My personal experience of Holy Fire Reiki started as I arrived on Maui to attend my first ever workshop with William Lee Rand. There were 13 of us on Day 1 and we had explained to us that this new Holy Fire Energy had been just brought through and would now be part of the Reiki experience on all levels. We all looked at what had drawn us to this particular class, knowing nothing of Holy Fire and we all saw that there had been a calling to each of us. On Day 2 one student had to return home which left the 12 ‘disciples’. Each day of the 7 days we were given a little more information and started to work with the Holy Fire energy. Whenever I had taught Reiki Masters over my years as a teacher, I had performed a ritual called igniting the fire. The group lit a candle at the start of the class and that fire carried us through the entire Reiki Masters workshop. So unwittingly, I had been igniting Holy Fire every time I taught other Masters.
My special time learning about Holy Fire on Maui with William Lee Rand was a life-changing experience and I saw how to manifest and heal throughout my life in a new and simple way. I stopped trying to be the best in my healing. Instead, I got out of the way and allowed the healing to be guided by the energy that was appropriate to each person. There has been lots to learn, and many life changes that became apparent to me. Holy Fire is a guiding flame that I use every day and I continue to be amazed at the flexibility and vibrancy of Reiki with Holy Fire. Also, the calm and trusting sense that often is with me is a part of the Holy Fire I daily experience I have since upgraded to Holy Fire II and the energy continues to grow and transform. Like a perpetual flame that is within me and all around me.
HOLY FIRE CAME QUICKLY and unexpectedly into my life as I was not seeking something as powerful and transformative as this. I first became aware of it and that I’d be teaching it on Thursday, January 23, 2014, which is just one day before I was to teach an ART/Masterclass. I was shown the symbol, received the attunement for it and how to give the attunements during three morning sessions I had with a spiritual adviser I have been seeing regularly for the past 19 years.
It was also explained to me that the Holy Fire energy needed to connect to my system in a unique way and that this would require that the Tibetan symbols and the energy of the violet breath be released. These energies had served their purpose and had helped me advance to this point and were also valuable in the healing they facilitated for others, but it was important that I let go of them. Once I gave my permission, the Holy Fire energy came in and in a respectful way created the energetic changes necessary for this to take place. It was also explained that the Tibetan energies will remain appropriate and useful for those who have them and haven’t taken the Holy Fire Reiki training.
Of course, all of this was a big surprise for me but the energy was so strong and the guidance so clear that I found it appropriate to accept the process and follow the instructions for teaching it.
The weekend before this class I taught a Reiki I&II class in which the Level II attunement and the healing energy we received was as powerful as a Karuna Reiki® attunement. I feel this must have been a preview and preparation for the Holy Fire.
Interestingly, Jessica Miller was present in both classes and her feedback on what unfolded was helpful and supportive.
On Friday I was guided to conduct a pre-attunement meditation prior to the ART attunement. The pre-attunement meditation wasn’t for the ART attunement, but for the Master attunement I was to give the next day for the Holy Fire energy. I was guided to minimize the guidance I gave in the meditation and simply help the students move into a receptive state and let them go, allowing the Holy Fire energy to take over and guide each one individually.
At that point, I suggested that they trust in the light and allow it to guide their experience. Then I sat quietly meditating for 20 minutes or so and then suggested that each would return at a time that was right. Then once they were all back, I suggested that they write their experiences in their notebooks.
After that, we shared our experiences and most students described a cleansing and purifying experience in which they felt they were being prepared to receive the Holy Fire. They described having their chakras opened and purified and other kinds of purifying and some also described having spirits released with an understanding that they were no longer needed. This cleansing process continued after the meditation, and I was told that it would take about 24 hours for this process to be complete before each would be ready for the Master attunement, which is why it was done the day before.
The next day we did the Master attunement. This was done outdoors as had been the pre-attunement and ART attunement since the weather on Maui where the class was being held was warm and sunny.
Eleven students were sitting in a row. First I guided them in a focusing and vibration raising meditation. Then after a minute or so I said, “The attunement process will begin now. Remain with your eyes closed and your attention focused inwardly on your own inner experience. The attunement will guide itself, so allow your- self to be receptive and follow the guidance you receive.” And that was all I did. I remained seated and did not physically interact with the students at all. I waited about 20 minutes and during this time I said prayers giving thanks for all the benefits each student was receiving. After this time, I suggested that each student return when the time was right and that after this, at their own pace, they were to write their experiences in their notebooks or otherwise allow an integration to take place. Then I stood up and returned to the Center and went to my room to relax and meditate.
When I heard the attunement music coming to an end, I came out to the classroom to find all the students seated in our classroom circle. They said that while the attunements were an individual experience when each was complete, they all connected as one and as a group came back to the classroom together.
I asked people to share their thoughts about their experience. Each had his or her own inner experience but one student said that at the end and just after I had left, she asked that she be given a very definite physical sign so she would know that the attunement had taken place. At that point, she and the others experienced a very strong and forceful wind that also contained strong spiritual energy. The wind came around them from behind and as they opened their eyes, they saw a small tornado-like wind encircle the chair I had been sitting in. The wind carried many leaves within its vortex and they were circling rapidly around the chair; then the chair shot straight up about 20 feet into the air and was spinning around very fast and then was blown across the yard about 100 feet away. While this was happening, the students, having just come out of a deep attunement experience, sat wide-eyed as they watched this taking place. Jessica wanted to find out what the energy of the chair was like so she went to get it and said the chair was radiant with energy.
