Distance Reiki for Groups: A Beginner’s Guide

Reiki circle, also known as Reiki share or exchange, is a popular way for certified Reiki practitioners to provide group healing to patients. While a Reiki practitioner can administer to individual clients, it can also be given to groups of people remotely to provide emotional, physical, and spiritual healing.

Giving Reiki to a group requires prior planning. A Reiki master must communicate with the group members to determine the sole purpose of the Reiki session and set the date and time. Reiki masters should also set the tone by deciding and notifying the members how the session will be conducted.

 Looking to learn more about group Reiki and how positive energy can be shared remotely to promote healing? Then you couldn’t be in a better place. Read on for an in-depth group distance Reiki guide.

About Group Distance Reiki Healing

Since Reiki is a unique form of universal energy, all people can send energy through intricate thought processes using intent and visualization. Reiki practitioners can make the most of positive energy and send healing currents to patients by generating and transmitting healing energy.

While Reiki groups can be created for several purposes, it’s crucial to have a common goal to generate a strong energy frequency. Working with a common goal ensures proper healing through a well-balanced energy flow from the practitioner to the members.

So, is group distance healing similar to physical group healing? The answer is yes. Reiki focuses on universal life force energy, which every living thing is believed to possess. Our internal energy means that, as humans, we are much more than our physical bodies.

Reiki energy connects the spiritual and energetic levels, allowing people to connect through frequency vibration. Therefore, physical presence isn’t necessary since all humans are interconnected through universal life force energy.

The ability to send and receive energy means that a Reiki practitioner can generate positive healing energy and send it to people needing spiritual, physical, or even emotional healing.

But for remote group healing to occur, the members should be one with the practitioner. Therefore, although recipients don’t need to be in deep meditation, it’s best to be in a state of silence to receive the transmitted energy.

Experienced Reiki healers (usually level II or above) can send energy to people in any world’s geographic location. Distance between a recipient and a practitioner doesn’t matter, but the connection does.

Below are some basic steps to organizing a successful and effective Reiki session for group distance healing.

Set a Date and Time

When looking to perform a remote group Reiki session, setting a specific time and date for the event is crucial. Having all members ready and prepared for a session before it commences is essential, especially since interruptions are ill-advised during Reiki sessions.

Therefore, as the practitioner, choose a time and date that suits you. This is because you’ll need to be in your best mental and emotional state to generate your energy and pass it on to others. Once you’ve selected a date and time that you believe is ideal, it’s time to invite participants (well in advance).

Prior communication is hugely important when conducting group Reiki sessions. Ideally, you should notify potential group members a week in advance to ensure they free up their schedules. And since the time difference is an essential factor in remote Reiki group healing, you’ll need to consider time differences since you’re likely to have members in different time zones.

Another essential consideration is the intended channel for the group healing session. This depends on your preferences as a Reiki practitioner. But to create a feeling of group healing in a virtual setup, you might want to try a Zoom meeting to have a great view of all the participants.

Again, you can transmit Reiki energy without being close to or even seeing the recipients. So you can still connect to clients who don’t want to be part of a conference call or zoom meeting.

Send Reminders to Interested Participants

The problem with remote group healing is that people are often busy and can easily forget or lose track of time. As a Reiki practitioner, your role is to take control and understand that while group members might be interested, they can easily be distracted or even forget the appointment due to daily responsibilities.

Therefore, make a habit of inviting members to RSVP. Once potential clients have confirmed their interest in participating in the group healing, send them regular reminders through their preferred communication channels.

Again, there is no size fits all in communication. Some members might be available on social media, while others prefer email or phone communication. The rule of thumb is to use the client’s channel to book a session slot.

Don’t get tired of reminding members before the due date. Consistent communication helps set the tone and mentally prepare the remote group members that a mind and body-healing spiritual event is about to occur. A prepared mind will receive Reiki energy better than someone who rushed to join a group healing session last minute.

Notifying members in advance also helps create a common theme and understand each individual’s problematic areas during the session. The early notification also means you’ll have the basic requirements, such as client names and photos, in advance.

