There have been many attempts to explain the history of Reiki, but unfortunately, in the past, many of them have been based more on myth and an attempt to validate a particular style of Reiki and for the most part, lacked accurate information. Realizing the need for a factually based history of Reiki, I’ve spent over twenty years researching this information based on written records and interviews with those close to its development. The result is the following history of Reiki, which is derived from evidence based facts.
History of Reiki
by William Lee Rand
- What is the History of Reiki?
- Reiki before Usui
Many consider that Mikao Usui or Usui Sensei as we reverently refer to him, was the creator of Reiki and that the word Reiki applies only to the healing modality he discovered and developed. Yet, when researching the facts concerning the origin of Reiki as a healing modality, we find that prior to Usui Sensei developing his style of Reiki, there were at least four other styles of Reiki healing that were being practiced in Japan. This information comes from Hiroshi Doi Sensei and from Toshitaka Mochitzuki Sensei, two Japanese Reiki researchers. A more detailed understanding of this subject is explained in the book, An Evidence Based History of Reiki.(1, 2)
In 1914, Matiji Kawakami, a Japanese therapist, created a healing style he called Reiki Ryoho and in 1919, he published a book titled Reiki Ryoho to Sono Koka, or Reiki Healing and Its Effects. The other Reiki healing styles in use at the time were: Reikan Tonetsu Ryoho created by Reikaku Ishinuki, Senshinryu Reiki Ryoho created by Kogetsu Matsubara and Seido Reishojutsu created by Reisen Oyama. It was during the time that these Reiki styles were already in use that in March 1922, Usui Sensei had his mystical experience on Kurama yama in which he was given the Reiki energy and from this developed his style of Reiki, which he called Usui Reiki Ryoho. It is interesting that Usui Sensei chose this name as it tends to indicate that he knew of the other styles of Reiki Ryoho in use and was indicating that this was his style of Reiki Ryoho. And because of circumstances that developed during World War II along with the work of Takata Sensei mentioned later in this section, the other forms of Reiki fell into disuse or remained relatively unknown while Usui Reiki continued to be practiced and grew in popularity.
In considering what should or should not be called Reiki, we must consider that not only have there been many systems of Reiki healing that are original and do not have a lineage going back to Usui Sensei, but that the Reiki energy has been around at least for thousands of years and in fact some feel it has been around since the beginning of time. Reiki energy is something that anyone can make use of and of course many have, so with this in mind, it appears logical to assume that any system that makes use of Reiki energy can be called Reiki, not just those systems that can be traced back to Usui Sensei.
However, because of conditions in Japan after World War II and the fact that Hawaya Takata had brought Reiki to the west, Usui Reiki became the predominate form of Reiki practiced throughout the world. Because of this, a thorough understanding of Usui Reiki is important as it will give us a foundation for understanding Reiki, making it easier for us to connect with its essence.
- The Inscription on the Usui Memorial
The history of Usui Reiki begins with a look at the inscription on the memorial stone that was erected in 1927 in Tokyo, Japan in memory of Mikao Usui Sensei, founder of the Usui Reiki healing system.
The inscription on the Usui Memorial, dating from 1927, was written by Juzaburo Ushida, a Shihan (teacher) who was trained by Usui Sensei and able to teach and practice Reiki the same way that he did.(3) He also succeeded Usui Sensei as president of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai (Usui Reiki Healing Method Society). Masayuki Okata, also a member of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, was the editor. The English translation was done by Tetsuyuki Ono and is reprinted here from the book, lyashino Gendai Reiki- ho, with permission from the author, Hiroshi Doi.
The large kanji (adopted Chinese characters used in the Japanese writing system) at the top of the memorial stone reads: “Memorial of Usui Sensei’s Virtue.” The remainder of the inscription reads as follows:
What you can naturally realize through cultivation and training is called “VIRTUE” and it is called “MERIT” to spread a method of leadership and relief and practice it. It is people of many merits and a good deal of virtue that can be eventually called a great founder. People who started a new learning and founded a fresh sect among sages, philosophers, geniuses etc., named from the ancient times, were all those as mentioned above. We can say that Usui-Sensei is also one of those people.
He started newly a method to improve body and spirit based on REIKI in the universe. Hearing of the rumor, people who would like to learn the treatment and undergo the cure gathered from all quarters all at once. Really, it was very busy indeed.
Usui-Sensei, whose popular name is Mikao and whose pen name is Gyohan, came from Taniai-village, Yamagata- district, Cifu Prefecture, and had forefathers named Tsunetane Chiba who had played an active part as a military commander between the end of Heian Period and the beginning of Kamakura Period (1180–1230). His father’s real name is Taneuji and his popular name is Uzaemon. His mother came and got married from the family named Kawai.
Usui-Sensei was born on 15th August, 1865. Having learned under difficulties in his childhood, he studied hard with efforts and he was by far superior in ability to his friends.
After growing up, he went over to Europe and America, and also studied in China. In spite of his real ability, however, he was not always successful in life. Although he was compelled to lead an unfortunate and poor life so often, he strove much more than before to harden his body and mind without flinching from the difficulties.
One day, Usui-Sensei climbed Mt. Kurama, where he began to do penance while fasting. Suddenly on the twenty first day from the start, he felt a great REIKI over his head, and at the same time as he was spiritually awakened he acquired the REIKI cure. When he tried it on his own body and members of his family also, it brought an immediate result on them.
Having said “It is much better to give this power widely to a lot of people in the world and enjoy it among them than to keep it exclusively by his family members,” Usui-Sensei moved his dwelling to Aoyama Harajuku, Tokyo in April, 1922 and established an institute, where the REIKI cure was instructed openly to the public and the treatment was given, too. People came there from far and near to ask for his guidance and cure, and they over-flowed outside, making a long line.
Tokyo had a very big fire caused by a great earthquake in Kanto district in September, 1923, when the injured and sick persons suffered from pains everywhere. Usui-Sensei felt a deep anxiety about that, and he was engaged in a cure, going around inside the city every day. We can hardly calculate how many persons were saved from death with his devotion. His activities of relief, in which he extended his hands of love over to those suffering people against this emergent situation, can be outlined as noted above.
Thereafter, his training center became too small to receive the visitors, so he built a new house in Nakano outside the city in February 1925 and transferred there. As his reputation got higher and higher, it was so often when he received an offer of engagement from everywhere throughout the nation. In accordance with these requests he traveled to Kure and Hiroshima, then entered Saga and reached Fukuyama. It was at the inn at which he stayed on his way that he caught a disease abruptly, and he passed away at the age of sixty-two.
His wife got married, coming from the Suzuki family, and she is named Sadako and has a son and a daughter. The son’s name is Fuji, and he succeeds to the Usui family.
Usui-Sensei’s natural character was gentle and prudent, and he did not keep up appearances. His body was big and sturdy, and his face was always beaming with a smile. But when he faced the difficulties he went ahead with a definite will and yet persevered well, keeping extremely careful. He was a man of versatile talents and also a book lover, knowing well in the wide range from history, biography, medical science, canons of Christianity and Buddhism and psychology up to magic of fairyland, art of curse, science of divination and physiognomy.
In my opinion, it is evident to everybody that Usui-Sensei’s cultivation & training were based on his career of art and science, and the cultivation & training became a clue to create the REIKI cure.
Reviewing the fact, I understand what the REIKI cure is aiming at is not only to heal the diseases but also to correct the mind by virtue of a God-sent spiritual ability, keep the body healthy and enjoy a welfare of life. In teaching the persons, therefore, we are supposed to first let them realize the last instructions of the Emperor Meiji, and chant the 5 admonitions morning and evening to keep them in mind.
The 5 admonitions in question are:
- Don’t get angry today.
- Don’t be grievous.
- Express your thanks.
- Be diligent in your business.
- Be kind to others.
These are really the important precepts for a cultivation, just the same as those by which the ancient sages admonished themselves. Usui-Sensei emphasized that ‘This is surely a secret process to bring a good fortune and also a miraculous medicine to remedy all kinds of diseases,’ by which he made his purpose of teaching clear and accurate. Furthermore, he tried to aim at making his way of guidance as easy and simple as possible, so nothing is difficult to understand therein. Every time when you sit quietly and join your hands to pray and chant morning and evening, you can develop a pure and sound mind, and there is just an essence in making the most of that for your daily life. This is the reason why the REIKI cure can very easily spread over anybody.
The phase of life is very changeable in these days, and people’s thoughts are apt to change, too. Could we fortunately succeed in spreading the REIKI cure everywhere, we feel sure that it would have to be very helpful in order to prevent people from disordering their moral sense. It never extends people anything but the benefits of healing long term illness, chronic disease and bad habit.
The number of pupils who learned from Usui-Sensei amounts to more than 2000 persons. Some leading pupils living in Tokyo among them gather at the training center and take over his work, while other pupils in the country also do everything to popularize the REIKI cure. Although our teacher already passed away, we have to do the very best to hand the REIKI cure down to the public forever and spread it much more. Ah! What a great thing he did; to have unsparingly given people what he had felt and realized by himself!
As a result of our pupils’ recent meeting and discussion, we decided to erect a stone monument at the graveyard in his family temple so that we may bring his virtuous deed to light and transmit it to posterity; so, I was requested to arrange an epitaph for the monument. As I was much impressed by his great meritorious deed and also struck by our pupils’ warm hearts of making much of the bond between master and pupil, I dared not refuse the request, but described the outline.
Therefore, I do expect heartily that people in the future generations would not forget to look up at the monument in open-eyed wonder.
— Usuida, in February, 1927. Edited by Masayuki Okada, The Junior 3rd Rank, the 3rd Order of Merit, Doctor of Literature. Written by Juzaburo Usuhida, The Junior 4th Class of Services, Rear Admiral.
