How Does Reiki Heal?

All forms of healing whether traditional, complementary or alternative have an impact on the human subtle energy system. Each method also carries a unique vibrational frequency and consequently will create different effects. A beautiful characteristic of Reiki is that it has the ability to harmonize energies that may normally be incompatible and can create the best possible outcome. Therefore Reiki enhances anything we do.

Reiki is being embraced by many prestigous hospitals where it is offered as a part of standard care.

Reiki is one of the leading safe Energy Medicine approaches.” - C. Norman Shealy, M.D. Ph.D. Founder, American Holistic Medical Association

“…Reiki … may ultimately be the most important alternative treatment of all…” Dr. Mehment Oz

Many people are practicing techniques to improve their health such as meditation, exercise and improved diet. As this is done, a deeper awareness often develops concerning the flow of subtle energies in and around the body and the connection between these subtle energies and one’s health. This developing awareness validates the ancient idea that strong life force energy contributes to good health. Conversely a diminished supply of life force energy can contribute to illness. The existence of life force energy, and the necessity for it to flow freely in and around one’s body to maintain health, has been studied and acknowledged by health care practitioners and scientists.

Reiki thoughts and perspectives with Laurelle & Michael

Our body is composed not only of physical elements such as muscles, bones, nerves, arteries, organs, glands, etc.; it also has a subtle energy system through which life force energy flows. This subtle energy system is composed of energy ‘bodies’ which surround our physical body and assist us in processing our thoughts and emotions.

8chakraThe energy bodies have energy centers called chakras, which work somewhat like valves that allow life force to circulate through the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. We also have energy meridians and nadas. These are like rivers, or streams, which carry our life force energy throughout our physical body, to nourish us and assist in balancing our body’s systems and functions.

Our physical body is alive because of the ‘life force energy’ that is flowing though it. If our life force is low or blocked, we are more likely to become ill, but if it is high and free flowing, we more easily maintain health and a feeling of well-being. One thing that disrupts and weakens the flow of life force energy is stress. Stress is often caused by conflicting thoughts and feelings that get lodged in one’s subtle energy system. These include fear, worry, doubt, anger, anxiety, etc. Medical research has determined that continual stress can block the body’s natural ability to repair, regenerate and protect itself.

The American Institute of Stress estimates that 75%-95% of all visits to doctors are the results of reaction to stress. The effects of unreleased stress range from minor aches to major health concerns, such as heart disease, digestive disorders, respiratory and skin problems.

Stress can also activate our fears and cause our life force energy to diminish. When this happens we weaken our ability to respond to fear appropriately and to transform it.

Reiki is a technique that aids the body in releasing stress and tension by creating deep relaxation. Because of this, Reiki promotes healing and health.

The Reiki system is comprised of techniques for transmitting this subtle energy to yourself and others through the hands, eyes or chakras into the human subtle energy system. Reiki restores energy balance and vitality by relieving the physical and emotional effects of unreleased stress. It gently and effectively opens blocked meridians, nadas and chakras, and clears the energy bodies, leaving one feeling relaxed and at peace.

Where Can I Learn Reiki

Reiki is taught by many people who are known as Reiki Master Teachers. When choosing a teacher or a school, it is wise to ask them what type of training they have received and how much experience they have. Reiki is taught in a classroom, in self study courses, and via the internet. Although we feel there is value in all types of Reiki training, thorough classroom training, with an experienced professional teacher can provide personalized information as well as hands on experience with other students. Reiki is known primarily as a “hands on healing” method. The  physical touch experiences obtained in the classroom are important to be able to fully “deliver” all the healing frequencies to the student.

I teach classes at Peace Place, the Reiki Center of Sedona, with my husband Michael Baird. Sedona is a profoundly beautiful and sacred place to learn about healing and people travel from all over the world to attend our classes.  To learn more about us click here. We are Licensed Reiki Master teachers and we work through the International Center for Reiki Training.(ICRT) When you attend classes with any ICRT Licensed teacher your training is accredited by the Reiki Membership Association, and our classes qualify our students to become members. We also offer continuing education credits for some professions.

If you think that you may wish to become a professional Reiki practitioner, our organization is recognized for offering professional training and we maintain a database of students that a potential employer can check to verify your credentials.

Is Reiki a Religion?

