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Distance Reiki: The Beginner’s Guide to Distance Healing

Posted on November 3, 2016

Distance Reiki: The Beginner’s Guide to Distance Healing When students sign up to take a Reiki II class, one of the techniques they are often most interested in learning is Distance Healing, also referred to as Absentee Reiki. Clients sometimes ask about this technique as well.

In this comprehensive guide I include:

  • Information about what Distance Reiki is
  • Why I prefer calling it Absentee Reiki
  • How it works
  • How to maximize the effectiveness of the technique
  • What to expect from Distance Reiki as a client
  • Direct examples from the student’s perspective

So here we go! Here’s everything you need to know about Reiki Distance Healing.

 

What is Distance Reiki Healing?

Distance Reiki is a technique within the system of Reiki that enables you to give a Reiki session beyond the limitations of time and space. It expands the practitioner’s ability to transmit spiritual energy beyond physical touch.

In other words, it’s a way to offer Reiki without the recipient being in the same room with you.


Why do I prefer calling it Absentee Healing?

From a traditional Japanese Reiki perspective, the Reiki Absentee Healing Technique focuses on offering Reiki from a state of Oneness, or connection to everything. In this way, you aren’t “sending” Reiki, instead you’re feeling one with another person and sharing Reiki this way.

The word distance implies separation (the opposite of being in a state of Oneness) so I prefer using the word absentee instead. For me, this is further supported by the use of the Reiki symbol and mantra HSZSN (often referred to as the Distance Reiki symbol) in conjunction with the Absentee Healing technique. HSZSN is all about helping us be in a state of Oneness.

Distance Reiki: The Beginner's Guide to Distance Healing

How Absentee Reiki Works

The Absentee Reiki Technique is usually 15-20 minutes long, but can continue longer if you like.

The practitioner schedules a time and date with the recipient (or client) for the Absentee Reiki session. By setting up a specific time the recipient can be in a receptive state (such as lying down or meditating during the treatment).

In advance of the session, the recipient will also email a photo of themselves to the practitioner, along with their name, age, location and any intention they have of what they want the session to support (e.g. a physical or health issue, goal, or challenge).

Having these details will help the practitioner connect to the client or recipient if they haven’t met before.


How can I maximize the effectiveness of the Absentee Reiki technique?

There are several things you can do to maximize the effectiveness of Distance Reiki Healing:

Create sacred space: Use candles, lights, music, incense, etc: whatever helps you get in the right state of mind to be in a state of oneness to offer Reiki. Barbara gives a great example below about what helps her get into the right state of mind.

Get in a meditative mindset: Recite the Reiki precepts, sit in meditation while doing the Reiki Purifying Breath technique, etc.

Work with the Reiki symbols and mantras: Chant, draw, or say the Reiki mantra or Distance Reiki symbol for HSZSN to help you access the oneness state of mind as you hold the client’s request in your mind.

Visualize: Imagine the client as if they were right in front of you—what do they look like, sound like, smell like.


What to expect from Distance Reiki as a client:

Clients will sometimes notice physical sensations during the Distance Reiki session, just as they might during a in-person session—warmth, tingling, or a sense of relaxation or peacefulness, for example. You might also notice the mind calming down or the alleviation of physical symptoms.

From the Student’s Perspective

As part of my Reiki II certification process, I ask each student to answer a few questions about their personal experience practicing the techniques and meditations from class.

Below four students share their unique experiences practicing Reiki Distance Healing:

Sarah Koestner is an actor, teacher, and coach, as well as a Reiki III graduate:

Giving Absentee Reiki was a fascinating experience. I truly doubted my ability to give this kind of Reiki before being challenged by the certification process to give it a try.

I feel like I learned on a deep level that distance is an illusion. I had a profound experience giving Reiki to my sister, where I had a visions of “spirits” giving her Reiki. After it was over she told me that she felt like she had been given a “virtual massage.” I thought that was such a great description of what Absentee Reiki can be.

