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This program exceeded my expectations.  Learning and practicing Reiki in a group setting made the experience much more emotional and rewarding.  The level of energy, compassion and insight in each class was astounding.  Every module contained information that left me with a hunger to learn more and dig deeper into my inner self and the metaphysical. For the first time in my life I was pondering the questions, who am I, and what is it that I have to offer in this life?  The exercises Joanna engages you in in each module open you up to feelings that you thought were dead and buried or that you had resolved.  You are left with nothing but raw emotion and the feeling that a “spiritual surgery” to remove a blockage has been successfully performed.  The most useful tools in my tool box is the ability to listen with compassion and not judge what I hear, to trust my inner voice and heart to guide me even when they go against logic.  To know, speak and live my truth without imposing it on others.  To live one day at a time in the present because that’s all I have for sure.  To forgive anyone who’s hurt me because I don’t know what hurt or pain they’ve been through themselves.  Most importantly I’ve realized that we are all trying our best and that love is the driving force behind us all…we want to give it, receive it, and hold on to it as long as we can.  The most memorable moment for me was in doing a constellation in Reiki 3 that required us to face all four directions and the aspect they represent. When I faced the north which represented my ancestors, I looked into the eyes of my classmate. I was stunned to see my grandmother in her face with loving tear filled eyes, tilting her head and smiling they way my grandma would.  As she embraced me the warmth and love that I felt was familiar. It was truly a powerful and overwhelming experience that I will remember for the rest of my days.  I would say that if you are looking to explore and know your full and true self, mind body and spirit, then you need to continue your journey on to Reiki 3.  When I think of my experience with Reiki, I like to explain it in a way people can relate to so I use a Star Wars analogy.  Reiki is equivalent to “The Force” that invisible mysterious power that all Jedi Knights try to master.  It has a light (yang) and it has a dark (yin) side.  We all have access to “The Force” and only through practice can we hone our skills and channel it with positive thoughts and intention, for our personal benefit and for the betterment of all.  The Jedi Masters are here to guide you into discovering your self, your truth and what you didn’t know you were capable of.  Your Reiki Journey leaves you open to endless possibilities, centered and empowered.  Joanna not only exposes you to the non-conventional, she does so with a bright smile, no judgment and an open heart.  The other Reiki Masters who assist her also come bearing gifts of knowledge and compassion with an open heart and mind.  Every student is made to feel relevant.  We learn how to shed a layer(s) of emotion that bring peace, compassion, gratitude and love.  The exposure to other healing modalities to compliment a Reiki practice leaves you with the hunger to explore them further and incorporate them into your own practice.”  

​– Roselie R. (2015)
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The Reiki 3 Program is an experience of a life time.  It surpassed my expectations and will resonate with me in my Reiki journey going forward.  All the modules were specific to what was taught and experienced and in retrospect necessary for my growth and assimilation into becoming an exceptional Reiki practitioner.  My favorite and most profound for my inner search, understanding and growth was Module 2 in which the Chakra system was introduced and went into the depth our being; acknowledging and welcoming our ancestors, spirit guides and ascended masters to join us in our quest for liberation; knowing that we do not walk alone on this Earth plain.  My most memorable moment was the family constellation exercise in Module 3.  You have great insight because even thought I was representing another, it touched a deep scar that I felt about my role in my family responsibilities.  I was always expected to be the strong one and was looked to make tough decisions that caused me much stress and negativity in me.  Reiki has helped alleviate some of that weight.  What I know for sure is that my Reiki journey will continue to heal the wounds of yester years.   I would strongly encourage the Reiki 2 students to continue on their journey and take Reiki 3.  Their lives will never be the same.  It is an experience whereby words are hard to find that can encompass all the teaching and learning into the self we have venture through in the four months of the program.  Thank you for your genuine and gentle encouragement, guiding each student to unfold into individual practitioner.  I take this time to thank you for all that you are and all that you have shared.  I am blessed to have met you and stumbled upon your class.  I would recommend you as an exceptional teacher and that is a must class for anyone interested in not only Reiki and its healing art, but also in the quest of self-discovery.

