This question has the power to evoke endless debate and controversy in the Reiki community.
Through this article, I would like to share my personal experience and viewpoint on this important topic. And I do so with due respect to all practitioners who hold a different view.
Early on in my Reiki journey, I heard other practitioner friends mention that those who offered distant attunements were doing their students a disservice. They also accused such teachers of being money minded and unethical in their practice. Not being very experienced back then, I held on firmly to the view that distant attunements don’t work.
As I traversed the Reiki path, I had significant experiences that proved to me that energy is not bound by space and time. Then I began to ask myself this question: “If a distance healing can work, why not a distant attunement?” The energy is the same and the principles are similar. If we send Reiki to someone and it can reach their chakras over a distance, then why can’t the chakras be opened and the person attuned over a distance?
Almost no one questions if a distance healing can work. Most Reiki practitioners are comfortable with the idea of healing over a distance. However, not everyone is comfortable with the idea of attunements done over a distance. As I evolved on my Reiki path, my understanding deepened and I developed an independent viewpoint with regard to distant attunements. I believe the truth with regard to distant attunements is not set in stone. It is what you make of it.
My view is that distant attunements work just as well as in person attunements if you want them to. When both the teacher and student are open to the idea of a distant attunement and have their heart and soul in it, it works. If they are sceptical or uncomfortable with the idea, it may not work. When we firmly believe that something cannot work, we will not be able to see the result even when it does work. It is as simple as that.
What about ethics? While it could be true that there are teachers who do distance attunements only to make quick money, it does not imply that everyone who does distance attunements is a cheat. Teachers who want to be unethical will be so irrespective of whether they offer personal attunements or distant attunements.
There are many people who wish to get attuned to Reiki but have no access to Reiki classes and teachers. If distant attunements work just as well as in person attunements, imagine the benefit to such recipients. When a Reiki Master has an open heart chakra and attunes a person over a distance, she is doing so from a place of love and compassion. And that is powerful. When you act from a place of love and compassion, the Universe supports you in every way possible. I find it hard to believe that the Universe would say something like, ‘I’m sorry. A rule is a rule. You cannot do a distant attunement because it’s not widely accepted yet.” The Universe supports growth, expansion and love and cares little about rules and regulations that stifle growth.
After I took on Reiki healing as a profession, I decided that I would offer distant attunements only to those people who had no access to classes and teachers and to those who wished to learn from me but lived in a different location. If they are in the same city, I do not offer distant attunements because I would like them to have the added benefit of personal interaction during the class and attunement ceremony (which have immense value too).
In conclusion, it’s all about intention. A sincere intention to be of service, a heart full of love and an open mind are the only requirements for distant attunements to work. If the teacher is blessed with these, no power can come in his or her way. Barriers of space and time dissolve. The Universe offers complete support and distant attunements work just as well as in person attunements.
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Haripriya is a Reiki Master, Angel Healer, and Spiritual Teacher. She was drawn to Reiki right from her childhood and Reiki went on to become part of her life’s purpose. Reiki is her constant companion from which she derives peace and contentment. She is also deeply connected with the angels, with Angel Healing being an integral part of her Reiki practice. After reaping the fruits of Reiki practice in her life, she was inspired to spread the joy of Reiki and the light of the Angels. Haripriya offers courses in Reiki and Angel Healing as well as distance healing services. She resides in Bangalore, India. Reach Haripriya at firstname.lastname@example.org and Angel Light on Facebook.