The space between the science and the patient can be formidable in today’s medicine.
It’s the physician’s job to bridge that gap, but knowing how to fix a problem and engaging the person as an ally in her own health and well-being involve very different skills.
Medical fixing requires a take-charge approach, especially in surgery or emergency medicine. Patient engagement, on the other hand, is an act of collaboration.
It may be unrealistic to expect physicians to be equally good at both, but pioneering advocates for humanism in medicine such as the Arnold Gold Foundation (founded in 1988) have long suspected that something about the way doctors are educated squeezes out the collaborative people skills, the bedside manner that distinguishes an excellent doctor from a capable one.
The good news is that medical education is changing. However, it will be years before this change impacts the practice of medicine, and in the meantime, the space between science and patient seems to be growing.
Reiki practitioners can serve conventional medicine by making it easier for doctors to engage their patients. Compassionate, well trained, experienced Reiki practitioners can step skillfully into that space, and help, as one of my physician students put it, “prime the patient for healing.”
Tell your doctor about Reiki healing
Whether the patient receives Reiki treatment in a hospital or practices self-treatment at home, the experience of Reiki treatment is generally settling, and leaves patients in a better state of mind from which to partner their doctors.
A Reiki practitioner who can communicate and demonstrate this to physicians and health care administrators will likely open the door to collaboration.
Reiki practitioners who understand the pressures that are in play in medicine are better able to communicate how Reiki can help. You can learn more about medical education by reading two of my favorite physician-writers, Emily Transue and Atul Gawande.
Related reading: Letting Go
This post is available in Spanish translation, Como los Tratamientos de Reiki Ayudan a los Médicos. More Spanish resources are available at Reiki en Español.
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