- by Oriethyia
- The term Reiki comes to us from the Japanese, and means,
roughly, "universal life force energy." The practice of Reiki is a
non-invasive, non-manipulative, laying-on-of-hands in which the
practitioner opens themselves to this healing energy and transmits
it to the client. It accelerates the body's natural ability to
heal itself, helping to bring the body, mind, and spirit back into
balance and greater health.
- At St. Francis hospital in New York's Hudson Valley, the
Wellness Projects Coordinator is a nurse, educator and Reiki
Practitioner. At one of New York's VA hospitals, one of the
physicians is a Reiki Practitioner. And Nancy Eos, M.D. practicing
family medicine at Grass Lake Medical Center in Michigan, is also
a Reiki Master. What's going on here?
- Two recent books and a number of articles in both popular and
medically oriented magazines attest to the way Reiki is becoming
accepted by increasing numbers of western-trained health
practitioners. And the primary reasons seem to be twofold. First,
health care consumers are demanding information about and access
to complementary therapies in addition to their western medical
treatments. And second, medical personnel are finding that Reiki
helps support not only their patients, but also their own work on
their patients' behalf.
- In the introduction to her book, Reiki and Medicine, Dr. Eos
- "I became a happy, serene, medical doctor with Reiki....The
Reiki has not always produced predictable results, but consistent
results for the highest good. Marvelous results. Happenings not
even able to be pre-conceived, not imagined. Lungs expand in spite
of major chest trauma. Heart arrhythmias revert to normal sinus
rhythm. Anger subsides to understanding. Narcotic addicts are
satisfied with a mild sleeping pill. Strokes in progress reverse.
... And I would not have believed any of this unless I had seen it
for myself. ... My life, my medicine and my career have all
- In the February 1996 issue of RN Magazine, Sharon VanSell, RN,
EdD notes that although Reiki practitioners can point to clients
who have responded well to Reiki treatments, the benefits do not
stop with management of disease. "One nurse trained as a Reiki
practitioner summed it up this way:
- 'I have gained more patience, understanding, empathy, and love
for patients, in addition to the actual healing ability.'"
- VanSell adds that health care practitioners who add Reiki to
their list of available modalities increase "... the tools needed
to minister to their (patients') physical, emotional, and
- Reiki Masters Libby Barnett and Maggie Chambers specialize in
training health care providers. The list of institutions that have
invited them to teach is impressive. And in their book, Reiki
Energy Medicine, they clearly state the reason for the increasing
interest from the medical establishment.
- "In the intensifying search to find a solution to the high
cost of medical care, complementary methods are slowly becoming
recognized as important because they are cost effective and they
work. Reaching out to explore the field of mind/body healing in
order to improve the quality of patient care and simultaneously
lower their costs, several hospitals and hospice organizations
have invited us to teach Reiki to their staffs."
- Most people who go into the health care professions do so to
help and to heal. Increasing numbers of these people, and the
institutions within which they work, are finding that Reiki
assists them in those crucial endeavors.