These graphs represent typical results of consistent reiki treatments over a period of time. They indicate that reiki treatments lower pain and stress.
I recently met a 24-year old man named Matt in the the hospital where I volunteer. Just weeks before, an assailant entered his home, shot and killed his mother and sister right in front of him, and wounded Ben in the stomach. Over the course of the next two months, I visited Ben in the hospital once a week to give him reiki.
When I met Matt, he was in a lot of pain from the wound and under a lot of stress from the memory of the incident. He was very angry at the shooter, and glad the police had apprehended him. Matt said he had nightmares every night. When I asked him what his pain and stress levels were, he didn't hesitate to assign numbers. He understood those, and would say, "About an eight, about a nine." At the end of the treatments, which I gave him for an hour each time, he would say his levels were down to about five.
After my first visit, I was shocked by Matt's experience. I explained this to June, the head nurse on the floor, and to Bill, the head of our reiki clinic, who helped me to deal with my own feelings. Bill also gave me reiki to help me center myself.
From the outset, I was able to build a rapport with Matt. I was nonjudgmental, respected his space, stayed conscientious of his comfort, protected his experience, and refrained from engaging him in unnecessary conversation. I didn't ask him a lot of questions, generally treating him in silence. I simply witnessed and didn't comment. After all, the sessions were for him, not me. I felt a lot of love and caring in his room. Others would come in, see what I was doing, and leave in hushed silence.
Each time, I treated his hands and feet, and they would tremble. He commented on this, and I explained to him that this was normal because he was releasing nervous energy that resulted from the pain and stress. He fell asleep on each visit. This was good because he needed to rest in order to heal.
Matt eventually had surgery to have his wound closed. When I visited him the next day, he said it "hurt like hell." His numbers were off the chart. As soon as I started to treat him, he fell asleep. I knew he had "dropped," as we say in reiki. At the end of the hour, I tapped the back of his hand to wake him. He opened his eyes and looked around, like he had just awakened from a long winter's nap. He said, "That felt really good." His new numbers were way down. After that, he asked me to let him sleep at the end of our sessions, which I did.
As time went on, I just sat next to his bed, and he fell asleep before I even began to treat him. He once told me that my aura calmed him.
Behavior is believable
By the time of my last visit, Matt had completely changed. He was in little pain, happy to be going home the next day, and his personality was beginning to emerge. I gave him my contact information and asked him to stay in touch with me as he recovered from his injury.
My time with Matt was the most significant experience I have had as a reiki volunteer at the hospital, and I will not soon forget it.
Om shanti (Peace) - Tom
Tom Romito is an interpreter of Native American Culture, a facilitator of organizations who want to grow, and a Reiki practitioner dedicated to helping people heal. Tom shares stories and skills to help you energize your world.