Using Reiki to Support Cancer Patients
is such a powerful and frightening illness - its effects are both physical and emotional, affecting not only the patient,
but their family and friends also. Reiki, as we know, has such an impact on a person`s sense of well-being,
I have seen the devastating
physical and emotional effects of cancer, but I have also seen the power of hope, determination, positive thinking and the
strength of the Human Spirit.
Patients with cancer at various stages of the illness, from the earliest diagnosis, to the
terminal stage can all benefit from the centering effect of Reiki.
Patients with Cancer: building a supportive relationship with Reiki
is particularly helpful to discuss with the cancer patient their feelings about lose of control over their lives. Being passive
goes against our usual Survival instinct. This can lead to an extra element of depression :negative feelings of helplessness
and hopelessness and a weakening of the belief and resolve to survive. Cancer patients being taught to use Reiki helps
address this problem.
A negative state of mind inhibits and suppresses the body's own healing responses.
All Doctors would agree that treatment of cancer is enhanced by the attitude of the patient. The use of Reiki helps a
patient`s sense of self muster inner resources.
..Aspects of the patient`s emotional and physical life should be discussed with
the patient. Patients with a focus on how they can have input into their cancer treatment gives an element of vitality
to the prognosis that only the patient can provide.
Reiki for Cancer Patients
a cancer patient could be given a Reiki Treatment. I would also always offer the opportunity to give them a Reiki Attunement
and teach them how to self treat. This is wonderfully empowering for the cancer patient.
Reiki Supports Nurses in a Deeper Awareness
Reiki training enhances this ability to "know" or "sense" things or
be more aware of subtle signs. It helps one to become more aware of the emotional or spiritual component of dis-ease that
the nurse can share with the client to gain understanding or insight.
This insight fits with the nurses’
role of helping a person to understand
and learn more about their health or illness and to provide guidance to change
behaviour and increase awareness As nurses’ roles continue to change and expand, Reiki is there
to assist in their professional development. Reiki assists nurses in caring for themselves
and restores their energies
so they can continue to give of themselves in their role as health care advocates.
Nurses who practice Reiki are
in the unique position to combine both Reiki and their strong medical knowledge to help
clients and improve the health care system.
Always a Way
room nurses use Reiki to calm patients down quickly and to be more open to treatment. They find that Reiki also calms down
Dr. Nancy Eos explains in her book "Reiki and Medicine" how she uses Reiki to help her
decide which person needs to be seen first (triage).
Home care nurses use Reiki in physical and psychological assessments,
changing dressings, paper work, health care teaching and working with family members.
Recovery room nurses report
using Reiki over the incision site of painful areas and find patients have an easier time waking up or recovering from anaesthesia
and surgical trauma.
Nurses in private practice tell me how Reiki enhances their hypnotherapy skills, guided imagery
exercises, their work in Labour and Delivery, and massage sessions, etc
Others give their patients Reiki while
taking their blood pressure or pulse. The patient’s often reply that they feel "something special" or feel
It is amazing what just a few minutes of Reiki can do.