Sacred Energy Immersion Reviews
Over the past three immersions (and other courses) of Zel's that I have been part of, I have been guided, supported, and challenged through self-study and community accountability. Zel's immersions create a brave container to acknowledge and understand the harm that colonizers and an exploitative colonial mindset toward healing have caused and continue to cause. They go beyond acknowledgement of colonial harm to empower practitioners to create pathways home to the truth and integrity of their own ancestry and energetic gifts. Rather than simply acquiring the knowledge and skills to receive a form of certification, Zel's immersions hold space for personal and communal transformation both within and expanding beyond the course timeline. If your experience is anything like mine, you will likely never practice, learn, or hold space in the same way again. Zel's presence as a compassionate, generous, honest, and humble mentor is a balm during the - at times destabilizing - journey of questioning and unlearning colonial frameworks of spirituality, healing, leadership, and community relationship. I am forever grateful for their guidance as I shift from holding the space of a visiting guest within various healing traditions to remembering a home space within my own ancestral healing wisdom and practices.
— Brooke McMillan
I am so grateful for Zel and Uma. This program has truly been life changing for me as a holistic practitioner. My anticolonial Sacred Energy practice has deepened and improved my life both personally and professionally. My appreciation for Energetic practices and the respect to Usui Reiki beyond our Western perception of it has been amazing. This journey is immersive and you will not come out the same person as when you entered. So for those who are considering and may feel some ambivalence, this is your confirmation that you must sign up for this journey/experience.
— Biany Perez
Zel's course offering is transcendent, wise, and radically caring. So many aspects of it have been completely transformational for me. The way Zel seamlessly and unapologetically connected spirituality and cultural practices to social and political histories and realities brought so many things together in my understanding in a cohesive and vital way that has already had deep impacts on my own spiritual and social justice journeys. The self-knowledge, community, and connection to sacred energy that this offering fosters are so empowering, and Zel is a graceful, knowledgeable, and powerful guide.
— KS Brewer
Zel's guidance throughout this course was truly a blessing. The curriculum was so welcoming and accessible. I looked forward to every class and now that it's ended, I can't wait to go back and review the recordings and handouts again! I will draw from and carry the knowledge and resources that were shared in my practice always. Zel's an amazing facilitator and person. Their warmth, concern for the cohort's well being and openness to share their knowledge was so beautiful to witness. I am so grateful to know them and to have been a part of such a safe, spiritually accessible and non-oppressive learning environment.
— Elisa Perez
I came to this course specifically wanting to learn how to do something (healing in particular). What I didn't expect was to come away transformed in my understanding of spirituality and healing, in how I connect to sacred energy, and really how I live more intentionally in my day-to-day life. This course and really Zel provided the community, space, content, and guidance I needed to start creating spiritual practices and rituals that connect me deeper to sacred energy. I'm eternally grateful that my path magically crossed with Zel and this offering.
— Klarrisa Frank
This course was so much of what I needed as I experienced a lot of transition in my life. Zel was patient, joyful, present, and created a space for folks to engage with regardless of where they were at. I felt very held and grew so much spiritually through this course. Thank you Zel!
— Kunal V
As a yoga teacher, I've been aware of energy transfer for a while. I have felt called to learn more for years, but never found the right training or course. When I found Zel on instagram I was drawn their realness, anti-colonialism and spirit. It has been one of the great honors of my life being a student of Zels. I cannot recommend this course enough, it has changed my practice and my work for the better.
— Nikki McMaster
The container that Zel holds is the most spacious, generous and supportive learning environment I have ever been in. This course has touched every part of my life, imbuing my day to day with so much wonder and reverence for sacred energy. After my time here with Zel and this community, I feel like I finally have the tools and support to feel confident continuing my life-long relationship to palm healing.
Zel really took the time to teach us and keep the floor open for discussion amongst one another throughout the last few months. What I also really appreciated was the emphasis on practicing Reiki and other everyday practices from a decolonized mindset. They had us think about how to be and move in the world with ourselves and with community. Thank you Zel!
