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Reiki in Health Care and Shielding for Health Care Workers

Here is a link to my next podcast episode. In this podcast, I give share with you a technique I use throughout the day to protect my own energy while I’m treating patients. The above link will download the podcast, but you may also click here to go to the page to stream.

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Thoughts on Self Care

Many of us are taught to think of self-care in attention to self as selfishness. Particularly those that tend to be empathetic often find it hard to turn their attention only to themselves.in these turbulent times with so many things going on around us and so many reasons to turn our attention outward, I would like my readers to think about reasons to turn in word even for a few minutes.

There’s so many ways to help in the community. Volunteering, helping your neighbor, donating if possible I just a few of those ways. these are all very valuable and I attempt to help out when time and resources allow myself.

As we approach the weekend I would like you to think about your own self care. Being selfless is Christ-like and beautiful, but if you don’t make sure to fill up your own body and soul you will quickly become depleted.

Self-care can take on many forms and by all means don’t feel limited by my recommendations but here are a few:

  • Hiking in nature
  • Taking a bath in epsom salt and essential oils
  • Meditation
  • Taking a nap
  • Reading

When you have cared for yourself, you develop your own resilience. You also deepen you ability to have empathy for others. You lower your own stress hormones, which improves how your immune system functions. When you come from a calm, centered place, it’s easier to be supportive for others.

My own experience with self care has made me a strong believer that self care leads to better care for others. I give myself some kind of self care daily. I will try to start my mornings with Yoga and usually give myself a Reiki treatment at bedtime. I find that I am able to see many patients during the day with complicated cases without feeling stressed. Years ago, before I started my journey to Reiki, I frequently felt overwhelmed. I wanted to be there for my patients but struggled to create a safe boundary in which patients could express themselves without taking on their issues personally.

If you find yourself feeling stressed, especially with the all the external reminders of our constantly chaning world, turn off your devices and practice some self care.

I always appreciate you spending time with me on my site. If you stay tuned, I am working on creating self paced courses on Reiki Training. Stay Tuned!

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Reiki benefits-Immediate relief while in the hospital

I am developing a Reiki Course that can be completed online, on your own pace and at your own time. The reason why I am doing this is that I have benefited from Reiki healing myself. I have received Reiki from other practitioners, and I know the benefits it can provide.

I came across an article, Immediate Symptom Relief After a First Session of Massage Therapy or Reiki in Hospitalized Patients: A 5-Year Clinical Experience from a Rural Academic Medical Center. This is a 5 year study looking a certain segment of hospitalized patients benefited from Reiki and massage.

Many of our treatments in traditional allopathic medicine are based on medical studies that show benefit, risks and possible outcomes. Evidenced Based Medicine, or EBM is used for most therapies, surgeries, and medications in the United States. EBM offers guidelines and a rational approach to the choice of therapies. Physicians like EBM because it helps to remove personal and professional bias, keeping the choice of which treatment to use objective.

Reiki, and many complimentary treatments that work on the human biofield can be the most difficult to study in Evidenced Based Medicine as it is difficult to arrange studies that fit typical guidelines of EBM in energy medicine.

Evidence-based guidelines can be immensely helpful but for the most part they tend to ignore the individual. As we all know we all have individual bodies and individual needs. Although evidence based medicine reassures us but we may be taking the best option for our patients if our patients don’t respond it is likely that the individual simply doesn’t fit the mold based on the study and which the treatment was chosen. Having a therapy sessions Reiki can help fill the gap between evidence-based medicine and answering the needs of individuals.

Reiki has many benefits, including physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. This particular study showed that “reiki improved pain by 49.2% and anxiety by 59.8%1” These were patients being treated in the hospital experiencing an immediate improvement in some of the most severe symptoms related to hospitalization.

