Reiki Certification with Maureen Spencer, RN, M.Ed., Reiki Master/Teacher
What is Reiki? Reiki is a complementary, energy-based healing modality. It has ancient roots, but is uniquely suited to modern nursing practice. Reiki training offers a precise technique for tapping into healing energy, or ki, and transmitting it through touch. Reiki treatments are gently balancing and provide energy that supports the well-being of the recipient in a holistic and individualistic way. Relaxation, pain relief, physical healing, reduced emotional distress, and a deepened awareness of spiritual connection are among the benefits attributed to Reiki in anecdotes, case studies, and exploratory research. Reiki is easily adaptable in a variety of settings, and can provide support for the practitioners of Reiki themselves, as well as benefiting those they treat with Reiki. Nurses in Massachusetts are allowed to do Reiki and other complementary therapies per the Board of Registration in Nursing's Advisory Ruling on Complementary Therapies.
My Reiki Journey In 1993 I was introduced to Reiki Energy Healing. I worked at Mass General Hospital at the time, as their Director of Infection Control, and an MRI Radiology Technologist - Ronnie Shaffer - offered to do a session on me. When I heard it involved the "laying of hands" I was skeptical and to be honest, afraid. I wasn't sure why or what I was afraid of, but the concept of a stranger touching me and placing her hands on my body created internal stress and nervousness. I took care of everyone else. It was a concept foreign to me - the oldest of 13 children and mother of 4 - I basically did a lot of loving to others - but didn't get much back in return - since I never allowed anyone to get near me! She described a "universal lifeforce" that channels from the Reiki practitioner's hands and into our body to awaken the innate healing mechanisms within. Well, being scientifically based I thought this was all "hocus-pocus" and tried my hardest to sabotage her offer. As she continued to call me and offer a session I finally surrendered one day in February 1993 and went to her home - to her "peace room". As my mind and ego rejected her kindness and loving presence, as the session progressed I found myself relaxing and surrendering into the warm healing touch. I fell into a deep relaxed meditative state and felt the energy flowing down my abdomen and legs. It tingled and my body fluids gurgled in my stomach. Small releases, like you feel when falling asleep, started happening in my nervous system and muscles. I awoke from this dreamy state feeling refreshed, happy and serene. Quite not what I expected and I wanted more!
My life changed from that point on and I went for my Reiki Level I in May 1993 at the Concord Reiki Institute and was attuned by a Brazilian Reiki Master - Lucy Duggan. I completed my Reiki Master/Teacher in 1995 with Masters from Cape Cod - Linda Pedrole and Pat Tracey. I also studied with other famous healers, including Dolores Krieger, RN, PhD, Barbara Brennan, Elizabeth Stratton, PhD, Michael Mamas, John Gray, Rosylen Bruyere, Caroline Myss and completed certification in Quantum Touch with Richard Gordon. As a scientist I sought more and more training, knowledge and experience from healers who worked in healthcare or science. Ronnie Shaffer and I taught our first Reiki workshops at Mass General Hospital in early 1996. We were so ahead of the time!
I did full time energy work for 7 years in a yoga studio I opened in April 1997, where I saw over 10,000 clients. During that time I taught Reiki on a cruise ship during a "Sea Angels Cruise", at nursing conferences, at health clubs and in yoga studios. Thousands have learned Reiki with me and I am honored to have introduced them to the power of touch and intent.
In 2003 I closed the studio and decided to return to healthcare as an Infection Preventionist, with the intent of introducing yoga and reiki into the healthcare system. I took an Infection Control Manager position at New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, and after two years convinced the Chief Nursing Officer to allow me to teach Reiki to nurses, physicians and physical therapists. The Chief Nursing Officer wanted to "bring touch back into care". I even went into surgery with several patients who requested a Reiki Master in the operatoing room. I volunteered to do Reiki sessions for patients at no charge since I considered it as part of my "karma", selfless service and giving back to the community. The surgeons witnessed the powerful effects - decreased swelling, bleeding and pain - in the postoperative period.
I no longer work at NEBH, and I am now a Director of Clinical Implementation for Accelerate Diagnostics and was previously the Director, Infection Prevention for a 26 hospital system in 7 states. I travel almost weekly and use Reiki on the airplane, at airports and at the hospitals.
I see Reiki as part of infection prevention - people only get infected if their immune system is susceptible - which stress, negative thought and emotions can adversely affect. Research has confirmed that gentle healing touch enhances the immune system, quiets the nervous system and normalizes the hormonal system. Touch also activates natural pain killers called endorphins - that are 20 x stronger than opioids. Patients love to be touched and feel loved. And the wonderful thing about Reiki is the nurse is first filled with universal lifeforce while giving it and therefore they get the benefit as well as the patient. Wouldn't that be nice if all healthcare workers cared for their patients with that consciousness and calmness. So my thought is if we trained more nurses in Reiki - they benefit and the patients. What better way to prevent healthcare associated infections.
Of all the energy healing techniques I learned - I love Reiki - doing it and especially receiving it. So easy yet so powerful. I hope you will join me in learning this beautiful ancient form of hands-on healing!