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Where Do You Channel Your Reiki Energy from?

Article by Paula Vanderzon

As humans we believe that we are limited. This is easy to believe because the human body has many obvious limitations. For example, we can’t walk through walls, we can’t teleport and we live in very organised structured societies, which place limits and boundaries on almost everything that we do. Limitations just seem to be a way of life.

When Dr Usui re-discovered Reiki he was very much searching for answers on limitations. As a young boy growing up he was taught energy healing by using a technique to build up his own energy and then use this energy to heal others. This technique showed him very clearly how limited a person’s energy was. He would feel depleted after giving a healing using his own energy. The first Reiki initiation that Dr Usui received gave him the ability to channel energy through him, from source, which would not deplete his own energy. This was the answer that he had been searching for.

Because our 3rd dimensional awareness supports our belief that we are limited, channelling energy is such an important step to recognise that we are in fact unlimited beings. We have a divine connection to “All That Is” which is unlimited and infinite. When we channel Reiki energy through us and into our clients we experience that un- limitedness, quite often for the first time in our lives.

Eventually what might happen through your Reiki practice is that you come to understand that your divine connection to all that is, is not outside of you, but within you and you then stop channelling energy through you….. let me explain.

Many Reiki teachers demonstrate that the unlimited Reiki energy comes from outside of us – from out there in that vastness of the divine universe- and comes through our Crown chakra, into our heart space and then out through our arms and hands into our clients (or ourselves for a self-treatment). I was taught this visualisation as a Reiki student, and it served me very well for many years.

Channelled energyThrough my Reiki practice and other spiritual understandings I have come to know the power I have within myself. I no longer see the human existence as limited (although I haven’t mastered walking through walls or teleporting yet!), and I have come to an understanding that this power of unlimited energy is within me and always was. When I facilitate an energy healing session for a client now, I actually bring the energy straight from my heart space which itself is connected to all that is. I am one with the Universe as the Universe is within me. I no longer go outside of myself for that source of unlimited power; therefore I don’t have to “channel” healing energy anymore.

This concept is very difficult to teach, especially to someone just starting out with Reiki as their first step to understanding that they are more than just their physical body. And I certainly still teach all of my Reiki students to channel Reiki energy. Channelling energy is an important part of the system of Reiki and opens us up to connecting to divine source and all that is.

But if you are an experienced Reiki practitioner, it might be interesting to re-frame your understanding slightly and connect with Reiki from within you (not outside of you) and notice how the power increases exponentially! Not just through your hands in a treatment, but through your own empowerment and transformation in your life. This is not your own limited energy; it is the unlimited source of energy that you have access to within you. When you come to understand that you are the source of the unlimited power, then all beliefs about limitations start to change.

It is not difficult to do. It is just a matter of shifting your intention slightly. Maybe meditate and visualise the unlimited universal energy (or Reiki) as being within you. Notice how it feels and start to build a personal relationship with this inner energy and this connection. I personally made this shift through my connection to my own soul (inner spirit). Try it out and see if your Reiki practice is amplified.

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Paula Vanderzon

Paula Vanderzon

Paula Vanderzon is a Reiki Master/ Teacher from Adelaide, South Australia. Facing a debilitating health condition in 2006 Paula was lead to Reiki for self-healing and has been on a deep spiritual energetic and physical transformation since. A teacher of Reiki since 2008 and Isis Seichim since 2009 Paula also teaches Soul Writing and is passionate about helping people discover who they are at a Soul level so they can be their unique selves in life. Connect with Paula through her website www.paulavanderzon.com.au or Facebook www.facebook.com/paulavanderzonhealing.

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  • komal September 6, 2015, 8:58 am

    Beautifully explained.

  • Carla September 7, 2015, 12:02 pm

    This was a beautiful read! It’s a natural feeling knowing the extraordinary life energy force is within…Simply makes sense that something so pure and Devine can come from the heart. I will be shifting to this method effortlessly.

