What is Reiki?  Reiki science, origins, ideals, and what is Reiki good for?

Usui/Holy Fire III World Peace Reiki, online and in-person

Hello, namaste.  Thank you for your interest in reiki with me - I'm honoured and blessed.  And you're in for a treat when you attend a Reiki attunement Course or have a Reiki treatment!  

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I am a Reiki Master Teacher and have been practicing reiki since 2002. My full title is Usui/Holy Fire III World Peace Reiki Master Teacher, which is the latest upgrade giving the highest vibrations of divine Usui/Holy Fire III Reiki. With multiple Master trainings in Usui style and Holy Fire, I am very keen to share these wonderful energies and teachings with everyone, no matter what their background or beliefs, and to promote world harmony and peace.  Share the Love!  Wishing you peace within.

what is Reiki?

Reiki can be described as divine love.  Reiki is also a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."
Holy Fire Reiki is a type of Reiki energy and 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.  

The word Holy means whole and complete, spiritual, from source.  The word God refers to creator, source.  In the practice of Holy Fire Reiki we do not consider them to be religious but instead we consider them to be spiritual in nature.

Over the generations, Reiki has evolved and Usui/Holy Fire World Peace Reiki (the latest upgrade of Holy Fire system) can now be given online, on the phone, to anyone anywhere at any time, to events and environments as well as people and animals - as well as in-person hands-on healing.   

A treatment (sitting or lying down, fully clothed) feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.  Ask me about some miracles I've experienced with others, or read some reiki testimonials.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping illnesses and maladies and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an "attunement" or "placement" given by a Reiki Master Teacher and allows the student to tap into the unlimited supply of "life force energy" to improve one's health and enhance the quality of life.

Its use is not dependent 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.

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.
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Reiki is good for...

when you need a break!

Grounding, connecting to Earth
Improve your mental wellbeing
When you need to remind yourself that you're a spiritual being
Reconnect with source energies
Lift your spirits, lightening your mood
Silence a chatterbox mind
Relieve anxiousness and stress
Relax deeply
Quickly connect with your true, authentic, wondrous inner self
Stop a debilitating habit
Think more positively, attract positive outcomes
Simply feel better with higher vibes every day.  
Sleep better
Spirit release and healing spirit attachments -
if something strange is spooking you out!
Clearing your office, home or space from low energies and install calm energy
Promoting self-healing

Reiki supports your whole being - physical, mental, emotional, spiritual.

Adults, children, babies and animals can benefit from Reiki treatments, at all ages. Not based on any belief, faith or suggestion, scientific research using quantum physics is starting to help us to understand how Reiki may work to benefit the individual. One day it may be known simply as Energy Medicine based on scientifically measurable energy emitted from the healer's hands.  It does not require a meditative state; you can simply relax and allow Reiki to work its magic.

Our natural state is Love, Joy and Peace

Yet our minds sometimes affect our emotions which in turn create pain and tightness in our bodies and stress in the head. My work is to promote Love, Joy and Peace within, despite what's happening in our heads, bodies or the outside environment. Usui Holy Fire Reiki works so well that you'll begin to notice things like difficulties resolving themselves, more fortunate events happening in your life, greater love, appreciation and happiness and personal fulfilment, at one with your world.

For decades, we have been taught to focus on the positives, yet for some it is difficult to ignore the negatives. Holy Fire Reiki nurtures and encourages development of our positive qualities - we feel an uplifting flow of healthy, life-giving energy, greater joy, love and happiness.  Our positive qualities are part of who we really are, our authentic self, and when we focus on them and dwell on their value and feel grateful to have them - they grow. Our negative aspects are the result of injuries experienced, often unhealed, often developed into personality traits that are detrimental to us. Because they are part of an injury, they are not parts of ourselves! They are false images of who we really are.  Using Reiki regularly helps us heal in mind, body, spirit and soul.

Reiki is great for your inner smile!

what is Usui/Holy Fire III World Peace Reiki?

The Usui system of healing was developed by Dr Mikao Usui in the early 20th century in a form that we can easily use, although Eastern medicine has for thousands of years worked with this energy, recognising its flow through all living things. It has been taught and used in Europe since the late 1900s.  Dr Mikau Usui said that this reiki can be improved...
And, decades later... Holy Fire III is a modern addition by William Lee Rand to Reiki energy, allowing you to receive direct from source/creator/god/holy spirit/highest heaven, rather than through the Practitioner; thus it is untainted (by the human practitioner), unlimited and divinely pure.  The latest upgrade, World Peace version, enables me to transmit Reiki Holy Fire energies and conduct attunements/placements online, on the phone, and allow reiki to flow direct from source to you, any time any place anywhere, as well as in-person.

I became a Reiki Practitioner in 2005, a Reiki Master and Teacher in 2016, and took a second Master course in Usui/Holy Fire in 2018, Holy Fire III in 2019, and further upgrades in 2020 and 2022 to facilitate more effective connections including teaching remotely (online/phone) with the latest upgrade, World Peace Reiki. 

Reiki is safe

for adults, children, babies and pets, anywhere.  Reiki always works for a person's highest good - whatever that may be. Just one treatment can work wonders; regular reiki keeps you in touch with your true wonderful self. 


Reiki helps both the mother and the unborn child. It also increases relaxation, decreases pain during childbirth and helps create a healthier delivery. I always ask the mother and the unborn child for permission to receive reiki.

