How to Channel Reiki from a Distance with Symbols

Updated: Apr 7


Reiki practitioners around the world practice their own variations of Reiki techniques, particularly for distance work. Using symbols is a common why to channel distance Reiki.


Overall, using your intuition as a guide is the key to conducting a successful distance Reiki session.


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3 Common Reiki Symbols:


Cho Ku Rei - The Power Symbol


  • Activates other symbols

  • Protection

  • Cleansing

  • Balance

  • Food, drink, plant, animal, etc.

  • Career (under desk, telephone, computer, etc)

  • Home (under doormat, pictures, cup boards, etc)


Sei Hei Ki - The Emotional Healing Symbol


  • Anger

  • Depression

  • Mental Illness

  • Drug/Alcohol abuse

  • Memory/Attention

  • Relationships

  • Finding lost items


Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen - Distance Healing Symbol


  • Heal the past

  • Enhance future conditions

  • Heal across time and space

  • Preparation for upcoming events


How to Use the 3 Symbols to Channel Distance Reiki


Cho Ku Rei, pronounced cho-koo-ray, means “placing all the power of the universe here.” It is the power symbol and considered an amplifier. This symbol is sometimes referred to as the “light switch” because it powers on and activates the other symbols.


The Reiki power symbol can be used to connect with Reiki energy at the beginning of a session and also to help boost the power of the energy when required during a session.


  • Mentally beam the Cho Ku Rei (CKR), Sei He Ki (SHK), Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen (HSZSN) symbol through your hands as you work with a client

  • Visualize the 3 symbols on the palms of your hands before the session

  • Draw the 3 symbols with your tongue on the roof of your mouth and project it on the back of your hands as you perform the session

  • Draw the 3 symbols on your hands with your index finger before the session

  • Draw the 3 symbols in the air and beam it in the direction of your hands


There are many ways to channel Reiki through the symbols.


With practice, you will be able to determine your preferred method and be able to send Reiki when and where it is needed.


Initially, when you first practice distance Reiki, follow the guidelines below to connect and perform the distance session. Though this is not a hard and fast rule, it is a helpful reference for many Reiki practitioners.


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Find a quiet place and ensure you have enough time to not be interrupted. Focus on the following:


Decide which distance method you are going to use to channel Reiki before you begin the session. Ground yourself and connect with Reiki.


Clear your mind and release any expectations regarding the session.


Remember that you are the channel for Reiki, which will do the work and will be travelling across time and space to connect with the recipient of the session.


Once you feel the connection with Reiki, begin transmitting Reiki energy using the method you had decided upon earlier.


All methods are effective, so try them all to decide on your preferred method(s).


Continue the distance session for as long as you intuitively feel it should continue. Reiki will go where it is needed and continue to work even after you have ended the session. The key with distance sessions is intention.


Ending the Reiki treatment:


End the session with a positive vision of the person, place, event or situation you have been focusing on. You can also imagine a different scenario for sessions with a focus on the past.


After the distance healing session, release the outcome to the wisdom and love of Reiki. Trust that Reiki will be a part of the best possible outcome for the recipient.


Disconnect from the recipient once the session is over and wash your hands under cold running water. Drinking a glass of cold water can help to ground yourself.


Since the recipient is not in front of you when you are performing a distance session, find a way to visualize what is happening during the session.


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