- Mikao Usui
Mikao Usui, or Usui Sensei as he is called by Reiki students in Japan, was born August 15, 1865 in the village of Taniai in the Yamagata district of Gifu prefecture, which is located near present-day Nagoya, Japan.(4)
He had an avid interest in learning and worked hard at his studies. As he grew older, he traveled to Europe and China to further his education. His curriculum included medicine, psychology and religion as well as the art of divination, which Asians have long considered to be a worthy skill.(5) Usui Sensei also became a member of the Rei Jyutu Ka, a metaphysical group dedicated to developing psychic abilities.(6) He had many jobs including civil servant, company employee and journalist, and he helped rehabilitate prisoners.(7) Eventually he became the secretary to Shinpei Goto, head of the department of health and welfare who later became the mayor of Tokyo. The connections Usui Sensei made at this job helped him to also become a successful businessman.(8)
The depth and breadth of his experiences inspired him to direct his attention toward discovering the purpose of life. In his search he came across the description of a special state of consciousness that once achieved would not only provide an understanding of one’s life purpose, but would also guide one to achieve it. This special state is called An-shin Ritus-mei (pronounced on sheen dit sue may). In this special state, one is always at peace regardless of what is taking place in the outer world. And it is from this place of peace that one completes one’s life purpose. One of the special features of this state is that it maintains itself without any effort on the part of the individual; the experience of peace simply wells up spontaneously from within and is a type of enlightenment.
Usui Sensei understood this concept on an intellectual level and dedicated his life to achieving it; this is considered to be an important step on Usui Sensei’s spiritual path. He discovered that one path to An-shin Ritsu-mei is through the practice of Zazen meditation. So he found a Zen teacher who accepted him as a student and began to practice Zazen. After three years practice, he had not been successful and sought further guidance. His teacher suggested a more severe practice in which the student must be willing to die in order to achieve An-shin Ritsu-mei.(9, 10)
So with this in mind he prepared for death and in February, 1922, he went to Kurama yama, a sacred mountain north of Kyoto. He went to fast and meditate until he passed to the next world. It must be kept in mind that he was not looking to discover a method of healing, but was seeking to experience this special spiritual state. In addition, we know there is a small waterfall on Kurama yama where even today people go to meditate. This meditation involves standing under the waterfall and allowing the water to strike and flow over the top of the head, a practice that is said to activate the crown chakra. Japanese Reiki Masters think that Usui Sensei may have used this meditation as part of his practice. In any case, as time passed he became weaker and weaker. It was now March 1922 and at midnight of the twenty-first day, a powerful light suddenly entered his mind through the top of his head and he felt as if he had been struck by lightning; this caused him to fall unconscious.
As the sun rose, he awoke and realized that whereas before he had felt very weak and near death from his fasting, he was now filled with an extremely enjoyable state of vitality that he had never experienced before; a miraculous type of high frequency spiritual energy had displaced his normal consciousness and replaced it with an amazingly new level of awareness. He experienced himself as being the energy and consciousness of the Universe and that the special state of enlightenment he had sought had been given to him as a gift. He was overjoyed by this realization.
When this happened, he was filled with excitement and went running down the mountain to tell his Zen master of his great good fortune. On his way down he stubbed his toe on a rock and fell down. And in the same way anyone would do, he placed his hands over the toe, which was in pain. As he did this, healing energy began flowing from his hands all by itself. The pain in his toe went away and the toe was healed. Usui Sensei was amazed by this. He realized that in addition to the illuminating experience he had undergone, he had also received the gift of healing. He also understood that this was his life purpose; to be a healer and to train others.(11)
In April 1922, he moved to Tokyo and started a healing society that he named Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai (Usui Reiki Healing Method Society). He also opened a Reiki clinic in Harajuku, Aoyama, Tokyo. There he taught classes and gave treatments.(12)
At first, all Usui Sensei had was the healing energy. Over time he developed his system of Reiki practice. Most of these developments came in 1923 after the Great Kanto earthquake and tsunami that did extensive damage in Tokyo and killed and injured many thousands of people. Because there were so many people in need of healing, Usui Sensei decided he needed to do something to speed up his ability to train teachers.
It was at this time that he developed many of his practitioner techniques such as Gassho, Byosen scanning, Reiji-ho, Gyoshi ho, Seishin-to-itsu and so forth. He also developed a formal attunement method or Reiju kai, making it easier for others to learn Reiki and to become teachers. Prior to this, the method he used to pass on the Reiki ability was to simply hold the students hands, but this took a long time. The Reiju kai made transferring the Reiki ability much faster. Also, he had many different ways he performed the Reiju Kai, not just one.(13) During this time he also developed the Reiki symbols of which he had only three. These are the three symbols that we currently receive in Reiki II, which he called Okuden. He did not have a Master symbol. This important point was confirmed by Hiroshi Doi Sensei, a member of the Gakkai, and in discussions he had with several of the Gakkai presidents and many of the Shinpiden members.(14) This idea was also confirmed by Arjava Petter Sensei, who had contact with Shinpiden teachers from the Gakkai and with its president.(15)
These same sources also indicate that Usui Sensei also gave many attunements to each student, not just one or one set. The purpose of the student receiving the attunement over and over was that this process continually acted to refine and develop one’s ability to channel Reiki energy, thus making the energy one channeled more versatile and able to heal a wider range of conditions, to heal more deeply and in a shorter time. The philosophy of Usui Sensei was that there is no limit to the quality and effectiveness of the Reiki energy available in the universe and an important purpose for all students was to continually seek to improve the quality and effectiveness of the Reiki energy one is able to channel.(16)
He called his system of healing Shin-Shin Kai-Zen Usui Reiki Ryo-Ho (The Usui Reiki Treatment Method for Improvement of Body and Mind)(17) or in its simplified form Usui Reiki Ryoho (Usui Reiki Healing Method).
The first degree of his training was called Shoden (First Degree) and was divided into four levels: Loku-Tou, Go-Tou, Yon-Tou and San-Tou. (Note that when Takata Sensei taught this level, which in the West we refer to as Reiki Level I, she combined all four levels into one. This is most likely why she did four attunements for Level I.) The next degree was called Okuden (Inner Teaching) and had two levels: Okuden-Zen-ki (first part), and Okuden-Koe-ki (second part). The next degree was called Shinpiden (Mystery Teaching), which is what Western Reiki calls Master level. The Shinpiden level includes, Shihan-Kaku (assistant teacher) and Shihan (venerable teacher).(18)
Demand for Reiki became so great that Usui Sensei outgrew his clinic, so in 1925 he built a bigger one in Nakano, Tokyo. Because of this, his reputation as a healer spread all over Japan. He began to travel so he could teach and treat more people. During his travels across Japan he directly taught more than 2,000 students and initiated twenty Shihan,(19) each being given the same understanding of Reiki and approved to teach and give Reiju in the same way that he did.(20)
The Japanese government issued him a Kun San To award for doing honorable work to help others.(21) While traveling to Fukuyama to teach, he suffered a stroke and died on March 9, 1926.(22) His grave is at Saihoji Temple, in Suginami, Tokyo, although some claim that his ashes are located elsewhere.
After Usui Sensei died, his students erected a memorial stone next to his gravestone. Mr. J. Ushida, a Shihan trained by Usui Sensei, took over as president of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai and was responsible for creating and erecting the Usui Memorial stone and ensuring that the gravesite would be maintained. Mr. Ushida was followed by Mr. Ilichi Taketomi, Mr. Yoshiharu Watanabe, Mr. Toyoichi Wanami and Ms. Kimiko Koyama. The current successor to Usui Sensei is Mr. Mahayoshi Kondo, who became president in 1998.
Contrary to what we have been told in the West, there is no “lineage bearer” or “Grand Master” of the organization started by Usui Sensei—only the succession of presidents listed above.(23) Among the twenty teachers initiated by Usui Sensei are Toshihiro Eguchi, Jusaburo Guida, Kan’ichi Taketomi, Toyoichi Wanami, Yoshiharu Watanabe, Keizo Ogawa, J. Ushida, and Chujiro Hayashi.(24) Contrary to one version of the Reiki story, Mr. J. Ushida, not Chujiro Hayashi, was the Gakkai’s successor to Usui Sensei. It is also important to note that the first four presidents of the Gakkai who followed Usui Sensei were Shihan who had been trained directly by Usui Sensei, and the last of these was president of the Gakkai through 1975, thus assuring that the Gakkai understanding, practice and teaching methods were the same as that of Usui Sensei.
- Chujiro Hayashi
Before his passing, Usui Sensei had asked Chujiro Hayashi Sensei to open his own Reiki clinic and to expand and develop Reiki Ryoho based on his previous experience as a medical doctor in the Navy. Motivated by this request, Hayashi Sensei started a school and clinic called Hayashi Reiki Kenkyukai (Institute). After Usui Sensei’s passing he left the Gakkai.(25)
At his clinic, which was located in Tokyo, he kept careful records of all the illnesses and conditions of his Reiki patients. He also kept records of which Reiki hand positions worked best to treat each illness and condition. Based on these records he created the Reiki Ryoho Shinshin (Guidelines for Reiki Healing Method).(26) This healing guide was part of a class manual he gave to his students. The handbook was to be used only if the practitioner was not able to use Byosen scanning to find the best hand positions to use. Many of his students received their Reiki training in return for working in his clinic.(27)
Hayashi Sensei also changed the way Reiki sessions were given. Rather than have the client seated in a chair and treated by one practitioner as Usui Sensei had done, Hayashi Sensei had the client lie on a treatment table and receive treatment from several practitioners at a time. He also created a new, more effective system for giving Reiju (attunements).(28) In addition, to increase the value his students received while he was traveling, he developed a new method of teaching Reiki. In this method, he taught both Shoden and Okuden (Reiki I&II) together in one five-day seminar. Each day included two to three hours of instruction and one Reiju.(29) Following the Usui method, students were encouraged to receive Reiju on a regular basis from their local Shihan or teacher after completing Hayashi Sensei’s class so as to continue to refine and develop the quality of the Reiki energy that they channeled.
