What is an Attunement and How Can It Help You?


Attunements enable us to enhance and accelerate our spiritual development at a rate we are unable to achieve on our own.

The attunement itself is an incredibly powerful and sacred process. During an attunement, the Master acts only as a channel for the energies allowing the energy to guide itself and make adjustments for each student as needed. Because of this, the experience is always different from attunement to attunement and from person to person depending on where each student is in their growth and what that student needs and is ready to receive.

Reiki is not learned in the way many other techniques are learned – through perhaps years of study, practice, and guidance. Instead, it is transferred from the Reiki Master to the student during what is called an attunement.

The attunement opens the Crown, Heart, and Palm Chakras as well as creates a very special link between the student and the Reiki Source.

Once attuned a student has the ability for life. It will never wear off and is impossible to lose. This is the same for all other attunements that are not ‘Reiki’.

We all have the ability to heal within us, but an attunement helps to awaken this process.

Having a healing session is extremely relaxing, plus important to receive on a regular basis. A healing session with a practitioner helps you to heal just as well as an attunement, but receiving an attunement works like a big blast of energy that flows through your aura, body and Chakras! It creates forward movement, not just in terms of your own healing, but also in all areas of your life.

I have also found the biggest bonus of having an attunement, which you feel drawn to, is that it helps you open up your intuition and understand your own spiritual gifts.

How is an Attunement Sent & Received?

Attunements can be received via distance (remote) or ‘hands on’. There is no difference in the quality of attunements either way. I have received a lot of attunements via distance and ‘hands on’ and have found that they work perfectly either way!

I do enjoy receiving distance attunements as I am in the comfort of my own home and then can rest easily afterwards!

We are all made up of energy and it flows through us (life force). We can’t necessarily see energy, but we all know it’s there! The energy that flows through the teacher goes to the person receiving the attunement. Whether you are in the same room or different countries does not matter one bit.

Attunements DO NOT come from the person who is giving them. This person is just a channel, just like when giving a healing session. The energy comes from Universal Source. This is basically Spirit or whatever you believe is the highest power.

The person who is sending the attunement is the channel through which the attunement flows to the receiver. Those that have worked on their own spiritual development or in direct contact with Spirit can sometimes attune themselves. This is how Reiki came about when Dr Mikao Usui commenced his meditation & fast at Mount Kuri Yama. He was gifted with what we all know & love as Reiki and was then able to attune others.

What Does an Attunement Feel Like?

An attunement may be experienced in many different ways as it depends on what the receiver needs at that point in time, what the attunement is for and how strong the energy is from the person giving the attunement. This is why you should always know about your teacher’s spiritual path and how much clearing work they have done on themselves.

An attunement can produce feelings of happiness, peace, mild tingling, warmth, coolness, feel like a flow of energy or all of these! You may also see colours, light and/or patterns and even hear Spirit. I have experienced all these things and no attunement is ever the same!

Most people feel relaxed after an attunement as it is like a form of meditation as you are relaxed and in a peaceful state of mind.

You may also feel tired, but equally, you may feel full of energy. I tend to get really hungry after an attunement or any form or healing work, which is just the energy in the body needing to be replaced.

Any form of healing may stir up emotions as part of the healing process and some people experience what is known as a healing reaction or clearing, such as headache or flu-like symptoms, which are normally of short duration. These usually start to occur the next day or a few days after an attunement, but only if you have some major clearing needing to happen.

This happened a lot to me when I started on my healing path, but not so much any more. Again, I will reiterate the importance of having a good teacher who has the ability to check in on you via distance, so they can tell you what is happening to your energy and be able to send healing to help you if needed. Always ask what support they offer before agreeing to the attunement. I do this for all my clients as when you are going through clearing, you need support along the way.

How do I Choose the Right Attunement?

The results of an attunement are sometimes felt immediately, whilst others need time for the energies to settle in. It also depends on how much clearing you may need to do and you may also find, especially when being attuned to Reiki that changes keep occurring in your life, maybe even for years to come!

Attunements in my experience never stop giving as they work alongside you, helping to guide you in the right direction.

There are so many attunements out there, ranging from courses such as different Reiki styles to single attunements that can help awaken your spiritual qualities or clear a specific Chakra.

The best advice I can give about choosing an attunement is to FEEL what you are drawn to. If it feels good it is probably right for you!

If you would like some help on your journey, please visit Blissfully Free and get in touch. 

Blissful Blessings,

Sarah x

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8 thoughts on “What is an Attunement and How Can It Help You?

  1. I have not had any attunments done. I would like to though. I know I need to clear all my chakras . I purchased a book on how but my mind always wanders and I can’t focus . I’ve tried meditating and can’t seem to do that either. Would you be able to help me with this .


    1. Hi Eileen, I would suggest finding a Reiki workshop or a spiritual group that you could go to in person as this will really help you trust and therefore be able to feel the energy much more easily if you are with like minded people. If you would prefer to try a distant attunement, I run attunement events each month which you can join and I also have lots of single attunements on my website you could try. My website is http://www.blissfullyfree.co.uk if you would like to have a look. Also on my ‘Freebies’ page are lots of free downloads about Chakras, Reiki, protection etc that may help. Blessings, Sarah x


  2. Hey.. I done level 1 Reiki last year and was spiritually attuned.. My whole body started shaking like a tunning fork, my whole body was vibrating really vigoursly. It was a really lovely experience. Since then I have not been able to fet back on track with my Reiki and I constsantly feel tired and down?

    Have you any tips for me to get the energy back that I once had?


    1. Hi Russell,
      Thank you so much for reading my blog and your comment. Sorry it has taken a while to respond! It is wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed your Reiki I attunement. After we have been attuned it tends to bring up old emotion, so clearing can take a while! Sometimes our energy can become blocked, so a healing session may be useful to see what is going on. I offer distance healing sessions and you also receive a write up of the session by email explaining what I saw and did, plus whatever you need to focus on going forward. Grounding and being out in nature can really help any tiredness as this can sometimes be what is most needed! Also, as we allow more light in certain foods can start being not as good for us as they once were, so listen to your body in what you should eat. If you ‘feel’ the food, your body will give you an answer! I hope this helps. Wishing you joy on your journey. Blessings Sarah


    1. Hi John,
      It is wonderful to hear you love Reiki. I do too! If you go to my webisite, there is more information about Reiki, Chakras and also other Reiki attunements, so hope this helps.


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