On June 26, 2017, after opening Reiki of Long Island, and more than two years after beginning her full-time master candidate apprenticeship, Anu Butani received the Reiki Master initiation from Brian Brunius and then received her Reiki Master Certificate.
Brunius is the founder of the New York City Reiki Center, and studied under John Harvey Gray and one of his students, Elaine Abrams. It is a tradition in John Gray’s lineage that on the day of the Master initiation, a photo is taken of the Master giving the student Reiki, and another photo of the master and student holding the Reiki Master Certificate is taken. There is also a traditional gift exchange, and then usually a meal is shared by the two, or by a group. John Gray received each of these from his Master, Hawayo Takata, and asked that the traditions be carried on for future generations.