Reiki is not part of any specific religious practice or tradition.  Working with the Reiki energy can help enhance one’s religious practice, but it is not a religion within itself. Reiki is practiced by people within many religious traditions, and it is also practiced by people who have no religious belief system.

Everything in our world is energy. Everything is comprised of vibration/frequency.  The higher the vibrational frequency, the more ethereal it is.  The lower the vibrational frequency, the more dense or solid it is. There are many forms of healing energy and Reiki is one form which assists in healing. It facilitates healing by increasing the vibrational frequency of anything or anyone it is focused on. Reiki is just one of the healing rays, but Reiki is unique in that it is truly guided by the Creative Energy Source of all life. This energy is infinitely wise and knows precisely what we need to relax, release stress, and activate the healing power within. This energy is known by many names, Universe, Source, God, Great Mystery, Higher Power, Holy Spirit, Great Central Sun, Divine Love, etc. No name is necessary to experience the profound healing effects of Reiki

What Happens in a Reiki Session?

Receiving a Reiki session feels like warm, gentle sunshine, which flows through you, surrounds you and brings comfort. Reiki treats the person’s body, emotions, mind and spirit as a whole. Reiki is powerful, yet wonderfully gentle and nurturing. During a treatment, the recipient remains fully clothed and the practitioner directs the energy through their hands by applying light touch, or no touch if the client prefers. Reiki supports any medical, or supplemental healing methods a client may be using and is of growing interest to chiropractors, medical doctors, physiotherapists, psychotherapists, psychologists and hypnotherapists.

Who Can Learn Reiki?

There are no educational pre-requisites required to attend beginning Reiki classes. Anyone can learn Reiki who has an open heart and an open mind and a desire to help others. Actually even skeptics have learned to embrace Reiki as a result of direct experience. Although many health care practitioners, nurses, doctors and therapists use Reiki in their profession, most people who are trained in Reiki begin by using it for their families and friends. Reiki is truly “Limitless Love”.  There is nothing that Divine Love cannot heal, and Reiki is a form of Divine Love that can be learned by anyone.

Can Reiki Become My Job?

After attending professional quality Reiki training, and practicing with friends and family, some students decide that they would like to develop a professional Reiki practice. Some people work in chiropractors offices, or other medical situations, and some people develop their own business. Most successful Reiki practitioners have received quality training in a classroom setting, practiced with Reiki in their personal life, and developed a love for the work. As in any line of work, the more one follows their passion, the more they do their work honestly and with an intention to be of service, the more successful they are. Many people choose to offer volunteer services to their local hospice or other such organizations.


“Someone who studies hard, practices meditation and works assiduously to improve body and mind for the sake of becoming a better person is called “a man of great spirit.”


As the consciousness of humanity evolves, we move into a knowing that it is only through love, compassion and respect for one another, that we will achieve an understanding of the purpose and meaning of life. As we grow in that awareness of Oneness, we gain access to ever increasing frequencies of light. Let’s briefly explore the continuous increase in the light of the Reiki energy and how the Reiki “ancestors” have contributed to the growth of this light from its discovery in the early 1920’s, through to the arrival in 2014 of Holy Fire, and the part that Reiki is playing in our evolution.

Mikao Usui, the founder of Usui Reiki experienced his connection to what is known today as Reiki, which is practiced within the Usui Reiki system of healing. On his memorial stone located at the Saihoji temple in the Suginami district of Tokyo, Japan; Usui Sensei is described as a; “very warm, simple and humble person…he was physically healthy… always had a smile on his face…and was also very courageous in the face of adversity…“Someone who studies hard, practices meditation and works assiduously to improve body and mind for the sake of becoming a better person is called “a man of great spirit.” People who use that great spirit for a social purpose, that is, to teach the right way to many people and do collective good, are called “teachers.” Dr. Usui was one such teacher. He taught the Reiki of the universe (universal energy).”

Usui Sensei embarked on a pilgrimage to Kurama-yama, a sacred mountain in Japan, during which he first encountered what is known today as the Reiki energy. The inscription on his memorial stone in Tokyo states that, after 21 days of fasting and meditation, his awareness of the Reiki energy occurred spontaneously during a mystical experience.  Usui not only “discovered Reiki” but in 1922 he created a Reiki clinic and began to bring public awareness of the healing power of this special form of spiritual light.

