by Joanne L. Headland
Most Reiki practitioners have been taught that a Reiki I cannot do absentee treatments. Cannot do Distant Reiki. This belief is based on the fact that the symbols are not usually given until Reiki II and there is a specific symbol for distant Reiki.
Some of us believe that once a person has been attuned to Reiki, the limitations regarding the different levels of Reiki are not as great as had previously been thought. Some of these limitations are only in the minds of the practitioners. Generally speaking, the more attunements that a person has, the more "in tuned" one becomes with the Reiki energy. The more one practices Reiki, the more strength may be felt in the flow of Reiki through oneself.
With that in mind, let me share with you the methods I believe work for a Reiki I practitioner for doing Distant Reiki.
Use of Distant Reiki by a Reiki I Practitioner
Decide upon an object which will represent the recipient; the person you intend to send Reiki to.
Several suggestions are: Use a photo. On the back of the photo, write the person's name, age, and geographical location. or Use a piece of paper. Draw a little stick figure to represent the person and write their name, age, and geographical location. or Use a stuffed teddy bear, pillow, or any object which you intend to have represent the person you are going to send Reiki to.
I advise you NOT to use your own body. You may hear some methods such as using your knee or thigh (or a combination of your knees and thighs) designating the hand positions each one represents. Or using your non-dominant thumb and cup the fingers of your dominant hand over it. Because there is a possibility (albeit slim) that you could pick up the feelings from the imbalance of the recipient, I strongly advise against using your own body.
Whatever method you decide upon should be one that gives you the most potential to have a strong connection with the recipient.
Now, you put your hands on or around the object and state mentally or verbally information about the recipient and your intent. For instance: "This picture, pillow, pretzel, ?????, or whatever, represents Joan Blow, age 64, who is a little old lady living in the Arizona desert. It is my intent to send Reiki energy to Joan Blow as long as I am giving Reiki to this donut." Now, you simultaneously visualize the image of the person you are sharing energy with while holding the object between your hands. As long as you hold the image of that person, you are connecting with them (through the object) and they are receiving extra energy into their body.
Having a photo, piece of paper or an object is to help you made a connection to the recipient and to help you keep your focus. If you are able to do strong visualizations without other aids, an object is not really necessary. There are many different views on this and my suggestion is to do it first with some kind of object and occasionally try it without an object. You will know what works best for you and therefore what works best for the recipient.
No other Reiki practitioner can tell you what is right for you or what will work for you.
You may have the question about why is it necessary to write down some facts about the recipient. Keep in mind that there may be times that you will be sending Reiki to someone you have never met and know nothing or next thing to nothing about. It is good for you to learn a method that will provide a good connection to anyone whether you know them or not.
Let me clarify that point a little more. If I asked you to send Reiki to my friend John Smith in California, how connected do you think you would feel? If I asked you to send Reiki to my friend John Smith, 86, who lives in Pomona, California and is suffering from not being able to meet the demands of his girlfriend who is 56, how much more connected do you think you might be?
The best way to learn Reiki is to use Reiki - do self-Reiki, hands-on-Reiki, distant Reiki and Reiki thoughts.
July 24, 2004