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Applied Reiki-
For Emergency Services

A low cost/high return proposal for the systematic implementation and use of Reiki by emergency services personnel for the purpose of enhancing both the quality of life and the efficiency of emergency services employees.
by Ellen Louise Kahne,
Certified Reiki Master/teacher founder, Reiki Peace Network, Reiki University

    Present training by police, fire and emergency services personnel (EMS) in most major metropolitan areas includes first aid, weapons and equipment training, fitness and martial arts instruction and education in the legal and regulatory domain.

    The purpose of this proposal is to facilitate the provision of emergency services and to increase the capacity and efficiency of emergency services personnel to provide those services while enhancing the health, balance and well-being of fire fighters, police officers and EMS technicians by adding a quick, cost-effective training course in Reiki for providers of emergency service.

What Is Reiki?

    Reiki is a specific method of accessing and utilizing "ki" (or "chi") which is the flow of universal, life-force energy as referred to in martial arts (such as tai chi, etc.) and healing arts (such as acupuncture, therapeutic touch, and chi kong, etc). Since Reiki was rediscovered in 19th century Japan, Reiki has been used as a hands-on healing technique to balance, relieve stress, and promote rapid healing and stabilization. This technique works simultaneously on both the Reiki trained individual and/or the person being treated with Reiki. Reiki can be used for distant or absent healing and energy "projection" by those who have received second degree (Reiki II) training.

    Reiki has been used successfully to defuse volatile situations, clear negative energies in a room or space (either nearby or at a distance) and for personal and/or group protection.

    Television viewers of a well received Bill Moyer's series on Eastern energy medicine and martial arts were treated to a filmed demonstration of "chi" used by an extremely powerful (elderly) martial arts master who repeatedly projected enough energy to hurl a strong, young opponent backwards without any physical contact, whatsoever.

    While Reiki is not a martial art, it accesses the same invisible force ("ki") for protection, healing and balance in a unique, easily learned manner. Unlike other healing or martial arts training which consumes years of study and constant practice, two levels of Reiki can be taught in two days of classes and the ability to use Reiki begins immediately and remains undiminished, even in the unlikely event that the Reiki practitioner neglects to use his/her skills over a period of time.

    Unlike other healing or martial arts training which often consumes years of study and constant practice, two levels of Reiki can be taught in two days of classes. The ability to use Reiki begins immediately and remains undiminished, even in the unlikely event that the student neglects to use his/her skills for a period of time. Reiki is intelligently guided life force energy, so that a Reiki trained person cannot make a mistake in the use of this energy. Reiki is accessed on the highest level and always manifests for a client's highest good, as the outcome.

Reiki Training

    The core of Reiki training contains an attunement process which prepares, opens and seals subtle energy centers, so that "ki" will always flow in quantity through the hands of the student in a rapid and unimpeded manner. Reiki is taught and attuned by a Reiki master. The training includes the history and practice sessions in the use and practical applications of Reiki.

    Second level Reiki (Reiki II) is taught on the second day of the course. This level includes a specific method to access, tolerate and mediate increased energy flow and concerns particular dynamic features of universal energy which can then be used to balance and moderate situations and in distant healing.

    Because Reiki taps into a limitless source of energy, the personal energy of the practitioner/student is never drained or depleted. Reiki energy is supplied for balance, healing and protection to the practitioner at the same time it is being used to facilitate balance, healing and protection for others.

Suggested Usage and Applications of Reiki For Emergency Services

    It must be noted that individuals in emergency services, including police, and fire departments and EMS are already Reiki trained from having taken the courses privately and are using their skills for their personal benefit and for those with whom they come in contact on the job. However, these individuals have sought training which was not required as part of their service curriculum, as is being proposed here.

    I am personally acquainted with a captain in the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department in New Jersey who is Reiki trained, as well as an officer in communications in the New York City police department, I was trained by a former member of the Bayside Volunteer Ambulance Corps, who worked weekly providing EMS service for seventeen years in New York City and I have trained New York City police officers and a parole supervisor. Also, I have been privileged to train dozens of nurses, doctors, chiropractors, physical and occupational therapists, massage therapists, psychologists and medical personnel from all over the world in dozens of Reiki classes which have been attended by these professionals for all levels of Reiki training.

    Some ways in which Reiki can (and has been) used in emergency services are as follows:

The Use of Reiki for Police and EMS Work

    l. Reiki has been used by EMS personnel and ordinary, Reiki trained citizens to treat hemorrhaging, burns, allergic attacks (including asthma), shock, seizures, anxiety attacks, etc. Reiki creates balance and relaxes the trauma patient. I have personally witnessed the immediate cessation of a grand mal seizure in a diagnosed epileptic patient, reduction (in 15 minutes) of severe sunburn to a light tan, swelling and bruises which "dissolved" back into the skin under my hands in under 15 minutes and severe allergy attacks (including asthma) which ceased upon application of Reiki, etc. My first Reiki teacher was (see above) on the Bayside Volunteer Ambulance Corps for seventeen years and was Reiki trained for the last seven of those years. She used her Reiki training in a multitude of emergency situations, including repeatedly on a patient who experienced grand mal seizures which could not be controlled by medication.