Because of his trip to Hawaii in 1937–38 prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he was asked by the Japanese military to provide information about the location of warehouses and other military targets in Honolulu. He refused to do so and was declared a traitor. This caused him to “lose face,” which meant he and his family would be disgraced and would be ostracized from Japanese society. The only solution was seppuku (ritual suicide), which he carried out. He died honorably on May 11, 1940.(30)
After this, Hayashi Sensei’s wife Chie Hayashi took over his clinic and ran it for some years, but eventually she retired; with no one to take over this position, the clinic came to an end. It is likely that some of Hayashi Sensei’s students continued to teach but most of these have also passed on. In 1999 it was discovered that Chiyoko Yamaguchi Sensei, a Shinpiden or Master student of Hayashi Sensei, was still alive and practicing. She was encouraged to teach and began doing so. Fortunately, I was able to take her Reiki I&II class in 2001 in Kyoto, Japan. Chiyoko Yamaguchi passed on in 2003.
- Hawayo Takata
The following is a summary of Takata Sensei’s version of her early years leading up to her contact with Reiki at the Hayashi clinic. It comes from an interview that appeared in The (San Mateo) Times, May 17, 1975 titled “Mrs. Takata Opens Minds to Reiki” by Vera Graham:
She stated that she was born on December 24th, 1900, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Her parents were Japanese immigrants and her father worked in the sugar cane fields. She eventually married the bookkeeper of the plantation where she was employed. His name was Saichi Takata and they had two daughters. In October 1930, Saichi died at the age of 34, leaving Mrs. Takata to raise their two children.
In order to provide for her family, she had to work very hard with little rest. After five years she developed severe abdominal pain and a lung condition, and she had a nervous breakdown. Soon after this one of her sisters died and it was Takata Sensei’s responsibility to travel to Japan, where her parents had resettled to deliver the news. She also felt she could receive help for her health issues in Japan.
After informing her parents and attending the funeral, she entered a hospital and stated that she was diagnosed with a tumor, gallstones, appendicitis and asthma. She was told to prepare for an operation but opted to visit Hayashi Sensei’s clinic instead.
Mrs. Takata was unfamiliar with Reiki but was impressed that the diagnosis of Reiki practitioners at the clinic closely matched the doctor’s at the hospital. She began receiving treatments. Two Reiki practitioners would treat her each day. The heat from their hands was so strong, she said, that she thought they were secretly using some kind of equipment. Seeing the large sleeves of the Japanese kimono worn by one, she thought she had found the secret place of concealment. Grabbing his sleeves one day she startled the practitioner, but, of course, found nothing. When she explained what she was doing, he began to laugh and then told her about Reiki and how it worked.
Mrs. Takata got progressively better and in four months was completely healed. She wanted to learn Reiki for herself. In the spring of 1936 she received First Degree Reiki from Dr. Hayashi. She then worked with him for a year and received Second Degree Reiki. Mrs. Takata returned to Hawaii in 1937, followed shortly thereafter by Hayashi Sensei, who came to help establish Reiki there, and his daughter. In February 1938, Hayashi Sensei initiated Hawayo Takata as a Reiki Master.
Takata Sensei practiced Reiki in Hawaii, establishing several clinics, one of which was located in Hilo on the Big Island. She gave treatments and initiated students up to Reiki II. She became a well-known healer and traveled to the U.S. mainland and other parts of the world teaching and giving treatments. She was a powerful healer who attributed her success to the fact that she did a lot of Reiki on each client. She would often do multiple treatments, each sometimes lasting hours and treat difficult cases everyday for months until the client was healed. To help with this process, she often initiated members of a client’s family so they could give Reiki to the client as well.
Takata Sensei had a unique way of practicing and teaching Reiki that was noticeably different than how Usui Sensei or Hayashi Sensei had practiced and taught. The late John Harvey Gray was one of Takata Sensei’s most respected students and in fact she indicated that he would be one of three Reiki Masters that were to carry on her work after she retired.(31) He indicates in his Reiki book that Takata Sensei had changed the way she taught Reiki because she said that the Japanese style was too complicated and would be difficult for the Western mind to learn. Because of this, she said she had simplified the system. This included the development of her own hand position system, which she called the foundation treatment. This consisted of eight hand positions, which were on the abdomen, the shoulders and head. She also included some additional positions for the back if the client needed them.(32) This varied considerably from how Usui Sensei and Hayashi Sensei practiced in that they taught Byosen scanning as the way to find the best hand positions for treatment. They also indicated that Byosen scanning was the most important practice technique for a student to master after the practice of continually receiving repeated Reijus. Yet, Takata Sensei never taught this technique. She also did not teach any of the other methods used by Usui Sensei and Hayashi Sensei such as Gassho, Reiji-ho, Kenyoku, Gyoshi-ho, Koki-ho and so forth. Additionally, she had a different attunement method for each level of Reiki, taught her students that the attunements empowered the symbols and taught a Master symbol that was given to Master students. In her system, the Master symbol was needed in order to give attunements, and it could also be used during Reiki sessions for purposes of healing. She did not encourage her students to receive as many attunements as possible as was taught by Usui Sensei and Hayashi Sensei, but taught that just one set of four attunements for Reiki I and one or two attunements for Reiki II and one for the Master level are all that are necessary.(33)
The simplified system that Takata Sensei taught was effective and has proven to produce valuable results for her students and their clients. Because of this, Takata Sensei can be considered an important innovator of Usui Reiki Ryoho.
One thing that is important to understand is that if it were not for Takata Sensei, Reiki would most likely have fallen into obscurity and never have been practiced by people all over the world; even in Japan it would have been mostly unknown. This is because after World War II, the United States required Japan to unconditionally surrender. This placed the United States in complete control of Japan. One of the conditions the U.S. required is that all those practicing any kind of healing be required to have a license. Some of the healing groups did get licensed, but the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai decided that they did not want to be controlled by a licensing board and instead chose to go underground. They decided that the members were not to talk to anyone outside their group about Reiki and that they would only practice Reiki with each other. This made it difficult for anyone to find out about Reiki in Japan including the Japanese. Also, because it became very difficult for new members to join, the membership slowly declined. This problem exists even now, and the Gakkai membership continues to slowly dwindle. If this continues, at some time in the not too distant future the Gakkai is likely to come to an end.
Because Takata Sensei learned Reiki in Japan and returned to Hawaii and began teaching Reiki before World War II, she prevented Reiki from being lost. She was a great teacher and promoter and taught Reiki classes all over Hawaii and in many parts of the U.S. mainland. Before her passing, she taught 22 Reiki Masters who carried on the tradition.
- The Evolution of Reiki
One thing I came to realize from my training experience is that there is no limit to the possibilities offered by Reiki. As demonstrated by Usui Sensei, Hayashi Sensei and Takata Sensei, Reiki is something that is meant to be developed. This is true for the techniques one uses to practice Reiki, but it is also true for the quality of the healing energy.
Reiki energy comes from an infinite source and because of this, regardless of how developed and evolved ones healing energy has become, one will always be channeling only a small portion of the potential healing energy that is available; it is always possible for the quality, effectiveness and benefit of one’s healing energies to improve and this includes what takes place in the Attunements, Placements and Ignitions.
Usui Sensei alluded to this when he said he wasn’t at the top of the Reiki healing system, but one step below.(34) It is also important to note that according to the Bible, Jesus, who is considered by many to be a great healer and spiritual master, said that we could do everything he had done and even more.(35)
- Reiki Continues to Develop
Takata Sensei required all the Masters she trained to charge a fee of $10,000 for the Master level. She taught that this was a required fee, and if you did not charge this fee, then you would not be teaching Usui Reiki. The fee wasn’t based on the length or quality of training she provided, as no apprenticeship was included.(36) The actual length of her Master training has not been documented by any of her Masters, except for Bethel Phaigh, who reported receiving both Level II and Master within a few days.(37) However, my conversations with a few of her Masters indicate in at least some cases her Master training lasted only a few days. According to Phagh, the high fee was to instill respect for the Master level. However, the high fee, along with the tendency of Takata Sensei’s Masters not to teach many other Masters, was causing Reiki to spread very slowly.
Iris Ishikuro was one of Takata Sensei’s Master students and Iris also had other training as a healer. She was involved with the Johrei Fellowship, a religious fellowship that includes healing with energy projected from the hands.(38) She had also learned another kind of healing from her sister, who worked in a Tibetan temple in Hawaii. After Takata Sensei passed in 1980, Iris decided that she would follow her own inner guidance and teach for a more reasonable fee. As far as I know, she was the only one of Takata Sensei’s twenty-two Masters who did this. The others continued to charge the high fee for Mastership.
Iris trained only two Masters. One was Arthur Robertson and the other was her daughter, Ruby. She asked them to always charge a reasonable fee. Ruby decided not to teach Reiki. However, Arthur Robertson did begin teaching in the mid-1980s. The reasonable fee allowed many more students to become Reiki Masters. He began giving Master trainings with ten to thirty students in each class. Those that Robertson taught trained others and the number of teaching Reiki Masters quickly increased.
Because Iris Ishikuro ignored the price restriction that Takata Sensei had placed on Reiki, she became the pathway through which Reiki would spread more quickly and eventually be passed on to people all over the world. In light of this, it is likely that the majority of Reiki people in the world have their lineage going back through Iris Ishikuro.
