Medical Reiki: A Groundbreaking Approach to Using Energy Medicine for Challenging Treatments by Raven Keyes – A Review by Dr. Jody Messinger Wolfe, CMRM
I am fiercely committed to the development of a body of scientific research on Reiki in medicine. As both a Certified Medical Reiki Master (CMRM) and a former university professor, I come by this passion honestly. Despite some promising preliminary findings, we need research with greater rigor and significantly more reliable data to provide a sound evidence base for Reiki’s therapeutic efficacy. This research should be a high priority if we’re going to effectively promote Reiki’s use in Integrative Medicine and to establish Medical Reiki as a respected profession.
That is why I’m so pleased to serve on the board of directors of Medical Reiki Works, the first non-profit organization devoted to raising funds for and conducting rigorous research on Reiki in medical settings. When Raven Keyes (of Raven Keyes Medical Reiki International) and Dr. Sheldon Marc Feldman (noted breast cancer surgeon at New York’s Montefiore Hospital and Albert Einstein College of Medicine) founded Medical Reiki Works in 2016, they understood the importance of this venture. Now in our fifth year, we have raised the funds for and are ready to conduct a groundbreaking clinical trial of Reiki in breast cancer surgery with a world class research team. This study is just the first in an ongoing scientific research agenda Medical Reiki Works will promote.
Good research takes time. What do we do while we wait? To Raven Keyes, the answer is to remain proactive in training Certified Medical Reiki Masters to populate this emerging profession and to continue to chart the course for the future of Medical Reiki. As part of these efforts, she has gifted us with her newest book: Medical Reiki: A Groundbreaking Approach to Using Energy Medicine for Challenging Treatments, coming out in May 2021 from Llewellyn and available now for pre-order.
I recently had the opportunity to read a pre-publication copy of Raven’s book, and I found within its pages and stories a renewed commitment to the work I do and an elevated sense of hope for the future of this profession. After months of being restricted from clinical settings due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Reiki practitioners will find Raven’s inspiring book just the tonic we need to keep us motivated for the significant role we can play in post-pandemic healing. This book is, in fact, a manifesto for our future. The research that is on the horizon will inform and guide our practice with a badly needed evidence base, but this book ignites the flame of vocation that called us to the work in the first place.
Raven begins with a helpful historical journey through traditional spiritual healing practices in indigenous societies, key issues in modern medicine, and the development, teaching, and practice of Reiki as we now know it in the Western world. She also tackles the difficult…