REIKI is not taught in the way other healing techniques are taught. It is transferred to the student by the REIKI master during an attunement (shaktipaat) process. This process opens the crown, heart, and palm chakras and creates a special link between the student and the REIKI source.
The attunement can also increase psychic sensitivity, opening of the third eye, increased awareness and other psychic abilities.
The REIKI attunement can start a cleansing process that affects the physical body as well as the mind and emotions. Toxins that have been stored in the body may be released along with feelings and thoughts patterns that are no longer useful. Therefore a process of purification prior to the attunement is recommended to improve the benefit one receives.