Reiki Promotes Your Body’s Ability to Heal

By Roberta Bolduc

Reiki, as a form of what was once called “alternative healing”, is not a new concept. Many people may be familiar with the term but not quite sure just how Reiki works. Reiki is a form of energy healing developed in 1922 by Mikao Usui. Since originating in Japan, reiki has been adapted into varying cultural traditions across the world.

The International Center for Reiki Training describes reiki as a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands”. Some forms of reiki do not require touch such as Holy Fire Reiki, which is a different style of reiki.

Reiki 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.

Dr. Makiko Fliss is a spiritual life coach, an experienced reiki master and the founder of the Rayki School. Fliss studied biomedical sciences at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and cancer biology at various institutions including Johns Hopkins University and Meiji University in Japan. She worked in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, and in academia. She is uniquely qualified to comment on the healing abilities of reiki from both a scientific and spiritual perspective.

Although Fliss resides in New Jersey, she visits Greenville, South Carolina, and Asheville, North Carolina, at least twice a year to offer beginner and advanced training in reiki. Internet courses and spiritual retreats are also available through her website,

Fliss, who practices Holy Fire Reiki, explains that healing happens by way of an individual’s own healing abilities that can be activated by a reiki master. She stresses that self-love and self-care should first be established. She further notes that reiki respects free will and is designed to offer only positive and healing qualities. “To me, reiki is a gift from the Universe. It is the pure energy of unconditional love that connects us all with a higher universal life force. It never judges nor assesses you. It only gives and never asks for anything in return. In that, it is similar to the sun and our planet, Mother Earth.”

The emphasis on self-love and self-care is reflected in the Heart Journal Club that Fliss teaches as an eight-week online course. The class is a mixture of lectures and discussions, with topics including extreme self-care; selfish love; unconditional love; emotion and feeling; dealing with energy vampires, and more. The course has a cost of $100.

In Greenville, South Carolina, on October 12 and 13, USUI Holy Fire Reiki Level I and II Certification training will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The cost is $260 for one course or $460 for both courses.

On October 14, 15, and 16, a Reiki Master Level program will be offered at the Mountain Light Sanctuary in Asheville. The three-day program is $1050.

A two-day retreat will be offered on October 18 and 19, also at the Mountain Light Sanctuary in Asheville. This Complete Deep Healing Retreat has a cost of $460.

An eight-night Adventure, Healing and Toning retreat will take place in Maui, Hawaii from February 14 through 21, 2019. The adventure will begin in the western part of Maui and travel to the eastern portion of the island, via the famous “Road to Hana”. More details are available at the website. Click on Retreat Home.

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