Image ID: a picture of the back of a Black person's hand, with fingers slightly spread, and the palm facing large green leaves.
Image ID: a picture of a Black person against a red and tan brick wall. The person wears a black baseball cap with a coat of arms. The brim of the hat creates a shadow over the eyes. The person has a hand placed on the chin, with the thumb and pointer finger framing the lips in an inquisative look. The person is wearing brass knuckles.
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.
Relationships are built over time and relationships require:
During the month in between group-study weekends, participants will be offered homeplay to help them integrate and embody the learning. Homeplay is themed, based on a combination of the 5 traditional Chinese elements (wood, metal, earth, water, fire) and the common Vedic + Western elements (earth, air, water, fire, ether).
Homeplay suggestions will include home rituals, partner practices with your small group, explorations + activities that can help embody sacred energy and integrate the wisdom of sacred energy into the very being and daily life.
We each will approach our relationship with sacred energy 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!
Please see the above video or view this PDF for homeplay themes!
It is still possible to generate a sense of community via an online immersion.
The primary ways this is built into the course is:
This course presences Japanese context and includes Japanese facilitators, but is not centered on Shintoism. Why? Well, because Zel is not Japanese! Learning from the Japanese + Vedic traditions of Usui Reiki and the South Asian/Vedic traditions of Yoga have helped lead Zel home to an authentic energy practice that does not glorify cultural misappropriation or glorify pretending to have expertise in a culture with no lived experience, family experience or ancestral experience of that culture.
Folk Animism is present in every spiritual tradition, no matter the lineage -- so learning about animism via Reiki is a wonderful starting point to understand where you'd like to end up, and how to get there in an anticolonial way.
Zel's most potent offering is one that helps you root into your own authentic ancestral practice by learning about your own gifts and lineages while anchoring in an understanding of Usui Reiki, which comes from a combination of Japanese Shintoism / Folk Animism and the South Asian / Vedic traditions of Buddhism. If you are interested in understanding these practices and cultures as reference points to better understand what your own authentic practice might look like, then this immersion is definitely a good fit!
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 Usui Reiki. Instead of individual attunements (which are not necessary to connect with Sacred Energy), the cohort will participate in an equitable community co-attunement using both the Usui Reiki symbols and individual practitioners' personal ancestral symbols.
There is not an authoritative certification body for Reiki, 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.
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 / Sacred Energy 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. As such, we will have an equitable community-coattunement, which is optional. This will include the traditional Usui Reiki symbols as well as the personal ancestral symbols that you resonate with.
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