Sunday, May 20, 2012

Reiki and Anesthesia in the O.R.: a Hybrid Technique

Reiki and Anesthesia in the O.R.: a Hybrid Technique

Reiki in the Operating Room:

I am a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist in Private Practice at a Local
Community Hospital. 

How I came to Reiki is a story of its own, and I am not going to explain it.
For if I shared the details, it would place my location, and for my own job
security, I must write under an assumed name. 

Once my attunement in Reiki One began, I felt an incredible sense of 'coming
home'. My Reiki Guide was Master Usui himself, and I was both honored and
comforted that a doctor would select a doctor to assist on this Path. My
path includes Reiki Master, and Karuna Reiki Master.

I wanted to practice as much as possible. My immediate family was not
enough. There are long stretches of boredom interrupted by moments of sheer
terror when one gives anesthesia in surgery. I would like to share  my
experiences, and give hope to both physicians and the health care field, as
well as to patients, that a new day in patient care is starting to arrive.

Due to the nature of my work, I do not have the freedom to walk around the
patient undergoing surgery and place my hands in the proper positioning. I
only have the head. But what I know about anesthesia and surgery is it is
frightening to undergo, and the aura is weak enough in those circumstances
that a Reiki treatment seems the most compassionate thing to do.

How I do it, is like this:
1) do all the anesthesia and charting and computer work that is required of
2) stand at the head of the bed, and pretend to adjust something
3) open the power switch CKR.
4) scan the body as best as possible
5) ground
6) give all symbols indicated, at the crown of the head
7) scan and balance chakras
8) close and give thanks

It has to be fast, and sometimes I am interrupted. But in the spirit of
Reiki, my guides understand. It has partnership on both sides, and as the
years pass, I have come to know I can count on them to help me in my work.

What are the results? Let me say that the nurses in the Recovery Room adore
me! My patients have no nausea or vomiting, and very little pain when they
wake up. When I see my patients the next day, they share a closeness with me
I had not seen before I learned Reiki. They have a vitality that is from
Reiki. Their spirit knows, on some level, though their mind does not. I see
smiles as the patient shares their wonderment at the ease of the whole
process. And as a result, when coworkers and employees of the hospital
require surgery, they often make a special request for my services.

Only two in my work space know about my gift I give to my patients. One I
asked for permission first, if it was okay to ZAP? She agreed. She had so
little pain after her surgery, her husband, an RN himself, made her take one
Vicodin because he could not believe her lack of pain.

What I have learned, and for what I am most thankful, are the gifts from
giving Reiki from my heart:

1) my disease 'vocabulary' built up fast as I worked on so many with
terrible disease.
2) Reiki gave me another chance to help in patients with a terrible
suffering and imminent death. I love the transition symbol so much because
it allows me to do one more thing when conventional Medicine can't.
3) Reiki takes me out of the drama in childbirth, and allows me to stand
firm and allow healing into the delivery room. (I say  CKR when I start any
epidural or spinal.)
4) I have a stronger, healing presence at the bedside, everywhere I go. When
I am in a rush, I am confident that my guides will allow Reiki healing to
pass through me to my patient, through a word, a touch, or a smile on my
5) I am humbled by the amount of strength I have taken in, to allow me to be
nice and be myself in the doctor-patient relationship. For example, during a
c section, I allow my charting to wait, and simply hold the patient's' hand
as the surgeons assist in the birth. It does a world of good for the new
mothers, and allows me to enjoy the miracle of birth. I give the Transition
Symbol as well, for coming into the world is just as difficult sometimes as
transitioning out of it.

I have a deep debt of gratitude to Usui, Hayashi, Takata, Rand, Laurelle,
and all of you, my Reiki brothers and sisters, for keeping the tradition
alive. The good I have been allowed to bring forth into the world of
Traditional medicine astounds me. I cry tears of joy just to think about the
impact on the lives of others when they need it most. I thank you, and I
encourage you, like the EMT and aesthetician who have shared in the Spring
Issue of Reiki News Magazine, take Reiki to work. Each and every day....for
it is a gift that is too precious to keep to yourself.

Reiki Doc

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