LEVEL 1:  SATURDAY February 10, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
LEVEL 2:  SATURDAY February 24, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm 
15 West 39th Street, 3rd Floor  NEW YORK NY 10018
Reiki (pronounced Lei-kee) is a Japanese term which has been translated to “Universal Life Force Energy”. It is the subtle vibration that flows freely from Source to all of us, and it was acknowledged and introduced to our awareness by Mikao Usui in the early 1920s. Although Reiki is approached as a path to enlightenment and peace within (安心立命) in its original teaching, Reiki in the West has flourished largely as a healing modality. Reiki assists to bring our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects into a well balanced, harmonious state.
By placing ones hands gently on, or holding above the body, or simply by intending, Reiki energy automatically flows through the practitioner into the recipient. Reiki is not directed or manipulated by the practitioner; she or he is serving merely as a conduit. In recent years, there has been significant research conducted by experts in the medical field on the effect of Reiki. The favorable results of these studies have encouraged many holistically-minded medical institutions and healthcare facilities to incorporate Reiki practice into their program to assist patients to expedite their recovery. Many medical and healthcare professionals who have originally entered Reiki courses for the purpose of earning continuing education units, have experienced the effect of Reiki first hand, subsequently introducing it into their own practice and the establishment where they serve.
During a Reiki session, clients report at the very least, feeling extremely relaxed, rejuvenated and well-rested. Some fall asleep quickly while others notice a strong current of energy flowing through their bodies as it releases emotional, mental and energetic blockages. They also report decreased stress, anxiety and the negative effect of his or her own thoughts. Reiki can be used at any time on self, on others, on animals, plants, food, a space, a situation, past-self and more. It does not interfere with medication or medical procedures, and it can cause no harm. 
After the completion of Reiki I, students will continue onto Reiki II. Upon completion of Reiki II training, students will be given an opportunity to apply to HSI to become a Certified Reiki Practitioner. Once your teacher issues a recommendation for your certification, you may fill out and submit an application to HSI. The one-time application fee is $35 including a printed certification. Although it is not mandatory, you will also earn an opportunity to participate as a healer at our sister organization, the Spiritualist Church of New York City's Healing Services.
You may have already completed a certain level of Reiki training at another school or with another teacher: you are welcome to continue your study at HSI. Currently there is no universal accreditation system for Reiki education; therefore, schools and teachers have developed their own programs with uniquely diverse contents. There always is a new discovery whenever you learn from a different teacher or at a different school. It is a great gift you can give yourself as a practitioner to expand your knowledge, and to maintain your skills up to date. 
In order to do so, HSI asks you to fax or e-mail a COPY of your certificate and/or a letter of completion along with the contact information of the school or the teacher whom you studied under, as well as your application for the next relevant course offered by HSI. We need to know that you've completed the prerequisites with another teacher or Reiki school. If you have already completed any level of Reiki training at HSI, you do not need to send a copy of your certificate, since we have you in our student records. Please note that we accept transfer students coming from in-person training courses only. No certifications from online Reiki training course will be accepted.
 Please note that the course specifications listed below are subject to change without notice.
初伝: Level I
Saturday February 10, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Prerequisite: None
CEUs: 7 units
This is where everyone embarks on his or her Reiki journey. No prior knowledge is required. This is an interactive, fun, yet knowledge-packed class; it is a life changing experience which you will share with other like-minded people from all walks of life. Upon completion of Reiki I, you will receive a letter of completion indicating that you have earned 7 CEUs (continuing education units). CEUs may be helpful to medical professionals, nurses, therapists, counselors and others who are required to earn CEUs to maintain their certification or licensure.
The course includes (but is not limited to):
  • Introduction to Reiki
  • Understanding Reiki in Japanese
  • History & development of Reiki
  • Myths, practice, and theory in depth
  • Western vs. Japanese Reiki
  • 5 principles in Japanese & English
  • Preparation for Healing: 乾浴法, 発霊法, 浄心呼吸法, 合掌瞑想 etc.
  • 下丹田: the Reiki energy center 
  • Reiki I attunement
  • Hand positions
  • Hands-on practice 
奥伝: Level II
Saturday February 24, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Prerequsite: Completion of Reiki Level I
CEUs: 7 units
Reiki II introduces you to three powerful symbols which will enhance and amplify your ability to channel Reiki energy. You will be able to serve more effectively and powerfully by becoming more refined conduit with higher capacity. You will also learn how to send Reiki without physical touch, or at a distance when physical contact is not ideal or possible. You will also learn additional techniques to be used for specific purposes. Upon completion of Reiki II, you will receive a letter of completion indicating that you have earned 7 CEUs (continuing education units).
The course includes (but is not limited to):
  • Understanding Reiki Symbols in Western and Japanese interpretation
  • What has been lost in translation: Part 1
  • 遠隔治療法: Methods of distant healing
  • Japanese techniques such as 病腺霊感法, 凝視法, 霊示法 etc.
  • Chakra system
  • Reiki II attunements
  • Hands-on practice
  • Ethics and standards for healers
  • Written exam for those who wish to receive a certification from HSI
神秘伝 師範格 : Level III
14 CEUs / 2-day training: Dates and time to be announced
Prerequisite: Completion of Practitioner Level Training (Reiki I & II)
Reiki III, is called in many names: Advanced Reiki Training (ART), Advanced Reiki II, Master Level Advanced Practitioner and so on, depending on the school or the teacher. This level takes you deeper within, and we will explore the Reiki further, not only on its healing aspect, but also on what Reiki was to Mikao Usui and other founding teachers. The focus will shift from the healing aspect of Reiki, to all facets of Reiki as a path to enlightenment (安心立命). Our focus will move from our function as a conduit, to the quality of conduit. And of course, you will learn advanced techniques as well as the teachings free from Western interpretation or influence.

