The important (to my thinking) parts/segments of attunement are listed below. How one manages each step is probably not the point: the point is to ensure that you do so, and that you are sure it works for the protection of the attunee and yourself.

  1. clear the area, you're about to do energetic surgery. Pumping the energies you're going to attune into the air is similar to innoculating the area or using lysol LOL...
  2. Make sure the patient isn't going to be hurt on the operating table: enable life-support (ie: make sure their chakras are aligned properly so they can accept energies, make sure they're mentally, physically, psychicly prepared for what's going to happen to them, etc.) Activate your tools (energize your hands, poke your guides if they're sleeping, make sure you've had your first cup of coffee for the day, etc.)
  3. Open up their basic aura-level defenses so that the practitioner can interact with them from within their aura. [this step probably freaks some people the heck out! It may be the major reason for some people apparantly rejecting attunements.]
  4. infuse the subject with the energies in question through their crown and palm chakras. {I dare say this step is probably redundant, despite what the traditional practitioners think. But I'm going to study that further, as Chi'un Li (guide) showed me new attunement information recently and I need to explore it with him further...} [either it's redundant or not enough: there are three major entry/exit points for energies to/from the body: Crown, Palm and k-1/Yung-Chuan ("foot" or "root" chakra, not the root chakra at the base of spine/genetals/perineum, but the one that extends into the earthly energies, just as the crown is not really at the top of one's head but about a foot above it, extending into spiritual/heavenly energies...or UpperWorld?? as the shamans might say...). I would hazard to say the Palm chakras are probably an extension of the Hara. But that will take some meditation/exploration.] this step enables the student to call on and use the energies if/as necessary, and is the step where the aura is also introduced to the energies. Typically people draw the symbols over the crown and over the palms, I dare say that drawing is optional, it's the energies that are important. Rialian seemed ok and I didn't draw stuff over him, when I attuned him.
  5. There appears to be some blowing of violet breath stuff here (both at the crown and palm steps), like a stroke of energy to seal stuff in. this part feels to me like icing on a cake: not all cakes need it, but it's nice. I think it was added in by the tibetan and middle eastern/tantric cultures...{the intellectual benefits of a tibetan monk reiki guide}. I have a tendency to forget this step. Maybe it's because I need to work on my throat chakra (yah, hard to believe eh? But then, how many of you have heard from me via voice?)...but I personally think it's mainly because it's one of the flashier trendier steps added in to the basics. A method of sealing stuff in is necessary...the redundancy of the affirmations and violet breath is there, both steps do this. One could probably do it in other ways as well. Suffucing a person with the right kind of energies might kinda work like a gentle ironing on wax, to melt it and seal it with the person's aura, etc. Someone's poking at my head that there's actually a symbol that's specifically for sealing in attunements properly... Oi...stay tuned. (Down boys!)
  6. Then you release the deathgrip on their aura that you have, putting everything back into its natural state, and separate the attunement cords that join you to your student during the attunement. Generally I've seen this being done with a final violet breath...I think there are about 5-6 different seals in the current attunement pattern (seal at crown, hands, base of neck, shoulders (sometimes twice) and then at the final closing of aura...)...that's a lot...I think that there shouldn't be that many necessary...but that's personal opinion.