Other recipients had very visual experiences. Again, it was interesting to see how everyone’s experience of Reiki can be different, and yet equally profound.

Working with the Distance Reiki symbol and mantra HSZSN as part of the Absentee Reiki technique was enormously powerful. I feel like I can genuinely feel the illusion of distance fading away when I work with this symbol. It immediately gives me a profound sense of inner peace and calm, almost as if the world drops completely away.

Caroline Gomez is a yoga teacher, mom of three, and a Reiki III graduate. Here’s her experience using the Absentee Reiki technique:

I learned that just because I’m not physically with the person receiving Reiki, it doesn’t make the distance Reiki treatment any less powerful.

In addition, the absence of the physical body forces me as the practitioner to move inward and connect to my intuition even more than an in-person session. I’ve found that that the most profound and powerful treatments I’ve given have been distance Reiki sessions.

Distance Reiki: From the Student's perspective

Barbara Becker is an actor and works in the arts, as well as being a Reiki III graduate:

After asking permission (which my mother gave with a degree of skepticism as to how Reiki can work from a distance, though she has gone to several Reiki circles at a Senior Center in Florida), I gave absentee Reiki to my mother on 4 consecutive nights, the same time each night.

She had recently fallen and was very bruised, achy and depressed/worried but relieved that she (thankfully) didn’t break anything. I hoped the Reiki transmissions would ease her pain and bruising, lighten her spirit, and aide in regaining her physical confidence during recovery.
Since this was my first time doing absentee Reiki, I set up a sacred space using John Levine’s music (Vision of Love) to relax and took purifying breaths while filling out a note card with a nature scene on the cover.

I chose to write in picture cards with their own envelopes instead of blank pieces of paper because this enhanced my ritual. I also used a lovely box which is now set aside to store future absentee transmission cards. Creating a special soothing environment grounded and strengthened my focus. Each night, I wrote down the date, my request, my mother’s information, her symptoms and my intentions after setting up my sacred space and then gave Reiki.

Over the 4 nights, I noticed that sometimes I was more focused than others, so I learned to give myself adequate time before beginning each transmission. My thoughts wandered at times beyond my mother to her two closest friends who are also dealing with health/pain issues, so I decided to include them on some level during the transmission while focusing mainly on her.

I discovered that visualizing my mom while holding a small stuffed animal and moving my hands over areas of her body that she had told me were affected helped because it made her more “tangible.” I am highly visual, so if I can “see,” it is easier to act. It helps to imagine, which in turn helps me to focus.

When I spoke to my mom after all 4 transmissions had been completed (as well as the day after my first transmission), she said she felt no improvement and was still depressed and sore. I was disappointed since I had hoped the transmissions would have immediate positive impact.

I believe that Reiki has enormous impact because of my own experiences. What I realized (yet again) is that I cannot control what she or anyone accepts or rejects on any level. Even though my efforts proved unsuccessful in her view, if one is open to something, it is more likely to have a positive impact and clearly if one is not, the opposite may occur.

All you can do is try/allow. Wanting it to “work” for her is like trying to control her. That is disrespectful. So I have to let go of that hope. I choose to believe that regardless of her current state, Reiki energy did move through her and will aide her recovery even if it doesn’t appear to have done so yet. She may not be able to accept this because her heart is sad, her body is sore, and she is not in a receptive state. That is now. My compassion must “see” that. The future holds possibilities. Tomorrow or next week may be different.

All one can do is allow the Reiki energy to flow. Where it lands, how it lands or is perceived by others is beyond our reach. One has to let it flow and let it go. One has to see that even within the “no” is a “yes” waiting to surface.

As an actress for decades (who continued my training for many years), I learned that once you develop a strong technique/foundation, you must trust it enough to let go of it in performance and rely on your gut/intuition. Not everything you learn serves you well for each role. Certain things may fall by the wayside and not work for you, while others will form the basis of what you do regularly as a performer. Knowledge is your toolbox. Each role may require different tools.

