There is a vital shift occurring in the consciousness of Western healthcare.
Alternative healing, although often ancient in origins and still commonly practiced in Eastern cultures, has only recently gained traction or, in some regions, been openly embraced in the medical community.
Finally, alternative modalities such as Reiki energy healing are being clinically researched, and their continuous, successful findings have resulted in wider acceptance, recognition and respect.
The bridge that is forming between Eastern and Western medicine ultimately provides patients with the most comprehensive preventative measures and treatment plans.
As a Reiki Master in San Francisco, California, I see firsthand the changing of the tides through the uptick in clientele who want supplemental care to their Western therapies and have the support of their progressive physicians.
This cross-discipline acknowledgement has opened the door to many new, impactful opportunities for alternative healers such as myself.
For example, my client Marjorie Alexander, a Communication Designer based in San Francisco, only considered exploring Reiki after receiving an advanced cancer diagnosis.
Additionally, she states, “All of my doctors believe that this Reiki integrated with my Western medicine treatment gives me an edge.”
This is a huge change in the perspective and mindset of Western healthcare practitioners and one that provides immense validity to the practice, efficacy and vocation of Reiki.
Furthermore, Marjorie was so moved by the myriad benefits of our sessions that she decided to write her story and asked me to share it:
“What? What did you just say to me?” Those were the first words that came out of my mouth the morning of September 19, 2019 when my Primary Care Physician told me that the shoulder pain and swollen lymph nodes I had been experiencing was Stage 4 metastasized lung cancer.
I was dumbfounded. I have never smoked cigarettes, nor been seriously exposed to second-hand smoke. How could this seemingly healthy, active, preventative-maintenance-minded 61 year old be hearing these words. After all, I had just returned to my apartment in San Francisco two days earlier from walking 62 miles of the Camino de Santiago in Spain. How could this intrepid long-distance walker be carrying cancer like she was carrying a backpack?
I have always been one to take care of things. My car was regularly maintained, my laptop and phone optimized. I got annual physicals and mammograms. I had a regular Iyengar yoga practice, swam, ate well and consciously and walked way over 10,000 steps a day.
Neither of my parents had cancer. My dad had a history of heart trouble and died at 40 of a heart attack. My mom was a closet alcoholic who died of cirrhosis of the liver after she turned down a liver transplant. The only cancer that had touched me was two incidences of Basal Cell Carcinoma, a curable form of skin cancer. My cancer was not genetic. It was environmental and, perhaps, a consequence of the stress and anxiety born of trauma.
I knew immediately that I would integrate my Western medicine treatments with Eastern medicine practices. Being a serious yogi, I already understood the mind-body connection and had received benefits from Acupuncture over the years (ask your acupuncturist for slide cupping).
A treatment I had never considered was Reiki. I’m not sure that I would ever tried it if I had not received a serious cancer diagnosis. My friend Stuart, upon hearing my diagnosis, recommended that I reach out to his friend and Reiki Master, Jessie, for a session. I jumped on it and set up an appointment with her immediately.
If you aren’t familiar with it, Reiki is an energy healing treatment that works holistically; on the whole body, mind and spirit. Not a system of religious beliefs, Reiki is a relaxing treatment whereas natural healing vibrations are transmitted through the hands of a Reiki practitioner (acting as a conduit) to the body of the recipient. The purpose of a Reiki treatment is to relieve stress and pain, induce relaxation, release emotional blockages, accelerate natural healing, balance the subtle body’s energy and support other medical modalities including traditional therapies.
I have now had 4 weekly sessions of Reiki, and have no plans to stop my weekly sessions. This is why:
- I am receiving my treatment from a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master. Why settle for anything less?
- She embodies a state of groundedness, peace and acceptance. Her demeanor and studio are a 100% safe cocoon of calm.
- I have never experienced the state of tranquility and being centered as I have after each session. That’s a breakthrough for me, a Type A, business-owning, high-energy achiever.
- It’s all over the news. Reiki has become a sought-after healing art among patients and mainstream medical professionals. All of my doctors believe that this Reiki integrated with my Western medicine treatment gives me an edge.
- Reiki is known to positively impact many issues. For example, cancer, heart disease, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, infertility, neurodegenerative disorders, autism.
- For me, if Reiki and Acupuncture had a race, Reiki would win. I have never felt the immediate difference from Acupuncture that Reiki has provided.”
As you can see, Marjorie is the epitome of the ideal patient who possesses the courage and resourcefulness to tenaciously fight cancer, and I am so grateful to be a part of her team of healers.
Thank you, Marjorie, for imparting this powerful window into your experience with Reiki amidst cancer diagnosis and treatment.
The more transparency we create in the world of alternative modalities, the more fortified that bridge between Eastern and Western medicine becomes.
This in turn further advances all practitioners’ potential and fosters a new level of effective, collaborative care.