You’re at the site of an emergency. What do you do first, call 911 or offer Reiki?
Students often ask this question, but usually you don’t have to choose: practice Reiki with one hand, call 911 with the other. Put the phone on speaker and use both hands to take care of the injured person.
At the same time, observe the patient and use whatever emergency training you have.
Reiki practice supports medical care
Don’t think of Reiki instead of medical care.
Let Reiki practice be your first reflex, offering even one Reiki hand while you evaluate what to do next. Your Reiki practice will likely steady you as well as the patient, and help you think more clearly.
A patient who is hysterical is difficult to treat. In this scenario, even moments of Reiki will likely calm him, making it easier to communicate, and possibly prevent the person from hurting himself further by thrashing. Reiki treatment generally improves the breath, always a step in the right direction since easeful breathing helps the body marshall its own healing mechanisms.
Practice Reiki how?
An emergency is not the time to think of giving a structured Reiki treatment. Just do what you need to do and keep a hand on the patient anywhere you can, obviously not touching a burn or an open wound (unless you need to apply pressure to stop bleeding).
In an emergency, your Reiki hands will activate in response to the acute need, whether you are thinking about practicing or not.
Reiki practice does not require focus or intention. First responders often don’t notice their Reiki hands until after the crisis is managed and the patient is stabilized. They have been much too focused on their medical work until then.
You can read more about how Reiki has been used in emergencies in this article.
If you have offered Reiki in an emergency, please leave a brief comment describing the situation, what response you observed, and what the medics had to say.
And if you are a physician or other emergency health care practitioner with advice to help lay people address emergencies more effectively, please take the time to teach us.
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