Teaching Reiki

I am excited to write that I am now teaching Reiki.

The planet is in a state of significant transformation and I am feeling the shift. I know it’s time to start teaching what I have learned over the last twenty years in my healing practice.

I have taken a few private students and have also been co-teaching a short series of advanced Reiki Workshops in Davis, California. My teaching practice is slowing taking form, evolving from my healing business and daily meditations.

This website, ReikiCentered, is devoted to the five-element system of Reiki for meditation, awakening, healing yourself and sharing that healing with others. The heart of this Reiki lineage is a solid daily practice.

Below is a thoughtful account from one of my students of how daily Reiki treatments can

“… garner the power of the spirit to come back to yourself, to the present, the now, the moment between breaths where everything real lives. With a daily Reiki and meditation practice, whatever will happen becomes more “doable” because one is completely there, in the moment, in spirit.”

Thank you, Silvia, for taking the time to write this wonderful reflection on your Reiki journey:

“When my Reiki healer, Jeri Lawson, accepted me as her student for the Reiki 3 Master/Teacher level, one of the agreements we made is that I would have a daily Reiki practice.

Every day I would start with a self-treatment and meditation practice. Although I did Reiki I and II in the late ’80s, in the tumult of those days I never found the time to take care of my own needs; I was at the end of a long list of things that needed to be done or handled, and most of the time I never got to “my” needs because the list of “others” was endless. But I had made it a life’s practice to bury my own anguish and despair from early childhood abuse, exile, all the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,” in endless work. If I was always busy, I had no time to think about the pain in my past. Being “present” was too painful; being busy was a solution that worked.

I had also studied the Silva Method and had begun teaching meditation in 1983 or thereabouts, and at that time I engaged in daily periods of meditation three times a day. The results were incredible, including the fact that my vision improved to the point of allowing me to discard my eyeglasses, even though I had been at the point of becoming legally blind. But I also had a large law practice, and the early habits of busyness were hard to discard. My law practice was also a way to add layers of the “care of others” to an already complicated life. I also had an ability to sleep little, a high threshold for physical pain, and I literally “drove” myself daily.

Two things brought me back to Reiki, and one of them was motivated not by my needs but by those of my beloved husband, who was ill. I had begun to meditate again, and while Jim was still well had begun to attend one-day sessions at the Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center in Woodacre. We had both attended, for example, an all-day training on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which I then used for months in helping him to sleep. MBSR, based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, helped us deal with months of pain, insomnia, and Jim’s anger that his body was “betraying him.” He had always eaten well, had run marathons into his eighties, and maintained a daily practice of walking several miles. In many ways, his walking was his living meditation. Even after he broke his hip, he walked in the wheelchair at a regular pace, over and over.

But the possibility of his death filled me with immense grief, fear and panic, and I returned to a practice of healing for us both. After the death of his second child, Joan, he had become despondent, although he hid it from me well, and I was blind to the possibility of his death. I threw myself into “saving him” with all the strength of my being. I cooked, sang, prayed, and as he dwindled in the last couple of weeks, made anguished calls to a prayer line and made promises and deals with the Creator, to keep him here where he was so much needed. After his death I was bereft and could not eat, sleep, think. I had lost the desire to live, I had lost my soul mate and could not see a reason to go on. I was submerged in grief, and attended things and events just to help pass the time while I figured out who I now was. Meeting this man had changed the independent woman to a woman who was part of a duo who at the same time was one; when half of the one was gone, who was I? It was regular Reiki sessions at the time, with Jeri, that allowed me to function. Sometimes I would sit on her table and sob; by the end of the session I would have purged some of the pain, transmuted it, come back to myself.

And then my baby brother became really ill, and I began to travel to Florida to be with him. He had called me from his hospital bed, where he was awaiting a kidney transplant, after Jim died, and cried over the phone because he had met Jim earlier that year, in January, and had realized I had finally found my soulmate. We were on the phone that day for over 45 minutes.

My brother’s own final illness brought me back to the present, and one of the things I did on my daily visits to the hospital, where I sometimes stayed in the room through the night, was to do Reiki, to pray and read and sing to him, as I had done with Jim. Hospice care is one of the most difficult and one of the most beautiful things one can engage in, and I have been fortunate enough to be able to engage in it several times in my life; the first time with my friend Marie Moser, an elderly woman who came to live with us in New Jersey when she became too ill to take care of herself and who lived with us almost until the end, then with my father Richard, who had been diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer but who had a stroke before he died. I also spent many hours with Jim’s daughter Joan, at the hospital and at home.

At Standing Rock Reiki kept me alive. Reiki is touted as another method of alternative healing, but to me it is also a way to garner the power of the spirit to come back to yourself, to the present, the now, the moment between breaths where everything real lives. With a daily Reiki and meditation practice, whatever will happen becomes more “doable” because one is completely there, in the moment, in spirit. I believe we all healers, but our society, intent on material things and on the pursuit of money or fame or power, disregards these things as unimportant. And yet it is the now that is the only thing that is real.

In the end, there is always pain in life, in the world, but love never ends. And we need to be present to breathe through every experience.

Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them… ~Rabindranath Tagore”

– Silvia Brandon Perez 

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. Reiki training classes will be coming soon.


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