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Explaining Distant Reiki

Article by Angie Webster

I have written about Explaining Reiki to Others, but I find that when someone who doesn’t know about Reiki wants to know about distant Reiki, it becomes more difficult. Particularly if they want an explanation for how it works. Many people are somewhat able to understand the basic concepts of Reiki in general, but the thought that this could work for someone on the other side of the world can seem too much to take in.

My experience has been that those who are unfamiliar with energy in healing will ask if distant Reiki works through computers, via the internet or over the phone. They have a hard time understanding how a treatment can be sent without connecting it to something tangible for it to flow through that connects both parties.

I admit I was very skeptical of healing energy being real over long distances until I had had several experiences with it. My first experience was in almost 6 years ago. A woman I was friends with was part of a group that met once a week to send healing energies to those in need. She offered to add my name to the list to help me with numerous health problems I had struggled with for years. I said yes, more to humor her than anything. I felt it couldn’t hurt because I didn’t think it was real.

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I was surprised that I could actually feel the energy flow from this group of people each week on the night they met. Even when I forgot about the healing, I would realize I felt peace wash over me and my pain would ease. Within a short time, my health issues began to fade away. I also had more clarity of thought and ability to cope with life.

Yet, even when I learned about Reiki and energy healing, I was still skeptical that it could work. I had seen prayer work from long distances. I believed there also might be special people that could heal from far away. I doubted that anyone could be taught to do it. And I still doubted anyone who said they could do energy work from a distance until they proved it to me.

The telephone, cable TV and internet all use energy frequencies we can’t see in order to function. The electricity in our homes does the same, as does a radio. All of these have to be tuned to the particular frequency they operate at in order to work. They all have ways to adjust the flow of energy built in so that we can turn them on, off or use them in a different way. And all of them were thought too unbelievable to be true when people first heard of them.

Distant Reiki works the same way. It is energy that must be “tuned” to the person it is being sent to. Once it is “tuned in” it will flow through the energy currents that exist naturally, just the same way that a phone signal or wifi signal does. Distance is no object for it, just as it is no object for the internet or phone communications. The energy that surrounds us carries all of these energies to the intended receiver. With Reiki, the practitioner is the conduit of the energy.

It can be a difficult concept to understand that our thoughts, intentions and emotions are energy. Yet most people can feel that their emotions create an energy sensation in the body. They may also understand that the nerve endings and spinal cord help to carry these energies throughout the body. If you go one step further, you can see the relationship between our thoughts and our emotions. It’s not much of a leap from there to see that our thoughts and emotions have an effect on our perceptions and the people around us. These things truly change our environment! It is all energy.

We have to be careful to start where the person is when we explain Reiki and distant Reiki to someone. All of this begins to feel like second nature to us. Telephones, internet, radio and TV all seem like ordinary things to us, too. But to someone who has never experienced them, they seem mysterious and unreal at first. Some may even be frightened by them, until they have experienced them. The same is true with Reiki and other energy medicine techniques. Be patient and clear. Share your experiences and offer to share distant Reiki with them, if they are open to it. As always, experiencing Reiki first hand seems to clear up any doubt!

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Angie Webster
Angie Webster

Angie Webster is a Reiki Master, Teacher, and Author. Angie’s primary focus is animal Reiki, which she adores. She teaches online classes on energy healing, flower essences, herbalism, and personal growth. Angie often works with nature healing and Earth healing, hoping to better understand our connection with Mother Earth. Angie is the author of Animal Reiki: How it Heals, Teaches & Reconnects Us with Nature and Reiki from A to Z. You can follow her at: angie-webster-healing.teachable.com and on Facebook (facebook.com/angiewebsterhealing).


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  • Elise Brenner November 13, 2013, 12:37 pm

    Thank you, Angie! This is a clear, credible, and helpful presentation of how to explain distant Reiki to absolutely anyone. Kudos to you for tackling a challenging topic.

  • deanna November 14, 2013, 5:36 pm

    I would like some one to send raki to my drug adicted son frankie at 317. 4st west sacramento ca he needs help befor it is to late how much would this cost I am onlt 1leval practinisher thank you

    • Angie Webster November 14, 2013, 6:43 pm

      I am happy to send Reiki to the situation, however, I can not send Reiki directly to an adult without his consent as this is an invasion of his personal power and free will. Sending to the situation for the greatest and highest good is OK. Please keep in mind that we do not always know and understand what might be the greatest and highest good for others and for all situations. Drug addiction is a difficult thing to cope with, whether it is yourself or a family member struggling. My prayers are with you and your family. God Bless.

