The HSZSN creates many new possibilities for your healing work. We will focus first on what Hawayo Takata called absent healing. The Japanese name is enkaku chiryô hô, which means ‘distant healing method’.
According to traditional Japanese teachings, practitioners do not send Reiki or even need to connect to another person – instead the practitioner becomes One with that person. The concept is that one is already One with everything and does not need to make this connection happen.
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Only use this technique once you have established that the receiver really wishes to receive Reiki energy. The best way to do this is just to ask them. It is also recommended2Enkaku Chiryo by James Deacon. aetw.org/d_enkaku_chiryo.htm that you only connect to one person at a time, rather than trying to give a distant healing to many people or places at once.
Prepare a healing space as you would for an in-person healing. Make sure you won’t be disturbed. If possible, tell the recipient the time you will connect do the absent healing; they may wish to spend that time quietly sitting or lying down, in order to get the maximum benefit from the energy. Hawayo Takata preferred to do absent healing early in the morning3Enkaku Chiryo by James Deacon. aetw.org/d_enkaku_chiryo.htm.
Obtain a photograph of the recipient if you don’t know them well4If you already know the person, then you will be able to visualise them without the need for a photograph., so that you can better focus on them. You might wish to place it next to a candle.
To begin, close your eyes and put your hands in gasshô. Then say the name of the person three times, as you focus on an image of the person in your mind.
Next, connect to the recipient. The method that Takata taught5Enkaku Chiryo by James Deacon. aetw.org/d_enkaku_chiryo.htm was to visualise the HSZSN and then CKR, with mantras, on the forehead of the recipient.
3. Give the Energy
Once you have formed the connection, it’s time to actually give the Reiki energy. You can do this by raising your hands, palms facing toward the candle or photograph. Relax and let the energy to flow. Alternatively, hold a proxy between your palms and wait for Reiki to flow. The proxy could be, for example, a teddy bear or a crystal.
To give a full treatment, continue this for thirty minutes, repeating the HSZSN if it helps you maintain focus and connection. You can treat the whole energy system, working from the head down to the feet, front and back, if you wish. With practice you may be able to sense the emotional space of the person, and even physical symptoms. You can do this by going through their chakras one at a time and seeing how your own chakras respond.
Another variation you can use6The Reiki Sourcebook (Revised edition) by Bronwen and Frans Stiene, 2008. is simply to hold the photograph between your hands, in gasshô, and to visualise HSZSN, SHK and then CKR, with mantras. Hold this focus for as long as you feel the energy is flowing. Close by giving thanks.
In this variation, if you are not using a photograph, you can just visualise the recipient between your hands, which are in gasshô.
Past and future
You can use the procedure described above to give absent healing to events in your past or future. You may for example wish to give healing energy to yourself for an interview that you soon have to do.
Working as a group
If you find yourself in a group with other Reiki practitioners there are several things you can do once you have agreed on a project or goal to focus on. It’s good to sit in a circle, facing each other, with a candle placed in the middle. If you are giving absent healing to individuals, each person that is present can put a photograph or object belonging to someone into the centre of the circle. Everyone then sets-up the distance connection (using the sequence described above), and give healing energy to the centre for perhaps ten minutes. The effects of this will be magnified by the power of the people in the group.
It’s good to nominate a facilitator who will lead the group to a point of focus, and then to gently guide people’s attention back to the room. People can then share their individual experiences.
An alternative activity would be to work on a political issue or situation in the world that needs healing energy. Use the same procedure.
Yet another activity is to choose someone to lay in the centre of the circle and to beam energy to them. Make sure that they are comfortable, warm and supported. The people in the circle then use the distant healing sequence and direct the energy to the person lying in the centre. After ten minutes or so, the person nearest the feet simply moves forward and takes the feet in their hands to ground the person. Afterwards the group can discuss what they felt before the next person lies in the centre.
Using the telephone
I will always remember the first time I spoke to Richard Ellis, my Reiki teacher, and it was over the telephone. By the time we had finished talking I felt warmth and peace in my heart. After I had done my level two course with him, I guessed that he had connected to me with the distance symbol, and sent Reiki to me as we were speaking.
The modern world brings us so many ways to connect, but many of the connections we form are superficial. You can use the power of Reiki, especially with the HSZSN, to make meaningful, powerful connections to people all across the world.