In 1993, NYC Reiki Center founder Brian Brunius died in a hospital. In the minutes his body was dead, he had a white light experience and spiritual awakening. He awoke the next morning to find his physical ailments were inexplicably healed. In the weeks following, he began to see illnesses and their causes as clouds of energy around the bodies of sick people. When he tried to use his hands to move those clouds away, the ill would feel better but he would suffer their sickness for several days. Not ready to take on the suffering of others, he decided to discontinue healing work.