Prepare for the Session

Reiki practitioners should always prepare by deciding how the sessions will flow. Will you have a chant or song play during treatment, or are your energy treatments more effective during total silence?

Ideally, for group distance Reiki, having Buddhist or Vedic chants playing in the background is preferred. You can select any meditation soundtracks or chants that work best for you.

But since people will be connecting to the sessions as a remote group, it’s vital to have an appealing and soothing background sound that will help members relax and focus on transmitting and receiving their core energies for a particular healing session.

Set Expectations and Boundaries Before the Sessions Start

Before you start your group healing session, it’s important to set healthy boundaries to guide all members. Ensure that all circle members are aware of what will happen. That is, is the group focusing on healing one individual? Or will all members have their turns to receive healing?

If you’re having a group healing session through video calls, it’s essential to start with all members present. However, it’s not compulsory for cycle members to view each other to transmit positive energy. Your energies will connect once you draw or chant the necessary symbols, provided you instruct all group members to patiently and quietly meditate during the session.

Let every member know their role in the group Reiki session, and if you intend to practice with some other Reiki practitioners, do let them know when to come in. Group sessions tend to work well when all the members are on the same page and know what to expect.

Group Healing

Determine Your Long-Distance Healing Technique

There is no standard approach to Reiki. While Reiki symbols might be constant in all Reiki sessions, practitioners usually have their unique way of administering healing. Visualization and proxy are two common ways of channeling universal energy and healing remote groups.

Healing Remotely Through Proxy

A proxy is a physical object used by a healer to represent the recipient of the energy. Again, Reiki practitioners are free to use different proxies as long as they genuinely represent and provide a connection to the recipient. You can use a pillow, a doll, a statue, or even a picture of the participants.

Proxies help to channel the healing energy and direct it to the recipient in need of healing. In a group setting, you can request the members to attach their photos as they confirm attendance. You can then use the photos as proxies, especially when dealing with individual healing within a group.

Healing Remotely Through Visualization

Also called guided imagery, visualization is a technique Reiki uses to focus imagination on a particular subject. Therefore, as a practitioner, you’ll visualize the recipients in a state of healing, passing your healing energy down to the clients in need.

Visualizing helps build a connection with the recipient, allowing you to become one in energy. You’ll visualize the recipient who needs group healing, focusing on their areas of concern. Once you establish a connection, you can send your energy effectively.

Draw the Reiki Symbols

When offering Reiki to a distant group, it’s important to understand the symbols and how to use them.

You must open (and keep open) the gateway to the Universal Source of Life Force Energy, and to do so, you’ll need to draw or visualize the main Reiki symbols. Depending on the style, a practitioner might opt to start with the Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen (HSZSN) or Cho Ku Rei, or even the Sei He Ki.

Either way, you’ll need to draw (and chant) these symbols and use them to send energy in both distance and time, creating a crucial spiritual bridge for the recipients.

Let’s take a closer look at the main Reiki symbols and how you can use them in a group session.

Cho Ku Rei: The Power Symbol

Cho Ku Rei is a Reiki symbol that helps in power control. It is usually drawn as a coil (clockwise or anticlockwise) and represents the transfer of chi or energy flow in different body parts. Once you activate Cho Ku Rei, you’ll be able to enlighten, illuminate and channel positive energy.

It would be best to draw or visualize Cho Ku Rei at the start of the group session to channel your inner healing energy and boost your power throughout the session. Cho Ku Rei is also integral in clearing bad energy that can compromise a Reiki session’s effectiveness.

Sei He Ki: The Harmony Symbol

Drawing and mentioning Sei He Ki before starting a distant Reiki session will help clear negative vibrations and energy. Sei He Ki also helps protect the members and smoothen the path for your affirmations as the Reiki practitioner.

Since your work will be to heal the group members, your affirmations will need to be strong enough to overcome resistant forces and energy. So if the recipient in need of healing is in a deep crisis or poor health condition, you can visualize Sei He Ki to help make your proclamations powerful. Doing so will enhance the chances of a successful healing session.

Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen (HSZSN): The Distance Symbol

The HSZSN is an essential symbol of group distance Reiki. Drawing or visualizing the symbol allows you to send your Reiki energy across time and space. For the HSZSN to have its desired effects in a group session, you’ll need to draw the symbol beside the recipients’ names.

Alternatively, you can draw HSZSN on the group members’ pictures to help establish a spiritual connection that transcends the physical body.

However, as the practitioner, it’s your responsibility to set the session’s mood and tone to allow HSZSN to work. If they zone out or get distracted regularly, you won’t make a seamless connection with your group members. This explains why it’s essential to play calming music or chants that help promote personal meditation.

Visualizing the HSZSN after the Reiki recipients are calm and relaxed will allow you to establish a spiritual connection, break physical boundaries, and pass your healing energy down to all group members.

Dai Ko Myo: The Master Symbol

The Dai Ko Myo arguably has the most transformative power of all the discussed Reiki symbols. It helps to heal the aura, the soul, and the various chakras. Drawing the Dai Ko Myo allows you to tap into the most profound energies and provide spiritual assistance to needy recipients.

You can either visualize or draw the Dai Ko Myo. However, it is essential to have every recipient quiet when you imagine it. Silence during meditation will give you the power to intercede and channel your healing energy to the group members.

Send Healing Energy by Focusing on Recipient Names and Pictures

How this section unfolds depends on the type of group session you intend to have. For instance, if you’re providing individual healing to a group of people, you’ll need to focus on one member at a time.

The time you spend focusing on a recipient’s name should depend on the session’s intended duration. This means you’ll focus on sending energy to each member for a certain number of minutes throughout the session.

Please note that you should meditate on recipients’ names and send healing energy without focusing on a particular body part. The energy should flow freely and go where it needs to.

Focus on Closing the Meeting Once the Healing Is Done

Once you’ve sent positive energy and healed the members’ souls, auras, and bodies, it’s time to close the Reiki cycle. Again, different practitioners will use varying techniques to close out the meetings. So feel free to use your unique style to end the session.

Be sure to thank everyone for participating and release their energy before closing the circle.

How to Improve Your Group Distance Reiki Techniques

When starting as a first-degree Reiki practitioner, you must have learned the importance of being in tune with yourself when practicing Reiki.

Since being a second-degree Reiki allows you to practice it on others, it’s best to know how to get yourself in the right frame for effective healing. Below are some crucial considerations to keep in mind before a group session.

Create a Sacred Space

A sacred space or a fortress is relative to people. What might work for other practitioners might not work for you. So it’s best to use everything that helps you to get in the right state of mind.

This means using candles, music, lights, incense, or any other items that’ll get you to meditate and channel your energy freely.

Be willing to try out new styles if they help you build a connection with your spiritual self. And since becoming a Reiki practitioner is a long-term journey of learning new things, don’t be shy or hesitant to drop old styles for new ones.

Get Yourself in a Meditative Mood

As an instructor, taking Reiki sessions and classes seriously is crucial. Taking sessions with a high level of seriousness means setting aside time before the group healing session to become one with your spirit and soul.

Reciting the various Reiki precepts, listening to chants, and taking deep purifying breaths can help you detach from the everyday world and dive right into the profound spiritual world.

Make Use of the Reiki Symbols and Mantras

Once you understand the requests put across by the clients, it’s important to draw, visualize, or say the Reiki mantra and the HSZSN symbol of breaking the physical boundaries of time and space.

Please note that your first time offering these sessions might prove challenging due to the need to get the symbols right. However, by remaining calm and collected, you’ll be able to establish a connection with your clients and transfer your healing energy.


If you’re not doing a Zoom or video conference group session, you’ll need to do your best to visualize all the group members. The good thing is you’ll be focusing on one person at a time.

Having photos and names of the group members will allow you to visualize profoundly, thinking about the participants’ appearance, sounds, and smells.

