Reiki has been with us since time began. Some say its original teaching began in Tibet over 2500 years ago. It was rediscovered in 1922 in Japan by a humble Buddhist, Mikao Usui, whose legacy lives on through more than a million Reiki practitioners across the globe.
Reiki energy comes directly from the Universe, the Divine, Source, God or whatever name you prefer to give to The Creator. It is a non-invasive healing therapy that channels this energy through the practitioner to the client and the areas in need of healing.
Distance Reiki is a method of using Reiki energy to enable the healing of a person or animal that is not physically present at the healer’s location. It works according to the Hermetic Law of Similarity: Because we are all energy matter, we are part of a larger whole and therefore all connected. So if I, as a practitioner, invoke Reiki energy through the use of symbols and intention on someone or something that is not in my immediate location, does Reiki energy then move through me to the person or thing I intend to heal and – most importantly – does it work?
In a word, yes.
I have to tell you, I was skeptical. Even as a Reiki practitioner, I just couldn’t wrap my head around the concept that Reiki healing could work across miles or even time. Then it happened. When I received my Reiki II attunement, I was given an assignment to practice distance Reiki. Being a good student and really, really wanting to prove to myself that it worked, I called my oldest daughter who lives outside of Chicago. I chose her because I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that she would tell me the truth. If she felt nothing, she would have no problem saying so.
She felt something BIG.
She had been sick with blocked sinuses – she was really stuffed up and feeling miserable. About five minutes into the session her sinuses opened up and began to drain. She also said that she heard me say, “It’s okay, I’m here.” This happened as I was saying that over 600 miles away. She also experienced relaxation and a peace she hadn’t for a long time.
Two days later, I practiced on my friend in Virginia, yet another skeptic. When we talked about the session the next day, I told her I could see her sitting in a chair crying. She was flabbergasted. She said that during the session, she was sitting in recliner (I didn’t know she had one) and felt something move in her- a shift. Then she began to cry tears she had saved up for months. She is not a crier, but said she just felt a release and the tears began to flow. Cleansing tears. Freeing tears. It is said that tears wash the soul. Indeed.
I continued to practice – on my Reiki Master/Teacher, a friend in England, and another Reiki practitioner, with similar yet very different results. Similar in the way that Reiki was present and flowing, but different in that each experience, each session, was unique in what was sensed and felt by both me and the recipient. Reiki gives each person what he or she needs at that moment in time.
Not only am I a believer in Distance Reiki as a viable therapy, I now know that practicing Distance Reiki has become a specialty of mine. I feel a oneness with the energy and the recipient during the session, and I am acutely aware of details and feelings from the person receiving the healing. Even though the ‘how” of Distance Reiki is still a mystery to me, that is okay. I just know it works. I feel it, and the results speak for themselves.