You have felt called to healing practices, including palm healing,
rooted in intuition, in spiritual connection & communication,
and in higher purpose
You seek an equitable relationship with a teacher and a long-lasting community of peer energy workers, rather than just a certificate
You are curious about establishing or are already establishing an
intimate relationship with energy and vital life force, spirits,
mindfulness, ritual, altar work, healing & grace
Your prior certifications just haven't felt quite right or deep enough
You want to refine your understanding of our life experiences and
relationships from an animistic and Earth-centered perspective
You want to inextricably integrate your Black liberation, Indigenous
sovereignty, queer & trans liberation and anti-imperialism/capitalism
work with your spiritual, energetic, self-actualization, healing, and
You want to learn in a way that honors the cultural roots of these
practices and helps you cultivate your own authentic practice not
rooted in cultural misappropriation
You desire an intimate knowing of your whole being -- emotionally,
mentally, spiritually, and physically -- and you want to refine your
intuitive and psychic gifts
You want to learn to live in full alignment with your purpose, and direct the power of your energy practice toward the manifestation of your life's purpose
You want to learn in a virtual community with collective commitment
to the principles of Brave Space
You just want to add a Reiki certificate to your list of wellness tricks
You're comfortable with your energy and spiritual practices
perpetuating individual or systemic social harm
You believe our wellness practices should be separate from our
collective responsibilities to each other and to Earth
You want an extractive relationship with the information,
rather than a generative relationship with community
You are not committed to lifelong learning and personal growth
You are committed to cisheterosexist patriarchy, racism,
ableism, imperialist capitalism and/or any of their
**If you are looking for a Reiki training completely rooted in Japanese Shintoism, please check out Marika Clymer's Energetic Soveriegnty Offering. This course presences Japanese context and includes Japanese facilitators, but is not centered on Shintoism.
That's something we can figure out together in community! If the below resonates with you and your journey here, than it's very likely that this experience will be a valuable part of your path.
Many people are called to Reiki due to its animist and earth-based approach, its emphasis on the hands and palm healing, its notable lack of gender references, the possibilities for anti-patriarchal practices, its relative simplicity and accessibility for all bodies, and its inclusion of spiritual guides.
Many Black and Indigenous folks find the animist and earth-based approach very similar to their household diasporan practices. Many yoga teachers are called to Reiki because of the modern mapping of chakra, marma + nadi systems and because of the similarities to tantric and kriya practices, which use visualization, mantra + energetic seals to shift + release energy.
Like Yoga, Reiki has been bastardized in Western energy communities, with its spiritual homes of Shintoism, Buddhism, and pre-colonial indigenous Japanese practices remaining largely unshared. However, there are not many other widespread formalized approaches to animism in Western energy communities, leading many people who want an animistic practice (especially one without an emphasis on physical fitness) to only find courses in Reiki.
So, if you are called to Reiki, but unsure if Reiki itself is your path, this is a wonderful container for exploration -- learning about palm healing, Reiki, your own soul purpose, and your own ancestral lineages as a pathway home to your own authentic practice.
Some people are primarily called to Reiki for the quickness with which one can become "certified" and add another "tool" to their professional docket. The Sacred Energy immersions will not cater to these seekers.
Instead, the Sacred Energy Immersions cater to seekers who wish to embark on a supported life-long relationship with Sacred Energy that enables them to release attachments to colonialism, deepen understanding of relative social location, privilege + oppression, reconnect with ancestral relationship, and cultivate unique spiritual practices that highlight their personal gifts + soul purpose.
Instead of certificates, participants will receive community endorsements from the facilitator and members of the cohort who have been particularly inspired by their transformation. This endorsement will indicate that the practitioner has completed a course rooted in animist, ancestral and anticolonial energy practices, including Reiki. Instead of individual attunements (which are not necessary to connect with Sacred Energy), the cohort will participate in an equitable group attuning during the community endorsement ceremony. There is not an authoritative certification body for Reiki (although some cishet, white male led Reiki orgs might lead us to believe otherwise!), so this endorsement (which will look similar to a certificate) will still serve your certification needs. The idea for community endorsements came about in a conversation between Zel and Marika Clymer.
Rest In Power's Immersions are anchored in anticolonialism, ritual, personal gifts, soul purpose, ancestral connection + communication, and palm healing. However, palm healing does not have to look for you like it does for others. Palm healing can be used as part of divination practices, in spirit communication, in daily rituals, and as part of a more embodied mindfulness practice instead of or in addition to medicalized Reiki (e.g. treatment for energetic ailments).
The immersions are primarily facilitated by a Black Queer, Nonbinary and Trans* person, and all guest teachers are BIPOC, including teachers of Japanese descent. Anti-Racism, Queer/Trans-Affirmation, and Anti-Colonialism are baked into the very fabric of all training materials and experiences.
These immersions are considered introductory and intermediate as developing a relationship with Sacred Energy is a lifelong practice of growth, grief, bliss, relationship and inner knowing.
*Note: In Rest In Power Yoga and Reiki Immersions, attunements are considered to be community initiation rituals, NOT master-student empowerment rituals. You are naturally attuned to Reiki and you do not require a Master to empower your connection. However, community initiations are part of most ancestral pre-colonial spiritual traditions, and many people enjoy and appreciate the sacred ceremony. Attunements are optional. They will be taught as a module in both immersions, with emphasis on responsibly leading them in the Sacred Witness immersion, should you choose to continue the tradition in a decolonized way.
The below modules are subject to change. Most will be led by Zel, and some will be led by guest teachers.
Modules with an ^ are Sacred Practitioner and modules with a * are Sacred Teacher
*During the 2 weeks in between group-study weekends, participants will be offered fun rituals, spiritual practices, explorations, readings + activities that can help embody Reiki and integrate the wisdom of Reiki into the very being and daily life -- we each will approach our relationship with Reiki differently depending on our contexts and unique soul purposes. These are optional, and the degree to which participants engage depends on their own intentions for growth and embodiment!
ENERGY EXCHANGE SCHOLARSHIPS
Scholarship + Energy Exchange Applications are built into the standard application, and are available to BI/PoC, Queer/Trans humxns, dis/abled humxns, + folx experiencing poverty or acute financial hardship. All scholarships are partial, and include an energy exchange (for example, submitting public reviews, video testimonials, an evergreen social media post, and other options).
Are you ready for a life-opening immersion?
Only you can answer that question! Cultivating and refining relationship to the awesome power of Sacred Energy and learning to navigate the world aware of your ability to tap into the wealth of the multi-verse at any moment is indeed life-changing. It cracks open hearts and forges new pathways.
However, if you have more questions that need answering in order to be able to answer this question: Am I Ready? You can always schedule a free 20 min consultation call with Rest In Power Yoga and Reiki founder, Zel Amanzi here: restinpower.yoga/discoverycall