Usui Sensei made his transition out of the physical into the spiritual realm in 1926. A year prior to that he had passed the level of Reiki Shinpi-den (master) to Chujiro Hayashi, who had recently retired from the navy. Prior to his passing, Usui had left the instructions to develop Reiki. In accordance, Hayashi Sensei opened Hayashi Reiki Kenyu-kaiu (research center). Here he operated a clinic, as well as a training center. He subsequently created the “Hayashi Healing Guide”, which served as a reference for his students regarding placements of the hands to treat specific illnesses. He also assisted Reiki’s introduction to the Western world.


In 1900 Hawayo Takata was born in Hawaii, of Japanese parents. Mrs. Takata was widowed in her 30s, and eventually became very ill. She was inspired to visit Japan to seek help for her disease. She was referred to Hayashi’s clinic, and there she received regular Reiki treatments. After a course of treatments she experienced a complete recovery. As we might imagine, she was so inspired by the experience, she wanted to learn more about Reiki. She worked in Hayashi’s clinic as a student, and then returned to Hawaii. Eventually Hayashi Sensei traveled to Hawaii and trained Takata to the level of Shinpi-den. In approximately 1975 she began teaching and she had trained 22 Reiki Masters by the time she transitioned in 1980 at the age of 80.  Mrs. Takata helped anchor the practice of Reiki in the Western world.

In 1981 her Reiki Master students gathered and formed the Reiki Alliance, which teaches Reiki in the Takata tradition.

Barbara Weber Ray, one of the 22 masters that Takata Sensei taught, founded the American International Reiki Association (AIRA).

In 1983 Ethel Lombardi, another of the original 22 Takata masters, channeled the Mari-EL  healing system.

From this point many people began to learn and teach Reiki as they were taught by actual personal experience of the energy itself, and they became independent practitioners and teachers.  Others chose to practice by adhering to rules conveyed to them by their teacher, and believed these rules to be tradition that must be strictly adhered to. Such polarity of opinion contributed to an environment of confusion in the Reiki community.

The confusion may have been born out of lack of personal experience with Reiki by those who saw it first as a way to financial gain. Perhaps they were unaware that Reiki is truly a path of service, which, with practice and dedication, leads to spiritual growth through an increase in one’s vibrational frequency.

It is only when one approaches Reiki with an intention to be of service that they are truly able to explore Reiki’s power through personal practice. Often the “calling” one has felt to Reiki is actually their spirit urging them to a deep exploration of their innermost being. To experience the profound depth of the energy and the expansive possibilities it offers, it is imperative that every practitioner practice regular self-treatment, and receive supportive sessions from other experienced practitioners. If one opens to Reiki, but ignores their personal healing, they often discount the potential Reiki has to help them learn, grow, and heal and they abandon their practice.

Those who do explore Reiki through personal practice soon learn about their personal path of service, and how it leads us to a knowing of Oneness. An enthusiastic practitioner is also led into a deep exploration of self, through a study of the relationship of their physical being with their spirit, soul and their association with all of creation.

As a result of the splintering of the Reiki community, many practitioners and teachers turned to the Reiki energy to become their personal guide. From this direct guidance they began developing their personal practice as well as the services they offer to others.

In 1991, William Lee Rand, who became a Reiki Master in 1989, began the Center for Reiki Training, and because of the global need for and growth of Reiki, the name was changed to the International Center for Reiki Training in 1997. William started the ICRT because he felt that independent Reiki practitioners and teachers would benefit from the availability of training tools and some standardization to Reiki training programs. In the 1980’s it was believed, based on Takata Sensei’s teachings, that Reiki was to be an oral tradition. Therefore westerners thought that there could be no written or recorded training materials.  William wrote one of the first Reiki training manuals, initially to help his students pursue their practice. Today, “Reiki the Healing Touch” is one of the most popular Reiki training manuals that is available.

The ICRT training programs began by combining many of the traditional teachings, information gleaned from historical research, and healing energies and techniques that William, along with other contemporary Reiki Masters had discovered. These methods included those taught by teachers from the physical realm, spiritual teachers, and the Reiki energy itself. In 1995, this process led to the discovery of a new frequency of energy, and ultimately to the development of the Karuna Reiki Training Program, and in January of 2014 the Holy Fire Reiki frequency was introduced into the ICRT classes, and the healing potential for body, mind and spirit continues to evolve.