Although the ability to visualize is often taken for granted, it can play a pivotal role in helping you transfer your healing energy down to all members.

What Clients Can Feel During a Distance Reiki Session

Although recipients don’t need to meditate to receive distant healing, devoting some quiet time will help them connect better with your energy.

Clients respond differently to Reiki sessions. While some might feel a tingling sensation or excess heat, others might have visual experiences or goosebumps.

However, your role as a practitioner is to communicate with clients beforehand and notify them of the potential sensations they might experience. This is because mental preparedness is an integral part of a Reiki session.

You should also let your distant healing circle members know that healing is a process and that they might take time to feel a genuine change in fortunes.

Why You Should Give Reiki to a Group

Reiki Helps to Relieve Pain, Fatigue, and Anxiety

A 2015 study on the effects of distant Reiki on pain and anxiety in cancer patients concluded that a combination of Reiki and regular medical assistance led to lower pain and stress.

Another independent study on the effects of Reiki on women who gave birth through cesarean delivery proved that Reiki group members recorded better recovery rates and reduced pain and anxiety.

Therefore, if you’re a certified level II and above Reiki practitioner, you might want to help by providing healing services. Using your healing power can help people to relieve pain caused due to underlying medical conditions.

Reiki Helps to Improve Life Quality

Before you’re attuned to a second-degree Reiki, you’ll need to learn how to perform it on yourself. Performing Reiki sessions regularly not only helps you as an individual but also helps others who might need your assistance.

According to Healthline, regular Reiki leads to inner peace, calm, and inexplicable relaxation. Therefore, if you’re certified to perform healing Reiki, don’t hesitate to help out a group of people in need of your services.

Although group members might have different issues before a healing session, one thing they’ll all have in common after the session is a high level of peace and satisfaction with their respective life journeys.

Reiki Helps to Treat Depression

Reiki’s primary importance is providing light, love, and assistance to others. The knowledge that it can transmit positive energy to others in need should be refreshing to any practitioner.

A study on community-dwelling seniors proved that regular Reiki helped to increase the effectiveness of depression treatment. Although not everyone recovered successfully, most patients admitted feeling better, calmer, and more fulfilled after the sessions.

Therefore, as a practitioner, you should be excited and humbled to be in a position to assist clients in need. Regular group sessions will allow you to tap into your core energy and establish superior spiritual connections with your clients. This will, in turn, help your clients to overcome their struggles.

Reiki Helps to Improve Some Conditions and Symptoms

As a Reiki practitioner, you should know how to treat some short-term symptoms. A single session can treat nausea, tension, headaches, and insomnia.

However, to successfully eliminate these symptoms, you must establish a genuine connection with your clients.

Reiki Is Good for the Soul

Participating in regular Reiki sessions allows you to detach from the normal world. Clients, too, will need to be in a silent place to receive your vibration frequencies and healing energy properly.

Regular self-seclusion and meditation help make both Reiki practitioners and respondents calm and collected. Moreover, the satisfaction that comes with helping others to become happier and more fulfilled will leave you excited and yearning for more group sessions.

Group Reiki Provides a Sense of Community and Belonging

Before starting a group session, you’ll need to describe the intention to ensure that all members know what to expect. As you continue to transmit your healing energy to group members, the combination of energies will help achieve better outcomes.

Eventually, some group members might become regulars and transition into Reiki masters, leave alone practitioners. Working with the same group of members and experts will help to build a sense of community, which is crucial in transmitting the spirit of love and light.

Final Thoughts

Practicing Reiki is a genuinely inexplicable feeling. But being able to heal and help others is a blessing that cannot be taken for granted.

As you prepare for a group distance Reiki session, be open to developing your unique style. Whether it’s visualizing or using a proxy, you should be willing to try out different techniques until you find one that brings out your best as a Reiki guide.

Finally, as a practitioner, you should know how to use Reiki symbols and chants to open the gateway to the Universal Source of Life Force Energy. Drawing or visualizing Reiki symbols gives you the power to transmit your energy and make healing affirmations to your various clients.

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