“Reiki improved pain by 49.2% and anxiety by 59.8%1

Vergo, M. T., Pinkson, B. M., Broglio, K., Li, Z., & Tosteson, T. D. (2018). Immediate Symptom Relief After a First Session of Massage Therapy or Reiki in Hospitalized Patients: A 5-Year Clinical Experience from a Rural Academic Medical Center. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.)24(8), 801–808. https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2017.0409

Again, applying the discipline of evidence-based medicine to the practice of Reiki is very difficult, so the researchers in this study used questionnaires to quantify symtpom improvement.

As a treatment modality, there is virtually no risk Reiki. Reiki can be done hands on, or hands off. During this time of social distancing, Reiki can be done from a distance, including anywhere in the world.

As a Reik Practitioner, I am accustomed to providing Reiki sessions in 30 minute and one hour intervals. I was delighted to read that the healing arts volunteers that participated in this study provided 20 minute sessions. This is wonderful, meaning that a shorter duration of treatment, which is likely necessary due to busy nature of hospital admissions, is still beneficial.

If you are considering learning more about Reiki, please sign up for my updates. If you are considering learning Reiki for yourself, I am happy to let you know that I am developing a course for personal treatment, as well as Reiki training for those working in health care.

1.Vergo, M. T., Pinkson, B. M., Broglio, K., Li, Z., & Tosteson, T. D. (2018). Immediate Symptom Relief After a First Session of Massage Therapy or Reiki in Hospitalized Patients: A 5-Year Clinical Experience from a Rural Academic Medical Center. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.)24(8), 801–808. https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2017.0409

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How Reiki Heals

The Power of Intention

Healing is a process.  In order to heal, there is an injury or an illness of some sort.  The injury or illness may be sudden, such as an infection or a fractured bone.  The illness or injury may be chronic in nature, such as Diabetes, or Major Depression. 

Explaining how healing will occur in traditional medicine tends to be fairly straight forward.  A bacterial infection is treated with antibiotics, which are meant to kill the bacterial growth.  We use surgery or a cast on a fractured bone.  These therapies are tangible and easy to imagine.

Healing That’s Unseen

Most of us like to see results in terms of our healing. If I cut my hand, I see the stages of healing, from the formation of  scab, to eventually a scar.  If I’m working on weight loss, I will see the number on the scale go down.  Having a visual process makes it easier to understand healing.

Reiki heals in ways we can feel, possibly during a session, but the healing may not be obvious.  Some people feel sensations while they are receiving Reiki, such as heat, or  a cool sensation or tingling.  Others may feel relaxed or fall asleep.

Reiki is a treatment modality that does not create any obvious visual changes.  This requires both the Reiki Practioner and the  Reiki receiver to operate on faith that that healing is happening.

The Healing Intention

The power of Reiki healing is the intention.  Intentions are much more powerful than we realize.  So many times in life, we proceed through our actions without a deliberate intention.  Particularly, when we rush, such as during most settings at work, we fly through our actions focused on productivity, and forgetting what our initial intention was.

The Reiki practitioner, who focuses energy from a higher source, is using a healing intention to help the client.  The Reiki practitioner 

Reiki and the Precepts

The Reiki precepts are the guiding principles that Reiki practitioners learn and use to guide their practice. These precepts set the tone of a Reiki session to assure that the overall tone of the healing is for the highest good.

Demystifying the Mystical

Reiki is generally accepted as Energy Medicine. The energy from a higher source is channeled into a living entity, person or animal, that supports the optimal function of life. We have some understanding of what energy this may be but overall, it is a mystery.

In a medical practice I prescribe medications on a regular basis. Although most these medications have an understood mode of action, many meetings appear to work by an unknown mechanism.

One example of this is the drug topiramate. It is a prescription medication frequently used to treat seizures, migraines, and psychological disorders.

According to Epocrates.com the mode of action of topiramate is: exact mechanism of action unknown; blocks voltage-dependent sodium channels; augments GABA activity; antagonizes glutamate receptors; inhibits carbonic anhydrase

http://www.epocrates.com

So we we have some understanding of how this medications works, but we don’t exactly know. This drug has been tested clinically as well as prescribed for many years to patients. We have data that tells us overall this drug is safe when it’s needed, but it isn’t prescribed without acknowledging the risk.