Reiki for Children

Reiki's beneficial effects are numerous: it heals fear and anxiety and promotes feelings of safety, calmness and a healthy sense of well-being. Reiki helps children develop self-confidence, the ability to get along with others and improves learning ability. It is soothing and promotes the healing process. It keeps kids healthy and less prone to imbalances and if they do get sick, it helps them deal with illness and recover ore quickly. It can also be a universal solution to many childhood difficulties including just not feeling well. Children usually need much shorter treatments than adults and babies may benefit from just a minute! Children who have received Reiki before and after birth are more open and caring towards others and tend to be peace-makers among their playmates, playing fair. They benefit from the knowledge that there is something beautiful inside themselves which can heal and help solve problems and provide guidance during difficult times.

Science of Reiki

Reiki as defined by the Oxford English dictionary is: "A healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional well-being."  However, it is widely accepted that reiki can be given and received equally effectively hands-off or via distant healing - which means that I could send you reiki wherever you are on earth, at a time to suit you.

REIKI in Japanese literally translates as universal life force energy.  This system of healing was developed and named Usui Reiki Ryoho in Japan, commonly combined as Reiho, by Dr Mikau Usui in the early 20th century.  It is a non-invasive complementary therapy that has been taught and used in the UK since the late 1900s, although Eastern medicine has worked with this energy for thousands of years, recognising its flow through all living things.  

Reiki supports orthodox medicine; reiki can be used alone but is not a replacement for traditional medication of treatments.  It is not based on any belief, faith or suggestion, yet scientific research using quantum physics has started to help us understand how reiki may work to benefit the individual.  Perhaps in years to come reiki will be known as energy medicine based on scientifically measurable energy emitted from the healer's hands.

Research is producing very interesting results:

  • When giving reiki, practitioners have been shown to emit electro-magnetic or bio-magnetic energy from their hands.  The frequencies of the energy emitted vary from one moment to the next; many appear to correspond to those that medical researchers have identified as being the optimum frequencies for stimulating the healing process in tissues, bones and other body parts so far investigated.
  • The bio-magnetic energy, or field, flowing from a practitioner's hands has been shown to induce current flows in the tissues and cells of individuals who are in close proximity but this pulsing energy is not produced by non-practitioners of energy healing techniques.

Two ways in which these pulsing magnetic fields may stimulate repair of bone and other tissues include:

  • A cascade of reactions from the cell surface to the cytoplasm and on to the nucleus and genes where selective effects on the DNA have been documented.
  • Amplification, in which a single hormone molecule, neurotransmitter of photon of electromagnetic energy has been shown to trigger cellular responses; very tiny fields have been shown to produce the best effects, suggesting that living tissues are much more sensitive to external fields than previously considered possible.

Note: a bio-magnetic field can also be created by passing electric currents through living tissue as has been used for medical diagnoses and treatments for almost a century, eg. ECG and MRI scanning.

Reiki is an intelligent form of healing. Reiki may be valuable in the prevention and remission of some serious diseases that are so costly in terms of human suffering as well as expensive allopathic health care. One theory is that energy healing works by opening up the communication channels that enable cells in the body to talk to each other, and  opening up the terrain through which cells are able to migrate to places where they are needed to initiate repair or fight disease.  Another is that these methods help to calm the person so their immune functions can operate smoothly.

Reiki is activated by intention and requires practitioners to calm their minds and thus open up their communication channels to understand where healing is most required on a body, and for how long, to care and help the person concerned. Visualisation techniques can also be embodied as an element of reiki treatments at a professional practising level, which also create measurable electrical and magnetic fields, enhancing its effectiveness.  

testimonial, Reiki 1 Course

" I feel so blessed. I really enjoyed working with you yesterday. I felt safe and nurtured, heard and balanced. I sang "Let the sunshine in" this morning. Most importantly, I feel as if something is happening and going to happen in a really good way. No ifs, buts or maybes. And I've already started approaching things in a more adult way. With responsibility, awareness, empathy and responsibility again. It feels different. Thank-you!"  Amanda R, 2019, Reiki.

testimonial, Levels I and II

" My 1:2:1 Holy Fire Reiki levels I & II training was a transformative life-changing experience. Kathy held such a beautiful space with an angelic & loving presence. She is a very gracious, respectful & attentive teacher. This was such a blessing, I am eternally grateful."  Anna Stubbs, testimonial on google, 2018, Reiki Courses.

testimonial, Practitioner Course

" Kathy is a wonderful reiki practitioner and it was a real joy to do the reiki course with her. She is patient, passionate and has a beautiful sense of calm when teaching. Since completing the course, I have felt a profound shift within the way I approach life. I feel my old unhelpful habits are loosening and that there is a new path opening in front of me. I would strongly recommend studying with Kathy. "  Kathryn, Teacher and Head of Drama at a girls school, Reiki level II (Practitioner) Course 2018.

read some testimonials on Google  and  Yell.com

Reiki Ideals

"Just for today, 

do not anger.
Do not worry, 

and be filled with gratitude.
Devote yourself to your work.

Be kind to people.
Usui Reiki Treatment for the improvement of body and mind."

The founder, Usui Mikao

Member of UK Reiki Federation, Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council UK, and Reiki Membership Association USA.