Arthur Robertson had also been a teacher of Tibetan shamanism and had learned a healing method that made use of several symbols and an attunement-like technique called an empowerment. This method had similarities to Usui Reiki. After becoming a Reiki Master, he developed an alternative method of Reiki that was a combination of the Tibetan style of healing and Usui Reiki. The parts from Tibetan shamanism were the use of two Tibetan symbols—with one being used as a Master symbol—and the Violet Breath. It also incorporated the use of the three symbols from the Okuden level of Usui Reiki. He called this system Raku Kei.(39) Robertson taught both the Takata-style Usui system and Raku Kei, teaching them separately in different classes.
- Usui/Tibetan Reiki
My first Reiki Master teacher, Diane McCumber, learned Reiki from Arthur Robertson and was taught both the Takata-style Usui system and the Raku Kei system. While I learned both from her in March 1989, she mainly taught the Raku Kei system. Later the same year, I was also taught the Usui system by Marlene Schilke, who had also learned from Arthur Robertson.
By combining the Usui and Raku Kei systems I developed the Usui/Tibetan system of Reiki. This system kept the four Usui symbols as taught by Takata Sensei and added the Tibetan symbols and violet breath as taught by Arthur Robertson for a total of six symbols. I taught this system from the beginning of my teaching practice in June 1989, when I taught my first class, and continued with this system through 2013.
- Karuna Reiki ®
After becoming a Reiki master, student began showing me symbols I had not seen before and asking if I knew anything about them. When this happened I would keep the drawings of the symbols and any additional information they had about the symbols. After a while different students would show me symbols, some of which I had seen before and tell me that another teacher was teaching the symbols and wanted to know if I was going to teach them. I suggested they go to the other teacher and take her class. Eventually they came back to me and said they had talked to the other teacher but decided they didn’t want to take a class from her but asked me if I would research the symbols and create a class as they preferred to learn about the symbols from me. It seemed like I was being guided rather directly to create the class.
I contacted some of my best students and expecially those who were sensitive to healing energy and clairvoyant and asked them to meet with me over a weekend to experiment with some new Reiki symbols. When we met I prayed for guidance and asked the we would be shown how to create a class to teach the new symbols that would provide new beneficial healing energies for the students.
This process worked and between 1993 and 1995, a new style of Reiki was created. At first we called it Sai Baba Reiki as we had been told that three of the symbols had come from Sai Baba, a guru in India who has since passed on. When I discovered he had not channeled the symbols, I was guided to rename the system Karuna Reiki ® and then later guided to trademark the name.
Karuna Reiki ® has 8 treatment symbols and at first had 4 master symbols. After Holy Fire Reiki came into being, I was guided to upgrade it to Holy Fire Karuna Reiki ® and make the Holy Fire symbol the master symbol.
- Japanese Reiki Techniques
I also sponsored Arjava Petter and his former wife Chetna Kobyashi to teach their Japanese Reiki Techniques classes in 1999 and 2000 in the U.S. and so had the great opportunity of thoroughly learning the Japanese Reiki healing methods that had been left out by Takata Sensei. In addition, I have studied the Japanese Reiki Techniques with Chiyoko Yamaguchi Sensei and her son, Tadao Yamaguchi Sensei, and also with Hiroshi Doi Sensei and Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei. This broadened my understanding of Reiki and helped me in many ways. (See my lineage chart on page v.) I continued to keep an open mind about the possibility of channeling ever higher levels of Reiki energy.
- Holy Fire Reiki
In January 2014, during a session with Janice Jones, a spiritual advisor I had been seeing for the previous 19 years, I was made aware of a healing energy that was more refined and contained a higher level of consciousness than anything I had previously experienced. During the session, I was given the symbol and the attunement for it and was told I was to begin teaching it as part of the ART/Master class scheduled to start the next day. The energy around this experience was so clear and powerful that I trusted what I was told and followed the instructions. The energy guided me through that first teaching experience.
The Tibetan symbols including the Tibetan Master symbol and the Tibetan Fire Serpent as well as the violet breath, were retired and replaced with the Holy Fire. (All of the Usui symbols including the Power, Mental/Emotional, Distant and Master symbols were retained.) The attunement process was changed to an Ignition for the Master level and then later a Placement process for Reiki I&II and ART. These new methods of passing on the energy were significantly different, requiring little interaction with the students, yet producing amazing results. The students experienced meaningful healing experiences and were very happy to be taking part in something so new and beneficial. This system is easier to learn and to teach and yet works better than any healing method we had been aware of.
- The Essence of Reiki
As we meditate on Reiki energy, both when giving treatments to others and to ourselves and when teaching classes and giving attunements, and now with Holy Fire Reiki when giving Placements and Ignitions we become aware of a wealth of positive qualities that are embodied within the essence of the Reiki energy. These qualities transcend states of consciousness we usually are aware of and take us up into ever more refined feelings of peace, joy and happiness. In addition, they are also capable of helping us develop healthy, positive traits in our personalities.
However, since Reiki respects free will, it will not heal us or develop these higher states unless we invite it to do so. This requires that we be willing to change. The ability to recognize unhealthy personal qualities within ourselves and be willing to let them go is necessary if we are to move forward with our personal healing. Those who accept Reiki as their spiritual path and are devoted to allowing it to heal them completely and surrender to its ability to do this find that Reiki will guide them more quickly along the path of healing. This process can include improving the quality of the Reiki energy that one is able to channel as well as helping to develop all the qualities that are healthy for a person to have.
As the quality improves, Reiki can heal us and those who come to us for Reiki sessions and classes more easily and more deeply. As the quality of Reiki energy one is able to channel becomes more refined and effective, one becomes more aware of the essence of Reiki and the amazing places it is capable of taking us.
The positive, healthy traits Reiki is capable of developing within us include patience, love of self and others, non-competitiveness. It moves us into a place of acceptance of others’ ideas and beliefs and helps us to be non-judgmental, empowers our ability to forgive, develops gratitude for friends and family and for all we have and experience, improves the quality of joy and peace we experience and most importantly increases our connection to the Source of Reiki so that an ever stronger feeling of safety develops as Reiki more easily guides our lives and watches over all that we do.
This understanding helps us to appreciate that Reiki has an unlimited potential. This idea is validated by the fact that both Usui Sensei and Hayashi Sensei encouraged their students to further refine and improve the quality of Reiki they were able to channel. It is also apparent from the idea that if Reiki does come from an unlimited potential as most Reiki people agree, then no matter how effective our Reiki has become, it’s always possible for it to become more effective. This concept can be likened to a library. Once one has a library card, one has access to the books in the library, but that doesn’t mean that one has read all the books and can apply all the knowledge and wisdom they contain. The same is true of Reiki. Simply having received the attunements or Ignitions does give you access to the Reiki energy, but that doesn’t mean you are able to channel the highest and most effective qualities of Reiki that exist. It simply means you now are able to access the Reiki energy and if you give it permission and work with it, it can refine your ability to channel ever higher and more effective levels of healing energy. This awareness becomes even more apparent with Holy Fire Reiki and, as you shall experience in this class, an ever higher level of joy, peace and love will show you how wonderful and important it is to allow yourself to receive this gift.
- All notes
1. This section comes from an article titled, “The Future of Reiki” that appeared in the winter, 2015 issue of Reiki News Magazine.
2. William Lee Rand et al., An Evidence Based History of Reiki (Southfield, MI: The International Center for Reiki Training, 2015). See www.reiki.org.
3. Tadao Yamaguchi. “Excerpts from Light on the Origin of Reiki” Reiki News Magazine (Spring 2011), 19. Included in this article is a photo of the 20 shihan taught by Usui Sensei. The text below the photo indicates that these are the students of Usui Sensei who were authorized to teach in the same way he taught. Juzaburo Ushida is in the photo.
4. Inscription on Usui Memorial, Saihoji Temple, Suginami, Tokyo, Japan.
5. Inscription on Usui Memorial.
6. Toshtaka Mochizuki, lyashi No Te, (Healing Hands) (1995), 227, ISBN 4-88481-420-7 C0011 P1400E.
7. Yamaguchi, Light on the Origins of Reiki, 61.
8. Shiomi Takai, “Searching the Roots of Reiki,” The Twilight Zone (April 1986), 140–143. This article can be viewed on the web at www.pwpm.com/threshold/origins2.html. (Note that this Japanese magazine is no longer in business.)
9. Frank Arjava Petter, This is Reiki: Transformation of Body, Mind and Soul, From the Origins to the Practice (Twin Lakes: WI: Lotus Press) 44.
10. In an alternate version of this story it is said that Usui Sensei’s personal life and business had failed and that he had gone to Mt. Kurama to meditate to gain clarity on what to do to solve his problems. See Takai, “Searching the Roots of Reiki,” 140–143.
11. Hiroshi Doi, Iyashino Gendai Reiki Ho, A Modern Reiki Method for Healing, rev. ed. (Southfield, MI: Vision Publications, 2014), 31. This story has been passed down within the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai. According to Doi, it is also written in “Kaiin no tame no Reiki Ryoho no Shiori” (Guide of Reiki Ryoho for the members), September 1, 1974.
12. Yamaguchi, Light on the Origins of Reiki, 63–64.
13. An Interview with Hiroshi Doi, Ashiya City, Japan, October 24, 2016.
14. In an email from Doi Sensei he said there is misinformation being circulated about the Gakkai using the DKM, which is most likely based on translation problems. Doi did meet one person who apparently studied with Usui Sensei and was shown the DKM as part of his training, not as a symbol, but as a spiritual concept, but this person was not a Gakkai member and no longer practices Reiki.
15. Frank Arjava Petter, This is Reiki (Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Press, 2012), 174.
16. William Lee Rand, “Interview With Hiroshi Doi Sensei, Part I” Reiki News Magazine, Spring 2014, 27. This interview is also included in An Evidence Based History of Reiki, which is sold by the ICRT.
