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Presentation about Reiki, a Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM)

Wesley Davis

on 10 October 2012

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli CAM Presentation
NUR 322 Reiki Invented by Mikao Usui in 1922 in Japan
Usui was a Japanese Buddhist
Born August 15, 1864
Died March 9, 1926 History of Reiki Reiki is a complementary health practice in which practitioners place their hands lightly on or just above the person
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing Introduction to Reiki Therapy What is Reiki. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.reiki.org/faq/whatisreiki.html
Reiki: An introduction. (2012). Retrieved from http://nccam.nih.gov/health/reiki/introduction.htm
Baldwin, A. L., Wagers, C., & Schwartz, G. (2008, November 4). Reiki improves heart rate homeostasis in laboratory rats [Electronic version]. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 14, 417-422. doi:10.1089/acm.2007.0753
Catlin, A., & Taylor-Ford, R. L. (2011, May). Investigation of standard care versus sham reiki placebo versus actual reiki therapy to enhance comfort and well-being in a chemotherapy infusion center [Electronic version]. Oncology Nursing Forum, 38(3), 213-220. doi:10.1188/11.ONF.E212-E220
Miles, P. (2012, September). Reiki for sustainable health care [Electronic version]. Massage & Bodywork, 27(5), 110-113. References THE END Relevance and Use of Reiki in Nursing Practice He traveled to Mt. Kurama, a Buddhist temple outside of Kyoto Japan
He dedicated himself there for 21 days.
He had 21 rocks that he would throw each day, to keep track of the time.
On the last day, when he threw the last stone, he looked at the horizon and a beam of light came down towards him.
The “light” had consciousness and asked if he was willing to receive the healing information the light had to offer….and he agreed.
The light then struck his forehead knocking him out. After which he saw colored bubbles of light that had symbols inside.
As he meditated on them he obtained the knowledge of and the right to use these symbols of healing.
Ever since that day he was initiated into the use of using energy for healing. He believed it did not only heal the physical and emotional; but that it also awakened the spiritual gifts, balanced spirit, and helped one have overall peace. The Beginning of Reiki For the last four years of his life he traveled around Japan and promoted Reiki
He taught that Reiki had three primary principles:
First Degree-Shoden which is the elementary teachings
Second Degree-Okuden which is the inner teachings
Third Degree (Master/Teacher)-Shinpiden which is the mystery teaching.
He died of a stroke in 1926 and the Reiki continues to be taught in Japan-even to this day! Travels Reiki is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy"
Thus, Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy" Overview A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you
Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind, and spirit
It creates many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security, and wellbeing Treatment The ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class
This ability is passed on during an "attunement" given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of "life force energy" to improve one's health and enhance the quality of life Teaching There is a lack of high-quality research to definitively evaluate Reiki’s effectiveness for any therapeutic purpose
Reiki appears to be generally safe, and no serious side effects have been reported
No licensing, professional standards, or formal regulation exists for the practice of Reiki
There are many different forms of Reiki, and no special background or credentials are needed to receive training Evaluation It was shown, in a 2008 study, that lab rats exposed to fear-inducing stimuli could reduce their heart rates to homeostatic levels with the use of Reiki.
While the research suggests mixed results on Reiki’s benefit for chronic pain, there is evidence of positive outcomes when it is used in critical care environments
Reiki has become common in the clinical setting, so it is important to have a basic understanding
Reiki is a very spiritual practice and should receive the same respect and acceptance as any other cultural practice
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