    I used Reiki as a volunteer in the 1992 New York Marathon on a runner who collapsed at the 22nd mile and immediately went into shock and hypothermia. I caught the runner as he collapsed and applied my hands to his back while two other Reiki trained volunteers put their hands on his chest. The runner's eyes had rolled up into his head and he had turned white as a sheet and was unresponsive. Also, he was trembling violently all over as a result of the cold and a shock reaction. After a couple of minutes, the man regained consciousness and lucidity and he was stabilized by the Reiki until EMS workers removed him to a stretcher. As soon as he was taken from (our hands), he collapsed in shock for a second time.

    The use of Reiki has the potential to save lives by supporting a sick or injured person until skilled medical help can be obtained. Reiki can always be used in conjunction with and in support of medical trauma care. Reiki has been successfully used in an office emergency situation to restore breathing and heart beat to a co-worker of one of my first students who collapsed over his desk, turned blue and ceased breathing. Consciousness was restored through the use of Reiki (solely), by the time the ambulance arrived.

    2. Reiki can be used to alleviate job stress on a daily basis for emergency services personnel. Professionals employed in emergency work suffer job related anxiety, burn out and stress by the very nature of their employment and also because of the negative environment in which they often work. Reiki can be accessed at any time by a trained person by applying one's hand(s) to one's solar plexus or another part of the body and it will work even while one is talking on the phone, filling in forms, etc. without conscious effort. Reduction of stress and promotion of balance and health are central to Reiki. These skills are in great need and short supply by over stressed police (and other) medical and emergency personnel.

    Emergency services departments will potentially experience fewer sick days and better morale in precincts and departments staffed with trained Reiki practitioners. Also, it would be very effective to provide a small Reiki room for a Reiki master/practitioner to offer regular Reiki healing sessions to police and emergency services personnel coming off duty and for those who have sustained anxiety and/or minor injuries during shifts.

    Reiki has helped those who wish to give up addictive habits. Reiki gets to the root cause of addictive behavior in those who wish to detoxify and heal their (alcohol or cigarette, etc.) addictions. How many person/hours could be saved at taxpayer's expense by offering personnel Reiki training and job site sessions?

    3. Reiki can (and has been) used to diffuse emotional situations, both those in close quarters and those at a distance. The potential for use of these skills in police work is obvious in critical situations (e.g. with disturbed individuals, those threatening to do harm to themselves or others, and those caught in commission of crimes, etc.). Reiki can be a critical tool in saving the life of an officer or a civilian. Reiki trained officers can use their skills to diffuse minor disturbances such as fights over parking spaces, etc. A swat team would undoubtedly find Reiki an invaluable tool to augment training skills in very dangerous and unstable situations. Reiki creates balance in people, places and situations.

    4. Reiki can be used to change the atmosphere or cleanse vibrational energies in a space or room. Police stations typically contain numerous negative interactions of disgruntled citizens or crime victims who utilize police services, also, accused criminals are detained in police stations. Because of this, the atmosphere in most urban police stations is very negative and this affects both the police and the public who enter these premises.

    Those who recognize these "negative vibrations" and who are Reiki trained can project positive energy into their work and public spaces. I have personally used Reiki at fractious civic meetings and noticed the calming and balancing effects. At one meeting, people who hadn't communicated civilly for years began to listen and to dialogue with one another after I had used Reiki for the situation.

    At a meeting of the local precinct community council at which I was an invited speaker, police officers (and the precinct captain) asked to experience Reiki and the officers who were given a "mini-session" quickly retrieved more officers from all corners of the police station who were in need of de-stressing and treatment for job related injuries.

    5. Reiki enhances intuitive and clairvoyant abilities. Much good police work begins with "hunches." Reiki trained police officers can expect to have the the same enhanced intuitive skills that many Reiki practitioners have noticed over the years.

The Use of Reiki in Fire Departments

    l. Firefighters are frequently confronted with emergency situations similar to police and EMS and to some extent their roles overlap. Under these circumstances, much of what has been applied to police and EMS (above) may be applied to Reiki training of fire fighters. Additionally, there has been (in the past) some fractious and destructive competition between city services personnel in fire and police departments, particularly. Since Reiki creates balance in people and situations, it can also be used to balance bureaucratically competitive enclaves.

    2. Reiki techniques have been used to save lives in cases of emergencies. Therefore, Reiki can and has been used as emergency treatment for burns and breathing difficulties. This has obvious application to fire fighters and the general public which they serve.

    3. Reiki functions to detoxify and balance the body. In its healing modality, Reiki can restore an injury to full function in a fraction of the time which healing might have been expected. For example, I chip fractured my pelvis one year and I was up and walking without assistance (despite the doctors projection of several weeks) in five days. An injured fire fighter who receives a lot of Reiki, will most likely heal in a much accelerated manner.

    4. Since Reiki enhances intuitive abilities (as mentioned above) it has the capacity to save lives in dangerous situations. This is applicable to fire fighting and arson investigation, both of which are functions of urban fire departments.


    The incorporation of Reiki training for emergency services personnel has a tremendous potential to effect changes in the way that these services are carried out. Reiki training has transformative potential for the quality of life in the urban environment in which emergency services personnel live and work. It is imperative to examine and implement Reiki both for new trainees and veteran employees of police, fire and EMS departments, so that these professionals can be equipped with this unique and valuable tool.

    An initial pilot project can easily and inexpensively be scoped and implemented to demonstrate the value and effectiveness of Reiki training in emergency services. The training is quick, permanent and life and job enhancing. The outlay for training could bring about savings in person/hours, lives saved, as well as unforeseen benefits which are beyond the scope of this proposal but are within the potential and the nature of Reiki itself.