17. This is based on the translation of an original document written by Usui Sensei. See: www.reiki.org/japanesetechniques/5principles.html.
18. Walter Lubeck, Frank Arjava Petter, William Lee Rand, The Spirit of Reiki (Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Press, 2003).
19. Go to Reiki News Magazine (Spring 2011), 18 for a photo of Usui Sensei and the twenty Shihan. Note that while all in the photo were authorized to give Reiju-kai, some were not Shinpiden. In those days some of the centers did not have a Shinpiden to give Reiju so Reiju was taught to the leader of the center.
20. Yamaguchi, Light on the Origins of Reiki, 63–64.
21. Takai, The Twilight Zone, 140-143.
22. Inscription on Usui Memorial.
23. Frank Arjava Petter, Reiki Fire, (Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Light, 1997), 26. ISBN 0-914955-50-0.
24. This list comes from the research of Frank Arjava Petter.
25. William Lee Rand, “An Interview with Hiroshi Doi, Part II,” Reiki News Magazine, (Fall 2003), 13.
26. A translation of this healing guide can be found on p. 63.
27. Frank Arjava Petter interviewing Tsutomo Oishi, a member of Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai.
28. Rand, “An Interview with Hiroshi Doi, Part II,” 12.
29. Yamaguchi, Light on the Origins of Reiki, 28.
30. Ibid., 69.
31. See the letter Takata Sensei sent to her students in 1977 announcing her retirement and naming three of her Reiki Masters to carry on her work in An Evidence Based History of Reiki, 108.
32. John Harvey Gray and Lourdes Gray with Steven McFadden and Elisabeth Clark, Hand to Hand, The Longest-Practicing Reiki Master Tells His Story (Gray, 2002), 93.
33. Information received from Bethel Phaigh in her classes as well as interviews and discussions with other students of Takata Sensei.
34. Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai via email from Hiroshi Doi Sensei.
35. John 14:12 (NIV). “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”
36. A few of Takata’s master students did travel with her and take a number of classes, but Takata Sensei always did the teaching so this would not have been an apprenticeship in which the student did some of the teaching, but a review of her training.
37. Marianne Streich, “How Hawayo Takata Practiced and Taught Reiki,” Reiki News Magazine (Spring 2007), 17.
38. Ibid, 174.
39. Personal interview with Arthur Robertson at the Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship during the summer of 1989.
Holy Fire III Reiki
Introduction to Holy Fire III Reiki
by William Lee Rand
Holy Fire Reiki is a type of Reiki energy and a system of Reiki healing based on Holy Fire energy. Mentioned in the Bible, Holy Fire energy has been active in the world since ancient times. Based on sessions with the late Janice Jones, a spiritual adviser, our understanding is that God, working through the Holy Spirit created Holy Fire energy and Jesus is the one who first brought this healing energy to the Earth. While the words Jesus, God and Holy Spirit, are used in religion, in the practice of Holy Fire Reiki we do not consider them to be religious but instead, consider them to be spiritual in nature.
It is important to keep in mind that the entire Holy Fire Reiki system is not something I designed or created but something that came to me as part of healing sessions I had with two talented spiritual healers who channeled illumined beings.
While Jesus is the spiritual master who introduced Holy Fire Reiki, he is also part of a group called the Brothers and Sisters of the Light. This group is a combined force of all illumined beings and includes those beings from which all the world’s religions and spiritual paths have originated. Previously they were in the formless world but came into the world of form so they could assist us in the development, teaching and use of Holy Fire Reiki.
Its expression as a Reiki healing system moves Holy Fire energy from being an experience that has happened occasionally to those fortunate enough to experience it, to being an energy that can be utilized on a regular basis by anyone initiated as a Holy Fire Reiki Master. This training takes place in the Usui/Holy Fire ART/Master and Holy Fire Karuna Reiki® Master courses. The energy is also present in the Usui/Holy Fire versions of Reiki I and II.
I first experienced Holy Fire Reiki energy on January 23, 2014, when Janice channeled the energy from Jesus. I presented it to my Reiki Master class a few days later and the students indicated that they experienced it to be a stronger healing energy and guided by a higher level of consciousness than which any of them had previously experienced.
Our Licensed Reiki Master Teachers (LRMTs) received the ability to use this energy during attunements with myself and also directly in sessions with Janice Jones. They also agreed that there was a perceptible improvement in the quality and strength of their Reiki energy. Each began using this energy in sessions and teaching it to students. At this time, the energy was part of the attunement process for the Master level only. Subsequently, the word attunement was changed to Ignition as it appeared that the flame of the Holy Fire energy was ignited within the student during the attunement.
In December 2015, through instruction by Jesus received through Janice, the system acquired the ability to use this energy during Reiki I and II attunements. Because each student appeared to have the energy placed within them, the term for this process changed from attunement to Placement. At this point, it was noted that the overall effectiveness of the Holy Fire energy had increased for all levels of instruction; because of this, we began calling the system Holy Fire II.
- Holy Fire Reiki III
During spiritual healing sessions with Colleen Benelli, who is one of our LRMTs and has extensive training in shamanism and who also received training from Janice, I began receiving information that something new was coming to my Reiki practice, although what it was wasn’t exactly explained. In addition, when contemplating the Reiki classes I was going to conduct at Mount Kurama in Japan, which is the sacred mountain where Usui Sensei had a spiritual experience and was given the gift of Reiki, I was shown that something very important would take place there.
Then on September 21, 2018, while conducting those classes, a new level of Holy Fire energy appeared. Colleen provided guidance from Jesus that I was to teach these classes differently. Rather than provide a pre-Ignition as is done in the Holy Fire II classes, I was to change it to a regular Ignition for a total of four Ignitions rather than three as was previously done.
The Ignition is conducted by the teacher who provides a short guided meditation lasting five to seven minutes or so and then stops talking while gentle music plays in the background.
This process allows the Ignition energy to interact directly with the student’s energy field rather than being channeled through the teacher. The whole experience continues for about 26 minutes altogether.
After conducting the guided meditation for the first Ignition and sitting there, allowing the process to proceed for the students without my interaction, I began to inwardly observe a tube of translucent white light in which stars were moving up through it.
Then I saw that this tube was coming from a ball of translucent white light within myself. I also saw an arc of light coming from the surface of the ball of light and I felt the spiritual power the ball of light contained. Then I was invited to enter into the ball of light. When I did this at first I felt pain. But the light said to let go, as this is just your Culturally Created Self being released. When I let go, the pain disappeared, and I felt peace and a great depth of spiritual power. At that point, I said to myself, “I am Free, I am Free, Forevermore, I am Free.”
I must say that this was one of the most powerful spiritual experiences I have had. In addition, when this was happening, I also observed that the three Holy Fire flames which were installed below the navel, above the head and in the heart during my first Holy Fire training were joined together by a shaft of light. Then eventually, they expanded and filled my entire physical body. The effects of this experience lasted for a week or so during which time I traveled to Taiwan and taught an Usui/Holy Fire III ART/Master class. Then slowly the energy seemed to subside.
But then at the end of October, while teaching, it ramped up again then subsided. However, these experiences left a residual effect and I can tell they are conditioning my system to adjust to a higher spiritual energy which will remain steadily present. I was also told that these experiences will continue.
Up to this point, which is the first week of November, I have taught eight Holy Fire III classes. In addition, some of my students have taught and also our LRMTs who were upgraded to Holy Fire III have also taught classes. Altogether there have been about 200 students who have received the Holy Fire III energy so far. Many of these students have been Reiki Masters for years and have extensive experience taking Reiki classes, teaching and giving sessions. The effects of the energy reported by these students and those of the other teachers have been consistent. All indicate that the Reiki energy is more effective.
Those who had Holy Fire II report that Holy Fire III is a definite improvement over what they previously had. Many report that the energy feels both subtle and more powerful and that new healing is taking place, often on an extraordinary level.
- Holy Fire III Heals Dormant Unhealed Parts
Holy Fire III Reiki originates from the fourth and fifth heavens which are a very high level of consciousness. It is aware of the dormant parts and can heal them and as healing happens, more of the Authentic Self can emerge. As this occurs, an increasing level of serenity, vitality and joy expresses itself, accompanied by an awareness that this is who you really are.
- Joining People Together
Holy Fire III is a fire of unity. Its purpose is to unify all people. As one becomes ever more aware of the Authentic Self and begins to assume it as one’s identity, it becomes apparent that everyone has an Authentic Self within them and because of this, it is easily seen that we are all one.
The awareness that we are all one makes it easy to accept others regardless of the diversity of race, religion or beliefs, national origin, gender or age. In this way, we can more easily work in harmony with all people to create peace and happiness in the world.
The promotion of this process is the purpose of the World Peace Crystal Grids which were placed at the North Pole in 1997, at the South Pole in 1999 and in the Old City of Jerusalem in 2004. There is also one at the ICRT Center in Michigan and one at the Center on Maui. The inscription on the Peace Grids reads, “May the followers of all religions and spiritual paths work together to create peace among all people on Earth.”
This process which is described on the World Peace Grids and which is embodied in the energy of Holy Fire III has already started to influence the people of our planet and is destined to bring peace to our world which so many have prayed for and worked to create for thousands of years.
- Location of Holy Fire III Energy
In Holy Fire and Holy Fire II, the energy consists of three spiritual flames; one below the navel, one above the head and one in the heart. With Holy Fire III, if one already has Holy Fire, a shaft of light first joins the three flames together and then the energy spreads throughout the entire body. This action takes place gradually over a period of weeks or a month or more. As this happens, it grounds the experience in present time and in the material world making the experience feel very real.
- The Heavens
In Holy Fire Reiki and Holy Fire II Reiki, we became aware of the three heavens. The first heaven is the material world; the second heaven is a spiritual world in which the ego is still present. We also spoke of the third heaven and beyond. And it was in this realm that the problems of the ego disappear. While we knew there was more, we didn’t have a clear understanding of what was there. With Holy Fire III, we have also become aware of the fourth and fifth heavens.
