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What is Reiki Healing and How Does It Work?

Updated: Feb 3, 2021



What is Reiki?

Reiki is one of many forms of energy healing. The term Reiki is made up of two Japanese words: Rei, meaning Universal and Ki, which is Life Force Energy. So when said together, and pronounced “ray-key”, it means: Universal Life Force Energy.


Our brain processes millions of bits of data – from the past, present, and future – in such an elegant, yet insanely fast, way that it’s considered by scientists to be the most powerful ‘machine’ in existence.


In our minds, we don’t have the confines of physical space and time. We can let our thoughts travel as far back or as far forward as we want. We can recall facts from a lecture, sing childhood melodies without a hiccup, and fabricate detailed fantasies that could fill volumes of books.


What’s more, no matter where we are in the world, we can instantaneously imagine anything, including loved ones, then feel the true and exact emotions attached with them - physically. This ability to ‘play’ with this in our mind, and manifest physical outcomes from it, is a very powerful thing.


Reiki healing can be done in two ways, physical & distance. Physical, is normally in person, in private, with the Reiki Practitioner laying hands over the attunee (client). Then there is distance healing, which is done with the Reiki Practitioner and the attunee connecting through linked energy in a meditative state. This type of distance healing can be done no matter where the practitioner or the attunee is.


Hard to believe? Confusing? Let me explain.



What is Energy Healing & Attunement?

Energy healing (Also called Attunement) is a non-invasive technique that positively influences and changes the energy (at the quantum level) to help someone or something heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Attunement is the reactiveness we have to another person. It is the process by which we form relationships.

"When we attune with others we allow our own internal state to shift, to come to resonate with the inner world of another." Dr. Dan Siegel

Distance healing is the focused process of transmitting energy healing via the Universal energy at the quantum level to, or for, someone or something that exists anywhere in space-time.


Understanding Distance Healing (Attunement)

1. Energy

As you would probably already know, every single thing on Earth (including you and me) is made up of atoms, every atom is packed full of incredible power and potential – that’s energy.

2. Connection

There is this amazing thing that scientists discovered called the Energy Field. Its existence is pervasive – it’s everywhere, all the time, and connects us all together.

This means no matter where anything is in this world, at an energetic level, we are all connected. As such, whenever there’s a connection, there’s the ability to create and effect through that link.

3. Infinity

Remember the scientific “Law of Conservation of Energy”? Well, it plays a major role in distance healing because it reminds us that: energy cannot be created nor destroyed, it can only change forms.

This law proves that we aren’t just infinite in our existence, but that we can change something for the better. We just need enough of a connection and a strong, loving purpose.


What will I feel?

Remember, everyone will experience this energy in their own unique way. You may feel something but if not, don’t worry. This doesn’t mean anything went wrong or nothing happened.


Distance healing can and will positively influence to some degree. How big or small that degree is though, comes down to the openness, willingness, and actions of the receiver.

Trust the process, during the healing, there will be more loving energy for you or that place (yes, you can heal the energy of a location) than there was before – that is for sure. And any little bit of good energy is better than what it was before!


Use this little analogy for example, when you want to listen to your favorite song, to further explain:


  • You can’t hear, feel or see the song, but it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. (the energy)

  • Until you get (or open) an app to listen to music (an energy healer)

  • You use the app to help look for & play your song (have energy healing performed)

  • As the app learns your listening patterns (the energy healer being "tuned" with you)

  • You might hear more songs that you enjoy just like your favorite song (you feel more attuned to the energy)

  • Until finally, you’re listening to a more complete playlist of songs you enjoy, just like your favorite song (feeling the energy)

Based on this little example, you wouldn’t say the song doesn’t exist, you would simply say, “I haven’t opened the app and looked for my song yet.” It’s the same with feeling energy healing.


Spiritual Detoxing (After a healing session)

After an energy healing session, you may experience different feelings. Some clients might cry, laugh or feel great peace for no “apparent” reason. Others can get really tired or even wired, others might feel better than they have in years! And then there are some who may not experience anything at all. That’s okay!


Irrespective, the days and weeks after a session has been performed, it’s ideal for you (the recipient) – if possible – to do what you can to reduce toxins (physical and mental) and increase healthy living.


Toxins would be things like smoking, drinking, eating ‘junk’ food, overindulging, and so on.

Healthy living would be things like drinking more water, eating more fruit and vegetables, meditating, and so on.


Lastly, I’d like to just point out, that I don’t believe one form of Reiki teaching is better than another. The singular connecting factor here is: Reiki is the Universal Life Force Energy that unites us all; it’s beautiful and powerful in all its various forms.


Joel Rabina

Certified Reiki & Chakra Practitioner, Cert. Natural Healer


Holistic Healing Disclaimer:

I, Joel Rabina, do not dispense medical advice or prescribe the use of any holistic healing technique as a primary form of treatment for physical, emotional, or medical problems without the advice of a physician, either directly or indirectly. The intent of the information you read here is only to offer a general nature to help you (the reader/client) in your quest to improve your emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. All crystal and energy healing information and metaphysical definitions are provided as a means of education and do not imply a guarantee of effect or type of medication. Those suffering from an illness should consult with their General Practitioner FIRST. Crystal healing and other types of energy work are holistic complementary healthcare, not to be considered as a substitute for primary conventional medicine. If you have a serious health issue, you should consult your primary health care physician and make complementary healing part of a complete health care program.


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