A space for Jerry’s musings about Reiki, yoga, veganism, spirituality, and the adventures of life in general. Look here for guest posts from her students about their experiences with Reiki.
This past weekend, I volunteered at one of my favorite Reiki events: a Holiday Boot party for children at a grade school in Chicago for the 3rd year. Winters in Chicago can be brutal and not all the kids and their families at this school may have the resources to buy...
Hi! Jerry here. Please welcome Jennifer D., a lovely soul, as she shares her Reiki story.
My Reiki Story: Jennifer D.
A year ago I had no idea what Reiki was or that it would be a major influence in re-connecting with my spiritual side. In the past year, or perhaps the last two years, I have been a journey of immense personal and, more recently, spiritual growth.
And like that, 14 years have come and gone.
I turned in my keys to my Chicago apartment just an hour ago, a place I had called home in East Lakeview. (Note: I will still be teaching Reiki and maybe yoga classes in Chicago – check my schedule for upcoming dates!)
This past year has been quite the ride in loss and creating space. My father passed away suddenly of a heart attack in September of 2016. While he was in his 80s and he’s been gradually slowly down in the last decade and he was in rehab for weakness following a hospital stay, the death was sudden, raw and jarring. He was due to come home on Monday and he passed suddenly on Saturday, just 2 days before he was to get his biggest wish, to be at the home he built with my mom and had lived there for 49 years. But he got the next best thing, he passed quickly with my mom, his wife of 56 years, at his side.
My Reiki Life by Jen Gerenraich
A couple years ago, I was going through a really tough time in my life. My business took a massive nose dive south and I didn’t really know what to do with myself. I went into a bit of a depression and I was trying to find my “true self.” I know everything happens for a reason and I have been a dedicated meditation practitioner for many years but, I couldn’t shake this funk I was in. I started to look inside myself and really ask “what gives me joy? What do I really want to do for the rest of my life?”
Hi all! Jerry here. I have an announcement that will affect all of the Reiki classes I will teach from here on out. I was introduced to Reiki via the Usui tradition 2010 that was given to Dr. Usui in the 1920s and I have been teaching this style since 2013. My time...
As an ardent receiver and practitioner of Reiki, I find myself attempting to explain the practice to those in my life who have not yet experienced it in a way that captures its essence and power without scaring off those adverse to “new age” or mystical practices. I have heard Jerry describe Reiki as a massage for the soul, other friends and colleagues describe Reiki as the channeling of a healing energy, a practice that activates the receiver’s inner healing powers that have been deactivated by adverse experiences and states such as trauma or injury, and others speak to the balancing of the chakras and cultivation of life force – prana, qi, barakah. All of these things resonate with me. When someone asks me what Reiki is I generally mention various pieces of these explanations, emphasizing that it is a gentle, noninvasive practice, and offer them a Reiki session. People are always amazed at how relaxing, comforting, and healing a Reiki session is.
As a teacher, the Reiki Level 1 can be one of the most challenging of the Reiki attunement classes, but it’s also the most fun. Walking in the students want to access the wondrous and healing Universal Life Force Energy that is Reiki, but they’re very disbelieving that THEY, mere mortals, can access and use something so seemingly intangible as Reiki. And it’s so amazing to show them that they can access this power on their own.
My Reiki Story: Stacy Armistead
When I heard there was this ‘form of healing’ that didn’t require touching someone, I thought “how can that do anything?” I was so intrigued I had to test the waters myself, so I signed up for a course. That led me to Jerry with whom I have since completed Reiki Level I and II.
On Wednesday June 8th, I will be leading an experiential workshop about Reiki at Universal Wellness Source in Lakeview, Chicago. Reiki is an energy balancing modality that induces a state of peace and joy in the body, mind and spirit. It is so relaxing that just one...