What is Reiki?

Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing modality that is a simple healing technique.  It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stressed, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”

It has been found to produce positive results through therapeutic touch, positive mindsets, and biofield energy transfer. Whether you want to receive Reiki for emotional trauma healing, energy level balancing, physical healing or to develop yourself spiritually, Reiki has endless advantages.  Energy transfer is the most powerful tool in healing in this way as it heals all related elements of a particular condition. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind, and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security, and well-being.

Usui/Holy Fire® Reiki Certification

Usui/Holy Fire Reiki is a high-vibration Reiki energy that comes from a higher level of consciousness. It was introduced through the International Center for Reiki Training in 2014 and is better suited for today’s energy. Reiki is dynamic. Mikao Usui developed his energy practice around the need to heal victims of earthquake and tsunami disasters in Tokyo in the 1920s. His teaching methods were developed to be responsive to an immediate crisis. He trained 21 Reiki Shihan (Teachers). Some of his teachers developed their own styles of Reiki. Chujiro Hayashi was taught by Mikao Usui. He developed his own style of teaching Reiki and in turn, he taught Hawayo Takata. Mrs. Takata lived in Hawaii and later moved to the mainland. She brought Reiki to America. She also developed her own style of Reiki and that formed the basis of most Reiki taught in America today. Holy Fire® is in some sense, a return to the roots of Reiki as taught and practiced by Mikao Usui, and in some sense an evolution of Reiki that is an upgraded, higher vibration Reiki energy.

​How is Usui/Holy Fire® Reiki different from other types of Reiki?

Holy Fire® Reiki is built upon the foundation of traditional Usui Ryoho Reiki that was introduced in Japan by Mikao Usui. Usui Ryoho Reiki is the foundation of most Reiki as it is practiced in the United States. Practitioners of Usui/Holy Fire® Reiki learn the Reiki basics as taught in the traditional Usui Ryoho style of Reiki. The difference is a higher vibration of energy is received in the Reiki Attunement or Placement when a student becomes a Holy Fire® Reiki Practitioner. Usui/Holy Fire® Reiki is not religious. The word “Holy” comes from the same root as “whole” or “holistic.” Holy is not a word exclusive to religion. Holy means to make whole or to heal and Fire is the heat that creates a catalyst for change. When you are sick your body gets a fever to create heat which catalyzes the body into healing. I like to think of Holy Fire® Reiki as a catalyst
for deep healing change within the body, mind spirit complex.

​Where does Usui/Holy Fire® Reiki come from?

Like other types of Reiki, Usui/Holy Fire® Reiki energy is universal life force energy. Usui/Holy Fire Reiki® is a more refined form of Reiki that comes from a higher level of consciousness. Usui/Holy Fire Reiki® Practitioners go through their own personal healing journey when they take Usui/Holy Fire® Reiki training and therefore are able to channel energy more clearly than before their Holy Fire® Reiki training. This is especially noticeable for Reiki Practitioners who practiced other forms of Reiki (such as I did) prior to taking Usui/Holy Fire® Reiki training.

​Who Can Take Holy Fire® Reiki?

Anyone can learn Usui/Holy Fire® Reiki. You don’t need any special qualifications to register for Reiki levels 1 and 2. If you wish to take the Reiki Master/Teacher class (now called Reiki Master Practitioner), you will need to be a Reiki level 2 Practitioner from any discipline of Reiki and 6 months of experience using Reiki on yourself or others.