How to Prepare for a Reiki Class

By William Rand, International Center for Reiki Training

A Reiki attunement is an initiation into a sacred metaphysical order that has been present on Earth for thousands of years. By receiving an attunement you will become part of a group of people who are using Reiki to heal themselves and each other, and who are working together to heal the Earth. By becoming part of this group, your connection to the spiritual qualities of life will become stronger and more meaningful. If you have a religious background, your connection with the spiritual aspects of your religion will become stronger as well.

The attunement is also a process of empowerment that opens your crown, heart and palm chakras in a special way so as to connect you to the source of Reiki energy. During the attunement, and for a time after, changes will be made by the attunement energy to enable you to channel Reiki. These changes take place metaphysically in the chakras and aura and also in the physical body. An emotional as well as a physical toxic release can sometimes take place as part of this clearing process.

In order to improve the results you receive during the attunement, a process of purification is recommended. This will allow the attunement energies to work more efficiently and create greater benefits for you. The following steps are optional. Follow them if you feel guided to do so.

  1. Refrain from eating meat, fowl or fish for three days prior to the attunement. These foods often contain drugs in the form of penicillin and female hormones, and toxins in the form of pesticides and heavy metals, that make your system sluggish and throw it out of balance.
  2. Consider a water or juice fast for one to three days especially if you already are a vegetarian or have experience with fasting. Complete your fast before class; use the day before class to break the fast gently with soup, juice and/or salad. During class plan on a light diet of nutritious foods such as oatmeal or fruit in the morning, soup and/or salad for lunch and a light vegetarian dinner or with small portions of fish or seafood.
  3. Minimize your use of coffee and caffeine drinks or stop completely. They create imbalances in the nervous and endocrine systems. Use no caffeine drinks during class.
  4. Use no alcohol for at least three days prior to the attunement and none during class.
  5. Minimize or stop using sweets. Eat no chocolate.
  6. If you smoke, cut back, or quit and smoke as little as possible during class.
  7. Meditate for half an hour each day for at least a week using a style you know or simply spend this time in silence.
  8. Reduce or eliminate time watching TV, listening to the radio, and reading newspapers.
  9. Go for quiet walks, spend time with nature, and get moderate exercise.
  10. Give more attention to the subtle impressions and sensations within and around you; contemplate their meaning.
  11. Release all anger, fear, jealousy, hate, worry, etc. up to the light. Create a sacred space within and around you.

While these steps are optional, they will improve your health. They will also help you have a more meaningful experience during class by helping you open to the more subtle and refined levels of Reiki energy.