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Hands to Hearts: Bringing Reiki to US Military Veterans

Midwest Reiki Community | VA Stand Down Chicago, IL (June 2013)

The Midwest Reiki Community (MRC) was invited for the second year in a row to participate in Stand Down, a Department of Veterans Affairs event providing community and services for homeless Veteran held on June 21 and 22 at the National Guard Armory in Chicago.

Stand Downs are organized across the country and are typically one to three day events providing  homeless Veterans services such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment. Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies who serve the homeless.

After putting out a call for volunteers, we had an overwhelming response from members of the MRC to provide free 10-minute Reiki treatments to attendees to help address symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and other physical and emotional pain from which these former defenders of our country suffer.

The response to experiencing Reiki was in many cases tear-jerking and transformative, and many veterans wanted to learn more about Reiki treatments and attunements. We hope the effects of our sharing will also help the VA to recognize Reiki is an excellent way to address the mental and physical health issues facing our Veterans.

Thank you to all who made it an incredible event—particularly to Heather McCutcheon who spearheaded this outreach initiative—and to Paul Duffy and Molly Coeling for helping to coordinate and document these amazing testimonials from both Reiki recipients and our MRC volunteers:


13 comments on “Hands to Hearts: Bringing Reiki to US Military Veterans

  1. Willow's Cabin
    July 5, 2013

    Reblogged this on Willow's Cabin and commented:
    Wonderful story of how Reiki Practitioners are reaching out in the community to assist Veterans with PTSD . . . Thank you for sharing and for your wonderful work!

    • midwestreikicommunity
      July 8, 2013

      Thanks so much for helping us spread the word on what a great tool Reiki can be for helping Vets (and anyone else) with challenges like PTSD. We’ve been lucky to have had the opportunity to volunteer with this group for the second year in a row and are always heartened by how receptive the Vets have been!

  2. Willow's Cabin
    July 5, 2013

    Thank you for sharing and for your efforts to increase awareness of how Reiki can help with PTSD . . . reblogged 🙂

  3. Ginny Mackles
    July 7, 2013

    Thank you for the work you are doing with Reiki!

    • midwestreikicommunity
      July 8, 2013

      Ginny, it is our pleasure! As volunteers, we’ve found that we receive so much (and on so many levels) by giving. To work with such a receptive community who have served our country makes it that much sweeter. We hope that others can be inspired to do the same and that Reiki becomes available to all veterans who can benefit from its gentle healing power.

      • Ginny Mackles
        July 8, 2013

        I’ve had the pleasure to volunteer offering Reiki to Cancer patients and find the “sweetness” you describe.

  4. Dana Young
    July 8, 2013

    As a Reiki teacher who is married to a Marine Corps combat veteran, it always makes me so happy to hear of the positive effects of Reiki healing has on our veterans. I provide Reiki regularly to a Viet Nam veteran and he says it gives him much-needed peace and comfort. His wife has also told me he is happier and more positive after his sessions. I am so thrilled that you had the opportunity to offer Reiki at the Stand Down and am grateful for your efforts on behalf of our warriors. They need and deserve all the support, love and healing the world has to offer.

    • midwestreikicommunity
      July 8, 2013

      Dana, it’s so nice to hear from others who are giving Reiki to veterans and seeing results. We are so excited that we’ve had the opportunity to work with veterans and that they’ve been so receptive, and we are looking forward to future events with veterans in the Chicago area. It is our hope that by documenting and sharing our experiences that others are encouraged to reach out to veterans in their own communities. Keep up the good work, and keep spreading the word!

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  7. Reiki Australia
    July 27, 2013

    Congratulations on the fantastic service that you are providing to your war veterans. Reiki Australia has been so impressed by your story and video that we have posted a link on our website and Tiwitter feed. It is wonderful to hear how Reiki is helping so many people traumatised by war. Keep up the great work.

  8. Jodi
    August 1, 2013

    Thank you for sharing your experience. I am a newly attuned Reiki Practitioner and love seeing stuff like this!! Hoping to be able to participate in something similar in the Philadelphia Area!

  9. WindWalker
    June 23, 2014

    Reblogged this on It's a Miraculous Universe and commented:
    So happy to see Vets and uniformed members gaining exposure to Reiki and other “alternative” practices!

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