  • Mahua Sen November 20, 2013, 6:56 am

    Me and my husband Dipankar go throw the very critical situation.We need much more money to clear our backlog.So you help our family,send Reiki to solve the situation.I am a leval -II practishinar.Thank you.

  • DJ November 26, 2013, 7:03 am

    Great explanation! Thanks for a great post!

  • Keyuri December 16, 2013, 4:39 am

    Hi… can u pls explain how to recover damaged relationship? what kind of affirmatives & method or something u suggest? i am second degree person.. waiting thanks

    • Angie Webster December 16, 2013, 4:54 pm

      One of the best affirmations I can think of for healing the pain of a damaged/broken relationship is: “I am willing to forgive myself and all others.” You could also add, ” I am grateful for all life experiences and I welcome joy in my life.” Use the SHK symbol when you do your daily self healing. I also like to include the HSZSN symbol with the intention that it heal in all directions of space and time.

  • kumar August 9, 2014, 3:16 am

    Nice article mam

  • Tess November 13, 2014, 4:50 pm

    On what frequency does distance reiki work? is the “signal” modulated in any way?

    • Angie Webster November 13, 2014, 6:10 pm

      Tess, The frequency that Reiki works on (distance or hands on) is unknown and perhaps unknowable. Most say it is the same as the primordial consciousness that began all of life, which at this point is not really knowable for us either. The “signal” is not exactly modulated, per se. It is accessed by way of intention and is directed to some degree through intention as well. However, no matter the intention, it will not overload a person and flows where it is most needed, even if our intent is not aware of that need.

      • Tess November 16, 2014, 11:38 am

        So bottom line, Reiki is the use of something unknown, that might or might not work where it is intended, but it’s flowing where it is needed anyway! And not to forget, it is not strong enough to do harm…

        Thanks for answering 🙂

  • Jatinder Pal Singh December 20, 2014, 6:26 am

    Thanks Angie for a knowledgeable & dire tionable presentation.

  • Max June 17, 2016, 2:10 pm

    hi, Angie, can you please send reiki to Max, 767 NW 208 Drive, Pembroke Pines, FL 33029, how much will it cost? thanks.

  • Stewart Roland Hardy October 13, 2016, 4:40 pm

    Hi, my name is Stewart Hardy and I live in Thunder Bay, Ontario. I was googling on Distance Reiki and found your link. I am interested in the subject from the perspective of Indigos, Crystals and Rainbow and Golden Children. If you google Golden and Rainbow children for instance, reading through the link, you will see that they have clairvoyance, clairaudience, astral and healing ability. It even talks about 13 ray consciousness. That would the IQ level of 13 dimesionsal congnisance. Getting to the point, Golden, Rainbows, Indigos, Crystals are people who could heal people from far distances using clairvoyant healing intension using astral projection

  • Abby Nickerson January 24, 2017, 9:47 pm

    Thank you Angie! This is a wonderful explanation of how distance Reiki works and I am grateful to be able to share this with others! I began my training in Reiki back in 2008; however, it has just been in the past seven months that I’ve been fully stepping into the practice, and the last three months that I’ve begun practicing distance Reiki. I also have people questioning how it works, so I am excited to share this article of yours with them. 🙂 You have a wonderful energy and I am excited to look into your courses with animals! Sending love, light and gratitude.

    • Serenity Energy Healing February 6, 2017, 8:58 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Abby! I’m so glad you found my article helpful! I would love to have you as a student in my animal Reiki course! Many Blessings.

  • Dr. Sunita May 23, 2017, 10:29 am

    Explained with grt clarity & convincingly … thanks Annie…
    Yes , Reiki works under all situations … wherever there’s divinity of the purpose 🙏❤

  • Malini June 2, 2017, 11:17 am

    My son lost his job I am doing distant Reiki for him for the last one year.He is ok in all other matters but he is not gettting a job. Can this problem be solved?

  • Rhea August 27, 2020, 11:35 am

    Many thanks Angie! I love reading your articles as they’re filled with pearls of wisdom, thank you so much!! I would like to share some of your writings on my social media, with credit to you of course – I trust that is fine.

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