Second Degree – Distance Healing
The decision of whether or not to carry on to do Second Degree is an incredibly personal one. Some may wish to do it immediately after their three month gap, while others prefer to take more time to adjust to the First Degree energies. Some people are quite contented to stay at First Degree, finding that this level fully meets their own personal requirements.
It should be pointed out that the actual quality of energy remains the same whichever degree you are at. Reiki is Reiki whether the practitioner is First, Second or Third Degree. The difference is in the amount of energy that can be channelled at any time. The approximate ratios between the three levels are as follows; a Second Degree practitioner will be able to channel approximately four times more Reiki than someone at First Degree. Whereas a Reiki Master can channel approximately ten times more than a First Degree practitioner. In practical terms this simply means that the higher level you are at, the less time it takes to treat someone. It also means that at Second Degree you have a much wider variety of techniques and practical applications to choose from.
The concepts, techniques and practices of Second Degree centre primarily around the use of the Reiki symbols. Upon Second Degree initiation, you will be shown three sacred symbols and given their names (or mantras). Each of these symbols is used for a different type of healing, as well as acting as an amplifier for the energy. One is mainly for physical healing, one for emotional and mental healing, and one for distance healing. You will be taught many different ways of using these symbols, from drawing them with your hand and thinking them in your mind, to visualising or blowing them over affected areas of the body. You will also be taught techniques for sending healing across time and space. This means that you could send Reiki to somebody on the other side of the world, you could send it back or forward in time, or you could send it to whole situations, like a war, natural disaster or simply to the whole planet.
Second Degree opens up new ways of perceiving time and space. Many people find it hard to believe that you could send healing across these two concepts which rational thought dictates are constant and linear. I myself didn’t really believe that this was possible or tangible when I started using the distance healing techniques. However, over time and through experience, Reiki has proven to my own set of criteria that these claims are indeed valid. You don’t have to simply believe things when you are told them; test them out, scrutinise them and experiment. Find your own set of criteria or proof on which to base your judgements.
Fundamentally, Second Degree Reiki is about the power of the heart and mind. First Degree was about the power of the body, and more specifically, the power of hands-on healing which comes through without having to really focus or concentrate on it. At Second Degree, you learn to use your mind and intention (ie. your heart’s desire) in a much more focused and flexible way. You are learning to realise the capacity of your abilities and potentials as a spiritual and powerful energetic being. You are given the symbols as spiritual tools, to help you realise these potentials in your healing and energy work.
Second Degree opens up your heart and your mind for the next stage of your personal healing journey with Reiki. Once again, the Second Degree initiation is the energetic trigger for a second stage of detoxification and charging on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. At each level, the initiations cause some degree of detox fallout. The perception shifts, revelations, and personal insights become more profound as you move up the levels, as well as the opportunities, challenges and lessons that you will be confronted with.
For most people, learning Second Degree is sufficient for their healing requirements. This level really does open up your understanding of how to use this energy in a multiplicity of ways. Really, the only thing that will limit you is your own imagination, as the lesson of this level shows; that just as Reiki’s power is unlimited and infinite, so is yours.