Long-Distance Healings: What are they, and why do they work?

Long distance healing is a technique that involves the transmission of healing vital life-force energy directly from the Source, through the practitioner and into the energy body of the recipient using a set of sacred symbols designed to facilitate this transmission. Many practitioners and recipients prefer the hands-on version of Reiki therapy, but I prefer the long-distance technique. I find it to be more effective, and I will share with you 5 reasons why in this blog post.

1. No interference.

Mind chatter has a tendency to interfere with the body's ability to process energy. Although it can be valuable to have communication before and after a Reiki session, I find that communicating with a client during the session has a tendency to simply distract the recipients energy field from processing what's going on. Sometimes, offering my intuitive insights without solicitation from the recipient can actually cause them to energetically "seize up" around a specific issue, obstacle or block, which actually inhibits the flow of energy into that area of the body and maintains dis-ease in that aspect of the person's life. This is the OPPOSITE of what Reiki therapy is designed to do. With long-distance healings, there may be a phone or internet connection happening, but a lot of the time the practitioner transmits the healing from his or her home or studio alone, and then the client receives the healing from the comfort of his or her own home, also alone. This minimizes any energetic interference and allows both client and practitioner to focus entirely on the healing work at hand.

2. No coordinating schedules.

Unless mutually desired, which is always a possibility, there is no need for a client and a practitioner to coordinate their schedules in order for a long-distance Reiki therapy healing to be transmitted. In my experience, it is valuable to connect in real time for at least 5-25 minutes to touch base, essentially, but there is no need for the client and the practitioner to be in contact throughout the duration of the healing session. For one thing, Reiki energy has a mind of its own. It can take anywhere from a few minutes to several days or even weeks for a healing to be fully transmitted and integrated. Trying to stay in contact for that length of time would be absurd. What my clients seem to find helpful is scheduling a good hour to receive the transmission. This enables us to connect by phone or video chat in order to check in and discuss anything that needs to be discussed prior to beginning the healing. Since my healings seem to complete themselves very quickly, this usually also allows the client a little extra time for self-care after the session is done. I usually advise my clients to grab a cup of tea, meditate and/or take a quick nap. Sleep is the best way to integrate Reiki energy after a session of therapy!

3. No traveling required.

Even for those clients who live in my region, travelling into the studio to receive a Reiki session is, quite simply, an inconvenience. Frankly, driving oneself home after a particularly intense period of energetic detoxification can actually be dangerous. The energy field is still busy integrating medicine, and the mind isn't always fully functional. It's always best to be at home where you can (as mentioned above) take a quick nap during or immediately after the transmission. This ensures adequate time for integration and eliminates the risk of accidents happening due to impaired reaction time, mental distracted-ness or even unexpected emotional outbursts.

4. Processing time.

I've already touched on this, but it's very important to be mindful of your own process with Reiki therapy. Some people will leave a session feeling energized and ready to rock! Others will feel like they have been hit by a truck. And for some people it may be the former on one occasion and the latter on the next. It just depends on what is coming up for you during a given session and how well-equipped you are to manage it. The purpose of Reiki therapy is not to have a practitioner do your healing work for you. The practitioner's job is to guide you through the experience and help as needed. Some people require the practitioner's physical or energetic presence throughout the session simply to hold space. Others simply require that the practitioner be mindful of their experience and witness it telepathically. No matter who you are, or how your healing process works, the most important thing is that YOU be fully present for yourself. This means allowing plenty of time for adequately processing and integrating a healing. No cutting corners. No cheating. Take the time to do your work, or you will only be cheating yourself.

5. Pure safety

For those of us who have experienced any kind of physical or sexual abuse, the physical presence of another human being can be a challenging aspect of a hands-on healing session to navigate. While there is certainly a lot to be said for the process of negotiating boundaries and re-establishing self-trust, it's also nice for there to be times when we simply don't have to worry about any of that stuff. If you have ever experienced any kind of physical trauma at the hands of another individual (parent, intimate partner, even a stranger), I highly recommend that you try hands-on Reiki at least once. This will be a very intense healing experience for you. However, I recommend that you warm up to it by healing some of the trauma on the mental and emotional planes before attempting to navigate the physical. I also imagine that it will simply be more comfortable for you to stick with long-distance healings the majority of the time.

So, those are my top 5 reasons for preferring long-distance healing techniques over in-person or hands-on sessions of Reiki therapy. I hope this article is helping to illuminate for you which style of Reiki therapy might be best for you. 

With love,


P.S. If you do live in the Fargo-Moorhead area and feel convinced that hands-on Reiki is the way to go for you, feel free to drop me a line using our contact page to discuss the possibilities! I'm thinking of moving into a space at APT (The Arts Partnership's new{ish}, cool, hip collaboration with Kilbourne Group- it's basically a creative incubator for artists of ALL kinds, located downtown) sometime within the next month or so! <3

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