Distance Reiki: From the student's perspective

Diona Ceniza is an arts therapist and Reiki III graduate:

During the times I’ve done Absentee Reiki, I felt pretty comfortable with the process.  I was able to visualize the other person clearly and feel the energy being channeled to him/her.  But there is something about being able to touch the individual, or at least be in the same space with them, that for me takes the session to a greater, more meaningful level.  It just feels more natural, so I admittedly find myself pushing Absentee Reiki aside in favor of the chair or table protocol.


It’s interesting to read how different each student’s experience was, and how trusting yourself and not judging the outcome is so key. And to realize that there are many different tools and techniques in the Reiki practitioner’s toolbox, and both the practitioner and recipient will be drawn more or less to the various techniques. The flexibility of the system of Reiki enables you to modify and adjust according to both you and your client’s needs.

How can I schedule a Distance Reiki Healing treatment?

Here’s more information on Distance Reiki sessions and you can book an appointment here.

If you’re interested in taking a Reiki class and learning more about Distance Healing, read this previous post about how to find a qualified teacher.

And if there’s a topic or question about Distance Reiki I didn’t include, let me know and I’ll include it.

Learning Reiki: A Student’s Perspective on Expectations & The Ego

Posted on September 7, 2016

Learning Reiki: A Student's Perspective on Expectations & The Ego

Diona Ceniza is one of my past students. She recently completed the full Reiki training—Reiki Levels I, II, and III—and is moving into setting up her professional practice. Here’s her experience of learning Reiki.

The Benefits of Reiki Self Care

I learned first-hand about the benefits you get to enjoy when doing Reiki self-care. I never really know how it will turn out each time I give myself Reiki, but often I experience an amazing sense of well-being, a feeling of becoming more centered, and on a couple of occasions a sudden outpouring of emotions (i.e. crying my eyes out!)

I have come to realize and appreciate how important giving myself Reiki is as part of my self-care regimen.

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Reiki Treatment: What to Expect

The more I study Reiki and dive deeper, the more I learned to remove expectations.  When I first started, there was this hope that each session would be an amazing cleansing or big release of emotions.  Now I see that I wouldn’t be able to function if it was that intense every time, and I’m more trusting of the process.  

So whether the session leaves me crying, on cloud nine, or somewhere in between, I’m grateful.  And even if some sessions are more subtle, the overall effect of practicing self-care Reiki on my life has been anything but (a relationship ending abruptly, strong push towards a new career, just pure chaos…).  So I guess another lesson I learned from giving myself Reiki is that it truly does have a cleansing effect, and while it can be painful, it’s ultimately for the best.

How Getting Reiki Sessions Can Vary (A Lot!)

I hope to become a professional Reiki practitioner and receiving professional Reiki sessions taught me a couple of things. Firstly, it taught me how to conduct myself when running a private practice. Secondly, I learned how different each session and practitioner can be. Practitioners differ considerably in their approach but can be equally impactful.  

My first experience receiving Reiki was quite dramatic. The first practitioner I went to worked at home and was very open.  She said I needed to leave my job, gave me the necklace she was wearing because she said it would help me stay grounded, and ordered a Pema Chodron book for me on Amazon.  The session felt like the practitioner tapped into a lot of stuck energy in my chest. It physically felt as if someone sat on my chest during the session!  The session itself was intense and I went home that night hunched over from the emotions that had been dredged up.

My second experience with a different practitioner was more subtle, but the impact of it lasted long after the session. The session took place in an office setting.  It was more gentle and uplifting, and there was a stronger sense of boundaries that, as an art therapist, I am more familiar with. I felt much lighter and less stressed for a few months after the session.

Despite these differences, however, my sessions with both practitioners were equally transformative, shifting my life towards a path that involves potentially becoming a Reiki practitioner myself.  

