Reiki has numerous benefits. From helping alleviate pain to lessening feelings of anxiety and depression, this energy healing technique offers many different forms of relief and relaxation. The Universal energy channeled during a Reiki session is used by each receiver’s body, mind, and spirit in ways that are specific to their distinct situations. Reiki is effective for so many because the energy flows where a person needs it the most.
However, after more than 10 years of doing hands-on wellness work, I know that one of the most valued benefits of Reiki and similar modalities isn’t necessarily a direct result of the work. Rather, it’s the fact that visiting your Reiki practitioner – entering the room, listening to soothing music, closing your eyes and letting someone else take care of you for once – feeds our desire to “get away from it all.” It’s like a mini-vacation just when you need it, something to look forward to every month.
Trust me, I get it. When I was working with clients face-to-face, I loved the scented oils, the relaxing tunes, and generally calming environment, too. What I DIDN’T love: the noises from people at the front desk; the client snoring like a freight train in the next room; having to rush through sessions to stay on a spa or wellness center’s schedule. I outright hated having to drive through traffic to get there. And not being able to find adjust the temperature to my or my client’s liking – THE WORST! These things didn’t happen all the time, but when they did, I’m sure my clients found them pretty annoying, too.
When I started offering distance Reiki sessions last year, all of those unpleasant realities vanished. Even more importantly, many of my distant clients reported experiences that seemed far more powerful than what most of my hands-on clients had experienced. I don’t think this has anything to do with me as a practitioner… and honestly I’m not sure why anyone experiences what they do during a Reiki session. (I’d be lying if I said I did… but feel free to ask the Universe! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ )
My theory, though, is simple. It’s the magic of being in your own space, and it applies to both the receiver and the giver. When both people are in their own spaces, where they are already most comfortable, which are steeped in their own energies, and which they don’t have to rush or jump through hoops to get to, there is great potential that each will be much more open to the natural flow of Reiki energy. I think this is especially applicable when one or both people are introverted, shy, or socially anxious. As much as I love doing hands-on work, I have to admit, for some people, distance sessions seem to work better. (Though certainly, there are people for whom the opposite is true as well.)
Of course, whether you choose to have a hands-on or distance Reiki session should be based on what works best for you. Know thyself. Pay attention to what your body, mind, and soul needs, and provide that nourishment in the form of self-care that resonates. If you’re wondering whether distance Reiki could be right for you, rest assured – you don’t have to miss out on your “mini-vacation” to try it. Here are a few tips for creating your own sacred healing space in the comfort of your home.
Prepping Your Sacred Space for a Distance Reiki Session
When you start getting ready for your distance Reiki session, keep in mind that “space” is multidimensional. Reiki is a body, mind, spirit modality, so take care to prep all three before the time scheduled for healing. None of this needs to take very long, but the few minutes you spend can help you maximize your distance Reiki experience.
Physical Space: De-Clutter and Beautify
When it comes to the tangible aspect of your sacred space, it’s important to make sure that it’s clean and visually pleasing. Do you have to scrub the tiles? Not really (I don’t). Should you put away clothes, clear stray papers and books, make sure you shoes aren’t in a place where you’ll trip over them in a post-Reiki bliss-haze, and generally straighten up? Yes. Don’t worry, the tedium will be over in a few minutes, and will be more than worth it. Bonus: after your session is over, you still have a clean space to enjoy. J
Also, try bringing things into the space that relax you, make you smile, or represent the energy you want to create. I especially like plants and candles, but crystals, artwork, figurines, and other items can be great as well. If you want, bring your sense of smell into the mix by burning oils or incense.
Lastly, don’t forget that your physical space doesn’t just mean the room where you’ll be for your session, it also refers to your actual body. It can be tempting to roll out of bed right into a distance session. However, going into it clean and fresh will likely help you feel better about the work.
Mental Space: Handle Business, Then Relax
Clearing your mental space is just as important before your distance Reiki session. Honestly, this mostly amounts to a little prior planning. Try to schedule your sessions during a time when you can be free of outside distractions. Make sure there are no pressing deadlines, important outstanding calls to make, urgent emails to send, etc. Pick a time when your space will be generally quiet, and when you won’t be directly responsible for meeting anyone else’s needs. Also, turn off your phone and other electronic appliances.
Spiritual Space: Cleanse and Invoke Spirit Allies
Reiki is Universal “spiritual” energy, so attending to this aspect of your space is a must. Start by cleansing your space with a brief ritual or prayer. Intention is what’s most important here, and you can also bring other elements into the mix if you feel comfortable. Smudging with sage is one way to address any unwanted energies. You can also smudge with other herbs, and if you go this route, I encourage you to find the substance that feels right to you. (For example, I love white sage, but have felt much more aligned with the energy of frankincense and myrrh lately.)
Finally, invite your spirit allies into the space before your Reiki session. For me, this means speaking with my highest self, invoking elevated ancestors, calling the names of the Goddess energies that I resonate with, and thanking the All. For you, it could mean something different, and that’s cool. Do what works for you!
Most importantly, remember that your distance Reiki session is a time for you. Make your healing, and anything you do to prepare, reflective of your needs and desires. If you have specific questions, reach out to your Reiki practitioner, who can help you understand the way their sessions flow.
Want to try this with me? Learn about my distance Reiki sessions or schedule a time via The Body Temple website. You can also reach to me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free email consultation.