The mechanism of Reiki and how it heals appears to be that it heals by gathering subtle energies that are programmed with healing intentions then channeled into a receiver in order to encourage the functioning of the mind as body together .

I am a physician and a Reiki practioner although I have experienced healing, as in both modalities, putting this process into words is not easy. I hope this explanation helps anyone who seeks to understand.

Finally, the best way to understand Reiki if you are curious is to schedule a session for yourself.

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Self Care During The Pandemic

2020 has been a year that has changed the lives of all of us on the planet. There has been loss beyond measure. Every industry has been impacted. As a practicing physician, this pandemic reminds of the the “never will happen” scenario I was taught about in medical school.

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All that aside, no matter if you contracted the virus, you function as a caretaker of someone who contracted the virus, or you’re simply being a responsible citizen and limiting your activities to home, now, more than ever is the time to step up your self care regimen.

What is Self Care

In my internal medicine practice and with my Reiki clients, I define self care as any action that improves your well being. It need not bee a big action. Getting and extra hour of sleep, taking a walking in the morning, or reaching out to a friend you’ve lost contact with can be a start.

Self Care Ideas

  • Finding a Physician or Health Care Provider If you don’t have one
  • Reviewing your old medical records, especially vaccines.
  • Making a list of your supplements
  • Scheduling a physical, in person or virtually
  • Trying a Healthy Recipe
  • Starting a Meditation Practice (this is my free course)

Why Now

There is so much panic and negativity going on right now. Stress and fear literally weaken your immune system. Now more than ever, you should pursue your self care goals with passion.

What Next?

I invite you to post in the comments one goal, small or big, serious of frivolous that will refer to one way you will deepen your self care. For me, I practice either Yoga or Meditation daily, I walks at lunch for about 20 minutes. Driving home one day, I suddenly missed sitting at a table at restaurant. I stopped at the grocery and realized, I missed seeing fresh flowers on the table. I’m not usually someone who buys fresh flowers. Putting them on my table at home helped return some of the pleasant feeling of socializing when out with friends.

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The Story of my logo and the Future of Healing Arts

My Mother and have been blessed to have visited Hawaii a few times. On our first trip, we visited Maui. We were driving around and exploring when we came across a park with lots of cars parked. We decided to have a look.

We found a hiking trail with no description or signs. We are both Air signs, so naturally, we had to find out what was on the trail. We walked for several minutes when we came across these stones.

We spent several minutes staring at the stones wondering who set this up, why? Would it fall over? I took a picture because I loved how these stones were perfectly balanced. Away we went to enjoy the Hawaii sun.

The past 5 years, this picture always give me peace. If these stones could stay balanced, can’t we all? Although I’ll never know the mystery of who created this and why, this image is in my brain when I think of staying centered, remaining calm, and not letting the outside world toss me off my lava rock.

The future of Healing Arts

I am a practicing physician, working full time in Internal Medicine. I am also a Reiki Practitioner. I have been wanting to create a space I can combine both of these, and share my knowledge and experience to those who want to find their own inner balance.

I am creating courses covering topics in Functional Medicine and Reiki. My first course can be found here Starting Your Own Meditation Practice.

I will also be providing ways to work with me personally. I am offering 30 Minute and 1 Hour Reiki Sessions. Most exciting, I am developing a Functional Medicine Program for those ready to dive deep and find their own path to healing and balance.

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Meditation Quick Start

I am working on creating several courses that I plan to unveil over the next few months. My first course is simply a quick start to meditation. I’ve been telling my patients, my friends, and my colleagues about the benefits of meditation for years. It was easy for me to get started on a regular meditation practice but I started to realize that II’m telling people how to meditate on sending them all over the globe through the internet and creating confusion.

There are many wonderful sources to learn meditation and I certainly don’t have any plans to detract from those. I have created a very simple course which you can find at the link below to help you get started if you want a quick introduction with very little fuss on your own meditation journey. Hopefully you’ll stay in tuned as I plan to unveil many more exciting courses.

Starting Your Own Meditation Course