The Benefits & Challenges of Giving Reiki to Others

One of the first things I learned giving Reiki to friends and family was how energized I felt. In a way, it can actually feel more healing than doing Reiki on myself.

Reiki & The Ego

On the other hand, I also realized how afraid I can be to offer Reiki to other people, largely because of my own ego and worries that the other person wouldn’t feel any benefits.

Ego is especially present when I give Reiki and it’s the reason it took me so long to fulfill the certification requirements.  For months, I delayed asking others if I could practice on them because I was afraid of hearing them say no, or worse, that they would find the experience lacking if they said yes.  In other words, there’s a big part of me that wants to be seen as a great practitioner, never mind the wellbeing of the client.  I try to be mindful of it as much as I can and remind myself that it is Reiki doing the healing, not me.  

The biggest lesson I’m taking away from this is that I have a long way to go in terms of realizing that I am not giving Reiki or doing the healing, the person takes from the energy what he or she needs. I also need to become more in touch with my intuition.

Reiki & Connection

I also realized that when giving Reiki, I feel deeply connected to the other person.  Besides feeling immense gratitude that they are willing to open themselves up in such a big way, their happiness and well-being becomes my primary concern.  I’ve never felt bonded to another person in such a deep but peaceful way.

Learning Reiki and taking the full training was excellent. I continue to enjoy this amazing journey and have learned and grown so much.


Interested in learning more about Reiki? Here’s how to find a qualified Reiki teacher.

In New York City and want to take a class? Check out the details here.

Learning Reiki: A Student’s Review

Posted on August 30, 2016

Learning Reiki can be a life changing experience, especially during times of despair like during a breakup. Click on this image to read a blog post written by one of my students about her experience learning Reiki healing.

Because the experience of Reiki is so different for each person, I asked one of my students to share her first-hand account of what she learned. Jessica Quan recently completed her Reiki Level One training—here is her personal experience:

The Impact of Daily Self Reiki Practice

I never realized how powerful Reiki could be until I started to practice on myself.

Through practicing the Reiki self-care protocol daily, I not only became more grounded and peaceful, but I truly learned and felt the power of something greater than myself.  For me, it is this spiritual element that serves as the key to empowerment and healing. Furthermore, I learned that self-healing is paramount before being able to impart this gift to others.

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My New Morning Routine

The Reiki precepts (principles to live by) have been especially instrumental in grounding me before I start each day. Giving myself Reiki in the mornings is a beautiful way to begin the day, allowing me to have a sound heart and mind.

How Reiki Helped After a Break Up

After Reiki I, I went to see Deborah for a session, which is a different experience than giving myself Reiki. I learned the power of touch from another. While receiving Reiki from a professional practitioner, my body and mind reached a perfect state of peace and relaxation. Physically, I felt the warmth and healing touch from Deborah. At the time, I had just come out of a painful breakup, but I must say that after the session, there was a sense of emotional release and healing with Reiki.

Giving Reiki to Friends & Family

In giving Reiki to others, I learned that this is something I want to do for the rest of my life. My grandmother was a natural healer in Guam. It wasn’t until I learned Reiki and started practicing on others that I realized this gift was inherent within me as well. Taking Reiki I has been one of the most humbling and gratifying experiences in my life. I have found that this is my true purpose.

Interested in learning more about Reiki? Here’s a Beginner’s Guide to Learning Reiki. 

In New York City and want to take a class? Check out the details here. 

The Beginner’s Guide to Reiki Training

Posted on April 15, 2016

Beginner's Guide to Learning Reiki

Interested in learning Reiki? Here’s a handy beginner’s guide, which includes everything you need to know to be informed and get started:

Can anyone learn Reiki?
I get asked this question a lot and I can relate: I really wasn’t sure when I signed up for my first Reiki class years ago. The short answer is yes, each of us has a natural healing ability. Sometimes people feel overwhelmed or worried by this, while others aren’t sure where to start. Taking classes offers a structure and foundation to build on this ability.