(excerpted from “The Book on Holy Fire Karuna Reiki”)


  • You will learn how to connect to a peaceful, healing energy with ease.
  • You learn how to apply the Reiki energy to help you relax, relieve stress and pain.
  • It will be easier to become calm at times you feel anxious, worrisome, or afraid.
  • Your intuition, awareness, and spiritual perceptive abilities may be enhanced.
  • You may become more aware and aligned with your life purpose
  • You will learn how to help yourself with physical, mental and emotional issues
  • You will learn how to keep your energy strong at all times. This is especially helpful if you feel others “drain” your energy, or if you empathically “pick up” issues from others.
  • You will learn how to help other people with all of the same points.



“The Tibetan symbols came out  of a search for better healing methods.  They seem like a stepping stone to the 3rd heaven.  And at the same time, we had to heal to the point we could accept Holy Fire and be able to set up the system to share it with others.” William Rand


These qualities are present in I&II and become more pronounced in the ART/Master and Karuna classes

Usui Holy Fire Reiki is being introduced by the International Center for Reiki Training. It is both powerful and gentle and provides purification, healing, empowerment and guidance.

The Usui Holy Fire Reiki energy is noticeably refined and comes from a higher level of consciousness than any energy we have encountered before. It is also more effective. Some of Usui Holy Fire Reiki attributes 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 healthy personality traits 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, Holy Fire energy continues to evolve in its effectiveness.



Are the tibetan symbols used in Holy Fire Reiki?

The Holy Fire energy does not need the qualities of the Tibetan symbols, as it stands alone with the original Usui symbols. When one who is previously attuned to the tibetan symbols  accepts Holy Fire training, the tibetan symbols are “retired”. Holy Fire accomplishes all that the tibetan symbols did and more through a high frequency of very refined energy.

Why were we guided to work with the Tibetan symbols for so long, and they are now not part of Holy Fire Reiki?

There are many levels of free will. The Tibetan symbols are appropriate at certain phases along the path of one’s soul progression. The energy brought forth through working with them has/is teaching humanity much. They have also brought forth great growth. Humanity is at a place now where new levels of free will open as you mature to new levels of Divine consciousness. As this growth is happening, more of the Divine Plan is being revealed and unfolding.

There has been a guarding of this newly revealed level of free will. The guarding has been to insure right use of free will. A deeper understanding  of the power of free has been and is being achieved and was necessary prior to this new opening. There are other levels of free will that have yet to open. The Tibetan symbols have been helpful in this guarding process. ~ Laurelle Gaia

Are Reiki guides part of Holy Fire Reiki?

The Holy Fire itself provides guidance. The purpose of spirit guides is to guide us to Source. Holy Fire is the direct connection to Source. You may find that guides from the third heaven (dwelling place of Source) may still bring you messages, as they are messengers of the Holy fire. If you are already working with with guides that are compatible with holy fire, you will still find them helpful. As in all phases of our spiritual journey, guides come and go as we heal and grow.

Is Holy Fire Reiki a religion?

No. Holy Fire Reiki is a spiritual healing energy that is holistic in nature. The use of the word holy in the name Holy Fire  has as its root meaning, to be whole and complete and this is how it is used in Holy Fire. Therefore, Holy Fire is a spiritual energy that creates wholeness through purification, healing, empowerment and guidance.

I am already an Usui Reiki Master. Can I receive the Holy Fire attunement without attending class?

No. The Reiki Holy Fire training is done over a period of three days in either the ART/Master or the Karuna Reiki® training. This is a necessary time period, even for those who are already Usui or Karuna Reiki® Masters. There are several reasons for this. First of all, there is the time period necessary after the pre-ignition in order for the purification process to take place prior to the first ignition. This is a minimum of 24 hours. The number of ignitions that take place in the Master classes has increased from what were done in the first class. There are now two Holy Fire ignitions and the Healing Fire ignition, plus three beautiful Holy Fire meditations, which must be spread out over the additional 2 days. In addition, the Holy Fire training creates a significant shift in the student’s energy in which restrictive patterns are replaced with Holy Fire. This shift takes time and also needs to be done in a supportive environment in the presence of the teacher and other students.

I am already an Usui Reiki Master, do I have to take Usui Holy Fire Reiki I & II in order to attend an Usui Holy Fire Reiki Master, or Holy Fire Karuna Reiki class?

No, you do not need to repeat Reiki I & II as long as you were previously attuned to the traditional Usui Reiki symbols in level II.

When are your next Holy Fire classes scheduled?

We have classes scheduled every month.

