Reiki Master and Founder of the NYC Reiki Center
Brian Brunius is a Reiki Master Instructor practicing and teaching Usui Shiki Ryoho, the Usui System of Natural Healing, for more than 25 years.
Brian’s study of Reiki began in 1995 when he enrolled in the first degree course with his Master, John Harvey Gray. He consequently completed second degree training 1997 with John. In 2007, he founded NYC Reiki Center a full-time private practice when he committed to undertaking the Master training with a student of John’s in New York City.
Since completing his three-year Master Apprenticeship in 2010, he has trained more than 1,500 students across the country in traditional Reiki, and now teaches classes weekly at his Center. Brian has initiated four Master Instructors and, in addition to training his current Master Candidates in Usui Shiki Ryoho, he mentors Masters from all traditions seeking to deepen their practice and connect to the origin of Reiki.
His Ongoing Work
Brian is an active member of The Reiki Alliance, an international community of Reiki Masters dedicated to the practice of Usui Shiki Ryoho. He has served as TRA’s Global Organigram Coordinator, Northeast USA Local Representative, and most recently as its Finance Administrator.
He is the founder of Reiki Centers of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and historical understanding of Reiki. The organization has partnered with noted Reiki Historian Dr. Justin B. Stein to translate into English and republish the 1933 Reiki classic “Reiki tō Jinjutsu” by Kaiji Tomita, a student of Usui’s original Reiki classes. RCA also hosted a series of five webinars of Dr. Stein speaking on the 100 year expanse of Reiki history. And it organizes pilgrimage tours to Japan twice each year for students of Reiki.
Brian travels frequently sharing Reiki and speaking on his spiritual journey. He is the author of Walk in Power, Live in Prayer: Six Principles to Make Your Prayers Powerful (2014), a step-by-step guide introducing readers to a succession of new spiritual ideas, and leading them through a series of exercises designed to teach six principles of successful prayer.
In this 54-minute video from the Souljourns series on Vimeo, Brian discusses his 18-year connection with Indian holy man Sathya Sai Baba, who appeared to him in dreams and drew him to India to live and work. During this time, Brian’s interest in spirituality and healing gestated, as did his interest in service, resulting eventually in his decision to take up a full-time Reiki practice.