The History of Reiki: Healing Ourselves From the Inside Out-Presented by Sydney Sherman-Wednesday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom (and in-person in the Library’s DeMayo room)

Reiki (Rei-Ki) is the use of Universal light to heal the bodies energy. Many cultures have used different forms of healing through the “Laying of hands.” For Asian cultures, Reiki was the only form of healing most people received for anything from an ingrown toenail, to heart issues and even emotional/psychological illnesses.

The Western medical community brushed off the power of Reiki healing as witchcraft and even quackery. However, Reiki is now accepted and used widely throughout the world and is seen as a legitimate and powerful way to treat the whole body (Holistic).

Specialized Reiki training takes many years and each student depending on level completed receives certification from their Sensei (Master/Teacher)

But through Reiki’s history we know that everyone has the “Reiki” in them and can therefore benefit from learning about it and how to use it in their personal life. This is not a Reiki Level Class but will offer all the information necessary for patrons to have an in-depth understanding of its history and its use.

Sydney Sherman is an author specializing in Thanatology (life after death). She is also a Reiki Master and Aura consultant. For more information about Sydney, go to:

This program is offered over Zoom and in-person at the library. It is free and open to everyone. Contact the library at 203-468-3890 to register to attend in-person. To get the Zoom link and attend from home, send an email to Cynthia at

Extra parking for evening and weekend library events is available in the East Haven Town Hall parking lot on 250 Main Street (across the street from the library), in the KeyBank parking lot next to the library (after 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays and after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays) and in the Stop and Shop lot behind the library, accessible from Messina Drive.