​​– Priscilla O. (2015)
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The Reiki 3 program met my expectations and exceeded them.  I felt very calm, accepted and empowered with every module that I took part in.  It is hard to pick one Module as a favorite but when asking myself which one was my favorite the immediate thought was of the Module when we learned to scan and about the Chakra’s.  The information was just revealing itself everywhere and felt very comfortable and easy to feel and understand.  Chakra Balancing is one of the most asked for in my client sessions and I have had some wonderful feedback from clients.  The walk through the Chakra’s was the most memorable for me. It was interesting to see the imagery and ancestors that came forward during my walk.  It was EXHAUSTING and peaceful.  I would say that everyone’s experience will be different as we all take away something different according to our intention but that what is guaranteed is an exceptional experience where they will learn so much about themselves and what they are capable of. Reiki 3 was a very grounding and empowering program for me. 

 – Margarita S. (2015)
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Yes!  The Reiki 3 Program was everything I was hoping it would be and more.  My favorite module was probably the 2nd module where we learned about Chakras.  This module helped me build my vocabulary and I liked the Clinical aspect of Reiki, because it incorporated a lot of metaphysical and physiological practices.  My least favorite module was I think the 2nd day of the 1st module where we learned about body scanning.  I had the most difficult time with that.  One of the most useful tools I collected in Reiki 3 was building a vocabulary and the ability to talk about intuition and this esoteric teaching. The other most useful tool I collected was the ability to call upon my ancestors and spirit guides to help me with my journey with Reiki and with life.  The most memorable moment in Reiki 3 was the Chakra Walk, because that was where I connected with my ancestors and felt truly connected with them.  The Reiki Master program is the most satisfying Reiki class, because it’s where everything comes together and starts making sense and feeling right.  It’s very reaffirming and everything you learn in Reiki 1 and 2 comes together.  I highly recommend Reiki 3.  I just wanted to say thank you for everything.  Reiki 3 was an incredible experience and I couldn’t have imagined learning it from anyone else.

– Lauren C. (2015)​
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The Reiki 3 program exceeded my wildest expectations! It is the most important thing I have learned in my entire life and Joanna essential and central to that - she is amazing.  All four Modules are amazing and built upon each other.  Mapping, Byosen, protocols intuition, and being “witness” are probably the most important tools that I have collected at the moment.  Learning to work in the Chakras, the Chakra walk, constellations and Reiju were my most memorable moments.  I would say this is a life changing program and to continue no matter what – since you never know what will unfold. Reiki 3 is profound and it influences everything thereafter. I would say that the idea of “holding space” and higher consciousness of the connectedness of all generations of peoples, animals, plants – makes “being” a lovely thing. Reiki is a doorway to that as well as being a way to care, love, heal, and to connect far more deeply and authentically. It is the way to “flow” and a conduit to greater joy, balance and acceptance for life.  Joanna is a marvel! She’s a force of nature – brilliant, profound, wise, circumspect, authentic, compelling, funny, fun, and rowdy – you will never be bored and you will always want more. You can only benefit from her wisdom and experience and being with her makes you want to be bigger, better, greater.  Not many of teachers have taught me this well or have meant so much to me.