There are 3 levels of Reiki training: beginning, intermediate, and advanced (or Reiki I, II, and III). Learning Reiki is a deeper experience than receiving a Reiki session because it allows you to take your healing into your own hands (literally) with a daily mindfulness practice.

Read on to find out more about learning Reiki.

What are the benefits of taking a Reiki class?
When you take a Reiki Level I class, you’ll learn about the 5 Reiki precepts, or principles to live by. These principles offer advice and a path to help us let go of anger and worry, to be true to ourselves, and to show compassion.

We can understand this advice intellectually, but learning Reiki offers us a way to go beyond this and embody the precepts through the hands on healing, meditation techniques, symbols and mantras (learned in Reiki II), and attunements.  Imagine the benefits you would experience if you were less angry and fearful, and felt calmer and more centered, no matter what stress you encountered in your life.

Read on to find out more about the benefits of incorporating the precepts into your life.

But can’t I just learn Reiki online?
While technology has its benefits, learning Reiki at an in-person training offers many things you can’t experience online such as:

• Practicing giving Reiki sessions with the supervision and feedback of the teacher and fellow students.
• Giving Reiki during an in-person class allows for physical touch, which helps you trust that that the energy is flowing. For most students, this trust often develops over time with practice.
• Receiving attunements in person (vs. online) can be reassuring to our linear mind. Students are more or less sensitive to energy, and having the physical presence of the teacher in front of them during this spiritual blessing often sets the mind at ease that something is happening.

Read more about the benefits (especially if you’re considering offering Reiki professionally).

How can I find a qualified Reiki teacher?
There are many different types of Reiki classes available, and you want to find the right one for you. Questions to consider as you’re looking for a qualified teacher include:

  • How long was the teacher’s own training and how long has s/he been teaching?
  • Do they have a daily Reiki self care and meditation practice?
  • How long is the class and is certification available?
  • Does the teacher offer ongoing support through practice nights and advanced training?

 

Read more to find out how to find a qualified teacher and make an informed decision that’s right for you.

How can Reiki impact every aspect of your life?
My daily Reiki practice has improved my life in so many different ways (and it continues to!). Over time here’s what I noticed:

  • positive changes in a chronic health condition
  • the ability to let go of a negative relationship pattern in my dating life
  • more clarity around how to make a career transition
  • the ability to better handle my finances
  • better time management
  • an increase in my creativity as a writer

 

Read on to find out more about my personal journey with Reiki, as well as one student’s feedback on what she noticed in her own life, and open up to some possibilities of how Reiki can transform your own life in a positive and powerful way.

Want to gain insight from past Reiki students? Here’s more about learning Reiki from the student’s perspective:

A yoga teacher and busy mom of three discovered that less is more when it comes to Reiki.

And another student connected to her own inner wisdom after learning to give herself a daily 10-minute Reiki treatment.

Find out how learning Reiki helped one student deal with a break up.

The practice of Reiki helped another student manage her ego (no easy task!).

Ok, I signed up for my first Reiki class, what should I do to set my expectations?
Here are the elements that are usually covered in a Reiki Level 1 class:

  • Discuss what is Reiki and the history of Reiki
  • Receive 4 attunements, or spiritual blessings (also known as Reiju)
  • Learn a Reiki self-care protocol
  • Discuss the Reiki precepts, or principles to live by
  • Discover Reiki meditations to focus the mind and center yourself
  • Learn a Reiki chair protocol to use with friends and family

 

To get the most out of your class, have an open mind and commit to practicing the Reiki self care protocol for a minimum of 21 days. Notice any little changes such as how you sleep, how you feel when you wake, your energy levels, and your ability to focus and respond to stressful situations.

Read on for more tips to help you prepare for class.

Want more? Here’s a bonus:
Here’s a Pinterest board I created all about learning Reiki.

Best of luck as you begin your Reiki journey, and here’s a tip from my first Reiki teacher. She always used to say: “Your hands are smarter than your head!” Wise words….

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