- Fourth Heaven
The fourth heaven provides additional healing in preparation for entering the fifth heaven. This healing includes awareness of, and trust in, the idea that a higher way of living life is possible involving the release of unhealthy competitiveness, acceptance of higher guidance and the gift of wonderful new energies that heal and empower you.
- Fifth Heaven
When revealed, the energy of the fifth heaven begins a continuing, unabated process of leading the dormant self in the direction of complete healing and allowing the Authentic Self to replace the Culturally-Created Self. This process takes place at a pace that varies with each person but can feel remarkably fast, yet smooth and stable.
In class during an Ignition, often the Authentic Self can become visible to inner awareness, and one may be invited to enter the Authentic Self. This occurrence causes the Culturally-Created Self to begin a releasing process which can be an extraordinary experience.
Even though with this process a person becomes connected to and works from the higher heavens, they are still very much present in their physical body. As the energy from the heavens enters the physical body, the health and well-being of the body increases, making it more comfortable to be in your body, enabling you to deal more successfully with life, helping you solve any issues you might encounter and helping you make use of opportunities as they arise.
- Sixth Heaven
On this level, the intellect begins a healing process. Rather than having an attitude that the ideas and knowledge one possesses makes one better than others, they begin being valued for how they can be used to improve the quality of one’s life and the lives of others including family members and society in general. In addition, a love of learning and of knowledge and its application to everyday life can develop.
Improvements in communication can also take place. This involves a more thoughtful choice of words making it more enjoyable for others to listen to what you have to say. Your words may also spontaneously begin to be combined with the Holy Fire III energy making what you say feel soothing and even providing a noticeable level of healing for those you speak with. Writing can be affected in a similar way.
In addition, one may develop an interest in acquiring a greater depth of understanding in topics one has previously had an interest in and also develop interest in studying new subjects. This could expand into learning to play a musical instrument, taking singing or dancing lessons, beginning an exercise program, getting involved in a new hobby, learning to play new games, writing poetry or articles for a magazine or writing a book, learning a foreign language, taking a trip to a foreign country, taking college classes and so forth.
The Holy Fire III system of healing increases
one’s quality of consciousness at the same time
it provides an extraordinary healing experience.
- Seventh Heaven
This level deals with healing the ego. In many spiritual and metaphysical systems, it is taught that the ego is the enemy and that it must be negated or overcome, or even killed; or otherwise, one must rise above the ego if one is to proceed forward on one’s spiritual path. It is important to note that from our observation, what is being focused on here isn’t the ego, but the unhealed ego. And for some unknown reason, even though healing is often part of spiritual and metaphysical studies, little is said about the possibility of healing the ego. However, the guidance we have been given through Holy Fire III is that while the unhealed ego can be an impediment to one’s spiritual development, the unhealed ego can be healed! And once healed, it is no longer an impediment, but is able to fulfill a very important purpose. The healed ego is a vehicle for the expression of higher consciousness in the material world!
This is a remarkable idea that we had not heard before, yet, based on the experiences of those who have taken Holy Fire III classes, it is apparent that many receive this important gift. In addition, while it is rare, there is at least one other spiritual school that has this teaching as well. Google “healed ego” and you’ll see what I mean.
If our purpose is to bring spiritual values to the material world, then this can be more effectively done through a healed ego. Holy Fire III contains the energy needed to heal the ego. This healing process happens at a pace that is right for each student and happens spontaneously without the student needing to do anything special except use Holy Fire Reiki with themselves and others. As this happens, one begins to experience higher levels of consciousness becoming grounded in one’s physical body. One also begins to have a greater awareness of higher consciousness in the material world and in everyday life.
As the ego heals, one becomes less and less upset by those who are on “ego trips” and it becomes easy and natural to deal with them in a relaxed and healthy way. Often when a person is on an “ego trip,” it isn’t what they say that can be off putting, but how they say it. But as your ego heals, it is easy to hear the factual and often helpful part of the information they are communicating and then understand and make use of it in a healthy way. Doing this will also help the person on the “ego trip” to realign to a more all-inclusive state of mind. Overall, with Holy Fire III, the material world comes to be experienced as a safer, healthier and more enjoyable place to be.
Searching for spirituality in a place that is disconnected from the material world can result in one becoming detached from one’s physical needs and responsibilities. This makes the process of healing our planet more difficult by encouraging an attitude of one not wanting to be here. Being able to connect with a spiritual energy that is able to express itself in the material world is a powerful solution; it encourages us to be fully present and empowers us to make a difference in world we live in.
The healed ego is a vehicle for the expression
of higher consciousness in the material world!
- Four Ignitions
Previously in the Holy Fire system, students received three ignitions. In the Holy Fire III class, an Ignition now replaces the pre-Ignition for a total of four Ignitions. Also, there is an enhancement in the effectiveness of each Ignition. The overall result is the creation of a system that increases one’s quality of consciousness while also providing an extraordinary healing experience.
Students often find that healing takes place after the first Ignition and continues throughout the class. After class, many, report that the energy continues to develop, providing ever-greater feelings of health, well-being and confidence.
The ideas in this article attempt to express what many who have taken a Holy Fire III Reiki class have experienced; however, the introduction of this healing energy is still very new, and much is waiting to be learned and experienced.
You may be wondering if the Holy Fire III class is right for you. While the Holy Fire III system of healing can enhance your consciousness and provide deep healing, keep in mind that this class is not for everyone. I suggest that you read this article through again, then meditate on the Holy Fire III energy and allow your intuition to guide you in the decision that is right for you.
The healed ego is a vehicle for the expression
of higher consciousness in the material world!
William Lee Rand has an extensive background in the study, practice, teaching and development of Reiki. To learn more about his background, please go to www.reiki.org/ReikiClasses/teachers/rand.html. He can be contacted by email at email@example.com
“The Holy Fire III system of healing increases one’s quality of consciousness at the same time it provides an extraordinary healing experience.”
What is Holy Fire Reiki?
A New Reiki Energy
- A new Reiki energy
Holy Fire Reiki is a new form of Reiki that was introduced in January, 2014 by the ICRT. It is both powerful and gentle and provides purification, healing, empowerment and guidance. It is included as part of our Usui Reiki classes and has also been added to Karuna Reiki® training.
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Holy Fire energy is noticeably more refined and comes from a higher level of consciousness. Some of the qualities students have experienced include:
Works continuously even when not thinking about it and spontaneously heals issues as they come up.
Always respects free will.
Heals deeply and quickly without distress.
Heals relationships and interactions with others.
Releases worry and replaces it with a sense of safety in a most pronounced way.
Spontaneously provides guidance that is palatable for every level of life experience.
Tends to develop all the personality traits that are healthy for a person to have such as love of self and others, kindness, patience, confidence, vitality, enthusiasm, optimism, trust, joy, peace and so forth.
One of the more wonderful effects is a feeling of being loved. This is a deep and refined feeling that is very nurturing.
Once received, it continues to develop itself to be more evolved and effective.
These qualities are present in I&II and become more pronounced in the ART/Master and Karuna classes.
What Experienced Reiki Practitioners and Teachers
Say About Holy Fire
- Nancy Merrifield, RN
Holy Fire Reiki is the most profound experience of my life. The ignitions were deep, gentle, life altering and are ongoing. I have been receiving profound healing since my ignition and know it will continue. I felt the Holy Fire energy coming to me as soon as I had made the decision to take the class. By the time I attended the class it was already becoming part of me. Jesus was very prominent in this healing and remains prominent in my practice. I have had some connection with Jesus in the past, but not so profoundly. The Holy Love experience on day one uncovered an area of deep healing that I was unaware needed healing. I had an uncomfortable evening and much emotional turmoil until I received the meditations of day two and the first ignition. During both, a great healing of the situation occurred. At this point I shared with the group. I felt my experience was important to share, as it was so profound. I clearly understand why the training is held over three days, as I needed to come back to class the second day.
I have been unwell over the past couple of years; I usually do not openly share this. All of this is resolving now, with little effort on my part. I have been a Karuna Reiki® Master teacher for a few years. I needed to retake the class for Holy Fire. When receiving it this time, with the Holy Fire, I saw the last four symbols become part of me during the last ignition. Shanti is at my third eye, Gnosa is at my crown, Iava is at my throat chakra, and Kriya is on either side of my torso. They are there, solid and more a part of me than my body itself. I know they will always be with me, even when I leave my body.
My clients who have had sessions with me prior to Holy Fire report a sense of a deeper yet more gentle healing. Many allude to sensing a shift in the energy itself and within me. They use words like ”out of body” and “powerful messages” and “deep” often. I have noticed that they do not necessarily report as much about the physical sensations with Reiki. They seem to be sensing sensations that I attribute to the astral body (just my take on it)
Thank you so much for being open to receiving, nurturing and sharing Holy Fire Reiki. I am teaching a three day, Holy Fire Karuna Reiki® class this weekend.
Nancy has practiced Reiki for 10 years and been a Reiki Master for 8 years.
- Jessica Miller
I find I really like the Holy Fire energy. I am using it multiple times daily, and I am feeling major, positive shifts in my life occurring in areas I have long had difficulty with. Holy Fire energy seems to fulfill the promise of Reiki to make life more positive, bountiful, and fulfilling. I have been teaching Reiki since 1993, and since 1995 as a Center licensed teacher. I have done all the Reiki classes with William, Laurelle and other teachers multiple times. I have spent a lot of time in Japan, spending time communing with the mountain where Reiki started.