​​– Fran G. (2015)
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I went into Reiki 1 with some doubts and uncertainties as to what to expect.  I completed Reiki 3 with a profound understanding and love of who I am.  Joanna provided the tools and the environment for much needed healing and transformation.  My gratitude extends to her and my classmates for all of their love and support. I was fortunate for all of the synchronicities that led me to this Reiki program at the Open Center.  I think all four Modules were equally important.  I enjoyed practicing the traditional Japanese Reiki techniques such as using eye / hand scanning, Byosen, etc.  The Chakra Module provided awareness to areas requiring further healing.  I also enjoyed our clinical sessions on Sunday, which proved to be very educational.  In addition, I loved the exchange of services we shared with another class (Polarity) held at the Open Center.  The most useful tool that I have acquired through our class is “Trust”.  “Trust” in Reiki to bring positive benefits to those open to receive, “Trust” in myself that I will be an effective Reiki practitioner, and “Trust” that all that happens in my life is on purpose in allowing me to reach my full potential.  I cannot narrow down the program to one particular favorite moment.  All of the family constellation exercises were extremely powerful and eye-opening for me.  It was comforting to receive messages, answers, and a different perspective through these exercises.  The Reiki web we created was also powerful in reminding us that we are all One with one another and with the Universe.  The Reiki 3 program and Reiki in general have been one of the greatest gifts I could have given myself.  I highly recommend continuing into Reiki 3 to any Reiki 2 student who is willing and ready to take responsibility for their personal healing and spiritual growth.  Joanna's compassion and guidance for her students extends beyond the class and completion of the program.  Through this program I have made lifelong friends that I can share my journey with.

- Antoinette M. (2015)
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Be brave enough to find the truth of who you really are… to confront the lies of who you thought you were. This means you must strip down to the core... not fun, but worth it. I never thought I could ever develop a healthy sense of self. I thought I was permanently damaged. For me, Reiki 3 is the impetus for rebirth. The work doesn't end at the end of class... But very important to know, is that you won’t be alone in this process. Joanna and Michelle, the Reiki 4 students, and my peers, were, and continue to be, a tremendous support. Worrying about perfection is pointless… it’s about embracing the path fully, as you are now, with honesty and no comparisons… and there you will find the perfection within you.

- Tacey B. (2014)
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This program exceeded my expectations of what it would be.  I find that Reiki 1 and Reiki 2 was the foundation of our practice.  Reiki 3 was where we threw away the rudimentary teachings and expanded our practice from the Soul level.  I started this journey in 2011.  As we all know, we sometimes take a step back from things when it becomes too much/scary or because we are not ready.  This was definitely the case for me. In hindsight, I found Reiki as a Holistic approach to help my mom as she is getting up there in age.  But I also found out that it was not only good for her, but it was what I needed. In helping maintain her health and to be well, I have found my calling in a totally unexpected but very organic process.  In essence, Reiki makes me happy and has opened me up to an amazing group of new friends that I would never have met without this Life force.  Thank you, Joanna for bringing to this to the masses in the most unconventional but exactly the way Reiki should be taught, from the HEART!

- Mei L. (2014)
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I think all of Joanna’s classes exceeded my expectations.  I really had no idea what Reiki was when I started Reiki 1.  By the time I was in Reiki 3 I had already reached places I didn’t know I could spiritually and physically.  Reiki 3 was fun, exhausting, thrilling and transformative.  It is worth the time, effort and expense.  I have become a Reiki Master inside and out.  I am proud of my achievements brought about by this class.  I am a better teacher, wife, mother and friend because of all I experienced and learned in Reiki 3.

- Mary E.M. (2014)
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This program exceeded my expectations.  I came wanting to learn about Reiki and ended up learning much more than just a healing tradition.  I made discoveries about myself and the way I belong in the world.  I began to unfold the mustered of healing, though I still have much to learn.  Joanna's class is a container for self-exploration and spiritual growth.  It helped me to find the healer inside.

- Omri N. (2014)
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This program over-exceeded my expectations. I knew it would be transforming, challenging and uncomfortable, but I don’t think I could have known to set the goals we reached. I was surprised, and I am very proud of myself. I worked hard, and own the transformation! I set some goals before the start of the program, and left some open space for magic to occur.

