“Reiki is vibration, Reiki is light, and Reiki is universal energy. Reiki-ho is a technique for healing and enlightenment using light and energy.”

Hiroshi Doi, Founder, Gendai Reiki-ho

What are “Reiki” and “Reiki -ho”?

“Reiki” (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese term that is frequently translated as “Universal Life Force”, “Spiritual Energy”, or “Spiritual Essence”. It is a spiritual energy that facilitates physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing.

Reiki-ho is a safe, effective, natural healing system which works with Reiki energy  to benefit self and others through hands-on techniques and meditative exercises.

In the West, the term “Reiki”  is used to refer not just to the energy, but also to the methods or techniques of hands-on healing with Reiki energy. The Japanese use an extra word to distinguish between the energy itself (Reiki) and the systems and methods for working with it - Reiki-Ho, Reiki Ryoho, or Reiki Do, which all mean Reiki System or Method.

Developed in Japan in the 1920’s by Mikao Usui, numerous systems of Reiki are now practiced throughout the world in settings including homes, private practices, and hospitals.  

Why Reiki?

Healing Treatments

Reiki treatments offer a safe, effective and natural source of healing. Treatments can be hands-on, or without touch, and can be conducted in person or by distance. Reiki treatments last approximately one hour, and are offered by appointment in our Point Breeze office and home office in Highland Park, in Pittsburgh’s east end.

A Reiki treatment can:

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Reiki for Personal and Spiritual Development

Five principles have been passed down from Mikao Usui, and are considered a fundamental part of the system of Reiki. The Reiki principles invite us to cultivate equanimity, mindfulness, gratefulness, and compassion. Some consider this a spiritual teaching; it can also be seen as philosophy or approach for engaging with life that is healthy and beneficial, and is complements all religious and spiritual beliefs.

As Reiki is a high vibration of universal love and harmony, any work with Reiki energy offers the capacity to refine and lift the energy fields of recipients and practitioners alike. The Japanese tradition offers specific meditation and visualization techniques for practitioners which serve to increase one’s connection with the energy and can serve as the basis for a spiritual practice. These techniques are part of Gendai Reiki-ho, and are taught in the Gendai Reiki-ho training (see below).

Training - Gendai Reiki-ho

Reiki training is a simple matter and is available to anyone - no special skill or ability is required. Students can convey Reiki to themselves and others upon completion of the Level One Class. Once trained, the ability to connect with and convey Reiki remains for life.

Reiki Hands Open Hearts focuses primarily on Gendai Reiki-Ho, a blending of traditional Japanese and western approaches. Gendai Reiki-ho unifies the traditional Japanese emphasis on Reiki as a path for spiritual development with the practical, hands-on healing approach of western Reiki styles. It was created by Sensei Hiroshi Doi and has been taught in the West since the late 1990’s.

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Different Systems of Reiki

Numerous systems of Reiki practice have developed in the nine decades since Mikao Usui’s first experience with it. From what we’ve learned recently about its history in Japan, Usui-sensei’s master-level students opened their own clinics and began to develop their own teaching and clinical approaches and practices.

Mrs. Takata’s Legacy - Western Reiki

Mrs. Hawayo Takata brought the art of Reiki healing to the west from Japan in the late 1930’s, developing a system more suited to western culture. This style has been widely taught and has spread throughout the world. Mrs. Takata’s teachings have also undergone change, and new systems have developed over the years.  

Lightarian Reiki

The Lightarian program offers a series of attunements to increase the energetic range and spectrum. These attunements are available to Reiki teachers/masters.

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Reiki-ho - Method for Spiritual Healing

The Japanese kanji or characters for Reiki symbolically convey a wealth of meaning regarding the connection between the spirit and physical realms.

Colin Powell, a British teacher of Usui Reiki Ryoho, wrote an illuminating article on the writing of Reiki and its symbolism for Pamela Miles’ web site (click on the Kanji above for a link to the article).


Condensed History of


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Japanese Kanji

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