Other ICRT Licensed Professional Holy Fire Reiki Master Teachers are listed on reiki.org

What level of Holy Fire Reiki training do I need to take so I can teach all levels?

Students who are trained as an Usui|Holy Fire Reiki Master Teacher will be qualified to teach:

  • Usui Holy
  • Holy Fire Reiki I & II
  • Usui Holy Fire Reiki Master Teacher classes

Students who are trained as a Holy Fire Karuna Reiki Master Teacher are qualified to teach:

  • Usui Holy
  • Holy Fire Reiki I & II
  • Usui Holy Fire Reiki Master Teacher classes
  • Holy Fire Karuna Reiki Master Teacher
What is the Lineage of Usui Holy Fire Reiki?

The original Usui Reiki symbols, and their attunements are very much a part of Usui Holy Fire Reiki. Therefore the lineage remains with Usui Sensei.

It sounds like the Violet Flame. How is it different from that sacred transmuting holy fire….just wondering?

People have so many different relationships, and interpretations of healing flames, I hesitate to answer your question directly, because I am not aware of how you experience the Violet Flame, or the sacred transmuting holy fire. What I can say is that I am experiencing Holy Fire Reiki on a much more personal level, and my healing issues are shifting and clearing so rapidly I can barely recall why they were ever issues in the first place. The responses from students and clients are thrilling, in that people are being moved so deeply so quickly. ~ Laurelle Gaia

With this new energy being used in Holy Fire Reiki & Holy Fire Karuna Reiki are there new symbols that come with this training?

Additionally who was involved in the development of this system and what is the story behind it’s development? I have noticed that many of the changes that the planet it’s self are going through do involve fire its interesting to see that Reiki its self is using that medium.

Thank you for your interest and questions about Holy Fire Reiki. Yes there is one new symbol and some shifting out of the Tibetan symbols. Indeed there are many changes taking place on the planet as we shift in consciousness closer and closer to the awakening of the age of peace. Just as Karuna Reiki came on the scene in 1995 and new frequencies were introduced to help us learn, heal and grew along our spiritual path, Holy Fire is arising now. I find it interesting that similar energies relating to sacred flames, are cropping up in frameworks other than Reiki just as Holy Fire Reiki is coming to us too. The time is obviously right.

So to answer who is involved in the development of Holy Fire Reiki, some in the ICRT had inklings of its energy for a year or more but it hadn’t expressed itself clearly enough to know how to use it.  Then in January, 2014, William Rand had a session with a spiritual advisor he had been seeing for 19 years and who several of the other ICRT teachers had also been seeing.  In this session he was told he would be teaching a new energy in the class he was to teach the next day.  He was given the name of the energy, how to draw the symbol and an attunement for it. Then over the course of the class he had additional sessions prior to class in which it was further explained how to teach Holy Fire Reiki.  Jessica Miller, one of our ICRT teachers was in this class and William also shared information about Holy Fire Reiki with myself, Colleen Benelli and Karen Harrison each of who also received the attunements (which we now call ignitions) and instructions on how to teach. Before announcing it to the Reiki community, it was taught to 250 students and found that the benefits remained consistent for all who took the class. Over time, additional instructions from the same source have been received to further develop the system. To be more specific, the energy of Holy Fire Reiki and the instructions on how to teach it come from the Holy Spirit.  With this in mind, it’s important to understand that there is no religious connection implied by this. However, what it does is create a direct connection to Source that is free of dogma or required beliefs or the need follow a leader.

What about those of us who don’t have Holy Fire Reiki yet and those who choose to stay with the Tibetan symbols; what are we do to?

We encourage you to follow your inner guidance and do what you feel is right for you to do. The ICRT will continue to make the ART/Master manual with the Tibetan symbols and violet breath available for sale as long as people want to teach it.  Also, to clarify the situation,  the Tibetan symbols and violet breath will continue to work just as they always have for those who do not take Holy Fire Reiki.


By listening to our hearts and following those inner promptings we have been guided to share our gifts of healing, communication, love and inner peace with people all around the world. Reiki has been one of the greatest blessings in our life. It was thru Reiki and a magical tropical experience on the Big Island of Hawaii, under the full Wesak moon, that we became best friends and life partners. We share our passion for health, wellness, peace, and being of service to humanity.

Laurelle Gaia & Michael Baird

Over 30 years experience

Arthur Baird

18 years of experience



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