- Nicole V. (2014)
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I began my Reiki journey 13 years ago but never had confidence in myself.  I was blessed to travel from TN and take Joanna’s in depth classes with my daughter who lives in NYC!  I did not think I would be able to finish Reiki III but the classes were so inspiring that with Joanna’s guidance we found a way!!  It was such a great mother-daughter time for me.  I am SO excited that I was able to experience such a dynamic teacher!  Thank you Joanna, Michelle, Reiki IV students and wonderful classmates!!  

- Peggy C. (2014)
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Joanna Crespo's Reiki Programs will gently lead you to a path of self discovery and spiritual healing. This energy work has expanded my personal practice and opened my body, mind, and spirit to more possibilities. I highly recommend Joanna as a skillful teacher and thoughtful guide.  She shares her knowledge of Reiki with generosity, humor, and authenticity.

- Marie A. (2014)
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I did not have the opportunity to do Reiki 1 or 2 with Joanna.  I did Reiki 3 with her.  If Reiki 1 and 2 were journeys discovering the beauty of Reiki, Reiki 3 was an immersive experience within myself that expelled me out.  The realization of what we can share with others.  A great workshop with lot of hands on practice, practice and practice again.  An intensive workshop of four weekends, each with new resources to empower and pack in our toolbox.  Joanna has the gift of transforming a profound spiritual experience in a way of living.  Get ready to dive.

- Lia Z. (2014)
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This program far exceeded my expectations! My previous Reiki classes were not with Joanna, and Joanna's classes were a completely different experience -- I can't believe how much I learned in her classes.  She presents the material in many different ways and formats that involves everyone in class, and challenges students to move beyond their comfort level in order to really open themselves to their own healing, to then be able to provide a more healing space for others.  Reiki 3 takes you much deeper in to your Reiki practice.  It is a whole different level than Reiki 1 or 2.  I would suggest putting some time between the Levels, and I would tell people that whenever they feel called to take Reiki 3 is the right time.  It is challenging and nudges you gently down your own path of healing, so that you are more equipped to offer a healing space for others.  Reiki 3 has been mind-blowing in many ways.  Joanna is an amazing, amazing guide and her classes are an experience not to be missed for anyone on the path to healing through Reiki.

- Mary C. (2014)
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The experience of Reiki 3 is a complete departure from Reiki 2.  You learn more than you ever dreamed and you realize in Reiki 2 you really don’t know anything until you begin the adventure of Reiki 3.  You see everything so differently.  It’s amazing.  Follow your passion and if you’re interested in helping people and learning more about your gifts through Reiki I highly recommend signing up for Reiki 3.  It’s a true game changer as your life unfolds in ways you don’t expect.

- Barrie C. (2014)
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I had taken Reiki 1 and 2 through a different teacher and it was nothing like Joanna’s style.  I felt I grew as a person 500% and could never have anticipated how powerful these classes and this experience would be.  I’ve gained the knowledge and confidence to fully live Reiki each and every day as well as build a practice where I can bring it to others.

- Gennifer B. (2014)
The Reiki program Joanna teaches at the NY Open Center more than meets expectations – it redefines them.  Usually when you sign up for a course to learn a skill you assume the teacher will be presenting information – most of which you’ll either absorb or not – depending on how focused you are and how much it resonates with you.  Reiki is different.  Joanna is different.  The Reiki system of natural healing is a journey through – and to – the self.  I am an avid traveler, and I can honestly say I have never traveled like this before.  Joanna invites you on the journey, but you as the learner hold the map. She and Reiki are your guides, but only as “information centers” along the way.  You determine the depth, the breadth and the destination – if you ever choose to arrive at one.  This class helps you heal and let go of what you don’t need to make space for a life that is rich and abundant and teaches you how to create those opportunities for others. I can’t recommend The Reiki System of Natural Healing enough – it has truly changed my life.