    Love, inner peace & happiness to all

    Carla 🙂

  • Jenny Evans October 23, 2015, 10:06 pm

    Thank you for being brave and sharing this insight. I have been receiving intuitive promptings for a while to shift my intention from receiving Reiki energy outside of myself to giving the Reiki from my heart center, but I was afraid I would be pulling from my own limited energy source. Your article gives me courage to begin to find the unlimited source within my own heart center and to follow the intuitive guidance I have been receiving. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  • Dawn October 23, 2015, 10:12 pm

    I love the dichotomy of All-that-Is also being “within” us! It’s impossibly illogical, yet that is why it’s true – anything logical would be too limited by our rational minds to contain the whole Truth. This is fun territory for me. I use a combination of visualizations or focus intentions in ReiKi, including breathing the energy up from the Earth into my head & then down my arms / into my heart, breathing through my heart chakra, sensing when the energy needs to be more vertically aligned with Earth/Spirit or spread out horizontally to the world, etc. There is no single right way – it’s Universal Essential energy! Thank you for this expansive article that is not so much a how-to but a why-not? Blessings…

  • Tracy December 7, 2015, 6:39 pm

    Very interesting read. I do reiki healing on a weekly basis but do find sometimes that it drains me….would that be because something within me is closed or does ut sometimes take a while to replenish? Would welcome your thoughts
    Love and peace to you

    • Ruth R. Davidson April 8, 2016, 4:35 pm

      Tracy, If you are worried something is closed within you then do some self reiki sessions. You can also email me and I will see if there are any blocks to be removed. No charge. Ruthiechan@ruthiechan.net

    • Victoria October 24, 2017, 10:02 pm

      Tracy, I have felt the same way after giving a reiki treatment. I think it could be if you are an empath you are taking on their energies during the session, or it is because you are using your “own” energy rather than channeling reiki energy. Reiki is within us, so maybe we were channeling another part of ourselves, or you weren’t fully grounded before giving reiki. I learned its important to ground ourselves before and after doing any energy work.

  • Owura January 20, 2016, 5:47 pm

    HAHAHA, Tracy you were expecting the energy from outside while it resides in you, there should be no activation because you dont expect what is inside you but rather outside Source. That is why they are collecting huge amount of money for Attunement and other things. Use it we were borned with it my dear.

  • Paula Vanderzon February 8, 2016, 10:29 pm

    Tracy, there is nothing wrong with your energy connections, you are probably just putting a bit too much personal “effort” into your reiki sessions. Just let the energy flow (from wherever it needs to flow from) and have as much fun as you can!! This will help you feel energized as well.

  • Hiren February 23, 2016, 11:21 am

    Superb insight. As per me during Reiki healing , we are connecting our inner universe to external universe. That’s why we feel that limited human energy exponentially increase during reiki healing process and change its limited energy boundaries to unlimited universal energy . I think though we could able to easily connect our inner universe to external universe and help us to change our horizon.

  • Sandra September 21, 2016, 5:25 pm

    So awesome. This is how I operate as well, but never thought about it the way you explained it. Beautifully said.

    • Ruth Davidson September 22, 2016, 12:10 am

      It also occurs to me that I have recently begun to do both. Channeling Reiki from within and without. I didn’t realize that’s what I’ve been essentially doing while channeling Reiki in bed at night right before falling asleep (it really helps me sleep better).

  • Marilyn Ralat Albernas October 25, 2016, 1:44 am

    Funny, I ran across your article today and yes, though I’m relatively new to Reiki I’ve always felt that the connection was from within. I have practiced this way instinctively without chastising myself because I’ve always felt that what resonates with your heart is usually the right path. Thanks so much and namaste…

  • Lesia April 10, 2017, 6:57 am

    Thank you, very good article!

  • Michelle April 12, 2019, 11:13 pm

    I noticed reiki comes from my solar plexus then out of my arms and hands. Is this different for everyone?

  • Tammy Darnell May 24, 2019, 5:04 pm

    This is a lovely sounding article, but what was the measurable outcome of this new technique? The article was supposed to address where that energy is derived…I still don’t know. It started out saying that the practitioner was exhausted after treating clients until he learned to channel the energy from outside himself…but in the end he ended up pulling the energy from within himself. I must ask, are you NOW able to walk through walls etc.? If not, then how has your practice improved?
    Can you please tell me where this energy originates?

  • Ajeetdev February 11, 2020, 3:27 pm

    There are so many different truths!!! Who can say which one is the right one….
    We are all one with everything that is, so the energy may come from within, from outside, from above and from everywhere, but we still channel Reiki to someone else….
    Reiki is not to be explained but experienced
    and this might be different to each one of us
    Thanks for sharing your path and also listening to mine

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