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Emotional Healing with Reiki: A Guide for Reiki Practitioners, Part 3

Article by Johannes Verheijden, Reiki Master

Editor’s note:

This is Part 3 of a multi-part guide for Reiki practitioners.

Over the next few days, we’ll publish the other parts as well.

The series starts here.

Working with distant healings

One of the beauties of Reiki is that you can connect with, treat and heal living beings as well as situations from a distance! Reiki works instantly when sending, but you can also send it to the future and/or to times that have passed by. This enables you to work both ways: and healing a person and healing the situation that originated the emotional cluttering of your client. For your client is part of an eco-astral-situational-karma system and “just” treating your client would alter things, but would not heal the surroundings in which your client is/was/will be in. It is imperative to always look at the broader perspective when using Reiki.

When using Reiki for distance treatments / healings be aware of your responsibility as a healer. Try to assess the person and/or the situation you are sending Reiki to. Like before you will have to tune in to your client and be very sensitive to what it is you are feeling, sensing, hearing, seeing (in your mind), smelling when focussing. Your client will ask for Reiki to be sent and I feel it is your task to listen between the lines and assess what is the actual demand for help.

There are times when you will see the aura of your client and you can work with that as well. Treat your client as if he/she was there with you and as described before.

Many books and articles have been written on using Reiki, sending Reiki from a distance and the various subjects that come with it. Read as many as you can on the subject, but do not believe all you read, for there are (too) many deceiving Reiki practitioners (even Masters) who have no clue of what they are writing and only want quick and dirty money making. Perhaps I will be crucified for this, but I feel that Reiki Masters offering all attunements up to a Masters level in one weekend do not fully understand the strength of Reiki, nor do they respect the people that they attune. I have a feeling that these Masters set a number of people thinking and even put them off. Time has taught us that receiving an attunement is something bigger and more profound than just undergoing the rituals.

To truly understand Reiki, to use it properly, to work with it, to become friends and good companions with Reiki is something that cannot be done in just one weekend. It is not like getting your drivers license and learn how to drive after you have it. It is a process in which you need to grow towards expanding the use of Reiki.

When sending distant Reiki you can actually “get into” a person, get into a thought, an emotion, a situation and I mean literally getting into them. Not only connect with them but feel them from the inside out and by being inside of the blocking thought, the cluttering emotion, you can assess it. Sometimes, whatever it is you are connecting with, will need light, or colour, or air, or even a massage, or being cut loose, or merely kind words, or love or… Communicate with it, like you would communicate with a person. Try to find out what is needed and provide that generously and without holding back. Do not always trust your intuition, but always trust your intention if it is true. If your intention is not true, leave it and do not send Reiki for you are polluting the Reiki system and disgracing not only yourself but Reiki as well.

Aura reading / healing

The more you are sending Reiki from a distance, the more receptive you become to experiencing, seeing, feeling, sensing your client. It could well be that at a certain point you see the aura of your client although you are not even with him/her. That can be disturbing at first, but no worries, you are not getting insane. It is just that you are now able to tune in to your client even closer and observe even more accurate what it is that your client is suffering from or burdened by. However, how to interpret the aura of your client..? Well, if you see the aura of your client as a steady sort of bright or mellow coloured egg around her/him, there is not much to worry about. If however the colours are faint, or the aura looks really pale, you might want to send some Reiki and work with it. There are many ways to work with aura’s. But again, observation is key.

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Think and act three dimensional when working with aura’s. Look at it as a cloud of gasses / fluids/ in different layers which is all around your client.

Now an aura can “look”, or feel in the following ways or combinations of them:

1. In flairs

The aura is like a bonfire in a storm. The colours are like flames flickering in a harsh wind. The different flames are not damaged, but like a wet feather, just apart from each other and need to be dried and brushed and polished. At first let your energy go partly with this flow, but at the same time keep a cloth (or cloche) of energy ready to lay over the flairs, connecting them together. Dry them with breath and warm wind, use R, CKR and DKM and comb each flair gently at both sides, so that they will zip together in the end. Perhaps at that point the colours will change, but that is all right.

2. Broken / Ripped / Torn apart

Now if this is the case, you will find that the colours are dark, the and this situation is not easy to address. Very often serious damage has been done. Nerves that were broken or irreparable emotional damage has been done at a very young age, or severe emotional trauma which has lead to psychological / psychiatric trauma. You can only support a treatment done by medication, surgery, psychological or psychiatric treatment. Do not get into “playing the therapist” yourself if you have not been trained in this. Treat the aura with kindness and love using a sandwich of SHK / DKM / SHK. Bring the different parts of the aura together by gently waving the energy towards one and other.

3. Faint

A healthy aura looks vibrant and colourful, like a palette of colours. But sometimes you might find that the colours are faint – tired, worn off, faded – which normally indicates a lack of energy which can sometimes be taken away by providing / sending extra energy and assessing / addressing the reason of the lack of energy. Use R and place CKR in different parts of the aura to reinforce it,

4. (over)Heated / too cold

There are times that you encounter an aura that is (over)heated or too cold. It feels that too much energy is coming out of the person, almost like it is burning your client, or that your client is withdrawing energy so much from others around him/her as if she/he needs extra energy to stay alive. The first time that you encounter this could be quite alarming, but do not let it put you off, or get you discouraged. A ring of white roses placed around the aura of your client should balance the energy and bring it back in place again. From there you can treat your client either with R and CKR (if too cold) or SHK and DKM if too hot.

