With distant sessions, it can feel like I work in a bubble, although there is CONNECTION there’s not the same physical contact of a 1:1 session. I’ve been asked what it is that I actually DO in these sessions, what do I use, what are my tools?
I was making myself a cup of licorice tea recently before starting a session, and I thought to myself what an important “tool” it was for me; I really, really enjoy my tea while doing a Reiki session! I also always have a big bottle of water, I can’t go on enough about how important water is before, during, after any kind of energy work. I think we all KNOW this, but we kind of dismiss it now, as we hear it so often.
To start with, I like to keep the space where I work as clutter-free and clean as possible. So I do a quick tidy if needed and move out anything that feels messy. I burn some incense or essential oils to clear the air. I have all my crystals around so that I can use whatever I feel drawn to during a session, and I always cleanse them with Reiki energy before and after a session.
I have a large notepad and pen next to me, so that I can write down any information/messages during the session. Sometimes I don’t write much, other times pages, it varies from session to session.
I also use a photo of the person, with their permission, which assists me visually to connect with their energy. The healing will still work without it, as we use symbols during a Reiki session, in particular to connect when doing distant healing, but I find it nice to be able to see the person who I am working “with”.
Once I’m ready, a few minutes before the agreed time, I like to meditate to calm my mind, bring me into the present moment, and to feel grounded and focused. When I’m ready, I start the process of connecting with the person’s energy, and away we go.
This is all pretty similar for an in-person session, though I would have the table set up in that case.
One of the cool things about Reiki is that I can do it without any of this – what I’ve talked about above, it’s the ritual of it; setting the scene, creating a peaceful, welcoming space, preparing my own energy. I can just as easily do this for someone in their own home, with them lying on their couch or bed, without all the tools mentioned above. Energy work is amazing like that!
Yes, I believe that the crystals add their own power and energy to the process, and ideally I would always include them – but the energy is actually all around us, and within us, so we can tap into that at any time. You can do it yourself.
Yes, I’ve had training, so I now know other ways to do this, but I first learnt this while meditating. That gave me the understanding that we are more than just physical beings, and that some things don’t have to be seen to be felt, to be believed.
So, the real tools are: Presence. Trust. Faith. Curiosity.
You have access to them too, though it can be hard to connect; to let go of skepticism and just believe. The first step is to connect with your SELF. Think about the ways that you do this currently, do you journal, meditate, do yoga, run to clear your mind? All of these are ways to make, and keep that connection strong and open.
Ever found that as soon as you lie down in bed to sleep, your mind is bombarded with ideas, inspiration, things you want to do, say, write down? And you can’t sleep? Think about this; is there any other time during your day when this can happen? Do you leave clear space for this information to come to you? We are very good at keeping ourselves busy every minute of the day and not giving ourselves this connection time.
Try to plan in a clear space for just being. Not thinking, or writing lists of what you need to do, just being in silence. Think of it as your inspiration-making zone, your self-connection time, your daily breathing-space. Give it a try, and be warned; amazing things may happen.