The Science Behind Distant Healing

The Reiki Level 2 course covers the subject of distant healing and how it works. Namely, when you make a mental connection to someone, the Reiki energy flows to them “over a bridge of light” that you have created with your mind – in other words, ‘action follows thought’ or ‘where attention goes, energy flows’. Thought can influence matter. During my reading and research I came across the following scientific explanation for distant healing which expands upon the information provided in the Level 2 course.

Back in the mid 1990’s an experiment was carried out by Prof William Tiller in America which involved a small black box fitted with a simple electrical circuit and four experienced meditators. The meditators were told to hold the specific intention that the black box device should increase the pH of purified water by 1 full unit. The box with the intention was shipped 1,500 miles away to a laboratory and placed near some purified water in a pH measurement vessel. Daily meditation commenced and slowly but surely, after a month or so, the water began changing to the requested intention until it had increased by exactly 1 full unit. The experiment was repeated with the intention for the pH of the water to go down by 1 full unit and again it worked. This was repeated in independent laboratories in America and Europe with the same results. Furthermore, the water remained at the pH level of the intention in some cases for as long as two years.

In terms of bringing about a desired result, you have to get past a certain threshold so that the desired condition stabilizes. According to the scientific model used above, intention flows via our chakras and begins to form a specific pattern in the mind lattice grid of space. Think of places like churches, cathedrals and temples where people gather daily to pray for a specific outcome. Their intention conditions the energy in the place. If done on a regular daily basis, the conditioning deepens so that it eventually creates an invisible structure in the environment. Once a critical point is reached, the intention becomes set in geometrical patterns on the structure and it can then materialise into our physical reality.

When manifesting anything, including healing, there has to be a merging of intention and physical reality, an interaction between consciousness and matter. It seems to be the case that, with sustained practice, a grid or template is created at an energetic level through which the energy can then filter down into the physical dimension according to the intention of the grid/template.

Emotional Energy

To make any kind of healing more successful, not only do you need to greatly desire the process to happen, visualise it and ask for assistance from the higher dimensions (Reiki guides), you need to feel it and sustain the heartfelt intention. The same goes for all kinds of manifesting – belief and intention are crucial and the more emotion you put behind your intention, the faster and more effective your intention can happen.

People often ask me why the treatments they give their loved ones are often more powerful than the treatments they give to their clients. I think it’s the greater amount of emotion (ie. love) involved which leads to a stronger treatment. Powerful immune reactions have been reported as the immune system is given a great boost of mental (intention) and emotional (love) energy to clear and strengthen itself.

Self-Healing with Distant Healing

Don’t forget that you can send distant healing to yourself as a form of self-treatment. Set the intention to heal at the highest level (soul level) or to address a specific mental, emotional or physical condition. This method is ideal if you want to work on a part of the physical body that you cannot easily reach such as the upper back. For mental/emotional conditions a purer form of energy often comes through with distance healing.

Other Applications for Distant Healing

In addition to treating mental, emotional and physical health conditions, distance Reiki can be used to heal many other situations at a deep soul level:-

  • Send Reiki to someone you are in conflict with. This purifies the negative karma between you and helps heal the relationship.
  • Send Reiki to someone who has passed over. This helps them heal at a soul level and is particularly useful if they have passed over in sudden, traumatic circumstances.
  • When someone is in the process of dying, Reiki helps them transition more peacefully and removes fear.
  • Reiki brings people together in the highest way possible as it helps you connect with someone at a soul level.
  • Sending Reiki to someone you love helps elevate the energy of the relationship to the highest level possible.

Set any of the intentions above, visualise the people concerned, allowing yourself to feel any emotions that come up. Then let the Reiki energy flow to the visualised image, visualising the situation turning out according to your intention.


  1. Scientific information taken from ‘Countdown to Coherence’ by Hazel Courteney.
  2. My next Reiki Level 2 course will be held on 17/18 February 2018 at 15 Wheeler Gate, Nottingham. Please see website for further details.


Helen Shortland is a Reiki Master Healer/Teacher, Meditation Teacher and Holistic Therapist based at 15 Wheeler Gate in Nottingham city centre. Helen offers several healing treatments such as Reiki, Angelic Reiki, Faery Reiki, Angel Therapy, Fairy Blessing Guided Journey and Crystal Chakra Balancing; holistic therapies including Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Back Massage, Hopi Ear Candles & Facials; as well as Usui Reiki and Faery Reiki training courses. She has been on the spiritual path for 18 years and has extensive knowledge of healing and the healing journey. For further information about her Reiki courses, therapies and workshops, please visit her website or visit and ‘like’ her Facebook page Helen Shortland Holistics & Healing.


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