A Modern Master’s Approach to Emotional, Spiritual & Physical Wellness
Since November of 2000, Reiki master Raven Keyes has been treating
heart and breast surgery patients at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia,
facilitating their health and well-being before, during, and after
surgery (and other treatments). Raven’s newly released book, The Healing Power of Reiki, A Modern Master’s Approach to Emotional, Spiritual & Physical Wellness, explains with brilliant simplicity the gentle but powerful healing that is available to all of us through this art.
The Healing Power of Reiki
In this fascinating book, Raven talks about giving Reiki to rescue
workers at Ground Zero after 9/11, and to PTSD survivors, professional
athletes, trauma patients, and people suffering from crippling pain. She
explains the principles of Reiki in simple terms for readers who may or
may not have prior understanding of energy work. She includes
easy-to-follow exercises that invite us to directly experience Reiki if
we wish, and she provides numerous inspirational stories of patients who
have experienced dramatic improvements as a result of their treatments.
Whether a person comes to Reiki with a physical ailment, emotional
pain, spiritual questions, or just a desire for well-being, Reiki
provides balance and fosters the natural healing process within us all.
Read more about The Healing Power of Reiki, and purchase a copy here, amazon.com or bn.com
As a Reiki master who goes into the operating room with Dr. Sheldon Marc Feldman,
Chief of Breast Surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University
Medical Center, it was thrilling for me to have the opportunity to hear
him speak about his work. I, along with all attendees of the first ever
New York Reiki Conference (NYRC), sat rapt as Dr. Feldman explained his
rationale for incorporating Reiki into his breast cancer surgeries. He
spoke from his heart, first sharing the story of his beloved sister,
Fern, who was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was only in her
30’s, an event that impacted the course of his life. Fern had three
small children at the time and Dr. Feldman was studying to be a cardiac
surgeon. As he explained, witnessing his sister’s illness, cancer
treatments that often left her and the whole family traumatized, and her
eventual death, led Dr. Feldman to change course and to become a breast
cancer surgeon instead of continuing his studies in thoracic surgery.
He passionately expressed how his sister had taught him the importance
of finding a “better way” for women enduring breast cancer treatments,
and that even though currently under-researched, he sees Reiki as an
option to create that better way forward.
The environment in which Dr. Feldman was speaking so openly on that
beautiful day of September 22nd, 2012 was one in which he could be
comfortable sharing such things from his heart. At the NYRC, rather than
his usual audience of doctors and scientists listening to his lectures
on breast cancer surgical options and research, this was a different
kind of audience. This was a gathering of Reiki masters and
practitioners who had come from far and wide to hear Dr. Feldman speak
about how they might assist patients by bringing Reiki as a tool in
support of allopathic medicine.
For the Reiki masters and practitioners in the audience, it was
important to learn about emerging research on Reiki and other
complementary therapies that are already helping some patients to
overcome cancer and create wellness. Dr. Feldman pointed out that
alternative therapies, including Reiki, are currently being used mostly
on a case-by-case basis in response to the request or openness of
certain patients. He went on to express his support for further research
to prove the value of Reiki so that in the future all patients will be
able to receive Reiki as part of their treatment protocol.
It was a joy for everyone present to hear Dr. Feldman’s belief in,
and support of, Reiki as a tool to help his patients withstand surgery,
chemotherapy and radiation. Along with his data, his powerpoint
presentation included photos of patients who had received Reiki during
their treatment, giving dramatic human experience to those numbers. He
spoke of how Reiki during surgery results in less bleeding, steady blood
pressure, and the need for less pain medication after surgery. And Dr.
Feldman went on to say he believes it is very likely that Reiki
optimizes allopathic treatment results for the patients, which is why he
stressed once again his support for more research to prove this point.
Yet, for him, it was more personal than just the research on the
screen pointing to Reiki’s value – Dr. Feldman has witnessed firsthand
how Reiki changes things for his patients overall, and in the operating
room in particular. He mentioned that during surgery, all the doctors
and technicians are fully focused on their one personal specialty in
order to create a successful surgery. “We’re all so busy during an
operation with our specific tasks that we sometimes forget there is a
patient there. When Raven is in the OR administering Reiki, there is
someone present to take care of the patient, and every one of us is
reminded why we chose our professions in the first place: we get to
remember that first and foremost, we are all there as healers.”
What brought tears to every eye in the audience was the enlarged
photo of his sister, Fern, projected on the screen. As we gazed upon her
beautiful face, Dr. Feldman explained that in gratitude for his
sister’s life, and the inspiration she has been to him, he created a
breast cancer treatment center in her name: The Fern Feldman Anolick
Breast Center in Kingston, New York. He touched all of our hearts deeply
when he explained that his love for Fern is a guiding light that helps
him to make the tough decisions that are part of his work. “She’s my
guardian angel,” he said.
More about Dr. Feldman’s talk at the Reiki Conference will be posted in part 2 of this article on October 26.
Well, I went off to Channel 12 today, and it was a lot of fun! The people there are really nice, and the interview went well, I think. Of course, it's always next to impossible to explain Reiki, but since the host of the show is a doctor, I think my answer was a good one, since it's the one I always give when I'm in the OR - "I'm the delivery system that fills up with the healing energy from the universe that I then share with the patient through my hands." Whew!
Anyway, it will air ten times over the week-end, and my friend, Buddy Booker, (who lives in a part of New York that gets the channel) is going to tape it for me. If you are in the Channel 12 News ranges, it is showing at 6:30 am, 9 am, noon, 10:30 am noon and 1:30 pm on both Saturday & Sunday.
It's exciting to have been invited to discuss my book on Tuesday, October 9th, one day after its official release! I'll report what it was like as soon as I can!
Today is a colder day - I'm so sad to see the winter coming - short days and snow.... I'm such a summer kind of lady! HOWEVER, I am going to be in Glastonbury, England for the shortest day of the year. Yes, I will see the end of the Mayan calendar come to a close as I meditation and do ceremony on the Tor! The thought of being there cheers me up, as I huddle in my sweater and think about the onset of winter! How about you? Any tips on how to stay cheered up?
My book "The Healing Power of Reiki, A Modern Master's Approach to Emotional, Spiritual & Physical Wellness" will come to its official publication date on Monday, October 8th, 2012! This is such a thrill - I have no words with which to describe how happy I am, but I am going to make an attempt to share my heart very soon.
Right now, I'm off to teach a guided meditation class, which is always so wonderful for me to do! I am most grateful for my life, and will speak to you soon!