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I didn’t know this was coming when I had my Reiki attunement, so I want to let you know what to expect.
I’m 9 days in to my homework of self-clearing for 21 days after my Level 1 certification in March, but the first “official” attunement was administered on the day. Everyone who goes through their Reiki training will receive an attunement from their teacher.
Attunement is literally your energy body being fine-tuned so that it can become an appropriate channel for healing Reiki energy. It raises your vibration and, in the process, will shake any low vibrations loose if they’re lingering in your energy field.
All of the effects I’m about to talk about are a manifestation of this energy being awakened, moved, and shifting out of your etheric system.
My experience of Reiki training and attunement was a bit different because it was during COVID quarantine, so it happened over Zoom. Fortunately, energy doesn’t recognise time, space or any of our other human constructs – so it still worked. And I know that it definitely did work because it’s been confirmed by all of these physical symptoms I’ve had since.
That’s why my Reiki Master said that the Level 1 self-healing is so important to go through before becoming a certified Reiki Practitioner at Level 2. Without it, you might not truly understand or believe in the healing potential of Reiki energy.
The daily clearings continue to amplify my energy. 40 minutes a day is a big time commitment which frustrates me sometimes, but as she recommended – I do it every morning so that I can fly high for the rest of the day. I put my headphones on and listen to a meditation that guides me through a process of clearing each chakra and then filling up the empty spaces with white light.
Even though some people will only get the initial energy download from their Reiki Master, I count all of this as my ongoing Reiki attunement experience. Here are some of the weird and wonderful things that have happened since…
Oh my, the headaches!
When I think about the side effects of Reiki attunement – this has been the biggest one for me. However, when I tried to Google for information about Reiki attunement headaches, I couldn’t find anything online. That’s when I knew I had to write about my experience so that other Reiki headache sufferers would know they’re not alone!
After the initial attunement, my Reiki Master asked us what we experienced. I said I had an intense headache at the centre of my forehead; around my third eye. As an amazing clairvoyant herself, she said it’s due to energy clearing from there which will soon make me more clairvoyant.
So, don’t be surprised if you get headaches. I also shared on my Instagram Stories that I had an enormous migraine on day 5 of the self-healing, and they aren’t something that I ever have normally – I knew it was from the Reiki.
To summarise the headaches, I’d say that while they’re very annoying, it’s also good to know that old trapped energy is working its way out of my third eye and soon I’ll be able to see better. If you’ve experienced headaches after Reiki too, let me know in the comments!
Small things that I want will now instantly appear, as quickly as the same day. My friend told me that she had a free coaching session so I thought “that would be nice”, and within a few hours I had a random coach offering me a free session in my Instagram Message Requests.
I also settled on the style of artwork I want for making my own Oracle Card deck, and then a random artist on Instagram who a) doesn’t even follow me and b) I don’t follow her, tagged me in one of her posts. It was a piece of artwork that she’d painted of the moon, and after scrolling through her page, she was the perfect artist I’d imagined for my deck.
This is truly the most magical side effect.
When your energy is clear, you’ll remove any barriers which have been stopping you from receiving what you want.
This has only happened during the actual clearing sessions, rather than afterwards like the others.
Cleared energy loves coming out in yawns. They’re not sleepy yawns though, it’s more like a lion’s breath in yoga. Feeling a compulsion to do this is a random but real sign that energy is moving out of you.
Beliefs and experiences can live forever in your energy field. This means that when you’re having an energetic clear out, they may rise to the top of your awareness.
You might see flashbacks from previous years or even past lives. Trust that this is happening because the memories are being dislodged and your energy doesn’t need to hold on to them anymore. Most of the time, we don’t even realise that we’re holding on to them.
Anything which triggers a strong enough emotional response can leave an energetic scar. The Reiki attunement will heal that scar, and then you can choose to fill the spaces with white light instead.
You can expect to generally feel very drained after your Reiki attunement.
Clearing out old energy is tiring work, and as I said earlier, this can include sifting through emotionally draining memories. Make sure that you give yourself a few days to restore your energy after this process.
