Reiki Attunements

Article by Patti Deschaine, Reiki Rays

Who doesn’t love an attunement? It’s an exciting time when you are opened up to a new level or variation of energy. Attunements are great and learning new techniques is always something to look forward to. As healers, there are many options available to choose from. Some of the modalities I have personally studied are: Reiki I, II and III/Master level, Archangel Michael Energy I & II, DNA Activation for Healing and Prosperity, Violet and Purple Flame Crystal and Ethereal Crystal Healing, Karuna Reiki I & II and most recently, Lightarian Reiki. Each offered an attunement along with the potential for personal and professional growth.

Each attunement strengthens, clears and opens channels to higher healing. They raise our personal vibration and increase the level of the energy we provide to clients, family, friends and pets. They increase our awareness and awaken our intuition. Yes, attunements are something to look forward to with the greatest anticipation. However, a word of caution: as the new energies move through our bodies and our consciousness, they can also bring some unintended, and sometimes uncomfortable, symptoms along with the beneficial healing.

Attunements clear and purify our physical, emotional and spiritual bodies. They break up and move blocked energy that is “stuck” and assist us in releasing what no longer serves us, such as old beliefs and residual effects of past trauma. They cleanse built up toxins that may have accumulated over time. As these toxins are released through the kidneys, liver, bowel and skin, the student may experience a mild “detox” that produces flulike symptoms. These can include general tiredness and fatigue, nausea, runny nose, muscle aches, headache or emotional release as past events, some we may not even be consciously aware of, come to the forefront to be healed.


My first attunement resulted in quite a strong detox, with a couple of day of flu like symptoms, but then, I had years of trauma to release. Subsequent attunements had considerably less effect, but each one is different. Your experience will depend on how much clearing is needed for your particular circumstances.

Here are some things I have found to make this easier.

  • Plan your attunement around days when you have a light schedule and have time to relax
  • Drink a lot of water to flush out your system and aid the detox
  • Get plenty of rest; maybe fit in some quiet time for meditation or even a nap
  • Schedule a massage or simply take a bath with Epsom salts and a few drops of essential oil. Lavender is nice!
  • Walking outside in the fresh air will help keep things moving. Enjoy your growing spiritual connection to the natural world.

Don’t worry, the symptoms will pass soon and you will begin to enjoy the benefits of all that clearing energy. Incorporate self-healing daily and continue to expand your Reiki practice. There is much to learn. The more we expand our awareness, the more helpful we can be to ourselves and others.

Patti Deschaine

Patti Deschaine is a traditionally trained Usui Reiki Master and owner of Maja Energy Works and Reiki Healing. She resides and practices in Wilmington, NC. She enjoys all types of Reiki and particularly loves using Reiki on animals. Patti can be found at and


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