Training includes (but is not limited to):

  • Function, property and benefit of working with crystals
  • Creating a Reiki crystal grid
  • Care and maintenance of crystals: dos and don'ts
  • What has been lost in translation: Part 2
  • Master Attunement 
  • Advanced techniques and extended hands-on practice sessions
  • Advanced Japanese techniques and theory in depth
  • Written Exam for those who wish to receive a certification from HSI
Upon completion of Reiki III, students will receive a letter of completion indicating that they have earned 14 CEUs (continuing education units). In addition, students will be given an opportunity to apply to HSI to become a Certified Reiki Master (師範格). Once your teacher issues a recommendation for your certification, you may fill out and submit an application to HSI. The one-time fee for permanent Reiki Master Certification is $50. Once a student becomes a Reiki Master, he or she no longer needs to retain HSI certification as a Reiki Practitioner, since Reiki Master is an advanced level. 
神秘伝 師範 : Level IV
Teacher Training Course: TBA
Prerequisite: Completion of Reiki III with a minimum of one year self-cultivation and practice period, and students must present an adequate knowledge level, skill and the readiness to serve as a teacher to others. In-person review with the instructor may be required prior to the admission. Those who studied at a different school or with a different instructor will be asked to present his or her knowledge level. Upon completion of this course, students may apply for the Professional Certification title: Certified Reiki Master-Teacher. 
Our Instructor: Rev. Seiko L. Obayashi: Reiki Master / Teacher
Rev. Seiko L. Obayashi serves as a faculty member at our NYC center to develop and facilitate certification courses for the Reiki Healing Arts program.

Seiko was born and raised in a Jodo-Sect Buddhist household in Japan. She experienced Reiki healing for the first time as a client after suffering from a serious sports injury in the 90’s. Following her recovery without surgery, she entered the field of healing arts as a practitioner, earning certifications in all levels of the Usui-shiki Reiki Ryoho, and continues to explore the teachings of Reiki via Japanese and Western tradition. In addition, Seiko is certified as a Feng Shui consultant, and this provides her with the capabilities to conduct internal and external energy work.

Seiko is an ordained Spiritualist Minister and President Emeritus of HSI’s sister organization, the Spiritualist Church of New York City (a 501(c)3 non-profit organization). Until her retirement from the board president position in early 2017, she served as a lead speaker and a conducting minister for its healing services, sharing her broad knowledge in mind-body medicine, quantum physics for spirituality to name a few.
Driven by her own near-death experience, Seiko has also been drawn to the study of soul immortality and human consciousness. She is certified in hypnosis and neuro-linguistic programming, and maintains a private practice in midtown Manhattan. She is also a Life-between-Lives (Spirit World) regression facilitator certified by THE NEWTON INSTITUTE, founded by Dr. Michael Newton, the author of best-selling books Journey ofSouls and Destiny of Souls.
We have a limited number of seats available for each class, so please register early to secure your seat. Please also note that we do not allow walk-ins; you must pre-register.
Reiki Level I: $210.00 (as a single class)
Reiki Level II: $210.00 (as a single class)
Reiki Level I & II Package: $420 ($380 with early registration)
Reiki Level III: $570.00
Reiki Level IV: Fee / schedule / training details TBA
Early Registration & Package Discount:
Register for both Reiki I & II (practitioner certification course) by Wednesday, January 24 12:00 pm and receive a discount!
Tuition for Level 1 and Level 2 must be paid in advance with the registration form, and all tuition must be paid in full before enrollment.
For Reiki III, non-refundable deposit of $300 for the first day of the class must be paid by Wednesday 12:00pm immediately preceding the class. The remaining balance must be paid by Wednesday 12:00pm immediately preceding the 2nd day of the class. You may also choose to pay full tuition before the 1st day of the class.
Refund Policy
HSI’s refund policy states that once tuition is paid, it is not refundable. However, HSI does offer tuition credits. If you have paid tuition, you will not be required to pay again if you drop out and re-enroll in the same level course that you have not completed.
Returned Check Policy
If your check does not clear the bank, $25 will be charged. Our bank charges us for returned checks and if your check is not cleared, we must pass this fee on to you. Further tuition payment will be accepted in the form of cash, credit card, money order or teller’s checks. We will not accept personal checks if your checks have been returned to us.
Welcome Policy
HSI does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, nationality, color, sex or sexual orientation.
Enrollment Policy
HSI reserves the right to refuse an enrollment if the instructor, the Executive Director or the Board of Trustees see evidence that an applicant is not suitable for the class. HSI welcomes all students who are sincere, psychologically healthy, and cooperative in the class activity.
Please fax, postal mail or e-mail the application with the appropriate tuition for each level course.
Questions? Please e-mail us at
A letter of completion will be mailed or presented to each student who completes any of HSI's Reiki Courses at or after the final class. It will indicate that you have earned CEUs (Continuing Education Units) provided you have fulfilled the following requirements:
  • You have attended each FULL day of each course. Classes missed may be made up without an additional charge (provided that you have already paid tuition in full) when the course is offered at a later time. 
  • You have paid all tuition in full
  • You have willingly participated in the in-class practice sessions
  • Recommendation by the instructor
Requirements for Professional Certification by HSI
In order to be certified by HSI, students must complete the appropriate course as outlined above. Students wishing to become certified with HSI must fill out an application for Certification and submit along with the required fee.
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