- Kristen S. (2014)
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“I am so thankful to have chosen Joanna's Reiki classes at the Open Center in NYC. From the minute I entered her classroom, I felt an intense energy of Truth and Integrity. I feel I am a good judge of character and I just knew immediately that Joanna was the real deal. She teaches with such clarity and thoroughness that, once I left my last Reiki 3 class, I felt empowered with knowledge to embark upon my own practice. Reiki has changed my life - no doubt! It has been through my own commitment to practice plus learning from a true Master Teacher/Mentor like Joanna that Reiki leads everything in my Life now. Because of the investment and commitment I made in and to myself to take the Reiki courses with Joanna Crespo, I am now experiencing my Life the way I know I was meant to experience it. I realize this has only to do with what my daily practice has become, but through Joanna's teaching and guidance, I feel I truly know what it is to become Reiki and to give to others. The materials she provides for our classes plus the recommended book lists are invaluable tools to which I refer on a daily basis! Joanna is an open, honest, welcoming and very discerning Master Teacher. It is my hope that many people have the opportunity to learn from her as I have.”

—Mary B. (2012)
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“Reiki 3 was an unbelievable experience for me.  I discovered more things about myself through this journey with my classmates.  I am learning and for me, it’s all about the journey not the destination.  I thank you again for all that you have taught me.  And I keep you in my thoughts.”

—Ellen B. (2012)
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“I have studied mysticism, energy work, healing, tarot and many other forms of spiritual work throughout my adult life.  I have accumulated several certifications and titles along the way.  But honestly, when I took Reiki 3 with Joanna’s group, it was the culmination of all the spiritual work I have ever done.  Reiki 3 opened my eyes and allowed me to see more clearly than ever how EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED.  The universal life force that we attune to, that we channel, is prevalent everywhere and in so many modalities and disciplines…but more so in Reiki than anyplace else.  Joanna’s classes, teaching style, compassionate, professional approach, her wicked and delightful sense of humor, the class material, the class exercises, the recommended reading – all these factors worked together to make for me the best learning experience I ever had in my life!”

—Ray C. (2012)
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“Thank you Joanna for your incredible classes, your spiritual view of healing and life and, of course the relationship that our class built with one another.  Quite simply, Joanna's classes changed my life!!”

—Betty L. (2012)
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“Joanna is a great facilitator to provide the tools and structure for learning Reiki not only at the workshop but also AFTER and IN-BETWEEN classes in the Reiki circles.  Joanna provided space for questions and practices!  Reiki 3 were—Incorporating tools from Reiki 1 and 2, combining all the acquired knowledge and with that experience perform hands on practical sessions (clinics) which included finding clients, fill out client intake form, managing time and money/energy exchange for the service.  This was a very valuable experience.”

—Leyla M. (2012)
“The system of Reiki is deep, like the sky above and the oceans that surround us.  Joanna is a wonderful guide that shares her knowledge and insights into this world with humor and love.  Whether you sit with Reiki one or progress to the third level, Joanna makes each experience unique for every soul that shares the journey.”

—Joyce M. (2012)
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“Joanna's Reiki 3 class is simply an amazing experience.  She is an authentic Reiki teacher; she practices what she preaches though she never actually preaches.  Joanna's compassion, humility and sense of humor made for fun, easy learning.  I looked forward to her class every weekend.  Our class felt a deep sense of connection because Joanna teaches from her heart.  We all begged Joanna to start Teacher Training as soon as possible because we didn't want our class to ever end!  If you are blessed to have the opportunity to learn Reiki from Joanna, please do it.  It will be the gift of a lifetime.  I am grateful to have learned the most important lesson in my Reiki journey through Joanna - I am learning to be Reiki.”    

—Valerie O. (2012)
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“This class was the real deal for me.  I have studied Reiki under other "masters" who can't hold a candle to the thorough nature of the way this course is run.  The depth of material and the professional context in which it was presented is like no other.  We covered the Ethics of Touch, the art of scanning, the chakra system and the protocols for several health concerns.  My practice is booming now with clients and with teaching courses to others since I now possess the hand skills and the practical framework from which to deliver Reiki with confidence.”

