I do a fair amount of my Reiki practice via distance, which frequently prompts the question: “does distance Reiki really work?” The answer to that question, “yes,” is always followed by another question, “how?”
2nd degree Reiki practitioners learn and receive three symbols, one of which is the distance symbol. When invoked and used by a Reiki practitioner, this symbol allows the practitioner to send Reiki across time and space.
This symbol can be used in-person to help clear blockages from the past, or across large parts of the body. Similarly, it can be used to cleanse neighborhoods or geographic places. And, when practicing Reiki on someone who is not physically present with the practitioner, the symbol is used to connect to his/her energy.
Distance Reiki works, in part, due to the Hermetic Law of Similarity, which holds that we are all connected, as we are all energy matter and part of a larger whole. As such, invoking the Hermetic Law of Similarity during a distance Reiki session allows the practitioner to link an object – I use the recipient’s photo along with a crystal – to the recipient’s body and energy field. In doing so, the practitioner sends Reiki energy into the linked object, which serves as a proxy for the recipient. Some practitioners would even say that mapping an object is unnecessary, as we can send Reiki energy to anyone by simply directing our thoughts and energy. Setting up a mutual time is helpful, so the recipient can receive the energy from the most “open” place possible; however distance Reiki can be sent to anyone, anywhere, at any time (permission should, in some way, be invoked or received).
I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical when I performed my first distance Reiki healing. Yet as I practiced throughout my training, I found it was easier each time to set up the link via the distance symbol and my crystal, to the person I was healing. During sessions, which I often do via phone, I’ve even had people say things to me like “were you just working on my shoulder?” or “I felt my toes tingling just now.” And, indeed, it would be the place where my “psychic hands” were working.
Moreover, clients will relay the same exact Reiki benefits to me after a session, as those I work on in person: relaxation, happiness, empowerment, ease and relief from pain. They also have the same amount of breakthroughs as in-person clients, and sometimes these are actually even more powerful, because they were not physically present with me. People, who previously might not have really believed in the idea of energy healing, can’t refute it, because there wasn’t anything I “physically” did to them.
I’ve also had conversations with other skeptics about the power of prayer. Prayer works in large part because we believe we can send others our love, blessings and intentions, connecting through the power of whomever our God happens to be. I believe that Reiki works on similar principles, and that using the universal life force energy, the source of Reiki energy, is also God-energy.
We all have access to this life force energy as it flows through each and every living being. Distance Reiki provides just one of many ways to link to and channel this energy for the healing of others.
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