The attunement experiences students had had some similarities. The Holy Fire, which burned very hot and was a multicolored flame, had installed itself in a space a few inches below the navel. Located near the place often referred to as the diantien, I was told that this isn’t the diantien, but is near it and resonates on a much higher vibrational level. The flame purifies, and wherever it purifies it releases disharmonious energies, replacing those energies with the Holy Fire. Some could see the flame; others could sense it in various ways. One student said it produced a hum-like sound that resembled the sound of Om, although not exactly the same, and that it gave him a sense of spiritual power. Others said it was like heat. Some said the flame surrounded their entire being. It was purifying but also healing and empowering. Many had a sense that all their worries for the future were gone and replaced with a sense that the Holy Fire was preceding them into the future to take care of everything for them in a very healthy, peaceful and effective way. This produced a feeling of confidence that engendered the freedom to enjoy the present moment, knowing that everything was alright.
It is also apparent that the Holy Fire, once ignited in the student, continues to grow in strength and vibration, cleansing more deeply and healing and empowering in ever more powerful ways. This feature gives a sense of profundity as we contemplate the experience of ever greater purification, healing and empowerment. (Reports from many students verify this experience.)
During the Reiki sessions when we practiced with the Holy Fire symbol energy, some saw flames coming from the hands that seemed to flow throughout the client’s entire being and often surrounded the client with a living flame. Feelings of deep peace and healing were expressed as we shared our experiences.
The introduction of the Holy Fire experience into the teaching of the ICRT makes the attunements easier to do as there is no violet breath, no need to hold the hui yin or tongue and no use for the Tibetan symbols. Also, the Master attunement requires little for the Reiki Master to do as there is no physical interaction with the students, just a simple, short, guided meditation. The quality and nature of the energy also facilitates the teaching process and brings greater meaning to the experiences students have in class.
There is also a calm confidence in knowing that the Holy Fire will guide and empower its own path forward to spread to all those who are willing to accept its blessings.
Since our first experiences with Holy Fire, we have noted that the attunements for the Usui Master and Karuna levels are considerably different from what we have previously experienced. I have been told that because of this, they need a new name. We have been told to call them ignitions.
Ignitions and Placements
There are now two Master ignitions given in Usui/Holy Fire ART/Master and Holy Fire Karuna Reiki®. The Placements replace the original attunement process in all Reiki Levels. The student is guided into a meditation to receive the Reiki energy including the symbols directly through Holy fire without the energy of the Master needing to be the channel.
This experience takes place in class and installs Divine Love into one’s soul. Divine love is a special kind of love that is more highly refined and has a higher level of consciousness than human love. It is simultaneously many things: It is a feeling of being loved by a kind and wonderful being that is very powerful. It is a feeling of being cared for by a being that knows you intimately and is fully capable of taking care of all your needs. It is a feeling of being safe. It is a healing and enhancement of your own ability to love so that there are no unhealthy feelings associated with it. It is a love that you have for yourself and others that feels very natural and normal. It is an energy similar to life energy that flows throughout your body and your entire being and is part of who you are. It is present in your space without having to have someone or something as its focus. It soothes and relaxes and nurtures and heals very deeply.
This is an additional ignition that enhances Holy Fire. Its qualities include healing deeply seated issues more quickly including pre-birth, birth and early childhood issues, child, and sexual abuse and PTSD. It eases stress and releases anger, fear, hostility, and rage toward others. It also releases the need to compete with others. The healing and releasing done by Healing Fire is gentle and is accompanied by a feeling of peace and being loved and cared for.
Holy Fire has no lineage. Lineage, as it is used with Reiki refers to the physical person who originally channelled the energy. No one originally did this. Therefore, the lineage of Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Ryoho will remain with Usui Sensei. The lineage for Holy Fire Karuna Reiki® will remain with William Lee Rand. But we need to always indicate that the Holy Fire does not have a lineage.
Privacy of the Symbol and Procedures
The Holy Fire symbol and the ignition and placement procedures are similar to other Reiki symbols and procedures in that they are to be kept private and not shown to those who have not taken the Master training.
Holy Fire Qualities
The use of the word holy in the name Holy Fire is not intended to have a religious meaning. The word holy has its root meaning to be whole and complete and this is how it is used Holy Fire Reiki. Therefore, Holy Fire is a spiritual energy that creates wholeness through purification, healing, empowerment, and guidance.
The 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 relationships and interactions with others.
• Releases worry and replace it with a sense of safety in a most pronounced way.
• Heals deeply and quickly without distress.
• Spontaneously provides guidance that is palatable at 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 Reiki
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 all right. 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 seven-day Holy Fire Karuna class in Hana and have taught a Usui Reiki/Holy Fire 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 had 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 all right, 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 practised 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 realised 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 the 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 then 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 have taught a five-day Holy Fire Karuna Reiki® Master Emergence, two 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.
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