To be able to channel reiki a Reiki Master of your choosing uses sacred symbols passed down through centuries to enable you to access the energy. Reiki 1, 2 and 3 are levels of attunement allowing you to access stronger healing energy as you travel your reiki journey and feel ready for the next stage.
Stage 1 allows you to self heal and prepare yourself fully before being attuned to Reiki 2 to become a practitioner. Reiki 3 is the final advancement, to channel even stronger healing energy as a Master Practitioner.
My journey was over ten years, with a year in between 1 and 2 and eight years after that before my Master attunement. Over that time I have channelled reiki daily to self heal so that I can be prepared (mind, body and spirit) to heal others. My healing journey has been one of enlightenment and self discovery so that I knew the path I was on was the right one before I attuned to the next level. For me, each attunement was a profound and life changing experience, and was achieved over the perfect amount of time so that I could learn from each and every healing I channelled, gaining a deeper knowledge and connection with the animals I treat. It is so much a part of my life now that I know it is what I am meant to do.
My final attunement was the most memorable for me as my Reiki Master proved without a shadow of doubt that I channelled more energy when treating animals. We spent days together in preparation for the attunement, in meditation, silent prayer and shared feelings. We also spent time in nature with my horses, feeling their energy and connection to the source. Never have I felt so ready for an attunement. Elaine Swords, my Reiki Master Teacher, made this final attunement feel like I was being reborn. I feel blessed that I know her and to have taken my journey with her.
Some reiki healers take a much faster route to becoming a reiki Master and gain all three levels over one weekend and there are even DVD’s for you to attune without anyone else being there. Though this may feel right for some people I feel that taking your time is more of a journey of discovery and places more value on the gift of healing.
If anyone reading this wishes to become a reiki healer I would advise you to find out about all the methods available, including the Master Teacher's beliefs and systems as they can vary widely. You can then weigh up all the facts or simply go with your gut feelings on how you should proceed.