5. Under attack

If you notice entities in your client’s aura, as if he/she was under attack, you are dealing with emotional trauma that was caused at a very young age and not dealt with properly ever since. Communicate with the entity – use HSZSN, aimed at the entity before starting the communication and in order to open the “conversation” and send it home. Guide it to the light and let it dissolve in it. It usually is not a difficult process, but you will have to be gentle and explain to the entity that it is hurting your client, that your client is suffering from it and that this is not a situation that can last. Use DKM to support your kindness. You might need a few sessions to get the final result, but be persistent and tell the entity to go and guide it to the light. You will notice a big difference in your client once you have solved this problem that could have troubled your client for many years. Once the entity is gone, treat the spot where the entity was using HSZSN, SHK, CKR, R and DKM

Black spots in the aura

A few words about black spots in the aura.

Black spots can mean many things, but all of which are more serious. Your client could be grieving deeply, or being (drug/alcohol/gambling) addicted, or having too many worrying thoughts in her/his head (dealing with serious money problems, experiences from war zones, heavy marital problems, severe sexual abuse, etc). These are problems that are not easily solved and you will find that you will have to cooperate with professional therapists and will need many sessions to see (some) response and improvement.

However, if you continue to “wash” the aura of your client, by wiping, healing the damaged parts, cleaning the aura with light, colour showers and polishing the aura you will find you will have positive results.

Many times you will find that you will need to direct your Reiki to the past, in order to heal the beginning of the problem / situation. Especially people coming from war zones and with very early experiences of sexual abuse need regressive treatment, not only healing the person him/herself, but also the family where they come from and the situation itself. A sandwich of CKR / DKM / CKR will bring you positive results. Make sure you connect to the past and treat from the root.

When dealing with addictions you will find that the aura is rather slimy and viscous. What you could do is warm it up with CKR and then let your client “come down” using R and DKM. Then clean the aura, wiping. This will need to be done a number of times and may not always be pleasant for your client. You may feel resistance, but keep on doing this anyway, for you usually will find that you will get a “double” message: help me – get away from me.

Johannes Verheijden

Johannes Verheijden

Johannes Verheijden (1965) has been Reiki Master since 1998. He has been working with energy for as long as he can remember and over the years Johannes specialized in healing emotional issues. Ever since he first got in touch with energy work Johannes resonated to it. It “spoke” to him and over the years he learned to channel the energy and to heal people emotionally by using energy, often in combination with massage, or aura reading/healing. Johannes is initiator of the World Reiki Wave, which will take place for the eighth time with thousands of Reiki practitioners joining on the 21st of June. He is based in Zeewolde, the youngest village in The Netherlands. Johannes can be reached through Facebook by www.facebook.com/ReikiMasterJohannesVerheijden, or by e-mail: joh.verheijden@gmail.com

{ 12 comments… add one }
  • Carmen June 14, 2013, 4:15 pm

    I am a Reiki Master Teacher and I completely agree with you about weekend Reiki. I am greatful I was not taught like that. To this day I teach as I was taught. 🙂

    • Johannes Verheijden June 14, 2013, 7:25 pm

      Dear Carmen,

      I am happy you agree! 🙂

    • Julia September 7, 2013, 1:01 pm

      Agree about the weekend Reiki. I require students to wait at least three months after completing level one to take level two and at least one year for level three/master.

  • Lindsey June 14, 2013, 8:09 pm

    I learned reiki over a course of months for each level…and had more then one attunement for each level. I’m still learning now .. even though I’m a level 3 .. reiki is a journey not a destination.. 🙂

    • Johannes Verheijden June 14, 2013, 11:15 pm

      Indeed Lindsey, it is a journey, but not only a technical journey. It is a quest for personal growth as well 😉

  • Faith September 7, 2013, 5:25 am

    I do agree with you on some aspects of your article. It is not for us to judge to path and/or gifts our students it is their choice. I know several Reiki Masters that continue to learn, grow and advance as do most individuals. Everyone’s gifts are not the same and not everyone witnesses the aura in the same way nor is there symbols and/or meanings to same for everyone. Just because they “see” or do not “see” in the same way as you, doesn’t make them any less of a gift or incorrect. To much is given much is expected on forum such as this.

  • poonam October 12, 2014, 7:43 pm

    Though i am new in reiki healing…but l learnt that reiki works on intuition(as well as intention).you said do not always trust intuition ! Kindly put some light on this notion
    Thank you.

    • Johannes Verheijden October 13, 2014, 8:14 am

      Hi Poonam,

      Intuition can easily be mistaken with desire – as well as intention. The desire to understand, to heal, to feel. However, I think you should investigate and research and assess and examin, instead of go for intuition.

      Having said that, I do believe that approx. 75% of healings are being felt by intention as well. The intention and the trust that one is healed 🙂

  • poonam October 13, 2014, 8:48 am

    Thank you so much…

  • EverLastCry November 14, 2014, 10:19 am

    Dear Johannes,

    In this guide i have a single doubt wich is;

    “…treat the spot where the entity was using HSZSN, SHK, CKR, R and DKM…”

    CKR = Cho Ku Rei
    SHK = Sei He Ki
    HSZSN = Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen
    DKM = Dai Ko Myo
    R = ????

    Would it Be CKR reversed????



    • Johannes Verheijden November 15, 2014, 10:17 am

      R= Raku

      And no the CKR should not be reversed 🙂

      • EverLastCry November 16, 2014, 12:30 pm

        Thank you Johannes, but i’ve to say that i am in level III Reiki Usui Shiki Ryoho and the only 4 symbols i learned was the CKR SHK HSZSN and DKM… That’s why i think is so important to ask another reiki masters and keep looking and searching for new and/or more solid information about what i really want to do so foward….

        About the CKR reversed my reiki master told me that is to use to seal… but i’ve been searching and using the CKR is to increase the energy of the chakras and the reverse one is to decrease it… as you can see so many doubts about what to do or not so far… But i’ll not stop until i’ve the true knowledge… if you know what i mean!!! 😉

        Blessings and light


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