It’s so normal to feel drained, tired, sleepy and lethargic after your Reiki attunement. Once your energy finishes upgrading, you’ll be a clear conduit, capable of reaching the highest vibration energies.
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Have you had a Reiki attunement experience, and was it similar to mine?
Let me know in the comments! 👇🏾
Oh the migraines …. Day 2 and my head is throbbing. I couldn’t find any information on this until your post so thank you so much. Greatly appreciate the insight and guidance.
You’re so welcome – I’m glad it helped and hope you feel better soon! ❤️
Hi guys but can you give yourself reiki to help relive it?
Just had my attunement yesterday. I had a horrible headache at my third eye and chest tightness at my heart! I came home, took a long shower and went to bed. Today, I feel very energized. My pain is gone.
Loved the article, currently on day 1 and the aches and pains are coming full swing
would love to find an online reiki community with like minded folks like on here
I had my first degree reiki attunement on Friday…yup headaches, getting occasionally giddy, eyeball blurring, weird detachment as if I’m looking at myself from the inside (spiritually) and the yawning after my attunement..I felt a bit rude but couldn’t help it!! But Im being good and cracking on with the self healing, sometimes I don’t have time to do the full set, so I use the shorter versions when I have a busy day (I own an online spiritual store, work part time, wife, mum……etc…..!). Glad I did it, my tarot and oracle cards are already making much more sense!!
Thank you for your blog and article, so happy to have read it. I had my Reiki 1 attunement which was mild, gentle warm and fuzzy, a small headache and a bit of fatigue, nothing to be alarmed about. Then 5 days ago I had my Reiki 2 attunement and it’s been full on! Fatigue, painful migraines, migraine auras with no pain, irritable, sleepless one night. Really heavy duty stuff. I’ve been self healing a lot but think I’m going to pull back a bit today as I think my body needs time out to process all that’s going on. I was so glad to read I’m not the only one & I will look upon this time as one of renewal and upgrading and just try to deal with the pain.
Thank you for sharing such an informative blog.
It had helped me understand Reiki’s importance for the betterment of our mental, physical and emotional health. https://myreikeylife.com/
Thank you. Had Reiki 2 attunement today. It was great. I definitely felt Reiki from head to toe. Very illuminating. No headache, but can’t get off the couch. I’m fatigued also. It’s like, whew! But, I am grateful that I received it! 😍
After being attuned to Reiki 1, I had flu-like symptoms for a week. Three months later, I just finished Reiki Level 2 last weekend. The day after, I felt euphoric and was relieved that I felt so great. On day 2, the extreme headache came. It has been on and off for the past week and sits largely at my crown and the back of my head. Thank you for posting this. It was really helpful.
Thank you for this. I’ve felt super cranky and agitated since my attunement two days ago. My sweet husband even said to me last night, “you’re acting weird.” It didn’t occur to me right away that something not pleasant could happen. Happy to know it is temporary!
I just had my Reiki 1 attunement yesterday. The pain in my third eye felt like an intense migraine. The woman that practiced reiki on me, I ended up bringing through her sister. I’ve never consciously said anything out loud to anyone when Ive had these experiences previously, because I didn’t think they would be accurate enough lol. Anyhow, today I am absolutely exhausted and had a very deep sleep this morning where I felt I couldn’t wake up. Also had very vivid strange dreams.
So glad I found this post. I got Reiki 1 attuned last Saturday and didn’t notice any significant side effects until Wednesday. Then yesterday (Thursday) – whoa, woke up with so much pressure in my head, exhausted, achy, and run down. Still feeling this way so I took a COVID test this morning to rule it out. It came back negative and I’m feeling like these symptoms are because of the attunement. Thank you for this article. Does anyone know of an online Reiki community – I’d love to read about and learn from others’ experiences.
Thank you all so much… I thought I was going mad. Headaches, tired, cranky, sometimes cant sleep at all, sometimes I seem to pass straight out, just want to be on my own. It made me wonder if the atunement had gone wrong on me. Other times I’m on cloud9 and everything is beautiful, I’ve never been bi-polar but I imagine this is what it feels like… so happy this article and the comments make it make sense and it will pass!