed me, however, several hours after I got home I felt a full body warmth and tingling which lasted quite a while. Since attunement, I have been drinking lots of water, which is very odd for me as well as cutting my soda intake to a fraction of my regular habit. It's been a month and I constantly still have tingling in my hands as on the verge of them falling asleep.


Attunement = Intense Laughter 

I just went to a Reiki I class and received my attunement, and I had an awesome experience. I was so nervous at first, then I just sat down in the chair and closed my eyes and took a deep breath, then it all began. When she held her hand over my head and did her thing, I felt the power coming into me. I started shaking so badly, I thought I was going into a seizure. In fact, when it was over she asked me if I was epileptic, lol. Well, when I started shaking, I also felt this deep intense laughter trying to escape, but I thought it might be wrong to just burst out laughing in the middle of an attunement, lol. But the longer I tried to hold it in, the more intense it got and finally, it just came out!! It felt so wonderful. She said that it was the way I was supposed to receive the energy because I was such a happy kind of person, and laughter is always present in my life (which is true for me), I laugh all the time, even when I am supposed to be serious.

She said it was meant to be that way. ~ShannonKW

Giving Attunements 

I have been a Reiki teacher for about 15 years. I felt nothing when I had my first attunement, but realized quite recently that when I had my first session prior to my class I received the attunement. It was in waves and explosion of energy that rocked my body and soul. It left me breathless for more. But as I progressed in my study, I did experience physical, emotional and incredible spiritual reactions. As a teacher, I can confirm that each attunement, no matter what level, is unique to the student. They experience colors, movement, emotions, visitations and light just to name a few variations. I observe the experience with them and we describe and discuss the attunement so they understand their process. Sometimes after-effects of illness do occur as the body readjusts itself. It is medically called The Herxheimer Reaction. The body cannot resolve and eliminate the toxins produced from a healing session fast enough. Drinking plenty of water assists the process. Namaste! ~reikisue

A Wonderful Journey 

I received my first attunement almost a year ago. Although it was one of the most loving experiences, it was not this completely "wow" moment. My hands were hot and I was able to discern points of concern on my fellow student. I diligently practiced full self-treatment for the 21 days following and beyond. I needed it! I developed shingles and a rare skin disorder on top of my fibromyalgia. Talk about cleansing. It was a very difficult time, but I do not know what I would have done without Reiki. I have since received my second attunement and again no real bells and whistles. Here is the thing, though: Reiki has been profound in my everyday life. I use Reiki every day on myself and someone else. My family who used to make fun are now true believers and healing has taken place in my family on the deepest levels. There is not a family function that I go to that I am not asked for a session. I am grateful to God for Reiki and now experience the bells and whistles every day!


Blown Away by Attunement 

When I received my attunement for Reiki level I last fall I was blown away! My teacher used a gong and I could feel the vibrations flowing through me all the way down to my very soul. The feeling was very powerful and it made me so happy! I loved it! As soon as she was done I burst into tears and sobbed for several minutes. I wasn't thinking about anything sad in particular, that was just my body's response to a good attunement. I loved my level I training and will go back one day for the other levels. I have been practicing on myself and anyone that is interested. When my dog became sick last fall I even practiced Reiki on him! At first, he would move away from it but now I think he is used to it. I can always tell where someone is hurting with my hands now, even if I haven't done any Reiki preparations. I am attuned to the energy. ~tat2gal58

Four Reiki Attunements, All Level 1

I completed level 1 Reiki and had four attunements. The experience was wonderful. I saw a few images in the first two attunements, including a crystal that, when the course was complete, was given to me by my instructor. I found that very interesting and confirmation that something was going on. I did experience back pain during the last attunement. I also saw an eagle the day after and two woodpeckers in my yard. During the last attunement, with eyes closed, my instructor was now a monk during the whole process, and I have not been able to look at her the same way since that. My physical cleansing experience has included many coincidences, headaches, change in food tastes, constipation, dark urine, complete absence of alcohol cravings and change in reaction to alcohol, foot cramps, hand twitching, leg vibrations, sensitivity to electricity, decrease in phlegm, improved sleep, decrease in appetite, cold feet, and improved digestion. The most difficult symptom has been headaches, otherwise great! ~Suzanne 72

Glowing Chakras 

It has been over a week since my attunements. The night after, I saw a body outlined with all the colored chakras glowing.Then a box appeared and the top opened. My teacher said it was a gift from my spirit guide. I have been very tired and feeling flu like all week. I also got a yeast infection. I feel better when I do a healing so I have been doing one every day. I see a lot of white flashing light and blue and violet colors when I do healings. My hands get really hot and it travels up my arms sometimes. I feel kind of spacey too. Not wanting much food. I got sick when I drank some champagne. I love the way I feel so close to God and feel a part of something so loving. I also have been becoming more psychically intuitive. I will wait 8 months to a year to get my Reiki III Master attunement. ~Kristy

Overwhelmed by Calm 

My first level Usui Reiki attunement was in the late evening, in person. I was completely energized and the tingling in my palms continued for a very long time. I felt elated and overwhelmed by a sudden feeling of calmness after my Reiki Master attunements. Ever since, I have had a number of past life experiences and visions. During my healing sessions, I frequently feel strong vibrations from my clients. During my Reiki I attunements, the vibrations from my client were so strong I almost fell back, it was so powerful. Today, I feel GOD's presence and his energy surrounding me. I have discovered my mission in life on earth. Life is a continuous and miraculous healing journey. God bless! ~Sonal

A Loving Embrace 

At the end of my Reiki I attunement, I was sitting in my chair. I felt a light touch on my chest, almost like a hug, I had thought briefly. Then I felt an incredible force pushing me back into the chair. My head, neck, and shoulders felt like someone was pushing me backward. My chest felt as though there was so much weight on it I was having a hard time taking a breath. I pushed against this so hard, because I KNEW that if I did not, that the chair was going to flip over backward! Then it went away. My Reiki instructor quietly spoke to me to open my eyes and she stood before me with tears running down her face! She said that my deceased mother had come to me and dropped to her knees and thrown herself into my lap and hugged me, told me how much she loved me and how happy she was that I am on this path! It was an experience that I can NEVER forget. I will feel that for the rest of my human life!  ~NursePatty

21-Day Purification 

I was schooled by the Reiki teacher who taught my class that we would likely experience some detoxing or cleansing of our bodies for 21 days following the attunement. The cleansing or purging of toxins can present themselves in different ways. The number of days (21) is symbolic, it may only be a few days or longer than the 21 days. I noticed cravings for fresh fruit, pineapple and strawberries in particular for the first couple of days. Also, my body required more sleep for about four weeks. I found myself taking mid-day naps, yet I was still able to sleep soundly at night. ~Linda