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What Is Reiki?

Reiki is a gentle, yet powerful, technique for stress reduction and balance that also promotes healing. It is applied on or just above the body, from across the room or from across the world. It exemplifies the principle that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us all and is what makes us alive. This flow of life force energy directly affects health and quality of life. When it is blocked dealing with stress is difficult, you may have trouble sleeping, and you are more likely to become ill.

The name Reiki comes from two Japanese words, "Rei" meaning Higher Consciousness, and "Ki" life force energy. When this spiritually guided life force energy restores the subtle, natural flow of energy, your physical symptoms and emotional distress clear naturally. Reiki helps balance and harmonize your body, mind and spirit.

Holy Fire® III Online Reiki

Usui/Holy Fire® III Reiki is a contemporary evolution of Reiki energy recently introduced by the International Center for Reiki Training. It is a combination of traditional Usui Reiki and Holy Fire® energy. Holy Fire® Reiki energy was first introduced in 2014 and is noticeably more refined and comes from a higher level of consciousness. An even more powerful version, Holy Fire® III Online Reiki energy, was introduced in response to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing. It works with the energy of technology to provide a powerful remote healing experience for recipients.

Some of the
Holy Fire® III Online Reiki attributes include:

  • Works continuously to spontaneously heal issues as they come up
  • Heals deeply and quickly without distress
  • Heals relationships and interactions with others
  • Releases anxiety and replaces it with a sense of safety
  • Spontaneously provides guidance for every level of life experience
  • Develops healthy personality traits, such as love, compassion, patience,
    confidence, optimism, peace, trust and joy
  • Has a wonderful quality of deep, refined nurturing — a feeling of being loved
  • Works in conjunction with the energy of technology
Holy Fire® is not intended to have a religious meaning. The word "holy" has the root meaning of being whole and complete, and this is how it is used in Holy Fire® Reiki. The very high vibrational energies of Holy Fire® III are made available those trained in it, and to their clients and students. Holy Fire® Reiki belongs to all belief systems and is easy to learn and share. There is no religion, politics or belief required to benefit from it. It heals simply because a person invites it in. It helps us be whole.

The Reiki Ideals: The Secret Art of Inviting Happiness

  • Just for today....I will let go of worry
  • Just for today....I will let go of anger
  • Just for today....I will be grateful
  • Just for today....I will do my work honestly
  • Just for today....I will be kind to myself and every living thing
              — Mikao Usui, Founder of the Usui Reiki Ryoho System of Natural Healing

The Origins of Reiki in Japan

Mikao Usui (1865-1926) was the  founder of the Usui System of Natural Healing. He spent many years studying the practices of Tendai Buddhism, Shintoism, the Martial Arts and Shugendo. It is reported that, on the occasion of his enlightenment during a retreat on Mount Kurama, he received the gift of healing. He used the name Reiki (spiritually guided life force energy) to describe this healing energy and the name Usui Reiki Ryoho to describe his particular method of Reiki healing. He opened his first school and clinic in Tokyo in 1922. At his clinic patients would be given healing, they then were taught to heal themselves. Usui Sensei treated patients and taught throughout Japan until his death in 1926.

Chujiro Hayashi (1870-1940) was a Japanese Naval Officer and surgeon. He started his Reiki training with Usui Sensei in 1925, at 47 years of age. It is believed he was one of the last Reiki masters trained by Usui Sensei. Following his first training he started his own clinic in Tokyo that had 8 beds and 16 healers. He passed his teachings onto 17 Reiki masters, including Hawayo Takata. He developed the first Reiki center outside of Japan, in Hawaii. 

Hawayo Takata (1900-1980) was a Hawaiian-born Japanese American woman who was first a patient of Hayashi Sensei and then his student from 1936-1938. She received her Master certification from Hayashi Sensei at the clinic they founded in Hawaii. Between 1970 and 1980, Takata Sensei initiated twenty-two Reiki masters. She is considered to be the founder of the Western School of Reiki.

The original twenty-two master students taught by Takata Sensei then taught others. In the decades since her death Reiki has spread rapidly. There are now tens of thousands of Reiki masters and millions of people practicing Reiki in all parts of the world.

See the
following for a complete, documented history of Reiki

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