Holy Fire 2 Reiki began in 2014. It is different than the Usui/Tibetan reiki that was taught prior to then. So if you have been told that reiki is reiki, this is not true when distinguishing these two forms. The people that are making these statements are normally people that have not taken the Holy Fire training, and typically don't have any knowledge to base this on. In the older Usui methods, the placement given to the student is done through the instructor sometimes in a hands on and/or breath process. If that instructor is not entirely in tune with themselves or even having a bad day or week, those energies are transferred into the student at the time of the placement. Holy Fire does not use placements, but uses attunements and ignitions. The reiki energy is not filtered through the instructor, no physical contact is made, no breathing into their face required. Attunement takes place directly from Third Heaven into the student. It's as pure as it can be, allowing for more powerful energy, and more effective healing in the student and in clients. If you are certified in Level 2 Usui Reiki, you can not take the Advanced (ART)/Master Holy FIre 2 class until you have taken Holy Fire 2 Level 1/2.
Does the older Usui system of reiki work? Yes it does. Techniques are taught in Holy Fire however, that are not found in the older system, and the symbols added in are more resourceful and effective than the older system. Holy Fire 2 is becoming the norm of reiki that has been taught across the US and the world because of its powerful effectiveness. If you are going to make the investment of being trained in 4 levels of reiki, I would recommend investing in the training that is being currently taught so that you may provide the same new standard of training to your students.
If you are Holy Fire Reiki Master and would like to be upgraded to Holy Fire 2 please let me know, this can be done in a couple hours for far less than taking the entire course again.