But since I received the Holy Fire energy, things are starting to shift and change. My business is improving, and so are my relationships. I am finding I take my joys in life more seriously. And I also find I have an easier time getting things done, and having less angst about things I dislike doing [like book keeping/finances] and getting them done… It’s like the Holy Fire energy is healing another layer of my psyche. This is resulting in improvements in my level of organization and project accomplishment and in less procrastination…and yet more time for things in life I really enjoy
I have a renewed energy for self-treatments. I am focusing a lot on the solar plexus… It’s an extraordinary journey, and I am honored to be part of bringing this energy more into the world.
Jessica has practiced and taught Reiki classes full time for the past 19 years.
- Colleen Benelli
I am writing to you to tell you of my experiences with Holy Fire. When William first told me about it I was excited. Then I had some doubts, fears and resistances show up. I talked with William about them and he asked me to consider learning about this new symbol and energy and then decide what I thought about it. So I agreed. I said “yes” to Holy Fire itself and committed to getting to know it and to work with it in my classes and with my clients, and also in my daily life.
It has been a tremendous growth opportunity and a change I didn’t know I wanted. I have experienced healing crisis about a variety of subjects; the name Holy Fire, what others would think, how it could all work, what about all my plans and previous work, what about my students and my shamanic colleagues, I call them the “what ifs and what abouts.”
Holy Fire has shown up with a powerful energy of love to heal my what ifs and what abouts. It continues to tell me that they are not mine to worry about, that everything is already alright. I have been amazed at how easily the energy has healed the trust within me and all of my worries and concerns seem to simply fade away. My mind is in more peace than it has been for years. It seems to be one of Holy Fire’s foundational attributes, it clarifies and heals worry.
I have also experienced great bliss and love from Holy Fire energy. I found that instead of focusing on my issues and worries about it, I asked for its full power of love to fill me. It was such a big energy that I could hardly hold the power of it in the moment. That love seems to permeate the issues and they simply heal in the love.
From the time of my first ignition, Holy Fire has increased its energy within me, and added Healing Fire, and Holy Love. These additional vibrations add grace and peace to Holy Fire. Holy Fire seems to be increasing its frequency of love as I am able to receive it. It continues to work daily.
As far as how Holy Fire affects my work, so far everyone has been excited about it. I have taught a Holy Fire Karuna Reiki class with five students, then assisted William with a 7 day Holy Fire Karuna class in Hana and I have taught an Usui/Holy Fire Reiki ART/Master class. All of the students have received it beautifully and loved the simplicity of it. I was worried that they would want the old ways and instead they were really happy about the simplicity of this system. My clients have had good results, it is definitely different, but the results have been exceptional.
Naturally I only have several months of experience with this, so I can only tell you what I have experienced so far. I know that I have committed to focus my attention on the energy of Holy Fire and to help usher it in in a good way and with love. I feel that the years of experience and training I have have given me the skills I need to do this and commit to it. I am attempting to heal my resistances and worries when they show up, and to get my ego out of the way so that I can give the Holy Fire its full ability to work through me. I will observe the results as I go and see how this beautiful new energy benefits Reiki, healing, the planet, and my personal and professional life.
For now, the benefit I see the most, is that I am truly able to let the worry about all of this go. I am able to believe that everything is already alright, and trust. I am excited to have something new and powerful to give my attention to. The love Holy Fire provides is very worth the journey.
Colleen has practiced Reiki and taught Reiki classes full time for 12 years. She has given over 2500 Reiki sessions and teaches 200 students per year.
- Laurelle Shanti Gaia
When I first spoke with William regarding the Holy Fire energy, I initially felt both enthusiastic and anxious. I immediately realized that the anxiety was born in my ego, and my soul was excited to begin a new adventure with Reiki, through the Holy Fire.
Physically: About two months before learning about the Holy Fire I was experiencing a “burning” sensation in different areas of my body. I received Reiki, massage, cranial sacral therapy and it would lessen, but the sensation would return. After attuning and ignition of Holy Fire, I realized that the burning was actually a purification happening in my body. I now occasionally experience a burning sensation in different areas of my body where I have had past injury or pain, the burning is mild and when it subsides (quickly), and there is complete healing.
As I write this I am dealing with a very difficult personal situation regarding my mother and stepfather. Today I have been feeling a similar burning sensation. It seems that Holy Fire is automatically purifying my physical energy and bringing my chakras into balance one at a time. The purification began in the early morning, as I awoke. It started below my feet, and has been moving up my body all day, at this moment I am feeling a major clearing and expansion of my heart chakra and my entire field. The situation we are dealing with is one that could easily create a lot of anxiety. However, I am in a place of trust, and knowing; that all things are perfect as they are unfolding.
Mentally/Emotionally: I have random thoughts/feelings arise about past issues, and there is no energetic charge to them. They are past patterns that are being instantly cleared. If I have a thought that I might allow to grow into worry or anxiety, it clears immediately. With no effort on my part. I then realize an overwhelming sense of absolute peace.
Working with Holy Fire in sessions and classes is also effortless, and students and clients have profound experiences, more so than reported in the past.
As the Holy Fire energy has been unfolding, I taught a 5 Day Holy Fire Karuna Reiki Master Emergence, 2 Usui/Holy Fire Reiki I & II classes, and most recently an Usui/Holy Fire ART/Master class. The energy of each class has an intensity and purity unlike anything I have experienced before. The students love the energy. .
Although my ego still occasionally raises some “what ifs” and “how” questions. I simply acknowledge the related issue and Holy Fire ignites complete trust and peace as this great gift and blessing unfolds.
Laurelle has practiced Reiki and taught Reiki classes for over 22 years. She is owner of Peace Place, a Reiki center in Sedona, Arizona.
- Tracy Houchins
My initial response to the news about this new energy called Holy Fire was excitement. That excitement quickly turned to doubt (if it was so great, why would I be included in this?) and then resistance. The name Holy Fire brought up childhood issues related to the Catholic religion and my experiences as a student at Catholic school. Clearly, these issues were presenting themselves as ready to heal. Complete healing happened throughout the week as my feelings and views began to soften. These issues were very deep, yet the healing was gentle and complete as no emotional charge remains for me. Each morning I started my day with a short meditation, using the Holy Fire symbol in each of my primary chakras, asking that whatever is ready to heal present itself. I asked that all healing be gentle and benevolent. Issues rose from my chakras – I don’t know what they were most of the time – and the Holy Fire burned them quickly. I was feeling clear and renewed more and more as the week went on. The colors and energy of Holy Fire express themselves to me in a way I’m not able to explain with words as it’s more of a deeply loving feeling and something beyond the material world.
I have used Holy Fire with all my clients since becoming attuned in February. Holy Fire is offering deep healing and my clients are telling me they are feeling REALLY GOOD, renewed, empowered, cleansed, refreshed, motivated, and grateful even more than usual. Clients experience what they have called a sense of levitating or hovering above the table during the work. ‘Trust” comes up quite a bit in the sessions and clients have been courageous in their willingness to heal. I love how a simple intention of Holy Fire brings all the Karuna symbols forward and they know how to do their work.
So far I’ve taught a Reiki I & II Class of 10 students using the Holy Fire. Before the attunement, I shared with them that there are powerful, positive shifts taking place in energy and I would love their input on their experiences with the attunements. After attunements, my students generally see some colors and sense temperature changes. After the attunement using Holy Fire, students were sensing my presence 2 people away from where they were sitting and experiencing overwhelming feelings of love and peace. Colors and temperature changes were intense. A few said they felt like they weren’t in their seat, yet felt grounded. During the attunements I experienced myself levitating above my students. I had to lean over to all of them to complete affirmation and sealing. Yet I felt grounded and present throughout.
I’m really grateful for this experience.
Tracy has been practicing Reiki since 2004 and teaching Reiki since 2006. She is the owner of Sacred Healing Hands Wellness Studio in Marriottsville, MD.
- Karen Harrison
When William first told me about the new energy, I was excited and wanted to learn it right away. So I arranged to do so. For the first week, I did a lot of clearing, which was uncomfortable, but always great to release. During that time, I taught a Holy Fire Karuna Reiki class, which truly felt like an initiation by Fire. Having some time to integrate the energy and work with it before teaching it would have been helpful. While the material of the Karuna class changed quite a bit, the ignitions were very easy to do. The students enjoyed the ease of the ignitions and felt they could do them from the outline and simple instructions I gave them without even the need to practice. They were glad to release the complicated attunements. When the energy came in during the ignitions, I saw golden droplets of light filling the room and permeating through the students and everything. The Holy Fire energy is an incredible space clearing mechanism!
I have used the Holy Fire energy to clear my mother’s Florida home and it sold within a couple of weeks of using the Holy Fire energy, where with Usui Reiki, it had been on the market for 3 months. I used it on my mother’s estate sale in Kansas City and we made over 1/3 more money than projected.
My resistances showed up, most notably to the name of Holy Fire and the language of the Three Heavens. My concern was mostly for how others would perceive the material because it is important to me to be able to teach students of all different spiritual traditions. I explained to the students that they could conceptualize the Three Heavens according to their own spiritual framework. I consulted William regarding my resistances and he suggested putting them into the Holy Fire. So I did and realized I had past lifetime trauma and current life issues which are now healing through the Holy Fire. I didn’t know I had these issues so am happy to be healing them.
One of my students who took Holy Fire Karuna and who had previously taken Karuna class said using the Holy Fire energy released 72 years of stuff that had been stuck.
The Holy Fire symbol has given me new ways to work with the energy. For example, when I am counseling couples, I can easily move the Holy Fire energy through both partners at the same time even while I am speaking with them. Before, I would just visualize a symbol between them but it hadn’t occurred to me to try this new technique that the Holy Fire seemed to have suggested to me. This new technique calms the couple and helps them to solve problems. A case that I thought would be destined for divorce is working out!
I am working with the Holy Fire energy every day for myself and in my sessions and really enjoying getting to know the energy and what it can do!
