Coming Together as a Whole: Pioneering the Integration of Reiki and Healthcare
With Feona Gray, Diana Shaw, Rosemary Pharo
Hosted by Andrea Kennedy
Uniting their extensive expertise gained through decades of Reiki practice and their heart desire to continue the work of Hayashi Sensei and Hawayo Takata to integrate Reiki into mainstream medical settings, Feona, Diana and Rosemary explain the importance of “building bridges to the heart of healthcare in ways that are acceptable to and understood by the scientists.” This interview presents the work of the Reiki Healthcare Research Trust and why we need to come together genuinely for a common purpose and for the greater good.
- How the Reiki Healthcare Research Trust came into being
- Funding as a way to ensure the quality of research that is required by the scientific community
- Reiki as an integral part of healthcare systems, rather than just an extra offering
- The importance of building an evidence base of high-quality research studies to bring Reiki into hospitals
- What needs to be done in order to get acceptance by the medical community?
- NICE, NCCIH, and the need to disrupt the narrative that there is no Reiki research
- The vision of Reiki being used in medical settings
- The concept of democratizing Reiki
- In-depth clinical training for Reiki practitioners – Connecting Reiki with Medicine model
Founder of Reiki Healthcare Research Trust, Co-creator of Connecting Reiki with Medicine and Reiki Medic-Care
Feona Gray came to Reiki in 2002 and is the founder of Reiki Healthcare Research Trust.
As a volunteer, she served as a director of the Reiki Association’s governing council in the UK for five years from 2010-2015.
In 2015, she sowed the seeds for the Connecting Reiki with Medicine initiative at St George’s University Hospital, London where Reiki practitioners received intensive clinical training to enable them to treat patients in high dependency and intensive care wards including haematology, the bone marrow transplant unit, oncology and neurosurgery. The initiative includes patient evaluation data which is analysed to identify emergent themes for future research.
Feona is also a co-creator of Reiki Medic-Care for which the original inspiration to offer free distant treatments to hospital nurses came from a conversation she had with a ward matron at St George’s in August 2019.
Feona sees her service to Reiki as part of her practice and is motivated by a passionate desire to see Reiki being freely available from paid professional practitioners as an integral part of healthcare systems around the world.
Reiki Master, Digital Content Editor at the British Red Cross, Founder of the Connecting Reiki with Medicine
Diana Shaw was initiated into Reiki in 1994 as preparation for editing the book Principles of Reiki by her Reiki master Krishni Borang, which sold over 100,000 copies and was translated into six languages. She later became the publishing advisor for Touch, the magazine of the Reiki Association. Through work carried out for Touch, she became one of the founders of Connecting Reiki with Medicine with Feona Gray.
Diana is also a board member of the Reiki Healthcare Research Trust, a non-profit organization that raises money to support evidence-based, peer reviewed research into Reiki in healthcare settings. Diana has worked in communications for non-profit organizations for 30 years, including for the British Red Cross and BBC Media Action. She brings this experience to her work with the Reiki Healthcare Research Trust and Connecting Reiki with Medicine to help share our messages, raise money and awareness, and build partnerships.
Chair Reiki Healthcare Research Trust, Co-founder Reiki Medic-Care, Acting Chair The Reiki Guild
Reiki came into Rosemary’s life 23 years ago. She lives in London and is a former Secretary of the Reiki Council, helping to create standards for professional practice in the UK. She is also Acting Chair of The Reiki Guild and a Managing Consultant of ThinkTree Hub. Co-founder of Reiki Medic-Care, she is also on the Board of the Reiki Healthcare Research Trust, following a long interest in Reiki Research.
She enjoys endurance sports and keeping fit and recently cycled 1000 miles across the UK helping to raise funds for a medical research charity.