Removal of Obstacles with Reiki

Article by Reiki Master Judy Camblor

Obstacles come in all shapes and sizes. They can be anything from old habits and old ideals to co-workers or friends. Sometimes we create obstacles for ourselves, and we don’t even realize it. We often think of obstacles in relation to our future, but what about the obstacles in our past? We think about the things that limit us from reaching a particular goal in the present, but do we ever think about what limitations we may have put in our past that are still affecting our present goals?

While all of the Reiki symbols are beneficial when trying to remove obstacles from our lives, Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen (HSZN), or the Distance symbol as it is also known, helps to assist us with forgotten or un-noticed obstacles that we experience.

For example, a person may be longing for the return of a partner or lover into their lives, yet they fail to recall that perhaps there are circumstances in the past that could be causing a block. Sending healing using HSZN to the past would assist them in removing a blockage, but would also assist them in gaining further knowledge that was not evident during the relationship. Dreams or other intuitive interpretations resulting after a Reiki healing session could guide a person as to what path to take concerning a reunion with that lost love or the realization that it is time to move on. If everything we do today, right now, this instant will have an effect on whom and where we are tomorrow, why wouldn’t we consider sending Reiki energy to this moment that we are in as well as into the future? We could also consider what is lacking in our lives now that was not before, and how we correct the situation to retrieve what has gone missing.

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But how do we make a practice of clearing and deleting obstacles? Should you make a list of circumstances in your life that have kept you from reaching certain goals? That is a good start.

First, there is meditation. Meditation does not need to be 20-minutes of sitting cross-legged in a corner with a candle lit and incense burning (although, that is a very nice way to meditate). By reviewing your day from the comfort of your bed just before you fall asleep, you can send HSZN to obstacles that you may have experienced throughout your day that you believe will have an adverse effect on a future goal. However, if you are afraid you may fall asleep before you are able to complete this exercise, try using a meditation journal instead. A long and drawn out explanation is not needed. Writing things down is a powerful way of not only projecting desires and intentions into the future, but it can also be used for clearing away negativity and releasing feelings that may have come from circumstances in our daily lives. Other benefits of keeping a meditation journal are that it helps to balance the Throat Chakra and clear the Crown Chakra.

Second, you may use setting purposeful intentions as another easy way to clear past, present, and future blockages. You can set an intention to release the pain of an old romance in order to clear the path for a new one to arrive. Keep in mind it is not Reiki’s job to find you a new mate; its purpose is rather to help you to clear away unwanted and negative energies left over from past relationships which will allow new people to come into your life. Write the intentions down and place them in your Reiki box, and send healing to those intentions on a daily or weekly basis.

Another way to activate Reiki for clearing obstacles and blockages is the use of a Reiki grid combined with intentions and crystals. If you’d like:

  • More security in your life, use Jasper crystals in your grid;
  • For emotional stability, use Carnelian crystals in your grid;
  • For personal power, use Calcite crystals in your grid;
  • For clearing negative emotions in your past or future, use Aventurine crystals in your grid;
  • For attracting a new romance or more loving relationships, use Rose Quartz in your grid;
  • For clear communications, use Amazonite crystals in your grid; and
  • For connection to the divine and to your intuition, use Lapis Lazuli or Amethyst in your grid.

The lists of crystals and their purposes are varied; the list I have provided only names a few as examples.

One way to power a Reiki grid with crystals is by setting a colored crystal in the center of the grid, while the surrounding crystals and the master crystal are all Clear Quartz crystals. Place your written intentions under the colored crystal then use HSZN and all the other Reiki Symbols to send the healing to your desired location.

Judy Camblor

Judy Camblor

Judy Camblor is a certified affiliate member of the International Center for Reiki Training as a Reiki Master/Teacher in the Usui Shiki Ryoho style of Reiki. Prior to becoming a Reiki Master, Judy practiced as a spiritual-life counselor and became an ordained Lukumi priestess in 2008. Judy has incorporated Reiki into her daily spiritual practice of yoga and meditation, and includes aromatherapy and crystal therapy in her Reiki sessions. Judy is a resident of Bay Harbor Islands, Florida, where she lives with her two daughters. Judy can be reached via Facebook at, or by e-mail:


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