Karen has practiced Reiki and taught Reiki classes full time for the past 14 years. She is owner of Whole Life Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Reiki?
Reiki is a form of complementary therapy that emerged in Japan in late 1800 and was later developed by Mikao Usui in 1922. It reduces stress, helps to relax and also promotes healing. It involves the transfer of universal energy from the practitioner’s palms to their patient.
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.”
- Is Reiki a Religion?
Reiki is not a religion but it is spiritual in nature. Practitioners are not asked to change any religious or spiritual beliefs they may have while practicing Reiki. They are free to continue believing anything they choose and are encouraged to make their own decisions concerning the nature of their religious practices.
While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.
- What is a Reiki attunement?
A Reiki attunement is the process by which a person receives the ability to give Reiki treatments. The attunement is administered by the Reiki Master during the Reiki class. During the attunement, the Reiki Master will touch the students head, shoulders, and hands and use one or more special breathing techniques. The attunement energies will flow through the Reiki Master and into the student. These special energies are guided by the Higher Power and make adjustments in the students energy pathways and connect the student to the source of Reiki. Because the energetic aspect of the attunement is guided by the Higher Power, it adjusts itself to be exactly right for each student. During the attunement, some students feel warmth in the hands, others may see colors or have visions of spiritual beings. However, it is not necessary to have an inner experience for the attunement to have worked. Most simply feel more relaxed.
- Can I treat myself with Reiki?
Yes, once you have received the attunement, you can treat yourself as well as others. This is one of the unique features of Reiki.
- I have heard that Reiki can be sent to others at a distance. How does this work?
Yes, in Reiki II, you are given three Reiki symbols. These symbols are empowered by the Reiki II attunement. One of these symbols is for distant healing. By using a picture of the person you would like to send Reiki to or by writing the person’s name on a piece of paper or simply by thinking of the person and also activating the distant symbol, you can send Reiki to them no matter where they are. They could be hundreds of miles away, but it makes no difference. The Reiki energy will go to them and treat them. You can also send Reiki to crisis situations or world leaders and the Reiki energy will help them too.
- What is lineage?
Reiki is a technique that is passed on from teacher to student over and over. If one has Reiki, than she/he will be part of a succession of teachers leading back to the founder of the system of Reiki one is practicing. In the case of Usui Reiki, the lineage would lead back to Dr. Usui.
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- How is a Reiki treatment given?
In a standard treatment Reiki energy flows from the practitioners hands into the client. The client is usually laying on a massage table but treatments can also be given while the client is seated or even standing. The client remains fully clothed. The practitioner places her/his hands on or near the clients body in a series of hand positions. These include positions around the head and shoulders, the stomach, and feet. Other, more specific positions may be used based on the clients needs. Each position is held for three to ten minutes depending on how much Reiki the client needs at each position. The whole treatment usually lasts between 45 and 90 minutes.
- What does a Reiki treatment feel like?
What one experiences during a Reiki treatment varies somewhat from person to person. However, feelings of deep relaxation are usually felt by all. In addition, many feel a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and surrounds them. As the Reiki energy encourages one to let go of all tension, anxiety, fear or other negative feelings a state of peace and well-being is experienced. Some drift off to sleep or report floating outside their bodies or have visions and other mystical experiences. At the end of the treatment, one feels refreshed with a more positive, balanced outlook.
- What can be treated with Reiki?
Reiki has had a positive affect on all forms of illness and negative conditions. This includes minor things like head or stomach aches, bee stings, colds, flu, tension and anxiety as well as serious illness like heart disease, cancer, leukemia, etc. The side effects of regular medical treatments have also been reduced or eliminated. This includes the negative effects of chemotherapy, post operative pain and depression as well as improving the healing rate and reducing the time needed to stay in the hospital. Reiki always helps and in some cases people have experienced complete healings which have been confirmed by medical tests before and after the Reiki treatments. However, while some have experienced miracles, they cannot be guaranteed. Stress reduction with some improvement in ones physical and psychological condition are what most experience.
- Does one have to stop medical or therapeutic treatments in order to receive Reiki?
No. Reiki works in conjunction with regular medical or psychological treatment. If one has a medical or psychological condition, it is recommended that one see a licensed health care professional in addition to receiving Reiki treatments. Reiki energy works in harmony with all other forms of healing, including drugs, surgery, psychological care or any other method of alternative care and will improve the results.
- What does it feel like to give a treatment?
When giving a Reiki treatment, the Reiki energy flows through the practitioner before leaving the hands and flowing into the client. Because of this, the practitioner receives a treatment also. As the Reiki energy flows through the practitioner, she/he will feel more relaxed and uplifted. Spiritual experiences sometimes take place. The practitioner sometimes receives insights about what the client needs to know to heal more deeply.
- Is it safe for pregnant woman?
Since Reiki is guided by the Higher Power, the Reiki energy will know the condition of the client or student and adjust appropriately. Reiki can only do good. Many pregnant women have received treatments with great benefit to them and their unborn child. It has also been used during child birth. Pregnant women have also taken the Reiki training and received the Reiki attunement with beneficial results.
- Can children learn Reiki?
Yes, Reiki can be taught to anyone. I recommend that a child be old enough to understand what Reiki is and that the child request to receive Reiki.
- Can I treat animals or plants?
Animals love Reiki too. They seem to have a natural understanding of what Reiki is and its benefits. Once a pet has received a Reiki treatment, they will often let you know that they want more. Plants also respond well to Reiki.
- Are there any side effects from a Reiki treatment?
Most of the time a person will feel relaxed and uplifted by a Reiki treatment. However, sometimes a person will have what is called a healing crisis. As a person’s vibration goes up, toxins that have been stored in the body will be released into the blood stream to be filtered by the liver and kidneys and removed from the system. When this happens, sometimes a person can get a headache or stomach ache or feel weak. If this happens, it is a good idea to drink more water, eat lighter meals and get more rest. The body is cleansing as part of the healing process so this is a good sign.
- Can it be used to help groups of people or even global crises?
Yes, this is one of the wonderful benefits of Reiki and is why it is such a wonderful technique for the new millennium. It allows individuals and groups to do something positive about the challenging situations we see on the news involving so many people all over the planet. Reiki can be used to reduce suffering and help people anywhere in the world.
- How much does a treatment usually cost?
A Reiki treatment usually will cost between £30.00 and £80.00 depending on the area of the country. However, some practitioners offer treatments free of charge or for a donation.
- Can a person make a living from Reiki?
Yes, if you put your heart into it, you can develop a Reiki practice combined with teaching classes that can bring a regular income. This is a very fulfilling way to earn a living. See the article on Developing Your Reiki Practice.
- Does insurance cover Reiki treatments?
Reiki is just starting to be recognized by insurance companies. While not many are covering Reiki treatments, some are. Check with your local insurance company for details.
- Who can learn Reiki?
Reiki is a very simple technique to learn and is not dependent on one having any prior experience with healing, meditation or any other kind of training. It has been successfully learned by over one million people from all walks of life, both young an old. The reason it is so easy to learn that it is not taught in the usual way something is taught. The ability to do Reiki is simply transferred from the teacher to the student through a process called an attunement that takes place during a Reiki class. As soon as one receives an attunement, they have the ability to do Reiki and after that whenever one places their hands on themselves or on another person with the intention of doing Reiki, the healing energy will automatically begin flowing.
Reiki does not depend on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.
Reiki is very simple to learn, and the ability to use Reiki is transferred to the student during a Reiki course. This ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life.
Reiki classes are taught all over the country and in many parts of the world. If you are interested in learning Reiki please click here to check our teaching schedule.
- How long does it take to learn Reiki?
A beginning Reiki class is taught on a weekend. The class can be one or two days long. I recommend that the minimum time necessary be at least six to seven hours. Along with the attunement, it is necessary that the student be shown how to give treatments and also to practice giving treatments in class.
- How many levels are there to the Reiki training?
In the Usui/Tibetan system of Reiki taught by us, there are four levels. These include one, two, Advanced and Master.
- How do I find a Reiki teacher that is right for me?
Reiki teachers or Masters advertise in many magazines and also post notices at health food stores, new age bookstores and other places. Once you find a Reiki teacher or practitioner you are interested in receiving training or a treatment from, it is a good idea to ask them some important questions. Here are a few that will give you additional information to make a choice.
-> How long have you been working with Reiki? What training have you had? How often do you teach? How do you personally use Reiki? What is your lineage?
-> What qualifications are required to take Reiki Training?
-> What do you cover in your classes? How many hours of class time is included? How much time is instructional, and how much is hands on practice?
-> What are the specific things I will be able to do after taking the training?
-> What are your fees, and will I get a certificate and a manual?
-> Can I take notes and tape record the class?
-> How many symbols will I learn?
-> Is there a Reiki support group in my area or can you help me establish one?
-> Will you openly support me in being a successful Reiki practitioner or Master?
-> Do you have a positive respectful attitude toward other Reiki practitioners and Masters regardless of lineage or affiliation?
Be aware of how you feel about their answers and if they are responding in a loving manner that is supportive and empowering. Listen to your heart and you will be guided to the right teacher or practitioner.
- What about babies?
Babies love Reiki. It is very healthy for them. Do not worry about it being too strong. Reiki automatically adjusts to what the baby needs.
- Can you get more than one attunement?
Once you receive a Reiki attunement, it will last your whole life. However, if you get additional attunements for the same level, it will act to refine and strengthen your Reiki energy.
- I am a Usui Reiki level 1 practitioner. Do I need to take the Energy Work Essentials in order to book other workshops?
If you have qualified as a Usui Reiki level 1 practitioner by taking part to one of my two-day Usui Reiki level 1 courses I offered until 2018, you will not need to enrol on this workshop before moving onto the other Reiki workshops that I offer.