Lately I've been doing quite a bit of long-distance Reiki. It can be a difficult concept to grasp, but energy is not limited by time or space. There is a symbol that level 2 Reiki students learn that allows us to send energy to someone who is not in the same room. Reiki can be transmitted across the globe for the healing benefit of a recipient far away. There are scientific explanations for this phenomenon, but let's face it; we're talking about a spiritually guided energy. It's a whole lot easier for me to grasp that the higher power directing Reiki knows how to deliver a package to wherever it needs to go than to wrap my mind around Quantum physics.
What I especially appreciate about long-distance Reiki (also called remote Reiki), is the simplicity and convenience for the client. There's no need to get dressed, leave the house, trudge through traffic, scout out a parking spot, or face inclement weather. It helps stay-at-home parents who would otherwise need to find childcare, those with transportation challenges, and people who just plain don't want to go outside. It eliminates the need to block out time from a busy schedule for traveling and allows one to integrate the healing energy from the comfort of home rather than on the freeway. Obviously I also enjoys the benefits of ease and convenience, and am able to offer a lower rate as I'm not passing along the cost of office rent to the client. It is really a win-win situation!
When I offer a long-distance session to a client, I suggest that they make the time to create a quiet space in which they will not be disturbed. Their only job is to rest and be comfortable. Usually people lie down, but some like to be in nature, or in their favorite chair. As long as they are relaxed, they are allowing themselves to receive the maximum benefits. When I'm working with someone I know, I simply go into a meditative state, invoke the Reiki symbols, and imagine that they are in front of me. Some practitioners use a teddy bear or a pillow as a surrogate to help focus their attention. It's not necessary, but can be a useful tool.
When I'm working with a client I haven't met in person, I like to communicate via Skype. Not only does it help me connect with them energetically and get a sense of their intention, but it also reassures the recipient that this virtual stranger whom they have hired to send healing life-force energy to them through the ethers is for real. (Yes, I know. It can be a difficult concept to grasp!) Often after the first two or three sessions we both become comfortable enough to forego the electronic connection.
I've read stories of miraculous recoveries people have experienced through remote Reiki; blood clots disappearing, tumors shrinking, and mysterious ailments evaporating. While I believe all that to be possible, mostly what I have witnessed are clients who have a greater sense of ease in their minds and bodies, and are better able to cope with the stresses of their daily lives. This seems to me to be the key to maintaining health and quality of life. Managing stress is a necessity of modern times. Long-distance Reiki offers people an opportunity to do this in a super-easy, convenient, comfortable way, without adding the stress of having to arrive on time at an appointment across town. What could be better than that?!
If you're interested in learning more, visit my services, rates, & hours page. I offer complimentary 10 minute phone consultations to those who are unsure if long-distance sessions can benefit them. There's no topic I enjoy more than health and healing, so please don't hesitate to contact me if you'd like to better understand how long-distance Reiki can benefit you.