Zel is a profound teacher who has created a container that was evidently created with much intention, love and dedication to anti colonial practice. The space is one which is based on compassion, accountability and dedication to community growth, and so I highly recommend people who are searching for a space with those values to participate in this offering.
— Juan Imperial
like any and all offerings i have experienced with zel, the intentionality, accountability, and alignment of this offering to practice what it preaches is very clear and deeply felt. zel teaches/guides/facilitates with such authenticity and integrity that it feels safe to show up as exactly how and whoever i am any given day, and they share such a deep and ever-evolving perspective and framework for understanding (anything/everything) that i can really feel my experience of life expanding. i learned as much from lectures and practices as i did from the integration and rest in between, and can feel the material shifts in my life both internally and in relationship with others (humans, land, energy--all of it!) from learning new ways to listen to and receive the guidance that sacred energy is always offering.
— jacjac devorah
Zel is extremely thoughtful in how they present this course. As a student, I developed a clearer knowledge of palm healing in various forms and how important it is to look into your own ancestry and lineage, whether biological or chosen, in order to form a healthy and consensual spiritual practice. I encourage people who feel unsure about how to approach thinking of their ancestral lines, especially folks who identify as queer, trans, and BI/POC, to consider this course. Zel does a great job at also prepping folks who may want to run or improve their businesses to think deeply on how to ask for consent, to create clear boundaries, and to preserve your own energy.
— June Cheung
Sign up for this course with Zel if you are trying to expand your personal view on reiki. I had considered signing up for a reiki course and found this one. I love that Zel constantly reminds us that sacred energy is within all of us and that that energy shows up differently. I was able to let go of expectations of what that relationship "should" look like and open myself up to what it is. I am excited to continue expanding.
Zel has created a wonderful exploration space! their emphasis on building self trust during the early stages of the immersion really set me up for a fluid transition to engaging with energy in both a personal and public way.
— Elliot Warden
I had been looking for a queer-friendly Reiki training for over a year as I was/am in a process of re-committing to my Reiki practice (I trained over 15 years ago and had not been actively practicing for some time) and let me tell you it is HARD to find! I was so excited when I was on another round of searching and came across Rest In Power's virtual Reiki training. Not only is it queer and non-binary friendly, but it's also queer and non-binary run and more than that has a anti/decolonial foundation which was more than I could have asked for and was so in alignment with my values. I cannot recommend Zel and Transgressive Medicine enough. This is a truly special Reiki training program that really challenges your practice and therefore deepens it in crucial ways. Furthermore, it is so important to support the healing work of Black femmes and Zel is a true gem, along with their support staff Crystal and Uma. Much gratitude!
— Lindsay Lee
When I first received this message that I was receiving this energy exchange, I was so grateful. Going into the class I felt very welcomed and I felt this overall feeling of love. I had doubts about my abilities and these doubts were soothed when the curators spoke honestly and openly about channeling Reiki. We spoke about channeling our own ancestors and spirit team. Cultural appropriation and its connection to Reiki was addressed with respect and understanding. We learned techniques for creating mindful lifestyles and incorporating Reiki into everyday life such as mind mapping. The course itself was clear and went over how to perform. I felt that all of my questions were answered in ways that always lead to deeper insight. I felt supported by the team, Zel, Uma, and Crystal. I feel like the training took into consideration the humanity of the participants which is important to me because of the ebbs and flows of my own energy. Even after the training I did not feel drained.I found that the directions for channeling Reiki was clear, concise, and relatable. I personally felt my ancestors speak to me during this process and got very clear on those who either worked with energy healing in some form or was in close proximity to it. I also found that when other participants shared their stories it was really in alignment with what I was going through. Almost affirming exact stories, such as a candle breaking during the session or just becoming more attuned to my own sensitivity to things. I am grateful to have received this experience and my specific accommodations from Black folks and femmes. Thank you for the opportunity to dive deeper into my own healing and transformation.