At the core of every traditional Usui Reiki course is an attunement.
This is the part which confuses left-brain-dominant types who have not yet
accepted the logic that the metaphysical planes
Imagine a tuning fork with a low vibration. Then imagine changing that
tuning fork's ability to vibrate so that it now resonates to a higher
vibration. The Reiki attunements perform a function like that only on a
person's metaphysical dimensions.
The attunement itself is really quite simple. In a quiet setting, the
Reiki master performs a series of brief metaphysical steps, derived in
part from Taoist techniques and Buddhist techniques, in which the student's
chakra system (in particular the crown chakra) is changed (attuned is a very
accurate verb) to accept the vibration of the Reiki energy.
For the student, the experience is usually one of bliss as the student's
aura and energy system shift to accept the new and higher vibration. From
that point on the student's system is open to the Reiki energy of the
attunement. An attunement usually takes several weeks to settle in to a
person's energy system which is why Reiki masters require a waiting period
in between taking Reiki courses.
It is the attunement which gives the student the flow of Reiki through
his/her hands. Everything else in a Reiki course is designed to teach the
student what to do with that flow. To be complete, a Reiki course
MUST include an attunement.
The attunement acts as a bridge between the physical and metaphysical
planes. As a result of the attunement, the metaphysical energy of Reiki
flows from the metaphysical planes through a practitioner's physical body
and out the practitioner's hands to the client's physical body and
metaphysical planes. It is because of this metaphysical component to the
healing that Reiki as been responsible for cures which the medical
profession cannot explain.
This brings us to Dr. Usui's epiphany
experience on the mountain top outside Kyoto. Was that a grand
cosmic attunement? Yes, count on it. While in the Reiki tradition we are
used to attunements being done by a physically incarnate Reiki master, the
Cosmos, for reasons known to It alone, sees
fit from time to time to attune mere mortals on a great spiritual journey.