—Susan V. (2012)
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“I had no idea what Reiki was until I took my first class over 2 years ago with Joanna. Reiki 1 and Reiki 2 was such a wonderful experience.  It was fun and relaxing.  It wasn't until Reiki 3 that I began to understand the true meaning of Reiki and how it would later effect my life.”

—Jacqueline T. (2012)
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“As a soul, spirit, Yoga Teacher since 2002 and Reiki 3 practitioner since 2008 my time with Joanna awarded me a grand and bittersweet bag of healing possibilities for myself personally.  Professionally it reaffirmed my love and intention of sharing with others ready to take a deeper journey into the spiritual and human continuum.  This training helped me look differently and deeper into the lineage of the soul, person and being.  It is a wider view of life’s landscape and with this view came much more compassion for myself and others.”

— Evelyn L. (2013)
“Reiki 3 with Joanna Crespo stretched me more than I expected as the classes took my understanding of Reiki deeper. By the end of our 4 months together I realize that my life was much better with Reiki than without. For that I am forever grateful. I found the clinical session and opportunities for peer shares invaluable. As I continue my Reiki journey I'm comforted by the fact that my home base is Joanna.”

—Louise H. (2013)
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“Reiki taught me to let go and trust, to dare to be vulnerable, to finally understand the meaning of non-attachment.  What is unconditional love but the act of serving someone’s highest good with no thought of our ego, identity?  And unlike “life,” these lessons came not with a slap, strike, or strife, but with the gentleness of friend’s touch.   Through the loving guidance of Joanna, my classmates and I welcomed each other, rooted for one another, and cared for each other.  Everything Joanna did in the class was with the students’ wellbeing in mind.  In that genuine care, we learned to trust her and as we did, she took us on a magical journey, which I’m happy to say, didn’t end with the class.”    

—Diana C.. (2013)
"I am so glad I decided to study Reiki at the Open Center.  Joanna's Reiki III class was wonderful because we continued our journey from Reiki I and II to the next deeper levels of study.  What I also liked is that many of the students continued their study from Reiki I and II at the Open Center and there were other students who came from different teachers but we all worked very well together in the class and felt accepted.  Studying Reiki has been a wonderful experience and I feel that there is an ongoing support system with Joanna and my classmates as the journey continues!”

— Rachel V. (2013)
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“Studying Reiki 3 with Joanna was fulfilling on many levels due to her extensive knowledge and experience plus the collective strength and openness of each student which she encourages through gentle guidance.  We grew as individuals and came together not only in furthering our understanding and practice of Reiki, but by creating a supportive healing community where we can share and expand our understanding of Reiki.  Joanna is a teacher and a mentor who is able to not only share her wisdom but also build a fellowship of healing and respect among her students.”

—Barbara B. (2013)
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“How do you teach someone a spiritual path?  In the process of living your own life and walking your own path with all its twists and turns how can you convey the growth, the transformations and the lessons you’ve been blessed with?  This is not an easy task, but Joanna found a way to do just that.  All of us came from different directions, different soul paths. Joanna in the Reiki 3 classes brought those differences together, uniting us into a common journey for growth, learning, compassionate sharing that transformed us into a Whole, caring not only for one another but the entire world.  She teaches Reiki by being Reiki 24/7 while still being just an ordinary citizen.  A down to earth person, open and accepting of others yet ever the teacher who gently shares her knowledge in such a quiet way that you learn without realizing you are being taught.  Her Reiki 3 classes covered all the important information needed to begin a Reiki practice—while leaving it up to each one as how to fully implement the knowledge.  I began Reiki 3 unsure of myself as a Reiki practitioner and completed the classes certain of the connections not only with my classmates but definitely with Reiki.  Joanna taught all of us to be open, respecting of life, and respecting of Reiki.”

—Georgette H. (2013)
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