The Effectiveness Of Distance Reiki

Keith Zang , from Touching The Light

Reiki is a form of energetic hands-on healing that originated in Japan. Most people know and understand Reiki as an “in-person” form of treatment, treating everything from stress to helping to speed healing after surgery. It is increasingly being utilized in hospitals throughout the world and Reiki volunteer programs are becoming recognized as viable accompaniment programs with traditional western therapies. But what many people don’t realize or have much faith in is the ability of Reiki practitioners to send Reiki energy to anyone, anywhere in the world and get great results doing so.

Reiki is considered a spiritual form of energy, but physical, tangible energy nonetheless. In our scientific society we are just now beginning to understand Reiki as a more detectable form of life force based energy, and not so much as some sort of intangible, etheric or “magical” energy. Before radio or television, to talk about such things and possibilities would have been considered impossible, fanciful, or even considered witches magic. But as the understanding of radio and television waves became understood, it soon lost all of those qualities and became firmly rooted into scientific fact. I believe that this also will begin to happen with Reiki energy. As we develop machines sensitive enough or in tune to measure and quantify it, it will lose a lot of its mystery and become firmly rooted in western and eastern medicine.

As radio and television waves can be sent over distances, so can Reiki. There is a bit of a difference with the Reiki energy, as it is more spiritually guided, and the senders and receivers are often human. But Reiki can also be used within the traditional animal-vegetable-mineral kingdoms as well as used in the spiritual realms to help lower vibrational energies achieve higher vibrational status. But for the sake of this article, I am going to concentrate on the sending and receiving from humans to humans.

Most of the evidence that exists for distance Reiki is anecdotal, but does have merit. I have been doing distance Reiki since 1998 and have done over 1000 distance sessions, many professionally. Often times I don’t know anything about the person I am working with other than their name and their location on the planet. I try to keep it that way so that I am working with a clean slate, and no preconceived notions. Mutual times are arranged usually via e-mail or phone. At that time the receiver of the Reiki energies will find a comfortable place to relax, put on some soothing music, and perhaps have subdued lighting and candles. I have found this to be the most receptive state where much can be accomplished. Then a half hour or hour is spent sending the recipient Reiki energies, just as if I was there with them. The session is done just as an in-person session would be completed, starting at the top of the head and working down to the feet on both sides of the body. Sometimes a surrogate may be used such as a human shaped doll. Envisioning the person shrunk down to smaller than normal size but in front of me is also effective. Either way can work but it is recommended for anyone starting out to use a surrogate. Any stuffed animal that has 2 arms and legs, torso and head will work fine.

The responses received after finishing the session and the subsequent writings or discussion with the client over the phone are varied and often times extremely positive. There have been many occasions when the recipient felt as if I was right next to them doing the session in person. They could feel my hands on their body, extremely warm and healing. This happens when a good connection is established with someone, and I am clearly able to discern the areas of the body that need balancing and healing. Others feel sensations such as warmth or coolness, see colors, feel light or heavy, or simply fall asleep. Sometimes after only one session the recipient feels much better and after several days of the body continuing to heal itself, the chief complaint is gone, and balance has been restored, alleviating the condition. Often times, though, several sessions may be needed to allow the body continued exposure to the energies to affect complete healing.

Throughout the many sessions that have been done, I have received feedback about complete healing of chronic back pain, old traumas, speed of healing after surgeries, deep, undisturbed sleep, relief from chronic pain, relief from side effects of chemotherapy treatments, and many other maladies. I believe that there is nothing that Reiki can’t help. As it is spiritually guided life force energy, it is boundless energy, able to help mankind with any physical, emotional, or spiritual illness. Reiki allows the practitioner to be the conduit of the energy to send it to the recipient, so that the awesome healing potential of the human body can be realized. When energy blockages are removed, and powerful Reiki energies are applied, the body can heal itself of anything. This is one reason why it works so well as an accompaniment to western medical therapies. Integration of both methods creates a very powerful healing environment.

Distance Reiki can be utilized by anyone that has received their Reiki 1 attunement. Some people believe that it is only possible after a Reiki 2 attunement, but I have found with many of the students I have taught, that they are very willing and able to send Reiki via distance at any point in their development. As with any other skill, the more it is utilized, the better the practitioner will become. Skills such as medical intuitiveness will come quickly to most that practice on a regular basis, especially with people whose conditions are unknown to them. The key is to relax, let the energy flow, and trust what you are feeling and seeing. After a number of sessions are completed, the practitioner will begin to feel different areas of dis-ease within the recipient’s body, and will begin to recognize the areas that need work the most. For some, this intuitiveness will be developed to fully scan and instantly know the areas that need the most attention just as the practitioner/recipient connection has been made.

Time and distance are no longer a factor to help others with their healing. With distance Reiki, wonderful results can be attained. It can be done anywhere, and at any time. Mutual times do not need to be set up, but it is important to get permission from the person either verbally, or through their higher spiritual self before sending the Reiki energies. Practice is the key. The more it is practiced, the better the practitioner will become as their talents develop. Intuitive listening and trusting is a key part of the distance session. Also, as with in person sessions, distance sessions can deplete your energies. Replacing those energies is also important for longevity and health of the practitioner. Meditation and exercise can help replace those energies so that more distance work can be accomplished with maximum efficiency. If you are a Reiki practitioner, trust your abilities as you trust in the source of those energies. The creator has given mankind this gift for unlimited healing, no matter what the physical distance between the practitioner and the recipient.


Keith Zang is the author of “Touching The Light” due out in January of 2005. He owns and operates the Moonglow Enlightenment Center in Elma, WA. ( as a Reiki Master/Instructor, spiritual medium, and metaphysical practitioner. Keith is also the Community Health Director for the Quinault Indian Nation and Faculty member and Masters student at the College Of Metaphysical Studies. He can be contacted at This article is copyrighted 2004 by Keith Zang.

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